Scarlet is home! Jun 10, 2011 19:20:24 GMT -5
Post by ladydon on Jun 10, 2011 19:20:24 GMT -5
Yeah Jedi would not allow us to leave him alone in his pen. We had to let him sleep on our bed to avoid the continuous howling. I am hoping after a few days he will become more comfortable with his new home and without his littermates.
Oh what a nice boy you have Brent I never really had a colour preference when choosing a pup (didn't matter since the M litter were all black) but reds are definitely something else. Can't wait to see how he grows up since Argus is such a looker. Jedi is sort of Diesel's uncle since Argus is his paternal grand father ;D
Now for the serious stuff...don't get me wrong but everyone has a soft spot for puppies when they look at you with that face but don't get sucked in! I was very strict with Diesel from day one. He slept in his crate on his first night...howled a bit but I was stern and let him know that its not acceptable. I had a smaller crate that was big enough for him to sleep in and move around but I placed it beside my bed so when he was sleeping he was facing me...the first week is very hard for puppies since they don't have their brothers and sisters to cuddle with so it's definitely important that he feels or sees you nearby. When he started whining, I just tapped or shook the crate and firmly told him "QUIET". He made some noises for about 10-20 minutes then it was back to sleep. By the 2nd or 3rd week, I moved him downstairs in the dining room while I slept on the couch in my living room. I need him to really get used to sleeping in his crate but also wanted him to know that I was not far away. After a month or two, I eventually started sleeping in my room but kept my room door open (while he slept downstairs) so that I can hear if he needed a pee break.
Now, you'll see the difference between 'I don't want to sleep in my crate' noise versus 'I need to pee' noise. When he needed to pee, I carried him out to the backyard, let him do his business...reward him by saying 'good boy' and back in his crate...no cuddling, no 1 minute playtime...it's straight back to sleep. This is what Monica told me and this is what I did. You just want them to go back to sleep asap so definitely no extra petting
During the day when he needed to take a nap, he always slept in his crate. Granted there were a few times where he slept on my lap, but I eventually transfered him in his crate. It's always best that they are tired before you put them in so they'll be less fussy. Now if he starts whining and crying, DO NOT take him out! Diesel one time cried and kept jumping for 30-40 mins and I didn't take him out. I let him calm down first before I opened it. The noise can get very annoying and also heart breaking to hear but he needed to learn that he's not getting his way when he behaves likes that. Eventually, he learned how to go in his crate at night when it was bed time. And now, no matter where I am in the house, when its time to go to sleep, he'll automatically go in there to sleep. Even if I leave my room door open, he'll still come in and he sees its bed time so he goes downstairs in his crate .
Crate training will definitely take some time but be patient and you will see its rewards. It helps especially when at times you are busy doing something and you can't watch him or say when you need to leave the house for a bit...he'll be okay leaving him in it. I'm just sort of reinforcing Gary's point (his post in the N litter puppies and their families thread) that you start now because it may be cute when you have a 10lb puppy sleeping on your bed now but it won't be as pleasant when he's 90-100 lbs sleeping on your bed, couch or any furniture you don't want him to be in. By any means I'm not questioning your parenting skills...I figured what I did with Diesel benefited him in the long run ...he loves his crate to death.