shots, overnight potty breaks, other newbie puppy questions
Against our better judgment, we picked out a dog for our family and he's younger than we'd been considering. So he'll need everything including his second set of shots. I have some random questions as we are very inexperienced dog people. We'll ask at the shelter when we pick him up but more opinions are more useful than one.
The little guy is 12 weeks old, fixed, about 23 lbs., and has his first set of shots. We know to not take him in public until he's fully vaccinated, but how cautious do we need to be about parvovirus? Our area is very doggy. Do we need to take off our shoes before entering his area?
We will attempt crate training. We don't know if he'll need to go out at night--do you wake a sleeping puppy and drag him outside to pee or do you only do it if he wakes up? And is it cruel to take a sleepy puppy outside at night in the dead of winter? We're talking low 40s here! Cold! :) He has a short coat but it's pretty dense. H won't freeze but he might be startled by the temperature drop.
And yeegads--does a Kong toy ever stop smelling? There was an awful stench in the beautiful clean shelter and I thought it was because there were 4 puppies in the room but now that I've brought home some toys, I realize it's the Kong. Oy. It's terrible.
Should I roll up my rugs? Okay, I can answer that one myself. :)
I doubt that he's ever worn a collar. If a collar and leash freak him out, I imagine that will make housetraining him difficult. Is there any way around that? I guess I could set up a pen in the yard where I want him to go and drop him there when it's time. Or is it unlikely to even be a problem?
Any advice? Useful tips? Thanks!
By the way, if you are ever reincarnated as a shelter animal, may I recommend the Silicon Valley Humane Society? It's like the Four Seasons. I almost feel guilty removing an animal from that swanky abode. I do feel guilty not getting one from a regular shelter but we weren't able to find a dog that fit. I want to adopt all the cats at my city shelter and dump them at this place in the middle of the night...it's that nice!