If all goes well, we are getting an 8-week-old weimaraner puppy this spring!
I’ve put together a list of the puppy raising questions I have so far. Of course, I will consult with our puppy’s breeder, our vet and trainers as needed but I also thought it would be good to get your ideas.
Feel free to chime in with your suggestions to any of these questions in the comments. You’ll be helping me, and we all know tons of others have these exact same questions!
If you were raising a puppy this year, how would you answer these questions?
My puppy questions so far …
1. Where should my puppy sleep the first few nights?
In the crate, of course, but where should I have the crate? I’m leaning towards in the living room so it’s close to the door for potty breaks. I would sleep on the couch nearby the first 2-3 nights so my husband can sleep well. Then moving the crate to our spare bedroom after a few nights, which is where I want the dog to sleep permanently.
See my post: Where should my puppy sleep?
2. How long can an 8-week-old puppy hold it at night?
I’m going to start with setting my alarm every 3 hours and see how that goes. I think I’ll quickly change that to every 4 hours so I’ll only have to get up once each night but figure I better start with every 3.
3. How do you balance potty training and walks with keeping the puppy safe from diseases?
I never thought I’d be worried about diseases like parvo, but I am! I live near San Diego, and we do hear about parvo outbreaks fairly often. Of course, this is usually at places like dog parks which I will be avoiding until the pup has had all his shots.
We live in an apartment complex that has about 100 dogs – all using the same bathroom areas. I also want to walk my puppy in the neighborhood where there are hundreds of dogs walking by each day. Is all of this safe?
4. How much crate time is too much during the day?
I want to potty train the pup as quickly as possible, and I’m lucky I have a flexible schedule (I’m a self-employed dog walker and blogger). But how much time in the crate is too much? I’m thinking a daytime rotation such as:
90 minutes in the crate / potty break and walk / 30 minutes out of the crate – repeat!
And then of course slowly increasing the time out of the crate as the puppy is successful.
Am I nuts?
5. Should I give flea prevention to such a young puppy?
Fleas are a big problem around here, and unfortunately natural flea-prevention products don’t work for us due to allergies. I hate putting chemicals on my pets but we can’t have a flea infestation either … been there, done that!
So … I haven’t decided what to do yet. I might just not put anything on the puppy for at least a month and hope for the best since my other pets are treated.
6. How many meals should I feed the puppy each day?
I’m thinking three meals for a week or two and then switching to twice per day.
So those are my questions so far. I’m sure will probably be a Part 2 to this post as more questions come up!
What is your #1 puppy raising tip you’d like more people to know?
Let me know in the comments!
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