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BabyDubsEverywhere Mon 21-Sep-09 21:21:28

Han anybody add to this please, I put my deposit on my pup yesterday and will be collecting her on the 11th of October. We are so excited!

What should be on my shopping list, and what do you wish you knew before you got your puppy?

Any ideas greatly appreciated x

bedlambeast Mon 21-Sep-09 21:28:36

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lazydog Mon 21-Sep-09 22:54:21

Big roll of chicken wire for wrapping around every half-decent looking tree or shub in the garden

valhala Mon 21-Sep-09 23:32:48

Spot o Bedlambeast! (Hey, that user name describes my GSD perfectly!)

Also lots of socialisation - there's nothing more distressing to dog or ownner than a dog which is dog aggressive and needs 100% watching/100% lead walking, gets into fights, goes mad at the sight of other dogs and causes rows with other dog owners because he hasn't had plenty of opportunity to be socialised from an early age. I see too many such dogs coming into rescue like this and they suffer in many ways though it isn't their fault.

Add to that neutering, for similar reasons.

Stairgates if necessary, maybe a crate for short periods of time when you are out and he is still chewing/peeing on carpets.

Kong toys.

Firm but gentle setting of boundaries, consistantly. If you don't want your guests to have hairy bums when they get up from your sofa when they make to leave, as mine do, the ensure that you lay that rule down from day one, you stick to it and even your soppiest child does too.

Patience, love and the realisatio that I am extremely jealous!

What breed is he/she? Go on, rub it in!

valhala Mon 21-Sep-09 23:33:47

Sorry, you did say "she"! Forgive my ignorance, I'm pleading a cold is affecting my brain!

valhala Mon 21-Sep-09 23:35:11

PS Sorry for all the typos, my N key is playing up!

BabyDubsEverywhere Tue 22-Sep-09 20:11:01

hehe, we are getting a scottie cross bichon, so looking forward to it, tiny ball of fluff like a bear cub, Her name will be Poppy smile

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