I just got a new puppy! :)

@oscar6 (1939)
United States
June 13, 2011 2:44am CST
I just got a new puppy a week ago. He is a salt and pepper miniature schnauzer named Toby. He is adorable and although ive only had him for a week he stole my heart already. How many of you love puppies? are there any new puppy owners out there? Any advice on new puppy ownership? :)
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@Octav1 (1421)
• Romania
14 Jun 11
Congratulations for your new puppy! I have a full list with advice for new puppy owners, but I'll tell you only a few: - take Toby to the vet for a complete scheme of immunization. You should not take any risk with Distemper or Parvoviruses. - don't let him have contact with unknown dogs until his immunization is complete - try to get him used to different noises and surroundings; let him meet different kind of people, children and, of course, dogs. - don't give him human food because it can be poisonous for him (especially chocolate, onion, garlic, grapes, and the list may continue) - start his training early and let him know who makes the rules in your household, without being harsh with him
@carolscash (9503)
• United States
13 Jun 11
Congratulations on the new puppy! We do not have a puppy now but we have had one in the past and they are so much fun and yes, they steal your heart. We currently have a new horse and it is fun too. Enjoy the new puppy!!
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@Arkine (216)
• United States
13 Jun 11
I have a dog named Toby, though he is almost 10 years old now and we didn't get him as a puppy, I found him wandering around the middle of the highway--8 years ago. We tried to find his owners but no one ever came to claim him. Anyhow, as for new puppies. I'm not sure what info you are looking for, but I can say start training right now.
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@allknowing (56642)
• India
13 Jun 11
Pets have been a part of my life for several years now. Handling a puppy is an art and each puppy is unique. Apart from the normal diet issues, house breaking,etc one needs to look at their energy level which could drive the owner round the bend. How energetic is your little one. Just as when a new babe arrives the house is made baby proof you need to do that for your puppy too. They pull everything that they can lay their paws on and specially electric wires. You need to be careful of them. Wish you joy and happpiness in your new venture viz - puppy handling!
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@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
13 Jun 11
Hello Oscar, I am so glad for you and your new companion! I think you're so happy to have a nasty fur ball around! He probably keeps you occupied all day long! I remember I was just like you one year ago, when my Binne was only a little pup. I don't know what advice to give you because I don't know how much you know about dogs. Maybe if you told us more, we can come with a helping hand. Are you a first time dog owner? Yet, here's the advice I like to give to any puppy owner: don't allow the little one to do anything that you won't like him to do as an adult dog and always remember that a tired dog is a happy dog.
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@makatas (1103)
• Greece
13 Jun 11
Wow I love schnauzers! They are a breed with very good character and are excellent when dealing with kids as well as other animals. The taller versions of it are not exactly handsome, though :) My advice on the puppy is when it sleeps, let it sleep. Do not wake it up for friends to play with it, or because you feel like hugging it etc. It is the biggest risk for the personality of the dog, if he knows that he does not have any peace even when he is sleeping. If he knows he might be awaken just any time, he won't be getting rest from his sleep and he will be always stressed and easily irritated. Have a wonderful day!
• Canada
14 Jun 11
Congratulations on your new puppy, oscar! Welcome Toby!! I just adopted a miniature dachshund (named Charlie) about two weeks ago and best guess is that he is about a year old. Puppies are a great deal of work and take lots of time and dedication. You don't want to allow Toby to develop bad habits or to be destructive. Make sure he gets lots and lots of exercise. Teach him good walking habits on a leash. Just remember he is looking to you for guidance as to what he can and cannot do and what he wants more than anything is to please you Have a great deal of fun loving your new puppy