|10-07-2013 08:29 PM|
Chill out hon.
I know the feeling, you wanna get started on it all, want to have that obedient, loving dog - I was the same when I first got Nova, but you've got to remember she's a baby!
To answer a few of your questions:
Biting: I agree with pp's - with my girl I used a high pitched yelp/"IPE" and withdrew attention, or if one was within reach I substituted a toy to chew. I also didn't wear baggy-ended pants for the first two months (yoga pants, loose jeans etc), since the flapping material is very tempting for a pup and they can accidentally nip an ankle when they go for it. If she is overexcited and chasing you/nipping repeatedly, put her somewhere she can't get to you - like a time-out.
An x-pen or crate is the best idea - it gives the pup a place that is hers to sleep and feel safe, and it gives you a safe place to put her when you can't supervise her. Look up crate training, that's something you can start straight away once you have the crate.
As for bonding - spend time with her! She's left her mum and is probably feeling pretty lost and confused - feed her by hand as others have said, play with her, be around her. And watch her like a hawk - she won't be potty trained, or know what not to do - chewing etc. I would curl up by the crate and nap sometimes when my girl slept - that way she smelled me near her and would be calm. (She will sleep a LOT these first few weeks, make the most of it) There's a fine balance - you don't want her completely dependent on you so that she develops separation anxiety.
Training: You can start gentle, no-stress obedience right away - by that I mean DON'T expect miracles. She's a baby, only been in the world 2 months, so if she doesn't get sit the first time, or the tenth time? No worries. There are thousands of videos on the various obedience commands etc, check out youtube. Decide which type of training method you want to use (I use mostly clicker training and it's worked great, others use more traditional training, verbal markers, etc). With any training type, on a pup this young - patience is the key.
Most importantly you can start potty training right away. I hate puppy pads, so I can't advise on using those - I just start by taking pup out every hour during day and 2 hours at night, then extend it. Use the old adage "an hour for every month plus one" - but only after you've had her on the every hour routine for a few days to get her adjusted to where she has to go, and when. Use a verbal command "Go quick" "take a break" "potty" etc when she goes outside (not before, when she is actually performing the act) and then lots of happy praise when she's done. NEVER punish her for going inside - that's always your fault for not taking her out sooner, I'm afraid. Imagine if someone controlled when you had access to the bathroom if you find it hard not to punish. If you catch her in the act, make a highpitched noise to stop her (not yelling/scolding though), pick her up (yep, mid-stream if necessary!) and rush her outside. Then praise etc when she goes in the right place.
Take her to your vet for her puppy check-up (very important if you haven't already - should be within the first few days after getting her).
Most puppy "pre-school" classes around here allow dogs to enroll after their second shot, so around 10-11weeks. Get her on her shot regime, then scout around until you find a trainer you like the sound of. Classes are great for inexperienced owners
As for size and when she'll go into heat - its a guessing game. There is no "she will be 60lbs and start at 8months" - its different with every dog.
Congrats on the pup, hope that helps some. She's a cutie!
|10-07-2013 07:50 PM|
|DaniFani||How's it going, Noah? How's that sweet Lela??|
|09-28-2013 04:32 PM|
|09-27-2013 11:59 PM|
|09-27-2013 11:41 PM|
1>>>> feed her good food, love her. let her be a pup. learn
2>>>> you're saying she's hyper. what are you comparing her
being hyper to?
3>>>> she's being a pup. when my pup nipped i would gently
pull him away and say "no biting". as time passed he learned not to bite/nip (6 months old, lol).
4>>>> if you're living at home with your parents and siblings i think
it's better to have a family dog. you want the dog to listen to everybody
in the household. when you move out and live alone then you can have
5>>>> training starts as soon as the pup is your possession. my
boy was in puppy class when he was 10 weeks old. formal OB started
at 4 months old.
6>>>> what you need to know about having a dog you will
learn as you go. stay on the forum and ask a lot of questions.
i trust you were learning about dogs (pups) before you brought
your pup home.
|09-27-2013 11:29 PM|
|09-27-2013 11:26 PM|
|selzer||That sounds like a nice name. Have fun with a pup. You've waited quite a while for this. Enjoy.|
|09-27-2013 11:10 PM|
|09-27-2013 09:51 PM|
I also read lots of books to two little special six year olds.
|09-27-2013 09:37 PM|
Noah, did your brother read this book? That completely changes things on my opinion of Sham
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