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New Lab owner need Help

Post by John Gaetan » Fri, 04 Jan 2002 06:51:20



We received a yellow lab puppy (6 weeks) last week for Christmas.  I have a
few questions.

1.  She eats 3 times a day, starting at 5:30am, what other times should she
be eating?  My concern is a late feeding will cause a poopy crate at night,
or too early a feeding will cause a hungry pup at 3:00am in the morning.

2.  She goes to bed at 9:30pm to 10:00pm, and I wake at 5:20 to put her out.
We have been getting up twice a night to let her out, but is this too much?
Plus it gets old getting up twice a night.  Any tips?

3. She has done pretty well going out and pooping, she pee's about once a
day on the kitchen floor and never gives a clue she needs to go out.  I
realize this is only a 7 week old pup, but any house breaking tips is
appreciated.  We do take her out the same door everytime, and there is never
any play time outside, not until she is broken.  We have been taking her out
about every 45 min to 1 hour.  Is this too much, and is she learning
anything?

4.  The first few nights she pooped and peed in her crate.  I have since
tried to eliminate this problem by taking her out twice in the middle of the
night.  My question is this, I realize the little puppy can only hold so
much, but I thought they would never poop in the crate.  Should I try longer
times in the crate?

5.  My crate is very large, but I have it boxed off into a small area for
her.  No blankets, just toys and the plastic floor.

6.  Any other tips???

Thanks in advance.

JOHN

 
 
 

New Lab owner need Help

Post by ACca » Fri, 04 Jan 2002 08:39:02


Okay, in order of your questions...

Quote:

>1.  She eats 3 times a day, starting at 5:30am, what other times should she
>be eating?  My concern is a late feeding will cause a poopy crate at night,
>or too early a feeding will cause a hungry pup at 3:00am in the morning.

When Bubba was a pup, now 1 1/2 yrs, we fed him 3 times a day everyday at the
round about same time. If you keep them on a food schedule it will be better
for training the poop/pee times. I fed Bubba at 7am, 2pm, 7pm. Remember this
worked for ME - all situations are different.

Quote:

>2.  She goes to bed at 9:30pm to 10:00pm, and I wake at 5:20 to put her out.
>We have been getting up twice a night to let her out, but is this too much?
>Plus it gets old getting up twice a night.  Any tips?

My training tips are simple - after the pup has been fed, take her outside to
the same spot so she'll smell her scent there and pee/poop. It took Bubba a
while to catch on, but if you take her out after she's finished eating she'll
know it's then time to pee/poop. I always took him out on a leash and kept him
in the round about same area for poops and peeing. Of course we had our share
of accidents too, but it's only a pup. Remember don't scare her when an
accident happens, just say a firm NO and then take her outside to her spot.

Quote:

>3. She has done pretty well going out and pooping, she pee's about once a
>day on the kitchen floor and never gives a clue she needs to go out.
>We have been taking her out
>about every 45 min to 1 hour.  Is this too much, and is she learning
>anything?

 I used to take Bubba out after meals and right when he woke up from napping,
resting, or sleeping. If you happen to catch her in the act, go over say a firm
NO and take her outside to finish

Quote:
>4.  The first few nights she pooped and peed in her crate.
>My question is this, I realize the little puppy can only hold so
>much, but I thought they would never poop in the crate.  Should I try longer
>times in the crate?

I thought this too, silly me. They don't want to poop/pee in their home and
will try hard not to - but keep trying.  I would try to tire Bubba out before
bedtime by playing and this would increase the sleep time. As soon as you hear
her getting up from her sleep, get up and take her out - but then she will want
to play - she doesn't know it's 3am - play for a little bit, about 15 min is
all it took for Bubba and she'll go back to sleep, hopefully

Quote:
>6.  Any other tips???

Yes, LOTS of praise and kisses. Start the sit training early but casually -
don't go into command mode. get lots of hard chew toys - you are going to need
them. Baths are warm water only and make them really fun by singing and praise
for silly things like eating the water - you'll thank me when she's 2.  Bubba
actually has a bath song that we sing only at bathtime and now he knows when
he's going outside for a bath and don't fuss at all. Don't take my tips to
heart, as they only work for me, and they could be the right way or the wrong
way, they are just my way. Good Luck and Congrats on your new puppy

Cheers,
Melissa

 
 
 

New Lab owner need Help

Post by Gilles » Fri, 04 Jan 2002 22:48:12


Hi John,

Quote:
> 6.  Any other tips???

I would just add "Be patient" because if you have had your pup
at 6 weeks old, she left her mom too early.
It's my own opinion but it's also the opinion to a lot of experts.

My second lab has been weaned at 5 1/2 weeks old and I have had
so much problems for house breaking that I was about to give up.
It took her 2 months to understand the rules while it took only 5 days
for my first lab to get it even with a lack of experience from my part.

So be patient and try to get some rest because if you get up 2 or 3 times
a night for weeks (I hope it will be easier for you) , you will need it.
After a few weeks, I was so tired that I put some paper in the crate
and slept all night for 10 days. Then I "restarted" the process and that
time
she understood that a crate was not a good place to pee/poop and play
with it ...

Don't forget that time is often the best solution.

Gilles