Shikoku Ken Discussion
A few More Questions :)
I know, I have a lot of these. I just like to learn as much as I can and compile a list of all I'm learning and figuring out while I prepare to start this awesome journey in a few years! It's been many, many, MANY years since I've actually had a puppy (a little over 10 years now!), since my current dog was already 8 months old by the time I got her. So, I'm really over thinking and making sure I'm extra, extra prepared for this!
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So, new questions!
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01. When bringing home a puppy, do you prefer a crate or an X-pen? If Crate, Plastic of Wire? If X-Pen, do you have a crate connected to the X-Pen? What kind of Crates or X-Pens do you use?
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02. What size crate would you get for a puppy? I plan to have a puppy crate and an adult crate!
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--- Right now, I have a plastic 28L x 24W x 22H Plastic crate, and a 42L x 27W x 30H Wire Crate (currently used by my current dog but would get another as the puppy ages)
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03. What type of toys are best?
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--- I've gotten a few odd toys here and there and will be collecting a variety of toys up until I actually bring a puppy home, just to have a variety so the puppy can choose which ones he prefers and I have a better idea on what sturdy types of toys to get him! Right now I have things like Tuffes, Kongs, Nylas, Nerfs, Lifestages, ect! Pictures will be posted below! I'm also going to be getting a Barkbox for him every couple of months until I get him :3 Just to get a variety of toys and such up until I get him! For half the price of what I'll be paying just getting random toys separately!
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04. What are the best types of bowls? Ceramic, plastic, metal? Elevated or ground feeders?
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--- My current dog has two plastic bowls, and two metal bowls. I'm looking at buying two ceramic bowls for the puppy, because I hear that puppies like to drag their bowls around, and Ceramics are heavier and prevent that?
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05. Best types of collars for puppies? Nylon, leather, paracord, ect?
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--- I'm a major collar and leash hoarder, I love all the pretty designs and styles, so there will be lots of collars in this little guy's future! I currently have a bright blue nylon puppy collar, and an orange collar for hiking when he gets bigger. I see a lot about them having very small necks, should I get one of those collar-leash combination things, the slip-leads?
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06. Apartment life with a Shikoku? Doable?
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--- I find out in a week or so if I get to move into a new apartment where I will be able to fence my own backyard (holding off on contacting a breeder until I figure this out). If I can't do this, I'll still be living in an apartment, just one that I likely won't be able to fence in. There will still be lots of mental stimulation and physical as well. The second apartment I am looking at has a small fenced in area to let dogs run around and such for off leash time (working night shift means I will be out there at night, away from anyone else and their dogs and this won't be a thing until he's older). I go on lots of hikes and such with my current dog, so yea. No lack of exercise! just will be in an apartment!
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07. Best types of food?
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--- Obviously won't be getting this until later on, haha, but I'll be trying out different brands with my current dog so that they are both on the same food (just, one adult food, one puppy food). Right now, Roo is on Earthborn. Liking it a lot, but I'm curious about other brands! Thinking of trying Zignatures, and maybe Evo, Nature's Variety, and Wellness Core? She's been on Acana, Orijen, 4Health, Blue Buffalo, Purina (gross), Beneful (even grosser), and now Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural (my favorite as of now). Orijen is too pricey, Acana made her sick. Blue has too many recalls, I have nothing to say about Purina or Beneful. 4Health was pretty okay though, so long as I stuck away from fish.
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08. Climates?
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--- Summers are getting super hot here, so this is just a general question ultimately, what are ways to keep your dogs cool when outdoors? I am planning on getting a Ruffwear Swamp Cooler vest, and have a cooling banana, for Roo. What are ways to keep a Shikoku cool?
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09. Training?
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--- I know some of these are repeated questions, sorry! But, what's training a Shikoku like? Some have said easy, some have said difficult? Would a Shikoku make a good obedience prospect? Agility Prospect? Therapy Dog?
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10. Final question! How do you pronounce Shikoku?
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--- Is it She-Ko-Ku, or sh-ko-ku, or what?
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And, Puppy Supply Hoarding! :D
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The plastic Crate.
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Wire crate, with Roo. Roo is maybe an inch or two smaller than what an adult Shikoku will be, on average.
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