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    We brought the puppy home this morning - she's very sweet, but she is not very sure of us yet.

    We have her in a play pen in the living room, she will settle when we are there, after some amount of barking, but when we leave she goes nuts. She is a barker, we have been ignoring her - I have left her alone in her play pen now and she is starting to settle - I can hear her playing with her kong. She is clever, didn't take her long to work the kong out.

    She hasn't peed yet. I have brought her outside and waited for ages, but she shows no interest in going. She has puppy pads in her pen, but hasn't shown any interest. She's been home for 3 hours, is it normal that she hasn't peed? She had an accidental poo in the crate on the way home, but thats it.

    When she barks, should I go to her when it escalates or should I just leave her completely till she settles? She hasn't slept yet either - I think its gonna take a while for her to relax.

    She was going nuts at the guinea pigs, which she can see from her play pen, but I put a blanket over that side so she can't see them.

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    Congrats on getting your new baby home.

    To pee for 3 hours is unusual so I would be taking her outside a fair bit to try and encourage a wee. If you are home today I would let her out of the pen and let her follow you so she can get used to your smell and more familiar with her surroundings.

    I have two 10 week old puppies and I side more on the aversive side with dog training. So when puppies do something I growl in a deep low voice and they stop straight away. I do ignore barking sometimes..... since she is only brand new I would not ignore her barks, maybe this is her way of saying "I need to pee".

    My puppies basically spent 1.5 weeks by my side learning how to behave in our house. They spent their first night outside on Saturday night all tucked up in their den and I didn't hear a peep from them. I checked on them all night and they were fast asleep.

    It takes time for you both to get used to each other. Sorry for rambling....
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    Well she's peed now, outside like a good girl. She has ate alittle and drank some and slept, so all normal. She is trembling a lot, dunno if she's nervous or cold, house is freezing.
    She has barked a little at the one cat that has shown himself, didn"t seem aggressive but she got her first stern no for that - not acceptable. she is now asleep on my lap. I would like to get her to play a little, but I don't think shes gonna.

    We haven't picked a name for her yet...

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    Congrats on your new puppy! . Bailey was the same when we brought him home a couple of weeks ago, was reluctant to go to the toilet, eat his food etc but the next few days he was peeing and pooping everywhere and loves his food now........he was also shaking, I wasn't sure if he was cold or what so I just filled a bottle with hot water and put that in his bed for him, he doesn't shiver anymore so I think it was just nerves. We also have a play pen for him - he hates it and cries when he cannot see us, so I usually wait until he is asleep before I move away. I don't like to leave him in there too long as he will go to the toilet if he is in there for more than a couple of hours lol.

    what kind of pup is she?

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    Wow, it's been a long time coming, congratulations on getting your puppy ... she's probably taking everything in, different animals, new house, new owners... I don't have any tips for barking, I am blessed with a dog who doesn't bark ...

    Do you have photos we must see photos

    Enjoy, lots of fun times ahead ...

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    Sheesh she has the most shrill bark I've ever come across! That is gonna be one of the first things we need to work on.

    She has a puppy litter box in her play pen, though she hasn't used it yet - I would rather her use that than the garden for now as it would upset the cats less. To get her to go earlier, I let her walk around the garden on her lead and pick a spot, mainly because I don't know what surface she is used to using. She picked mulch, so I may get some and put it on the puppy tray.

    She is a bit of a nervous nelly. Shows submissive postures but trys to force herself on to your lap, stand on your foot etc. She is barking for attention even when we are in the room, though she settles after a while.

    Definately gonna have to build her confidence in us before we can do much in the way of training, because at the moment she doesn't really care wether she's pleased me or not. I have to go out now and get some really tasty treats, see if I can get her attention that way!

    Her mum is a jack russell x chihuahua and dad is unknown but her brother looks like a Jrt, so thats probably what dad was. She is pretty tiny, a bit scrawny looking at the moment and she has patches of fur missing where she had roundworm (all clear now) so not the prettiest duckling!

    Oh, and we have decided to call her Pip.

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    Congratulations on your puppy.....

    I am a little soft on the really young puppies who have just left the litter, they are terrified, so I do not tend to be very tough with them. I start that a bit later, slowly, when they are used to the new environment. I do not pick them up, but I am around.......I also find a warm (hot water bottle or wheatbag) for them and a clock. I also like a soft toy and if you plan right you could have had it with the litter before pup was brought home

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    Today has not gone very well - one of the cats hasn't been seen since we came home this morning, they never usually leave the garden, I'm getting worried about her.

    Puppy cries constantly - wants out of her crate, but we can't let her out when we can't watch her, she even cries when we are in the same room, though she does settle after about 30 mins. Won't toilet on the pad, won't toilet outside, won't toilet in the pen at all, despite spending most of her day in there, as soon as we let her out for a bit of a run up and down the hall, pees and poops.

    The play pen is in the room where we spend most our time and I have spent alot of time sitting in there with her. I can't just let her run around when we can't watch her, when we know she needs to go potty.

    So far, I'm not feeling any bond with her, I feel guilty because I've upset the cat and worried in case she doesn't come home. Wondering what made me think this would be a good idea. Hopefully day two will be better.

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    This is a very young puppy that has been taken away from all it knows. While I agree puppy needs time alone it also needs to feel some body heat and attention.

    I spend an enormous amount of time outside with my pups, getting their confidence up and showing them all the corners of their territory. Rather than having a play pen I'm more in favour of baby gates and segregating puppy in a tiled kitchen area with the backdoor left cracked open so they can toilet themselves. They also need a good den at this age, cat igloos are great for very small breeds. Though I do like a crate for night time in the bedroom.

    I don't pay attention to barking or whining puppies, but I do give them my attention when they are quiet.

    The cat can smell the intruder and may take some time to come around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    We brought the puppy home this morning - she's very sweet, but she is not very sure of us yet.

    We have her in a play pen in the living room, she will settle when we are there, after some amount of barking, but when we leave she goes nuts. She is a barker, we have been ignoring her - I have left her alone in her play pen now and she is starting to settle - I can hear her playing with her kong. She is clever, didn't take her long to work the kong out.

    She hasn't peed yet. I have brought her outside and waited for ages, but she shows no interest in going. She has puppy pads in her pen, but hasn't shown any interest. She's been home for 3 hours, is it normal that she hasn't peed? She had an accidental poo in the crate on the way home, but thats it.

    When she barks, should I go to her when it escalates or should I just leave her completely till she settles? She hasn't slept yet either - I think its gonna take a while for her to relax.

    She was going nuts at the guinea pigs, which she can see from her play pen, but I put a blanket over that side so she can't see them.
    Congrats on your new arrival. you must be so excited and soon to be .....sooo tired

    I'm thinking you may need to build a GUINEA PIG FORT KNOX...Hehehehehehehehe
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