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Hello everyone, my wife and i are picking up our new yellow labrador puppy(which we might call 'Cooper') in 3 weeks and need some advice on certain things.

I know when we get him we cant take him to far for a few weeks, with possibly picking up diseases etc, we have a garden at the back of our house, but cats come in to it from time to time, would it be safe to let 'cooper' use the garden to toilet train?
The other thing we are unsure about is crate training? and selecting the right crate, size etc for our 8 week old puppy?

Any help would be great want to make sure we have everything safe and ready for him
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum.
Your right about being careful with your pup until he has had all his injections but it's very important to socialise him and get him used to the big outside world. I took my pup out and about, carrying him, letting him meet people and experience different sights and sounds. As far as cats in the garden, there's not a lot you can do but we found cats didn't venture much in our garden once the dog had been leaving his own scent. I've never worried about cats to be truthful.
I'd get a large crate that you can divide to make smaller, pups grow quickly and it works out cheaper. There's lots of old posts re crate training. Have a look in the puppy section, there's loads of information on this and all things puppy.
Good luck and enjoy your pup. Hope to see some puppy pics in a couple of weeks. :D
 

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Thank you

Thank you for your advice, could our pup pick any diseases before his jags finish from cats maybe having peed in out garden previous to his arrival?
 

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Thank you for your advice, could our pup pick any diseases before his jags finish from cats maybe having peed in out garden previous to his arrival?
It's so unlikely that you can disregard it. Not much jumps the species. I never worry about whats been in my garden, (Provided it's not an unvaccinated dog that's been there.)

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The other thing we are unsure about is crate training? and selecting the right crate, size etc for our 8 week old puppy?
Ok, well unless you want to buy two crates, you'll be best off getting one which will fit him as an adult and just sectioning it off while he's little. I'd say get a 42" crate, unless you know he comes from really big lines, then you might be better with a 48". Whichever one you get will look ENORMOUS to start off with, but within 6 months he'll fill it nicely.

The idea behind crating, isn't just to keep the pup safe, but also to help encourage them to hold themselves until you've got them outside to go to the toilet. So bearing in mind most pups don't like to pee or poo in their bedding area, this is why you keep the area they sleep in small, to begin with, and only have bedding in it. Of course this means if you shut the pup in there overnight, to start with you'll have to set your alarm and come down in the middle of the night to take it out to the toilet, as it would be unfair to expect a pup to be able to hold it that long, or to make it toilet where it doesn't want to. With all of mine though, by the time they have been 10 weeks old, they have managed to go 6 hours overnight (roughly 11.30-5.30am), which I consider a full night's sleep when I have a puppy. You can always drag out the early morning little by little as he gets older.

I make no fuss about crating, as I feel the more you faff about, the more stressy the pup gets. So when it's crate time, I literally open the door, put a chew or stuffed kong in the crate, put the pup in, close the door and go, ignoring any protests.

To start off with, I do only ever crate the pup when I'm definitely not there though, as often they will kick up a stink when they can hear you milling about, but can't get to you. They very quickly learn not to yodel when there is no one about to hear it. Once they are happy in their crate, then I've been able to shut them in at anytime I've needed to, even if I have been there. Not that this happened very often though, as while a pup is awake it's a learning opportunity and I don't really want a pup to learn how to amuse themselves because they are bored, as bored pups never seem to learn the RIGHT things :wink: .

Good luck with your new pupster.

Oh and all my lot go in the garden right from the moment they arrive home. We have cats, foxes and no doubt other critters wandering through from time to time, and this has so far never caused a problem. 8)
 

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Hello, welcome, we have a new yellow pup too Nettle. It is such a happy time :) completely agree on the benefits of crate training. Would never do it any other way. Good luck bet you can't wait.
 

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Welcome - can't wait to see some piccies of your new arrival (hint hint)

We did crate training and I'm so glad we did. Chewy used to love her crate although we don't use it anymore now. We bought the biggest size available and when she was tiny blocked one end off with an old duvet to make it a bit smaller. She toilet trained very quickly with the crate. Although I would also recommend getting a vax carpet cleaner or similar! So glad we did! Haha!
 

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Thanks for all your help :)

Thanks guys for all your welcomes and tips, really appreciate that, plenty of pics and updates to follow over the next few weeks thanks again
Gary
 

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Hi just wondering what do people use to clean up urine on carpet to try and prevent more accidents thanks
Things have got so much easier in recent years. When I started there was nothing specifically for it and most people used a washing powder solution. But with my Chloe a couple of years back I found this very good. A good supply of kitchen roll to dry it up, then a spray with this. http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/wash-and-get-off-cleaning-trigger-spray-500ml But mainly it's down to regular comfort breaks outside on the lawn and watching like a hawk. I doubt I had a total of half a dozen mistakes in all.

John :)
 
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