Found a puppy! (YAY) But now have to train it… TIPS/ADVICE appreciated!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

CallMeMrsG:  Crate training is awesome.  It’s a safe place for the puppy while you’re working and during times when you can’t be on top of him for potty training.

Post # 3
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

CallMeMrsG:  Did you check to see if anyone is missing that dog in your area- lost and found ads, animal control etc whatever would be appropriate where you live?

I think the right thing to do would be to make a sincere effort to find the owner before deciding to keep the dog.

Post # 4
679 posts
Busy bee

Keep food and water limited. When she drinks she will pee and when she eats about 15-30mins later she will poop. If you know when she is drinking and eating you will know when you need to take her out. 

We have a german shepherd that we got at 8 wks and we have crate trained him because we work full time. He had done great with it! When he was a puppy <6months he would have accidentsin his crate, so we kept a potty pad in there and he would go on that. He wouldnt ever poop though because we arranged the schedule so he would go at night or before work. Now at almost 2 years he has been 100% potty trained for over a year. 


Post # 5
4654 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

CallMeMrsG:  Typically you want a crate where they have JUST enough room to lie down and stand up and turn around. But in puppy’s case, if you have to crate him during the day, I would get a bigger one and put a pad in there. Or if you don’t do the pad, at least he will have a place to go. Because no, he can’t hold it all day. His bladder is the last organ to fully develop.

Are you sure you don’t want to put up signs or anything about the dog?? I’d be sad if I accidentally lost my dog and someone just asked a few random people if they knew about him or not. The family could still be looking for him.

Post # 6
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Agreeing with PP, I would post ads or call the local shelters to make sure no one lost their dog if you didn’t already, they can get pretty far away from home sometimes. I have no advice since I’ve never had a dog, but she’s adorable! Best wishes training her

Post # 8
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

CallMeMrsG:  you said you asked everyone in the area. It didn’t really sound like you extended the search by much. Many times animals are found far away from home. The owner may not be in the area.

Did you place an ad? Contact animal shelters? city pound?

Post # 9
2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Crate training for sure!  It gave me a lot of peace of mind while we we were away when he was a bit younger.  Also, take her outside like every a half hour at first ..seriously.  Praise her every time she ‘goes’ outside like she just won the gold in the Olympics haha.

She is so cute & I’m glad you guys are able to give her a good home!  Good luck & be patient 🙂

Post # 11
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

CallMeMrsG:  I still think the responsible thing to do is to place an ad  in the lost and found- your local newspaper, Craigslist etc. Just think how you would feel if you lost your puppy.

You can place an ad about a found puppy without giving details of the breed and see if anyone comes forward with accurate identifying information.

Post # 13
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

CallMeMrsG:  Nature’s Miracle is the only stuff you should clean your floors with. It breaks down enzymes so puppy won’t find that same spot her “comfort zone”.

I so miss when my dog was a puppy. He’s 15 months now, but when he was a baby he was so sleepy and floppy and sweet. I can give you a ton of practicle advise like:

1. crate train immediately. It’s hard now, but once she gets the hang of it, it will cut down on anxiety and give her a safe place.

2. Try not to leave her alone for more than 2-3 hours until she is six months old. It sounds insane, but I hired a dog sitter to stay with my boy for 4-6 hours when he was a baby, until he was about 10 months old. The general rule is that a puppy can be only an hour for every month it is, up to 7 months. Now we can leave him home alone, uncrated, without any separation anxiety. Puppies are the same as babies- they need people and contact all the time. 

3. No dog parks or leash walks until she gets her shots around 16 weeks. If she is afraid of the leash, ease her into it, don’t force it. Take her for “walks” around the yard. If possible avoid using a leash until she is about 4 months old. And NEVER use chokers. If she pulls when she gets older, use a harness instead.

4. Let her sleep as much as ashe wants. And don’t let her feet touch the ground until she goes outside when she wakes up. Also, hang a bell on your door knob low enough so she can nudge. It’s a good way to get her to tell you when she needs to go out. 

5. Freeze wet washcloths for her when she is teething. When more of her grown up teeth come in, freeze big carrots. Also, dogs can eat raw chicken and injest their bones (never cooked chicken!). for now, stick with puppy food, but chicken makes a delicious treat. 

My dog is a 65lb coonhound. He is an angel, such a sweet, well behaved boy. He never chews, barks, jumps, growls, or panicks when we leave. I’m so proud with how well he was cared for when he was a puppy. And he was a rescue too!



Post # 15
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Crate training absolutely works. Also before either of my puppies were fully housetrained if they were in the house out of their crate I was constantly paying attention waiting for a chance to correct them for pottying in the house. A good way is to just leash them to you lol. Also don’t discipline them. Pick them up immediately even mid pee and move them somewhere appropriate for using the bathroom and reward reward reward. I use the phrase “hurry up” so now when I say that they know I want them to go. Helps in situations where it’s raining or something.

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