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Well the big day has nearly arrived, so excited and a tad nervous (have had a puppy before but it seems so long ago). So can you give me tips for the first few days. Also basic commands and any tips on this would be good, oooh am nervous now:party2:
 

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Oh Jayne, I was exactly the same when I bought Rufus home. I'd had a few dogs before but never a puppy - so I was quite terrified.

I think the important thing is that you are consistent. You've been on the forum for a while now ....reading anything and everything Lol, so I'm sure you have ideas about how you want to raise little George and which rules are important to you.

The biggest shock for me was how much Rufus piddled everywhere! I used a whole kitchen roll on the first day. So, maybe be a bit anal about it and take him out for toileting on the hour, every hour and after eating/drinking? I think the toilet training is the first task.

Not sure if you are crate training but I did the Jukee Doodle method of bed one end and puppy training pad the other. We gave Rufus a mad play time btw 11 and 11.30pm to tire him out, took him for a 'busy busy' and then popped him in his crate in the kitchen. From the moment we closed the door we did not even look at him, even if we went into the kitchen, until we were ready to get him up in the morning (approx 6am). By the 3rd night he was dry at night. :)

It really is worth having a word for when he toilets. It will help later on for him to go on command. I use 'busy busy' but there are a variety of words out there!

Sorry, I'm going on and on .........good luck! Oh how exciting!!!!!!!!

Karen and Rufus xx
 

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ooh thanks Karen. Yes I am using a crate and I like all your suggEstions in your post, think that's how we plan to go, liver on the side defrosting, just popping to shop for kitchen roll as we speak, byeeeeeeeeeee:D
 

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Hi Jayne, I think you adapt to what is right for you.
We went to bed as late as possible and got up as early as possible for the first few weeks. We never put a pad in his crate and he never messed his crate. We found Dexter prefered to have his crate in the sitting room and put him to bed while we were all still in there. We watched him all the time during the day and popped him outside for a wee as soon as he sniffed the ground.
This worked for us as we had no crying and he was house trained quickly.
 

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I think that the most important thing is to relax and enjoy your pup. Don't stress if things don't go entirely according to plan and accept that toilet training etc takes time but they all get there in the end. And buy shares in kitchen roll, floor cleaner and poo bags!
 

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I think that the most important thing is to relax and enjoy your pup. Don't stress if things don't go entirely according to plan and accept that toilet training etc takes time but they all get there in the end. And buy shares in kitchen roll, floor cleaner and poo bags!
HAHA Thanks , have stocked up and liver cooking as we speak, so looking forward to his arrival, this is what I love about this forum:D support from you guys
 

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What time are you collecting him Jayne? I will be thinking of you, and Ali too! So excited for you both xx
 

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Its just like Christmas. We too were so excited going to get Millie and we only had to wait 3 days from my husband finally caving in and yes to a puppy, to going to collect her.

For the first week I just sat with Millie and gave lot and lots of cuddles. Played and did my very best to make her feel welcome and relaxed in her new home.

Millie is like my shadow now! Maybe I over did the cuddles :p
 
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