|Wow, thank you everybody for all the advice!
@Mika & Kai, I've already puppy proofed the main entrance, kitchen, laundry room, and working on the living room then moving upstairs to the bedrooms and bathroom. We've got a bunny so all cords have already been hidden or placed out of the way so he doesn't bite at them.
@Squ'mey, My mother and I both agree that pee pad training is a no-no. Am I expecting too much from Piper when I say that she'll wake me up by herself at night? We once watched an Australian Shepherd puppy named Bailey for two weeks while her owners were on vacation, and she was my responsibility. I know it's discouraged, but she slept on my bed and she would wake me up if she had to go potty, is it to much to ask that Piper do the same? Not sure if it is a puppy thing or a Bailey thing. Also, for the raining, it's so rainy here, I honestly don't mind the rain anymore! Heavy thunderstorm? Bring it on
Thanks for the advice on training! I wasn't sure really when to start, and this has cleared it up! I've already got a list of tricks to teach her, in order, starting with Sit. I actually got the tips from this website! One thing I won't be teaching her is to 'jump' or 'give a paw', because well, other goldens have tried 'giving me a paw' before when I just sat down, and ended up scratching me in the face. So no shake a paw or anything!
@Arya, My mother has poked at me pretty much every week that I have to watch the puppy constantly, trust me, I know! I'm sure once I get her i'll be blown away by how much I really do have to watch her, but for now I at least think I have a pretty good idea.
I'll just wear flip flops or some boots, depending on the extreme.
We have an exercise pen, and we will be keeping her in the kitchen while we are out (we have a small kitchen).
I've heard lots of good things about Kongs, but to be honest, all I really hear is about Kongs! Is there anything else out there that's really good?
The Vets Office at 7:00-9:00, puppy classes
@Hazel, At the breeder, she's already been wearing her collar for two weeks now, and actually, as soon as we put it on, she seemed to love it! The other puppy (somebody came to pick their's out the same time we did) was scratchign and rolling around, trying to get it off, but Piper was just like, 'I'm cool with this. Now I have bling like my brothers and sisters!' xD
One thing though is that the puppies have not been introduced to stairs. So that'll be interesting, watching her try to figure out the stairs!
I plan on taking her out (but not putting her down until her third set of shots) and walking around, we have a wide variety of people here, dark skinned, light skinned, blonde, brunette, small, large, hoodies, blouses, traditional clothing from different countries, Canadian clothing, we have it all! So I'm sure she'll be fine with most people by the time her socialization is complete
@Moose, Thanks! Last time we went for a visit, she kept biting at my sweater and my shoelaces, before getting bored and falling asleep in my lap xD
And, as I said with Squ-mey, well, I'll just copy and paste it.
Am I expecting too much from Piper when I say that she'll wake me up by herself at night? We once watched an Australian Shepherd puppy named Bailey for two weeks while her owners were on vacation, and she was my responsibility. I know it's discouraged, but she slept on my bed and she would wake me up if she had to go potty, is it to much to ask that Piper do the same? Not sure if it is a puppy thing or a Bailey thing.
I have a majour question. My cat HATES other animals. Cats, she'll kill if she had the chance. Puppies, well, when we had Bailey (A puppy we were watching), she scratched her up a couple of times pretty bad and would 'guard' the door to make sure the puppy couldn't leave my room. She hated Bailey, and I'm scared she'll hate Piper, too, and maybe scratch her eye or something. Anything you can suggest there?
Also, we have a bunny, as I think I mentioned in an earlier reply, and he can fend for himself for the most part (If he feels threatened, he'll lash out with his front paws and grunt, scratching whatever is in front of him) but I am a bit worried Piper will see him as a chew toy and try to eat him, or chase hima round the house or whine while he's out, or something. Anything you can suggest here as well?
Also, anything else you can think of? I'm sure I've got most things covered, but I'd like to be extra-sure of it.
Thanks again, and sorry for the super-long posting!