|10-04-2013 05:04 AM|
|Peter_||Sorry, I had meant to say, he is now dropping solid forms|
|10-04-2013 04:22 AM|
Just want to update;
It seems he is no longer having diarrhea, he is not dropping solid forms. This is probably due to he is no longer being overfed. Feeding him 3 times per day, 1/2 cup at 8am/12pm/5pm.
We have begun switching him over to BB Wilderness Puppy and seems to be 'more into' his meals.
He is doing very well is his kennel, he has been going in it on his own but sometimes we have to encourage him to go in it, or place him in it. He does whine at night, but not as much as when we first did. He'll wine for about 2 - 5 minutes then off to bed he goes, and only seems to wake up once during the night to go potty (not every night though).
He is going to the vet this Monday to get his first set of shots, and to get his feces tested for parasites/parvo/etc.
Still having a few accidents here and there though.
Although we are kennel training him, we haven't yet left him in the kennel while we've went out, so that will be the next thing we do, we've been leaving him in the bedroom (everything is safely away; cords, objects, etc) and he whines for about 5 minutes, then he just goes off to bed.
Another thing I want to say is that he is doing very well on a leash, as well as off the leash (only tried once in a forest/quiet area), but he did very well, he listened to us and followed when directed to, stayed near us as well.
So overall, I think he's doing great, very fast leaner and just such a great start to our family.
|10-02-2013 09:05 PM|
We will be taking him to the vet this week/next week to get his first set of shots, will also be bringing in some of his fecal matter to get tested. We were supposed to get this done yesterday, but are having vehicle problems, and I would prefer not to bring him on public transportation (yet.. if we decide).
Yeah, he was getting about 3 cups per day... Not even finishing each meal, so we are going to reduce how much he eats.
|10-02-2013 08:35 PM|
I wouldn't switch over cold turkey, start adding the new food a little at a time daily, until say, a week is up and you've transitioned..be aware tho, the BB may give him diarhea to..If he drinks alot of water, sometimes that will also give them sloppy poops, because at this age, what goes in, usually comes out...
If you haven't done so, I would take a fecal to the vet to be tested for parasites/even giardia..
Sounds like he's doing GOOD in the potty area!!
The radio is just to give them some 'sound' so it's not like dead silence when he's alone..I leave mine on a nice soothing station when I'm gone, just so they have some 'noise'..
YES to the 1/2 / 3/4 3 times a day,,as a thought, his poops might be sloppy because he's eating to much..Overfeeding also is going to come out as it goes in..
Sounds like your doing GOOD,,
|10-02-2013 05:19 PM|
We're looking for a puppy sitter now, just to visit the house for about a half hour to an hour now, but if we're unable to find one we can trust, then I think we may have to leave him in there for that time. I'm going to be talking to my college to see if I can have some day classes and some night classes to lessen the amount of days he may spend a full 10-3 inside his kennel.
As for the food, we'll start to change his feeding habbits, he'll be on Blue Wilderness Puppy, so 1/2 to 3/4 a cup, 3 times a day is good for him? Something I should note is, we have him out chicken soup (recommended by pet store), but as I said above, we're going to be switching him over, as I feel Blue will be better for him. He's mostly been having wet/diarrhea, and hasn't been having much hard droppings. After switching him over should he begin to have solids or will he having wet droppings for a while?
We haven't been limiting his water, we refill his bowl whenever it's empty or close to being empty. Then we take him out to do his business, so it seems to be working pretty good.
He has some toys, and we leave his kong in the kennel with him.
Anyways, he's going potty mostly outside, routinely going for on-leash walks, so I'd say he's doing pretty good with that. He still pees a little bit her and there inside, and hasn't been pooing inside (maybe 1 or 2 here and there).
What would the radio be for? Just to listen in and see if hes whining/whimpering/barking?
|10-01-2013 08:57 AM|
if he's 7 weeks old, you don't need to feed him that much.
I would be feeding 1/2 - 3/4 of a cup 3 times a day..overfeeding, is over pooping and at this age, they just poop out what they eat mostly.
You say your gone from 10 -3..I would still crate him, expect accidents, he's 7 weeks old, they can't hold it very long. Unfortunately if you can't get him out in between, pottying in the crate can become routine which will make it harder for housebreaking. But you can only do what you can do..
While some do limit water, I don't..Leave a radio on him for him while your gone, maybe find something appropriate for him to gnaw on while your gone. Something he can't ingest or choke on..
Back to feeding, don't go by whats on a dog food bag, they tend to be overfeeding.
|10-01-2013 03:02 AM|
Well we've introduced him to the kennel today, and he's actually doing good. Closing the door while awake doesn't seem to sit well with him as he begins to push on it then whining. But he does voluntarily go inside, sometimes you have to give him some encouragement but he's doing well with it.
Unfortunately, we do not have anybody that could come in and let him out (for the moment). We only have 1 set of keys, so giving our keys out is not an option.
Would there be another way to get around the issue of leaving him inside the crate for an extended period of time? We live pretty far out of the city (about 40 mins - an hour away by vehicle), I'm not sure yet as to if we will have enough time during lunch / between classes to return home and let him out, this would be roughly 2 - 3 hours not in school which just wouldn't work.
As for feeding, you don't think 1 and 1/2 cups of food twice a day is good? Local pet store had said that should be good for him. Would 1 cup 3 times a day be better? 8am - 1pm - 6pm? He usually is up and about around 7, and in bed by 10, of course with doggy naps throughout the day.
He is drinking regularly as the day goes on as well.
Will update as things progress and find more out about scheduling.
|09-30-2013 07:51 PM|
|My5dogs||A 7 week puppy should be fed more often as well. And 10-3 is too long in a crate for a puppy that young|
|09-30-2013 07:40 PM|
Puppies really, really, really need to be crated. I can't stress that enough. He may not have gotten into anything yet, but he is VERY young (you'll need to find someone to let him out during the time he's crated), and at this point mostly sleeps-- this will change very quickly. Crating is 100% for their own safety... don't think of it as "cruel." Most dogs enjoy their crate, and if it's done right, yours will too-- they like confined, private spaces. Don't put anything he could potentially shred and swallow (like a puppy pad, stuffed toys, bedding) in there with him. He doesn't need water either- he won't dehydrate in that short of time (provided he has plenty at other times), and it will make potty training and learning bladder control harder.
Crating is also your best friend for potty training (most dogs will avoid soiling where they sleep, so it helps him to establish a routine), so it's double helpful. Good luck!
|09-30-2013 07:23 PM|
GSD/Border Collie 7 weeks, leaving in kennel
So me and my girlfriend will both be gone to school most days, at least 4 days through a week. And wanted to know if we should leave our 7 week old puppy in a kennel, from about 10am to 3pm. We usually leave him out in the bedroom to do as he pleases, he hasn't bitten the walls yet, there are no cords or wires in reach of him, and not worried about him peeing or pooing on the floor. Would just not want that on the bed or any of the furniture.
Another issue for leaving him out, would be if he would pull on the curtains and they fall down and he eats the tacs or screws, he tends to try eat anything hard.
Now, he hasn't slept in a kennel yet, tonight will be his first night, and we will be both in school on Wednesday. So I wonder if this would be ok if he hasn't had much time in one.
Eating isn't an issue because we feed him at 8am and 5pm, ussually does his business 15 minutes after so I don't think he'll drop one in the kennel. I know he'll probably pee, and wanted to know if we should leave water in the kennel for him, or would he be ok to go without water for 5 - 6 hours. It is a bit hot inside, about 70 - 80 degrees F.
So any comments or recommendations? What I have in mind is, feed him, let him do his business and put him in kennel. Put toys, water, puppy pad and his blanket in the kennel with him. That seem ok?
I don't want to leave him in the kennel, but I think it is something he needs to learn.