Albert, Barney & Big Poppy say "Hello"
Have had news of Lucy's Cavapoo pups who are now just over 12 weeks old, with the first being Albert. Kym rang me today for some advice about him waking at night as everything else is going well but a hour or two after being put down for the night he will start to cry. The answer to this is leave him as he has a crate with a pen attached to it with an area with a pad so he can toilet if necessary. A pup is not the same as a human baby they will not over heat or vomit if they cry for a long time although they can make some unearthly sounds which really pull at the heart strings it is a good thing for them to learn to be settled on their own as in an emergency they may have to be left on their own in the future & imagine how stressful that would be if they had never got used to their own company. So you have to be cruel to be kind when getting them to sleep on their own.
The next contact was Toni who had Big Poppy who is settling in fine & has been to her first Puppy training class which she enjoyed & a Puppy Party at the vets were she was a little shy to start with as most of the pups were bigger than her. She loves playing with everyone & is growing well.
Then an email from Victoria about Barney who was the first of Lucy's pups to leave. After a few teething problems which Victoria has worked through things are on track. Barney has been to a Puppy Party which he enjoyed but missed his second Party due to a bought of diarrhoea. You have to be careful with pups as they will put anything in their mouths, chew it up & eat it, especially this time of year they will eat dead leaves. Certain plant & tree leaves can be not good for them to eat & also if you live in an area were cats visit your garden they love eating cat poo which can upset their tummies. If your pup is very loose & looking off colour take to the vets as a puppy can soon be very ill losing body fluid through severe diarrhoea & your vet will normally give an injection to slow down the stomach, antibiotics incase bacteria cause & very often charcoal paste which helps to settle the tummy. Barney has already started to sit on command displaying the Poodles aptitude for being trained.
I also have a couple photos of them to see how they are growing & changing
27/2/2011 02:53:01 am
Hi, I just wanted to say that I tried the pen attached to the crate but for some reason it seemed to upset Barney after a while so I spoke to a trainer on this matter and she said just to stick with the crate for now as too much can confuse him and also they feel more secure in a crate only. So i've left the pen and now he's fine, i still use pen for when i can't keep my eye on him or so he can have a break when the children are here.... :-)
27/2/2011 03:22:26 pm
Hello Victoria, it is funny how advice can differ but both methods just the crate or the crate with the pen attached works. I use & advice to attach a pen at first due to the fact that when a pup first leaves us at around 8 weeks in its new home & on its own for the first few nights it will most likely stress & will probably mean it will not be clean overnight for the first couple nights due to being a bit stressed, so with the pen attached with a pad or newspaper in the pup can toilet without dirtying its sleeping area which will really stress them if this happens but like with children it is what works for your pup. Barney at now over 12 weeks old has shown that he prefers just the crate method & if that works for him then that is the best method for him. Sometimes a little thing like this can make all the differance & pups are different in character & what works with one sometimes does not work with another so being flexiable is always a good attribute when rearing a pup.
28/2/2011 04:20:06 am
I'm sure things will work out for you soon Barney, I love my crate attached to my pen & I'm sure you will grow to love it in time!
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