I need any help or advise on training 3 puppies at once. I have never house trained a dog before. I will admit they stay outside most of time because I feel so overwhelmend with all 3 of them inside. They are about 12-14 weeks German Shepard/Lab mixes, so very big puppies. Their mom was dumped about a mile away from our home with 9 puppies. We found homes for all but 2 and we are keeping one. The 2 puppies left are being sponsord by an adoption org in our area. So please any advise would be very helpful.
If you want them house trained, you're going to have to crate train them. I know it'll be noisy, hopefully you have a big house. After that, it should'nt be too bad, and depending where you live, it's already getting warmer. Lots of luck!
I know you showed us picturs of the puppies when they were ready for their new homes, but more pictures please. You have your work cut out for you with 3 young puppies.
How is the Mom doing? Has she recovered from her big litter now? I believe you were rehoming her, also.
You may want to think about having a local newspaper do a story on your rescue efforts with these puppies. It could get someone interested in one of the remaining 2 that you still have available. It would make for a good news story, too.
Good luck and thank you for rescuing the mom and her litter.
I will post recent pictures this evening, my husband hid our cable to connect our camera to the computer. Momma is doing wonderful, she is getting spayed this morning. We received a free spay from Spay Day at our local Humane society. So she getting that done today. There was a chance we would need to rehome her but I am very optomistic about the situation. She snapped at one of my cats, and we have 4 indoor cats. So I was worried she would not get along with them. But we slowly aclamated the waters and they are all getting along. We don't leave her unsupervised with the cats naturally, but with us around we have not had any more problems. My mom might take her, she fell completely in love with her.
Gunny: Not training 3 puppies is not an option :). I have the pups they need to be trained. :)
Hehehe, Did you even read the OP gunny? She RESCUED this mom & pups and has re-homed all but the last 2. Not really a choice on whether she should train them or not. Great job, OP!!!! (sorry I already forgot your screen name. Man I'm getting old!)
I think gunny might have meant that you might not want to train them all at the same time. I.e. leave two outside and work with one for an hour, etc. With three distracting each other, you WIlL get very frustrated very quickly. I can't even train my puppy when the 3 older dogs are around, because they think they are supposed to be doing tricks and the puppy just thinks its a game....
You can always ask specific questions here on TP on how to train for certain things (potty, feeding times, sit, stay etal) but you may also want to google and/or pick up a book or two at your local library.
If it's warm enough outside, the pups being outside during the day is quite fine. When Zoe had a litter, they had play time outside for about 2 hours at a time. Then they came in and ate, outside we all went. After I made sure they all pottied, inside we went and they took "nap time" in the kennel or the xpen. Zoe had a litter of 11 and I had them all until they were 8 weeks old. I had 3 until they were 10 or 12 weeks (can't remember now) and of course we kept one. The best thing you can do is crate train. You don't necessarily need a crate per pup, depending on the size of the pups and the size of the crate. That last 2 slept together, as I have a crate that fits a great dane. Definitely keep them in there for at least a nap time or two during the day and at night, they are young enough that you really shouldn't have too much of an issue.
Thank you for all the advise and feedback. I was thinking the best way was to work with one at a time. We have 1 crate its a good size crate. All 3 pups fit inside comfortably. Its been very beautiful around here we have been in the 50's and 60'. I have wonderful news the two pups are officially with the Pet Adoption League in my area. And I was hired for my new job just today. Now I can spend some money on my boys and girls. Get better food, toys and more. Momma just got spayed today. So her and her babies have to separeated for a few days. They can get a little crazy around her. Once again thanks for all the feed back.
This is exactly what we went through! Mom had seven pups,my cousin kept one and it took forever for two others to get adopted. Honestly it was a disaster area for months because there is no way to train three pups and have a clean house! the only way she could keep her sanity and start to train her pup well was if I took the other two pups on weekends or when I had a couple days off. If you can get them into foster homes it really is better for everyone involved because individual attention is best for all the pups and its hard to get with three running around.
Unfortunetly we can't get another foster home for the pups. The only way the Pet adoption league in my area would only sponsor them if I was the foster home. Which I am very happy about. As a little girl everytime I saw a stray dog I would always want to stop and pick it up. But my parents never let me. So now I have my own home and family and I can pick up as many as I want! Just kidding, my hubby would divorce me if I did.