|05-10-2014 05:56 PM|
Fawn was intense for the first three months. On top of not having a full night of sleep for months was more challenge than I expected.
She is now 4 1/2 months and all of a sudden is much easier. I'm so used to waking up around 1:00 AM to take her out, I still wake up but it could be midnight, it could be 3:00 AM and she'll go potty and come back in and sleep. I've started leaving her outside her crate at night to sleep on a pillow and she'll come bother me in bed if she needs to go out. She's only had one accident in the last month and that was my fault for being preoccupied and ignoring her fussing.
She bites hands less but bites ankles more. I end up pausing walking more often than not until she loses interest. But at least I have more sleep and more patience to deal with her!
|05-09-2014 08:08 PM|
My partner and I were incredibly overwhelmed when we first got our pup. Ours is 6 months now, and I'd say it's gotten so much easier over the past month and a half. Ours took awhile (compared to others on this forum) to sleep through the night, so I got very little sleep the first couple of months. But she sleeps through the night now just fine, no issues (I will add we didn't crate train - our bedroom is small and we have a puppy gate in our doorway, so we felt she was confined).
The biting was a pain, our girl was an amazing blood-drawing biter. I bruise easily so couldn't wear skirts or shorts in the first couple of months. She still uses her mouth but doesn't put pressure, unless she's playing a bit rough with my partner. But he stops the fun and games if she does make a hard bite, and she's quick to start licking him in apology. We've taught her (or are teaching her still rather) 'gentle', which I think is a good command to teach.
|05-09-2014 01:40 PM|
As far as chewing, that varied greatly. Sneaker and Cassidy were bad chewers, Dena and Keefer were not. Especially Dena, I can't recall her every destroying anything. My husband was leaving his shoes laying around when she was probably only 3 months old or so, and she never chewed them. If I turned around and discovered she'd left the room I'd find her laying calmly on the floor in another room chewing one of her bones. She was super easy as puppies go. Sneaker had a typical year to year and a half of destructive chewing but then never did it again. Cassidy was horrid - we literally couldn't leave her alone for 2 minutes or she'd have shredded something. She also had a secondary chewing phase months after she had stopped, or so we thought. She did finally outgrow it though. Keefer was nearly as good as Dena, but Halo is still a naughty girl at 5 years old! She's fine with shoes and stuff, but she would steal eyeglass, potholders, TV remotes and things like that off tables and counters. We knew better than leaving food around in the kitchen but several times she stole knives off the counter because they smelled like food. She also chewed the pocket off a couple of Tom's teeshirts that he left on the bedroom floor (bad husband, BAD! ) that must have had treats in them.
|05-09-2014 12:46 PM|
|noahsmommy2007||Thanks everyone, thankful for your advice and tips!|
|05-08-2014 12:54 PM|
Puppies are really hard, but they grow fast (thank goodness).
I actually set my alarm at night. So puppy in crate at around 10 pm right beside my bed. Then my alarm goes off at 3 am and we go out for a quick pee then right back into the crate for the rest of the night.
The more training, exercise and socialization I can play for the day, the more sleep everyone gets and the better behaved that darn pup is!
|05-07-2014 10:15 PM|
Some new puppy questions
Every 20 mins was normal here esp if they are running and playing. 3-4 hours is fine I never left that long in a crate and Sleeping through the night about 3 months old maybe sooner. My boy slept through the night in the first few weeks.
It gets so much easier. 10 weeks is tough. Hang in there by 3-4 months it gets easier
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|05-07-2014 05:52 PM|
We got Finnick when he was 8 weeks old, he's 12 weeks old now <3
He kept waking and wanting reassurance for the first night....the second night onward he slept all the way through! I think we're very lucky though, as I don't think that's normal. He now sleeps from about 11pm (then I normally go to bed and take him about 2am) then he wakes up between 8 and 11 lol!! Sometimes I wake up WAYYYYY before him and have to wake him up!
He's crated when he naps during the day, to get him used to it and so that I can do things without him weaving in and out of my legs and stealing the broom etc!
If she's getting int everything, and you're struggling with that problem, then I'd suggest using a "house line"...basically a long length of leash that trails behind her on the floor, so that you can easily pick it up and lead her away from whatever she's doing that you don't want her to do! (it MUST NOT have a loop or handle on the end, as she could catch it on things and severely hurt herself). You can get them on Amazon
Hope that helps? Other than that, sounds like you have a very normal, cute pup!
|05-07-2014 02:42 PM|
Jazzy was a sleeper from day 1, Delgado on the other hand had a recharge time of 0.3 seconds A 5 minute nap and he was good to go for another 3-4 hours so sleeping through the night took a while before he got the hang of it. He was about 4 months before he slept consistently through the night, about 6 months before he would also sleep in past 6 in the morning That occasion was marked with great fanfare lol
I always crate pups in my room, that way I wake up if they need anything. If I hear them stirring or whining I would throw on the clothes I had at the foot of the bed along with slippers and a coat, clip a leash on and pick the pup out and straight outside. Then as soon as they were done doing their business it was up in my arms and back to bed. No praise or talking, just up and out and back to bed. They learned quickly that getting up at night didn't get them any attention or fun
I also made sure that they were good and tired, had a long potty break then a small treat and into the crate they went. Most nights they could barely keep their eyes open and that made for a good long sleep. He would still wake up with the sun but he was content playing with toys and chasing butterflies so I could sit and relax while he wore himself out.
Going every 20 minutes is quite a bit, have you had her checked for a UTI?
3-4 hours sounds about right for that age, Delgado had to have forced naps as well. If he just fell asleep on the floor he would be up and about at the first twitch of something while in his crate he could sleep 2+ hours without a fuss.
Honestly, not anytime soon. Delgado was a holy terror of a pup until 10 months, then he slowly got better and better. Now he's just over 2 and just about perfect, but that's with consistent work and praise even now - obedience training never stops at a magic age It will hit a point where you realize that you haven't heard a peep for over 2 hours and you'll look over your shoulder and they'll be sleeping contently in a corner or on their bed, or just playing with a toy quietly. Or you'll say a command without really paying attention and they'll snap to attention in a moment to obey and surprise you. It'll come, have patience
|05-07-2014 01:39 PM|
Some new puppy questions
We are feeling quite overwhelmed...from what I've been reading, it sounds pretty normal
Just curious other's experiences on when they start sleeping through the night (and how many hours you consider sleeping through the night), as well as biting and house training. She is 10 weeks old now.
It's difficult when she's constantly getting into things. She seems to need to pee constantly - sometimes every 20 minutes. Is this pretty typical? We take her out often, she bites when she has to pee/poop, but she still has one accident or so a day still.
How often do you crate your puppy a day? I've read 3-4 hours max at this age...we only do it in the early morning after she has gone out again, to try to get some sleep, as well as lately, when she needs a nap, but can't settle (and bites everything and everyone instead
When does it start getting a bit easier? Yes, we train and exercise her. She already knows come, sit, down, and is starting to learn find it, leave it, drop, crate. She has had her first obedience class as well.
We do have a 9 year-old, but he was 6 months when we got him...so we missed some of this, although he was untrained and had other issues and chewed everything...he slept through the night and was house trained. He knows quite a few words, knows the spellings even of quite a few words, and we can teach him something in 1-3 days. We worked with him a lot when we rescued him, we understand the importance of early training
Thanks, this forum is so helpful!