Getting a puppy - and freaking out

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Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby MACB » Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:04 pm

Hi there

My husband and I have taken the plunge and will pick up our new puppy at 8 weeks at the end of July. I am very excited but also getting really really nervous. There's so many different pieces of advice about how to train them, that they will need to wee from anything between 10 mins and 1 hour per day and that they will cry every time we leave a room.

Any reassuring words that it will be ok? ? I think we want to crate train and also get her used to us being out for short periods. Am I dreaming and will that be too hard? We love dogs so much and really want to make our whippet part of the family but just a bit scared that wont happen.

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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby Blanco Suzy » Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:13 pm

You will be fine. There is so much information and advice out there, just do what works for you. crate training, especially for sleeping, is not as hard as it seems. Just make it no fuss no muss and reward in the crate when the pup is tired out...and I recommend barriers (baby gates) because you WILL need a break, as will your other dogs. It is fun and wonderful and frustrating and exhausting.....You will be surprised how quickly the pupppy with pick up on your routine. create a schedule and yall will be OK. Most of all, enjoy your puppy. The happier you are, the happier the puppy. It is worth it.
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby sue_rescue » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:33 am

I completely understand how you feel! After reading so many horror stories here on this forum I cancelled my puppy... twice! Luckily we got her after all and she has been a dream, she crate trained very easily and was completely housetrained and rigging a bell to go out by 4 months. Lucky for us we have a Greyhound who wore her out and taught her bite inhibition. Best advice I can give is make sure to give plenty of exercise, then some more and keep everything consistent, don't make a big deal when you come and go, start leaving her for short periods from day one then extend your time away. Our pup is 10 months old and she's the love of our lives, go for it, you won't regret it! :-)
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby Greybeard » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:23 am

I'd heard all the horror stories about Whippet puppies, but 18 months ago we ignored them and bought one anyway (Sadie). We'd had Lurchers all our lives and survived, how bad could a Whippet be?

If anything she was worse than we expected - seriously, we thought we'd made a big mistake. Unbelievable energy, and it was mostly expended destructively. Even sitting watching TV was usually impossible, as every so often she'd launch herself at your head, or wall of death around the room. Toilet training was very difficult, I think she got the basic idea but didn't like going outside in the cold, and would resist strongly. 18 months later and she's as lovely a dog as anyone could have: friendly, obedient, playful, loving... And the change seemed to happen almost overnight.

Two weeks ago we bought another Whippet pup, an 8 week old boy we called Dylan. We braced ourselves, and assured each other we would survive, however bad things became. Surprisingly Dylan is completely different. He's full of beans, sure, but aside from a few experimental nibbles on a few things he's not been destructive (yet). Toilet training was a breeze, he got the idea within about 24 hours and within a further 24 hours he was waking me in the night to go outside for toilet. He doesn't bite (much, yet), and enjoys playing with his toys. He's a little angel.

So, I guess it depends entirely on the individual pup. You may get a monster, you may get an angel - and if you get a monster just grit your teeth and stick with it, he/she won't be a monster for ever.

Edit: We don't use crates, we simply don't have the space. When we're out the dogs have the run of the house - most things of value Sadie has already destroyed, so we just risk it. A couple of letters have been chewed, but otherwise no great problems.
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby MACB » Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:47 am

Thank you all so much for your replies!!

We are sticking to our plan and go to visit our little pup this weekend. So excited to meet her and getting set to enjoy her whatever her personality turns out to be.

Really appreciate hearing these reassuring comments.
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby Greybeard » Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:27 pm

I'll just update my comment on Dylan being an angel: the little wretch ate my varifocals this morning. :angry-cussing:
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby Stickdogs » Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:29 pm

It's the end of July! Did you get your puppy?

ALL puppies, whether a Whippet, Labrador Retriever, Poodle or Pomeranian, require a lot of attention, training and socialization. The only thing that makes a whippet puppy 'different' is they do everything fast. Run fast, play fast, chew fast and sleep fast. And their 'emotions' are set high, sensitive. No harsh disciplining. Your voice alone should be enough.

It's easy to love your new Whippet puppy (so soft, cuddly and the smell of puppy breath :romance-inlove: ) but also remember to train you puppy as soon as he/she walks in the house. Get yourself and puppy on a training schedule. Whether you have a new puppy or older adult dog, I HIGHLY recommend the super easy to read and follow- "How to Housebreak Your Dog In 7 Days" by Shirlee Kalstone.

Training doesn't mean just potty training.
Potty training is knowing that the outside of the house/ apartment is the toilet.
House training is knowing what to chew on and what not to, learning to be left alone, etc.
Manners/ obedience mean knowing not to rush thru an open door, walk politely on a leash, come when called, learn to be left alone (again), sit when told, etc.
Socialization training means learning to meet new dogs, people, and surroundings.

Enjoy your new puppy! And most importantly, relax!

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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby MACB » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:37 am

WE GOT THE PUPPY!

And she is so cute. Day two at the moment. She is crazy in the morning from 630am for one hour - bouncing around the garden. And then she just goes to sleep in her crate and her pen. A few toilet accidents in the house but all poops have been outside. She didn't cry at all in her crate first night but cried three times last night - so will see how that goes.

She's just so adorable though. So happy we got a whippet.

Thanks for all the encouragement and reassurance!
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby PAWhippets » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:37 am

Ooh, a new puppy, how wonderful! Good luck with her, and sounds like things are going well so far. What have you named her, or are you still deciding?

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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby MarciaInNM » Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:37 pm


I'm glad to hear that you got her and are enjoying her.
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby MACB » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:11 am

day 3 update..... she cried again last night three times.

Am I doing it right -she's in her crate in a room right next to ours, she cries, I take her out quickly, say toilet - if she goes, quiet reward - then back in crate for sleep.... then the crying starts. First time it went for 45 mins and it sounds like she is crashing around in her crate. Second time, shorter but still.... my heart is breaking and I don't sleep at all just waiting for her to start up again.

Should I keep going with the ignoring?? Will it end eventually? Or shall I just give up and not crate her and put her in my bedroom in her little bed (which she loves)?

Reckon I can deal with a week or two more max. :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby Greybeard » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:12 pm

"Or shall I just give up and not crate her and put her in my bedroom in her little bed (which she loves)?"

If you do that she'll finish up in yours. :shock: I promise.
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby OregonLuca » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:38 pm

Have you tried putting the crate in your bedroom next to your bed? This might help comfort her. She'll still be in the crate but she'll have you there with her.
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby MarciaInNM » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:23 pm


I've done the small crate in my bedroom, placed high up enough and close to the bed, so the pup knows where I am. That worked great, and the nightly crying quickly decreased to none.
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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby Stickdogs » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:04 pm

Congrats on your new puppy!!! :banana-dance:

I'm another who agrees to put crate right beside your bed at night. Puppy can hear you, smell you and even in the dime light, see you and get reassured. We did this with all 4 of ours and it worked great.
Note: using the crate right beside your bed does not have to be permanent. As puppy becomes older and can hold her bladder longer, crate can be SLOWLY (this can take months) moved further away or even out of the bedroom entirely.

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Re: Getting a puppy - and freaking out

Postby MACB » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:11 pm

Thanks for the advice - crate came in the bedroom last night and it worked perfectly - a few small whines then straight back to sleep - I realised after re-reading crate training advice that we should not have put her in another room so soon.

She's currently snoozing in the crate, door closed whilst I work nearby so I think I've managed to not derail her crate training too much.

Whippets are just so crazy - just insane in the morning and at playtime and then sleep monsters for hours as well. So cute.
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