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So you are thinking of getting a puppy!

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by SBTlove, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Okay so you have done your research and picked out a pup and you are ready to bring it home. Here are a few things you might want to consider before bringing this pup home.

    Is your home puppy ready?

    Have you taken the proper puppy proofing precautions? Do you have all things dangerous put up and locked up such as chemicals and other household items that are poisonous if ingested.

    Have you purchased a crate or gates for your home?

    Having a crate (or safe place) for you puppy to retreat to is always ideal. Also crate training is a great method of training your new puppy. There will be times in your dogs life that your dog will have to be confined and crate training helps lower the anxiety. Having a crate to keep your dog in while you are away is the best way to keep your dog safe. There are many dangers in a home for a young pup, lots of things to chew up and ingest that could quickly send your dog to the vet with life threatening injuries. If you choose not to crate your dog, definitely consider purchasing some gates.


    Do you have all your puppy supplies?

    It's always good to be prepared. Some of the basic supplies you will need at first is a leash, collar, name tag, some puppy toys, puppy food, a bed or crate. Those are the basics to get your started. You can always get treats for training.

    Most importantly have you lined up a vet?

    The most important thing you can do is make sure you have a vet lined up. Within the first 24 to 48 hours of bringing the pup home you are going to want to get your puppy a full health screening. Your vet will start your vaccine schedule, deworm the pup if needed, and answer any questions you may have about your new pup.


    Remember you have a young pup that is not fully vaccinated. It would be best to limit and avoid contact with other dogs as much as possible until your dog has received all necessary vaccines. After that feel free to start training classes and working on socialization.



    Good luck and Enjoy your new puppy
     
  2. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    I would also like to add that when puppy proofing the house that all wires be hidden or tucked away if possible. I dont know if you have had to replace a power cable for a tv before, but its not cgeap or fun.
     
  3. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Thanks for adding that, I mean to include that. When my dog was a pup we had to replace 3 laptop cords...not cheap. They were like $100 a piece
     
  4. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    If you have kids, please remember that puppies are a lot like toddlers and kids are often their accomplices! I couldn't tell you how many things my pups got into because a child left them out. Make sure you have a serious talk with kids about not letting the dog outside, keeping doors closed, picking up their things and putting them away because a child's mistake could easily result in the death of a dog or a very large vet bill!

    And find a trainer! It's not as easy as it sounds to find a good trainer. Once found, you might have to wait a while to get into a class. It's best to research trainers and plan ahead. Enroll in obedience class as early as you can to make sure you can start classes when you want to with the trainer you like best.
     
  5. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Keep lots of cleaning products, tossable rags, paper towel and SANITY on hand.:lol: Harness your inner Buddha.
     
  6. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    I have always thought puppies were good training for kids. LOL
     
  7. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Especially when you get one that screams all night, and every time you try to sleep, or get some lovin'.:lol:
     
  8. Good advice, because when I'm 20/19 I'm gonna move out of my mom and dads house get a pitbull.
     
  9. If outside, definitely have them a BIG kennell, or a completely fenced off and esacpe.free back yard!
     
  10. Ohhh and pooper scoopers save lives!
     
  11. pascualrys

    pascualrys Puppy

    What do you look for when your looking for a good trainer
     
  12. ~Missy~

    ~Missy~ Snaptastic

    You want a trainer with real credentials, and you want a trainer that uses positive reinforcement. Do NOT get a trainer that believes aggression can be trained out nor a trainer that uses physical force on dogs. And, no trainer that believes in that pack leader or dominance crap.
     
  13. clm14

    clm14 Puppy

    I keep our boy in a crate at night but not when left alone but he is getting very destructive, so how long can they be in crate?
     
  14. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I try not to leave them in the crate for more than 6 hours. Sometimes it can't be avoided though. The length of time a dog can be in a crate is entirely dependent on your individual dog. Remember that they usually will not soil their crate so if you have to leave them in there for longer than 6 hours, it's best to have someone stop by the house to let them out for potty.
     
  15. 20ozBulldog

    20ozBulldog Banned

    Yeah, my little ones are good at fishing out cords I didn't know they could even get to. Most of our electronics are wall-mounted, or tucked into shelving, but iPhone charges and bose doc cords aren't cheap, lol. Luckily, my stern NO followed by a rope in their mouths works thus far. They educated me on how to eliminate the problem. And quick! I though I had a puppy proof fortress with Bruno being raised here (Standard) and all the TV's being wall-mounted and the cords running through the walls, but no one is puppy proof with little Pit babies! :)
     
  16. pitbulldaddy

    pitbulldaddy Puppy

    For me I first put my apbt in a crate only at night when we went to sleep. Young pups don't have good bladder and bowel control for the first few months so constant trips outside to the same potty area are gonna be what you'll have to get use to. I confined her to a area about 6x8 and gradually increased it as she got better at holding it. Positive reinforcement for eliminating outside is a must so take treats with you when you go out and they potty where they are suppose to. Its what I did and by week 9-10 she was house trained

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