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Getting NERVOUS

Good morning everybody ! For some reason - I feel like a first time Dober parent ! I have no idea what is causing it - I think for the most part is the virus , If I needed something , just jump into the pickup and go get it , but that has all changed now . I did talk to the breeder Monday morning and the tail have been cut and contracts and deposits will be in the mail next week So that sounds good at this time

But back to my feelings here - there is first the pickup , now friends - that makes me VERY nervous ! I know that there are guild lines on how to do this , but them guild lines do me no good , it's just me , but when I go out the door - I increase risk and as I have got older - I don't like risk like I did when I was younger .

There is puppy shots = trip to the Vets office - which will be a hand off to a tech . I don't like that ! ( I do get it as to why they are doing this ) This would be the first pup we were not by there side , The Vets has always had me hold them and told there techs to let me handle them , Even at the VCA with Ali girl - I was by her side . I know its not much but its a big change for me .

Puppy supplies ! Now I want to hear what tapes , widths and so on you all are using out there in todays world ! Its been 5 years since I taped up Mr. B , and I know that there may be a better product to use , than 5 years ago . I will need to put up a total list to order and have it on hand , as well as food - with the way the food processing plants shutting down - that will take a while to catch up from lost production = like Chicken by product meal for one .

So my friends - fire away and fill me in on what's new and improved for todays Dober puppies .

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Kenny,

Count to 10 and take a big, deep breath.

When I go out the door I have a mask--before I get out of the truck I put it one--is it perfect? No but it's better than nothing. Tell Cindy before you go to pick your girl up just how nervous you are about meeting like this because of the COVID-19. Make the exchange as quickly as possible. Yes, there is risk but you can minimize at least to some degree.

At the vets--most vet clinics are now starting to be able to do more things and stay open more hours--the one I work for has been sending out report as requirements change for vets, offices, clinics and hospitals. They are now allowed to do more than just emergency services and are starting to do more things like spays and neuters and regular annual visits as well as puppy vaccines. Talk to your vet before you get your new lil' girl and tell them how nervous you are about having your puppy go through getting the first vaccines without you by her side and if there was any possible way that you could actually be there too--wearing a mask etc.

Puppy ear taping supplies--go read the information on the video that Greenie made up and make a list from that--it's very complete and after you've done that send us here the list you have and see if we think you missed anything. Basically it's going to be Johnson & Johnson Zonas tape (personally I prefer to work with 3/4" for the actual taping but I use 1" for prepping the posts) or the J & J Sport tape (used to be called Coach tape) Amazon has the Zonas tape and most big drugstores have the Sport tape. If you are going to do the backing rod post--get 3/8" backing rod--people often try using a size too big and it usually results in problems because it doesn't seat properly in the ear. Also make sure you have the adhesive remover--check the sticky for the information on how to remove tape painlessly.

Realistically there hasn't been much change in the best products to use for taping in the last 5 years.

Food--what are you feeding now (I forget) and what is Cindy feeding the puppies now?
I feed Purina Pro Plan Focus Sensitive Skin and Stomach (Salmon and Rice) and I quit feeding puppy food of any kind (not Large breed, not regular--no puppy food) I feed an all live stages. But--I know several of us recommend no matter what you intend to feed as a regular diet that you be prepared to feed whatever the breeder is feeding for at least a month after you get your girl home--she'll be going through enough changes with the move, new people,, a new dog and even water that I don't want to have to deal with a food change too. Also if I get a puppy from an area that is on a different water supply than I am on I also buy a couple of gallons of distilled water to start them on slowing mixing the tap water at my house with the distilled water because often local water has different minerals in it and that can be as big a problem as a big food change.

I have not had a problem getting the food I feed--occasionly Purina has been out of something but I can go to their web site and they have pages that will tell you what they are running out of where. Or you can call them. And this is true of most of the major kibble manufacturers.

The only thing that has improved is that the new Dad's get more nervous and more careful and want more information. Try to relax Kenny--we don't want you having a coronary to go with the bum knee before you get your new puppy girl.

Feel free to ask a million more questions--we're all here to help you...

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For some reason this brought this post to mind, by Lori Z, who ended up with a couple of pups from Capri's litter (long story)

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......as for puppy proofing, omgosh...we have boots out by the door, gloves and snow stuff in a basket by the door, not to mention wood, lots of wood.....Even the littles (my tiny dogs) got into the wood to chew, I remember now, when they were pups......Plus puppies always love the dirt in my ficus plants, I'm remembering more now.......
The angst of getting a new puppy...
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As always Aunt Bug - your the Rock !

Thanks for your great reply !

I will go and find Greenies post on ears and start putting together our list .
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You have to relax, Kenny!
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LMAO on that video !
What is it with those little dogs.

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TN -that was to funny ! Kadin walked up here , laid his head on my arm and was watching the video , just turning his head back and forth - lol
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Reminds me of that little hell raiser of AJ’s !!!!

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you do not give yourself enough credit yes a baby is coming into your house however it will be like riding a bike. All will come back and if not look at the laughs you and your wife will have when you recall those moments.
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What I recommend is to try and pay attention to the things that are different in your life right now because of the pandemic. That's what I'm seeing is causing the most trouble for people with puppies right now. They have puppies that are too clingy and used to people being home all the time, and their people are going to go back to work (I don't think your life has changed there). There are people with pups who are not experiencing a lot of normal "activity" out in the world - when they are out with their people they simply aren't see people out and about, there isn't the usual "busy" activity, and so as they grow a little they are a bit more "anxious" when there is a situation where it IS busier. So just think about things where YOU notice something is different, and try to be deliberate about exposing your pup to things that are normal for you and your lifestyle so she'll be used to what is normal for you.

When it comes to picking her up, remember that being outdoors is much safer than indoors. A brief interaction (especially with masks) is not nearly as high risk as an indoor, extended interaction. If you can pick her up outdoors in Cindy's yard (puppy in an x-pen), that is a MUCH lower risk interaction. Not much to worry about.

It will be good for your pup to go in to the vet's office and get used to handling there. Ask them to give her many treats. If you can, schedule a visit for her where she simply goes in, gets some treats, and comes back out. No "exam." Make it a fun place for her to visit. It's good for her to get comfortable with being "handed over" to trusted people. It should always be a good experience for her, so if you can build up to that by having trusted people take her for a few minutes, give her treats, and give her back, you will be building up good experiences for her so that when she does need to go to the vet and have them take her for a brief exam, or get a shot, it's not a bad experience.

Everything will go just fine! You've got this!
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