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Cosmojo
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi there - I am a newbie - who has been keeping an eye on all the great advice and amusing stories on your forum for the last year. We are getting our briard boy on 21 July and I would be really grateful for any advice as neither of us have owned a dog before. We are booked into puppy classes and socialisation etc...but we have not bought anything yet.

every time I go in the pet store I get completely confused as to what we really need and how much it should cost - For starters ...can anyone recommend a good brand of cage - and how much is a reasonable price.
What size should we get - one for when he is full size ? - and if so should I get one that can be made smaller initially?

any help would be gratefully received
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Very Happy Welcome Cosmojo to the site and the wonderful world of briards. Sorry I don't have any advise to give on cages none of my briards have had them. I know they are popular and can see the benefits. My two however do have their own quiet spaces within the house if they want to get away from each other or it all.

Good luck I bet you can't wait now until 21st. Please post some pics of pup.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

hi cosmojo. welcom. jasper never had a cage he just goes to his quiet area when he has had enough. No doubt someone will be on later to help you. OOOOh bet you cannot wait to get puppy. Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 7:39 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Cosmojo, welcome to the site, I don't have a particular brand of cage to recommend but I would reckommend getting the biggest cage you can as you can make a space his bed and space for newspaper for if he needs the toilet whilst he's in there, esspecially if you're going to leave him in there overnight or whilst you're out, also when he is older you won't need to buy a bigger one if you decide to keep it up for him or if you go on holiday and need to take one, we take ours to put the dogs in at night when we go off in the caravan!
Good luck and make sure you post some pics, we all love to see puppy pics on the site Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

hi Cosmojo,welcome to the site,congratulation on your new baby coming home Razz ,we also not long ago got our puppy,and like you i wanted a crate but had no idea,so we compared prices all over even in our small pet shop,got the biggist we could,so far its been great,we did'nt have time to make it smaller to start with as brioche gets bigger as you look at him Very Happy ,and all the toys that i could not help buying as i was waiting for him to come home Embarassed Embarassed i have to say we decided on the crate as we have 3cats and all needed there own space(cats will make the all house there own space Embarassed )
but the doors are only closed at night time,all the best Very Happy have you got names yet Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi there, and welcome! We've had Nero for 3 months now and, like you, thought of getting a crate. In the end we haven't bothered, as he has his own little room and we don't have any other pets to worry about. But I do recommend soft toys and puppy chew toys (just so your remote controls and table legs get a break Laughing ). His favourite toys he 'found' himself. The dish scrubbing brush is always popular Evil or Very Mad - so now we put his toothpaste on it and he brushes his own teeth! Good luck and post photos!
Roz

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi and welcome

I always recommend the use of a crate if you are unable to fence of a area for the puppy. This enables you to put your new baby to bed for rest which they do need. Also during the teething stages and you are in bed or out then they are safe.

You may only use it during puppy hood depending on your set up, but on the other hand if you ever go away with the puppy/adult the crate gives them something familier to rest in and can help them to settle better.

Also if you have children they can be taught that when the dog goes in the crate they are to leave them alone and in turn the briard will learn this is an area where they can go if unwell or just want peace.

Mine love there crates although they have fabric crates but if they are up then they love just to go in and rest even if the door are oven. The crate has become their area.

Best place to purchase one is either at a show (you will have to have a look to see if there is a show in your area) or even on line have good deals - most metal crate are good - rosewood are the best and price to match. You can also find them second hand in the freeadds or local paper.

Good luck and look forward to updates

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

if you know the size you could also look on ebay Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Roz & Tim wrote:
Hi there, and welcome! We've had Nero for 3 months now and, like you, thought of getting a crate. In the end we haven't bothered, as he has his own little room and we don't have any other pets to worry about. But I do recommend soft toys and puppy chew toys (just so your remote controls and table legs get a break Laughing ). His favourite toys he 'found' himself. The dish scrubbing brush is always popular Evil or Very Mad - so now we put his toothpaste on it and he brushes his own teeth! Good luck and post photos!
Roz


I can just imagine the fun he has trying to get his teath into something. (that he should not have.) after all a, is not a dish brush better than a teddy. Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi and Welcome

I'm glad you like our stories, you'll soon be putting your own on. Very Happy

You've done the right thing about booking him in for puppy classes he'll really love making new friends. "I bet he'll be the biggest puppy there".

Have you thought of taking an unwashed tee- shirt or something with your smell on, to the breeder (that's if they don't mind), he'll get use to your smell, plus it will get the smell of the other puppies on it. It may help him sleep when you bring him home.

Looking forward to seeing some pictures of him, have you decided on a name yet, not easy is it. Very Happy

Only 11 days to go, bet you can't wait. Very Happy

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