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Helping Friends With A New Puppy

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My best mates have got a new working breed pup. BYB, brought her home at 8 weeks old.

Is there a good and simple website that explains this stuff? I just need simple guidelines.

Sorry – I have googled but I can't find anything quite right and thought you guys might know.

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Also I sympathise. I had my very well educated boss who I quite like tell me about the kittens he is trying to home. When I asked him why he hadn't taken mum cat to the vet, he said "we never got around to it". Anyway, they have had her desexed now and all the kittens have had their vaccs but hoo boy...

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Sadly people think they have a right to get a puppy without doing any research. I just hope they don't get rid of her in 12-18months like so many people do with high energy working breeds when they realise they actually have to keep the work up. :mad

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Thanks. That looks perfect. All sent on.

Thanks for support also. I can't believe they got a kelpie. Honestly, I think it will probably all work out fine, and there will be lots of prodding and checking from my end.

Glad they have you!

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I get annoyed though, I swear people need an in-depth psychological test before buying a pet. I just saw this on FB for a 10 week old sharpei puppy that they bought a week or so ago and the ridiculous reason for reselling him. "This is Henry... We bought him for our two sons but they are just too young to know not to play rough." I don't know, maybe you should have tested them with another dog before buying this one or heaven forbid you teach your kids to be gentle. I think I need to stop visiting these buy,swap sell pages and seeing ads for dogs people bought on a whim :eek:

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Oh lord MUP, poor puppy :( I wonder if they asked if the breeder would take him back.

Lorem, totally sympathise! I started a thread the other day about an acquaintance doing similar, with a Rotti x Mastiff pup. It's so frustrating when there are soooo many things you want to get across to them but you sound like a nagging crazy person if you say them all.

Hopefully it does work out with your friends, I'm working on my acquaintance but I suspect her puppy may be needing a new home when he gets older.

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Lorem, totally sympathise! I started a thread the other day about an acquaintance doing similar, with a Rotti x Mastiff pup. It's so frustrating when there are soooo many things you want to get across to them but you sound like a nagging crazy person if you say them all.

Hopefully it does work out with your friends, I'm working on my acquaintance but I suspect her puppy may be needing a new home when he gets older.

I just read it. Dear me. You're doing a great job with her – good on you for your patience and kindness.

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dee lee   

I gave up on nagging clueless people about their new dogs. With the rare exception (thank heavens the sharpei was returned!), all those I lectured just ignored me. :o

Half the time the dogs turned out fine despite their owners & the other half have learned to live with their dog's bad behaviour. People just do what they want anyway & I suspect that since they already have a dog, they might think they know all there is to know.

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BC Crazy   

Really makes me so cranky when people don't do their research BEFORE getting a puppy/dog or anything with a heart beat for that matter. I just don't get it.

And the very sad irony is more often then not the dog is the one that suffers or worse :( through no fault of it's own.

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B-Q   

It bugs me to no end when people don't consider the difference breed makes when choosing a puppy.

I did want to chime in though and say please don't be asking them to isolate their puppy untill after their vacc are complete (I assume 12 weeks?)

If they do this they are missing vital time where they can be socialising the pup. Be smart about it, don't take an unvacc'd puppy to a dog park but it should be out in their arms atleast seeing the sights, sounds and smells of the world. Seeing cars, buses, trains, people, busy area's, quiet area's, people on skateboards, motorbikes etc.

Missing out on these things can leave lifelong scars on how a dog see's the world and how they function in it. Be smart about it but for gods sake please get the dog out and socialising.

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It bugs me to no end when people don't consider the difference breed makes when choosing a puppy.

But that's not a really fair judgement though is it. Most people don't understand how breeds differ, let alone the difference between the breed groups or even that there are breed groups. To many people, a dog is just a dog, so they're the same kettle of fish.

I don't have a problem with people not researching their breed first, provided they're willing to learn WITH the dog. My boy Zeus is the perfect example of this. Impulse pet shop purchase, beagle x JRT bought by myself, a first time dog owner and only ever had Aussie Terriers as pets before. I sure wasn't ready for the challenge he presented -- an über high energy dog with a nose that can smell things a kilometre away. He's been a huge learning curve, but I've taken the time to learn about both breeds and worked and trained with him.

It has been hard work but oh so rewarding. He's a gorgeous boy, who has an enthusiastic willingness to learn new things. The bond we have now is beyond what I ever thought possible and that's because I made the choice to hop on his development journey with him. I hate to think of where he would've ended up had I not bought him that day. I can see my gorgeous boy being bounced around by owners and the pound because no one would take the time to learn with him.

Sure, he's not perfect and has his issues, but we're both working hard to resolve this. Where I am at this moment is that I don't regret buying him like I did -- but in that first year, I was tested like nothing else and yes I did wonder what I'd gotten myself into.

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