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Old 03-02-2007, 12:01 PM   #1
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I'm new here and I have just got a new westie puppy called Eppie. She is seven weeks old, and we just got her on Tuesday. I have a few questions that I hope people will be able to help me with.

- We went to the vet yesterday for Eppie's first vaccination and the vet also gave her a worming tablet. Over the past 24 hours, I counted a total of 25 worms in her poos. The last one she did didn't have any in it. Is that likely to be it, or are there likely to be more?

- Eppie sleeps in a crate and for the past three nights she has let me know when she needs to go outside. We have been out two or three times each night, as well as before bed and first thing in the morning. How long do you think she is likely to need to go out that many times, and when might she be able to sleep through the night without needing to go? (I am so tired!!)

- She seems to need to go out during the night about every two and a half to three hours. I am off work at the moment to help her settle in, but when I go back (on Tuesday), she will need to hold on for about four hours at a time. I am bit worried that she might not be able to manage. What do you think? Might it be different when she knows I am not in (and therefore not able to take her out)? I really hope she will be able to hold on. I don't really mind if she wees, because there is newspaper in the crate, but I really don't want her to poo in there...

- I have some newspaper down in the house, so she can do her business on that if she needs to (if I can't get her out quick enough). She seems fine with pooing on (she hasn't done many in the house, but the most recent ones have been on the paper), but she won't wee on it! She will wee anywhere else, but not on the paper! Is there anything I can do to make sure she wees on the paper? (I have sprayed it with puppy training solution, but that doesn't seem to make a difference.)

Sorry for all my questions! I hope you can help me!

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Old 03-02-2007, 12:10 PM   #2
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Hi Heather and

Eppie is 7 wks old and asks to go out? Boy a lot of people here will envy you-most dogs are much older when they have learned how to "ask".

As far as sleepless nights, you are stuck for a while. The rule of thumb is take your dog's age in months and add 1, and that is ABOUT the number of hours between potty breaks. You can probably control it a little by limiting water in the evening.

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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Goodness, lucky you! She sounds like she comes pre-trained...

Eppie will be less inclined to 'go' in her crate as dogs don't generally like to do their business where they sleep (I am reading your post as you are leaving her in the crate when you go back to work. Letting her have the run of the house is not generally advisable so young). However, asking a 7 week old dog to hold it for 4 hours might be a bit much. Is it possible to get a neighbour to let her out after a couple of hours?

As far as getting her to wee on the paper - you're probably better off trying to catch her before she goes at all, and hurrying her outdoors. If she is that bladder-aware already, use it to your advantage and potty train her early! If you watch her closely you will know she wants to 'go' because she will be sniffing for a good spot, looking fidgety, and then squatting down. Some dogs have more subtle cues (mine certainly does) so it may take you a bit before you're in tune with her signals.

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #4
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I really highly, highly recommened 'simple solution' puppy training pads (the yellow and white packs), they intince the dog to pee on them and it locks in the pee like a nappy, it dosn't give off a strench when solied, like paper does. They are expensive so what I do is I cut them into four, that way when my dog pees, I dont waste the rest of the pad! genius!

I reccomend putting a command word to it, whilst tapping on the pad, "pee, pee!".

You can put a pad down when you leave her. She sounds very well toliet trained for a lil pup

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Welcome! Great to meet you & your cute little pup! Puppies begin to be able to "hold it" at around 12 weeks of age. So, you've got a few more weeks of middle of the night runs to potty every couple of hours. After about 12 weeks, you might get by with only one trip in the middle of the night but that won't last too long either.

It sounds to me like she's making good progress. Just keep up the praise when she does well & no corrections if you don't catch her in the act as they won't make the connection.

I got my pup at 6-1/2 weeks & I thought I'd never sleep again. But, in just a few weeks, it got lots better & a few more weeks after that I was surprised to find I had slept through the night.
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What a little cutie you have there. We brought Max home when he was 9ish weeks old and he was a gem from the start. He stays in his crate overnight and never messes it. We had many "accidents" in the house but now, Max always lets us know when he needs out. Good luck xxx.
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Hi there, I am just coming out of that cycle. My pup can hold it till morning now, but oh it was a long haul. I am still trying to catch up on my sleep!

Don't expect too much from her now, she is quite young. If you leave her in the crate while you work you better expect that she will pee and poo and plan on it. Maybe put newspaper or puppy pads in half the crate. Half for her to sleep on and half for her business. Better than that, could you section off a room for her?

Oh and you have one smart pooch there and very cute.
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really highly, highly recommened 'simple solution' puppy training pads (the yellow and white packs), they intince the dog to pee on them and it locks in the pee like a nappy, it dosn't give off a strench when solied, like paper does. They are expensive so what I do is I cut them into four, that way when my dog pees, I dont waste the rest of the pad! genius!


IMO ive never seen the need for them. Un;less rough collies are just easier and quicker to toilet train. My pups are almost clean at 8 weeks
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