In a week, she has learned to eat real dog food, drink from a bowl, and altho we have had some setbacks with housebreaking....we are using puppy pads, I guess I cant complain, because I didnt think she was gonna live TO have those complaints....
I am a 911 operator. I work nites...10pm-6am.
My fiance works days, as a surveyor, engineer.
So the opposite shift is great in a way, BUT,
Neither one of us get ANY sleep. I maybe get 3 hrs a day. Due to the fact the pup wants to play, she has to exercise, eat, etc.....she slept alot more when she was sick.....We cant seem to get her on a schedual.
We are getting a crate today, I never put her back in the airline crate due to the trauma she had with that. She just slept with me or him, either on the couch or in bed, as we needed to make sure she was ok. Plus she was SOO young when we got her, she was trying to suckle, and she was soooo lonely. Not even weaned.
Obviously, both our jobs require some mental sharpness here. lol...
So, how much should a 8-9 wk old pup sleep? How can we get her on a schedual where we both dont look like the stage extras from "dawn of the Dead"?
Also, regarding her little attitude.....*ahem*
When she plays and she is playing ROUGH, she bites very hard. So, I play mom and scruff her, say NO loud, to which she starts growling.
So, I rolled her on her back and continued the scruff and she was snarling (cute and funny at 8 wks, not so funny when she is 60lbs) and still trying to bite. I didnt let her go until she looked me in the eye and relaxed.
Am I doing that right? ( I watch alot of cesare milan)
Anyone in Ohio wanna puppy sit so fiance and I can grab a few hrs of sleep!??!?! lol....
Sleeping: Puppies can sleep for long periods of time. Put her on a schedule. She should be able to sleep 4-6 hours at a time, but she may not. If she is using pads, continue to use those so she does not bother you to go out so you can get some sleep.
Now I will admit, teh frist 2 months are often sleep deprived. She is very young as well. Actually shes about the age of my litter and theysleep 4 to 6 hours at a time.
She does not haev littermates to play with. I would not do an alpha roll. I'd ether muzzle squeese or just scream and ignore her as her litter mates would. My crew is learning bite inhibitation one ahc other and the SCREAMES are insane when they get bitten to hard. However everyone is developing a better "mouth" about these things.
Now Bull Terriers are an agressive breed. I am not saying they aer nasty and attacking people, but this is a spit fire strong willed, dominance riddled breed. You are going to have to make sure you assert yourself as in charge of her, the muzzle squeeze is good for this one. You may have to stop spoiling her so much because getting her way is not improving the situation.
First of all, props to you and your job. I don't think I would be able to that.
Training is rough. Adley is almost eight months old and we are still working on it. I never crate trained, but man I totally did not sleep during those first couple of months until I got him on a schedule. He was sleeping like a rock, and for just as long, I just let him do it during the wrong times. It was rough getting him on a schedule that was agreeable for the both of us, but we did it! I set down the rules and times, and made sure that I kept to that schedule whenever possible.
As for the rough play, stand firm. A strong, steady "NO" should do the trick, but they need to understand what that command actually means first. I'm not a big fan of the "scruff" technique, but if you think it's going to work keep it up. Check out PetCo for training classes or even "Puppies for Dummies" for some tips.
Well, I only knew OF the scruff thing, so perhaps that wasnt the way to go!! she sure let me know she didnt like it.
I realize she will be a strong willed dog. I had a rottie, so I lived thru that as well....lol....I just didnt get her that young, and I am certain, the lack of littermates has ALOT to do with it.
GEEEZ, I would KILL for 4-6 hrs in a row. Actually, 6 hrs is all me and fiance need. A PIECE, of course!! lol....
I will try the muzzle thing. And I will pick a crate up that is big enough for the potty pad? She will go on it. I know you arent supposed to train them to go into the crate, but I can divide I smaller when I know I can get her out to go and take the pad out. GAHHH! I dont remember all these problems before!! lol...
my dear, 911 is alot easier than taking care of this puppy lately!! lol...actually, only about 10% of the calls are TRUE emergencies. People call to find out when there electric will be back on, or flat out say, this REALLY isnt an emergency.
We even get animal calls...choking...Nothing really suprises me anymore.