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Some advice on our schedule please...

Hi again,

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.

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Hi again,

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.

Suzy
hi Suzy , you'll be fine , keep the training sessions to ten minutes. But here is a good article.
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...home-8-9-weeks

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awww, what a good puppy mama you are! Sounds like you are doing quite well and he is behaving about like a pup that age should. They do sleep a lot when they are babies.

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It sounds like your doing great with the exception of the training, 40 minutes is much to much for a puppy, keep it to 5-10 minute sessions, then just play for the remaining half hour!! Puppies that are young learn as much from playing as anything!!

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You're doing great! We let the puppy set the sleep schedule during the day and just put them to bed at night. During the day we played when the puppy was awake. Foolishly, I sat on the floor all day long when Scooter was a puppy. (First puppy, I was an idiot!) With the next two they just sort of fell into the schedule we were already on.

Do what works for you and your family, you'll all be happier that way! Sounds like you're a devoted Mommy and your puppy will thrive because of it.

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Thanks everyone! I just want to be sure I'm doing everything right.

davetgabby- That link is great, thanks!

AgilityHav- It's not 40 minutes of non-stop training. That would be way to much for the little guy. It's more like, we play for 40 minutes (or however long before he starts getting cranky) and if he does something that he shouldn't, like biting on fingers, I correct him. If he has his ball and I want it, I say "drop" when he lets go. If he's sitting a little away from me chewing on a toy, when he looks back at me I say "come"- that kind of thing.

Anyway- here are some of the promised pics. He's such a little cutie pie even if I do say so myself
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He is a cutie!

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awww, he is so cute and so tiny! Just irresistible!

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It's funny- he was really tiny yesterday and when I went to take him out of his crate this morning he seemed so much bigger! I know puppies grow fast, but man!
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I know that feeling. When I took my girls to the vet for their first exam with my vet, they were so little and there was a lot of room for them in the cat crate they traveled in. The next week I had to take them back for their second shot and it seemed like they had doubled in size since the first visit. The crate wasn't so roomy. This is the third week I've had them and I haven't noticed the increase in growth so much.

He'll be grown up before you know it. He's a doll.
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