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    Jasper is home!

    But - I've mothered him - Let him in the house, let him walk around the house dragging his leash, and given in to his crying and howling when I put him outside... He is currently lying at my feet, and it's only taken him about 2 hours to stop crying and fall asleep. He hadn't stopped crying since he got here - Mum suggested it's because he was distressed after his day had consisted of being dropped off at the vets, knocked out and have his testes removed, then to wake up feeling like crap in an unfamiliar place, and then to be taken home by an unfamiliar person to an unfamiliar house. I'd like to have set down the rules straight away and ignored the crying and howling, but... I couldn't Maybe tomorrow I can instil all the pack rules? :/

    Fingers crossed all goes well! Tomorrow he'll meet the resident Staffy and get access to the yard. I won't be here, I'll be at work, but my landlords will be here and are ready to settle him in

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    Bit like with babies. You can always bounce back from indulging them, so don't stress about it. I personally don't agree with outside only dogs at any age, but a pup that young should definitely not be left outside all the time. It'll be much easier to train him and teach him good manners when he is allowed to spend time with you inside too.

    But do be careful about giving in to crying. Either decide to just not lock him outside or whatever makes him cry for now, or do have those rules but then stick to them no matter what he does to persuade you. The only hard and fast rule when it comes to dog training is consistency. It's like my favourite post about training recall says: "Only call your dog if you're willing to bet $100 on them coming." That applies to most training, I reckon. Set them up for success or they'll just get confused. So if you can't or won't enforce a rule, simply forget about it for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Bit like with babies. You can always bounce back from indulging them, so don't stress about it. I personally don't agree with outside only dogs at any age, but a pup that young should definitely not be left outside all the time. It'll be much easier to train him and teach him good manners when he is allowed to spend time with you inside too.

    But do be careful about giving in to crying. Either decide to just not lock him outside or whatever makes him cry for now, or do have those rules but then stick to them no matter what he does to persuade you. The only hard and fast rule when it comes to dog training is consistency. It's like my favourite post about training recall says: "Only call your dog if you're willing to bet $100 on them coming." That applies to most training, I reckon. Set them up for success or they'll just get confused. So if you can't or won't enforce a rule, simply forget about it for now.
    I don't mind leaving him inside, but I'm worried about him toileting on the carpet during the night. I could leave the screen door open, but I'd need to keep my cat locked up overnight as she's not allowed outside - and in the area I live in, I shouldn't leave doors unlocked or open.
    He cries even when he's just lying down on his bed. I think he's missing his brother too.

    I'm not sure what to do for the night... Sleep out in the living room with him, or sleep in my own room and leave the back door open and ignore the crying and howling (or perhaps try and sneak to bed when he falls asleep)...

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    I have slept with a new pup in the loungeroom for a week.
    I think it is Hya who used to sleep with a lead to the dog so movements would wake her so she could take Frosty out to toilet when needed. Some broken sleep nights coming up.
    I would also be supervising very carefully any inter dog time together post op for a few days too.

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    He should not be meeting/playing with a Staffy after his operation.
    Staffys are very playful boisterous and built like tanks.
    He will get hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    He should not be meeting/playing with a Staffy after his operation.
    Staffys are very playful boisterous and built like tanks.
    He will get hurt.
    This one is 12. She doesn't move a lot haha. But it's all supervised. My landlords are husband and wife, and the wife worked in animal welfare for quite a few years, so I'm pretty happy leaving Jasper in her hands while I'm at work She knows he needs to stay quiet for the next few days.


    Oh dear... If only I didn't start work so early tomorrow... Thursday and Friday I'll have a bit more time with him in the morning (and hopefully a better sleep), but won't be home from work until about 10pm

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    You will need to go out with him for toilet training for a while. Apart from the need to prevent accidents inside as much as possible, this is the stage where you teach him that going outside is a great experience because he gets praised and fussed over. If you get that right at this stage, it will cost you a couple of weeks of broken sleep and getting up to follow him whenever he starts wandering around and then he'll be set for life on that front. I personally found this easier to do when the dog was in my room because I was sure I'd wake up if they got up because they had to go. I admit that I let our foster pup sleep on my bed because he was hesitant to jump off, so it was almost as effective as a crate. It did cause some restless nights but it worked.

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    some male dogs do cry when they loose there bits, i remember all the woman at the rspca vet where i worked used to laugh at the male staffys who always seemed to cry.

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    You can guarantee that he WILL pee and poop all over the carpet. It is what puppies do. I agree with holding off on introductions for a few days.. he will still be a bit dazey from the anesthetic if his op was only yesterday. Better to wait for him to heal and little and get back to being himself, its quite an ordeal for a young pup specially with so many changes in the last few days.

    You may not have to worry about the staffy being boisterous but you never know how he is going to react. If he gets too excited he could tear his stitches and its back to the vet.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Do not clean up wee with bleach as that just attracts them back to that area (ammonia) I use an old chux superwipe, dishwashing liquid and water. If you do not have birds you can also spray with febreze for any odor. I personally have no problems with smell and there have been many accidents over the years. There is a 0 second rule on dropped forks, food on the floor in this place though as a safety precaution.

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