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    Looking to hear the routine that any other puppy owners have their little guy in at the moment, sleeping arrangement etc.

    Charlie is 10 weeks old, we currently have him in the garage during the day with toys, bed, water etc where he seems to be pretty happy. Im home at lunch for a play and change of scenery for an hour then at night time he has a corner set up on our lounge/ kitchen area of our apartment which is tiled so he roams free.

    He isnt getting a huge amount of outdoor time purely due to the fact he hasnt had his 2nd vaccination yet and have been told to keep him indoors. Should we be keeping him in a pen in the yard during the day? Im scared my older cranky dog mightnt like this but it has to happen eventually.

    Would love to hear your routine and what works for you.

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    The best way is the best way that things are managed that have the dog's and human's needs met.
    I have never had routines as such. I have just started as I want to go on with them. I also mixed it around a bit so they would take any changes easily.

    I had 4 of them and was ill so they tended to keep each other company and were brought in singularly for time with me then they lived in their pen with their snug dog box.

    The two I kept are usually inside along with their mother by day and 2 sleep in the shed in the pen at night and the dog that doesn't want to try and kill my cat sleeps in our room with us and the cat.

    Everyone's way will be different.

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    I'de say that as long as it works for both you and pup, then you're doing it right.

    My pup is 13 weeks at the moment. We found that he was having a lot of trouble understanding toilet training, by leaving him inside (in an enclosed area) whilst we were at work during the week, and whether inside or out, he would cry the same amount. We also started crate training at night to help with toilet training, which worked a treat!

    After much deliberation we decided to leave him outside during work hours. My partner comes home for half an hour at lunch time to give him a treat and some company. And then pup spends the afternoon inside with us and night time in his crate in the lounge room.

    Would love a little hidden camera or something to see just what pup gets up to outside when we're at work. When we get home his toys are always next to the rabbit hutch and he runs inside and falls asleep straight away..makes me think he doesn't know how to rest outside!

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    Batty's indoors whenever I'm out and at night. We do training indoors and outdoors, play games in the yard, go for walks etc. I've done this from when he was a puppy. I decided that the risk of him getting sick (very low risk in my area) was outweighed by the benefits of early socialisation. For his first three weeks with me he went EVERYWHERE with me, except the supermarket. He's now a perfect traveller and is relaxed and comfortable in all situations (including during fireworks and storms).

    Batty didn't get a huge amount of outdoor time, and I wanted his bond to be to me, not another animal (I have a cat too). It worked for me, and worked amazingly well.

    I monitored him always while toilet training and we had very few messes - I got up during the night as well for him to toilet. I also taught him to ring a bell when he needed to go outside.

    Oh, he's now just over 18 months old lol!

    Frankly I think that there is too much risk involved in leaving my dog outside all day - he's calm and safe inside the house, he can't bark or cause problems for my neighbours and I know that no harm can come to him. Outside means training, play, walks and fun to my dog. Inside means training, cuddles, relaxation & grooming.

    It works for me, and I have an amazing dog lol. He's the picture of health and happiness... Take a look lol!
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    I have brought quite a few pups home ( since the seventies). And we always have up to four dogs. Mix of work dogs and newf rescue or newfies from pup (8 weeks).
    We always bring home the pups and instantly introduce them to the other dogs. I even prefer to bring the other dogs along to the Breeder where we pick up our newfie pups and do the intro on non-territorial ground. Our Breeder also likes this system and we also do this with our Rescue newf's which come through her.
    I know many people will not agree, but I find socialisation so important, that I allow my pups to meet as many vaccinated dogs as possible from the first day I bring them home.
    I only allow dogs whose history I know, but that is many at our Kennel Club.
    Our pups (and older dogs) are all inside dogs. I use crate training for puppies to be potty trained, but they are free in the house when we are home. they are crated at night until potty trained, so that they are less likely to make mistakes and get into bad habits.
    Our dogs have the run of the house ( we have enclosed screened verandah's that they love to lounge on, when we go out during the day. Unless i think we might be longer possibly. they then go into a very safe kennel room with run. Which is also very cool in Summer, because it has a lovely deciduous tree in the run. And the pen is locked.......
    I always worry about socialisation when puppies are kept indoors waiting for vaccinations. To me that period from 8-12 weeks is just so important to make a happy social dog. And I think there is quite a large movement towards the push of risking the social factor compared to health. Of course you do not let them run in risky areas with unknown factors.
    Anyway just my thoughts on puppies..........
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    [QUOTE=tiff-689;123033]I'de say that as long as it works for both you and pup, then you're doing it right.

    My pup is 13 weeks at the moment. We found that he was having a lot of trouble understanding toilet training, by leaving him inside (in an enclosed area) whilst we were at work during the week, and whether inside or out, he would cry the same amount. We also started crate training at night to help with toilet training, which worked a treat!

    After much deliberation we decided to leave him outside during work hours. My partner comes home for half an hour at lunch time to give him a treat and some company. And then pup spends the afternoon inside with us and night time in his crate in the lounge room.
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    So with the crate training (i suppose im best just read up on it) but do you lock him inside for the night then he cries to go to the loo so you get up and let him go then he goes back in ok? Cos my little guy has had all the open space in the lounge up til now and is nice and quiet all night which is probably the most important thing to us at the moment, i just fear that we would have alot of crying/ barking if we attempted that.. however, training him to wee/poo in the one spot is next on the priority list... Were scared if we let him bark then he will turn into a yappy dog!

    When you leave him outdoors does he try escape? There are a few ways my charlie could get out that are unavoidable such as through plants along the side of the house so im thinking possibly a pen for when its time for him to go outside for the day.. Am i being a paranoid mum!

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    At the moment we are just using a big box that is pressed up against a baby gate. That's getting a little small now so I've just ordered one those soft crates off eBay. When we first started using the crate, we gave him lots of treats and toys in it and left the gate open so he could crawl in on his own free will. He absolutely loves it now.

    Our pup was a major crier. He used to cry regardless of whether he was in his crate or in an open area, but it definitely got better when we started using the crate. I think he likes the fact that it's so small and cosy. The first few nights we had to sit and sooth him off to sleep but these days we just turn off all the lights, tell him "bed time" , close the gate and go off to bed. We try not to let him sleep before hand, otherwise he whinges at bed time. We also give pup one of our t-shirts to snuggle with. Seems to help a lot with the crying!

    If our pup needs to go to the toilet during the night he will bark. I'm a very light sleeper so i always hear him and get up right away. He's never had an accident in there yet and he always hops straight back into bed after going to the toilet. I go to bed around 10 and get up at 6:30 every morning. Don't even need an alarm these days, our pup has an uncanny ability to start barking at 6:30 on the dot every morning. Don't know how he does it!

    If you've got areas in your yard that charlie could escape through, a pen sounds like a better option. Our pup has absolutely no way of getting out, but if i knew there was even a small possibility of him escaping, i wouldn't leave him outside.
    Last edited by tiff-689; 04-19-2011 at 02:11 PM.

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