Hello, new pup owner..

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Registered: 06-10-2005
Hello, new pup owner..
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Wed, 09-07-2005 - 4:06pm

Hello ladies My name is Jenn, I have a 9month old son named Devin, Dh named Jimmy...and we just added a cute little boxer pup named Reddick. I am so in need of some tips. We have had her for a week and Im going nuts.

I need any tip you ladies can offer... Potty training, stop biting tips, and whatever else...

Thanks
Jenn

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Registered: 11-16-2004
Wed, 09-07-2005 - 5:54pm

Put the little guy on a schedule. Try to feed him and take him out about the same time every day.

Keep him confined to the imediate area you are in. Since you have the baby human as well I bet you are quite familiar with baby gates. I prefer to tether them to me by using a leash or a rope around my waist and attatched to their collar. It makes them more human aware and tends to help them bond to you. Anytime you see him circling, sniffing the ground, or anything else you come to recognize as your particular puppy needing to go out then take him out. You don't say how old he is but if he is within the range of the typical 8 to 12 weeks old he is likely going to need to go potty about every half hour to hour at the most. Try to take him out about 15 minutes after he eats, takes a big drink, plays hard, wakes up from a nice nap or when he starts acting like he needs to. It gets a little trying but he'll learn soon enough.

If you or another responsible person can't watch him I would suggest crate training. Hopefully one of the other ladies will give you tips on that because they explain it better. If crating isn't an option then put him in small area where it wont be too horrible if he has an accident. He also needs to go out 2 or three times a night. My prefered method of remembering to take my new puppies out is to set an alarm. Some dogs aren't like babies where they will just cry to get your attention.

As for the biting.. Is he biting when your playing with him? Mouthing and nipping at your hands/arms/clothing? If he is then tell him 'No' some ladies uses "no bite" and stop playing. Get up and walk away from him if you have to. Most puppies get it fairly quickly though he just is a puppy and some mouthiness is to be expected. Much like your 9 month old your little boxer thinks everything needs to go in his mouth too.

Good luck with your puppers.
Turdle

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Registered: 06-10-2005
Wed, 09-07-2005 - 6:10pm
Thank you.. for your suggestions. She is 7 weeks today... We are entering her into obediance (sp) classes for puppies when she is 10 weeks old. Hopefully that will work out pretty good... fingers crossed.

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Wed, 09-07-2005 - 8:56pm

Hi Jenn and *Welcome* to the Popular Dog Breeds board!



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Thu, 09-08-2005 - 10:26am

Hi Jenn and Welcome! Everyone else gave you some great tips and I really can't add to it. All I can say is be patient. When I got my dogs I knew nothing about having a pet indoors so for me it was more like "trial and error" LOL...puppies have small bladders and bowels so you must watch them. I made sure after they ate and drank, off to outside. At one point I thought "oh these dogs are never going to get housetrained" and then one day they seemed to figure it all out and now they are the best behaved dogs. Well, except for Taz because she's a ltitle devil ;)


Take care and let us know if you have any questions or need help at all! Donna is great at providing good information.