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Old 05-15-2008, 01:00 PM   #1
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Smile New puppy help please.

As you may already know I am trying to persuade my mum to get a puppy, so just a quick question...

When you first get a puppy, how long does someone always have to be with it before we can all start going to work and school?? Is it 1 or 2 weeks?

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Old 05-15-2008, 01:11 PM   #2
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I think I spent a few days with Roxy before I left her on her own, in safe enviroment.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:44 PM   #3
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Hmm tricky one, I'd say it depends how old the puppy is when you get her! It takes time to accustom them to being alone for given periods of time, and you have to build up gradually so they trust that you will be back and don't develop separation anxiety.

I think a week of 100% devotion is ample - it really helps with toilet training! - but you can't go from that to deserting her for several hrs. You could spend the 2nd week crate training her (getting her used to her own personal space where she is quiet, calm and contained), then putting her crate with the door open in a safe place (like the kitchen or utility room) and leaving her alone, starting with 10 minutes and gradually increasing to half an hour - hour - hour and a half - two hrs - and so on. Its easy to train them to pee and poop on a puppy pad in their "safe area" so you don't have a messy floor (its then getting them to go outside thats the problem!!)

Nellie is 9 months old and was never crate trained. She is now 100% house trained, and the longest we've ever left her is 4 hrs. She sleeps like a baby and looks really cross when we come home and wake her up!

Sorry if I've made it all a bit simplistic, but if you do lots of research you'll find more articles on how to do it properly.

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Old 05-15-2008, 06:44 PM   #4
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I got in a quick routine with Nipper at 7 weeks old and to stop her pinning for her mother I rubbed a old tee shirt on my body and put a ticking watch under her bedding on the second day of bringing her home as she did cry a little on the first night. I started to leave her on her own within a week for short periods of time 20 mins approx a day once a day then increase the number of times a day to a couple a day same 20 mins each time and when I came back made a fuss of her gradualy increasing the time away to a few hrs a day ( not every day ) Nipper seems to have not suffered any seperation issues but she makes a fuss of me when I return after a few hrs. while the pup is young under 3 months always put some favourite toys or a raw hide bone in her bed. I removed the tee shirt and watch at about 3 months old with no problems Good luck

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Oh my 7 wks if so young to even have a puppy. I would never sell one to be left alone so young.

It needs someone there to bond to, love and get some self confidence to be alone so long so young. I will not even sell a puppy to people that work more than 4 hours a day as that is the limit of a crate for a puppy.

Think how it must feel being gone from litter mates, mommy and then left alone when it goes off to a new home???
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Old 05-16-2008, 06:02 AM   #6
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Oh my 7 wks if so young to even have a puppy. I would never sell one to be left alone so young.

It needs someone there to bond to, love and get some self confidence to be alone so long so young. I will not even sell a puppy to people that work more than 4 hours a day as that is the limit of a crate for a puppy.

Think how it must feel being gone from litter mates, mommy and then left alone when it goes off to a new home???
Morning Sheplovr. I too thought that 7 weeks was a little too young and around 8 weeks old is better. I should have kept a record of the times I did go out. As i said in my earlier post it was about a week before I started to leave her on her own and then it was for short periods of time.

Seriously Nipper has bonded well me. It's a good job I was on the sick at time ( and I am still off work) Nipper had toys etc in her bed. when I did leave her. And at just over 5 months old shes is a loving, happy dog. I am hoping to go back to work soon for around 4 hrs a day ( to pay the bills and to keep Nipper) And when I do I am confident that Nipper will be ok. xx

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hinking of getting a puppy? Make sure you know where it comes from. Deciding to buy a puppy should be a careful, well-thought out decision. Make sure you don't unwittingly support the cruel practice of puppy farming - the mass breeding of puppies for profit, often with little regard for animal welfare.
The Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 was introduced to give local authorities more powers to license dog breeders and help stamp out puppy farming.
All new licensed breeders have to be inspected by a vet and a local authority officer. There are strict penalties for cruel breeders who break the law.
Help stamp out the cruel practice of puppy farming by buying your puppy only from a licensed breeder or a small-scale, local breeder. Or why not give a home to a puppy from your local RSPCA centre?
Taken from the RSPCA website. The Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 clearly states that no puppy should be removed from its mother until it is 8 weeks of age. No reputable breeder would do this and I would be very wary of anyone offering puppies younger than this to take home.

They are too young to leave their mothers until then, I know that a lot of breeders keep them even longer until 10 weeks to make sure they are ready to be independent without trauma.
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And many, many good breeders wait til 12 weeks to let go of their litter- its better for them.

Remember puppies get separation anxiety and they destroy things if left unattended- it is not safe for them unless they are crated or put in an expen...also please do alot of research on the breed as each have their own quirks and health issues and those need to be addressed before obtaining it.
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And many, many good breeders wait til 12 weeks to let go of their litter- its better for them.

Remember puppies get separation anxiety and they destroy things if left unattended- it is not safe for them unless they are crated or put in an expen...also please do alot of research on the breed as each have their own quirks and health issues and those need to be addressed before obtaining it.
Puppy destroy things in any case at any age! So I think in my case while Nipper was 7 weeks old I shall check when I bought her home. She has grown well size wise and a month ago she has a bigger bed now, the old bed was a soft type bed which could have easily been chewed to bits, Nipper had this bed as soon as she came home with me none of it has been chewed or ripped in any way. And I am going to wash it and give it to a animal charity. So all I can think of Nipper didn't suffer any anxiety issues and that's why the bed remained intact for another 7-8 weeks. She was constantly with me in my living room in her bed for a week

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Yes, but I was targeting on the 'alone time' which is mostly about what the topic is about- leaving a puppy alone.
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