OK, now I know this is not the best situation, but we have a new 7 week old beagle pup who will be alone for 7-8 hours straight. How could we go about training him? I can't leave him in a crate without being able to relieve himself. Would a large litter box in the crate be a bad idea?
I will take any suggestions!!! I could leave him outside during the day I guess. Could a young dog also handle the cold by himself during the night?
first of 7 weeks is awfully young and no the pup will not be able to hold it for 7-8 hrs. From my understanding of crate training wouldn't it defeat the purpose to put a litterbox in there? Also I would STRONGLY advise against leaving the pup in the cold at any age but at 7 weeks he/she won't be able to properly regulate his/her body temp. Is there anyway to have a neighbor let the dog out or come home on your lunch break?
i think the puppy is FAR too young to leave alone that long! My suggestion would be to call your vet and see if they have a day care available. It doesn't cost much and the puppy will be taken care of.
Indifference turns clarity into denial. ~Quan Tracy Cherry
Why do you have a dog that you have no time for? 7 to 8 hours alone is a long time for a pup that age, and they would not be able to hold it that long. And there is NO WAY a puppy can last that long alone outside in the cold!! These are things you should have considered prior to taking on the huge responsibility of owning a dog.
Try doing this: Section off a part of a room which has a floor such as a kitchen. Make a little corral with some indoor fence/gates material you can buy. This area can be just big enough to place (in one corner or the little area) the crate with which you place a blanket in there for him sleeping. On the rest of the entire floor line it with newspaper. He will come out of this crate and relieve himself somewhere on the paper. This is the way paper training is done. Later you can move away the fence and he will go wherever he finds newspaper on the floor. goodluck Oh and by the way...The crate must be very small - just big enough for him to move around and sleep. If it is a large crate, he may go to the bathroom right in there. He will prefer to step outside rather than sleep in his mess.
***Edited By: labduke on 3/3/2008 4:47:32 PM*** Reason: forgot to mention something important
I agree with labduke, Get an excercise pen, also known as an x-pen. You can order them from www.petedge.com, or places like petsmart/petco carry them. Put his food, water, crate and potty area in there for him. He will get the idea. A 7 week old puppy should have food several times a day, so I would definatly have food and water for him.
Good Luck with the puppy. The pen is a great idea. I wish I would have thought of that 7 weeks ago when I had my 7 week old puppy. Instead my husband had to sneak home from work. I don't think you are wrong for getting a puppy. they grow quickly and will be able to hold it for 7 hours sooner than you think...I have come to realize you get a lot of negative feedback on these sights. I am sure you are going to walk your puppy and play with him in the evenings to make sure he gets all the love and attention he wants..Good Luck...
maxpup the people on here on trying to be outwardly negative. We are just all animal lovers and I'm sorry but 8 weeks is the EARLIEST a pup should be taken from mom and more importantly littermates. I agree that an x-pen sounds like the best solution but I'd be wary of free feeding, personally not a fan.
lovinmylucy...my 7 week old pup was a rescue and found shivering in a barn. I think it was ok to take it.... You don't know everyone's situation. I am not saying everyone is negative...but give me a break...there is a way to give advice tactfully and not make someone feel stupid or ignorant. Obviously, she wanted a dog to love. She already has the puppy. Let's give her advice and not ridicule her...
maxpup I realize that there are circumstances that require pups to be taken early and I myself got my Duke at 5 weeks and I understand the how difficult it can be to take care of them and the extra time that is a necessity. However this site is first and foremost an educational site and I don't believe that anyone has done anything but respond with helpful facts. I commend you for saving your pup and was in no way saying you were wrong in doing so. There just are a lot of uninformed people out there.