I have been told that rewarding good behavior helps in training your dog, it helps them understand what is acceptable or good behavior. For example, my puppy is 6 weeks old, She has been with me for 1 week. When she drags her food tray I feed her, I thought she was sending me a message that she was hungry. I was told by friends that I should stop doing this because she is training me instead of the oposite. Please advise.
She also cries at night, I get up 3 times during the night to cuddle her and after 10-15 minutes she goes back to sleep. Is she training me again should I ignor her and maybe this will go away. Please advise
***Edited By: mypuppy on 1/11/2005 8:37:25 PM*** Reason: spelling, errors
I have 3 schnauzers, and when they were each about 6wks. old when I got them, I would feed them Gerber's Rice Cerel just before bedtime and they would sleep all nite. Just to have you close and a full tummy helps the baby not to cry at nite.
I have 3 mini-schnauzers. I got each one of them when they were just about 6wks. old. I fed them Gerber Rice Cerel at nite, just before bedtime and I had no problems with any of them getting us up or crying at night. I think the secret is to keep her close to you and her little tummy full and that helps alot. At least it did for us.
oh, six weeks is very young still. i adopted my pup at that age, and it was like having a baby, LOL. while i agree that at some point your puppy will challenge you, for now it is just a little eating, pooping, cuddling machine and you pretty much have to coddle it. it sounds like you are off to a good start though; anybody that gets up 3X a night is a trooper in my opinion. however, i do strongly suggest that when the time is appropriate, you enroll your pup in obedience class to avoid, as you mentioned, the dog training you. good luck!
I am going to try this again. I have sent three replys that have not gone thru for some reason. I hope they all don't pop-up at one time. But, if I were you I would give her Gerber Rice Cerel just before bedtime. Keep her close to you and fill her little tummy up and she will sleep.
also she may be lonely for her littermates. you can try a alarm clock wrakkes ina towel with your scent, the ticking will comfort her, or they sell small pillows that mimic a mommys heartbeat to comfort the pup http://www.dogsoutfitter.com/prodetail.asp?T1=020635+PNK&ctg=&tid= for $10 may be worth trying. we took snowball out during the nite till she was 12-13 weeks old. and boy did that suck.
With a new puppy I've always given them a big fluffy towel and wrapped them so they feel secure or the old stand by..a quietly ticking alarm clock. As far as the feeding tray, I have a 112# collie tht lets me know it's time to eat when he brings me his bowl.
I don't know what kind of puppy you have but when I got mine at 6wks of age I had a blanket and stuff toy that had her mother's scent on it. She also slept in her carrier beside my bed so I could calm her at night without putting her in bed with me. (that's only because my husband didn't want to have a dog in bed). maybe if you could do something like that it would help