Yesterday my Aunt went to petsmart to look at dogs with her toddler, they were just looking at them for fun, but spotted this black puppy, that they liked. The next day, my aunt asked for her husband to go back with them to see the dog, but by the time they got there, the dog they liked had already been bought, so they came across the labrador/golden retriever mix, and so they bought him. So only two days of loooking at dogs, the second day they buy one, and so since it is 4:58 now, they only got a few things for the pup, food, and a collar and leash. They are going back to petsmart tommorow, but they don't have a crate for the pup to sleep in tonight. The petsmart place says the dog has all his shots, but being that the dog is already 7 months old, and they have a toddler that is going to be all over this dog, is this going to be a problem? And how do you now if a dog has kennel cough or any issues? Is petsmart a good place to get a dog? They just called me telling me they got a dog, so I never had the chance to tell them about getting a dog or breed research, and since they have never had a dog before what are the first things to teach the dog for obedience? I will be at my aunts house a little over a week, to help with the dog, but I just wanted lots of advice from you all so I could call my aunt and tell her important things about the dog, she asked me to do this. I don't know if they got any dog toys, but what are good toys to get a 7 month old pup? Is a 7 month old pup still teething, and is it going to be harder on them to train this dog, since it is already 7 months? Just please give me as much advice as possible, I will be talking to my aunt later on today, so I will need some important tips to give her. Thanks, Mypoodlerocks!!!
I almost forgot, since I will most likely be going to my aunts house, I will be helping with the training part of this dog, I have been very successful with training my dog, but will a bigger dog be even harder? Angel is a very fast learner, Their dog is a boy, and I don't know if he has been neutered, but how do I tell if he has been nuetered? Whats the best type of training utensils to get for a big breeds? What type of manners do I need to teach this dog, and what do I do if he bites, is he still young enough to be teething and biteing? How do I teach him to get used to the leash and a collar? What is the maximum time of teaching a puppy a new trick? My aunt is going to try and take a picture of him tonight, so I will definatly post his picture on here for you all :) We'll Please just give me any helpful and important training tips. Thanks again!!! OH, and the people at petsmart told my aunt that benny was always getting picked on by all the other dogs, so he is dog shy, I told my aunt to walk him around other dogs as much as possible, what do you think they should do about it?
mypoodlerocks, where to start! How old is your aunt's child? You asked if it would be an issue for the child to be 'all over this dog'. Yes, it would. If your aunt was looking for a house dog, why did she pick this breed, do you know? This is a high energy dog that requires a lot of exercise to keep him busy. You asked about neutering and how to tell if it's been done. I don't have a clue about what a pet store gives for documentation, but I'm assuming your aunt would be given a health record of the dog's immunizations, worming and also confimation of the surgery.Depending when this was done, he may even still have stitches. If he's not house trained, my best advice is to crate train him. Do you know how to do this? Your aunt should also take the dog to her vet immediately for a complete check op.
Petsmart does not sell puppies, so if your aunt got a dog from there it had to have been through a rescue group or shelter. I know here at Petmart there are always cats from the animal shelter there that can be looked at, and there is usually someone there that will let you fill out an adoption application on them at all. Dogs are usually there only on Saturdays and Sundays - rescue groups bring their dogs there on weekends for people to look at and fill out adoption applications on. But all of the rescue groups here don't let the dog go home the same day. They have to do a home check and approve the application and all first and make sure the dog is spayed/neutered before going to its new home. So the process normally takes a few days to a couple weeks for the new owner to actually take the dog hom. If the dog came from a rescue group, it should be neutered already but it's not a guarantee. It's pretty easy to tell if a dog has been neutered or not..just look and see if the testicles are still there or not. The rescue group should have given them a copy of the vaccination records and medical history on the dog as well.
m13lucky and pen, I honestly don't know why they got a golden retriever mix so quickly, they don't know much about the breed, so I am here to help, I am the dog expert in the family LOL I am not to good with crate training and need some advice on that, when my dog was a puppy, my mom did the crate training and then potty trained her. My little cousin just turned three about three months ago, and whe ever she comes to visit us, she is always wanting to walk Angel and then she yells at Angel when Angel walks away from her, she is all over Angel and Angel hates it, I really think that my lil cuz is just not ready for a dog yet. My aunt did say she got the pup from petsmart, and it was only a few hours process and then they were able to take the dog home,I only talked to my aunt for like 10 mins, they were all in the car bringing the new pup home, and she just wanted to tell me the good news, so I have little info. I can't wait to see the puppy thought, I love the training part!!! My little cousin will just have to understand how to be gentle with the dog and not to pett it to hard or yell at it over nothing, when I go to visit, I will defiantly make sure she is not doing anything harsh to the dog. My cousin is only three and already shows many signs of an animal lover :) If she realizes she isn't being nice to the dog or somthing like that, I'm sure she will try to be friendlier with the dog. But Katie is going to want to walk this dog, and at 7 months this dog is going to be a good size, and I just hope it does not pull her down, my aunt,cousin, and uncle will take great care of the puppy, they have wanted a dog for the longest time. They have a cat named Alice, and they take great care of her, the only problem is she is scared of Katie LOL Another problem, is that their cat Alice has never really been around dogs, and they don't know how benny and Alice will react toward each other, any advice on how to help them become friends? Alice is 12 years and the pup is 7 months, will this be a difficult situation between the cat and dog?
What stage of potty training is this dog at? The cat will probably be highly disgusted with the new puppy, but the dog can be trained not to go after her. Your little 3 year old niece will have to learn to be very gentle with the dog, and the dog likewise, with the 3 year old. This would not have been my first choice of a dog with a child this age, but hopefully things turn out well. One really good thing you said was that this little girl shows signs of being an animal lover already. When you have a little more info , we can make some more useful suggestions, based on what you find out. It sounds like your aunt is lucky to have such a great little niece. Good for you.
Thank you for your kind words pen :) I honestly don't know what stage of potty training this dog is at, I will probably talk to my aunt today, yesterday I guess she got to caught up in things and was to busy to call back and give out the details. If I talk to her today, I will be sure to tell you all about the pup and his behavior :) My mom is thinking about driving halfway which is about and hour and a half, and my aunt and uncle meeting us halfway as well, then they take me for the week and I help out with little Katie and the puppy Benny. I will see if I can potty train him if he is not pottied trained already, I will just need some tips on that!!! We'll thanks for the help, I will update you all soon :)
We'll, I talked to my aunt today, and everything is going smoothly with the new pup!!! :) The only problem is my little cousin will not stop bugging the poor thing. Katie is just excited to have a dog around, and hopefully soon she will leave the dog alone. The dog is neutered, and has all of his shots. I am going to see them this tuesday :) I will be staying for almost two weeks, that is if it is ok with my aunt!!! I can't wait to see the new pup. She sent me two pics of Benny and I tried copying them to photobucket, but it's not working, I 'll figure it out later.
MyPoodleRocks, it's very important that the little girl be taught how to behave with this dog. (and any dog) One day he's going to be a lot bigger, and if she keeps bugging him (it would be nice to know what you mean, what exactly she's doing)he could very well bite her, and or learn to dislike children.
Mypoodlerocks, PLEASE listen to Pen. The most important thing right now is to teach your cousin how to treat an animal. She should be taught to approach slowly with her hands palm down in front of her. Let the dog smell her, lick her hand etc. She is not to pull on the dogs ears, tail, or any other part of her anatomy. When she pets, tell her, soft, soft, and show her how to pet softly.
Make sure she does this over and over. It is going to take awhile. You don't know the trauma this poor dog has been through. Also, until he is really embedded into this family he may nip, etc. This is all as new to him as it is to your little cousin. Good Luck! By doing it correctly your Aunt will have a companion for her child that will have no equal.
That is part of my mission to work on when I get there, I definatly know it is an issue with my liitle cousin being all over my dog, the only problem is the parents, my little cousin is an only child, so she is pretty spoiled, everything turns out to be her way, and whenever I tell her no or take control over her, she cries or kicks me and then my aunt and uncle come running to their daughters rescue, it completely gets on my nerves and I don't know what to do about it, my cousin is normally friendly, but as soon as something does not go her way, it's all over!!! My aunt an uncle have told Katie to leave the dog alone, but they say it so nicely theirs absolutely no way my cuz will listen to that, whenever I babysit my cousin, she is like a perfect Angel, she does what she is told because she knows I will not let her boss me around or take over everything. But when her parents are around and I tell her NO if she is doing something wrong, she starts to cry and her parents give her what she wants, so I have no idea what to do, I seriously would not blame that poor dog for biting her, I would do the same if I was a dog and a kid was all over me. I love my little cousin and all but it just gets on my nerves sometimes when she is getting what she wants all the time, hopefully I will be able to keep her away from the dog. Katie is such a sweet girl, but if she has not gotten enough rest or she is just growchie cause she didn't get her way, thats when it's the end of the world for her. So what does everyone suggest I do about this issue?
My cousin will normally pet gentally if you tell her to, but sometimes she gets a little to rough, they let her take the dog and my dog for walks so she is always yanking on them and telling him No for doing absolutely nothing, I feel bad for the my dog and their's, and then i try to get the leash from her and she gets all bossy then her dad is like whats wrong Katie, and then she gets what she wants, so Then that puts me in a bad spot. Normally when their is an only child involved, they sometimes tend to be more spoiled than they should. We'll I hope I didn't make my little cousin sound horrible or anything, because that is not what she is, she is just happy to be around dogs, and doesn't understand to leave them alone, she really is a sweet girl overall, who just loves animals. My aunt and Uncle are very nice to and I am sure they will learn whats wrie for the dog and how to make him feel happier. The dog has only been with them for two full days now and he is already nipping.
mypoodlerocks,it sounds like you've got a big job on your hands. Not only are you to help train this dog, but apparently you have to parent a spoiled 3 year old. My advice for you is to talk your aunt into taking that puppy to obedience classes, first of all. You are not going to be there all the time, and the main responsibility for this dog lies with your aunt and uncle, who bought the dog. The more they learn about dogs the better, since they have a bad situation waiting to happen with their 3 year old daughter, and her behaviour with that dog. If the puppy is nipping already he is showing signs that he's fed up with the treatment he's receiving, and the next thing he'll do is bite the little girl. Explain to your aunt, and uncle (I can't believe I have to tell you this) that if the little girl persists in yanking on the dog, and yelling at him, and generally bugging him, that the dog will retaliate. What are they going to do with him then? Put him in a shelter, or have him put to sleep? Maybe you could enlist some help to explain all this from your mom, or someone else your aunt and uncle respect. I hope you have access to a computer while you're away, although by the sounds of your posting, you won't. Try to find some written info on training a puppy also, for your aunt, and try really hard to get her to discipline her daughter, even though that should'nt be up to you. I think you're doing an amazing amount of work, and taking a lot of responsibility for a young girl. Good for you, and I wish you luck! Do you know how to crate train?
No, I am no expert on crate training, so I need help from you all. My aunt has already gotten Benny( the pup) signed up for obedience classes at petsmart. It already sounds like they are kicking themselves in the butt for getting this dog, they do love this dog, and he is really sweet, but he has already bitten my little cousin, and they are having second guesses. But I will train Katie to leave the dog alone, and train the puppy to be a well balanced pup, He is practically potty trained, so I really don't know if they need to do crate training or not. I just can't believe they made a decision to get a dog so quickly, yea I am happy for them, but they have seen the way my cuz has acted around my dog, and it isn't very pretty, i just hope everything works out for them, because if it doesn't, whats going to happen to the dog,cause their is absolutely no way my mom would let me keep Benny. I just hope it doesn't come down to a pup with a broken heart and my aunt and uncle with no dog. Or maybe the pup will be better off, who knows, some lucky person could buy him and he would live a better life, so far to me he doesn't seem like a little kids dog.
mypoodlerocks, it's always a good idea to crate train, even if the dog is almost pottytrained already. The crate will further help to housebreak him, and the crate will be a refuge from your little cousin. Always give him a treat when he goes in; so he does'nt view the crate as a punishment, and you can also give him a kong toy with peanut butter in it, to keep him occupied . It's always a good idea to have your dog used to a crate for when they have to go the vet, or if you have to use one for another reason.This dog really seems like he's going to need a place to call his own too.It should be made clear that the crate is off limits to your 3 year old cousin as well. He might not like it at first, but he'll get used to it.If you use the crate to help potty-train him, make sure you don't put food and water in the crate, and if he sleeps in it at night, you might have to get up once (or your aunt or uncle) in the night to let him out. If he crys and whines at bed time put a blanket over the cage and say something that he will associate with going to bed, like 'night-night', or' go to bed,' and then if he whines just say 'No' sharply and tap the crate.It sounds a little bit harsh, but it won't hurt him. Do not give in, and let him out. Once you decide he's going to be crate trained, stick to your guns, and he'll get used to it.
Thanks for the advice pen :) I think this may be my last post for a little while :(. My aunt went and got the puppy an xtra large dog cage, and she said it is humungous for him, and she also said they leave the door open to the crate, and the puppy enjoys going in there for a nice nap :) I think it may also be his little escape from katie LOL Anyways, I am bringin some dog bones with me for traingin, and I am bringing my camera there, so you all will have plenty of pics of the new puppy!!! I am going to miss my doggy sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, me and ANgel have never been apart this long, "sighs". I am taking pics of Angel along with me for comfort :) I know my mom, sis and brother will take great care of Angel. We'll I better get going, I have some more packing to do and I have to fix my hair, I didn't get to sleep till about almost 3:00 last night, because for dinner I had a soda which I never do, and it had caffeine in it so it kept me up.