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27 February 2009 @ 12:52 am
New Puppy On the Way!  
 Hello All!  I am really excited because we finally found a boston terrier puppy that we liked, was healthy, and could afford.   The little guy is only three weeks old right now so we won't be bringing him home for a little over a month.  So, I am hoping to take these next few weeks to learn as much as I can about the right care and everything.  Does anyone have any suggestions for what I should do before and/or when we bring the little guy home?

Our main focuses right now are:

-Picking the right food, feeding times
-Potty Trainning
-Helping the dog transition comfortably: ie, sleeping arrangments, time away from the pup, bonding with our two year old, etc.
-Grooming
-startup supplies

But all info is certainly welcomed! TIA
 
 
 
drive_into_medrive_into_me on February 27th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
before we got mia i read a book about bostons and a book called "good owners, great dogs" that was really helpful, it has a lot of tips for bringing your puppy home, training etc.
Eternal Butterflyeternamariposa on February 27th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'll check it out, thanks.
stageiistageii on February 27th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
You will want to feed your pup whatever the breeder is feeding it. Doglets have a very difficult time adjusting to different foods, sometimes to the point of severe diarrhea and vomiting. If you do want to switch, do it by adding and increasing very small amounts to the current food over a long period of time.

Smaller dogs do better on a twice a day feeding schedule.

Crate train. If the pup objects to sleeping in its crate, drape a blanket over it to simulate a 'den' atmosphere. Line the crate with a shirt that you've worn for a comforting scent.
Dogs like their crates and often retreat to them when they need some time alone. It makes a great place to get them out from underfoot every now and then, too. They don't like to mess where they sleep, so it helps with house training.

Do you have a yard? The best way to potty train is to take the pup out every half hour to hour, and AS SOON AS IT HAS DONE IT'S BUSINESS, praise praise praise in your silliest, most loving voice. Then pop a tiny piece of treat into it's mouth. Don't punish for accidents, use a good odor neutralizer to clean the messes. If you use regular cleaner, you won't smell the accident, but your pup sure can and will likely return to that spot to squat.

Bostons don't need excessive grooming. Mine get a bath once every two or three months. Get it used to having its nails trimmed very early. Use a dremel with a sanding or grinding bit, or a pedi-paws, and give a treat after each nail is done.

Chewing/biting - it will happen. If a person gets bitten, YELP 'no!' That's how a dog's siblings let it know when its gone too far. Give good toys for it to chew and teeth on, like Cuz toys. Crating will ensure that it won't chew on dangerous things (electrical cords, woodwork) while you aren't there to supervise.

Go to the library and pick up every puppy training book you can find.

Enjoy the puppy time, it's work, but so much fun, too.