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Hello, Maizie is our 8 1/2 week lab, we have had her one week so far. Can you give any pointers on the following;

We are watching her constantly, its a full time job monitoring her pee - yesterday she went outside 24 times and still had 4 accidents. Each time we praise the pee (at the end, not half way through). Is she over drinking, is it worth me controlling water intake? We feed her at 7,12:30 and 5...... is it worth a drink schedule too?

She also whines a lot when alone, she is fine at night (crated), but anytime during the day she is on her own she whines. She has a pen with her water / toys in and in this pen is her crate. Shes jumped the pen 3 times, and its not small, she climbs it like spider man!

She also nibbles a lot, she gets an edible chew at 10am which she loves, she also has chew toys. However she just loves to nibble my kids fingers. We do a stern no, and tried yelping.......


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We are watching her constantly, its a full time job monitoring her pee - yesterday she went outside 24 times and still had 4 accidents
Perfectly normal. At that age she has minimal control of her bladder, and almost no idea of where it's permissible to urinate. House training is a human thing, not really an animal thing.

is it worth me controlling water intake?
Definitely not! Water is so important for many reasons including helping her digest her food.

We feed her at 7,12:30 and 5.
Really at that age she needs 4 meals per day. Food is fueling growth, and she is growing so fast. Her stomach is simply too small to hold enough fuel for the rapid growth. It's usual to feed 4 meals to 12 weeks old, 3 meals from 12 weeks to 6 months and 2 meals thereafter.

However she just loves to nibble my kids fingers. We do a stern no, and tried yelping.......
I wrote a short article about this a while back, this might help you understand whats happening. :-

I think it’s important that you understand whats happening. What you describe is so normal for Labrador puppies! Part of the problem is that they are so much a social breed, they love everybody and want to be with them. They want to play, and they want to involve their “human” in their game. And of course dogs cant play cards or computer games. Puppies are pre-programmed at birth to play “War Games.” This is equipping them for their future in the wild, catching their food and defending themselves and their pack. Puppies, and many other creatures in the wild will practise and hone their skills on each other. I’m so lucky in that I have a private wood that I can walk in and often in spring I’ve stood and watched Fox cubs playing these war games. They have no intention of hurting each other, just have a lovely game.

But then onto domestic dogs, and thats where things all go wrong. We take our puppy out of the nest and away from his siblings at around 8 weeks old, just about the time when the pups are beginning to get active, starting to think about things other than eating and sleeping. So his natural actions now would be to play his war games, but he has no siblings to play those games with! So effectively you are the surrogate sibling! In the wild this is where he would start to learn bite inhibition. As a baby he would have no idea that biting hurts! How could he? So he nips his sibling a bit hard, brother says, “Oye! Pack it in! If you are going to play rough I’m off!” In other words he walks off and leaves his brother. Brother soon works out that biting too hard hurts and finishes the game. Particularly if it’s him that gets bitten too hard! So the pups start to learn to control their biting.

Why do they single out one particular person? Because they think that person is nice, so they want to play, and play in the only way they know. So really, much as you dont want it, it's really a compliment! Your puppy feels happy and confident with you.

This is where the theory of “Time out” came from. It’s us trying to replicate what would happen with puppies naturally in the wild. “That hurt! I’m not playing anymore!” So you stand up, turn your back on the pup, get your hands up high so there is nothing for the pup to take hold of. But you have probably noticed that things are worse in the evening. Just like children, they can lose a certain amount of self control when they get tired. All day you are busy so they spend a large part of the time sleeping, but in the evening, when you want to sit quiet, resting from the day they want to play. And as they get tired so the play gets rougher. I have always made a point of popping my pups into their crate at about 7pm for an hour, so they get use to having an hours sleep in the evening, and I get a chance to recharge my batteries. Interestingly this has built a habit which has continued for all of my dogs lives. Every evening they put themselves to bed and we all have a rest.

I know puppies are hard work, and the alligators can make your hands really sore, but believe me, it does get better. Yes my dogs still love to involve me in their games, but it’s now lovely. Amy takes hold of my wrist so gently and leads me to where she wants to go, or Chloe will take hold of one finger to involve me in her war games, but oh so gently. Somehow you never notice things getting better because it is a slow change in pressure. But one day you realise your hands are no longer sore and you cant remember the last time you told him to pack it in. Given time they become the most wonderful of creatures.
 

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Thankyou @JohnW for the comments, very wise information

The breeder fed her 3 times a day, we are using the same food and schedule that she has been on since weaning. Her poop schedule is clockwork so im reluctant to change, however, if its really important I can switch it up a bit.

Regarding the pee - each trip outside takes up to 20 mins to pee, she makes the signs to pee but just sits and looks at me, or whines to go back in. Sometimes we take her back in and hold her for ten mins before trying again. Taking her out 28 times a day isnt an issue, but standing outside for ages waiting to pee.......... im spending half the day holding a brolly :D
 

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We found that using a pen in the garden to put Sonny in when he wanted to go out helped. It's a boring area with no toys for him to play with. Then once he'd had a wee, lots of praise and attention and being let out to play. We've had plenty of accidents and what seems like backward steps but at just over 3 months now he's brilliant. I hesitate to say he's completely toilet trained but he's certainly getting there.
As for the biting, I'm definitely the chosen one and have the scars to prove it. Hes lovely with everyone else but can sometimes be a complete monster with me. I'll try to remember it's a compliment but it's hard going sometimes!
 

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I'll try to remember it's a compliment but it's hard going sometimes!
There is a very old saying which my boss used to quote to me when times got difficult. The cleaned up version goes, "When you are up to your backside in Alligators, it's difficult to remember that the object of the exercise was to drain the swamp!" 😉
 
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