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Hello
I want to get a cockerpoo puppy but haven't had a puppy or a dog before.
I had cancer but got the all clear and now want to move on with my life and have a dog to love and love me. I do not work any more so I have lots of time to look after and have fun with my new pup.
I would like advice and information from some of you that have these lovely dogs. I would also like to know what a day is like with an 8 week pup and with a dog.
I am currently making my home dog friendly and hope to have the new addition to the family by November.
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Welcome Elaine. :)

A day with young 'Lo meant waking up in the night when she wanted to, taking her out, and only going back to bed when she was more tired. During the day she's need to go out every 40 minutes or so if she was awake. Lots and lots of training of all kinds. Many training classes for socialization. Long walks daily to get her manageable. Lots of 'no's and 'drop it!'s and 'that hurts!' abound in this stage. You will need to be very active with the pup the first year is very important The dog should go to a new place often and meet new people and dogs daily.

A day with 1 1/2 year old 'Lo is pretty calm. She wakes up when I do. She only needs to go out about four times a day. She understands the slightest things from me. She is my shadow. To be happy she needs to play long and hard daily, though her fav exercise is a two mile bike ride.

As for the dog you plan to get, don't get one from a pet store, back yard breeder or puppy mill (http://muttcats.com/articles/puppy_mill.htm) Only buy from a breeder has their dogs inside the home. That groom them regularily, treat them kindly, and acually care about them. Don't look into breeders that have more breeds then one. Or that won't let you see the mother and were the litter was kept. A good breeder will ask questions and screen you, if they don't it's another red flag. Some testing (eyes and hips) is not to hard to find. Some can show you papers to prove that both the poodle and cocker original parent were champions.

Look into food before hand so you can get a good one and understand why it is:http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/

Dog food information:
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main
 
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