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Posted in Babysitting on 14th February 2011

Questions about my new puppy !?
Sorry if this is long.. First time puppy owner :]

Hi, I just got my new puppy 2 days ago. He’s a pomeranian/papillon mix and is about 9 weeks old. He’s like a new baby to our family and is always the center of all the attention, but i’ve been noticing some no no’s about him. Here is a list of things i need help with..

1.He gets car sick VERY easily, starts to drool excessively then eventually throws up..

2.He was already house trained from his breeder but lately Most of the time when i bring him outside he wont go until i bring him inside, THEN he goes! He just sits there when he has his potty time.

3.He’s a naughty boy and wakes me and my bf up at around 5 to 6am just to lay in bed with us, then starts going wild and jumps around with so much energy. :]

4.He ate a little the first day but yesterday and today he barely eats at all… He’s drinking just fine though i think.

5.He sleeps a lot, is that normal ? since he’s just a baby.

6.When i try to get him back inside the house from playing outside or from potty breaks, he never wants to follow me. He just sits there and gives me the puppy face.

7.Every time he looks at something that he can see himself in (reflections) he goes crazy and barks, growls, stare for the longest time..

Training Tips ?
He’s already learning how to sit, only within the first 2 days ! But only if i give him a little piece of chicken, and also not willing to do anything else but “sit”. I want to be able to call to him and he’d follow me, or how to stay, roll over, Most Importantly NOT TO BARK at other dogs or his reflection, and etc.

Here’s a picture of him.
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/azncutie1627/Keoki2.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h201/azncutie1627/papimom3.jpg
Oh yeah and also he seems to not like going on walks, i know he’s too young to explore more then my my backyard or inside the house but i just took a step out of the street and tried to lightly tug on his leash but he DOES NOT want to move anywhere !

Best answer(s):

Answer by CB
2 and #3 You need to crate train your puppy. Go here for detailed information: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/cratetraining.htm

#5 sleeping is normal – even for older dogs

#6 you need to take him out on a leash

#7 my dog is 2 and still does this…. I think its hilarious…. dolphins I think are the only animals that are smart enough to recognize their own reflection

Training tips…. whenever your dog is in the “Sit” position praise him with Good Sit and pet him and love him. He has to learn to accept other forms of rewards besides treats.

Answer by MamaBas
Your questions are too many and frankly too basic to get into here (and they should be answered by the breeder of your puppy first in any case)

Just to say until he has had his full course of vaccinations, do not take him anywhere the street/park/playing field etc. Keep him in your back garden, assuming it’s properly fenced so no other dogs can get in, until 2 weeks after the last injection. Otherwise you will be on here saying he has Parvo.

Oh and read the other MANY answers about crate training for helping with the house-training.

Car sickness is quite normal, even into adulthood.

Otherwise, speak to his breeder, and get books on rearing puppies.

Answer by Lucille W
One way to get him used to car rides is to initiate him slowly to the car. The first thing to do is put him in the car and don’t move. Later that day or the next day put him in the car and drive down the driveway then get out. The next day in the car drive down the driveway and up again, then get out. You see where I’m going with this, slowly get him used to the car.

Puppies have a schedule and learn to know his toileting schedule. Watch to see how long it takes for him to defecate after he eats, same with drinking. Then you’ll know when he’s ready and you can take him out then.

The other behaviours seem to be puppy behaviour like sleeping and being silly when he sees his reflection. Just remember to be patient with him and you might want to watch The Dog Whisperer on TV, he gives lots of good pointers.

Answer by Princess Malila
1.He gets car sick VERY easily, starts to drool excessively then eventually throws up..
I have a dog who gets car sick. I was told she would grow out of it, but she didn’t  The advice I was given by the vet was to take her for short car rides to places she likes, like a park or something like that. It was supposed to acclimate her to the car and show her that car rides are fun. She’s almost 2 now and she still throws up at least once on every car ride.

2.He was already house trained from his breeder but lately Most of the time when i bring him outside he wont go until i bring him inside, THEN he goes! He just sits there when he has his potty time.
Potty training is hard. You have to watch him very closely and notice when he needs to go out and then scoop him up and take him out then. At that point you have to act excited and praise him so that he knows that it is wonderful when he goes potty outside. He’s not going potty inside to annoy you, he is just a baby and doesn’t know any better.

3.He’s a naughty boy and wakes me and my bf up at around 5 to 6am just to lay in bed with us, then starts going wild and jumps around with so much energy. :]
He likely sleeps a lot during the day. What I found helps is if you try to keep him awake for 2-3 hours before bed time he will be more tired and thus more likely to sleep a little longer at night. But most pups get what I call “the night terrors” where they run around with more energy than they seem to have all day when you most want to sleep. He will grow out of it when he gets used to your schedule.

4.He ate a little the first day but yesterday and today he barely eats at all… He’s drinking just fine though i think.
He has to get used to his new environment and his new food. I mixed in a little Gerber baby food meat sticks with my puppies for the first week or so and that seemed to perk up their appetites. If you are concerned about him you can also give him Nutra-cal puppy, it is a vitamin supplement, just put a bit on your finger and he will lick it off, dogs seem to love it generally. You can also get some Pedialyte (baby vitamin water). But you only need to do that if he continues to not eat/drink enough.

5.He sleeps a lot, is that normal ? since he’s just a baby.
Absolutely normal, he will probably nap every 2 hours or so, and will sleep for a while each time. Enjoy the silence and how adorable he looks when he sleeps 

6.When i try to get him back inside the house from playing outside or from potty breaks, he never wants to follow me. He just sits there and gives me the puppy face.
He doesn’t know to follow you yet, he’s just a baby. You have to teach him everything. Keep giving him the “come” cues to get him used to it, but you’ll have t pick him up for a month or two till he gets it.

7.Every time he looks at something that he can see himself in (reflections) he goes crazy and barks, growls, stare for the longest time..
Some dogs do that. A couple of my dogs did when they were puppies, but when he gets a bit older and realizes that he can’t smell another dog he will probably just ignore his reflection.

Training Tips ?
He’s already learning how to sit, only within the first 2 days ! But only if i give him a little piece of chicken, and also not willing to do anything else but “sit”. I want to be able to call to him and he’d follow me, or how to stay, roll over, Most Importantly NOT TO BARK at other dogs or his reflection, and etc.
Training takes time. Repetition and patience are essential. Your puppy does not come re-programmed to understand English. You have to speak both with words and actions. For example, when you say “no” it should be firm but not screaming. “Good boy” should be with a smile and scratches. Here are some training sites. http://www.dogtraininghq.com/ http://www.eukanuba.com/EukGlobal/GLOBAL/en/jsp/puppyGuide/PuppyGuide.jsp
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?c=3307&aid=67
Enjoy your new baby!!

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