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  1. #1

    Just got a 4 week old Pug mix pup, have some questions

    We named him Grizz, since he looks like a grizzly bear cub... :P

    How often should I feed him and how much? He's only about 2 lbs. Should I be adding puppy formula to his food, since he's so young?

    What is the best method for toilet training? Are puppy pads a good idea, especially for nighttime? When we take him outside sometimes he pees and sometimes not, but if not, as soon as we come back inside he pees on the carpet. Anyone have any past experience with this?

    How worried should I be about separation anxiety, since he was taken from his Mama so early? Any ideas on how to help him cope? he does love to play, but if he's not playing he needs to be very near you at all times.

    Any help would be appreciated. THANKS!

    and how can i make this my avatar here?

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    This is way way way too young to be away from mom. You will have serious issues with seperation and socialisation his whole life, so make sure once he is old enough he is socalised as much as possible with other puppies and dogs. Is not just speration but also bite inhibition that he would be taught in the litter by his siblings and his mom.

    Definatly you should be supplimenting formula, like I said, way too early, at least another week on formula. I would also suggest a soft food. When he's done eating take a warm damp towel and wipe his belly with it, this will stimulate his need to eleminate, then take him outside, he is way way too young to hope to house train right now and even considering it is unreasonable.

    Keep him in a warm soft place but make sure you wash his beeding often and that you keep it clean, keep papers down. Pee pads only confuse things, dogs go outside, not inside, dont encourage him to do his buisness inside but know he's only 4 weeks old and excepting him to go outside every time is a rediculas request.

    When he's between 6 and 8 weeks you can start training him to go outside, this advise goes for now too, after he eats or drinks take him outside to do his buisness, if he doesn't go back in for about 10 to 25 minutes, watch him for sniffing to find a place to go, then take him back out again, eating anf drinking stimulate the bowels to empty, its only a matter of normally 15 minutes to have this happen. Also when he first wakes up, pick him up and take him out, dont let him walk, he's bound to have an accident. When he is done playing again take him out, these are the three times he is most likely to go on a schedual, other then that at his age I would give him the chance every half hour to an hour to go outside to use the bathroom.

    When you can't watch him keep him created, this will help training him to go outside and will also prevent those accidents from happening all over the house, instead it will be contained to an area that you have prepared incase of such an event. If you have carpet, make sure you get him to go potty some where other then on grass, the feel of carpet and grass are similar and can confuse a young pup into thinking it can go there.

    Again 4 week, way way way too young to be away from mom and litter mates, get lots of help and be very patint, your dog has been denied 4 weeks of socialisation that would have taught him his manners, proper behavior and proper cleanliness, all things mom and his brothers and sisters would have taught him. Now you the teacher, good luck.
    The reason dogs are great is they wag their tails, not their tongues.

  3. #3
    Thank you very much for all of the info celtechfarms, this forum looks like it has a wealth of information to show us how to handle our newest addition to the family. We are going to work very hard to make sure that he gets everything that he needs both emotionally and physically. This is my first post here but i can promise you that there will be plenty more to come in the future.

    The tip about the warm rag is something that i never would have thought to do and i am going to try tonight !

    :D Again i appreciate the response and i hope that you all will be here to answer any questions that i have along the way.

    Next question, I being the male love to play with him and rough him up as im sure his siblings would have. How would I go about introducing the bite inhibition to him so that he wont bite and roughhouse MY female?

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    Bite inhibition has to be universal, if you teach him not to bite her, he has to be taught not to bite you, the easiest way to teach this is if he bites too hard do one of two things, yelp loudly like his sidling would and then ignore him. The other is to place you thumb and forefinger over the top of his muzzle so each finger is on one side of his jaw and squeeze gently just until he lets out his own small yelp, dont squeeze hard and dont prolong the squeese, as soon as he yelps let him go. This shows him, 'hey, it hurts when you do this, see'. Its the samething mom does when he bites her too hard, and it works mericals, its how we trained our shepard pup we rescued from a local sale.

    Its very important that you teach your small dog not too bite or nip, unfortunatly its the small ones that get away with it until they bite the wrong person, then tragicly you will lose your dog to animal control and a euthanisa needle, so bite inhibition will be one of the most important things you teach him.
    The reason dogs are great is they wag their tails, not their tongues.

  5. #5
    thanks again celtechfarms!
    its funny because whenever I do any of the methods you said and then ignore him he just goes to sleep in my lap.
    by the way,the warm rag......excellent advice!
    right now we are feeding him natural balance amp formula, what would you suggest?

  6. #6
    I dont like to recommend foods, speak with multiple vets and feed store reps as the vets are often paid to push their own brands, then get whatever puppy food that is as close to natural as you can get. Wet it a bit to make sure its soft enough for his under developed tummy. The pick up a puppy forumla to suppliment the lost milk, this will be most important for the next week or two until he can be weaned to hard food and water.
    The reason dogs are great is they wag their tails, not their tongues.

  7. #7
    introduced him to the leash this morning for the first time and might i just say that it was less than successful. He would walk with me for a little while and then freeze up for a little while, then he would try to bite on the leash for a second but i stopped him as soon as i saw him doing it.
    Then i took him back in the house after only 2 minutes of trying (because he started growling at the leash) and put him in his kennel and covered it.
    I plan to leave him in there for at least 30 mins and then go get him and try the leash again for another 2 minutes. Do you think this is a good method for leash training?

  8. #8
    No, he's too young for this too. The beginning of leash training should simply be to put him on it and let him drag it around the house. Let him get use to it being on his collar. The once he is older hold the end and encourage him to come to you, then start encouraging him to walk with you, if he starts biting remember hes a puppy and doesn't understand that he's not suppose to play with the leash, he's done nothing wrong he's just being a puppy. When he gets tired of the game of following you and he shows the signs he's about to be done with it, end it first.

    When he's about 8 weeks you can start real leash training so you can take him for walks, even then the walk time has to be short, he's still a baby and his attention span will be short. Use a chain leash to discourage biting it and be patint with lots of reward. reward will get you more then punishment ever will.
    The reason dogs are great is they wag their tails, not their tongues.

  9. #9
    house breaking is hard,
    its like no matter what i do he will still just piss and dump wherever he wants to

    sometimes he whines and i know to take him out side sometimes he just finds a spot and plop! ............ diarrhea

    please help me i NEED to get this figured out

  10. #10
    He's still way too young to be thinking about house training fully and it is going to take a lot longer then a week to housetrain him. Your thinking of him as a dog with a mind of a full grown dog, you need to think of him as a baby, think of him as a one year old, your one year old baby is going to be toddlign around but is not going to know right from wrong or potty train in a week. Patince.

    Set up a place for him to stay, this area should not be much more the eight feet by eight feet and should not be less then three feet by two feet. Keep him here unless you can watch him constintly. Lay down papers and absorbent material that is easily washable. Because he is still on a mainly liquid diet the stools will remain loose for a bit longer. This way accidents occur in a safe place where you wont step on it and carpets will not be ruined.

    When he wakes up, pick him up and take him outside to do his buisness. Prais him when he goes out side, do not punish him when he goes in, simply pick him up and put him outside. When he is done eating, put him outside. When he is done playing, put him outside. Once an hour, put him outside. If he is rooting around, that is sniffing intently, put him outside, chances are he's looking for a place to go.

    I would say that you might have him trained by 8 weeks to go outside, more likely though it will be 12 to 16 weeks old before he learns with thorough consistant training. Try starting to wean him onto solid food, not wet food, made espically for puppies. Make sure at about eight weeks you take him in to be wormed as that maybe part of the loose stool problem. The best analogy for now for you is to think of him as a one year old, in the next 20 weeks or so he will progress to about the age of a four year old, then in the next two years teenagehood, complete with bouts of distructiveness if he is not contained, and then finally adult hood, how you train him now will reflect what he becomes. Remember a create should never be used for punishment and time is the key, dont expect results tomorrow, he's a baby and a baby needs love and understanding.
    The reason dogs are great is they wag their tails, not their tongues.



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