I just got a 7 week old miniature poodle yesterday. Her name is Winnie! She wont stop whimpering unless I hold her. Even though i know your not suppose to do this, but when I put her in her crate last night, she started screaming, so I let her sleep with me. She did great and slept quietly all night. Untill she peed the bed in the morning! Apparently i didnt get her out fast enough! I put her in her crate this morning before I went to work and put the crate siting on my bed facing my tv and turned the tv on so that she would have something to listen too. I put a little blanket and toys in there with her. But she was still whimpering and crying like crazy. Last night when we were hanging out, before i went to bed, everytime i left the room or left her line of sight, she would start whimpering. Is all of this normal? I am a new dog owner so i am very very new at this. I know it has only been a day, but i just want to know if her crying is normal!
Yes it is rather normal because she has been uprooted from her family pack. You are now her pack. Dogs are very social and need to be with their pack a lot, especially at night. Her crate should be in your room, close to the bed. We did that with my Misha and she settled down pretty well once we put the crate in next to the bed. I just love Cesar Milan's practical advice. I think he's a genius. I will warn you that training takes patience and consistency. Dogs need to establish a leader, and it better be you! A leader always has quiet confidence and ability to lead. A leader never screams. A leader is logical and confident. She is never mean or hysterical. Dogs live in the moment. Do not punish a dog for "being bad" while you were gone. They don't know what you are ranting about because that didn't happen RIGHT NOW. Dogs behavior is pretty predictable once you know your dog's personality type. I hope you enjoy learning all about Cesar's approach, which has saved many, many, nervous, hyper, aggressive, and timid dogs!
Caryopteris has said some good things, which you should take on board. I am also thinking that 7 weeks is a little young for the pup to be taken away from the mother. Normally it should be after 8 weeks, so it could be that the puppy is severely missing its mother's presence and pannicking as a result.
This also sounds like a dog that could have separation anxiety issues - which will persist unless you deal with it at the outset. You will need to do some reading and research separation anxiety in dogs - and you will also need to be both consistant and quite firm once you start dealing with it. Separation anxiety in older dogs is very very difficult to deal with, so much better that you start now rather than later ... it will take quite some time and effort to sort it out, but eventually both you and your dog will be happier that you did.
I will definitely look in to Cesars approach! I also completely agree that she was a little young. I found the ad on craigs list, and the ad said that they were 10 weeks old. So my boyfriend and I went to go visit the puppys and the first time we went to go see them he said yes they are ten weeks old. His english was a little shaky though, so I think he was a bit confused. Because the second time i went to go see them- i brought my mom back a couple days later which was yesterday the day we actually adopted them- and he said no they were not 10 weeks they were only 7 weeks old. They were born on October 19th. And now that I remember it i do remember him mentioning something the first time we saw them about 19th. I think he was just confused. We adopted Winnie though, and she is a smart dog already. I just went back at lunch time to take her out and see how she was doing and she wasnt crying in her crate. She only started to whimper a teensy bit when she saw me and after everythng when I put her back in her crate. I did notice she didnt eat her lunch though. Even though she ate a bunch really fast last night and this morning. Maybe she was still full from this morning? I thought maybe it was hard for her to eat so i tried mixing some water in there to soften in up, but she still tried it and then didnt eat it.
I will definitely look up separation anxiety too, because thats what my mom said. She said that we took her away too early from her family. Which now i feel totally bad about!
She is a smart little girl though. Whenever i take her out to go to the bathroom i dont even need a leash because she follows me everywhere. She is so good at staying right by my side and not running away. If you guys have any other advice on how to raise her right, let me know! Thank you so much for your responses i really appreciate it!!!
Yes, 7 weeks is too young to be taken from Mom and littermates. I do suggest you research some articles on crate training. Hopefully, the pup will settle down.
Obviously, you did not get this puppy from a reputable breeder. Have you taken the pup in for a Vet exam? Has the puppy had any shots and checked for parasites and dewormed? I suggest you get into your Vet and get on a puppy plan right away. Who knows what immunity the mother had before being bred. Please do no take your puppy out in public areas until she is completely done with her shots. You certainly don't want the pup to get or be exposed to Parvo.
And, please don't take for granted that the puppy will stay by your side. Now is a good time to start leash training also.
Tony is absolutely right when he says that the pup was taken from its mother too soon. Toy dogs especially are left with their mothers and litters for a longer period of time. Many toy breeders will not release a puppy before 12 weeks of age, and some keep them as long as 16 weeks.
Pack dynamics are an interesting thing. Different things are learned at different ages and some of the most important things are learned between the ages of 6 and 9 weeks, so by letting this puppy go at 7 weeks, the breeder theoretically tossed her out into the world unprepared. Bite inhibition is one of the things that is learned during this period. The mother teaches her puppies not to be mouthy or bite, and she can do it MUCH more effectively than a human can. She will let her puppies know (and they will let each other know) in their own language that "HEY! THAT HURTS!" and by the time the puppy is 8 or 9 weeks old, it doesn't go to its new home ready to chew on everything and everyone it comes into contact with.
As much as it's going to kill you, let her holler! DO NOT GO TO HER UNTIL SHE IS QUIET. You have already taught her that if she fusses enough, she wins, so you're already going to have to undo some damage but if you start right away and remain steadfast, you'll undo it.
Margot gave you EXCELLENT advice with regard to keeping her from public situations until her vaccinations are complete and about keeping her leashed. As soon as she gets comfortable being away from her litter she will be off and exploring, so don't think that just because she follows you now that she is going to continue.
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