im lyzzy. im getting a new dog. hes a chichwawa and a poodle mix.. i also have a sheltie named trevor. yes trevor is very playful but im afraid when we get the new dog trevor might try to play and hurt him...also i need help on potty training. ive never done it and this is a new born pup he was born at least a week ago. im very scared that something will come up and i want to try to get both dogs to like eachother please help me! thank you!
I'm sorry, but I'm a bit confused? Are you tryng to say the puppy you are getting is a week old? If that is the case, is there a reason you are getting it at such a young age? It should not be away from it's mother yet.
On the potty training question, when a puppy is young (8weeks) it needs to go very frequently, every hour or so. As it gets older, the more it can hold it better, 3-4 months about 2-3 hours, and so on. Take him out first thing in the morning, after eating/drinking, playtime, before bedtime, and no food or water an hour before bedtime. Be prepared to wake up a couple of times during the night to let him out. Puppies do not really "get it" until about 4-6 months of age.
Is he crate trained? If not, I strongly reccomend it, it helps you and your puppy tremendously. Good luck
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Hey Riley! I think that OP is getting a puppy but it's only a week old at this time??? Maybe going to pick him up later...I hope
So when you get your puppy, he will be quite smaller than your Sheltie. He will probably want to play and might be a bit jealous so you are going to have to watch him very carefully. If you have things to do at home, put the new baby in his crate for his safety(only while you do your task and then let him out.)
Potty training takes patience, time and oh yeah...patience. Just take your time and everything will work out fine. Crate training is a great way to start but remember that accidents will happen.
Best of luck and congratulations!
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i just got a new dog too. she was 5 when we got her, so no potty training experience here, but i can tell you what to do with the 2 dogs having a "meet and greet." put the puppy in it's crate, if it has one, and then let your sheltie come into the area where the crate is. they'll sniff each other, and "talk", then they'll decide if they like each other. It'll be the safest way, seems how, no one will get hurt, because the puppy is in the crate. Also, put a few of the sheltie's toys into the crate with the puppy, so the puppy will be around the sheltie's scent so much, that it will eventually have to get used to the scent and then bring the dog out again. Make sure they have a few meetings and make sure that their ok with each other, so that when you finally let the puppy out of it's crate to meet the sheltie, they won't have a random fight, and they'll be used to each other's scent by then. Always be around the two dogs when they're free and they're around each other, just to make sure everything is safe. do all of this until the dogs are completley used to each other, or until the puppy is about 1 year old. Or maybe just half a year old. Yes, i know it's all very confusing, so you might want to look it up.
My female shar-pei was almost 2 when we got our male. She had lived with our friendís slightly aggressive lab/pit-bull and had picked up some bad habits. She would bully "poor little Micky" and we felt so bad, until Micky got a little bigger. Once he was old enough to understand it was not hers just because she wanted it they were fine. It took about 2 weeks but once he started to push her back a little they did fine. We donít worry about them being together alone anymore. Micky is almost a year old now but I would not recommend leaving two dogs together alone no matter how good they are together for at least a few weeks, and correct negative behavior right away. Dogs are pack animals; they generally do well but keep an eye on them for awhile. As far as potty training goes I have always create trained and I truly believe it is the best and easiest way to potty train. Every time you take the puppy out of the crate you take them out to go potty. If the puppy will not go place him back in the cage for 10-15 minutes and try again. Once the puppy goes be excited for him and go play inside, but remembers a puppy only has a little blatter so remember to take him out as much as he needs. Or you can use a puppy pad. As a general rule it is best to fallow a schedule. Take him out at the same times daily and always after eating, and always be consistent if he wonít go put him back in the cage. It is quick and effective if done right. I hope you have fun with your new puppy and donít worry too much about rough playing when the puppy gets upset everyone will know and soon both dogs understand each other.