Join Date: Dec 2009
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Some advice on our schedule please...
We finally have our pup and he's the cutest little thing in the world. I'll post some pics soon. It's been two days and he's a such little joy but I worry that I'm not playing with him enough or that I'm playing with him too much or that he's sleeping way too long or not sleeping enough... Basically, I just need some reassurance. It's our very first pup and I'm so afraid of making him confused or not doing right by him. Anyway, we're just starting to find our routine but the day pretty much goes like this-
He sleeps in a crate in our room so when we wake up (7ish) I take him to our living room where we have an ex-pen and another crate. I put him in the ex-pen and he goes to the bathroom right away on his wee pad. I praise him like mad, and then he eats breakfast. After he eats (which isn't very much?) we play and I throw in a bit of training for about 40 minutes or so. He usually starts to get fussy after that much time and starts squirming and barking. I've learned that means he has to potty, so it's back to the ex-pen and wee pad. After that, he usually has no interest in playing or even chewing on anything. I take that to mean he's sleepy, so I put him back into his ex-pen and he snoozes anywhere from two to three hours. The whole process repeats around lunch and then again around dinner.
He's been sleeping well at night in a crate in our room. He wakes up and whines usually once per night so I take him out to the wee pad and then back to the crate in our room.
Does that sound about right? Should I be doing more? Less?
I know I sound like a complete lunatic but it's our first puppy and I want more than anything to make sure we help him to become a happy dog.
Thanks for putting up with the post- I really, really appreciate any and all advice.