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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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picking up the boy this weekend, need help!

We are picking up the puppy from the breeder this Saturday. It is going to be a 6 hours drive. This is the list of questions:
1. Do we need to feed him during the 6 hours? Does it matter what time we pick him up? Right after he ate?
2. We don't want to let the puppy relieve himself at the rest stop. Any suggestion on where else we can let him go do it?
3. We planned on bringing harness/collar, leash, water bowl, water, paper towel, cleaner, towel, toys, poop bags, bath wipes, blanket
4. We have a designated area for him where he will be in while we are at work. His crate is inside it (see picture). it is a huge crate with divider. Someone suggested to me that we should keep him in our bedroom at night. To do that, do I need to have another crate? Is it necessary for him to be in the room with us? If we have two crates, would that confuse him for crate training?
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Oh and also how soon do I need to bring him to the vet?
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I had to bring my pup to the vet within 48 hours of receiving due to my breeder's contract. I would recommend something similar. Sounds like you have most of what you need


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>>> bring towels and paper towels.

>>> 2 or 3 gallons of water.

>>> 6 hour drive, i would bring some food. and snacks.

>>> let the pup out often.

>>> crate the pup for the ride or let the pup ride
in someone's lap (with towels) for a while.

>>> good luck with the pup.
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Don't feed him - he is liable to vomit and feel queasy during his long car ride. Feed him when you get home. It's not that long.

He'll be fine - just let him go at the breeder's place before you start. Line the crate with towels or puppy pads. You can change them out in case he has an accident. You will need to bathe the pup when you get home anyways - he will probably be a little smelly.

I would bring a bully stick or antler for him to gnaw on, puppy pads and towels for the crate, an enzyme based cleaner in case of messes, small travel crate to secure him, leash and collar in case you need to take him out in order to clean the crate. You can feed and water when you get home. He will be ok.

Two crates isn't confusing - just keep training consistent. I would keep a hard plastic vari kennel type crate in your bedroom so you can hear him whining and let him out to potty when he indicates during the night. He would be ok in your enclosure too, but you might not hear him to let him out.

What does your contract say about vet checkups? Many breeders specify that you must have the vet check the pup out within a certain number of days for coverage or guarantee - 2 days to week usually. But if you don't have any such clause in your contract, then your first visit depends on what you are comfortable with doing. If you can give the first few vaccinations on your own, get dates from your breeder about the previous shots so you can set a schedule, and vaccinate yourself at home. Then at 3-4mo, bring to the vet for rabies and checkup. Vet has to give the rabies shot. If you're not comfortable with that,you can have the vet do a new puppy check up and have the vet do all the shots by setting the shot schedule. Depends on what you are comfortable with.... Ask the breeder specifically so you can know for sure.
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Thank you for the quick response! Anyone has any comment/suggestion on our "indoor-kennel" in the picture? Instead of the second smaller crate I'm thinking about using a big plastic storage container line with puppy pads to put him in on his trip home and also for him to be in the bedroom with us. Is it a bad idea?
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Get a small crate - about 30$. It will be put to good use for potty training and travel for the first few months.
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I am jealous you found such a big play pen. No where around me had one, but oh my god good luck with that carpet . Anything we laid on the floor for our puppy to 'accidentally' pee on, she took great joy in ripping up and moving it aside.

You may want to put the wire crate in your room, I'm not sure what you mean about big plastic storage container O_O


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I am jealous you found such a big play pen. No where around me had one, but oh my god good luck with that carpet . Anything we laid on the floor for our puppy to 'accidentally' pee on, she took great joy in ripping up and moving it aside.

You may want to put the wire crate in your room, I'm not sure what you mean about big plastic storage container O_O
It's not carpet. It's FRP. Those are two playpens put together. My husband anchor it with the wood in the bottom. Our house has carpet in every room so we build this area and put frp over the carpet for easy cleaning.
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6 hours? You may need a rest stop. When I did 10 hours with my pup I just found places where folks don't normally stop with dogs - made it quick.

No food during the drive.

The only question I have with the indoor "pen" is will he be learning to potty in the house? It is very nice but I would almost be doing the crate/home at lunch thing (whenever I got a puppy and was not working at home, I took a couple of weeks half-days vacation to get the pup settled in)

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