We're going on Friday to see our puppy at her foster home, and if all goes well, we'll be taking her home! We're so excited, but clueless at the same time. :) Do you guys have any advice/tips for us?
We will be crate training her....how do we get that started? How big of a crate should we get? (She's a beagle/terrier mix.)
She's 10 weeks old now....how soon should we get her to her first vet visit?
Our son sometimes has allergies to animals....if he shows a reaction on Friday, should we pass on her and keep looking for a puppy he can handle? Or do allergies go away once you've had the dog in your home for a while? Is it worth even trying it?
Do you guys advocate getting pet insurance, or is it a waste of money?
Thanks for any and all input....this is our first puppy, and we wanna be sure to do it right!
I'm sorry I wouldnt even bother to get a puppy if i knew my son was allergy to animals.a dog is a dog they all have hair.and if your son has allergies why bother. you would end up getting rid of the dog and everyone ends up hurt . my o/p
I wish I could comment on your other questions, perhaps later. I have allergies and they're pretty bad sometimes. I always had animals growing up, and now that I don't have any...my body reacts to it. I may be wrong, but in my dealings with animals I found myself ok for the most part with a constant animal. My triggers are being around animals after not having been around them in a while.
I don't want to give you the impression that your child will get over it either. Go with your gut-if you really feel like your child will be affected by this new pup-don't do it. Give it some time and perhaps look up other animals. I don't know if many people do this, but I go around different dogs to see how my reactions will be. Again, I'm grown and would be less inclined to "experiment" with a child. Now that I think about it, this probably doesn't help you much-sorry for the long post :( Good luck and go with your gut.
schnauzers r good dogs for people with allergies, get a crate that will be the right size for her when shes fully grown the place u get it from will advise u on the size just tell them what breed she is.
i'm the same way as pebbies but i think that everyone has different allergies. the longer i am around a dog the better i am and i react differently to different dogs. for example i seem to be allergic to labs (sometimes) but i am not allergic to doberman pinschers. but that could just be me.
Thanks everyone -- I've heard some people's allergies all but disappear sometimes when they're exposed repeatedly to the offender....let's just hope he does okay on Friday! We've already looked at poodles and schnauzers, and my husband says no way, so hopefully this one will work out for us.
Is your son allergic to the pet hair/dander/saliva? My sister-in-law is allergic to cat saliva, therefore if her cat licks her, she breaks out in an itchy rash in the area. If the cat has just finished it's grooming session, she stays away from the cat for a certain amt. of time. She is also allergic to rabbit/chinchilla fur, starts sneezing, wheezing short of breath, needs the inhaler, etc. I know her allergies have never gotten any better since living with the animals, she just keeps a supply of Benadryl and her inhalers close by!
There are other breeds besides Poodles and Schnauzers that are good for people with allergies such as the Maltese and Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. As for crate training, you want to start off with this right away. Midwest Lifestages series has a line of crates that comes with a divider panel so the crate can grow with the puppy so you wouldn't need to buy another crate as the puppy grows. I would go with the 1636 model. It would definately be large enough for when the dog is full grown. In the beginning until they are housebroken they only need enough room to turn around and lie down comfortable. If he/she has full run of a large crate they will soil one end of the crate and sleep in the other which defeats the purpose of the crate! I have heard some people say to not put any food or water in the crate with the animal. I personally had a little bit of food and a small amount of water during the day with my Chihuahua in case she got thirsty (not a full bowl, a very small amount!). Take the food or water away, whether inside of the crate or outside of the crate, early enough in the evening so that it has enough time to go through the dogs system so help aleviate messes overnight.
most men asy no to poodles and maltese, but there are many options that are low shedding that arn't "fru fru" dogs to men. Soft coated wheatons as mentioned before, bouvier des flanders, or chinese crested. But really you should be more concerned with what kind of dog fits with your family rather than just dimissing breeds because your husband says no way.
Thanks again everyone, especially bella -- we know we wanna get the crate training going from day one, we're just not sure how to start! It's like when you bring your first baby home from the hospital....you get inside the house, sit down, and say, "NOW WHAT??" :) I'll be doing a lot of looking on the internet for tips too, I know there's some good information out there.
As far as the "hypoallergenic" breeds, my husband has looked at them and doesn't like any of them. (I think he's crazy, but I guess I'm just as crazy for having married him! LOL!) As much as I'd like to explore some of those breeds further, I have to respect his right to say no way -- just like he respected my right when I said no way to any dog over 30 pounds. We'll both have to care for it and be responsible for it for the next 15 years or so....I know I wouldn't wanna spend all that time caring for a dog I didn't want either. (And I know if he got one of those hypo breeds home, he'd love it, but I don't think it's right for me to force anything on him.) :)
My son hasn't shown much of any reaction to dogs in general in the last couple years, so we're hoping it's something he's outgrown. Is there any chance he might react tomorrow, even though he's not allergic to THIS dog? Madison's foster mom has had plenty of dogs in her home, and I wonder if he may be reacting to one of them?? Any thoughts?
Hi Sorry to hear about your sons allergies my son also has allergies and he is fine with our schnauzers so we raise them for that reason we love trhe breed and want to share it with others. Please pick a breed that he can live with what you want is a non shedding breed so do your research before hand and let someone else have that puppy because you will be giving it back because of the allergies.