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FiveHoursSleep Sun 16-Sep-12 18:42:51

If not, could this be one, please?
We have just agreed to offer a home to a 6 week old GSD x collie? pup whose mum was rescued from an Irish dog pound.
We pick him up in a couple of weeks. Time to drag out the crate and chew toys...
He's living in a kennel atm with his mum and siblings so we''l be starting from the top when it comes to toilet training too.
Who else has new puppies and what stage are you up to with them?

FungusTheBogeyman Sun 07-Apr-13 13:36:07

Can I just say thank you so much for this thread and for all the amazing advice and experiences posted. We picked up our border terrier pup last Sunday and this past week has been a huge learning curve. It has been really reassuring to read about others and for some hope that things will get easier!

fanoftheinvisibleman Fri 05-Apr-13 10:46:29

Wow, I have just re read this thread StuntNun as it all seems so long ago smile.

Our Border Terrier is 8 months old now and is there abouts fully grown now and gets hairier by the day grin It feels like he has been pretty easy really. He only ever had us up in the night once, was fully house trained under 3 months and has never chewed anything he is not supposed to. He is only crated at night now and that is only really out of habit as it doesn't seem to bother him.

He loves energetic games and long walks but inbetween this he is bone idle. He hasn't stirred this morning yet at all! He is still not fussed by breakfast so hasn't eaten yet..Finally found a food to suit his tricky tum though.

All round he is a fab dog though grandad puppy sitting has turned him into a food beggar as no amount if getting cross has stopped my dad feeding him off his plate. He is still an attention junkie though and therefore recall is patchy - read non existant if anyone about. I am selective about where we go off lead. Shame he can't master that as he is like bloody pudsey when it comes to daft useless tricks and a clicker grin

We wouldn't change him for the world and have enjoyed the puppyhood ride smile

StuntNun Fri 05-Apr-13 09:49:49

I have been reading this thread with interest. How are you all getting on with your pups now?

Pizdets Sat 08-Dec-12 07:29:01

Lynand, they sound hilarious to me, but then I don't have to live with them! I have made great strides in housetraining this week by getting a mesh puppy pen and keeping him in it ALL THE TIME unless he has my full attention. He's taken to it much better than I thought he would (he's still right next to me, just can't sneak off for a surreptitious wee on the floor) and he's now learning he has to ask to go out.

We've also blocked off the stairs with a box which we can step over, he's a terror with the stairs!

Think it also helps we don't have kids yet (we got him after losing our first pregnancy halfway through this summer, so I am probably some crazy dog lady) so the house is quite calm and he doesn't have much chance to get wound up.

His new trick is to try and take himself home alone if he gets fed up on walks, though, which results in much anguished running and amusement for passers-by.

SelfRighteousChristmasPants Wed 05-Dec-12 22:01:12

We got Talisker on Saturday and she seems to be settling in well. Almost all poos outside, wees are very hit and miss. She does resemble a bouncing shark though grin Bit more stressful dealing with her as DS is off school ill but not too bad.

Lynand Wed 05-Dec-12 20:15:29

Hi Pidzets i see your Dachs/poodle is well behaved. My two are looking more like Dach/Chihauhas every day and are very naughty. They can get up the stairs but not down and sieze every chance to run up there and then cry. Basil got his tail stuck in the dog door. Pepper became wedged in the stairgate. They ate the squeaker from their toy duck. One of them may squeak if squeezed. If they don't leave the Xmas tree alone i may have them stuffed and hung on it. They use the 'puppy pad' and go out side but also leave plenty of 'presents' around as well. I could out-bend and stretch any gym class. Should have had Ferrets.

tabulahrasa Wed 05-Dec-12 19:58:08

Monster puppy had his last puppy class today, he'll be old enough for the adult ones after christmas...shock How an that be I'm still counting his age in weeks? lol

There's a Border Terrier in my puppy class, he is lovely, his whole body waggles with excitement smile

SixtyFootDoll Tue 04-Dec-12 21:59:55

Thanks all and hi fellow terrier owners.
Pleased with her so far, loves cuddles and very playful.
Vets tomorrow.

fanoftheinvisibleman Tue 04-Dec-12 21:09:10

Hi 8hours! Doggylonglegs is coming on in leaps and bounds now. Hardly ever bites now though has manic half hours. He loves muddy off lead romps in the woods (and leaping into waterfilled ditches!).

Puppy class is hard work though as he is overly enthusiastic with other dogs and gets too excited. We are busy with the task of teaching ourselves clicker tricks ready for the 'party' at xmas! Trainer says he is every inch the confident outgoing terrier ( read sharp as a button but equally independent).

And it is a good job I am not vain, I would have been very disapointed lately that the men doing U turns and stopping their cars to chat are only interested in my dog! It would seem the men in my neck of the woods are suckers for a hairy terrier!

How is yours coming along?

digerd Tue 04-Dec-12 21:03:43

8 weeks is still very young. As soon as they wake up, if you catch them, scoop them up in your arms as I never had one wee on me, quickly open the door put them down and I always said "do wee wee", and when they did i praised them, They soon got the message. I think that was probably a little older than 8 weeks.
I used to put newspaper right next to the door in the kitchen, where they would later go outside to do it, and always praise when they do it. At 8
weeks old, they wee and poo in the morning after waking, also wee after every sleep during the day, and poo after every meal
before doing a poo they go round in circles a bit and when ready arch their backs, drop their rear, lift their tail and go. So if you watch you will get warning. Not so with the wee, though, unfortunately.
After drinking, outside for a wee.

ijustwant8hours Tue 04-Dec-12 20:39:23

Cross post with Fan! Hi Fan, how are you doing?

ijustwant8hours Tue 04-Dec-12 20:37:30


My border is nearly 20 weeks now, my goodness time has flown! He is growing into a lovely dog - but we stll have a few arrrgh moments!

I didnt crate at night until he was about 11 weeks, mainly because I thought that I would rather clean the floor in the morning than have him cry in the night, i started coming down to what was obviously one gigantic wee he had just done and then put him in the crate at night. He was crated in the day for short spells from the beginning.

To get them to go outside you need a warm coat and patience.... Take her out and wait, when she goes praise and treat. I said "wee" while he was weeing. Take her out a lot! Mine will now wee on command, but if I dont take him out every hour or so he will wee on the floor! Poos have been easier for us, same theory though. Take her out after she has eaten, wait, then praise and treat.

Good luck! They get big quick!

fanoftheinvisibleman Tue 04-Dec-12 20:37:00

Hi Sixtyfootdoll. My Border is 4 1/2 months now so the teeny 8 weeker already seems a long time ago.

There is no secret to outside toileting other than repeat trips freezing your backside off in the garden with her. Take her out every hour and also out if she goes inside and she will get the message. Be consistant all the time.

And hang on to the thought it will pay off when it is driving you nuts. Ours has been fully trained for over a month now and cries to go out. It is worth the hard work. And when she is a couple more weeks on take the leap of faith and take up the paper. Getting rid of it helped ours get things right.

fanoftheinvisibleman Tue 04-Dec-12 20:27:06


SixtyFootDoll Tue 04-Dec-12 19:33:58

Hello, another newbie puppy owner, we brought home our female border terrier on the weekend.
8 weeks old and very cute.
Trying to use the crate but not sure how it works at night.
She is using newspaper to toilet on which is outside the crate, so have been leaving the crate door open, but kitchen door closed.
She's crying at night on and off.
Not sure how to get her to 'go' outside.

Pizdets Tue 27-Nov-12 17:35:41


Hope it's not too late to post on here, I've been reading the last few pages and it's been so helpful to see how everyone else is getting on!

We have a little daschund x poodle who is coming up to 13 weeks old (Lynand, I don't suppose yours came from Cheam, did they???) who is adorable and is currently snuggled on the sofa next to me. He's generally very well behaved and I'm busy socialising him by taking him to bars and pubs as often as possible. He's a London dog so already used to going on the tube and bus, sirens, traffic etc.

I wondered if anyone had any experience on weight gain? When the breeder's vet weighed him on October 19th he was 1.16kg (so tiny!) and when our vet weighed him 2.5 weeks ago he was 1.5kg. I've been weighing him this week and he's still 1.5kg...surely he should have put on some weight in the last couple of weeks? He's eating well and full of beans but I'm worried I'm missing something. Will he have a growth spurt soon?

Hope everyone's puppies doing well and everyone's still doing OK with the housetraining in this awful weather!


poobum5 Sun 18-Nov-12 19:40:27

hellllooo all.
We have finally brought home our very gorgeous border collie Puppy yesterday. He is 8 weeks old and obviously gorgeous! It has been going well so far. Managed about 5 or 6 hours sleep last night - better than anticipated! We are still getting him used to his crate, but have made good progress with that today. Our first dog was unsure initially, but seems to be getting used to him and they have just had a fab play in the garden.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he settles well tonight....
DC are all totally in love with him, and so far we haven't had too much nipping.
Off to the vets for first injections tomorrow.
Must say I am loving puppy owning! We got our first dog when she was 6 months old so never done the very little puppy bit before!
Glad to hear others are surviving puppyhood! grin

fanoftheinvisibleman Sat 17-Nov-12 15:11:42

We had our first puppy class today. He has found himself a best buddy in the shape of a cocker spaniel to tear around with. There were lots of cringe worthy moments (he got more time outs than any other puppy with his over enthusiastic ways!) but it is hard not to laugh when he's streaking round the place with what I call his gremlin face on! Think terrier whos ears and legs are still too big for him, hairy face starting to sprout tearing round at full tilt complete with tongue trailing like he's grinning!

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Wed 14-Nov-12 12:29:38

Should be even more interesting as her Mum is laid back and Dad a bit barmy! I bet you can guess which breed is which wink

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 14-Nov-12 06:26:16

Punter that is when I tend to throw cardboard boxes and tubes on the floor. It makes a mess but keeps him quiet.

punter Tue 13-Nov-12 23:29:07

well our lab puppy is 12 weeks old and has had his two jabs so soon will be able to go out on walks and use up some of that energy. Garden has become quite boring I think. Still jumping up a bit and gets excited and does growling when we try to divert him to a chew toy so needs time out sometimes. Any ideas how to keep him busy (kong did not work) especially in the evenings when we want to sit down and relax and he does not!
Like children, he can be lovely but also can be horrid. Very leggy now as well.
Good luck to everyone.

FiveHoursSleep Tue 13-Nov-12 21:06:42

Aww thats an interesting mix. I love crossbreeds, you never know quite what you are getting!

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Tue 13-Nov-12 19:32:43

chosen not chosed blush

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Tue 13-Nov-12 19:32:16

Hello can I join you? Just chosed a little staffy X springer spaniel puppy we'll be bringing her home in 2 weeks time. Really excited though I know it will be hard work. Never had a puppy, our last dog was a 3 year old collie X rescue dog.

tabulahrasa Mon 12-Nov-12 23:15:00

Ah, mine is sweet and funny - but honestly, I could do with him being a dog rather than a puppy... luckily he will be soon enough, lol.

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