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    Default New puppy comes home today - now I'm nervous!!!

    I've read all the housetraining & bringing home new puppy articles. I've read a book about Cavaliers. I've read a bunch of posts here about new puppies. I have all the puppy food, treats, crate, expen, harnesses. I've cut my cat and rabbit's nails. I felt like I was totally ready - until NOW - the day I actually bring Chloe Louise home from the breeder!!!

    Will she accept wearing the harness? Will she be okay for the 1.5 hour car ride home (I decided to belt in her crate in my passenger seat so she can see me and be safe)? Will she cry?

    The excitement is here... somewhere... under these nerves!
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    Didn't want to read and run! It sounds as if you've done a lot of research and have everything all prepared for her coming home.

    Unsure about if she'll be calm in the harness straight away but you never know, will you be picking her up alone?

    Just enjoy today and take lots of pictures

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    Thanks Autaven. I will take a lot of pictures once she's here - and finally have a profile picture!

    I guess I'm most nervous about the house training. I've read about crate training and have an ex pen too. When I'm home, I've read that I should confine puppy to the crate, not the ex pen. So - on the hour, take puppy outside for about 10 minutes. Then bring her in and play with her 15-20 minutes. Then feed her, and then put her in her crate - and then repeat the process the next hour. Does that sound right? It doesn't sound so bad written out here. It seemed like she'd be locked up most of the day (at least that's what thoughts crept into my mind last night). I guess I only do the ex pen when I'm not going to be home with her - or can't pay her full attention?

    So - I guess it's really the crate vs. ex pen (which to use and what schedule to follow) that I am a bit nervous about.
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    I'm not positive on this method only because it wasn't the one I used. With mine I would take them outside after bursts of activity, so after playtime, sleeping or eating. We would also have puppy training pads dotted around the room just incase. Then we feed them in their crates and encourage them to sleep in there too to get them comfortable Which worked great for us!

    Don't be nervous, I'm sure you'll work out a routine and a system which suits you both once you get used to her ques! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autaven View Post
    I'm not positive on this method only because it wasn't the one I used. With mine I would take them outside after bursts of activity, so after playtime, sleeping or eating. We would also have puppy training pads dotted around the room just incase. Then we feed them in their crates and encourage them to sleep in there too to get them comfortable Which worked great for us!

    Don't be nervous, I'm sure you'll work out a routine and a system which suits you both once you get used to her ques! Good luck!
    Good idea - I'll plan to feed her in her crate as part of my routine. I'll see if my planned routine works.
    Thanks so much for your encouragement!
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    Congratulations on your new puppy! I was so nervous, terrified really, that I would have no clue what to do and how to train Bailey when we brought him home 5 weeks ago. Like you, I prepared and read a lot. So, hopefully, like me you'll find that you're more ready for a new puppy than you thought.

    Bailey is only 15 weeks old, so we're still working on the house training. But we're definitely on the right track and he's doing very well, so I'll share what we did.

    Both my husband and I work full-time, but I come home every day for lunch. While we're at work, Bailey is in an ex-pen with water, toys, a wee wee pad and his crate with a comfy bed in it. When someone is home, he spends very little time in his ex-pen -- only if one of us needs to do something around the house or run an errand and the other isn't there, or if he needs a nap and won't settle down on his own. Otherwise, we kept a really close eye on him, took him out after eating, playing and napping, or if an hour had lapsed and he hadn't gone out. Now we're at the point where we're still watching him like a hawk, but he's started telling us when he needs a potty break. He will stop whatever he's doing, look right in my face, throw back his head and bark. I'll ask him if he wants to go out and he will usually run to the back door. I'm fully expecting set-backs, but we haven't had an accident in three weeks, so I'm thrilled with his progress.

    As for the harness, it took a few days to get used to it. I found a bone that smells and tastes like peanut butter. He gets to chew on it only when he has his harness on -- it really helped him forget he was even wearing the harness. Now, he doesn't mind having it and the lead on. But he hated the process of getting it on and fights me. I'm hoping that gets easier in time though.

    Congrats again. And have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portia View Post
    Congratulations on your new puppy! I was so nervous, terrified really, that I would have no clue what to do and how to train Bailey when we brought him home 5 weeks ago. Like you, I prepared and read a lot. So, hopefully, like me you'll find that you're more ready for a new puppy than you thought.

    Bailey is only 15 weeks old, so we're still working on the house training. But we're definitely on the right track and he's doing very well, so I'll share what we did.

    Both my husband and I work full-time, but I come home every day for lunch. While we're at work, Bailey is in an ex-pen with water, toys, a wee wee pad and his crate with a comfy bed in it. When someone is home, he spends very little time in his ex-pen -- only if one of us needs to do something around the house or run an errand and the other isn't there, or if he needs a nap and won't settle down on his own. Otherwise, we kept a really close eye on him, took him out after eating, playing and napping, or if an hour had lapsed and he hadn't gone out. Now we're at the point where we're still watching him like a hawk, but he's started telling us when he needs a potty break. He will stop whatever he's doing, look right in my face, throw back his head and bark. I'll ask him if he wants to go out and he will usually run to the back door. I'm fully expecting set-backs, but we haven't had an accident in three weeks, so I'm thrilled with his progress.

    As for the harness, it took a few days to get used to it. I found a bone that smells and tastes like peanut butter. He gets to chew on it only when he has his harness on -- it really helped him forget he was even wearing the harness. Now, he doesn't mind having it and the lead on. But he hated the process of getting it on and fights me. I'm hoping that gets easier in time though.

    Congrats again. And have fun!
    Thanks Portia - I hope we'll follow in you and Bailey's successful footsteps.

    After the 1.5 hour car ride from the breeder, my Chloe Louise wasn't able to hold her bladder (all the articles said that - but I guess hoped she'd sleep all the way home and we'd be okay. My fault.) Well, she pottied about 10 minutes before we got home in the crate in the car, on her padded bedding. So, my plan to sit her down in her outside potty area when we got home didn't quite go as planned. She also seemed scared of being outside and just wanted me to pick her up. Long story short, after a snack and a nap in her open crate inside her exercise pen, she pottied on her puppy pads. I was soooo excited! In the second hour, she was ready to potty after awaking from her nap, but this time missed the puppy pad, but she was still outside of her crate in the expen. She later even pooed on her puppy pad - after sniffing frantically. Yes - all of those articles were really right about the puppy going potty 1 minute after awaking, and then the sniffing before needing to poo.

    She's sleeping now - and I'm sleepy lol. Tomorrow, I'll try to take her outside again, but since she seemed scared today out there, I'm feeling really good that she's not soiling her crate and using her puppy pads. I probably should cover her entire pen with puppy pads. I read that somewhere. (I have a tarp down so that it's a waterproof floor on top of my carpet.) I hope she'll be open to pottying outside soon. Will try again tomorrow.


    Hope to have a picture posted soon... when I can get a good picture of her taken.
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    Chloe Louise is SOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! I LOVE your profile picture!

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    So how is everything settling in? It sounds like you have done really good research, so that is great! But don't worry too much about stuff, I did SO much reading and I still felt over my head sometimes! Ha. Puppies are puppies, so just enjoy it, they grow up so fast! It seemed just yesterday that Brooklyn was peeing in her crate and pooping on the tile and I was so frustrated and tired all the time but now, at just one year old, she comes to work with me all the time and sits in the office perfect and happy all day...we go out for a mid-day walk, but otherwise she holds it and just "knows" what to do. One day...it all clicked! Be prepared for some roller coasters of "huh?" "what is that?" "why did she do that?" But thats okay because that is what we are here for!!!

    The outside will take a while to get used to as there are so many smells and sounds that are new to her. Maybe take her out there to just sit with you, no potty expectations, and just give her some treats, some play and really reinforce that it is good to be outside. Sitting calmly with her to just take it all in is good. And you want to be careful not to pick her up too much or coddle her too much if she is a bit scared as this with nurture that fear a bit...it would be like saying "its okay" and so she thinks she is okay to feel nervous out there. Other than that you are doing everything so wonderful! It take a long time for stuff to click (I was so naive, I thought it would happen in a few weeks!) so just laugh through all the crazy times!

    I cannot wait to see more pics!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashleighelizabeth View Post
    Chloe Louise is SOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! I LOVE your profile picture!
    Thanks AshleighElizabeth!!! I was looking forward to taking her picture for our profile once I got her home... although she does see my camera/phone as a chew toy if I'm not looking! She and Sonny look like cousins.
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