Puppy question – hopefully my last one.

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

My yorkie weighed 20oz when I brought her home so were really to keep her in a puppy play pen with her food,water, bed , toys and a pee pad she’s now almost 10 months and only 2.5 lbs so we still use the playpen. For a boxer,even a puppy , I think it would be able to trample the playpen but I’ve see indoor excercise pens for dogs. People will put it on the tile so if the puppy has an accident (which isit will after a few hours depending on age) it doesn’t ruin carpet and you could put down a pee pad and food and water. I’d check amazon there are lots of different options 

Post # 4
1595 posts
Bumble bee

Ask daycare if they have a minimum age/size.  My daycare keeps the very young pups either in the crate, out to potty, being held, or on the floor with one or two small trusted dogs.  They actually help with the potty training because they consistently get them outside.

Post # 5
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Most daycares don’t take puppies until they are a certain age.  I think it’s around 5 or 6 months because they will have had all of their shots and been neutered.  I think you would need someone to come and make visits to the puppy, they usually have to go out every 2 hours or so.  I lucked out when I got my puppy that we are allowed to bring dogs to my office.

Post # 6
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I Would hire a dog walker to take her out in the middle of the day for an hour to feed, walk, play, potty etc. Most daycares wont take puppies until they are old enough to have necessary vaccines.  You could be exposing such a young puppy to parvo, kennel cough etc since they don’t have all their vaccines.  Same reason they don’t recommend taking young puppies to pet stores or dog parks…

Post # 7
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are you able to come home at lunch and let him out? If not, I’d hire a dog walker. I don’t think a daycare will even take a puppy that young due to vaccinations. Usually you want to avoid places with a lot of dog traffic until they’re a bit older.

Post # 8
5661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re getting a boxer puppy in Feb and we’re hiring a dog walker to come by twice a day. I wouldn’t want to send a puppy to doggy day care before they are fully vaccinated. We can also work from home so we’re going to each try to do that once a week for the first few months.

Post # 10
1595 posts
Bumble bee

@MrsPanda99:  Some do work it out … I think mine takes them after they’ve had so many shots. 

They get new puppies periodically, and I usually get introduced to them as my girl has taken on the role of daycare “puppy mom”.  She’s never had a litter, but she make sure the little ones are OK and shows them the routine.  She’s a smallish/medium dog so not physically intimidating and very calm.  If it’s getting a little busy the pups usually seek out my girl to stand next to for a break, and when they curl up – it’s usually next to her.   Somehow she just puts out the mom vibe, because probably 80% of the pups attach to her.

Post # 12
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsPanda99:  If the daycare will take a very young puppy, that’s what I’d prefer! Otherwise a dog-walker/visiter situation would probably be best. I was shocked at how expensive dog-walkers are compared to daycare in our area, so be prepared for that!

Post # 13
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsPanda99:  I would hire someone at first, then as the pup grows older you can do a day or so a week at daycare, see how they do, then move to full time care like you do with your existing dog.

May I also say that I think you are an AMAZING pet owner?!  You are considering all the possible options and making the dog’s comfort a priority 🙂  

Post # 16
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsPanda99:  I took a week off from work to be home with our puppy for housetraining.  He was easy to train so the week off worked perfectly.  I was able to learn his pee/poo face and behaviors enough so I could prevent accidents from happening.

Who gets rid of a 10 year old dog?  He’s a senior and needs the love and care of his family in his golden years.  I knew the moment I laid eyes on my pup that he would be with me until he dies and I will spoil the heck out of him in his golden years.

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