This is my first time posting to this board. Anyway, I've been doing a lot research on puppies and have decided to get a maltese puppy. However, I'm planning on waiting until after the holidays since my husband and I are usually busy around that time.
I do have a couple of questions for any experienced maltese owners and dog owners in general.
1. Is anyone familiar with Petsmart and the Pet Hotel they offer? Is it nice, safe, etc.? I'm probably going to go there in person to check it out, but want to get any unbiased opinions.
2. I am planning on crate training. Is it best to leave the crate in the same part of the house all of the time or can I move it around? For example, during the day we spend most of our time in our family room so should I move the crate down there during the day and then back to the bedroom at night or just get a separate dog bed for the family room?
3. I've been checking out the small breed doggy car seats that Petsmart has on their website. Does anyone have an opinions or preferences on those?
4. In my research I have read that the maltese are excellent with children. However, this puppy will be our first "baby". My husband and I are planning a family for the future. How will another addition to the family affect our maltese? How can we prepare him/her for a new baby (when the time comes)?
Thanks in advance. I apologize if any of these questions seem ignorant, but like I said I'm trying to get as much information as possible before making an impulse purchase. I am so excited about getting a puppy and am trying to get fully prepared.
Also, I live in Northern VA. Does anyone have an recommendations for breeders in this area?
Ive had a Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle mix) for almost 3 months now. They are great with kids and other dogs. I crate my dog at night at bed time and two hours, between me and my husband work shift. I work days he works nights.I also keep the crate in my bedroom were she can see us and I never move it. I take her out every three hous when she's in her crate at night. Now that she getting older she holds the bathroom till morning, but I still take her out when ever my other dogs have to go. I put a doggy door on my slidder door screen for $20.00. She loves to go in and out all day. I also have two different car seats, one goes on your center console of the car. That way they are right next to you. I also have the car seat with the storage under it, but all car seat have to go in the back due to the air bags in the car. If they deploy the dog can be killed. My favorite is the center console seat.
Buy a brush, because their hair will mat if you don't brush them everyday. Their hair picks up everything I find dirt grass twigs etc.... in her hair. I'm forever feeling around and pulling things out.
***Edited By: beaglecookie on 10/20/2005 9:37:53 AM*** Reason: add
I have to laugh, I also am always picking things out of my dogs hair. (Havanese) We get a puppy cut now, gave up on the long hair. Crate training is great as long as it's not over used. Sophie is in hers at night so I know she isn't into something and getting hurt. I keep it in the bedroom where she can see us. When she was a baby we put down a large piece of linoleum and put a doggie yard on top of it, and used the piddle pads for her to pee on, while we were at work. Before she was house trained, I tied her to me with her leash while I did things around the house and took her outside every hour to go potty. Have tons of treats on hand to praise the good. Ignore the bad, no spanking or nose rubbing, they don't understand. Also have lots of chew toys for your puppy, and when he chews on the wrong thing, tell him no-no and give him a chew toy. With kindness, they catch on fast. Most dogs don't mind a new baby, as long as they still get a goodly amount of attention. Good Luck and have fun!
I have a follow-up question to the crate training. I am fortunate enough to work very close to home so I come home for lunch everyday. Is it okay for me to leave the puppy in his crate for four hours until I get home from lunch and then another four hours until my husband or I get home from work?
I took a week off of work to potty train her to go outside. I took her every couple of hours and never let her out of my sight. You need to watch how long it takes after they eat and drink to go to the bathroom. With my puppy four hours would be no problem. Once they get older they can hold it longer. I don't put food or water in her crate. If it's a hot day I leave a little water and the ceiling fan. She also has chew toys and stuffed animals to play with. You need to put her on a schedule with eating that way you can make sure she would be able to hold it for four hours. You want to makeit as easy as possible for her.
littledogsmom, I want to keep her with the puppy (Bear) cut, but the dog flu was last seen in Huntington Beach and that's about 20 miles from my house. I'm afrais to cut it myself, but I might just have to.
Not for an 8 week old puppy* (they can only hold their bladder for so long in the crate, and then they'll make a mess IN the crate, defeating the purpose of crate training). Having a puppy, as cute as they are, is a round the clock job. But of course there's more than one way to do things, and the puppy will surviving being alone for hours at a time.
I suggest a puppy play pen in the corner of your kitchen, with the crate in one area and a puppy pad next to it, with some toys etc. As it gets older, say, about 3-4 months, maybe you can try crating it for 4 hours at a time.
Coming from a (fellow) puppy mom, puppies are hard work! I guess some people can look the other way and do the bare minimum for their dogs but I'd just feel so guilty not enriching their lives esp at such an early age. Obviously it depends on what the dog wants (more attention, less attention what have you). Fortunately for me I got mine during a period of lots of free time.
***Edited By: ntki on 10/20/2005 2:46:20 PM*** Reason: x
You shouldn't buy a dog that is 8 weeks. You should wait till they're at least 12 or older and make sure they have their first shots and worming. I bought a dog from a bad breeder that never had any vaccination done. Two days later she came down with Parvo. She was hospitalized for 5 days and she passed on. I'll never get over it and I don't wish it on my worst enemy. It also ended of costing $2000, but I would've paid anything to keep my Zoey alive.
***Edited By: beaglecookie on 10/20/2005 2:53:21 PM*** Reason: xx
I have ready many things that have said not to buy from a breeder that is selling their maltese puppies younger than 12 weeks.
I'm starting to make my list of things that I would need to buy and I contacted a local vet yesterday to get some info on prices, etc. The vet was recommended to me by a neighbor. They basically told me that the first six months of the dog's life is usually the most expensive because of all of the shots.
Any other advice would be greatly appreciated, especially on the topic of crate training. I've read mixed things on crated training. Some articles say to start introducing your puppy to the crate as soon as you bring him home and other articles say that you should just baby your puppy that first day at home since they will probably be a little scared. So, I am a little confused on the subject.