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post #1 of 102
Thread Starter 
It was mentioned in the "peeing in the rain" thread that there were a lot of us with puppies. I like the idea of a "puppy parent support group" and thought maybe we could find out how many of us there are.

I will start.

I am Amy and this is my first time (in my adult life) having dogs. We have 2 mixed breed puppies one male (Scamp) and one female (Rosie). They are 11 weeks 3 days old. Their mother was cairn terrier/pomeranian mix and their father was pure Jack Russel Terrier. The male favors the father, the female favors the mother though they are both black with a white patch on their chest.

Amy
post #2 of 102
We have one puppy, an 8 month old Weimaraner, Asia. I have never had so much fun with a puppy in my life.
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We added Francie, a pyrenees/husky mix, in July. She was rescued from a gassing shelter in NC. My husband put in 14 hours of driving on his birthday to pick her up!

Anyway, she's 6 months old now. She's super mellow for a pup and loves our morning hikes in the woods. She has completed basic obedience class. We worked with, and will continue to work with a local trainer. She picks up the commands up very easily, and really enjoys her training sessions. She adores kids of all ages, even little toddlers. She especially loves "her own" kids, though, and loves to greet them at the bus stop every afternoon.

She is our third dog. We lost Hannah, our 10-year-old husky/lab mix last summer. We still have Maggie, an unbelievably healthy and energetic 15-year-old cocker mix.
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Hi, we have had Oscar, 12 weeks and 1 day old English Mastiff puppy for just over two weeks. Oscar is also the first dog in our family, actually neither DH or I have had dogs before, not even as kids, so this is all new to us. The first week was hard, I felt somewhat overwhelmed and wondered why the heck we did we do this. House training, having him transition from kibble to raw and the subsequent diarrhea was exhausting. I also was mourning my lost freedom. But things have gotten better, Oscar is pretty much house and crate trained. No accidents in well over a week. I am beginning working on training him. He can sit so far and come when called (most of the time, except when he is trying to get into the shoes). The leash is somewhat challenging, he really doesn't like to walk with it on and isn't keen on going outside of the yard. I have been walking him with the leash in the garden, today we got to the end of our driveway, so some small progress is being made. I am also teaching him not to bite, he is pretty gentle for a big dog, and seems to be getting it. He is a smart dog and doesn't take long to pick things up. Next on my list is to drop something that is in his mouth. I would love to take him to puppy classes, but as yet he is unvaxed, so they won't take him. I really don't want to do distemper or Parvo, if I can keep him away from high dog traffic, if he is exposed I will do the homeopathics. Rabies, we will probably have to get because of the law, but will wait until 24 weeks which is the latest we can do it. Then I will give him the nosode to help him process the toxins. I hate the thought of vaxing him.

He is really a very sweet being and brings such joy to the house.

Wow, that was a novel.

ETA: I think this thread is a great idea!
post #5 of 102
If anyone's interested, we're working our way through this book. It's great mental stimulation for our Weim, who needs it badly.
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We have a pug puppy, Titus, who is 9 weeks old tomorrow. We've had him for 5 days. Honestly my post is not as glowing and happy as the rest of you. We are having a horrible time trying to housetrain him and today he just started going in his crate too (see my other thread). I am not feeling any happy or loving feelings towards him at all.
post #7 of 102
I have a 14 week old mutt pup. Her name is Merlow.

Pics at 9 weeks old:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09740.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09736.jpg

We have NO ideas what her breed background is. Her mama (rescued as a stray) looks like an black-tricolored Aussie mix of some kind, and the fathers of the litter were a mystery. I figure a stray female in heat is just a magnet for all the un-neutered males in the area: there were six pups and only two of them looked remotely related.
The above pics were five weeks ago. She looks a lot different now; really leggy and her ears sit a lot higher on her head.

Merlow looks a bit like her black-tri mama, but she certainly isn't an Aussie shepherd. We get a lot of guesses: German Shepherd, Aussie, Border Collie... who knows!

She is a mellow pup (at least as mellow as a pup can be, which isn't very). She is a little reserved at first, but warms up to dogs and people fast. She likes kids, probably because I've taken her to my daughter's school almost every day and let 30 kids or so feed her kibble each time. It is important to me to have a dog who tolerates children.

Crate training is going great: she actually crate trained herself for the most part. She is fine being left solo up to three hours as long as we have plenty of exercise before and after. She sleeps in her crate and just started sleeping though the night this week. THANK YOU! she does like to wake up bright and early, though (6am. Blech).

We have the usual ups and downs with her: days where everything seems great, days when I want to pull out my hair and scream. Ah puppies...
post #8 of 102
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Originally Posted by tinuviel_k View Post
I have a 14 week old mutt pup. Her name is Merlow.

Pics at 9 weeks old:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09740.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09736.jpg

Oh, she is absolutely adorable!
post #9 of 102
I have a 7 mos old French Bulldog and we love her to death. She is almost totally housebroken and she is the light of our life. We also house share/roommate with a just turned 1 yr old Bernese Mtn Dog.

The Berner is a bit of a challenger and most of that is due to her size. She is pushing 90lbs and growing strong. Her name is Willow.

The FBD is named' Charlie" and Charlie is a GIRL. Charlie is white with black spots!
post #10 of 102
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Originally Posted by tinuviel_k View Post
I have a 14 week old mutt pup. Her name is Merlow.

Pics at 9 weeks old:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09740.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09736.jpg
She is adorable!

Here is a photo of DS with Oscar at 10 weeks. He is soooo much bigger now. I swear he grows in front of my eyes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...randTobysm.jpg
post #11 of 102
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tinuviel_k View Post
I have a 14 week old mutt pup. Her name is Merlow.

Pics at 9 weeks old:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09740.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...k/DSC09736.jpg
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She is very cute, but funny enough she looks like she could be related to my male. I will get some pictures to post later.

Amy
post #12 of 102
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Originally Posted by Heavenly View Post
We have a pug puppy, Titus, who is 9 weeks old tomorrow. We've had him for 5 days. Honestly my post is not as glowing and happy as the rest of you. We are having a horrible time trying to housetrain him and today he just started going in his crate too (see my other thread). I am not feeling any happy or loving feelings towards him at all.
Shawna, I honestly know what you are feeling, a week after getting Oscar I broke down in tears confessing to DH I feared we had made a huge mistake and that I didn't want him. I was so worked up about feeding him and the house training that I am sure the puppy felt my hostility towards him. I was so nervous he was going to poop (runny at that) on the carpet that I just couldn't relax. I am a total novice, and honestly think I lucked out on the house training front, but you have gotten some great advice. It really does get better.
post #13 of 102
These puppies are adorable!!

Here's Asia. At 9 weeks. And now.

Those of you who are frustrated with your puppies, it does get better. I thought Asia would never be housetrained. And she peed in her crate. But she got older and we figured out how she worked and things have gotten much better. One of the best things we did was make sure to keep a fairly strict routine with her. And taught her some manners from the start (sit, etc).
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Edited by nomadmom - 7/9/11 at 1:23pm
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nomadmom, welcome to the new puppy tribe!!!
post #16 of 102
Thanks, Mirzam. :-) Our guy (we still haven't named him -- how awful is that?) is really smart and funny. He's going to start puppy classes next week because his breed can be dog-aggressive if not socialized at a young age. We've taken him on walks (in arms) around our village, so he's met lots of people and seen a few other dogs. At the vet yesterday, a small terrier was barking at him like crazy and struggling to get at him, but puppy just sat quietly in my arms, barely noticing. I hope that's a good sign!
post #17 of 102
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Originally Posted by nomadmom View Post
Thanks, Mirzam. :-) Our guy (we still haven't named him -- how awful is that?) is really smart and funny. He's going to start puppy classes next week because his breed can be dog-aggressive if not socialized at a young age. We've taken him on walks (in arms) around our village, so he's met lots of people and seen a few other dogs. At the vet yesterday, a small terrier was barking at him like crazy and struggling to get at him, but puppy just sat quietly in my arms, barely noticing. I hope that's a good sign!
Your guy is an American Stafforshire if I remember correctly? I think as long as you start early socializing him with dogs he'll be fine. There are lots of pits, American bulldogs and Staffies who are at our dog park regularly. They're really sweet and fun!
post #18 of 102
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Your guy is an American Stafforshire if I remember correctly?
No, he's a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They're related to AmStaffs, but are much smaller and have other subtle differences.
post #19 of 102
We have a rat terrier pup that is almost 6 months old now. Her name is Snickers (aka Snickerdoodle, Doodles, Doodledog, George (every time DH says "What are we going to do with you, Snickers?", I say "We're going to love her, and squeeze her and call her George." )) She's really smart, we started basic manners the minute we brought her home. She has completed basic puppy training, the only thing we're having trouble on is the "come" command. Every time she's outside, all she wants to do is eat turkey poop (wild turkeys). Any suggestions for that?
post #20 of 102
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Originally Posted by boobyfeeder View Post
We have a rat terrier pup that is almost 6 months old now. Her name is Snickers (aka Snickerdoodle, Doodles, Doodledog, George (every time DH says "What are we going to do with you, Snickers?
Love it! Our pyr/husky pup is Francie aka Francie-Bean, beanie-weenie, weenie, wiener-dog, wiener. She's really big for a six-month old pup, and dh and I about died laughing one time when I was petting her and blurted out, "I love a big wiener." (Said in a baby-talking voice.)
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