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1 Week With Enzo

Hi!

It's been just over a week now that we've brought Enzo into our home.

He is doing well and getting acclimated to his new home.

I do have a few more questions - I think these things are normal puppy things, and its still early in the training but wanted to make sure.

- He still gets very mad/whiney/guarding when i change his newspapers/wee wee pads. Not sure why this is happening still, and haven't been able to find much on it.

- I've began to bring him outside for 5-10mins on a schedule, every hour, and directly after he goes to the bathroom on his paper. My question around this is, we live in NYC, in an Apt. It can take a good amount of time to get him and get downstairs - Will the timing on this effect the purpose of bringing him down right after he eliminates in his spot inside?

- When i do bring him outside, he is very hyper and pulls the leash really hard. I tend to just put him down in the spot near a tree, and try to walk back and forth a few times. He mostly is sniffing all over the place and picking up leaves, and he also gets very hoppy!

- Constantly whining after playtime/handling ends, sometimes starts to bark

I am pretty sure this is all very common - but being a new owner, i just want to make sure there's not something else i should be doing!

Here he is with his new fav chew stick and toy
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Would it be possible for you to enroll in a well run puppy kindergarten class. Being new to dog parenting, I think you would find it really helpful. Enzo is a cutie!


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Enzo is really darling! It does sound like typical puppy behavior. I'm sure others here will have lot's of good training information. I agree with Pucks that puppy kindergarten is very helpful, especially if you might want to continue on with more advanced training.

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If you don't already, you should give him a daily walk.
And I agree with the puppy kindergarten idea.
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Where is Enzo while you are changing the papers in his pen? Have you tried closing him in his crate or even having him outside of the pen while you do it? I used to go inside the pen when my dog was first home and interact with her. Maybe this would help him not be so territorial about his space. As far as the whining after play, does he get super wound up and excited while you are playing with him? I always cautioned my husband about playing too rough or playing tug of war with toys with Molly. Maybe a change in play style would affect his attitude when you stop playing. I would also try working on walking on leash until you get him in a puppy class. You can do this inside your apartment. If he is going to be a puller you definitely need to get him a harness so he doesn't injure his neck. One with a front attachment will help with pulling also. Good luck with your puppy!



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Potty training in a condo:
We live on the 9th floor. I did not take Tux outside until he was fully vaccinated. This made potty training difficult. We used pee pads and whenever there was an accident off the pee pads, I would clean up immediately and use Resolve to remove any hint of pee, so he would NOT go back to the same accident spot. As soon as he was able to go outside, I would try to get him there BEFORE he went potty inside. This required carrying him down the hall, into the elevator, and to the grass where he would immediately pee and receive lots of praise. He needed to go out about every 45 minutes. Never scold for accidents, but go outside afterward anyway. When you are ready to take him outside use the SAME WORDS every time.....like, "Let's go potty outside! and look happy about it. Then leave immediately. While he is peeing, say something like GOOD POTTY with a pleased sound to your voice. Make a BIG deal out of him peeing OUTSIDE.

We live at home 24/7 so this was the best approach for us. Tux is almost 10 months old now, and has figured out to go wait near the door quietly until we notice he is there. Eventually your pup can hold it longer and longer and will be able to walk to the potty place without having an accident. We are up to 4 hours in-between potty trips in the daytime, and 8:30 PM to 6:30 AM with no need to potty at all. He has slept through the night since he was 2 months old. He was given full range of the condo gradually, and has full access now. Good luck. Stay consistent. It will pay off big time in the end.

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Thanks for the feedback everyone!

We are definitely going to enroll him into a puppy kindergarten and possible even some more advanced training sessions, due to our upcoming busy schedules.

@Molly120213 I go in the pen and show him some love and then change the papers. Having him go inside the crate and shutting the door is a good idea!

Sometimes he does gets wound up, but mostly we just toss around a toy with him and he goes and gets it, and then half the time he birngs it back, others he wants to play tug, which we dont engage in, or he goes the other direction and lays down and chews on it! Other times we just do some training, hes sitting before even knowing his name, go figure!

As far as walking, right now just trying to get him used to the leash inside, and very short walks back and forth and allowing him to explore small areas outside.
he gets very jumpy and hyper outside, and never wants to come back inside.

Im definitely going to use a harness. I dont want him to hurt himself and hes way too pully and jumpy now!

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thank you! great to hear your story being in the same type of living situation!


My main thing with going potty is that hes been going on newspapers when we brought him home, was taught at breeder. We put a wee wee pad down and then newspaper on top of it.

Im wondering how long i should wait or if i should at all to switch him to just the wee wee pads.

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This is my response to your newspaper-wee pad question. You could try and see if he adapts. Pull the paper up after he has peed on it and keep the same pad down without cleaning it. See if he uses it without the paper.

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You can gradually decrease the size of the newspaper on top of the pads to ease him into the pads alone. I would also try not to respond to his whining in any way. My last dog was a big time whiner and believe me it will get on your last nerve. Ignore him when he whines and interact when he isn't. Hopefully he will soon realize that whining doesn't get him any results.



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@goldanimals @Molly120213

thanks both, great suggestions!

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