Hi! I just acquired a 6 week old puppy this weekend. I took him to the vet Monday and asked around some dog trainers and found out that I wasn't supposed to take him home until 8 weeks
I was pretty gutted because I HATE the idea of separating a puppy too young from his mother, but I didn't know anything about dogs and I trusted the guy that gave him to me.
Anyway since this weekend I have been reading information on this forum, which has been really really helpful!
I found the dog star daily website as well from one of the members here, and I have been trying to follow the house training guidelines very strictly.
But, as far as his bathroom habits I'm having a hard time getting him to have no accidents. I take him outside every 45 minutes to an hour, and immediately after I get him back inside he pees again. Is that just because he is so little?
Also, as far as confining him for long periods of time- I currently work during the day, so he is confined to the bathroom with toys, bed, puppy pad, and water. I come home at lunch to feed him, take him outside and play with him for a bit. Is it okay to leave him alone confined at this age? I mean, I guess I don't have a choice, but my heart breaks knowing he has been taken away from his mom so soon and I am leaving him alone
And another concern- feeding him. The vet said to feed him 1/3 of a cup 3 times a day. I feel like that's not enough. After his second meal today he didn't poop, and then after his third meal he pooped a tiny amount compared to other poops he's had. I fed him an additional 1/3 of a cup and he gobbled it right up at dinner. I want to follow the vet's instructions but I also don't want him to starve either. He is 14 pounds right now.
Any suggestions and help would be really appreciated, as I'm sure you can tell I'm a very anxious first parent. I will post a picture of Bernie as well.