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« on: June 13, 2017, 01:37:17 PM »

Hi All,
hoping you might be able to give guidance...

We have had Wyatt for a week today (how time flies!). He was 10 weeks old on Sunday.

My Partner is going to visit his family on the weekend and wants to take the puppy with him as everyone is very excited to meet him. I'm concerned that it might be too early for him to be having overnight trips disrupting his slowly developing routine and be too overwhelming with no 'escape'...

How long should we wait for him to settle fully and develop his routine before we start to change it up with being away from home for extended periods? Is 1 1/2 weeks being home too soon to be distrupting things or if he will be having 'holidays' regularly in the future, should we start now?

It is a a little over 2 hours drive there on Saturday morning, staying overnight and interacting with his first dog (other than those walking past which he has not responded well to - yesterday on his first walk post vaccines he pee'd himself when a boxer walked too closely and has always cowered when nearby on our walks carrying him) then driving back later on Sunday. He currently toilets on pavement but their house would be gravel or grass. There would also be 8 people in the house rather than just 2. He has been very good with meeting new people though.

I just want to make sure we do the right thing for the puppy and not for the over excited people!

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 01:56:03 PM »

I did alot of (and tbh still do!) tooing and froing between two jobs when bessie was just 10weeks. I will reply to this later for you Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 03:13:52 PM »

Hi,

Does Wyatt have a crate at home?  If not, I suggest you get one that fits the car.  Most pups are tough little souls and he is in the 'window' for socialisation so lots of new experiences are great.  That said, he also needs a safe, secure little place to call his own - his crate - with his own familiar bedding and toys. Young pups need to sleep a lot, so if he is in the crate for a snooze, it's a no-go for people to disturb him.  Similarly, the parents' dog may not be happy with a little intruder and they will need a very, very careful introduction and Wyatt will need a place where he can get away from that strange dog.
Wyatt seems to be somewhat anxious about other dogs so for him to meet a gentle and friendly one would be great.  So what is the parents' dog like? 
Are you both going or just your partner?  If it's the two of you, then one should be in the frame for looking out for the pup's needs and watching his behaviour.  Example, my grown dogs don't chew electric cables or earphones dangling from a laptop.  But when we have a litter of pups, everything has to go out of put reach and pup curiosity.....
Keep his diet the same, feeding times as normal, lots of time with you or partner and an agreed set of house rules to keep everyone happy, you both, parents, other folks and the dogs.

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 04:42:15 PM »

I fixed the picture links!!

He does have a crate so we could definitely take that along.
Familes dog is a 15 year old pug that is blind and deaf but very friendly and in his youth was good with dogs so hopefully should be ok. Keeping all things away from his little mouth might be a little harder but we can see... 'leave behind at your own risk' might be the best method...
They have a very (very) large living area... if pug's crate is at one end and Wyatt's at the other (15m apart) would that be alright or would a different room with the door shut be better?

Thanks very much
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 09:16:43 PM »

Wyatt is a sweetie.

I agree with the others that socialisation at this time is good. I would just suggest that you ask everyone to leave Wyatt to come to them in his own time, rather than them approaching him. Put his crate in a separate, quiet room. Keep your eyes out for signs that he is overwhelmed such as him cowering behind your legs or trying to get onto your lap. And keep the time he is with everyone to short periods, then go into his quiet room for a rest. He may be unsettled at night so maybe warn the other people about that?! Hopefully it will be a positive experience for him.

Good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 07:25:22 AM »

Love the ear flapping photo  love4
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 01:49:53 PM »

Some great advice, in thread, as always.I wouldn't over worry about other dogs. Harry was unfortunate to meet a contrary White German Shepherd, as his 1st canine encounter. She always is aggressive behind a steel gate, Harry yelped & squealed like he'd been shot, he was just 3 months old then, my other springer Sam, used to entice her to the gate, & when she was in range , cock his leg, and fire a salvo in her direction...
Springers tend to be a little nervous when they're as young as Wyatt, I love that name BTW, tho they learn quickly too as they become more confident & self aware.
A friendly dog would be a great help to Wyatt's socialising. My neighbour walks his Black Lab, Jess, at same place we take Harry, Jess is 4, and full of fun, Harry is now just a year old , but in the earlier months walking with Jess, really brought him to his own.He also befriended another German Shepherd, Ali, who is quite vocal
and physically imposing dog, which betrays her gentle manner, Harry never feared her.
Owning a young dog can be stressful, you always worry, usually needlessly, over the daftest of things, out of love for them really.Wyatt's an age where you & your partner are his 'world' so I'd guess, he be fine once one of you are there.
Harry shadows me constantly, my own fault cos I Take him  with me everywhere I can, if i go upstairs he waits on a stair, I work from home, so if i use my den, he waits at the door, but he's discovered how to open doors now, thankfully there's a bolt on toilet door, he waits there too...
Wyatt is a beautiful dog I wish you well with him & many years of springer adventures ahead
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2017, 05:19:16 PM »



A nervous wreck when we first met him but got there in the end and tried to chase pug around. Pug wasn't too impressed and was too old to play. Puppy preschool started this week same story. Scared to death to start but by the end of the hour was starting to sniff and not run away. Slowly he should hopefully not wet himself everytime he goes near another dog!

Sleeping was perfect. Only had one poop and 2 peeing accidents. So not bad for 11 weeks old!
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2017, 05:40:13 PM »

Can't really add to the advice, but have to say what wonderful photos. Just love those ear flaps  love4 love4

What a handsome lad is Wyatt  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2017, 08:06:00 PM »

Ahh . . .  love4
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2017, 07:51:08 AM »

 love4 love4 love4 the  camera
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