kaz asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

Is it hard looking after a puppy/dog ?

how many walks aday does a small puppy need? and is it hard looking after him / her?. what do you need to every day execpt for food and water? (this question is for cairn terriers beacause the dog im looking to get)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Puppies can be fun, but they are a lot of work. They have to be potty trained, taught right from wrong, they go through teething, sometimes chew things, etc.... Dogs need time and care too, but if you adopt one, you may not have to go through extensive potty training and other behavior training. So keep this in mind when trying to decide between a puppy and a dog.

    I love raising puppies but I do it a lot because I do a lot of animal rescue. I work at an animal hospital, so my puppies can go with me to work which helps. Puppies need a lot of your time. For example, First thing in the morning you have to take them outside to go potty, then you bring them in, feed them, and then take them outside again to go potty. Once you come home from work, the first thing you must do is take them outside to potty. If they've had an accident in their cage, you have to clean it up. Then you feed them and take them outside again. You can't let them run unsupervised in the house b/c then they may potty inside and you'll have to clean it up. After playing with them for an hour or so, you have to take them outside again. If they drink water, I wold take them outside again.

    If you don't play with your puppy, walk it so it can get some of that pent up energy out, you could have some behavior issues to deal with. Terriers are full of energy. They are going to be energetic and need regular exercise and training. I would recommend puppy training class and other obedience classes to so you have a well behaved dog.

    So, yes their is a lot of work that has to be put in to raising a puppy. Think of it as having a toddler to watch over that gets into everything, and makes a mess as much as possible.

    However, in the end, it is all worth it if you are consistent. Dogs are great companions and having a well trained dog can be and most likely will be very rewarding.

    I would suggest reading up on the breed that you are interested in so you are aware of all of the quirks to expect. I know that Terriers can be little Terrors. Pit bulls are terriers and they are known for their confidence, stubbornness, and energy. Most terriers have these very same traits. Here is a good website to tell you more information about the Cairn Terrier:




    Good Luck

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dogs are very difficult to look after and expensive. My partner and i got a puppy around 8 months ago and theres so much you need to do. A dog needs shots regularly up to its first year then 1 every six months they need food, walks, and its exactly like having a baby in that the first 2-3 weeks of having a puppy they cry every night because there alone. Its important to get a good food especially when puppys which for us cost $100AUD for 20kgs. And then you need to think about dog training to if wanted which is another $600AUD for unlimited classes. I think its very hard work but also very rewarding if you can put in a bit of effort

    Source(s): Self
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  • Angie
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Puppies are hard work and theres no getting round that, like a baby crawling if you like, you have to be watching them all the time, house training can be done in about 2-4 weeks depending on the dog itself but it takes almost constant attention to get this done in a shorter amount of time possible.

    A puppy in general naps a lot through the day, each time it wakes up put it outside and praise it for a wee or pooh, each time it goes to its dish for food or drink and again on average about every 45 minutes take it outside. For mess inside do not hit the dog, if you catch it in the act then a sharp no and a gentle shrug of its neck as you guide itoutside is plenty enough.

    Its walks depend upon the dog and will need slightly shorter walks as a pup but if you want it well socialised then it is advisable to take it everywhere with you that you can exposing it to every situation you can think of e.g trains, buses, busy roads, other dogs, babies, children, gangs of people, crowds, cattle, small animals etc.

    You cant take puppy out on a leash until 2 weeks after its second injection and of course up until 12 weeks your dog needs to be wormed every 2 weeks then monthly up to 6 months then 6 monthly there onward.

    Discourage play biting to ensure it knows biting is unaceptable in any form if it is ever goin to be around children and a calm house hold usually has a calm dog, a noisy boisterous household can expect a boisterous dog. We hav a 18 week old akita and she is very much like an old lady in many ways as she isnt boisterous at all, she is house trained, only plays when the children have gone to bed and is calmed down at any points through the day that she gets excited..

    Your dog is what you make it and instinct usually takes over,

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  • Susan
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Puppies are very difficult and take as much dedication as taking care of a 2 year old. Sometimes worse.

    Be ready to take the puppy out every hour and stand outside for 20 minutes waiting for the dog to pee or poop. Luckily when they are young enough you can tell when they have to poop because it sticks out.

    Besides food and water the young puppy stage is when you should start with training the basics. Puppy also needs lots of toys and playtime. Lots and lots of companionship, so make sure you or a family member can be around most of the time.

    Also make sure you have a nice bed and blanket for the puppy.

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  • Carmen
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    It can be hard, it can be easy. It depends how much research you do prior to actually getting it. If you buy a breed that actually complients your lifestyle, it will be easy. E.g. you'd be pretty stupid to buy a German Shepherd or another high-energy breed if you're a couch potato and equally you'd be stupid to get a Pug or English Bulldog if you want a running companion, because they are just not built for the job. So you see where research comes in. You need to figure out exactly what you want from a dog and which breeds fit your requirements. While no dog is "hard" providing you get the right breed, all time time, patience and money.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Puppies are VERY HARD to take care of! they bite, nip,etc, and they need about 23 short walks a day and some playtime. And be prepared to take it out to go to the bathroom at 2 am. for the first 2 months otr so you have it, you will have to take it out to go to the bathroom every 2-4 hours! But in the end, your dog will repay you with unlimited loyalty!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you want to buy a dog you have to think of it a lot. Because it's a big responsibility. Especially when they're puppy they need love you have to give them lots of love. When they grow up they see u as an Alpha Dog/Alpha ***** think of it good ;)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, they are just like kids, especially when they are pups, they need to be walked everyday and when they are not yet toilet trained cleaned up after, plus injections and registrations, vet bills food and the list goes on!!! Every holiday you have someone needs to pitch in or boarding which also costs!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    no! nothing like a baby ,but it demands just as much pattience and time,pups are a ball of fun chewing lots and playing all the time q? do you work ft pt ? if ft the pup will be bored and demand your attention asap ,it can wrk ,but lots of training required ,take a bag of gooodies to d park and train him/ her as much as it can take before loosing focus ,terriers are very smart and will question why ?but they can b very placid when gown up properly.cu

    Source(s): we have had lots of puppiess in our time
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  • 1 decade ago


    No, it is no different then raising a child.

    I have some sites below that will help you with what needs to be done before Puppy comes home to be a Member of your Family, and what to do after he/she comes home. But.... Remember, A Dog is for Life, do not toss your Dog outside and forget about him/her. The Animal Shelters are full of Dogs that have been thrown away, or abused in some pretty horrific ways because they are no longer cute little Puppies. A puppy is a life time commitment and should always be a vital member of your Family. You wouldn't throw your Child out because he/she is no longer a cute little baby.

    Now with that said!


    "Before the New Puppy Comes Home"

    A new puppy is a big job and commitment, with a lot to do and plan in advance. Most of the preparations are the same for an adult dog as for a puppy.

    Whether you are waiting for a planned canine family member from a breeder or scheduling a trip to a shelter to look for one, you’ll want to be ready. It can make the difference between a smooth or rocky start with your new pup, or success or failure.


    "House Training Your Puppy"

    Crate-training is important for puppies. For one thing, when your dog goes to the groomer every 4 to 8 weeks (if you take her even more often, that would be great) she will spend time in a crate. She will also be crated when she stays at the veterinarian's office. And there may be occasions in your care at home where a crate will spare your dog many problems, so she needs to feel at ease in a crate.

    It will never again be as easy for your dog to learn to rest calmly in a crate as in puppy hood. At the same time, the crate helps your puppy develop bowel and bladder control (which is not complete until at least 4 months of age and could be longer in a Bichon, even with the help of a crate) and avoid forming bad habits that are difficult to change. The use of a crate can spare you and your dog much unpleasantness.

    To house train a puppy you need 100% supervision. The puppy needs to be in the room with you as much as possible -- never loose in the house until much later. If you see the puppy start to have an accident, you don't punish or yell. You scoop the puppy up and rush her outside, in the hopes of getting her to finish there. You praise her for relieving herself in this proper place.

    Start out house training by going out WITH the puppy about once per hour, when you are at home and awake. As she progresses and you get to know her better you can decide how often she needs to go, and eventually you can watch her from the door if you have a fenced yard. Don't leave her outside alone -- it isn't good house training and lots of bad things happen to dogs alone outside, especially cute little ones.

    Unless you must leave your puppy alone for long hours it is not a good idea to use any method that involves teaching the dog to relieve herself in the house. It can confuse her and make complete house training take longer. Sometimes this problem is unavoidable if people have to be gone to work when puppies are young.

    If you find an accident after the fact, oops, it's not the puppy's fault, it's the owner's fault! You weren't watching the puppy well enough. Never punish for housebreaking accidents. That can create much worse problems, such as a puppy who won't relieve in front of you at all, a puppy who gets defensive out of fear of punishment and starts snapping at people, or a puppy who starts submissively urinating.

    Any accidents need to be thoroughly deodorized with either white vinegar (only works while the spot is still wet) or a bacterial enzyme odor eliminator product such as Nature's Miracle. This will neutralize the odor to your nose, but more importantly, to the puppy's much more sensitive nose. If you don't do this properly the scent of past mistakes will signal the dog to come back and use that spot again.

    When you cannot watch your puppy she needs to be in her safe place where she can't make mistakes, and the crate is an excellent choice for this place. Put the crate in your bedroom at night, and be careful not to let her out of the crate when she is in the act of making noise so she will learn to be quiet in there. If you plan to allow her on the bed, don't do it until she is older.

    After house training many people start leaving their puppies out of the crate and loose in the house, then are horrified at the chewing that starts after the permanent teeth erupt and have to be set in the jaw by the dog chewing. A Bichon is not likely to be a major chewer, but there will probably be some mischief. At this point the crate is still a great safe haven to protect both your things and your dog.

    Look for a puppy kindergarten class in your area and arrange to take your puppy when she reaches the correct age. This can make a big difference as she matures, and the opportunity for it is over by the age of 6 months. Obedience clubs often have these classes, and you can find these clubs listed by state at www.akc.org.

    Make sure young children are never allowed to treat your puppy in any way that could cause her to feel pain or fear. Try to look at it from the puppies point of view, and interrupt any such behavior from the kids whether the puppy complains or not. It is common for dogs to tolerate this for a long time, then suddenly defend themselves when they just can't take it any more.

    Source(s): http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C... The Bottom Link is on House Training. This site is on the Bichon Frise, but is the same for all puppies: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S...
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