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Old 08-31-2011, 07:23 PM
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A couple of last questions regarding my 8 week old!

Ok ive done most of my research, just a few last questions which need clearing up, either i havent read, ive forgotten since ive read them, or have just occured to me since i picked him up this morning.

Firstly, how often should i feed the puppy? and how much? Put some food down for him earlier and he cleared two bowls. He looked like he was about to pop and went to poo straight after.
Should i feed till he stops? Or limit the amount?

Secondly, How quickly after he eats shall i take him outside? Straight away, or give it 5 minutes for him to digest?

And thirdly, at 8 weeks, how often should i get up in the night to take him out for toilet? Every 2 or 3 hours? Cant remember exactly.

Hes currently sleeping in his crate, im going to bed in an hour and know hes going to wake up as soon as i decide to go to bed....this wont be fun.

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Firstly, how often should i feed the puppy? and how much? Put some food down for him earlier and he cleared two bowls. He looked like he was about to pop and went to poo straight after.
Should i feed till he stops? Or limit the amount?
Food should be measured and small meals more often should be given. What type of dog is this and what food are you feeding? Never let a puppy eat until they stop, bloat and blockages can happen this way.
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Secondly, How quickly after he eats shall i take him outside? Straight away, or give it 5 minutes for him to digest?
Every dog is different you will need to figure this one out as you go along

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And thirdly, at 8 weeks, how often should i get up in the night to take him out for toilet? Every 2 or 3 hours? Cant remember exactly.
Again depends on the dog, but we always woke up once during the night to take the pup out.
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Thanks Pawz.

Regarding the waking up at night. Should i set my alarm and wake him up and take him out (assuming he hasnt woken up yet) or wait for him to wake me up?
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Depends on the dog LOL I would start by setting an alarm. I luckily had dogs that would wake us up or just hold it through the night.
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I'll just add that at 8 weeks pup getting up twice a night is not unusual. If he has an upset tummy, more than that can be the case. Its very stressful for puppy to make a transition to a new home and sometimes that causes poo to get soft for a few days. Pretty soon, its normal for just one potty time during the night.

I'd just suggest you take him out one final time before you go to bed, even if he is sleeping already. There is value in "everyone going to bed at once" in terms of a bed-time ritual, so its OK to wake him up, take him for potty, then do what ever night time "tuck in" routine you establish with him, such as giving him a small treat or chew toy, telling him what a nice boy he is, then you go to bed, turn out the light etc. Puppies really pick up on what their humans are doing and will follow suit. So I think establishing a routine that means "we all go to sleep now" is very helpful.

On the other hand, if he is already asleep when you go to bed, and he wakes up a couple hours later, he may be a bit disoriented as to what is going on in the room, if you get what I mean. I know I am super dissecting this situation, but its just my experience that puppies are so very good at "imitating" their owners in terms of what is going on in the house (play time, sleep time, eat time etc.) so making that very clear to pup is a good thing.

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And I would just add that at the other end of the night... morning, you can establish what you want to have happen then. We've had great luck teaching our dogs to sleep and stay quiet until we are ready to get up.

At first, when very young, I like to get pup outside before he starts to fuss. Usually the daylight will wake the pup up, and then his bladder will insist he go out! The key here is to get him out BEFORE he fusses. The idea is you don't want to wait until he is screaming before you take him out, as that will teach him to scream in the crate.

As he matures, and his bladder is stronger, you can gradually extend the morning. So this is a few months down the line.... But the idea is you want to wait a few more minutes to get him up, until you get to the time you want to get up.
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I'll just add that at 8 weeks pup getting up twice a night is not unusual. If he has an upset tummy, more than that can be the case. Its very stressful for puppy to make a transition to a new home and sometimes that causes poo to get soft for a few days. Pretty soon, its normal for just one potty time during the night.

I'd just suggest you take him out one final time before you go to bed, even if he is sleeping already. There is value in "everyone going to bed at once" in terms of a bed-time ritual, so its OK to wake him up, take him for potty, then do what ever night time "tuck in" routine you establish with him, such as giving him a small treat or chew toy, telling him what a nice boy he is, then you go to bed, turn out the light etc. Puppies really pick up on what their humans are doing and will follow suit. So I think establishing a routine that means "we all go to sleep now" is very helpful.

On the other hand, if he is already asleep when you go to bed, and he wakes up a couple hours later, he may be a bit disoriented as to what is going on in the room, if you get what I mean. I know I am super dissecting this situation, but its just my experience that puppies are so very good at "imitating" their owners in terms of what is going on in the house (play time, sleep time, eat time etc.) so making that very clear to pup is a good thing.

This is actually quite difficult for us as i work nights. So My girlfriend goes to bed at 12AM usually, lets him out, tucks him in off she goes. then i rock in at 5 am, wake him up, let him out, put him back to sleep.
This happened last night. Then he woke up at 8:30 AM and started crying to go out. If he hadnt have cried i would have, and the mrs, been in bed till 11 easy. The getting up before he cries in the morning is going to be a difficult one, but i certainly dont want to get him used to crying in his crate.
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Let me just say, it is a blessing he sleeps until 8:30 am! Most puppies I've raised are up at the crack of dawn... that is 5:30 or 6 am in summer. (although we all go to bed by 10 pm)

You can take him out for a wee at 8:30 then put him back to bed, if you like. If he's up so late at night, then you can create a different schedule that way.
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Let me just say, it is a blessing he sleeps until 8:30 am! Most puppies I've raised are up at the crack of dawn... that is 5:30 or 6 am in summer. (although we all go to bed by 10 pm)

You can take him out for a wee at 8:30 then put him back to bed, if you like. If he's up so late at night, then you can create a different schedule that way.

Yeah he went back to sleep this morning with trouble. And then slept till 11. Good for me seeing as i wasnt in bed until 5AM, but still too early.
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Ok ive done most of my research, just a few last questions which need clearing up, either i havent read, ive forgotten since ive read them, or have just occured to me since i picked him up this morning.

Firstly, how often should i feed the puppy? and how much? Put some food down for him earlier and he cleared two bowls. He looked like he was about to pop and went to poo straight after.
Should i feed till he stops? Or limit the amount?

Secondly, How quickly after he eats shall i take him outside? Straight away, or give it 5 minutes for him to digest?

And thirdly, at 8 weeks, how often should i get up in the night to take him out for toilet? Every 2 or 3 hours? Cant remember exactly.

Hes currently sleeping in his crate, im going to bed in an hour and know hes going to wake up as soon as i decide to go to bed....this wont be fun.

Thanks all
Look on the back of the food bag... it will give you measurements for the food daily depending on the weight of your dog. If you have a bathroom scale... step on with you holding the dog (if your pup is small enough to hold) and write it down... then just step on by yourself.. minus your weight from the dog + you weight. I would feed 3 times daily if possible.. morning, lunch, dinner. I would take him out right away... follow him around excitedly saying "go pee" until he goes then jump up and down and excitedly say "GOOD BOY/GIRL!!!"... don't go inside until he goes pee or poo... this will help with training. When my pup was 8 weeks... i was up every two hours taking him out.. the routine was wake up, dog out of kennel.. no talking, no playing allowed.. straight outside, only words were "go pee" over and over.. then when he did, he got praise (some use treats, i just used verbal).. then back inside and straight in the kennel. It's good to set the alarm and get up before they start barking/crying because they think if they bark, whine, cry then they get out of the kennel which you probably don't want them to learn. My puppy usually wanted to play at 3am and he finally got the hint that it was pee time only then back in the kennel for sleep time. Your pup may whine or cry even after he's gone to the bathroom.. this is normal because they're away from mom and kennel mates. I bought a special bean bag toy where i would warm it up before bed and put it in the kennel with him along with a ticking clock (sounds like mom's heart beat)... these two combinations worked like a charm and he slept so well!... good luck and congrats on the new puppy!
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