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Old 07-03-2008, 04:22 AM   #1
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Hi,

We have just got our 6 week old boxer dog, he is a boy and is the bobtail breed!

We only got him yesterday and just want some advice on how to house train him as he keeps weeing on the carpet!

We also are thinking about getting a puppy pen to keep him in at night time and when we are at work.

We have put a child gate up that keeps him in the kitchen, but we don't want him roaming about.

Just need advice on the above with the toilet training and the pen. Also is it okay to let him outside for a wee in the morning on a lead, just asking because he hasn't had any injections yet..

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congratulations on the pup
i have blake who is now just over 9 weeks old, and what i did as we brought him home was to take him straight out into the garden after each meal after playing once he woke up as puppies sleep a lot at the beginning. i praised him when he done it outside. with such young puppies they are just like babies and haven't got bladder control yet when they need to go they need to go, so it is up to you to take him into the garden as often as possible to relieve himself and praise a lot for it.
if blake has an accident in the house (he still has as this takes time and patience) i just take him out leave him in the garden and clean up his mess, i don't shout at him at all for it, if i catch him in the act i say a firm no and take him out .
as far as the pen goes i am in the process of crate training him and there is some really good information on this in the Dog Frequently Asked Questions
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personally i wouldn't leave such a young pup alone for long periods of time yet as they need socialisation and love, i know people have to work for a living, but i would try to take some leave as well as the other half taking some leave, if you do it after each other there will always be someone home to train the pup and play with him and give him affection, this would be a good time to gently start crate training.
i hope this helped a little bit as i can only talk from my experience since we had blake.
as far as going out on a leash goes without the injections i would be careful as there are a lot of things the pup can catch and get very ill, i restricted blakes "walkies" to very close proximity of the house, and now that he had his first injection i am starting to take him a little further but still not too far until he is fully done with them.
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Hi,

We have just got our 6 week old boxer dog, he is a boy and is the bobtail breed!

We only got him yesterday and just want some advice on how to house train him as he keeps weeing on the carpet!

We also are thinking about getting a puppy pen to keep him in at night time and when we are at work.

We have put a child gate up that keeps him in the kitchen, but we don't want him roaming about.

Just need advice on the above with the toilet training and the pen. Also is it okay to let him outside for a wee in the morning on a lead, just asking because he hasn't had any injections yet..

Thanks Hop you can Help
Congratulations on your new puppy,but in my opinion 6 weeks is to young to leave his mum and his sibblings, should have been with them till he was at least 8 weeks old,as puppies learn from their mum, However he is with you now and there is not much that can be done about it.

As regards toilet training it is okay to let him out in your garden provided other dogs don't have access to it.

Toilet training is never easy but it takes time and patience, he only has a tiny bladder. I would take him out to the garden whenever he wakes up, and watch for signs just after he has had a drink or eaten and if he performs then praise, praise, praise.

I think a crate is a good idea for him to sleep in at night or if you have to leave him for a short time as it stops him from the danger of perhaps chewing through electric cables and injuring himself .

You also mentioned work, If you both work then you need to arrange for someone to puppy sit for you as it would be unfair to expect a young puppy to be able to hold it in and it is unfair for him to be left to be on his own for the time you are both at work. this is something you really should have thought about and sorted out before getting a puppy.

Good luck with the training and look forward to pics.
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Congratulations on your puppy, though I am shocked that a breeder let him go at 6 weeks, that's far too soon and most breeders I know keep them until at least 8-10weeks. You'll need to be there to supervise him a LOT, he's only a baby still and can get in all kinds of trouble.

If he's not sleeping at night, you can get a ticking clock and wrap it in lots of towels and blankets, the sound is like the heartbeat of his mum and will help him settle when you're not there. A good thing to have is something that smells of mum and where he came from, when I got my dogs I took a towel or blanket from the kennels and put it with them - it helps them acclimatise.

As for toilet training, a 6 week old puppy can't be expected to hold it in for long. That's why it's usual for puppies to be older when they leave, they begin to learn from mum.
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The breeder told us that because he was a big pup he would be ok.? But yes he is a baby and needs lots of looking after ..

What cage is best suited??

Was looking at one with an open top or a smaller one all caged in?

P.s... he would only be left alone for 6 hours max 2 or 3 times a week is this still too long?

Going to buy a cage today so need some advice, also a puppy lead and dog bowls, he has a dog bed, blanket and pillow

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In my opinion the breeder was very wrong to let you take him at 6 weeks, but it's done now so you just need to make sure you do the best for him.

I would say that 6 hours alone is far too long for a 6 week old pup, the next 6 weeks of his life are THE most important of his entire life. He needs to be socialised, handled and introduced to all things in the house by 12 weeks as this is the formative phase of his personality. Obviously socialisation only within safe parameters as his shots won't be done yet.
You really should have taken a couple of weeks off work to look after such a young pup, I'd be incredibly concerned at leaving a 6 week old puppy alone for 6 hours - you'll never succeed with housetraining if you do. Can you get time off work?

I'd also recommend a puppy harness to start with, I used them on all our puppies as you have a little more control than with a collar.
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big pup?? its not about being a big pup ANY REAL breeder knows that the last 2 weeks they learn for example BITE inihibition that will prevent the dog to bite too hard while playing.. that is CRUTIAL for dog socialisation. My pitbull lacks it and I have to choose her friends very carefully. Or there will be an accident and Im sorry that is hard to fix yourself..

They also learn important body language from their mother.. some scientific research has shown that the pups maybe even should stay longer than 8 weeks for certain maturity levels that they feel better off.. Tasha was 9,5 weeks and she has been the perfect dog except for when I messed up..


You should NEVER rush when to get a puppy.. and honestly your breeder is not a breeder, no real one would ever let a pup go at 6 weeks..

Id say start looking for young pups around 8 weeks that can play with your pup and couple of older dogs that is calm and patient that MIGHT make up for it, or ask if you can return it and pick it up in another 2 weeks..

Im serious, if you want to do this as good as possible and get the best dog out of this.. this is what you gotta do...
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big pup?? its not about being a big pup ANY REAL breeder knows that the last 2 weeks they learn for example BITE inihibition that will prevent the dog to bite too hard while playing.. that is CRUTIAL for dog socialisation. My pitbull lacks it and I have to choose her friends very carefully. Or there will be an accident and Im sorry that is hard to fix yourself..

They also learn important body language from their mother.. some scientific research has shown that the pups maybe even should stay longer than 8 weeks for certain maturity levels that they feel better off.. Tasha was 9,5 weeks and she has been the perfect dog except for when I messed up..


You should NEVER rush when to get a puppy.. and honestly your breeder is not a breeder, no real one would ever let a pup go at 6 weeks..
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Id say start looking for young pups around 8 weeks that can play with your pup and couple of older dogs that is calm and patient that MIGHT make up for it, or ask if you can return it and pick it up in another 2 weeks..

Im serious, if you want to do this as good as possible and get the best dog out of this.. this is what you gotta do...

I agree with this Monkey.

Also 6 hours is far too long for such a young puppy to be left on it's own

As regards a crate/cage I would go for a bigger one which you could still use when he is an adult for a bed and a place of security. Not an open topped type like a puppy pen.

When a tiny puppy he can have his bed at one end and the other end his food and water and I would get bowls that clip on to the cageas he will when young if they are on the floor tip them over and spill the contents.
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He is 6 weeks and 5 days.

We will try and limit leaving him alone to around 4 hours 2 times a week.

OR look for a pup sitter.

We are going to speak to the breeder again about whats best to do.

At what age would he be ready to be left alone?

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Up to 12 weeks is the most important part of his life, this is where he needs to learn about the world and everything in it. This helps stop the dog from becoming nervous and fearful.

If he was mine, I wouldn't consider leaving him alone at all until he's at least 12 weeks old.
When Molly was a puppy, she was with us constantly and didn't get left alone (even for a couple of hour) until she was 4-5 months old - we made sure someone was always with her. This is maybe overly-worrying to some people but we had a fully toilet trained dog by this time. The time you spend in the first 3-4 months really does pay dividends.

I want a puppy, but I won't get one until I know that I can have the time to do all this.
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