Neither my wife nor I have had a dog in over 20 years+, certainly have not owned one since we have been together. We've committed to get a boxer from a local reputable breeder who does lots of health testing on the parents. We will get it checked out by our vet and continue any vaccination schedules and other recommended visits. We figure our 2 adult cats will get used to the puppy but will ensure they have a part of the house to escape too if he begins to annoy them.
I recall from my previous puppy that the first few (days|weeks?) nights at home the puppy will likely cry darn near all night. It has been recommended (while it is a small puppy) we keep it in a dog crate at night and when we aren't at home, I'm a little vague on when you stop doing this?
Also curious about dealing with separating dog and cat food feeding...currently we leave cat food out 24x7 and our cats eat a little throughout the day. I can only imagine the puppy will get into that. Only thing I know to do is feed both dog and cats at fixed schedules and only enough so it gets eaten right away. That's a big change for the cats.
Guess my biggest concerns are getting through the night crying stage and then housetraining to not go inside. I got some reading up to do on that.
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