I got a puggle last Sunday, her name is Bella. She's so sweet! I am trying to crate train (not going so well) but I know she's young. The pet store said NOT to change her diet and I agree- but what about treats? I know you reward them for doing something good, going potty outside or siting down.etc.etc. with treats- but does treats qualify as diet change? Will it hurt her tummy? She's 100% healthy. Also include any extra tips for crate training the puggles. :) THANKS!
I have a 6 1/2 mth old that we have had since April 1. The crate works! It does take a lot of patience. Make sure you have the kind that has the seperator so she can "go" in one place and sleep/rest in the other.
Mine even tho we got him at 4 mths was not potty trained. He is now!! Puggles are very very intelligent dogs. Rocky was a rescue so that was his excuse for not learning earlier :D
The only thing I can tell you is that when you are home, keep her confined to one rooom. WATCH her like a hawk. When she starts to squat or really sniff around, take her out, preferably to the same spot if you can and when she goes, reward her right there with a treat. I started out using pieces of the dry kibble Rocky ate. (In my case he will eat anything I give him).
Personally, I have asked my Vet and the people at the training facility we use and they both highly recommend using small treats. As they get older and are better trained, you can always cut down or cut them out completely if you like. They also sell very high quality treats that I save just for Rocky going poop outside because we had a heck of a time training him for that one task.
I also used, for quite awhile, to get Rocky used to the crate and to stop him from whining when we left; a Kong with peanut butter in it. I was told to freeze the Kong with the peanut butter inside to help him teeth.
He seems (almost 7 mths old) to be pretty much done teething, but he still loves to chew on those "knots on a rope" things. He still once in awhile nips but a loud OUCH and diverting him with a toy has pretty much stopped that.
Please keep us posted on how she is doing I would love to know. I had never heard of a puggle till we got ours, but he is the gentlest most loving dog I have ever seen. What color is yours?
Thanks for the advice! She's brown / tan with some black going down her back and tail. You don't have to tell me about being smart!!! I have a "sleeping" crate inside her big crate (for like you said seperating the two actions) so somehow just now (I video taped it) after I took her outside (she did go pee outside YAH!) i brought her back to the crate, took off my shoes, turned around and she had crawled on top of her small crate within her big crate because she figured out that it's higher, and if she climbs on it she can almost jump over the top of her crate fencing LOL i'm not kidding! She's only 4 pounds and I don't even know how she got up there!! She cried and whined as she sat on top of her sleeping crate trying to figure out how to climb out haha.. I put her back down and filmed her trying to get back up there (I hid behind the door) amazing!
IF she can do that at 8 weeks then she can be potty trained hahaha.....
But when I take her outside - she wants to eat all the grass and attack everything around her.. I know she's a baby and that's what she will do but - i try to stop her because I don't think grass is healthy for puppies and that's not the reason for going outside- I have resorted to using a water bottle and I spritz her nose when she starts biting flowers and grass, doesn't seem to affect her though.. Did yours do that? I'll post pictures of her soon :)
Normap is right. Treats are fine, just don't go overboard. We buy the small liver treats for our dog. You don't want to get something that will take a long time to chew up, because they will forget why they got the treat in the first place. We keep Faeden in the kitchen for the most part. (It is easier to clean up accidents from there then the carpet) Also, if you aren't already doing so, I recommend keeping the crate in your bedroom at night. That way if he cries in the middle of the night to go out, you can hear her more easily and prevent accidents. I would cut out water several hours before she goes to bed. Faeden goes outside about 15 minutes after he finishes eating. Whenever he goes, I praise him and make a very big deal about it. Then I give him a treat. The best advice I can give is to be patient. It takes a lot of time and effort, but it will pay off one day! Good luck.
I return the compliment,Leo is right, I forgot about the size of the treat. Using only small ones is absolutely the way to go.
My dog also still eats twigs. Have no idea why, doesn't seem to bother him, I think he chews more than eats. I also at first picked up the water at night. Don't have to any more, but it sure helped when we got him.
Someone told me about this (my daughter I think) and it works. Take an empty soup or vegetable can. Fill it half or 3/4 full with coins, I used pennies. Tape the end that does not have a lid and when she does something naughty. -- we are using it to curb Rockys barking/baying, give one shake and... (we say quiet) it startles them big time. Rocky hates it, but it is working. He really doesn't see me shake it its on the sink. A friend of mine to stop her puppy from chewing on the door frame and potted plants, put empty tin cans on the furniture her dog chewed on, the slightest bump would start them rattling. As he stopped chewing, after awhile she removed one can after another and low and behold he no longer chews on the furniture. It does take infinite patience!!
Another thing I can't stress enough, have a lot of different "toys" chew things around because boy is she going to chew!!
Your story about Belle reminds me of the day we got Rocky. When we came home and I went down the hall to change shoes, he came bounding after me and jumped up on our bed, it is a TALL bed and from that day to this he has never made it again, which is fine with us. LOL Your pup sound delightful. Keep making tapes because is she is like Rocky she will grow. He was about 13" high and weighed about 16 pounds at 4 1/2mths. He is now 21 pds and about 16' tall. I think he is about done and so does the doc.
Belle sounds gorgeous. You can check out Rocky on the link. Your pup will have relapses, but boy once they are trained, is it worth it!! Norma
The water bottle reminds me of Faeden. At first he hated that. It would stop him dead in his tracks. Now, he has discovered his love of water. Forget the water bottle! It is just way too much fun for him. I might have to try Norma's suggestion.
Hey everyone! I made Bella's blog site today :) I have video and pictures to upload lol but it's so cute!!! I know you can't post URL's in here so PM me if you wanna visit her blog :) It's just got pictures and tracking what she does on her journey :)