So we just got our puppy Ella on Friday and I have a couple questions. First, she seems to only eat about 1 cup of food per day. She is on Wellness puppy food. I'm worried she is not eating enough but I have read not to worry the first week they come home due to them adjusting...so should I not worry? She's supposed to be eating 3 times a day but she has been free feeding because I just want her to eat and every time I try to feed her at specific times she won't eat. I have to bring her to her bowl several times throughout the day and tell her to eat and then sometimes she will eat a little but end up getting distracted and stop. She is 8 wks and weighs 10 lbs.
1 cup sounds about right... Bertie was eating 3/4 a cup 3x a day right off, but then again he was 9 weeks old. That first week with a younger puppy, you are generally getting 1/2 cup in 3x a day.
Do not free feed if you ever want to feed your dog at specific times. Freefeeding teaches them to graze.
Aim for at least 1/2 cup 3x a day. Exact set times. You can moisten the food a little with warm water (just enough to moisten, finger test the warmth).
If she doesn't eat her food, pick it up and put it away until the next feeding.
The second question I have is about house training. We live in TX and a cold front just came in tonight and it's around 30 degrees outside and now Ella will not go potty outside. Every time I let her out, she ends up running to the door or just sitting in the grass for awhile.
This is the time for you to be leash training as well and training her to go potty ON COMMAND and on leash. <- Trust me, it's an invaluable thing to teach your dogs. More important than training sit and paw. After she's going potty on command, you can back off to letting her out the door off leash (I'm assuming you have a fenced yard and will be standing on the doorstep watching her).
The reason why she doesn't want to go outside alone isn't because of the cold, it's because she's still in the "imprint" stage where she's instinctively staying close to her pack for protection. As she gets older that instinct fades away and you may be dealing with a puppy who wants nothing to do with staying with you.
As far as the cold - it's been cold nonstop since my Bertie came home. About the only thing I've noticed is that since the temps dropped even further and we got a bunch of snow, is that Bertie goes out there and just wants to run around and eat snow. The cold feels good after the hot house, I think. <- Not advocating any outdoor dogs here, but just quick potty trips and quick 5-10 minute play outings throughout the day, don't worry about the cold.
She sleeps with me and when I was sleeping she got off my bed and had 3 accidents in the house.
OMG. You must be a sound sleeper. My last three boys especially slept from day 1 in my bedroom. Danny wanted nothing to do with sleeping in my bed and would constantly get off to go sleep with his brother under the bed. He was 6 weeks old at the time and you can imagine how frequently he had to go. To make matters worse, he was one of those who would walk and pee. He didn't actually stop and squat. So we would have a trail of "swirlies" that we had to clean up.
My Jacks was easily convinced to sleep in bed with me and he would stay up there all night. o_O But even there, he would make me a nervous wreck. Every time he MOVED, my eyes were popping open and I was checking where he was. That dog had absolutely no accidents in the house, but that didn't mean we took him out less or didn't worry about it.
It's the same thing with Bertie who definitely is my little snuggle bug. He only had one bad couple hours where he was peeing nonstop - probably a reaction to something? Who knows. But he has an dedicated crew of potty runners. If I'm not there keeping him on leash in the house and/or watching him like a hawk, then my mom/sister/brother are doing exactly that. Or confining him to my room.
^ I have a $20 rug in my room that I'm not emotionally attached to. If there are any accidents, we will clean up and move along. I'm planning to ditch it as soon as we get to 7 months and get something nicer.
If Bertie were accident prone though, I would be tossing that carpet and just going with the tile floor.
If you are emotionally attached to the carpet and are sleeping through the pup's movements, then you might want to put a crate in the room next to your bed and at least deal with having a crate in the room for the next 2-5 weeks, or however long it takes before your pup is starting to sleep through the night.
that were house trained in a week.
No such thing. A dog is not housetrained until he's gone 2 months without an accident. With those wonderpups who are "housetrained" by the definition that they want to go outside and are alerting their owners when they have to go out, if the owner slacks off a bit, accidents may happen.
With those pups who go 2 months without accidents - a lot of them have cast iron bladders by then and have a very deeply instilled idea of going outside only.