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Old 01-29-2013, 07:16 AM
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Puppy questions, it's been a while since i've had one!

I usually adopt older dogs that are out of the puppy stage but fell in love with memphis at first sight. But, I do have some questions about puppies...

1. How long should they stay on puppy chow, when should they be switched to adult food?

2. When should you start teaching their basic commands? I guess, what age do they start to comprehend them?

3. Do all puppies pee that much? LOL

4. What are the most important things to teach a puppy? Like, what should you start training them early on to do?

Memphis is a doberman, rot mix, she is about 10 weeks old. I feed her puppy chow three times a day and she knows sit already and I think she is getting the hang of the "drop it" command. Still working on the whining when she is in her crate and getting housebroken. She gets it right 90% of the time but she is still going once or twice a day in the house. Is she too young to comprehend potty breaking?

She has a routine of running lose for about three hours then in her crate for about 30-60 min and then straight outside to the bathroom. Rinse and Repeat. She sleeps in her crate at night but I set my alarm for every four hours to let her out and then let her play for about an hour. She definitely has to get the hang of a crate because she is a chewer like no other I also feed her and give her toys in her crate to make it a little more tolerable. Luckily I work from home so it is easy to do it this way. I've had dogs all my life but have always adopted older dogs, having a puppy with my last two dogs reminds me of why I do Of course my blue heeler mix was a dream puppy! But, she is a terror as an adult, I might get it right one day!
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With large breed dogs, I keep them on a puppy formula for a year or so, but puppy chow is not a good choice. Look into some better brands. I like 4health, it doesn't have corn or soy, and is very affordable. You don't want big dogs to grow too fast, so check into better formulated food.

Puppies pee tons! Taking her out a little more often will help her potty training. Basic training can begin now. I teach all of mine sit, down, stay, here, begin heeling, leash training, bite and let go on command, all by 8-12 weeks. Keep the sessions short and fun. Reward like crazy and be patient. I use lure training and food reward at this stage, sometimes a tug.

Congratulations and enjoy the puppy breath!
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1. How long should they stay on puppy chow, when should they be switched to adult food?
We switched our Chi-mix over at about a year when it was obvious that she had reached her full growth (a lanky 10lbs). I'd guess a larger breed would take longer than a year.

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2. When should you start teaching their basic commands? I guess, what age do they start to comprehend them?
We got our pup at about 3 months and I started training her right away. We started with basics like "sit", "come" and "leave it" and we worked on more complex behaviors as she grew up. Now, even though she's a little over a year old, we still do trick and behavior training every day.

Back when I was young and lived on a farm, we would start training herding and hunting dogs very early, when they were ready to leave their mom's side.

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3. Do all puppies pee that much? LOL
Yes.

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Start with the basics like I mentioned above. The goal is to get them where they pay attention to you and understand that their job is to follow your commands in order to get a reward (food, affection, play, whatever the dog considers to be a reward).

Clicker/marker training helps accomplish this quicker in most cases. I prefer to use a verbal marker rather than a clicker but different things work best for different people and dogs.
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Wow a whole year i wasn't thinking it would be that long but I guess it makes sense to take them off it when they are done growing.

Thank you for the replies!
JulieMule I reread my post and it sounded like I let her out only after she comes out of her crate but that's not the case. When she is out and about I do let her out when I see her sniffing or spinning or anything like that. She goes out about once an hour although I feel like it's like every ten minutes. It's hard to housebreak a dog in the snow, she hates the cold and hates being outside right now so sometimes she just comes over and sits by my feet shaking like a leaf, like, can we go in now?
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1. How long should they stay on puppy chow, when should they be switched to adult food?

Remy has been on all life stages food her whole life. I have read some things about large breed dogs and how puppy food will make them grow to fast and give them more troubles with their hips (if they are predisposed)... but who knows if this is true! I feed this: ACANA regionals | Acana and rotate through all 4.

2. When should you start teaching their basic commands? I guess, what age do they start to comprehend them?


Leo already knows sit, down, touch, wait, off and he is the same age as Memphis! So never too early, but it takes lots of repetition and very short (like a few minutes) training sessions.

3. Do all puppies pee that much? LOL

Yes! Remy had a few bladder infections as a little pup so she went more often than normal. Leo is actually pretty controlled already for some reason... Remy couldn't (or wouldn't) hold it.

4. What are the most important things to teach a puppy? Like, what should you start training them early on to do?

How to respect the end of a play session, bite inhibition, manners with people and dogs, crate training...check out kikopup on youtube
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Firefly, If you are using positive training methods (which we encourage), you can start training pups as soon as you bring them home. Excellent suggestions for what to teach in Zoorun's #4 (really critical stuff for pups), in addition to bg's recs for recall, sit, and leave it. There are really good sticky posts in the behavior and training sections--if you haven't taken a look, definitely do! Also, Dr. Ian Dunbar's site has some good stuff for pups especially.

Did you ever pick up the Puppy Primer or Before & After Getting Your Puppy? Both of those are tremendously helpful.

BTW, got any new pics of your pup?
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Thanks everyone for the replies....I will look up Zoorun on youtube.

crock here is a picture my sister took for me yesterday. This is my little spoiled brat

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Since it's so cold, and if you haven't already, you could try putting a sweater or doggy coat on him when he goes outside. It may help him be willing to stay out there long enough to sniff around and potty.

Congratulations on him. He's adorable!! From the look of his paws he's going to be a big boy.
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Awww, he's still a cutie! And ditto the sweater... some dogs/pups really just don't like to be cold and will change their potty habits accordingly.
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