Join Date: Mar 2010
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Upon reading this, I am wondering if there is a correlation between the age our pups leave their breeders and the difficulty they encounter in adjusting to a new environment. Or if it just has more to do with personality?
Augie has never slept in our room. We have a two-story house with the bedrooms upstairs. We brought him home at 8.5 weeks of age. His breeder advised to immediately train him to a crate but not to lock him in during the night as he wouldn't physically be able to hold his urine that long. We placed his crate in our kitchen (very small kitchen), with baby gates at both entrances, and as he was pretty much paper trained, we put newspaper down in a small area. I slept on the couch for the first week, to comfort him when/if he cried during the night, which he did for a couple nights. During the day I would lock him in his crate for just a few minutes at a time, increasing the length of time, until I could leave him in there for a couple hours if I had to go somewhere. I would also disappear upstairs for short periods of time, increasing that time to get him used to being alone. During the night, he would leave his unlocked crate and go potty on his paper. After learning about the UgoDog potty tray on the forum, we transitioned him to that at about 5 months of age. He then learned to go potty outside at about 8 months when we boarded him. Potty training went quite easily.
He still sleeps in the kitchen, in his crate, with the baby gates up. If we let him have free reign of the downstairs, he goes from room to room and seems to be bothered by noises outside. When I have fallen asleep on the couch, he will sleep there with me for a bit, but then moves to find his own place. He just seems to get better rest in the kitchen in his crate - which still isn't locked.
He has no separation anxiety issues and hasn't become a barker, except when someone comes to the door. It is also no doubt much quieter around here than your home probably is, as our children are adults and no longer live at home. It appears Chloe was probably about 12 weeks when you brought her home? That just made me curious about the age thing - whether there might be a relationship there. And, like I said, it could just be the difference in personalities.
Good luck to you!
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom