1. I am struggling with when I should have my puppy in her crate. She is being so very good. I guess I think I should let her be out to be with us. The thing is that I want to set her up for success. I wonder how I figure out when in my daily schedule with FIVE kids of my own I should have our little puppy Faith in her crate. Any suggestions would be welcomed. 2. Also, if she isn't crated, do you suggest a leash attached to your belt, or gating off areas of the house you would prefer she not be in unmonitored? 3. Her only behavior problem we have truly struggled with is the typical chewing problems. She is drawn to the edges of areas that are carpeted. I have sprayed them with the bitter apple. Of course, toys are also an attraction, but we take away and replace with something ok to chew. I am also using Marrow bones. She likes those and is less drawn to those raw hide chews. Anything that has worked well for you??? She is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Anything else you can offer me to help?????? PLEASE!!!! I want to succeed here. I really love her. THANKS!
1. Let your puppy out as much as possible. When she is being good keep her out. Let her be with you, or she will become hyperactive, destructive, and will snap or bite. If you keep her in there too much, you will have a dog with a lot of problems. Whenever you can watch her, let her out of her crate. Just keep her out until you are so busy it would be impossible to watch a puppy. 2. Full run of the house is better. You can gait off areas that you don't want her in. 3. All puppies chew. Try bitter apple. Give her tasty chew toys. Bitter apple does wonders! So far, you are doing everyhting right. Good job! Marrow bones, interesting. If she likes them, then keep giving them to her. Marrow bones are wonderful chews. Also, try butchers bones. A Pembroke Welsh Corgi, what a wonderful breed. Because of her breed, watch out for her nipping at people's heels. Corgis travel wonderfully, make sure she has a seat belt though. Watch for PRA, glaucoma, and back disorders as she ages. If you ever breed her, get her CERF certified first. Don't overfeed, as Corgis gain weight easily.
also remember not to crate her for doing something wrong, she will never go in it then. before long she will go in voluntarily and that will be her safe spot (den, if you will) sounds like you are doing everything right with your new pet, i also agree keep her out when she can be supervised, sure that's not easy with 5 kids....
That's not true about crating a dog when it is being bad making it resent the crate. I did it with my dog, and I know a lot of akita breeders who crate thier show puppies when they are being bad, and my dogs (nor theirs) have never resented being crated. How else do you give the dog a 'time out'? How old is your Corgi and how old are your 5 kids? The other two posters are right, ideally, you want to let the puppy out to play with your family as much as possible. If you don't think you can monitor the puppy adequately while having 5 kids to chase down, then the leash on the belt thing might be the best. That way you will know when she is going potty or chewing on things she doesn't need to.
I agree, if you feel you can't keep an eye on your puppy at all times because with five kids it can be impossible, then the leash and belt might work. Keep your puppy out of her crate as much as possible to socialize with her family. I only use the crate when my puppy sleeps, time outs, or I am not home. On an average day when she is being extremley good she probably goes in her crate once to nap in the afternoon. You can also use a baby gate to prevent her from going to all areas of the house. The gate would work just fine. I use one in the kitchen. Keep up the good work, and best of luck with your puppy!
The kids are 9, 8, 6, 4, 2 years old. All are used to animals and we have 2 cats. They are great with her and vice versa. She doesn't bite them at all. I really am not using the crate but at night really. We take her almost everywhere and I am always home. So I guess I want a realistic time schedule that will insure her success and my sanity. I know you probably question my sanity getting a puppy with 5 kids, but I really did my research on breeds and feel the kids need the experience and deserve it, big family or not. Any other ideas given this situation? THANKS SO MUCH!
Yes, you choose a great breed for your children. The corgis are great with kids. You did your reasearch well. The puppy is now going to have five times the fun with your children ! What a lucky puppy!!
if i had five kids i would actually have times the puppy is in the crate, if i needed to. not long, just some time for me to get a few things done or relax a little if i needed, (is relaxing possible with 5 kids???) maybe 30 minutes at a time. i've had good luck with nylabones for the chewing. my dogs love them and kept them from chewing on other things, but at times they would still try for the illegal things..... i would gate off parts of the house till she is older and chewing less and totally housetrained. i've had things chewed by a puppy when they were in my bedroom and me in the kitchen! it's just easier to watch them that way. have fun!
Ok, so I spent the morning getting out my baby gates and corralls. I have a big circle pattern to my home with a big L shaped kitchen/dining room going into a large living room that connects to the front hall and kitchen. I gated off the hall from the kitchen to the hall and used my big Today's kids baby corral to block off the huge area that connects the dining room to the living room area. This way she is with me all the time and unable to get to the carpeted areas and most of her chewing vices. She still has LOTS of room and can follow me throughout the house but will be in an area easy to clean up if there are accidents and also she will be in my main drag most of the time. So how do I handle night time when I will open up the gates a bit for flow of people traffic and how will I eventually do away with them altogether? Won't she really be drawn to that area, or is it at all possible to teach her to stay in the areas I have her in now and NOT go into the carpeted areas??? Sorry so many questions!
close as many doors as you can, bedrooms, bathrooms, and have family do that. it's hard with younger kids, but try to teach them. you do have to have some traffic flow sometimes! she may investigate initially, but hopefully will also want to follow the people. that also would be a good time for some more crating and having her tethered to you with a leash. also more trips out to potty to prevent an accident. i have some stuff called "bitter herb" (i think- i am at work now- got it from petsmart), that keeps my dogs from chewing. it's really stinky if you get a whiff of it but it doesn't stink up the house. it is actually an outdoor chewing deterrent for plants. i've used it on wood and carpet and it hasn't stained. spray that on chewing spots a couple times daily. use an enzymatic cleaner like "nature's miracle" to clean up potty accidents.
more- once she is fully housetrained you can start giving her more freedom in the house gradually. try once there are no accidents for a week and she is asking to go outside. keep up with taking her outside on a schedule. you'll love that day!!! expect some accidents, they will likely happen till she is a year old. my lab is 4 years old and i still get her outside on a schedule, plus she will ask if she needs to go outside. i don't totally rely on her to tell me. i think you're great for doing this, it's going to benefit all in your family!!!!
Thanks for the advice and words of encouragement. I really need it today. Something just felt really overwhelming suddenly today. Funny how it took a week to hit me! I just need to tackle this with a schedule and a plan like I have handling 5 kids. I am sure we can work all this out with all of your help!
oh i can understand. when i got my lab as an 8 week old puppy there were times till she was a year old that i felt i had made a mistake, i couldn't do this, i should give her back, and i only have 1 child!! hang in there, puppyhood is a lot of fun but much more work! but when she is older it's all just a memory and you wouldn't give them up for the world. don't feel bad if you have to just put her in her crate to give yourself a break. that's one reason to have a crate. she'll be fine in there. do obedience training, too, in a class; and a puppy class. it will help.
Ok I have been kicking this around... how does this sound--reasonable? 6 a.m. up --potty and playtime 6:30 a.m. feed in crate or in gated area while I get kids ready and feed them. 7:15 take puppy out again--then puppy out in gated area. 8:15 a.m. crate puppy while I take kids to school or take her with. home to observe, train and be in gated area 10:00 take puppy out to potty 11:15 a.m. in crate while I get my kids from school--stay in while I feed them lunch feed puppy+ take out to pee 12:00 Puppy out in gated area til about 2:00 2:00 crate puppy til 3:30 when kids get home from pickup at school. Take her to potty and let her play outside or in with kids. 5:00 crate her again and feed her in crate while we eat dinner. 6:00 p.m. take her out and to potty spend rest of evening with the family monitored, playing and training. 8:30 p.m. out for last time before bed. In crate for night. WELL, sound ok???
I always put housewifes on a high pedistal. Keeping up with raising children , in your case 5 , tending to house chores, shopping, and everything else involved. Now raising a puppy as well!!!!!!!! I give you alot of credit . Myself, i would end up in the crate for a time out. Keep up the good work.
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