We are getting our Westie the week of Thanksgiving. The breeder we selected sounds great. We hit it off with her great. I think this is going to be a good, friendly relationship. Anyway, We had a Yorkie before & it's been 13 years since we had a puppy. Any tips on the early days. I need help with teething & training the puppy to go outside. I already read a few books (well one anyway) I was just wondering if anyone had any useful tips. By the way....Thanks to all who helped us in our decision making process. Your feedback & advice was great. Regards, Ron
I have a golden retriever who is well trained but still a puppy. He has a personal trainer and still goes to training classes at petsmart and such. If your willing to spend money on a trainer i would suggest that,it makes such a better expierience on walks,at the park, when friends are over,and taking your dog places when they are trained!!!!!!!
Get a crate! Crate training can *really* help with potty training and preventing the dog from shredding your house when you aren't home. Not only that it can give your dog a secure place where it can feel comfortable and retreat to when the world is too much.
oh yeah, regarding teething, I've heard that you have to have a variety of things for a puppy to chew on, like say 10 different things. If your dog starts chewing on something inappropritte, swap it out for the puppy toy instead, so it learns what it's supposed to chew on and what it's not.
Great ideas. I also read about "pet stress" Imangine that...Anyway, There is stress involved with a puppy & if I bring toys & little things from the breeder this will help allot. The towels in the freezer is a great idea. Also, the crate..ABSOLUTLY. From what I read, Patientce, & consistence is the key.
For chewing, with my pug I have had great luck with pig ears. I can get a big bag at the wholesale warehouse place; pet stores have them, too. My dogs love Nylabones, too. I know some dogs don't care about them, but mine have. They chew on them a lot. Keep things picked up around the house. I'd be careful with chewing towels and cloth, in my experience the puppies shred and swallow pieces and I'm not sure that's good. They'd throw up the pieces, then. I'd go more for ice cubes. Kongs stuffed with food keep them busy. As minnyar said, a crate is excellent for housetraining. Your breeder may have information on how to use it, and there is information all over the internet. For housetraining I used treats intermittently when he went outside and lots and lots of praise. They never know if a treat is coming if used randomly so I think it sped up the process. Once he got the idea I cut down on the treats and stuck with the praise. He didn't miss the treats. Plus, supervision, supervision, supervision. Get paper towels and some enzymatic cleaner from Petsmart, Petco. My pug is paper trained also, because he can't always hold it through the night. It didn't hurt his outside housetraining, but I know some dogs it can hold up the process. Congrats on your new child!
Oh, also, for the first few nights (mine slept in a crate or box by my bed) I rolled up washrags and put them around the edge of the crate for the puppy to sleep against. They feel like puppies to them, since in the litter they sleep all in a pile and next to each other. He slept all night (course we wore him out playing with him after he came home, too.)
I've never let either of our dogs chew on things that are human used. Old socks, old rags, old shoes, etc. Because I want there to be a clear distinction between what is ours, and what is theirs. Old shoes are pretty similar to any other shoe that's been worn by us to a dog's mind. When we let them have old rags, they started wanting to chew on any clothing they found, regardless of whether we'd given it to them or not. So we buy new dog toys and give them those, instaed of old human things so there's no confusion.
Minniyar, that makes great sense. When I had an old sock in Georgie's crate with her, I was told by a vet tech that this was a no no. She said because we would get mad when she went after our socks also. She also said that they can swallow some of the sock and they have had to operate on some dogs when it gets tangled up in their tummies. No more socks for Georgie.
I did try frozen baby carrots for Georgie when she was teething. She loved them and they were soothing.