Post # 1
I want to be a foster mom to a puppy but I just need advice. I am actually in a great situation with a great pet friendly apartment. The apartment has a dog park in the back and I am willing to pay the fee. But, I need advice. Most of the doggies I will be fostering are puppies and not housetrained. I do work 1 part-timejonb. I am always home mid-day for lunch and sometimes I work 6 hours and sometimes I work only 2.5 (I am a personal trainer). I need advice from other moms to puppies about what you do with your puppies when you or your DH are working? I am thinking about buying puppy pads and placing them in my screened porch for now (I live in LA) or setting him up in the wooden kitchen area.
Post # 2
llcoolray: Kennel them- dogs hate “living” in their own “crap”. I have 3 dogs, and none of them had accidents when they were kenneled.
As for accidents around the house, I’ve had the best luck with putting their nose in it and scolding them, then immediately taking them outside. It sounds bad to some people, but all my dogs learned very quickly after that.
Post # 3
llcoolray: I was single when I got my dog as a puppy, so I didn’t have any help training him. When I wasn’t home, I just gated him off in the kitchen with a peepee pad so that he couldn’t really mess anything up. I tried with the kennel, but he barked nonstop and peed in the kennel. I was getting notes on the door about the barking. My dog was an absolute terror as a puppy, he chewed everything. He started chewing up the puppy pads when I was gone, so I got a grass pad (the fake grass in the plastic tray) so that he couldn’t easily chew it up. That worked better. If you’re going to let him loose outside of a kennel, just make sure that wherever he is is puppy proofed and there isn’t anything he can get into or destroy.
Post # 4
get a crate with an adjustible divider so the puppy can stand up, and turn around comfortable, but don’t give them too much room. this will eliminate any desire for them to pee in it. Keep in mind however, that the general “rule” is that a puppy can hold it only 1 hour for each month of age, so if you’re fostering an 8-week old puppy, it would really only be able to hold it 2 hours max. When we got our puppy at 10 weeks old, she definitely went out every hour, sometimes every 45 minutes. We also cover her crate with a blanket to make it more “den-like” – she barked and whined a lot before we did that. now she just chills in her crate.
Post # 5
llcoolray: I would definitely crate train them. When my dog was a puppy I was close enough to home for me to go home for lunch. We first tried the gate thing in the kitchen and it was a nightmare. There was smeared poo and pee everywhere!! We decided to try the crate and it was much better and I feel easier to clean. We tried crating her at night, but she was soooo cute and we felt so bad that she was whining so she slept with us on the bed. She had accidents every night, and it sucked, so I’m not sure if I recommend doing that lol. I’m not sure when she finally got it that she needed to do her business outside, but I think it took about 3 or 4 months until she started sitting by the door to let us know that she needed to go outside. Two years later, we still put her in her crate because sometimes she can get into stuff while we’re gone. I love dogs! They really are part of the family. We want to get another puppy, but the house training part is making us hold off…