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    i bought a 6 week old puppy a few days ago (hes a Australian Kelpie) ive never had a dog before and its so overwhelming. Im having endless problems and i'm so worried if i'm doing the right thing, heres the problems i'm having:

    PEEING/POOPING: I take him outside to go to the toilet every 30-50minutes, but when im out or sleeping- he pees and poops all over my house. When he has accidents in the house i don't yell at him i just clean it up with no reaction. When he goes to the toilet outside i give him a treat the second hes finishes, i was hoping this would teach him that going outside is the right thing to do, but it's not really making a difference.

    CHEWING/BITING: He chews and bites everything, my feet, my clothes, anything really, he has a few chew toys and little bone but he bites and chews on my feet, and my hands etc, i don't know weather to let him do it or to tell him no?

    TICKS: ive pulled around 20 ticks off of him- he keeps getting them, i think from my backyard when he goes to the toilet and he has fleas but he's to young to give flea treatment to, i just feel so bad for him.

    SLEEPING:I dont know what to do with him at night time, is he supposed to sleep in my room and just pee everywhere and then i just clean it up? or should i put him in the bathroom and let him whimper?

    I'm really just looking for some advice on how to care for my little 6 week old puppy. And im aware he should still be with his mother at this age, but i already have him and i only just found out that 6 weeks is to young to take a puppy from their mom. When i got him he wasnt even with his mum, he was in a cage with his other 3 brothers. I can't take him back and even if i could i wouldn't want to. I just want to know how to care for him at this very young age.

    heres a photo of him http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/...y/IMG_2175.jpg
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    And im aware he should still be with his mother at this age, but i already have him and i only just found out that 6 weeks is to young to take a puppy from their mom. When i got him he wasnt even with his mum, he was in a cage with his other 3 brothers. I can't take him back and even if i could i wouldn't want to. I just want to know how to care for him at this very young age.
    That's good to know that you know. I guess you've been doing a bit of advanced reading in here or elsewhere.

    So your dog needs to be vaccinated and wormed ASAP - so you need to find a nice vet in your area and take him along to get his first set of shots. You might also want to get him microchipped, maybe when you get the second set of shots at around 8 weeks old - vet should be able to advise.

    Toilet training - I'm guessing he's just too young to have a clue and living in a cage with his brothers would not have helped. At that age - they can't hold on all night - maybe not until they're 14 weeks. So you put him in a crate or pen or box he can't get out of and let him pee in there, or you put him in a box with towels in it next to your bed, and tie a lead from him to you while you're sleeping. A friend attached the lead of her puppy to her toe so the puppy couldn't move without her knowing about it. I don't sleep still enough for that, so I joined two leads together and them so they ran from the puppy collar under me to the far side of the bet - so the puppy would wake me up if she got up. I was such a light sleeper anyway.

    We did our before bed pit stop (piss stop?) at 10:30pm and I set the alarm for every 2 hours after that and got up at 6am. And did that for the first week (my puppy was 10 weeks old when she came home), and then gradually increased the time to every 2.5 hours then 3 hours etc... until I didn't get up unless she did and we could sleep the whole night through to 6am at least (it was summer - so pretty bright at 6 anyway).

    The main thing about toilet training is to prevent accidents and not to give him an opportunity to go inside. Make sure he goes out the second he wakes up, then after play, and after dinner, and 30 minutes after dinner and every hour besides, and he doesn't get to come back inside until he has performed or at least tried to. This might mean keeping him on lead and acting boring until he performs (at least a pee), and then praising and treating and playing some more.

    When you do clean up inside, blot up what you can, then use water, bicarb soda and vinegar to clean up - not bleach. Bleach smells a bit like "someone peed here" to a dog. So they may pee there more. There are a couple of us who assisted our dog's toilet training by putting our own pee outside (either via a bucket for privacy, or just directly as you do in rural places with far away neighbours).

    Ticks he will get if you let him run around off lead around your back yard and in the long grass and under the house. If you keep him on short grass only and on lead - he will get fewer ticks hopefully. Given he's just a puppy I wouldn't be letting him off lead in the back yard for a while, so he doesn't learn he can have loads of fun without you - because that can make recall training hard later.

    Your vet should be able to advise on quite a bit of general care.

    You also need to ask your vet about puppy pre-school and / or getting some doggy social time with other dogs and puppies to learn puppy manners. This you need to do as soon as you can. And it's best to do it with dogs that are vaccinated.

    The RSPCA has a big "knowledge base" of articles.
    RSPCA Australia knowledgebase / Puppies

    So does k9pro.com.au
    Knowledge Base | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    and dog star daily (you have to sign up but the digital dog training text book is free and has everything you need to know).
    Errorless Housetraining | Dog Star Daily

    and Susan Garrett is about to open her latest edition of "puppy peaks" for everyone. It shows day by day what she did training her puppy "Swagger" from birth to about 1 year old.
    Putting the plan into action

    That's if you have a spare $400 (USA) - though you could try writing her a grovelly letter and asking for a special price giving reasons why, but that may still be around $100.

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    I have had all my puppies in either a box with high sides or in a crate right next to my bed. I usually always woke when the pup got restless and would take them outside to a set spot and encourage them to pee. I would say be pee pees or whatever and praise when done. You could also set and alarm for several times during the night. You will need to be up early to let him out. Always toilet straight after his food. You just have to toilet at regular intervals and he will quickly start to understand what you want.

    The other option is to leave in a laundry and let them whimper. They usually adjust quickly. I prefer the box by my bed.

    If you can crate train him as well this is helpful. I feed my current pup in her crate and she happily goes in there and also will chill out in there.

    Puppies to bite and chew, but you need to gently discourage him from chewing on you or it can get worse.

    You can start some basic training with him too.

    Yes I would have a visit ot the vet, I am thinking he may not have had his first vaccination. Puppies also need regular worming. Sometimes local vets hold puppy schools.

    Puppies are hard work. I f you have a working bred kelpie you could well have your hands full. Possibly not the best choice for a first time owner so you will need to be committed as depending on their nature they are potentially high input dogs and need plenty of mental and physical stimulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newtopuppies View Post
    i bought a 6 week old puppy a few days ago (hes a Australian Kelpie) ive never had a dog before and its so overwhelming. Im having endless problems and i'm so worried if i'm doing the right thing, heres the problems i'm having:

    PEEING/POOPING: I take him outside to go to the toilet every 30-50minutes, but when im out or sleeping- he pees and poops all over my house. When he has accidents in the house i don't yell at him i just clean it up with no reaction. When he goes to the toilet outside i give him a treat the second hes finishes, i was hoping this would teach him that going outside is the right thing to do, but it's not really making a difference.
    You need to contain the puppy to either a small tiled room or a crate/box as suggested above at night time. I would probably toilet the puppy every half an hour and as he gets older make it longer between breaks. Definitely don't give a reaction when he poops or pee's in the house, but when he goes outside make out that he has just won the olympics. Give him good boys and happy voices and the treat is also a good idea, but if it were me I wouldn't do it for every toilet break.

    CHEWING/BITING: He chews and bites everything, my feet, my clothes, anything really, he has a few chew toys and little bone but he bites and chews on my feet, and my hands etc, i don't know weather to let him do it or to tell him no?
    All puppies will bite and chew, it probably won't stop for a long time as well. Bella is 3 and a half and she still will on the occasion take a friendly chomp of your hand, thank god she doesn't have those razor sharp puppy teeth anymore. I would redirect him to something he is allowed to chew on, when he bites you yelp out. It is what a litter mate would do when play has become to much.

    TICKS: ive pulled around 20 ticks off of him- he keeps getting them, i think from my backyard when he goes to the toilet and he has fleas but he's to young to give flea treatment to, i just feel so bad for him.
    I would go see the vet about this. He is far to young to have had so many ticks and may get sick. I would see the vet about flea's as well... poor little bubba Maybe until you can get it sorted don't let him roam around and try and keep your grass super low.

    SLEEPING:I dont know what to do with him at night time, is he supposed to sleep in my room and just pee everywhere and then i just clean it up? or should i put him in the bathroom and let him whimper?
    I would do as suggested above, either a small tiled room or creat/box. I would personally let him whimper unless he need to got to the toilet. You will need to teach him that crying doesn't get attention which is what he wants. It is hard for the first few weeks and he will be missing his litter mates as well.

    I would definitely book into see the vet asap. He will need to have his first round of vaccinations, work out worming for intestinal and heartworm and sort out the tick/flea issue as well. They can also help you with types of food to feed them as well. Do you know anyone that has any fully vaccinated healthy dogs? If you do I would ask to have a play date with their dog so you can start socialisation asap, as he has left his littermates so early he is missing out on learning the dog behaviour that he would normally do with his litter mates during the next couple of weeks. It is vital to start socialisation now to save yourself having issues later. A good idea would be to take him down to the shops and sit him on your lap (don't let him walk around until he is fully vaccinated so he doesn't risk picking up parvo). Doing this will help him get use to different environments.

    I would also enrol him into puppy school to start learning basic commands, it is also a good place for socialisation as well.

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    what an absolute cutie! Good luck with your training, I think you're in for some sleepless nights.

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    No matter how efficient you are, toilet training will always take more than a few days. And the truth is that very few people can keep that focused all the time that they can prevent accidents altogether. But every time he does go outside is an accident prevented and a step in the right direction. The less accidents he has inside, the faster he will really get it. But then it may still take a while before he figures out how to ask you to be let out, especially when you are busy or asleep.

    It took me 2 weeks to toilet train my 8mo dog. Our foster pup was 10 weeks old when she arrived and after nearly 4 weeks (with a setback due to illness) , he pretty much has it down pat, but I still have to watch him closely. He was able to hold on from about midnight till 6 am at 10 weeks. A younger pup would not yet make that.

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    I am one of the ones (being on a farm) that said my word for piddle and poo and demonstrated what it meant saying the word as I did it. (no, I didn't do it everytime, would have had to drink continuous water)
    I was toilet training 2 pups of the same litter. 4 years on that word is now just asked as a question to see if any of them want to go out if I am near the back door. Usually a couple do or the 4 just stare at me and I say that I shall take that as a no, shall I?
    They come to me to alert me if they want to go out at times so I am their well trained door bitch.

    Now too, as I am a rotten insomniac I say BED, widdle widdle so they know this is the last chance before bed time. Hubby lets them out when he wakes and they are trained (by me ignoring them after they were fully toilet trained) to go and wake him if they need to go out.
    Love it.

    Told hubby they must just prefer him to do it.
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    Had to laugh at that one Di_dee poor hubby LOL

    Welcome to the forum newtopuppies. Your pup is adorable!

    I wouldn't let a young pup have free access to all the house. Restrict him to a smaller area where he can see you, and where he'll be safe. At this age he'll still be sleeping a lot during the day, you can probably give him a pigs ear or similar to gnaw on instead of teething on furniture and put part of his food in a puppy kong to keep him occupied.

    Definitely get a dog crate (one of the metal ones) put his bedding inside it and leave this in the puppy enclosure during the day, as well as doing some crate training. The crate should be easy to move into your bedroom each night.
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