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Hey guys! Bramble is now here 🙂 we collected him on Friday. He’s very tiny, and very fluffy! So much character... he loves playing, he’s already learnt to fetch. And so far no accidents in the house; his breeders have done a great job.

The only ‘challenge’ so far is crying when he’s left alone, or thinks he’s been left alone. It’s early days, but it’s heart breaking to hear him. It’s already not as bad as Friday night, so I hope he’ll get accustomed to his new life without his siblings! Would welcome some encouragement on this!
 

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Congratulations on your cute new addition! I remember asking myself on several occasions “What did I do? or was I crazy to get a puppy?”.
Of course this was after a night with poor sleep or a potty accident or going outside every 20 minutes because the puppy would not pee or poop. My Molly used to stand up in her crate, stick her nose through the bars, and scream! Just remember that this is a temporary learning phase for your puppy. There are so many new things they have to learn about living in your home and adjusting to your routine. Be firm in your commitment to confine while you are house training them and before long the protesting will stop. Eventually they will earn their freedom in your home and look at their crate or pen as their den or safe space and seek it out on their own.
 

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:welcome:
 

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Congratulations! He’s a cutie. I did follow advice I read somewhere that you leave the puppy, to start with, for a few minutes, as you go into another room, close by. Then come back and pet/play with the puppy. Once he’s comfortable with that, you go out a little farther, and also start extending the time you are gone. Your puppy will learn that you leaving doesn’t mean you aren’t coming back. Having toys and chewing sticks to play with while you are not there help a lot and are highly recommended.
 

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ONly give attention when he's quiet. DOn't reward the barking by responding to it, and that includes feeling anxiety over it. They know when they are getting to you.

Today, I taught a whole litter to be quiet before they could come out of their pen. They were barking to get out after waking up from a nap. I waited just out of sight until they were quiet, and then walked back towards the door to the pen. The instant one barked, I just turned around, and walked back out of sight. It took about 20 minutes, and I don't know how many repetitions, but they finally were all sitting by the gate quietly, and I opened the door for them.

When I have one by itself, and in a pen, I walk by a lot of times, completely ignoring them, go out of sight in different directions in the house, and that whether they are asking for attention, or not.

Everything you do, and don't do, is training. It's not just giving treats for performance.
 

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Great advice here, thanks everyone. I’m really keen to have a very well trained dog so I’m being as consistent as possible. Every day is better, no crying at all now. When he whines I am ignoring him until he’s quiet.
I’m very glad to see him happily entertaining himself now too when I can’t be playing with him.
All good signs 🙂
 

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Bramble, what a joy!! I agree with the group, having a puppy is a commitment of sheer joy. Brought my little guy home on 8/1/19, time has gone by so fast. Soon to be six months. The folks on this Forum are wise and have used their advice, products suggested, grooming tips all the time. Keep us posted and we love pictures. All the best, Bing Lee 🐶 and his Mom, Sherry

Bing 8.5 pounds
 

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A little update! We’ve had Bramble for two months or so now, he’s doing great! Very friendly and happy dog. He does not really cry at all now, a bit of whimpering when he knows we are ignoring him. He follows closely to heel and loves being in the local forests.
He gets crusty hair under his eyes though, that’s quite hard to get out. He hates me touching anywhere near his eyes. Any tips there?
Here is a photo of him... growing fast!
 

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A little update! We've had Bramble for two months or so now, he's doing great! Very friendly and happy dog. He does not really cry at all now, a bit of whimpering when he knows we are ignoring him. He follows closely to heel and loves being in the local forests.
He gets crusty hair under his eyes though, that's quite hard to get out. He hates me touching anywhere near his eyes. Any tips there?
Here is a photo of him... growing fast!
I use a cotton ball soaked with warm water or an unscented baby wipe to soften the eye gunk. Then I use my finger to get it off the hair if I can, or at least push it down from the eye area. Otherwise I use my face comb or a flea comb to get it off.
 
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