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Getting a new puppy - what do I need?

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Iamaslummymummy Fri 18-Jan-13 19:26:45

We are adoring a puppy from Romania. He'll be 5 months when he arrivesin the next month. He is a lab cross.

This is my list of what I think I need.....

Car harness
Found local training club

Anything else I'm missing?

Very excited!

Marne Sat 19-Jan-13 11:23:44

We have a paws workshop in April, were doing a lot of clicker training and so far he seems to be the easiest dog to train (so much easier than my other dog), they are deffently a good breed. He picked up on toilet traing very quickly but its now gonw to pot due to the snow (which has confused him). We are using puppy pads and paper but put them next to the back door so when he goes to them i can put him outside if i get to him fast enough. Our pups only 9 weeks old (so still very young) so we cant take him out yet, cant wait to get out with him and to puppy training. So far the only real problems have been seperation anxiety (he cries as soon as someone leaves the room and cries in the night) but it is getting better each day, having a kong to play with seems to help when we have to go out.

Marne Sat 19-Jan-13 11:28:35

And he looks very similar to my pup who we have also named Apollo grin (pictures on my profile). I think ours has Collie in him, lab x collie is ment to be a good combo, both breeds that are highly intelligent and love to learn (also both love food which makes training easier).

sookiesucksvamps Sun 20-Jan-13 19:33:23

Marne my first dog was a labx collie she was the cleverest sweetest dog EVER I had her16 yrs I miss her so much you have just reminded me xx

Iamaslummymummy Mon 21-Jan-13 08:11:11

Can I check that he will need a collar and tag as well as a harness? I read that was a requirement I think?

TantrumsAndBalloons Mon 21-Jan-13 08:13:56

Yes all dogs need a tag, do not put your dogs name on it though, put your name and contact details.
Yy to kong. My dogs love frozen peanut butter.

Marne Mon 21-Jan-13 12:50:39

Yes, tag needs to have your name, your address (we just did the first line of address and postcode) and phone number, we got ours on e-bay for a couple £ each. We have a harness but pup got out of it today on the way to the vets so i think i need to find a better one grin. Our pup had his last jab today so i can take him out next week, cant wait to start socialising.

LadyTurmoil Mon 21-Jan-13 14:59:14

Wow - just seen the link with his photo - he's gorgeous! Will be really interested to hear how the whole process goes and how it was with AAA...

Iamaslummymummy Tue 22-Jan-13 06:32:03

Thanks will report back. They have been great so far!

onlyoneboot Tue 22-Jan-13 13:47:43

He is super cute. I adopted a dog from Romania via a UK rescue last year. She is a bit older so more 'issues' but it's been a very positive experience. Look forward to updates.

Iamaslummymummy Wed 30-Jan-13 12:29:14

Puppy is coming on Friday! He came across on Sunday but we weren't home checked in time so he's in foster.

The action aid for animals process has been so easy. Really helpful friendly people, available via email/facebook at all times. Compared to the two English rescues who didn't even tell us we werent successful. The home checkers spent almost two hours with us, both making sure we were an appropriate home and sharing really helpful information for us as new dog owners.

Would definitely recommend them smile

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