Hello, My family needs a bit of advice. We are to bring home our new Chocolate Lap puppy in 5 weeks time. This will be my families first time raising a puppy without us being home all day. When we got our Chesapeake Bay Retriever, I wasn't working and was able to be with the puppy all day. Now it is 14yrs later, our Chessie passed away 6 months ago and we are ready to start over with a new friend. However, we all work during the day, do not have a fenced in yard (as we live in the country with ACRES and ACRES of land and on the water) and are not quite sure what is the best thing to do for our new puppy. We will be out of the house for 8 hours a day on weekdays. Obviously, she cannot be left outside to fend for herself and get lost. My friends all say to put her in a crate, but isn't 8 hours in a crate a LONG time for a puppy?? Should I put a kennel run in the yard? It is fairly cold here in Feb and March and it might be too cold for the puppy. Any advice would be much appreciated. I have had lots of negative advice saying that I shouldn't even get a dog because we are not home during the day and it is unfair to the dog. We absolutely LOVED our Chessie and took her hiking, swimming, and camping with us when we were home. We have room in our hearts and lives for a dog! Please help!
All great ideas except that we are in a very rural area. There are no such things as doggie day cares or neighbors...lol....all the teenagers are in school with me....or at least they SHOULD be! I have a rather large garage and could put an oversized kennel in there. It isn't incredibly warm, but it would be warmer than outside, have space to move around and with blankets and padding, maybe that will keep puppy warm enough.
Do you drive to a town when going to work? Cuz you could check into a Dog daycare close to where you work. Do you have a basement? Can the garage be heated at least made warmer, I would certainly STILL put a doghouse inside the kennel inside the garage if you have to resort to that.
Our "town" consists of a court house building, school, bank, grocery shop, church, and a few tiny diners. We are in hickville without stop lights. The closest "city" like you are thinking of is about 1 hour away. I work in the school, so no, I don't drive into the city. I guess my only real choice will be for the puppy to be in the kennel inside the garage and yes I will put a smaller crate inside the kennel for the puppy to get inside of and feel safe and secure. I always worry about leaving on a space heater when I am not home. As you can probably guess, we don't have paid firefighters here and the houses are usually burned to the ground before the volunteers show up. I will be training the puppy to be a certified reading dog, but until I can get my school to accept her and she gets her training, she can't come to school with me. I do have hope for that in the future though! When I was raising my last Retriever we had a fenced in yard and a laundry room with vinyl floors so training her was easy!
It is the safest thing for the pup. It won't chew any pill bottles or choke on anything and really puppies sleep a lot!
There will be whining and crying but not only does crating help with potty training but it gives the dog a place to go to feel safe.
If for some reason you still feel uneasy leaving the pup in a crate for now try to turn a bathroom into a temporary puppy room. Make sure everything is locked up and when the pup can chew through the cabinet(and its a lab so it will! when I was younger one of ours ate the kitchen flooring more than once) then start crating.
Feed the dog in the crate so it thinks of it as a good place.
I might have missed it-how old will the pup be when you bring it home? The longer you wait the better-people so often want to bring puppies home at eight weeks but twelve is so much better.
We also live in the middle of nowhere. We have had dogs and done rescue all my life-not once has it negatively affected any of them.
Doggy dare care can be nice but honestly the dogs sleep all day in or out of a crate so I don't see the point-I have five so they have a lot of interaction though!!! And I have a hard time trusting my dogs with boarding places or anywhere I am not the one caring for them. I know of to many bad tings that have happened.Thats not to say there are not great places out there.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
The breeder told us to take the puppy as soon as the mamadog weened her. I assume that will be 8 or 9 weeks old. Why is it better to wait until puppy is 12 weeks? I agree, we are one of those eager families to get our new baby home, but the longer we do wait the warmer it will be and the less worrying about the garage being so cold. I wanted to wait until the summer to get a new pup since I don't work in the summer time. However, my husband and daughter both will be away for the summer and they wanted time to bond and play with the puppy before they left. Also, we wanted the puppy to be ready for training over the summer and getting her now, makes her a good age for that.
Training begins immediately-it shouldn't wait for the weather to turn nice or for it to be a convenient time for the family. It is much easier to teach good habits rather than to try to correct bad habits.
I think you might have missunderstood what I meant by training. Yes, I do know that basic training begins immediately and we will definitely be working with her on good habits right away. The training I was talking about working with her over the summer was her "lessons" on learning how to be a good READ dog. We will be training our pup to work in our school system as a certified Read therapy dog. She cannot start that training at 10 weeks old as she first needs to develop the basics. Next she will work on the skills and mile stones to earn her Good Citizen award, then we can begin to work with her on the Read program. Of course, all of this future plan relies heavily on if SHE has the temperment for this sort of work. Just because we would like her to be a working therapy dog, doesn't mean that she will automatically be cut out for that sort of duty. If it isn't meant to be, we are ok with that too and will love her anyway.
Hi, congrats on the new puppy. It will be alot of fun I am sure. The best way I see fit to keep your baby happy and contained is an x-pen. They work wonders, and are a 4ftX4ft square. You can put them anywhere, but I would advise attaching it to a wall with eye screws and double ended snaps. Once your puppy gets big enough, they will be able to move it. I had a 7wk old mini aussie puppy move my through the kitchen and turn it into the living room. He then moved it over the step just enough to be able to crawl out underneath. (gotta love smart dogs).
In the x-pen (excersize pen), but his crate, a weewee pad or potty paper, food, water, toys, and a hard chew bone. Things he would not be able to break off into small peices and choke. He could stay in there while you are work. He will learn that to be his safe spot. If you don't want to crate him, you could also use it at night. I personally belive whole heartedly in a Crate. They become your dogs den, and happy spot. Mine love their crates, and if they get upset by something that is where the prefer to be.
You can purchase x-pens usually at a local pet store, or through a magizine. I can give you some websites or other helpful hint if you want to PM me with questions. (no advirtising here). They also can come with tops, and are different heights. Some of the larger (3ftish) also have doors. Each panel is 2ft, so you can bend it into any shape you want, ie: square, circle, ect. Good luck with your new baby.
What you described seems to be exactly the way we are leaning to keep puppy safe and secure while we are at work. We have a 4 car garage, so there is plenty of room in it for the large size x-pen, crate inside of it, plus wee wee pad and plenty of toys. Thanks for the tips.
We are all ready for the arrival of our new little darling. The X-pen is here, complete with a dog house inside of it, and we have a nice crate for the inside of the house, not to mention loads of toys, wee wee pads and blankies. We are so excited! Friday is the BIG day. However, I have one more question. I have never owned an AKC papered puppy. The breeder has advertised that the puppy's parents are both AKC registered. When I pick up the puppy will the puppy already be AKC registered with papers or do I have to submit something to register her? What should I ask the breeder for in terms of verification?? Thanks! Tia
If the puppy is AKC reg. you should recived the papers with the puppy. These will be for you to registar your puppy. What about a health contract. If you are not getting a health guarantee of 2yrs or more in a signed contract, I wouldn't even bother picking up that puppy, and find a good breeder who will provide that.
You will probably get an AKC puppy paper. This will have a tenative registratin number. It will costs about $20 to send it in but you get to actually name the puppy which one of the fun things of getting a puppy anyway. If they were officially registered already, the breeder would have to pick out a name.
When you register the pup, there is an option to sign up for free trial of the pet insurance. I think only the person sending in the puppy papers is eligible to receive the trial. I have heard it has actually came in quite handy.
Other paperwork to that "should" be looked for will probably be some sort of contract that explains basic expectations and the health guarantee. Basic expectations means something like if you ever cannot keep the pup it must be returned to the breeder, puppy is never to be neglected, abused or bought with intent for resale. Not that I think you are going to do those things but its just part of what is usually in at least a basic contract. It is just away to help the breeder protect the puppy in case others do those things.
You are buying a Chocolate Lab; so at the very least you must make sure the parents are OFA'D and CERF'D. Hip dysplasia runs rampant in a few breeds, the Lab being one of them. I hope your breeder has a good health guarantee. Remember to ask how many times and when the pup was wormed. You mentioned that you assumed you would get the pup when she was weaned, and why is it better to wait until 12 weeks. What did the breeder say the reason was? How old is the puppy?
At least in my state is it ILLEGAL to sell a pup under the age of 8 weeks.
The early weeks are important. The pup should be with her/his littermates so she/he can learn how behave around other dogs. Take a pup away from the litter too soon and you might be asking for behavioral problems later on.
Registration with AKC is a two-step process. The breeder needs to register the litter. Then you need to register the pup. The breeder should supply the forms and/or information for you to perform this step.
BTW -- Selling on this site is no indicator of quality.