New puppy arriving soon - all tips welcome!

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  1. Candapack

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    We are collecting an 8 week old Border Terrier on 8th March. On 10th April, we are off in MH to Mull and then Ardnamurchan for at least a couple of weeks. Then doing a few more shortish Scottish trips until mid August, when we'll be taking van abroad for maybe 8 t0 10 weeks.
    All info/tips/pitfalls etc gratefully received.
    Thanks,
     
  2. big bertha

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    Sorry can't help with taking dogs abroad, but you've chosen a superb breed, is it a boy or girl?
    My sis used to breed borders in Fife.
     
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    Get a cage. It is his own private space which he will appreciate. And with a smallish dog like yours can come with you on your travels. Meg is nearly 4 now but loves her cage, we don't shut the door of course but did when she was a pup if we wanted some peace. When you first get him you can put his bed in half the cage and some newspaper in the rest in case he needs a pee in the middle of the night, sort of doggie en suite. When he's bigger his bed can occupy the whole area
     
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    If you want to take him/her abroad I would get the pet passport process underway ASAP. One of my dogs injections didn't work first time and had to have a second dose meaning quite a delay....
     
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    Great choice. Ruby thinks so as well(y)
     
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    Love Borders, had two a few years ago, as said previously a cage is a good idea. To keep them looking smart, keep their coats stripped out regularly.
     
  8. Candapack

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    A girl. Getting her from a breeder near Kippen.
     
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    [QUOTE="Candapack, post: 1324236, member: 33848]A girl. Getting her from a breeder near Kippen.[/QUOTE]
    I have a little girl border at the moment, she is 13 and still acts like a puppy. Must agree a cage is the way to go at the puppy stage. My 3 dogs all travel on the dinette bed with harnesses.
     
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    Congrats on the new puppy! Once you get him/her make sure it is seen and examined by a vet within few days to check on health. Ask their advice on pet passport and when optimum time for rabies jab, microchip etc. although recommendation and soon law that all puppies must be microchipped before they are sold, the manufacturer of the chips does not recommend chipping before 12 weeks due to the high possibility of it migrating about the pups body. Get its inoculations completed asap so that it's not at risk of common diseases. Remember it's advised that until its inoculations are completed you don't walk your puppy outside other than in your own garden so as to reduce risk of it picking up disease.

    I can't remember offhand the age puppies can start their rabies jabs but no need for blood tests now to check immunity

    As others have said a cage/crate which is their 'cave' is a good idea for the puppy. Ours travel on harnesses clipped into the seat belts and I would advise that you use similar in the MH as a loose puppy or dog is a danger when moving. A good supply of puppy training pads never goes amiss either! I found the best value were on line on Amazon and still have some in the MH from when our pups were small.

    Introduce the puppy to the MH asap so that it is familiar to it before your travels. Our four love travelling and regard the MH as home! Have a feeding and seperate water bowl stored permanently in the MH along with his food. We have several 'road refresher' non spill water bowls in the MH and they are really great. Although expensive they don't spill and worth every penny. Again Amazon sell them and the small size is more than ample for a small terrier

    Happy travels

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    Can not add anything to all the sound advice already given. Enjoy!(y)
     
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    I would definitely get an unchewable crate. My daughters dog ate it's way out of a fabric one on first night ----£50 they'll never see again! Your pup will be teething for a while and could do a fair bit of damage to a motorhome.
    A Kong toy with a bit of food or peanut butter in it will keep her occupied and help her teeth.
    Puppy pads ( Poundland, 99p shops) are useful for base of crate as long as she doesn't rip them up. Eaten filling could be dangerous.
    You'll still be "toilet training" her so a cat litter tray in your shower tray might help at night. Or just put newspaper in the shower tray but you'll need a supply of paper!
    As long as you've got the injections/chip/ passport sorted you just need to check for ticks daily.
    Also try to take supply of food for her as having to change is likely to cause upset tummy.
     
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    When you say it's injection didn't work first time can you clarify what you mean please.

    Nowadays they just get a rabies vac. but there is no requirement to check if it has 'worked'. The requirement for this was relaxed when it was discovered in the vast majority of cases the need to confirm the vaccine had been effective was unessaessary.

    I'm guessing you are talking about rabies vacs given and pet passports issued some considerable time ago.

    As long as the vaccine is given at least a full 21 clear days before you travel it is fine nowadays. Of course the dog has to be chipped and the chip details recorded before the vaccine is given.
     
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    if you do nothing else teach it to sit on command, there is nothing worse than a doggy without a set of brakes
     
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    Thanks all - good stuff. Keep it coming. (y)
     
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    socialise, socialise and socialise. most people love a friendly well socialised dog
     
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    Wow!!!! I didn't realise you now only have to wait 21 days after the jab. When we got ours done it was jab/3 months/blood test.
    As I say, one of ours failed first time & and had to have a second jab along with the associated wait and retest...
    Thanks for putting me straight...
    As an owner with direct experience of a failed vaccination, I'm not sure I agree with the new rule though !!!
     
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    Well having a pup for 6 weeks now , for what it's worth here's my two penny worth. Mine loved the motorhome the minute she set foot in it , we used the bathroom as a toilet area for her , we used pads and she has never peed anywhere but there . At night we put her in our cat box and and she still uses it . In the early days she would whimper when she wanted to go , which was every two hours now she sleeps through the night. Once she could go out we take her out five times a day , currently she empties her bowels outside and has the occasional pee on the pads.
    I must say it has been hard work with a puppy but after six weeks she has become a pleasure . She is so loving and intelligent.
    Good luck .
     

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