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Hi everyone
Just returned from charlies puppy party feeling very disheartened. Firstly the nurse kept referring to charlie as "the poodle in him" then she told me that he is almost fully grown and he will have finished growing at 6 months. That "the poodle in him" meant he will be a fussy eater and is likely to loose his adult teeth very early.
She also said under no circumstances should they have raw bones ie chicken, they should never have bones of any sort and they should only be exercised on soft ground not on the road for 10 minutes a day until they are over 6 months. Their follow up leaflet said all this too.
Feeling really disheartened, was she correct ?
 

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I don't have alot of experience of dogs - Dexter is our first & we never had dogs when I was growing up. What I do have experience of though are children....and this sounds exactly like I used to feel when I first had my eldest - opposing views, advice abound - some of which was blatantly incorrect ! I can't say whether she was technically correct or not but what I would say is that there is a wealth of experience here to draw on. Its then up to you what advice you take & which way your instinct takes you.

I wouldn't worry at all. Someone will come along soon with more advice but I'd stick to what you are doing. :)
 
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Oh dear, not the best of puppy parties. As Lisa says, take the advice you want and ditch the rest.

There are plenty of cockapoos on here who are great eaters and some who are fussy eaters. Millie is a fussy eater, but I know I'm partly (well probably fully :p to blame). But if she's not hungry she wont eat, if she is hungry she will eat.

I do give raw bones, they are excellent for the health of their teeth and they love them. Non weight bearing bones are best. But now that Millie is over a year I've started giving all bones for the marrow in them.

Just because the vet nurse works in a vet, doesn't make her right about everything. My vets don't approve of the raw diet I give. I've heard their reasons and made on own valued judgement.

As for walking on soft ground, thats a new one on me. I've heard of 5 mins for every 4 weeks in age, but when Millie was a puppy, she had bags of energy so took my lead from her, within reason.

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Oh dear! But what about the 50% cocker in him? Did she not refer to that! Who knows with genetics, especially with crossbreeds. I took Biscuit for a check at almost 6 months and the vet said to walk him for as long as I wanted and to ignore the 5 min rule - that was really for larger breeds such as labradors. Charlie's growth will probably slow down by 6 months but no-one can say when they stop growing - each dog is different but I say it would be more likely to be around 9-12 months.
 

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Hmmmm, the fact that she referred to "the poodle in him" several times would make me feel the advice might not be 100% accurate :p. Take it with a pinch of salt and if you're really unsure ask the actual Vet next time you see him/her.
 

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We have all had mixed advice and opinions on here from authorities that we dont agree with!

Dexter is the fussiest eater ever and Bonnie is just totally greedy and will finish her food and all of his if allowed to!

I walked mine for 20 minutes max when they were young (I believe it's the lab types you have to be more careful with) and I was told to do some walking on pavements when young as it helped to develop their muscles!

As for the raw diet- a lot of vets dont approve including mine but some do! Mine eat a raw diet and have a raw chicken wing/lamb rib every day. It's how they eat in the wild so how can it be wrong?
 

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Lol every bit of that was utter rubbish. basicly do the opposite of everything she said. other than that did he have fun with the puppies. ?
LOL that made me laugh Kendal :D no the puppies didnt really mix, we all had to sit around chairs whilst the nurse talked at us whilst the puppies all lay under the chairs, a few bottom sniffs but nothing more. Unfortunately there was a black lab and labs tend to terrify him, there is another one at puppy training too so he kept a wide berth and ran in the opposite direction every time it cam near. I think its just that they are so big and bouncy.

Thanks for the comments I feel much better now, just regret wasting time going.
 

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Such a shame - our puppy socialisation was good. The vet nurse had a real good handle on their personalities & allowed certain pups to run free at different times. Dexter was terrified at first but soon settled.

What a missed opportunity from your vet. Don't be discouraged from finding some puppy training though -that will give some good interaction too.
 

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Such a shame - our puppy socialisation was good. The vet nurse had a real good handle on their personalities & allowed certain pups to run free at different times. Dexter was terrified at first but soon settled.

What a missed opportunity from your vet. Don't be discouraged from finding some puppy training though -that will give some good interaction too.
I know, i think thats why i was so disappointed. Luckily our puppy training is good. Our trainer takes each of them round to say hello to the other dogs every week and kept us behind last week so that charlie could smell the whole room off the lead and be more comfortable. Luckily she knows cockapoos really well which helps.
 

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I do feel sorry for the people on this forum who have suffered negative comments from ignorant people! Thankfully I have only ever had positive comments about Beau. Our trainer said that Cockapoos are one of the most intelligent breeds as Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are extremely intelligent and easy to train (sometimes a bit too intelligent for their own good)! When we first got Beau I was a bit apprehensive about taking her to our vet as had heard on another forum that someone had received negative comments but our vet said "oh you got a Cockapoooooo - I love them"! He then went on to praise the mixed breeds especially has they do seem to have a lot less health problems if properly bred. His comment was enough for me to know I had made the right decision :D
Ignore negative comments, listen to the people on here as they are the ones with experience and carry on enjoying your lovely little Charlie :) x
 

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Hatties puppy party was a complete disaster a free for all with hyper puppies chasing less sociable ones to distress. Needless to say I did not go again! I went to a better organised puppy pre school where socialisation was controlled and we have had a very sucessful six weeks. Some people have pre conceived ideas of puppy behaviour ie. it is the "poodle" that is the problem. All I can say is this shows a total misunderstanding of our lovely dogs and a bigoted attitude.
 

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Does she have issues with poodles for some reason?! the poodle in them generally makes them very intelligent and quick to learn, shame she didn't feel fit to mention that. I have heard that as 'puppy parties' are suddenly popular there are a lot of the free for all types being organised that can do more harm than good, but they should be allowed to actually do some socialising! Don't worry about negative comments, you have a brilliant dog.
 
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