We just bought a Miniature Schnauzer that was born on 8/24. We brought this tiny thing home from a breeder and it slept the entire way home pretty much. Now at home it whines, cries, and moans the entire day it its not being held by one of us, even during the night while in his crate.
Does this contuine for awile and is it normal? Or was the puppy too young to be removed from his mother?
2) Consider what has just happened to this puppy.....
It's left the only home it's ever known, plus it's mom and littermates, and come to a new place where it does not know anyone. It's learning a new routine. It's alone for the first time. It's a very traumatic time in the life of a puppy.
Please read my puppy training article for some ideas on how to help with crate and housetraining.
Speak to your breeder as well for guidance, they should be able and more than willing to help you.
I probably misses it's mom and the other puppies. I bought my dog a snuggle puppy. It keeps the puppy warm and it has a heart beat in it. I also have dogs. So my dog had them to play with so she wasn't lonely. You could also put a ticking clock wrapped in blankets so the puppy will think it's the mothers heart beat.
The dog is doing better now ty for the advice. We placed a sheet over the cage sides (like they do to a bird) and he dosent whine as much at night. He will cry for maybe 2-3 mins at night then he quiets dows and goes to bed.
His house training is going pretty good so far. Does anyone know about how long it takes to house break? He dosent have too many accidents but we take him out when he starts to sniff around and he goes outside soon as he hit the ground.
***Edited By: Luthor_D on 10/28/2005 8:07:50 PM*** Reason: spelling ;)
Sounds like he is only about 8-9 weeks old. Please don't expect too much from him. He's just a baby. Most puppies really can't grasp the idea of potty training until they are at least 12-16 weeks old (depending on the breed). Just be patient with him. Don't yell, or scold and NEVER rub his nose in it (old school). He will come around with lots of love and patience.
Keep this in mind. We, as humans, expect everything to conform to our timetables and standards. We want convenience, we want things now, and as we want them. I find myself constantly reminding myself of this when I am working with a new dog or puppy. It's not our fault-it's how society expects everything.
So put any training-from the basics to the advanced in that perspective. Be patient and when something doesn't go as planned, sit back and think about the reasons that it may be happening or not happening.
I believe that 99% of the time when I am housebreaking a puppy, that if it has an accident, it is my fault. I didn't clean up the mess well enough from before, I wasn't paying attention or it should have been in the crate, I didn't see the signs, etc. The 1% is medical-such as an infection or after a surgery.
Training can be so wonderful and so insightful when you look at it. It's like teaching a foreign language to a child. Best of luck.