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Old 03-04-2017, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So the Mrs finally picked up Toby. The shelter guy called her yesterday (Friday) and said he's not ready, pick him up Saturday instead. So this morning she went to get him. He seems to be settling in nicely. I told the kids to let him explore the house and not be on top of him constantly, but you know kids!
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Congratulations! So cute... get ready for a fun ride...lol
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Congratulations! So cute... get ready for a fun ride...lol
Oh yeah, lol!! He's already shown us where the house hasn't been "puppy-proofed" yet!
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Questions:
Have you had a puppy before?
How old are your children?
Put the puppy in a limited area perhaps using baby gates. My dog is 5yrs old and i have a space she cant get out of when i need her out of trouble.
A puppy is full of mischief and doesn't know what is your good stuff...lol.
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Kids are 11 and 13. I bought a pen in addition to the crate so that when he's not being watched 100% he can't get into trouble. But with the kids on top of him, especially the 13 year old, we haven't used the pen yet.
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So here is Toby in the pen. Whining a little because he's left alone and realizes his mobility is limited. I'm not sure if we should leave his crate in there or just put a doggy bed in for more space. His crate is already his safe place. He gets spooked and runs right into the crate. Thoughts, anyone?
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok you asked...lol
Your puppy will be nearly fully grown at 6 months with tons of energy. My "puppy " easily jumped a 2 foot baby gate I had. That space will be a little small later on. My dog has 60 square feet. I use 4 foot folding fencing I bought at Petco. By the,way just have them deliver it if possible.
Glad your children are older since your adorable puppy will start going through a biting stage and worry about toddlers getting hurt. Go to search and put in key words to find great past posts on:
Crate training
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Dog food. Www.dogfoodadvisor.com
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Here is a picture of my dog's space, you'll see Cassie in her bed next to her crate
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Welcome to Beagle World! Cassie has very good experience and very good advise too
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:08 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well Cassie will love this story.......as soon as I got home Saturday afternoon (wife picked Toby up Saturday around noon), I explained to the wife and kids that Toby gets NOTHING FOR FREE (Cassie's suggestion). So when dinner time rolled around we got out the food, the bowl, and the measuring cup. Toby is jumping around, whining, trying to climb up on me to get at the bowl, but I made him sit first (we've done that with other pups before). As soon as his butt hit the ground he got a pat on the head and the bowl was placed down in front of him. Told the wife and kids that this is to be an "every single time" routine. So yesterday I had to work so I missed his lunch and dinner, but my wife and daughter took care of it. This morning my daughter goes to feed him and as soon as the food hit the bowl, he sat down right next to where the bowl goes to wait for her! LOL! They learn the important things so quickly! She made him stand up again and sit on command, we don't want any cheaters! Next week we'll maybe add in "down". We'll see how "sit" progresses.
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he is so cute!! looks like my Kaz!! (8 week old beagle mix)

How old? We have the same crate and pen but they are separate. The crate is downstairs for bedtime and the pen is in my office upstairs.

I really like your suggestion on making the dog sit before feeding! I"m going to use that!

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