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    Our new baby!

    We did it!! We pulled the trigger and we got a puppy. His name is Roscoe. We drove for two hours to look at dogs on Saturday and decided we liked the first one we saw the best. We got him from a no kill shelter in town. His original owners were scum of the earth and left him and his little sister in a dumpster. He is so loving and loyal! If I'm washing dishes, he has his belly on my foot. He just stares up at me with big ol' eyes. I think he may get very big!

    He is a mix. They say he has some boxer in him.

    As new puppy owners, I thought I would run down the schedule I have with him and see if you all think I should tweak it any. This is what our plans are...

    While we are at work he will be outside.

    While we are home he will be inside and getting tons of love and kisses.

    At night (while we sleep, until he gets house trained better) he will be in the bathroom with a soft bed and papers down. He uses his papers in the night very well! We have only had a couple of accidents during the PM in the house. Any potty training suggestions would be GREAT. I have been taking him out every hour to hour and a half in the evening.

    I've never had a puppy before. The other thing I am worried about is the fact that at night he cries and cries! He is scratching at the door. We are sleeping in the living room because the bathroom and our bedroom are joined. I wonder how long the crying will go on? I said I would give him a month to get used to the bathroom routine and then he goes outside at night (if he doesn't calm down). I mean it can't be good for anyone to have him so freaked. I know I'm EXAHUSTED! Any suggestions for a better night's rest for all of us? That is really my main concern.

    Oh, and here is little man!


    http://i9.tinypic.com/29bikpx.jpg





    OH, and HI everyone!!!

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    AWWW!!! He's adorable!

    Thank goodness he has found a good home with you.

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    Aw!, he's SO sweet!

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    Re: Our new baby!

    Now, he really is a beauty!!
    Behaviour breeds behaviour - treat people how you would like to be treated yourself

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    Careful I may come and snitch him he is too cute for words.....
    Hi Hotty so nice to see you here again.
    Cheers
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    have you tried a little clock or something else that will make a very faint repetitive sound for the pup to focus on?

    He's just beautiful, btw...

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    Hi, Hottie!! Good to see you and the pup is ADORABLE.

    That you are taking him out so frequently is good but I have to tell you,
    leaving the pup out at any time is dangerous. They can get into so
    many things you wouldn't believe.

    I don't know your situation fully, but I would advise getting a crate and
    potty training him that way. Can you come home on a lunch break or
    have a neighbor come over? I'm not sure of his age from the pic but
    their little systems are pretty much garbage in, garbage out for quite
    some time!!

    Leaving papers down for him to go on really sets back the house
    training, you are training him that it's "Okay" to go in the house, and you
    don't want that. A crate with soft bedding and toys will be his place
    and he won't want to "dirty" it. The crate shouldn't be too large, if
    it is he will go in one end of it. You can get a large crate with panels
    to block off a portion and then expand it as he grows.

    You can pick up his water bowl at night. A word of caution, I've never
    done this, because I just wake up and take the pups out when they
    need it! But I suggest it as somewhat of a benefit for those who want
    to go that route. It won't hurt the pup. Be sure to have fresh water on
    hand at all other times.

    Get him on a schedule as soon as possible, regular feeding times (should
    be probably 3 or 4 times a day at this point) and regular trips outside,
    after play, after meals, after naps, basically run yourself ragged, LOL!

    To help cut down on the crying, the old standby ticking clock and hot
    (but not TOO hot!) water bottle can help, wrap the water bottle in
    one of your old (unwashed) t-shirts and that will help comfort him.
    You can keep the crate next to your bed so he can see you.

    As far as the crying, think of it from HIS point of view. He's had a
    really rough go of it up 'till now, and that would make anybody cry.
    It should diminish as he gets more comfortable in his new forever home.

    You'll have to pay your dues for a bit, but if you do, it will be worth
    it in the long run. Tamsen was an exceptionally quick learner, and
    she housetrained (reliably so!) in about 5 weeks. So that is a gauge
    for you.

    SEE YOUR VET. That is really important, they often have pamphlets
    that will give you help, too!

    Good luck, hang in there, and holler if you need any more help!

    Tamsen's Dogster Page
    http://www.dogster.com/?27525


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    Re: Our new baby!

    awwww!! he's SO cute!

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    What a cute Puppy. When we brought our Babe home we had a little kennel (those little plastic ones slightly larger then she) with a bed made up of old blanket and our scent, we also had an old wind up alarm clock that ticked (kept under the bedding) the puppy seemed content.....it was her space and it was in the garage later we rigged a little fence around it with newspaper for to do her business on and eventually she made it into the house and then learned how to use a doggy door, she still uses today as her bed, she likes it. The kennel is also good for visiting people.
    Congratulations on your new Baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valerie
    Hi, Hottie!! Good to see you and the pup is ADORABLE.

    That you are taking him out so frequently is good but I have to tell you,
    leaving the pup out at any time is dangerous. They can get into so
    many things you wouldn't believe.

    I don't know your situation fully, but I would advise getting a crate and
    potty training him that way. Can you come home on a lunch break or
    have a neighbor come over? I'm not sure of his age from the pic but
    their little systems are pretty much garbage in, garbage out for quite
    some time!!

    Leaving papers down for him to go on really sets back the house
    training, you are training him that it's "Okay" to go in the house, and you
    don't want that. A crate with soft bedding and toys will be his place
    and he won't want to "dirty" it. The crate shouldn't be too large, if
    it is he will go in one end of it. You can get a large crate with panels
    to block off a portion and then expand it as he grows.

    You can pick up his water bowl at night. A word of caution, I've never
    done this, because I just wake up and take the pups out when they
    need it! But I suggest it as somewhat of a benefit for those who want
    to go that route. It won't hurt the pup. Be sure to have fresh water on
    hand at all other times.

    Get him on a schedule as soon as possible, regular feeding times (should
    be probably 3 or 4 times a day at this point) and regular trips outside,
    after play, after meals, after naps, basically run yourself ragged, LOL!

    To help cut down on the crying, the old standby ticking clock and hot
    (but not TOO hot!) water bottle can help, wrap the water bottle in
    one of your old (unwashed) t-shirts and that will help comfort him.
    You can keep the crate next to your bed so he can see you.

    As far as the crying, think of it from HIS point of view. He's had a
    really rough go of it up 'till now, and that would make anybody cry.
    It should diminish as he gets more comfortable in his new forever home.

    You'll have to pay your dues for a bit, but if you do, it will be worth
    it in the long run. Tamsen was an exceptionally quick learner, and
    she housetrained (reliably so!) in about 5 weeks. So that is a gauge
    for you.

    SEE YOUR VET. That is really important, they often have pamphlets
    that will give you help, too!

    Good luck, hang in there, and holler if you need any more help!

    hiya, minks, val, and others! thanks for the kind words! val, thanks for the input. well if i don't leave him out (while we are at work), i leave him in a crate? that doesn't seem right to crate him all night and all day too?


    your potty training advice really made sense. okay so crate him at night by the bed and you think he can make it 6-7 hours until we let him out that morning? is that how it works? i don't know if i can talk da hubby into a crate system but that makes sense that papers are confusing!

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