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Mysha 05-13-2019 04:49 AM

Arya's first 2 weeks with us
 
OH MY GOD - this whole experience reminds me of when it was like to bring my son home for the first time after he was born - you read few books, you think you know it all (or most of it) but then the REALITY hits you and BOOM - you don't sleep for 2 weeks, you wipe the floors few times a day because of dog wee, you play with her (half asleep most of the times :D), take her for toilet breaks and walks (we don't have a fence in our garden yet, so all the toilet breaks do happen on the leash, which is normal, I guess, but it means we have to wait for her in the garden to finish chewing, laying in the sun or just in general, finish) so this is I know not the first time you've heard and you have all been through it all - I AM EXHAUSTED!

:confused::confused: We are still learning what it's like to be together and live together. At the same time this whole experience is teaching my son (who will be 10 on June 6th) a whole new responsibility. Of course, he loves to play with Arya, but the more mandane tasks, like taking her outside, sometimes end up with him cleaning the floors, cause she did a wee inside. But he is getting better at watching the time and recognising her behaviours (we all do!)

:hyper::hyper: She is definitely getting bigger and gaining more strength - yesterday we took her for a walk and play and ended up 1,5hrs with her, running, throwing sticks for her to catch and all sorts - she can definitely walk for a longer period of time, rather than stop and sniff everywhere and you feel like a "dummy" for standing in one place for 10 minutes or so!! :-) :D
She usually gets 3 decent walks, including 2 for about 30 minutes or so, if we can squeeze a 1 longer one that's great. Obviously we don't WALK her for 30 mins, she is still very curious and stopping, sniffing, chewing tree roots and started to be interested in DOG POOPS!!!???? We do pull her away any time we see her try to get one. Eeeeeeeewwwwww.

:dance::dance: We are starting a puppy course on Saturday, which we struggled to find, because of our lack of advanced Dutch (or proper beginner's Dutch, but we're learning).
But we also DO RECOMMEND WHOLEHEARTEDLY Zac George's videos on You Tube - Arya is awesome and sits and waits now before we give her a treat.

:dance::dance: We've ordered one of those bike trailers for dogs so can't wait to start using it during our family bike rides.
I've noticed, after those 2 weeks, change of scenery is so important - to both our puppy and us. I started to feel claustrophobic, even though there is so much outdoor at the moment

:blush: Anyway, I think this thread is tad too long :-) :-) :blush:

Mysha 05-13-2019 07:13 AM

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Oooops. I always do this. Pictures below. With my son on Mother's day yesterday and just now - decided to lie down next to our cat, Marvel 😊🙀

techie 05-13-2019 12:02 PM

Good update! You are surviving :D

techie

Mysha 05-13-2019 03:06 PM

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Originally Posted by techie (Post 879384)
Good update! You are surviving :D

techie

Haha!! Thanks a lot :D We're doing our best

Cassie 05-13-2019 03:33 PM

Get some type of yard fencing...beagles will run away as they follow a scent. Get your dog micro chipped. Beagles are NOT off leash dogs so watch your dog carefully.

Nebuchadnezzar 05-13-2019 06:02 PM

We do not have a yard (we live in an apartment) so it is possible to do without a fence but I can see a fence would be nicer. When Neb was a puppy I lived in a house without a fence so I have some idea.

But yes, beagles are not off-leash dogs.

You're doing great with Arya though! Good idea to get her microchipped for sure.

Have fun at puppy class! I take it you're in the Netherlands? My aunt and uncle (and cousin) lived in the Hague for years, my aunt and uncle are back in Toronto now, my cousin has just started teaching and I know she'd love to go back. It's a beautiful place.

With the peeing accidents, crate training might help. In a small enough area, I think - Cassie can probably confirm, it's been about 11 years for me - that they are less likely to want to soil their area so they learn to hold it a bit better. Neb also went through a destructive phase from a teenager to early adulthood so the crate was a lifesaver (he destroyed an easy chair, destroyed boxes of books, etc, etc). I saw on another thread you were asking how to crate train - I just stuck Neb in there was a toy or kong with something stuffed in it and let him be at first, and then he got used to it. He hasn't used a crate in years, but it's good to be able to rely on in a pinch (we have them for both boys).

Cassie 05-13-2019 09:18 PM

Definitely get a crate and use for at least the first couple of years. Cassie will go in it on her own and hang out. Whats not to like...a serta mattress and blankets...lol.
Cassie sleeps on my bed but in her bed at the foot. A couple of times I had to crate her in an emergency when i had to call 911/ emergency medics for my husband. She seemed to know things were unusual and she was quiet and good in the crate for hours.
Just never use it for time out or punishment.

Mysha 05-14-2019 04:36 PM

Thank you for all your answers. How big of a crate do you recommend? We've got this sort of transporter/crate which we brought her in from the breeders but I think she connects it with the car journey now... And it seems really small to feel comfortable in - she could just stretch in it, I guess.

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Have fun at puppy class! I take it you're in the Netherlands? My aunt and uncle (and cousin) lived in the Hague for years, my aunt and uncle are back in Toronto now, my cousin has just started teaching and I know she'd love to go back. It's a beautiful place.
Thank you Nebuchadnezzar - yes, Netherlands is beautiful - we love it so far :-)

Really greatful for all your answers.

Cassie 05-14-2019 06:21 PM

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My dog, when a puppy, quickly grew out of her initial carrier. I got a large crate which was given to me from an owner of a large dog. Cassie does very well in this size and honestly a smaller one wouldnt be good for her. Its about 3 feet long by 2 feet high.
Given the expense I would opt for a large one so you dont have to keep buying larger ones.
Pictures of the crate and with her in it. She likes to go in it on her own thus the door is open

Mysha 05-15-2019 03:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Cassie (Post 879406)
My dog, when a puppy, quickly grew out of her initial carrier. I got a large crate which was given to me from an owner of a large dog. Cassie does very well in this size and honestly a smaller one wouldnt be good for her. Its about 3 feet long by 2 feet high.
Given the expense I would opt for a large one so you dont have to keep buying larger ones.
Pictures of the crate and with her in it. She likes to go in it on her own thus the door is open

Oh, I thought a much larger crate would be better. She is getting used to hers. I've attached a picture of what we've got. She is in and out if it though because yes, it is open. I just cant bring myself to close it when I'm sitting right next to her. But i guess that's what you've got to do when you're out and about and at night?
God, I'm looking forward to those times... Or rather my neighbours should 😂


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