Hello, I have been reading a while and stocking up on tips for our new arrival. We are getting a Springer puppy on Sunday, which is great timing as DH will beoff for three weeks then and I am at home too. He's 8 weeks, the small and quiet one of the litter. He's our first dog. Kids are pre-teen, I work part time only 12 hours (some from home anyway). We are a busy active family and have a lot of love to give him I reckon! But no experience lol
We did a lot of research, we wanted an active dog around mid size, looked a few breeds to suit that really. Our breeder has only bred twice, both times to gain a puppy for the family. They prefer a smaller Springer, so looked carefully before choosing a sire. I have seen all the paperwork, health checks, waiting list etc. Think I have done it appropriately. This will be her bitches only litter. Life time advice and happy to take over holidays etc (although, he's coming with us, I ain't leaving him!)
I have a crate and half of Pets at Homes toy department it seems. A ticking clock, water bottle, puppy food, lead, training lead, 6 x clickers (we will lose them all over the house knowing us), a fetching bum bag for treats. We will sleep with him downstairs initially or maybe have him in the landing, just need to finalise that bit. Whatever he needs to settle.
Just wanted to introduce, that's all. Hoping that will get me some advice in the next few weeks
Floral - yes, we did. We collect it on Sunday. Thank you.
We did look at rescues Hully. We did talk at lot about that route to be honest and quite seriously, but we feel for us, for a variety of reasons, a puppy is more appropriate for our particular circumstances.
Really exciting! Springers are really bouncy from what I see of them in the park and usually very muddy!!!!
Good luck - you sound well prepared and have time to spend with him. How old are your children? Our pup was quite nippy at first, so establish a strategy to stop this. We all said 'oww' and stopped playing with pup, this seemed to work.
Sorry Floral - I meant thank you for the tip, didn't read quite right
ggirl - We did have a few names but stuck with the one the breeder calls him, Harry. It suits him to be honest!
Most of our friends own dogs (all vaccinated) so he will get lots of socialisation from the word 'go'. I do want to take him to puppy classes though too, most round here seem to be taking a Christmas break then starting up in January, which again, will work.
Jenski - kids are 13 and 11. Old enough to understand some level of responsibilty. However, in reality, I will be the main trainer and 'carer' for want of a better word. I would prefer it like that for consistency. They will also be busy with exams etc before long. But definitely a family dog, they are really up for it an excited, I am a touch more realistic that's all! Thanks for the nipping tip, I read that and standing like a statue, withdrawing attention etc. Mud doesn't bother me, I am not great without sleep, bit grumpy, which is why it will be good to have DH around too initially (a good three weeks) until we get into a routine of sorts. The kids slept through eventually, I guess the dog will!!
Life - 14 is a super age. Just the one dog that you have?
Nutcracker - training and stimulation will be a priority. I understand they need a lot of mental stimulation. I am happy to provide this either myself or via classes. Our friends too their first Lab to obedience classes which they said were brilliant for him.
Ah, you're in for it I have a cocker/springer cross and he's the most adorable/funny/demanding/energetic/mental/bouncy/loving dog ever. Make friends with the mud and swamp slime, for it will arrive soon....
Just the one, she hasn't got long left now as she has renal failure but is still happily trotting round two half hour walks per day and eating like a horse. We're enjoying her whilst she's still with us. a lovely breed. as other posters say though, learn to love mud and snow still brings the puppy out in mine.
Life - Sounds like she has had super times with you. Being really honest, I have researched and read such a lot of stuff, but have chosen to ignore the fact they grow old. Not sure whether that is a good way or a bad way to go about matters, but that's the way I have done it. Sounds like your girl has rather some life in her yet though!!
Chickens - I too have peeked. Fab! I love the colouring. My SIL has just got a puppy, a cross breed of a lab and a collie (long story, neighbours bitch, rural area, farmers dog on loose etc!) She got her f'ree to a good home' and was ready to mother something now her kids are at Uni and she has the time and love available in her circumstances. She's a lovely chocolate colour in the main, just super