New Puppy (12 weeks old)

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Abbi
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New Puppy (12 weeks old)

Post by Abbi » 26 Apr 2019, 12:52

Hi there, I am new to the group and to owning a puppy and need some advice please :)
We have had our puppy just over a week and we have managed to get him to sleep in his crate at night downstairs without too much trouble, he also goes in in the day to sleep although we have to place him in there. We go back to work next week and he will be in the crate in and off during the day as I will be in and out. I am worried because although he goes in the crate when he is sleepy and is fine, he isn’t great if he goes in when has energy which leads me to my next point. He has out of control energy sessions where he doesn’t listen and pulls at blankets and carpets and jumps and sprints round. It was only yesterday that he was allowed to go out, he is now toileting from the pads (which he successfully used) to outside in the back yard which is quite small. I think he needs to burn more energy off but he is struggling with the lead and bitting it and when I tried to take him out the front of the house which is on a road (holding him) he was so petrified that he wouldn’t even go by front door. I spent time with toys and treats until he was happier going to the front door again but haven’t opened it yet as don’t want to push him. My partner has the flue and so it’s just me looking after him, we have been working on sit, lie down, stay which he can do with treats. I am also worried about socialising him, I have only had one friend come over so far and I have booked him into puppy hour tomorrow but not sure I am confident to take him on my own and not sure how he will be goi g out the door although we do have a carry case I could use. Any help advice or reassurance would be super appreciated :)

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Re: New Puppy (12 weeks old)

Post by Lancs Lass » 26 Apr 2019, 15:33

A new puppy how lovely :D They can be quite demanding when so young! My dog is now 3 and I remember the early days very well :roll: You will find a lot of excellent advice on this site about all kinds of puppy related issues.

Like your puppy mine was crate trained and still sleeps in her crate at nights and when we are out. I think she regards it as a den and will sometimes go in it voluntarily for a bit of peace and quiet(though not very often as she wants to be with us most of the time). At such a young age a puppy could cause havoc if left alone to wander round on their own though. Wonder if you could divide her crate into sleeping area and pad in another until fully housetrained. Shouldn't take long as they are quick to learn and they like to sleep in a clean area.

Would try to socialise your puppy as much as possible with people and other dogs. Wonder if there are any puppy training classes in your area? They do need to get out and about and have new experiences.

There are lots of experienced dog owners on this site who will give you lots of info. Good luck with your puppy. It is hard work in the early stages but worth putting in the effort as they are so worth it.

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Re: New Puppy (12 weeks old)

Post by Lancs Lass » 27 Apr 2019, 10:27

Forgot to mention, the high energy outbursts are perfectly normal and so is the jumping up and biting the lead.

Sounds as if your house training is going well. Sometimes training them in the house can be mentally tiring so short sessions will help tire your puppy out. They sometimes dash round in a frenzy when they are getting tired and will suddenly flop and fall fast asleep.

Good luck with your puppy class. Look forward to more updates.

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Re: New Puppy (12 weeks old)

Post by linny » 27 Apr 2019, 11:51

Hello and welcome to the site.
There is a search facility on here so you can search any problem you might have and read lots of useful suggestions for most problems. :D
Regards lead training .... I always started in the house, just attach your lead (always under supervision) let him wear it around the house,.then start leading around the house ,into the garden or yard
Do short distances from your front door using treats and praise when he's good.
If he doesn't want to go far then don't force it . He will slowly grow in confidence.

Socialising is really important.so do try and get him out and about even if you carry him ....
You say you don't feel confident to take him to puppy class on your own...this is training for you too :lol: ....he will pick up on how you are feeling so tell yourself you can do this and be positive .

When you go back to work can you arrange a dog walker to come and take him out?.. I am a little concerned about all day crating for such a young pup.
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Re: New Puppy (12 weeks old)

Post by linny » 27 Apr 2019, 11:54

linny wrote:Hello and welcome to the site.
There is a search facility on here so you can search any problem you might have and read lots of useful suggestions for most problems. :D
Regards lead training .... I always started in the house, just attach your lead (always under supervision) and let him wear it around the house,.then start leading around the house ,into the garden or yard
Do short distances from your front door using treats and praise when he's good.
If he doesn't want to go far then don't force it . He will slowly grow in confidence.

Socialising is really important.so do try and get him out and about even if you carry him ....
You say you don't feel confident to take him to puppy class on your own...this is training for you too :lol: ....he will pick up on how you are feeling so tell yourself you can do this and be positive .

When you go back to work can you arrange a dog walker to come and take him out?.. I am a little concerned about all day crating for such a young pup.

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Re: New Puppy (12 weeks old)

Post by Doodle Dee » 28 Apr 2019, 14:49

Good luck with the new puppy. He is still very young and it will take time to train him properly with anything. One of my dogs is over one but I do give him a treat at night in the crate. My bad. He now won’t go in unless there is a treat in the crate. He doesn’t go in unless we are going out during the day. So saying Whilst writing this, he’s gone into his crate and curled up in there!

Regarding the lead he doesn’t know what it’s for so, other than a game can you put it on round the house and keep giving him treats whilst you are walking with him on the lead. Patience and consistency is the way to go

I’m just coming out of puppyhood with my younger dog.

Pup has been used to fighting and using energy up with his litter mates so he is still,learning. Puppies need to sleep a lot and they do get hyper when they are tired.

Good luck. Let us know how it’s going. There is a Facebook page called Dog Training and Advice which is run by certified trainers, which is great. Although, I got most of my help with my older dog from this great site
Lulu & Dx

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