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    Default Puppy Help

    My husband and i will have our 8 week old american staffy home this weekend and would like some advice on the best place for him to sleep at night and how often we should take him outside.

    We were thinking of setting him up a bed on our bedroom floor and seeing how he goes with regular trips outside to do his business.

    We want him to sleep inside as an adult hence why we were thinking of keeping him in the bedroom.
    Other thing was maybe a crate but i'm not really a fan of the idea of locking him in one..

    Any ideas?

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    Congratulations on your puppy and welcome...great to hear your puppy will be allowed inside
    ..I vote for a crate....I potty train all of my dogs with the help of a crate or they are on lead with me.........I also allow some time off lead in the house, but only when they have y attention 100%.

    With small puppies I have also used a box beside my bed and my hand has been in there too..i am a sucker for puppies. My dogs have not ended up anxious at all, even with being a softie on puppies so very young

    Any mistakes are your fault, so just ignore and clean and beat yourself with a rolled up newspaper LOL.........

    I take my puppies out very frequently, especially the very new ones. After food, after waking, if i just think they need it. Some have been hourly some every half hour some 2 hourly. It all depends......You both have to be patient and get with the program..Agree on the same thing and follow through.

    I take my puppies out and stand in the spot where I want them to go, their potty place..I say the word I will use in the future, what ever it is, just use it all the time.........i wait until they have done it and i will reward, with a treat or praise. And after the potty I might also walk around and have sniff time or play. I do not do it before, because I want them to know that first they have to go. I do not get too exited when they go, because some puppies get worried/frightened. That is something you can gauge when you get to know your puppy.

    I also train the word "outside" very early on..i often toss a treat through the door and say "outside" and I do this in revers for "inside"...This way in the future when you see that they might need to go you can go "outside" "outside" and they will run to the door...keep it happy and friendly, do not scare them.

    Some people interrupt if they are doing something, I just say a happy "outside" and ignore the mishap and treat when they go out

    We also ring a string of bells on the way out for some puppies, the quiet ones........They learn to ring the bells. I do not do it for the boisterous loud ones as they often let you know anyway and will keep ringing and drive you nuts

    Keep it happy and fun and be very patient
    Pets are forever

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    I think having them sleep somewhere close to you is comforting to them. Harley got to sleep in the dining room when he was a pup and Bella in our ensuite and bed when she wouldn't stop her winging.

    I've never used a create (never really had a need for one either) but I can see where they can be helpful if you travel etc.

    Toilet training they should go out after every meal/drink and probably every hour or so as well. I would put a doggy door or something in so that he will learn to go out when he needs to.

    Is Boss your first puppy or first AmStaff? I don't know how much research you have done into the breed before (if he is your first), but I would start socialisation straight away with as many dogs and people as you can. The vets will tell you not to, but you shouldn't have a problem taking him to friends/families with pets houses so long as all their pets are fully vaccinated. This breed is more prone to dog aggression issues if it is not done at this important age, and trust me you do not want a dog aggressive AmStaff (or any breed really, Harley is and it isn't much fun at times).

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

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    I agree entirely with Newfsie. Crate train, its fantastic, for you and your pup. I also agree with her on crate training. I also agree with her toilet training. My rule of thumb for TT is after naps/sleep, after eating and every 1 hour otherwise.
    Also cant stress socialisation enough. 16 weeks (when they have finished their vaccinations) is too late, you have missed their critical socialisation period and with this breed, early, positive socialisation is crucial if you want a dog that is good with other dogs, and you must always keep in mind no matter the work you put in your dog may end up dog selective or worse anyways, its the nature of their genetics.
    congrats and good luck.

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    LOL and I have to agree with the socialisation.........From 8 weeks on and lots of it. the only important part is do not allow any aggressive dogs near your puppy and give the pup a fright. Find lots of happy friendly dogs and people of all sizes and ages. it is sooooo important. Also different environments and noises. Makes for a fabulous adult dog.
    Pets are forever

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    Red face

    Well Boss arrived last night at 7pm and he is an absolute dream! he fit in straight away, such a confident, happy little puppy, we ended up going with popping a bed down on the bedroom floor and he was so good we left our walk in robe light on so he could still see and we could make sure he didn't get hold of anything he shouldn't have.

    We took him outside to the toilet 3 times and he only did one tiny little wee on the floor throughout the whole night whenever he got off his bed we gave the command (on your bed) and after about 5 shots of that he picked up on it and went straight back to his bed when told. He is very very clever we had a couple of little whimpers over the night but he was generally very content as long as he could see us.

    We were honestly expecting to be up all night from him howling the house down like our current dog did as a puppy but we were very pleasantly surprised. thanks for the help guys!

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    Boss this morning love this cheeky boy!




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    *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

    Oh god I'm in lurve!!
    He is an absolute stunner!!

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    How could you not let him in your bed ??
    We don't have any dogs inside but as soon as
    these puppies are approx 5 weeks, I will sneek one in..
    I shouldn't really because it could cause problems
    for the new owners D'oh.. I just need some puppy
    lovin .....

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    So cute! Congratulations!

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