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Settling in a new puppy

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Veba, Apr 24, 2018.


  1. Veba

    Veba PetForums Member

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    We're getting a 10 week old puppy (show cocker spaniel) soon and wondering the best way to get him settled. The plan is that he'll be allowed in all the rooms downstairs but will mainly be in living room with us (with a bed and toys) until bed time then he'll be in a crate within a pen in dining room for nights*. He will also be in the pen when we have to leave him for work. We're not sure if this will be too confusing? The dining room isn't big enough for us to use very much but we will play/train with him there sometimes so he's used to it.

    *To start with he'll be in crate in bedroom at nights.
     
  2. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

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    I think it sounds as if you've got it all well planned actually :)

    The puppy will benefit from being crated in your bedroom to start with so that's good. And you can gradually introduce him to every room - and where his crate and play pen will be during the day. It may take a while to get him settled before you can leave him when you go to work so I expect you have a contingency plan at the ready until you can ............

    Has he has his inoculations (or at least his first set) as at 10 weeks he will be a little more active and ready to socialise.

    Have fun :D

    J
     
  3. Veba

    Veba PetForums Member

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    Thanks. There will be one/both of us at home for nearly 3 weeks. He gets his second inoculation the morning we pick him up. We have a large garden and will take him out safely until he has access to everywhere. He seems quite active and curious already :)
     
  4. Veba

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    I now have the pup but its not going to plan. I didn't think of all the naps he has during the day and at the moment he's settling down in the living room (either in his bed or a blanket we have on the floor) rather than knowing he should go to his crate/pen. We've been moving him through once he nods off and leaving the pen open for him to come back to us. We've also been feeding him and playing with him in the pen but he's not that interested in being in there.

    What's the best way to get him to go to his crate? Should we move it in to the living room or just spend more time in the (not very large!) dining room. We'd been putting his bed in the crate in the evening and if he's napping but today the bed was out and he weed on the mat we have in the crate when my boyfriend was training him to be left alone.

    He is happy in in crate through the night but has been asleep elsewhere are moved in to it. The last three nights he's been right next to me, further down the bedroom then last night he was in the hall. He whimpers for a tiny bit but is ok with reassurance. He's been out to the loo once per night (3.20am, 2am then 1am). How long until I put him downstairs and when I do, do I just leave him to whine?
     
  5. Veba

    Veba PetForums Member

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    Anyone? Also, I'm guessing it's wrong to let him sleep on me. I should be insisting he goes in his crate?

    Another thought is that in a week or so we'll have to leave him when we work. We have a puppy visitor coming in but changes are he'll wee and poo in his pen. Then he's going to spread it all over the place. Should I just leave him crated until he learns to hold it?

    So much for having it all planned out :( I feel out of my depth!
     
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