In 2 weeks, I'm getting a baby......

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FourMaybeMore's picture
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In 2 weeks, I'm getting a baby......

puppy that is! A Boston Terrier, my favorite breed! My Christmas present

My husband and I have been going back and forth on this for months. We have been trying for a baby for so long now after "letting it happen" for a few years, I figure that even if I get distracted and somehow pregnant right away, we still have 9 months to train him. I am so excited for a new "family member" as we have no pets now (other than 2 fish.) Anyone else get a pet and then get pregnant right away? lol

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OOHh!! That's so exciting!! I can't wait for pics Smile
I can't say that getting either of my pups has made me pregnant lol but they do make me so happy! They keep me entertained, and i love them dearly. It's not the hole a baby fills, but it does fill a hole. Smile Good luck with your puppy love!!

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I got my puppy at the beginning of this last cycle that gave me a bfp!! Smile hope it brings the same to you Smile

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oh that is awesome! Can't wait to see pics. Do you have a name picked out?

I got a kitten after having my last baby. They were born the same day. lol. Keith came to live with us when Fiona was 8 weeks old. It was chaos, but fun. Especially for my older girl.

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Wow, that must've been hectic at first! At least there isn't the same potty training involved with cats.

We are probably either naming him Indiana Jones (Indy) or Luke (Skywalker)-- even though I have girls, we are all big fans of Star Wars, too.

I will definitely post pics! Anyone have any suggestions on crate training?

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Yay! How exciting! I have a 9 month old Great Dane, Dexter. Oi, puppies are a lot of work, but totally worth it. Then again, my husband might not agree this week ... our puppy is getting his molars right now and he is chewing everything in sight.

As for crate training, be sure to get a crate that doesn't offer him enough room to pee at one end and lay comfortably at the other. And if he does have that much room, use a crate divider as the puppy grows. Learned from my mistakes there. Also, If you have to clean up potty messes, try to use something like a homemade vinegar solution. The ammonia in most cleaners attracts pets as if its a "marked" spot. And most importantly, treats and over the top praise for successful potty trips outside work wonders.

Good luck! Post pics!!

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Jesse,

Thanks for the tips! I just read a bit about all of that stuff in my immense research this week lol. I'm glad to hear it actually works in fruition. When you just sit there and read these tips it seems so common sense and easy but then when the puppy is actually in action, it's a different story, I realize that!!!

I will show you guys pics as soon as he's in my arms. I don't want to jinx it yet. But he has these crazy black/white markings like a cow and I know it's not ideal for a Boston, as I won't be showing or breeding him, though, I just think it's unique. Though I've also read that too much white on their bodies can mean deafness so I'm going to wait to meet him just to be sure before purchasing him. DH and I are getting him next Fri!

In the meantime, I think/hope I may O soon.... today I had to discard temp because I sat up and talked before remembering to temp!

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How exciting!

I have two small breed dogs, one of which we got as a puppy, so here are a few tips (already nixed a few since cold weather likely isn't a problem for you):

- Crate training might be tough at first but stick to your guns, it is so worth it in the end (we learned this the hard way). We evolved from no crates at all to crates during the day and letting them sleep with us at night to the opposite, free during the day so we can crate them and have our bed to ourselves at night.
- Puppies usually need to pee right after they wake up, eat, or have a good play session. Make sure to let him know how good he is for going to the bathroom outdoors, but instead of scolding him for going indoors, just ignore it. Small breeds are.. well.. small, and can be sneaky, their size makes it hard to catch them out of the corner of your eye. If they know they're going to get in trouble for pooing on the rug, they go find a sneaky place to do it, like.. a closet, or behind a couch (ask me know I know!!)
- To combine tip 1 and tip 2, if you know that he needs to pee right after waking, eating and playing, make sure he goes immediately from his nap/meal/playtime to outdoors to do his biz. If he doesn't go right away and you go back inside before he does anything, take him back in and put him in his crate and try again 10-15 mins later, repeat until he actually goes. He'll get the picture eventually and you won't have to repeat it too often. It's not unreasonable for a dog to be able to pee/poo on command (how do you think blind people clean up after their seeing eye dogs ;))
- Decide right now if you want to let your pet on the furniture or not and if not, stick to that from day one. If you want to hold or cuddle him, sit on the floor with him! Getting pets off the furniture after they're used to it is hard!

Hope this helps, and can't wait to see pictures!

FourMaybeMore's picture
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Well, I got my baby boy....Pluto! He's 8 weeks and 1 day old today.....

Here's my kids' reaction:

Kids meeting him 1/3 - YouTube

FourMaybeMore's picture
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Thanks for the advice, everyone. I've already started potty training and crate training. He has pooped outside and peed already! So hopeful it doesn't take long....

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LOVED the video!!! Your girls are precious! Smile And that baby puppy is sooo freaking adorable!!!

I have to say, i'm pretty soft, so crating was hard at first, but a fantastic thing Smile

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OMGSH. Just watched the video. Pluto is adorable, and your girls are so sweet! Home everything is going well!

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He is doing really great with potty training, but I'm so guilty and have to admit, I feel like a part of me definitely did this as a partial baby substitution and that part of me has realized it's not even close.

Don't get me wrong, I want a dog and my family does as well....and he is great, but this puppy thing is very taxing and I can't help but think, "when I finally get pregnant and subsequently have an up all night 24/7 exhausting newborn, I am NOT going to complain about anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" We shall see about that lol