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We are collecting our new red cockapoo, Bonnie from Marley Doodles tomorrow. Very excited but a little nervous as I have never owned a puppy before. What do you wish you'd known/done/bought before collecting your puppy. Any suggestions gratefully received...We have 3 children and 2 kittens too!
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How lovely!! I remember how excited we were when we collected Riley a few weeks ago.
In my honest opinion the first few weeks were much harder than I thought they would be. Having not owned a dog before I didn't really realize how full on it would be, the wee's, poo's and biting were way more then I expected!
This soons settles tho and Riley is now 13 weeks and has been so much better and calmer since getting out for walks. We have now have 3 days with no accidents at all in the house too and although there is still some biting it has improved.
I fretted a lot about the the first night as I planned to do proper crate training, as in no paper down in crate but gave in when it cam to it and we half papered/half bed his crate, tried to tire him out then popped him at 10pm and left him until 6am - he cried and whined for hours but we didn't go to him and by night 3 he was quiet all night. Riley messed his crate overnight tho for first 2 weeks or so but now has no accidents overnight and we get up to let him out at 7am.
I think the best advice is start as you mean to go on and do what works for you, you find everyone has a different way of doing things and wants to tell you what is best, trust your instincts and have fun!!!

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Hi Sarah

You must be very excited and probably anxious too. We collect our puppy in 3 weeks when she'll be 10 weeks old so am reading up as much as I can. Have you read the Gwen Bailey book 'the perfect puppy' or 'it's me or the dog' ?
They have info on introducing your puppy to your children and cats or older dogs and to not let them get too excited. We have arranged for a puppy trainer to pop round for an hour a couple of days after we get home to start us off on the right foot. Hope all goes well.

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Good luck Sarah! I am so excited for you as I can remember collecting Daisy! It doesn't feel real until you actually have your puppy in the car and driving home! :D

I would agree with the others advice and enjoy it! x
 

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Get a good nights sleep tomorrow night may be ok as puppy will be tired but night 2 will be the real test. Don't expect too much from your puppy, you can read all the books know what you want to achieve problem is no one tells the pup! Remember your stress transfers to pup, once you get toilet training sorted you relax more and things settle down a bit. One day at a time you think you have cracked it as it all seems to be going well then you go back several steps this is normal and it will take several weeks for you all to get to know each other. Good luck I have had Hattie 8 weeks the first 4 were to be honest a strain but I am already considering another but if I do it will be in the spring when I can keep the door open!
 

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Good luck Sarah, you must be so excited:DI seem to remember you were puppy looking at the same time as us, we collected Stevie in November. I would agree with Rileypoo saying start as you mean to go on, and enjoy it.
We have never had a dog as a family, although we had them at home when I was young ( a long time ago), and it's one of the best decisions we've made. We all love her to bits.
 

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Oh, I remember the excitement! I hope this time doesn't drag too much.

You asked what we wished we had known and if guess my one wish is that I has realised how much Rosie's hair would change. It was so easy for the first six months so I didn't
do much grooming. And then suddenly it got matted and by then I hadn't got into a routine of brushing her, so it has been more difficult to do it now.

I didn't find the first few weeks too stressful, I hope you don't either!
 

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:)Thanks so much everyone for all your replies and experiences! Sorry not to post much today but it's my birthday and I've been out.
Janice the puppies haven't been vaccinated.
We have the Gwen Bailey book and I guess we'll be referring back to it a lot over the next few months.
 

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We're home!:cool:

Bonnie was soo good in the car. We had a blanket from Thirza the owner and after a little whimpering Bonnie settled down and went straight to sleep. The journey was about 2 hours. It was so relaxing having a warm little bundle of fluff snuggled up on me.

We arrived home, I showed Bonnie her crate and let her explore and she went straight to the loo! Clever girl. She's met one of the kittens and just sniffed her. The cat fluffed up a bit but that was all.
Will try and get some photos up really soon.
Thanks again to you all for your help so far.
 
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