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I'm going to consolidate my new puppy posting here, as I think it might be fun to look back on this after he's grown.

It seems I'm getting a standard poodle puppy for Christmas, if all works out.

I have forgotten how to puppy. This is going to be ridiculous.

The litter is six weeks old now, and the breeder has decided who gets whom. The one she's planning to give me looks like a muppet. He's floppy and fat. I have no idea what I'm going to name him.

I'm trying not to get overexcited, because puppies are a pain in the butt and also because if something goes awry I don't want to be too disappointed, but...PUPPY PUPPY PUPPY PUPPY :bounce:
Good advice thread: https://www.dogforums.com/general-dog-forum/504242-if-only-i-knew.html

Well, I picked up Teebeedee from the breeder yesterday evening (he doesn't have a name yet, and I'd better come up with one before "Teebeedee" sticks) and, you know, I don't want to overstate things at all, but he's the best puppy ever.

I'll take some decent photos tomorrow, but just to start:


He's ten weeks old. Obviously it's the honeymoon period, but I really like his little personality so far - he's outgoing, cuddly, and curious, and doesn't seem nervous or mopey at all even though this is his first time away from mom. He's extremely bouncy - I'm a little concerned for management purposes about how high he can already jump, lol. He doesn't mind being crated as long as he isn't left alone in the room, so that made this first night pretty easy - he conked right out in the crate next to my bed. He let out a few little noises but settled if I stuck my fingers through the bars for him to snuggle with.

Name suggestions - or suggestions for how to name him - are welcome. My other dog is named Cassius, so it has to be something that doesn't have the same sound.
He was almost Temeraire (I just finished the book series by that title) but I can't see a call name in there, lol. Also I'm not sure how to pronounce it.

One of my friends suggests Pax...short for Paxil. (Puppies cheer you up!)

Getting some PTSD from those poodle puppy pics... my guy was the WORST lol. Absolute terror right from the get go. He is almost 4 and just settling down, but still has his moments.

Personally, I really like the name TBD lol. I think it's unique and I also like the sound of the nickname Teebs. Good luck with the little guy! Glad to hear all is going well so far.
Haha, sssh, don't tell me that! He's an angel and he's going to be an angel. This is my story and I'm sticking to it. It just hit me that 18 to 24 months is a REALLY LONG TIME.



He was so good for the flight home. Slept most of the time, gnawed on his chewy when awake. I think the carrier being sliiiightly too small was actually a pro, as he just snuggled up in there and zonked out since he couldn't do much else.



Cassius loooooves him. But he wears Cas right out.




(Yes, those are puppy pads in the pen :\ The breeder paper trained him and he's quite good about it. I know it's a best practice to never let them eliminate indoors after coming home, but it's supposed to be -20 F for the next week - that's NOT including windchill - and I don't want him to hate going outside, so I'm going to wait a bit on starting house-training proper. I hope I won't regret the choice.

Also, I broke the bookshelves trying to push them to the opposite wall to make room for the puppy pen, haha.)

Oh, and I named him Jet. Haven't settled on a registration name yet.
Parus, I'm bumping this thread because I want to know if you named your puppy.

FYI, I was curious and browsed the internet for a pronunciation of Temeraire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCZOtC__9VQ
Tem Er Air You could call him "Tem" or "Temer" for short. I also found a meaning for the name: bold, rash, reckless -- the opposite of how you've described your pup, which makes the name even more fun. :)
Thanks! I dubbed him Jet, but I might still use Temeraire in his registered name.

Today he (and by extension, I) discovered that he is now tall enough to jump on furniture by himself, and also that he's tall enough to stand up on his hind legs and reach the edges of some surfaces. So I got to do a second round of puppy-proofing, lol.

He also figured out how to open the latches on the exercise pen.

And I think he's started teething.

It's a very good thing he is super cute and snuggly.
When he makes this face, you can hardly even tell that he is, in fact, a creature composed entirely out of fangs.
It's not really fair to say he bites me all the time. There are many times he doesn't bite me, such as:
When he's eating (biting kibble)
When he's biting a toy or chew
When he's biting another person
When he's biting my other, very patient dog
When he's biting something expensive and/or dangerous that got overlooked in what I thought was meticulous puppy-proofing
When he's sleeping

lol, to be fair, I think he's teething. And he's actually got pretty good bite inhibition - he doesn't bite all that hard. And it's not hard to redirect him onto a toy. But he's also discovered this clever trick where he runs under your legs when you're seated and nips at your thighs from beneath? Aghhh.
 

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I think he's 15 weeks old this week?

That's him playing with a six-month-old German Shepherd a couple days ago. They'd already been at it for about 20 min at that point, so they're finally winding down.

Besides being in the chewing-on-everything phase, he's coming along really nicely. He's a very bold, outgoing puppy, which is exactly what I asked for. I don't know if I mentioned this earlier, but he came from a breeder whose focus is producing service dogs. Several pups from his litter went for service dog training, but he was too much of a goon - just ridiculously exuberant. Puppy class is still waaaay too exciting for him, but when we go home and practice the puppy class lessons he gets it right away.

He seems on the small side to me, but the vet said not to worry about it as long as he's otherwise healthy. He goes for his next set of shots next weekend, so it'll be interesting to see what he weighs in at then.
 

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He is really stinking adorable.
 

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Got his first "grown-up" haircut today. (It's actually a puppy clip, but hey.) It's crazy how much more mature it makes him look. Also, he turns out to have a pretty face under all that fuzz.

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Oh, he is getting to be a big boy. His hair cut adds to his grown-up look. He still has a puppy expression, though, especially in that last thumbnail pic. I would bet that if you take another photo at seven or eight months, you'll look back on these pictures and think, "He still looked like a puppy back then."
 

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Oh, he is getting to be a big boy. His hair cut adds to his grown-up look. He still has a puppy expression, though, especially in that last thumbnail pic. I would bet that if you take another photo at seven or eight months, you'll look back on these pictures and think, "He still looked like a puppy back then."
Haha, I bet you're right. He still runs like a puppy - he hasn't quite figured out what to do with the legs he's growing :D

He's had some nice maturity changes these last few weeks - his attention span is getting longer, and he's getting less sharky and more snuggly. I've been working on "capturing calm" with him too, and it's nice to see that starting to be effective.
 

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He's had some nice maturity changes these last few weeks - his attention span is getting longer, and he's getting less sharky and more snuggly. I've been working on "capturing calm" with him too, and it's nice to see that starting to be effective.
I am amazed at what a couple of weeks can do for our growing pups in term of learning and behavior. My girl likes to keep me on my toes, though. We'll have a couple days where I think, "Oh, I'm so glad she's growing out of _______ (nipping, stealing socks, chewing shoes, counter surfing, etc.)," and the following day she'll bombard me with that exact same naughty behavior. I do think we finally got past the shoe chewing. She now ignores shoes. Watch, tomorrow, she'll destroy a pair. LOL

When you say, "capturing calm" is that rewarding the pup for laying calmly at your feet? If so, I've been doing that with my pup. Doing so has inadvertently taught her a new down position. Whenever I say, "chill" instead of doing a down (legs tucked under) she'll go down and put her feet off to the side, in a more relaxed down position. Unfortunately, as a command, it lasts about a fraction of a second unless she's worn out from a rousing game of fetch. Maybe one day I'll actually be able to get her to calm down on command.

BTW, I love the nickname "Jetty." He is such a beautiful boy. :)
 

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I can't believe how quickly he's growing!!! He looks great parus :)
Thanks! I was never a huge fan of the look of poodles but now that I have one they're really growing on me, haha.

When you say, "capturing calm" is that rewarding the pup for laying calmly at your feet? If so, I've been doing that with my pup. Doing so has inadvertently taught her a new down position. Whenever I say, "chill" instead of doing a down (legs tucked under) she'll go down and put her feet off to the side, in a more relaxed down position. Unfortunately, as a command, it lasts about a fraction of a second unless she's worn out from a rousing game of fetch. Maybe one day I'll actually be able to get her to calm down on command.

BTW, I love the nickname "Jetty." He is such a beautiful boy. :)
He likes to think so, lol. He thinks everyone wants to pay all the attention to him.

Yup, pretty much. We've gone from about five seconds of calm to him being able to settle and lay next to me for a good half-hour while I read or watch something. Progress! Six months!
 

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We're in the gawky adolescent stage now. He still has no attention span to speak of, but he's a quick learner and eager to please. And, of course, a complete clown. He's a really fun puppy.
 

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He looks soooooo mature! Unbelievable! Especially compared to the last pic on this thread. I'm so glad you are enjoying the journey!
 

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He's wonderful.. I love standard poodles too... were you able to find a groomer that you like? that would be hardest part for me to have one of the breeds that need grooming..
 

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He looks soooooo mature! Unbelievable! Especially compared to the last pic on this thread. I'm so glad you are enjoying the journey!
Not every minute of it, haha. But overall, yes. He's entertaining.

He's wonderful.. I love standard poodles too... were you able to find a groomer that you like? that would be hardest part for me to have one of the breeds that need grooming..
Yeah, I have a great groomer. She's been taking care of my giant mostly schnauzer for years. I'm amazed at what she can do with Jet, considering he has trouble sitting still for more than a few minutes at a time. They go in for a clip next week - I'll have to post a pic afterward. He is really overdue for a clip.

Jetty is learning to swim. He loves the water, but he hasn't quite figured out how to paddle yet. He looks so skinny when wet - I swear I'm feeding him, lol. He weighted in at exactly 50 lbs last week.
 

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