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1.)  Is it ok to leave Faith alone for about an hour (she is crate trained and goes in easy so that will be ok,but I'm just worried about animal cruelty)  I'm worrying about having time to do stuff with my son because it just seems these past 24 hours have been all about her so I wanted to spend some time with him at a park or whatever!

2.)  Is putting Faith on grass at 7 weeks (with only one set of shots) ok to do?  we don't live near any woods (no ticks) although we live in a sandy town where underneath the grass is sand not clay or anything else (so sand fleas may be a problem)  Any suggestions about potty training her, as I'm doing it on the deck right now with newspapers?

Thank you for the people who answer!

April

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Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 22, 2012 at 11:44am

When Pemon has to stay in the crate because we have both gone out, I drop a couple of treats in there before I leave and 9 times out of 10 he is sleeping when we get home.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 21, 2012 at 3:59pm

Good trick, Dona...I like it !

Comment by Dona Wallerius on May 20, 2012 at 10:02am

Another way to get them to get use to the crate is throw a treat in there and say "kennel up" .. but don't shut the door.. just walk away.  The crate should always be a rewarding and positive place for a puppy.  Keep doing that and eventually you can say "kennel up" and they will go in on their own.  At the moment mine is going in when I say "kennel up" and I give him the treat after he goes in.

Comment by Debbie Miller on May 20, 2012 at 1:27am

Taking her in the grass is ok for her.  Don't let her get used to the newspaper or she will think she can go on that all the time. The best thing to do is take her in the grass in a special area you want her to go when she wakes up from a nap or after shes been playing and then a little after she has eaten. She will understand that is where she is to go. I crate trained all my dogs and I have 2 doodles right now and they are very smart and train very easy. They love to please everyone. when she goes her dutys praise her and she will know that she is doing something good. Good Luck and enjoy your puppy.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 17, 2012 at 9:21am

I also heard that you should take them out about 20 minutes after they eat.

Comment by Marsha Cochran on May 17, 2012 at 7:40am

April, we are a big fan of the crate and Hank loves his.  Our view of the crate is "safe and secure" vs cruelty.  I recommend a little crate time a few times every day - especially for a new puppy.  It just helps them get used to it for all the "right" reasons.  We have ours in the dining room - Hank is in it everytime we leave the house and he does sleep in it - from day one (of course, we are on our third crate).  I'm sure the time will come when he won't use it - but, he's only 8 1/2 months old.  Agree with others re: flea and tick med - with a new puppy, I'd check with your vet.  Just might want to get in the habit of checking Faith over when she comes in from being outside.  Agree with Bruce on potty training.  We took Hank out immediately when he woke up from naps and we usually waited about 20 mintues after meals.  It is a LOT of work - especially in the beginning - but the REWARDS are well worth it.  Just remember - she's a smart little chick!!! so she will test you and try to get away with things.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 16, 2012 at 4:32pm

Crate training is really great, April.  Be sure to put in something for a bed...preferably with your scent on it...towels, old sheets..or even best...her own doggy bed. 

If you even feed her in the crate, it will take no time at all until she considers the crate her "den" and will go there on her own for nap time or night time.   Many people put their dogs in the crate overnight to keep them from doing damage ( as Grace says...).  Be assured...it is not cruelty.

Some people put the crate in the bedroom with them for the first few weeks, then transfer it to where they want the dog to consider its "den".

Potty training....??  Take her outside ALOT during the day to the area where you want her to consider her bathroom.  Especially right after eating...  Praise alot when done.  They get the idea pretty quickly.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 16, 2012 at 10:34am

April we are all hear to answer whatever questions you have.  Most of the time you can get lot's of opinions and advice.  We too use K-9 Advantix II on Pemon.  You buy it by the weight of the dog.  You can start at 7 weeks or older.  Whatever Faith weighs is what you would buy.  The have up to 10 lbs. and so on.  A 4 month supply is approx. $40.  Couldn't tell you about the grass, but it looks like Dona knows.  As far as the crate for an hour, no problem.  As Dona said, it's the safest place for them to be and if you want your house in one piece when you get home, that would be the wise thing to do.  They say that dogs can get bored when they are home alone and that's when they start tearing things up.  We didn't use a crate with Fletch and boy oh boy, did we ever have fun.  One day he ate a pen.  Well, the ink out of it - hit the pen in the couch.  Mark came home to this little puppy and his mouth and face was blue.  Scarey.  But thank heavens not deadly.  We couldn't leave anything lying around.  Mark use to like to wear those rubber flip-flops.  Even though they weren't expensive, we were buying them every other day.  Yes to the crate.  Plus they feel secure in a crate. 

Comment by Dona Wallerius on May 15, 2012 at 6:36pm

My vet recommended Advantix as it repels fleas and ticks before they get on the dog.  It has worked great and ticks are a huge problems right now.  They do have a puppy version.  You can also call your vet and see what they recommend.  She should be fine on your grass, however I wouldn't recommend any dog parks until all shots are given.  I also had to crate my bogey for a little bit so I could get some house work done.  It's not animal cruelty... it would be worse having them out and not being able to keep an eye on them.. God forbid something bad happened. Don't feel bad.. I'm sure you are giving her more love than she has ever had :)

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