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 Post subject: Re: Time Out
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2016, 12:29 
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Oooo..Wolfy Beds look comfy!


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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2016, 12:57 
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Yes, and great quality. Dude has had his since he was 6 months. He will be 3in June and it looks as good as new. Prior to that he had a cheap plastic dog bed lined with VetBed fleece. Now he also has a traditional basket in the kitchen... But is also partial to an old leather sofa when we are in the sitting room :roll: Anny


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PostPosted: 30 Mar 2016, 15:02 
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Tess has a Wolfy bed. They are fab. Have a look on the gallery on their website and you will see her. Xx
Beware of getting a nice bed for a new pup as they just chew them up! Xx

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 Post subject: Re: Time Out
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2016, 22:02 
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We already had a crate, as I used it in the car for our old rescue doggy. I wanted to take Ianto into the bedroom with us for the first couple of nights... but the OH (who also needed to get up for work) decided otherwise... In the end, I stayed in the kitchen for the first couple of nights with my pup. Then, on the verge of total exhaustion, I went to Pets at Home, and bought a play pen.... :lol: (Ianto came with me in the car, and had his first experience of The Eagles... get used to it pup! They're here to stay! :lol: )

After that, I put his cute little puppy beddy in the play pen and he slept in the kitchen at night. Until he humped and deaded his cute little bed... then he got a plastic dog bed with a vetbed fleece!

We're in a bungalow, so I heard him if he cried to go out during the night. At first, he woke me at 3am, then it slipped round to 4am, and then to 5am until being wakened at 6am felt like a lie-in... :D Sometimes, it was too late - but as he was in a pen, he hadn't soiled his sleeping area. The second pup slept through from the first night, and also had a pen.

Iant was full of mischief, and it was much safer to be able to put him in his pen - but we have a very large kitchen... in a smaller room, it probably wouldn't be necessary.

The crate is really handy for transporting as we have a hatchback.

I found reading Babycare books very confusing... and it's the same with puppy training. Find the way that works for you; book in to classes to help with socialisation; and get out and about with your puppy as soon as you can (carrying them at first). And be prepared for your walks to take at least twice as long as you'd thought - so many people find them irresistible...! :D

Anne, Ianto & Wyre x


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2016, 00:16 
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I've been thinking about playpens and crates as well (great minds think alike). I've never used either with a pup before but couldn't have managed without a playpen when the kids were little. Its a shame I didn't keep the kids one because it would have been fine to start with at least.

Anyway, I'm not too keen on crates, I know they're popular now and I would not misuse one but still would prefer a playpen. Our breeder uses a playpen not a crate so its something the puppy should be familiar with. I've seen a few I fancy but was wondering what sort of height I would need for a standard pup - I assume 60cm one would be too low fairly quickly, would 80cm be high enough? I would appreciate some advice from those who have used them if anyone can help.

I would be planning to phase the playpen out as soon as possible but think its important for the pup to have a safe zone away from the kids. I would use it in pretty much the same way as a crate and then gently transition from playpen to dog bed once the pup is old enough. I was hoping to set it up in the area under our stairs which is where our previous dogs have had their den (bed, bowls, toys etc) but a taller one might not work, if I need a taller one I would have to re-think where to put it.


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2016, 15:17 
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Our Spaniel always slept in the under stairs cupboard... Very cosy! We don't like crates so, when we got Dude( nearly 3 years ago) we built a little area in a corner of the kitchen. As it turned out he HATED it, so he wasn't penned at all( we don't have small children anymore) For bedtime we used 2pieces of wood in the corner of our bedroom ,to limit roaming,where he slept soundly. I took him out to wee at 3am. He was housetrained fairly quickly, mainly because I work from home and took him outside( on lead)hourly. Anny


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PostPosted: 15 Apr 2016, 16:51 
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I can't advise on heights for standard doods, I'm afraid... mine are medium and miniature... but don't worry about having got rid of the kids' playpen... I tried to use ours - and puppy Ianto just walked straight out of it (well, after he'd dropped his toy, which had caught on the bars!) :lol: :lol: :lol:
Anne, Ianto & Wyre x


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PostPosted: 20 Apr 2016, 10:58 
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Thanks Anne - I never thought of that, come to think of it the bars of our kids playpen were wide enough for a young pup to walk out - duh!

I love the wolfy beds as well and have put one on my "when pup is older" shopping list. One of the first things I ever learnt about puppies was "don't buy them a decent bed until they're older". I was only 4 when we got our first pup, I vividly remember choosing him, bringing him home and the early days with him, having that puppy was the highlight of my childhood and I want to replicate that for my kids. My Dad bought him a lovely adult sized wicker bed that first day - within a week it was reduced to a very small oval placemat, after that he had a succession of cardboard boxes! He did turn out to be a lovely lovely dog though and his second bed which he didn't get until he was about a year old lasted him the rest of his life and he lived to 15.

I've been having a good clear out and come across loads of baby blankets, towels cushions and even a couple of kids rugs which are too good to throw away but not good enough to pass onto anyone so I have washed them all and saved them for the pup - it doesn't matter if they get killed! Thinking back my last puppy didn't have a proper bed when she was tiny - just a cardboard box with a cut out for access padded out with old blankets, used to replace it once it was eaten, will probably do the same with the next one. We've also got several cat beds that the cat refuses to use which we could try. Before buying a decent bed we'll try the adult size plastic dog bed which belonged to our last dog- we have had good use out of so it doesn't matter if it gets chewed up, if it survives then the time is right to buy a wolfy bed.

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I had a pen for Beam & Pops - we used the taller of the Crofts pen and it was excellent - well worth it.

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My pen for Tess was probably 80-90cm and she's a standard. Xx

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