OK not really. I wouldnt hurt my baby. Im just at the end of my rope with her. Since Daisy had puppies she seems to have forgotten all housebreaking skills. Ill take her out and the minute she comes in she will pee and poop on my carpet.
I need some ideas here. I dont know what to do with her. I dont want to leave her out all the time but thats what its coming to.
She is free fed. Im thinking that might be part of the problem. I need some help trying to figure out how to plan schedule feeding. Ive never had to do it before.
Also what kind of feeding schedule should i put the puppies on? They have been free feeding also.
This maybe a stupid question but if you free fed do you leave water down all the time.
Puppies eat several times a day at designated times. Free-feeding will result in free-peeing/defecating. Sounds silly, but true. Feed the puppy and then wait maybe 15 min. and then let outside. Everytime you let the puppy out of the crate let it outside. Making a schedule is the KEY to housebreaking. Puppies need a schedule. Water should always, I repeat always be left down for all animals.
I don't know much about new mothers, but her looser bathroom habits sound like something normal that may occur after giving birth - I'm not sure though. Give her a break, she just gave birth and may not want to leave her pups to go outside to relieve herself. Her system may also be a little weak from just giving birth. I would just deal with it for now.
No offense, but please don't talk about hurting a dog or puppy just bc you haven't trained it yet. It really worries me. It will take time and patience, especially with very young puppies. Good luck!
***Edited By: Cinnaeve on 1/20/2006 9:08:00 AM*** Reason: edit
Daisy gave birth 5 weeks ago. Its her that i am having all the problems with not the puppies. I understand that puppies dont come housebroken. These arent the first ones that i have owned.
I would never hurt any of my animals. Im am just completely fustrated that Daisy is going to the bathroom in my house. She has completely ruined the carpet in my livingroom and waking up to a pile of poo next to your bed isnt exactly pleasant.
The puppies i can handle thier messes. They are kept kenneled or locked into the kitchen so their messes are easy to clean up.
Mabe till you have things under control, you could gate off say the kitchen, paper the entire floor and set up her whelping box in the kitchen.Its the floor thats important cause its smooth (easy clean up)
she may be doing it out of instinct to let her pups know she's around, or maybe she gets too stressed being away from them and *relaxes* when she's inside near them.
I would definitely keep her contained and near an exit door for the next few weeks. She could be incontinent, too. So many different scenarios....
It's frustrating to clean that up daily. I had a Doberman, YEARS ago, that had a litter of pups and had liquid diarrhea from one end of the house to the other....it was AWFUL but it couldn't be helped. It's part of raising pups....
Yikes thanks for being honest! Putting her outside may be your only solution, but it also may be a jealousy issue if the puppies are getting all of the attention. This truly sounds like an emotional issue rather than a veterinary one. When all of the pups are in their new homes, your bitch may revert back to her clean ways. And I also do not free feed anything in my house (except myself) Try these things first and then if she's still making a mess of your home, you may have to consider other options,i.e. outdoor dog for a while. Good luck
The puppies are weaned. They are eating on thier own and have been for 2 weeks. They still go to her for comfort and try and nurse but her titties are empty.
I have always free fed my dogs and this is the first time i have ever had a problem. I feel bad about schedule feeding because i am never home at the same time every day due to work.
How much extra should i be feeding Daisy? She weighs 45lbs (used to weigh 52lbs before she gave birth) and in a mediumly active dog. She is extrememly skinny and doesnt seem to be gaining back any of her weight.