Hey everyone, this is my first post on this forum and im seeking a bit of advice. Ive been wanting a puppy for a while now, and over the easter weekend I found out that someone in my family lived next door to a woman whose two dogs had a litter of 7 puppies 7 weeks ago. Much to my delight, I was over the moon and decided to go out and buy everything needed before I picked her up. Only one of the parents of the pup was there, and was lying down so I never really got a chance to look at her to ascertain exactly what type of bitch pup I was going to be looking after.
The puppy(named Hannah) is very loving, and a very affectionate little soul. But it seems to do its business everywhere, does anyone have any advice on toilet training or what to do on a night time. She seems to whimper and scratch at the walls.. am I doing the right thing by keep atending to her cries to offer her some attention (namely at 4am this morning! every hour!). Also could someone shed some light on the type of pup she is, I have posted a link to a piccy!
OMG - she is precious!!! she looks like a little ewok!!! I found a good book for new doggie parents is dog training for Dummies - it might be on sale at books a million right now. It's really informative, and easy to read, plus it has really good ideas and tips for training your dog. Good luck!
***Edited By: heatherom on 3/29/2005 4:13:06 PM*** Reason: I wrote dog training for puppies instead of dummies! lol
Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new pup! My very first post was about potty training as well! For the potty training, what I would do is invest in a crate that is just big enough for him to turn around in and that's it. Take him outside after he eats, after he wakes up and after he has been playing. A young puppy goes about every half hour. Once outside, keep him on a lead so that he doesn't try to play and say 'go potty' over and over. If he doesn't go in about 5 minutes, bring him back in and put him in his kennel. Wait 15 minutes and try again. Keep doing this until he goes and then praise like crazy and let him run around the house. Never let him have free roam of the house until he is reliably potty trained. If he cannot be watch, he should be in his crate. If he has an accident and you don't catch him doing it, you can't punish him. If you do catch him, grab him up mid-action, lol, and say "NO!" as firm as you can and bring him outside. Keep doing this and eventually he will learn to go on command and that going outside means freedom in the house. For the whining, it's pretty much ignore ignore ignore! Lol. When you take him out, you are teaching him that whining means out. With young puppies, you pretty much should take them out when they whine the first time, but put them outside because they may have to potty. But if they don't go, put them back and ignore them. But if he is whining and you take him out at all, it should only be to be taken outside. If you let him out to play, he will know to whine more. By only taking him outside, you also teach him to whine when he has to potty, which is a good tool for later on. He should only be taken out to play once he stops whining. At night you should let him out every 2 hours, and no food or water after 8pm.
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 3/29/2005 4:32:39 PM*** Reason: added
Thank you very much for the kind responses, and the advice! She hasnt been vaccinated yet, i am going to ring the vet practice tomorrow to book an appointment for her... but is she still ok to go out back under strict supervision? There are dogs in neighbours houses but on one side is a huge fence and the otherside the dog is rarely outside.
But thanks for the help so far, dog training for dummies sounds like the book to start with!
I don't know what she is, but she sure is a doll. How big is her mother? How big is she? Go to http://www.veterinarypartner.com They have a lot of good information and articles. I would suggest starting crate training. If you pick her up everytime she cries, she will learn that that is what she should do to get you to pick her up. You have to be real careful at this age as to what your teaching her by your responses. Give the site a look see! And welcome to TP! ltlgto
She is little smaller than a size 11 shoe so about 10-11 inches long and her mother was very small but very long with floppy ears. Excuse my lack of dog knowledge im hoping to get into it. Me, my fiancee and my mother are trying to train her all in the same way but im seen as the main feeder to her... she seems to have different response to all of us, and seems to find comfort in cuddling feet but she has to be touching something like a foot or a leg otherwise she seems to worry :(
This will be the first night on her own, in which i am going to have to ignore her cries and just clean her mess in the morning. Im trying to crate train her too, so hopefully after a few weeks or so she gets the hang of it and realise thats where to go to do her business...
Thanks for the help though, the vet website previously recommended seems very helpful too
Chris, if you ignore her and just clean the mess in the morning, it might teach her to go potty inside, or if she's in a kennel, to do it in her kennel, which could create a lot of problems later. It's hard with a puppy, but for a couple of months, you are going to have to get up with her every few hours during the night and take her out to go potty. Just like you would a newborn baby.
I think the main thing is that it's okay to take them out of their area or kennel when they whine if you're going to take them outside to potty. If you just take them out so that they can play and run around, it sends the wrong message.
Well, if you want you can do the puppy pad or newspaper method. The only thing with that, is that if you eventually want the puppy to go outside, you will have to re-train her because she will already be trained to go inside on papers. I have a Chihuahua, so I paper trained her and never trained her to go outside. She just goes in a doggie litter box. Since you're not going to be letting her outside, I would go ahead and set up an area (prefereably on lanolium and not carpet) and lay out papers or pads for her. Instead of taking her outside, take her to the papers and tell her to go potty. But same thing, if she doesn't go, put her in her crate. Pretty soon, she will learn to just go on the paper and will seek that out. If you're going to do this method, then it is okay to leave her alone all night without taking her out because you can just put her in a room (like the bathroom or laundry room) and lay down papers at one end, and her blankets and food at the other.
After night number two im pretty shattered. She was really crying all night so in the end I had to give in and let her sleep in my room. She seems petrified of the dark and shakes whenever I turn the light off. Does anyone have any idea what I can do about this, what I could use to keep her occupied when its bed time, or when im out of the house? Quite upsetting to hear her crying all the time, I understand it has to be done though... so im just looking for tips on how to make her feel safe and more comfortable?
I found with small puppies or very young ones, that a crate sized box by the side of my bed worked well. She can curl up and sleep, but the sides are too high to get over and out of the box. I could then drop my arm off the side of the bed into the box and be in contact with my puppy. Make sure the bedding is absorbant and warm. If it smells like you all the better. She's missing her brothers, sisters and mom. If she can curl up in something that resemble them and smells like home she should settle down, but you'll still have to take her out every couple of hours for potty breaks.
Ahh i see, ill have to get her used to going outside first she seems very scared and shakes when she goes outside. I think that it sounds like a good idea, as long as she can see me she is very very relaxed. Ill give that a try for sure...
As for the Dogster puppy pals offer, where and how do I sign up for it? Me and my fiancee would like that a lot!