We got Beatrice last week, at 7 weeks. My husband and I both work, and as much as we are adjusting our schedules, playing with her when we are home, and providing her with frequent trips outside when we are home (on the 1/2 hour), I'm so overwhelmed, and worried that our work schedules are going to confuse her. Here are my questions - any help is greatly appreciated.
1. On the days we work, the longest she'll be in her crate will hopefully be 4 hours (one of us, or a neighbor will let her out on our lunch break). Is this too long for a pup her age? I've heard that even small puppies WILL hold it, because they want to have a clean bed, and that most of that time will be her sleeping (without such an urge to elimiate) but I feel very cruel in doing this.
2. On the days we cannot let her out at our lunch break, my other option is closing off our kitchen to put her crate in it, leave the door open, and place papers in a certain area of the kitchen for her to go to the bathroom. I feel less cruel in doing this, as she will have room to roam and play, and probably less resistant to the crate for other periods of time, as she will see it as her den where she can sleep. However, I worry that this will confuse her - how would she ever learn to go outside OR on the newspaper.
3. During the night, when we take her out, many times she does not go. It is freezing right now where we live (25F) and she cries at the door. I think she just wants to be snuggled. I don't mind her sleeping in our bed if she doesn't hush in her crate (after being let out to go eliminate), but my husband isn't yet on board. For anybody who does allow their little pup in their own bed, does the pup pee/poop in their owners bed?
I feel so maternal right now; my heart is breaking when I have to take her outside in the freezing cold, put her in the crate and leave, especially as I must race out of work to make it home by 4 hours. When we are home, we are 100% involved in providing her with exercise, outside time, play time, and affection. I'm feeling guilty, and worry that our schedules will make it harder for her to be trained, as consistency is difficult with our jobs.
Practical suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated!!!
You didn't mention the breed?In your case, Im glad your useing a crate even if you arn't useing it strictly for house training. The best solution for you is to start with paper training becasue of the long hours your away. Pen off an area of your kitchen, put the crate inside with something to sleep on (in the crate) Paper the entire area of the pen, so no flooring shows. Leave it completely covered for one week, the next week take away one slice of paper. Next week take another slice away. If the puppy soils a sheet replace it. This will condition the puppy to want to use the paper, seek it out to eliminate. In time the paper will be down to one slice. But when you get down to that one slice, start to move it slowly towards the door, and eventually outside to where you want the dog to eliminate. Have things in the pen for the puppy to chew that are safe, like kongs filled with goodies and frozen so they last a long time, and tire the little guy out. Another option would be to wait till the puppy has had some shots, and enrole the puppy in a dog day care. Let us know how things go.
I and my wife both work. I have four dogs, all were raised from pups. I never ahve dealt with a dog under 50 lbs so if this dog is little the idea might change. But every pup I have brought home has been able to hold it all night since day 1. at 7-8 weeks old. and for about 4 hours druing the day.
No water after about 7 oclock at night, helps.
I am not a big fan of paper training. it just teaches the dog to go in the house. (though Sue is a wonderfull dog trainer and very knowledgable)
I do not let my puppies sleep with me. not till they are pooty trained. they will go in the house. The point of the crate is to teach them to hold it. but if they do ask, i let them out. Most catch on to the game though. cry=out of the crate. you will know vecause you will let them out and they won't go. then it's tough love. I just let them whine. I live in san diego so the weather is not to bad here. MY addie cried unmmercifully. I put here out in the crate in the van for a few nights. So to get some sleep maybe put her in another room.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
Thanks for the advice. Beatrice is a boxer. Good news, though. We have found some family friends who have kids, and want to help us as a trial run before they get a puppy of their own, so they are taking care of her when my husband and I cannot come home for lunch.
So far, so good. It was amazing the progress she made with the consistency just over the weekend. She has had more accidents in her crate than in the house, but I think this is because her crate is too big. Now if we can only get her biting under control! I'll be searching other posts for that. Whew!