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02-19-2014 10:02 PM
doggiedad a pup takes you out of your comfort zone in many ways.
you have take/make time to train and socialize. after a
year or 2 you'll have a well trained, highly socialized dog
if you put the time into training and socializing.

your pup is crated from 6:30 pm untill 6:30 am. where's the
training, socializing, spending time with the pup?
02-19-2014 09:47 PM
Liesje LOL that's about it! Although with a puppy the timeline is exponentially faster than a child (should be good in the house while supervised and sleeping through the night by 6 months).
02-19-2014 07:04 PM
nktigger99 I am expecting bringing home our pup similar to when we brought our kids home....I am 6 years into motherhood, had 4 kids in three years including a set of twins.....have yet to sleep through the night since my first born came home....Sleep deprivation is just my normal state of being. I figure for the first few months it will similar to having a newborn....everything just goes into survival mode....as long as the three D's (dinner(food), diapers(2 kids still in diapers), dudes(laundry))are done I will be happy.
02-19-2014 06:35 PM
Liesje
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I do it exactly the same as you. If they whine or fuss to go out I'd much rather take them out than have them mess the crate. My puppy is 14 weeks and he still usually goes out at least once at night.
My formula is their age in months + 1 as far as hours they should be expected to hold it. Legend is just over 4 months so that's 5 hours and he generally falls asleep at 9:30, I bring him to bed at 11, and he goes out between 3-4am so he's doing fine. If I was an early riser, at his age I'd be tempted to ignore him and let him sleep another 1-1.5 hr and then get up, but I don't get up until 7am. I find once they get to about 6 months, then they are good to go and can sleep through the night, or not have accidents without a break while I'm at work 8-9 hours. Most of my puppies or puppies I'm fostering/training have slept through the night well before that, but a few times not (or puppies that had been sleeping through the night have a night or even a week where they regress a bit). I don't use treats to reward house training (I know many people do), I don't even go outside with Legend, so there's really no gain in him waking me up at 4am to go out alone when it's been down to -30 windchills here. It's not like he's getting a food reward or playtime, he's just sent out on his own to pee and he runs straight back to the door without being called in.
02-19-2014 05:38 PM
carrieincolorado A good thread for me to read because I have been feeling the same way! I run a business and have kids (youngest in headstart) and I am single so I am super busy but I take Chevelle everywhere with me. She does end up waiting in the car for me quite a bit but I also try to play/run/fetch in between jobs so she can stand to sit in the car. I know that it is NOT ENOUGH so I am going to try and take her for a run/walk first thing in the morning at least 3 times a week. I also do long hikes once a week but not so much in the wintertime. I am trying to find a topper for my truck and then I could take her and she would have more space to hang out in while she waits for me. Ideally, when she is older and reliable, she can wait outside the jobs for me on the front porch or something (I clean houses and businesses)

The longest I have crated her was 5 hours.. and she does NOT like it. She goes totally ballistic when I open the door and let her out. Same with the car actually. (she is 4 1/2months)
02-19-2014 04:30 PM
shepherdmom
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I've always done it this way, some take longer than others. I'd rather let him out than ignore it and have him soil the crate. He only whines when he needs to go out (isn't fussing at me all night) and when I let him out, he goes instantly, comes right back in, and goes back into his crate on his own. He's taken a bit longer to housebreak than some of my other puppies but I don't sweat it, they're all different and I have nothing to prove. He was not healthy when he came home so he's just been a bit behind in everything. I always reward "clean" behaviors (dogs asking when they need to go out and promptly going, not just whining to get out and run around). Consider yourself lucky if every puppy is housebroken by 10 weeks!
I do it exactly the same as you. If they whine or fuss to go out I'd much rather take them out than have them mess the crate. My puppy is 14 weeks and he still usually goes out at least once at night.
02-19-2014 04:20 PM
Liesje I've always done it this way, some take longer than others, but eventually they sleep. I've never had a dog after 6-7 months of age ask to go out unless the dog was sick with the runs. I'd rather let him out than ignore it and have him soil the crate. He only whines when he needs to go out (isn't fussing at me all night) and when I let him out, he goes instantly, comes right back in, and goes back into his crate on his own. He's taken a bit longer to housebreak than some of my other puppies (and has already been on antibiotics for something else but it would have covered a UTI), but I don't sweat it, they're all different and I have nothing to prove by housebreaking a certain age. He was not healthy when he came home so he's just been a bit behind in everything. I always reward "clean" behaviors (dogs asking when they need to go out and promptly going, not just whining to get out and run around). Consider yourself lucky if every puppy is housebroken by 10 weeks! My first two were but not this one and not most of my fosters, who tend to have had inconsistent crate or house training before we get them.
02-19-2014 02:44 PM
wolfy dog
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I have a 17 week old GSD puppy and have had ONE full night's sleep since Dec. 21. Sometimes I'm so tired, my eyes twitch. He doesn't wet his crate at night (he wakes me up to go out) but if he's running around, I have to let him out every 45 minutes or he will have an accident. That means I can't really nap or get involved in a big project without being interrupted every 45 minutes. He's pretty much awake all the time since he sleeps well from 11PM - 7AM (again, other than waking me up when he needs to go out).
At that age they can easily make it through the night and be fine for more than 45 minutes during the day. Did you have his urine checked? If he is healthy and he still wakes you up, it is because you reward him for it by taking him out and he will continue that habit.
I never took out a healthy pup in the night after ten weeks of age.
02-19-2014 02:38 PM
Liesje I have a 17 week old GSD puppy and have had ONE full night's sleep since Dec. 21. Sometimes I'm so tired, my eyes twitch. He doesn't wet his crate at night (he wakes me up to go out) but if he's running around, I have to let him out every 45 minutes or he will have an accident. That means I can't really nap or get involved in a big project without being interrupted every 45 minutes. He's pretty much awake all the time since he sleeps well from 11PM - 7AM (again, other than waking me up when he needs to go out).
02-19-2014 02:33 PM
wolfy dog And it is OK to once in a while not to feel sorry for them if you go crazy and they are put away in the crate. They are much better off than many other dogs.
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