I AM A NEW MOMMY TO MY PUPPY PRINCESS, SHE IS A PUG MIXED WITH SHELTIE (SAYS THE PET STORE) THE VET SEEMS TO DIFFER BECAUSE OF HER FACE, BUT SHE IS 10 WEEKS OLD AND DRIVING ME CRAZY SHE HAS WENT TO THE RESTROOM ALL OVER MY APARTMENT, AND IS STARTING TO SMELL IT UP!!! IT IS JUST SO MUCH HARDER THAN I HAD EVER IMAGINED. WHEN I SLEEP AT NIGHT I DONT KNOW WHERE I SHOULD PUT HER, IS SHE SUPPOSED TO SLEEP IN HER KENNEL? IM SO STRESSED OUT THAT I EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING HER AWAY AND I ONLY HAD HER FOR A WEEK, I DONT WANT TO DO THAT BUT IS THIS GOING TO GET BETTER? IF I COULD ONLY GET HER POTTY TRAINED I THINK IT WILL RELEIVE SOME STRESS DOES ANY ONE HAVE ANY TIPS OR BOOKS OR SOMTHING TO HELP ME OUT?
Didn't you research before you go buy a puppy. One week and you are ready to give it away!! Very irresponsible. Try crate training her. Keep her in the crate when you are not able to watch her, don't leave her in the crate all day though. Take her outside after eating, drinking, and sleeping. A puppy can't hold it for long periods of time. Only correct the puppy if you acutally catch them in the act, say NO OUTSIDE, then take the puppy outside even if they are not finishd. Having a puppy takes work, it doesn't happen in a week.
Actually no i did not do any research, but too late for that. The only reason i felt like giving her away was because i feel as if i am not doing the right things, when i got her they told me to keep her in a crate while i am gone at work and i thought that it would be cruel to do that so i decided to buy a gate and keep her in my restroom while i was gone i put puppy pads and her bed and all her toys and food and water, and i had a mess when i came home she went to the restroom all over her bed toys and smeared it eveywhere so then i took her to the vet for her shots and they told me to get a crate so i did last night, today is her first day being in a crate while i am at work so i will see after work how it went. Then at night i had her sleeping with me in bed and i dont know if that is right, is there some rules or book that you guys used to help you guys?
YES OF COURSE I KNEW THAT SHE WOULD NOT KNOW TO WALK HERSLEF OUTSIDE, AND THAT IS WHY I TAKE HER TO THE RESTROOM EVERY HOUR BUT I STILL SEEM TO FIND PEE SPOTS ON THE CARPET, NOW WHEN I AM NOT ABLE TO WATCH HER SHE IS FASTENED TO HER LEASH TO MY BELT BUCKLE, BUT THAT IS ANOTHER PROBLEM BECAUSE SHE WILL NOT MOVE WITH ME SHE DOES NOT LIKE TO BE WALKED ON HER LEASH. AND AT NIGHT I TAKE HER OUT TO USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE BED AND THIS MORNING SHE MESSED ON MY CAPRET AGAIN. IS SHE SUPOSED TO BE IN HER KENEL AT NIGHT? SOME OF YOU ARE AWFULKY RUDE TO ME ALL I ASKED FOR IS SOME HELP OBVIOUSLY I KNOW SHE HAS THE MIND MENTALITY OF A BABY AND THE ONLY REASON I DID THESE POSTS IS FOR HELP NOT SARCASM.
Mollie destroyed my stuff for a whole year. She grew out of it, puppies are a big responsibility. She destroyed over $2000 worth of stuff and I NEVER thought of getting rid of her. She was my responsibility, it was what I was doing wrong, not her. I bought her to keep, not to just see if it would work out. Crate training didn't work for us, not to say that it won't work for you. Buy puppies for dummies. Its a good book and you might find some helpful hints in there. Once we had Mollie potty trained, things started to look up (darn thing still chewed everything). Keep any valuables out of reach, buy lots of carpet cleaner, keep garbage and any food out of reach. I learned this the hard way. She may have cost me a bazillion dollars, but I love her anyways. lol
Have patience, shes still a baby, she will get better. Enroll her in puppy classes, keep her busy, teach her new tricks. I would suggest a crate (didn't work for me because Mollie has severe separation anxiety). If you work with your dog from the beginning, you can avoid this. Good luck!
The first pupper I owned I thought I was going to go out of my mind. She was dropped so to speak at my front door. I knew nothing of puppers.My other 2 dogs where adult dogs so no pup problems. Noey destroyed my house and pooped and peed all over.I wanted to get rid of her. My down stairs for get it.I did a lot of ojt .I asked a lot of questions which it seems you are doing. We are all human as long as we learn from our mistakes. Now ya know puppers take a lot of work and they are well worth it. Good luck to you and your pup.
With pups my motto is be firm , fair and consistant. Patience is a virtue.
Put the crate in ypour bedroom next to your bed and put her in the crate at night. She is going to scream and cry but try to ignore her. If you give in and take her out of the crate, she will know that when she cries, you will let her out.. DO NOT GIVE IN. Make sure you cut off all food and liquids about 2 hrs hours before bedtime. This way she will have had tome to go potty by the time you go to bed.. After she gets used to the crate, she will stop crying.. She is still real young so she might wake you up early in the morning.. when she wakes you up, let her outside to potty.. Carry her from the crate outside.. When she does her duty, praise like mad.. you will see a difference by the time a week passes by.
In regard to leaving her in the crate all day while your gone.. puppies can not hold their bowels that long.. If its possible, go home during lunch to let her outside and spend some quality time with her..or get a friend or neighbor to let her outside during the day. Otherwise I think you just have to continue to leave her locked up in a bathroom.. I would however go buy a big plastic tarp to put down. :)
The problem with puppy mill dogs is that they are taken from its mother to early before the mother and its siblings have had time to teach the puppy cleaniness, plus theyare shipped in cages on semi trucks to US petstores.. they are not cared for or their cages are not cleaned in that time.. they learn to live in their feces and urine.. then after a mill puppy arrives at a petstore... the poor puppy goes into yet another cage, where again, it will deficate and urinate and lay in it. This is the reason why pet store/puppy mill dogs are so difficult to potty train. Buying a puppy froma reputable breeder is a different scenario.. A breeder keeps the puppies until around 12 weeks (with small breeds). The breeder has also worked with the puppies by either taking them outside or teaching them to use a doggie door..paper train or even litter train. Of course puppies are not potty trained by the time you get it, but a good breeder has started working with them. The first few weeks of a puppies life is so crucial.. its sad that most puppy buyers do not know this becasue if they did, then maybe people wouldnt buy pet store/ mill dogs. Honestly, Im not trying to give you a hard time, Im just trying to educate you for the future.. By buying the puppy at a pet store, you have just sealed your puppys parents fate to live longer in cruel and inhumane environment. Want to learn and know what goes on at puppy mills.. google "PUPPY MILLS" and see what ya get.. get out the tissues. :*(
Keep in mind the puppy stage will pass... just get through the first few months and you got it made.. In the meantime, google search potty training, NILF;nothing in life is free" (type of training technique that has worked for my dogs). Once your puppy gets all of her shots, enroll in some obedience classes.. it will help you to train your dog and also your dog will respect you.
If you should find yourself so totally overwhelmed with this new addition.. PLEASE PLEASE, contact a Pug rescue organization and relinquish the puppy to those who have years of knowledge with the pug breed.. they can find a forever home for your pug. You can find a pug rescue by going to the National Pug breed Club website... just google it. :)
I wish you luck... hang in there.. having a puppy is hard work... Next time, please do the needed research on breed and breeders beofre you hastily purchase a puppy. It will be better for you and your pup.
***Edited By: SWWesties on 8/25/2006 6:54:23 PM*** Reason: ...
Ok I am going to admit to something that I haven't yet on this site.
Maggie (beagle 2.5 yr) is from a Pet Shop. Yes I bought her from a Pet shop when I didn't know any better! I know better now.
There. Now that I admitted to that I can tell you that having a pet shop dog is not the end of the world when it comes to training. Maggie took about 2 weeks to housetrain. She was a complete MONSTER for about 1 week. She was a nasty little biting/nipper for a few months.
Be consistent with a schedule that works for you. Feeding and potty breaks go hand in hand. As soon as pup eats take him OUTSIDE right away. Make a HUGE deal when puppy makes potty outside- Example "GOOD GIRL! Good Potty OUTSIDE!" Say it big and happy!
Puppy likes to potty right after play sessions as well. As soon as you get him from his crate- Outside. Company comes over - Outside for potty since company is exciting to a pup.
You should get a pet enzyme carpet/floor cleaner. It helps break up the smell so pup won't repeat in the same area.
The book recommended Puppies for Dummies is actually pretty good- I have a copy myself that I bought hours after getting Maggie. You may also want to read up on the specific breeds that is in your dog since it will display both personalities. That will help with how to train too.
Be prepared to hear your dog is going to be plaqued by all sorts of hereditary problems (which is common in pet shop dogs). Maggie has NO problems accept seasonal allergies. My husband has them too and if I am keeping him around still then the dog can stay too-LOL!
Maggie was EASY to train once I learned HOW to train her. She is an awesome dog but was a rotten little puppy at the beginning. I wanted to get rid of her too but stick it out- it is worth it.
She never destroyed anything in the house except her own dog toys from chewing on them. She is a model resident dog for my current puppy.