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Puppy routine- advice please!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by amanda123, Jul 14, 2009.


  1. amanda123

    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    Hi All

    I have decided to crate train my new pup, whi is arriving in mid- August. I have worked out a little routine for the first few weeks that fits in around me looking after my little ones. What do you think of it?

    7.15am Potty, feed, crate (I then get the kids up)
    8.30am Potty, umbilical training/ socialising (after kids' breakfast)
    9.15am Potty, crate (My son has a nap and I get washed and dressed)
    10am Potty, umbilical training/ short walk
    11.30am Potty, feed (if necessary), crate (I get kids' lunch and they have a nap)
    12.45pm Potty, training session
    2.15pm Potty, umbilical training (I get kids up from their nap)
    4.30pm Potty, feed, crate (I get kids' tea)
    5.30pm Potty, short walk
    6.15pm Potty, crate (I put kids to bed and cook our meal)
    7 pm Potty, play/ training
    10pm Potty, crate
    1am and 4am- potty

    I am planning on pushing the night time potty trips gradually longer by around ten mins per night. Also, the potty trips outside will get less as the weeks go by.

    Any comments? (Be nice, I've come up with this from everything I've read and this will be my first dog!)
     
  2. ad_1980

    ad_1980 PetForums VIP

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    Your rota sounds very nice..but question - why are you leaving 'potty' to be done every 45 mins?
    Your pup should be taken out every 20 mins, and after every meal and nap!
     
  3. Cuddypuppy

    Cuddypuppy PetForums Member

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    Hi

    We too plan to crate train. We pick up our puppy this Saturday. I plan to use the crate at night (closed) and use a playpen (with the crate inside but open) for when I have to go out out or cannot supervise. Other than that, I intend to let the puppy just potter around me whilst I make tea and clean up etc.

    All the best for your new arrival. What breed are you getting?
     
  4. amanda123

    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    OK, I will up the regularity of the toilet trips outside. I just put 'potty' cos it was quicker to type! When can I leave it a bit longer between trips outside do you think?

    I am getting a French Bulldog/ Min Pin mixed breed. Wasn't looking for a specific breed when i was looking, just wanted a small dog but fell in love with this puppy- so cute!
     
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    rachel_babe10@hotmail.com PetForums Newbie

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    Lol well good luck with your new puppy but i would advise you to keep with your puppy for the first couple of nights as the first night can be quite challenging for him/her well godd luck ox .:)
     
  6. amanda123

    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    OK. Not sure what to do on that- some people say to keep the crate in the bedroom so the puppy knows you're near and others say put it in another room! So hard- almost as confusing as having kids... I put my kids in their rooms in their cots at night from day 1- maybe I'll do the same with the puppy? There's so much advice out there.
     
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    Bex190 PetForums VIP

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    Hi, I'm getting a puppy on Saturday and found the same problem with conflicting advice as you. I had to stop buying books because it was all getting too confusing!
    I'm also going to crate train and am planning to leave the pup down stairs and just pop down to take him out to the toilet when he whines without making a fuss of him so he doesn't learn that whining=attention. That's the plan anyway, it could well have changed after a week of no sleep!
     
  8. ad_1980

    ad_1980 PetForums VIP

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    Welll i wouldn't be so quick to think its going to happen after a few weeks. I'm not saying that nastily fyi. I'm saying that because people tend to ask at like when the pup is like 13 weeks of age why is he still making a mess in the house, and it drives me mad because its just a baby and is too young to control its bladder properly!

    Give him time and he'll get used to it..

    With regards to your question though...i'd say roughly around 5-6 mnths you can decrease the time...actually no...maybe a tiny bit earlier than that, because that way you're teaching him he has to go for a wee outside than in. Someone here might have a better idea than me even though i have dealt with pups my whole life lol!
     
  9. fun4fido

    fun4fido PetForums Senior

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    Hi, Sounds like a very good plan :)

    You might like to read this:

    Successful Crate Training

    and

    Puppy Socialisation

    and

    Teaching Bite Inhibition

    Share some pics as soon as you get your pup :)
     
  10. Rhiannan

    Rhiannan PetForums Junior

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    I took Bailey out for a pee everytime she ate, woke up, stopped playing a game etc. After anything has just stopped really, where you'd imagine her thinking "Hmm ok, what will I do now that's finished? I know....pee on the floor" lol!
    And generally just every half hour! Hopefully you will be able to notice a pattern to it and if you are very lucky your pup will show you a sign like sniffing around or a little whimper when they need to go.

    House training will take as long as it's going to take really, I know that is not helpful but it's different for every dog. People had told me the bulk would be done in a couple of weeks but I found it took nearly 2 months of having her to stop the almost daily pees. then it just tunred a corner and she hasn't done anything for a few weeks now (touch wood!) I still need to keep an eye and take her out after eating etc.

    But she goes to the door now :)
     
  11. amanda123

    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    Great advice- thanks all! And thanks for the links- I will check them out. I will be taking photos galore as soon as I have got her- should be mid August. So I will post lots!

    A x
     
  12. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    I don't know if we have just been extremely lucky with our puppy, who is 13 weeks old (had him since 10 weeks) but he has slept through the night (from about 10:30pm to between 6 and 7am) without needing the toilet and hasn't had a single accident in his crate.

    I don't mean to be rude but I don't think the routine will work. The puppy will do what he wants when he wants lol.

    Are you only feeding the puppy 3 times a day? The last feed being at 4:30pm??? You'll definately need to be feeding again at around 8pm.

    Does he/she only get to play at 7pm??? I also don't think you need to be getting up at 1am and 4am to take him/her out, unless he/she wakes up to go out. I wouldn't bother waking him/her for the sake of it.... if he/she needs to go out then he/she will let you know.

    Good luck anyway, but don't expect him/her to follow the routine...
     
  13. amanda123

    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    Thanks for your thoughts! I am a fan of routines, lol. My kids like doing the same things at similar times each day! Although they have varied outings, etc.

    It's only a rough guideline to make sure I can fit in enough time with the puppy as well as the kids.

    The pup will have several sessions out of the crate- either a walk, training or playtime. I just need her to be crated while I feed and bath the kids.

    I wasn't sure about feed times- I heard that three times a day is enough for a pup? Maybe I will do four small feeds to start with then.
     
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    It depends on when the breeder is feeding them. Some do 6 small meals, some do 4. How will the puppy be?
     
  15. GoldenShadow

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    With my goldie I fed him 4 x a day until he was 12 weeks, then decreased it to 3 x a day. When he turned 6 months I put it down to 2 x a day and we will stay like that even when he gets older.

    Re potty training, when Roo was about 4 months (16 weeks) he could hold himself for 3 hours, so we'd still take him out about every 2 1/2 hours, but since about 8 months he's been able to hold it probably 5 hours or so (I don't leave him shut in, the back door is open but I hear him when he goes out).

    We never actually got up with Roo in the night. Nobody advised for or against, we just didn't. First few nights when he didn't sleep he had a few poops/pees but I think they were form being on his own too. As soon as he settled and slept from 11pm-6am we didn't have any accidents.
     
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