Just got Coco home and bought the Natures Recipe treats at Pet's Mart to give her after she pottys outside and does other things. She does not seem interested in the treats, is this normal or should I get other kinds of treats? I know she is getting used to things and all so this could be normal.
Also how long should I be adding a little water to her food she is 6 weeks old and the breeder had her on Purina One Puppy. I am planning to slowly switch her to by Nature puppy because of the quality and small price difference once she is used to the place.
Owww your "breeder" let you take her home at 6 wks.! Its too late now but pups should stay with mom and litter mates until they are 8wk.s. As far as treats at such a young age I wouldn't use anything but her kibbles for training, but I was very careful with Sammi. I don't want to sound mean, but I have read and responded to your other posts and was wondering if you did any reading about the breed and raising a pup, prior to getting her?
Yes I have read/ done research on the breed, The breeder has been breeding labs since 1980 so I would imagine he knows a little about breeding dogs i know you were not implying that I am just looking for some tips and advice to raising a healthy pup. If you have any recomendations on books please let me know I am eager to learn and correct my behavior to improve the dogs.
The dog food worked great thanks for the help!
To follow up on Di's comment on the age of your puppy. The breeder's 29 years of experience not withstanding - it is against the law in many, many states to remove a puppy from the litter before 8 weeks for very good and important behavioral reasons. Puppies learn a great deal from those last few weeks with their siblings about how to behave - particularly bite inhibition. Typically puppies removed earlier are much more mouthy and the task of teaching bite inhibition will fall on you.
So - either your breeder is unconcerned with this or unaware of this.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Ok thanks for the info, I'm in Texas so not sure what the law is on that but that is good to know. If you have any suggestions on the best way to get the dog to the potty I would greatly appreciate it I am in an apartment on the 3rd floor so some times she will walk on the lead to the elevator and to her spot and other times i get to carry this 15lb sleepy pup around.
Yep - expect to carry her quite a bit. She is the equivalent of a human toddler. You need to keep your expectations of her in line with her capabilities - count on carrying her to where you want her to go for a couple of weeks at least - and she will not be able to do those stairs for a long time - probably until she is 6 months old at least. Get her used to the elevator.
If you create a schedule for yourself and get her out frequently (right after meals and on a regular schedule otherwise) she will potty train more easily. The more accidents she has in the house (which are almost always due to lack of vigilance on the part of the humans) the longer it will take for her to "get it". Be sure that when she does potty indoors - you clean it up thoroughly with a cleaner like "Natures Miracle" which will eliminate the urine odor. A typical cleaner like Lysol or whatever does not eliminate the odor.
I would avoid using a puppy pad - IMO it teaches a puppy that it is OK to eliminate indoors and makes potty training much more lengthy and difficult.
And - do not punish her for accidents indoors - see above how it is the human's fault for lack of vigilance. The old method of pushing the dog's nose in the pee/poop does not work. You will, in pretty short order, come to recognize the body language she exhibits when she is about to go.
Also - use a crate. When you cannot watch her closely, crate her. Narrow the opportunities for her to have accidents and she will be more successful.
Good luck. And - read a little about socialising very young puppies. If you have a friend with an adult dog who is patient and tolerant it would be worthwhile to get your puppy with the adult (provided the adult is vaccinated). The adult will correct the puppy's behavior when she bites inappropriately and this will help with curbing some of that.
Keep your puppy safe and away from dogs you don't know are vaccinated and definately away from public places like dog parks and stores until she has at least a couple of Parvo doses in her. Parvo is often deadly and lives on surfaces - she does not have to have close contact with an infected dog to get it - she can pick it up from a place where the dog has been.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thanks for the advice this is exactly what i was looking for! I have taken her out right after lunch and dinner and she doesnt go i will be taking her out in a few min which will be 2 hrs after dinner hopefully she goes i took her at 30 min after and 1hr after and no luck. keep the advice coming i greatly appreciate it!
Puppies can be very distractable and will forget what they are outside to do. You may have to wait quite a while for her to potty. Be sure to make a very big deal about it when she does eliminate outdoors - and use a key word that she can start to associate with elimination. I just tell both of mine to "go pee" when we are outdoors for that purpose only. You are teaching her to associate elimination with being outdoors and having a key word for that will help you get the desired behavior more quickly as she gets a little older.
Are you saying that she has not peed since lunch? Does she have free access to water?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
oh no she has peed twice and then pooped once about 2 hrs after. She is all about drinking water it is so hot down here in south Texas