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Want to expect from a 8-week-12 week puppy.

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If you were to buy/adopt a 8 week or a 12 week old puppy, what should you expect? Do you they sleep a lot? How long can they hold there urine and "poop"? Those kinds of questions. If you had raise a 8 week or a 12 week old puppy, please let me know your experience! I am planning on buying or adopting a 8 week old Golden puppy soon. Any advice or warnings will be helpful

Thanks. Wish me Luck!
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The first week you can expect little sleep or peace and can plan on being on your toes the whole time. It will be one of those toughest jobs you will every love! It takes an amazing lot of trips outside that first week to get a good handle on housebreaking and you can expect up to a week (probably less) of howling in the crate at night.

All that said it does pass quickly and within a few weeks you will have a house trained pup who can go for several hours without having to go outside and will retire to his crate when he is tired.
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A puppy cannot hold it for a long period of time starting out so you have to be on your toes. I followed the rule, wake,outside, drink or eat outside, play outside, and while out there praise and cheer them on like a cheerleader. In no time they will start to get it and the time between potty breaks will get longer and longer. They love to play and will play really hard and then just plop down and sleep. At night you will probably going outside once or twice to take them to pee. Good luck with the new puppy and we want puppy pictures.

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We just brought our 8 week puppy home last week. I have 3 kids and I have to say that he is pretty close to bringing a newborn home. It is a huge committment (which I expected) Lots of waking up at night (last night he went his longest without waking us up - four hours ) and watching him constantly to make sure he chews toys (not kitchen cabinets) He's such a sweet dog and we all love him! I've had a couple friends who have gotten puppies and had to either sell or give them away because they didn't know how much work it would be. It's good that you are looking into things before hand! All the hard work pays off. Good luck!
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Yup, consider yourself "without a life" for a few weeks but the effort you put into it in the beginning will make things move along faster. Don't forget that an 8 wk old puppy is a baby and you can't expect too much from it at first. It needs to be taught (trained) how to live in a human world, a gentle manner with lots of praise helps the pup to bond with you which makes teaching it a whole lot easier than if it's being scolded for everything it does. Good luck on you new puppy. Read through the forum and you will learn lots from people who are going thru it or have already been there.

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Here are a few great sites to look through:

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/behavior.html

http://www.dogperfect.com/faq.asp

These sites will help you learn about bite inhibition. New pups have very sharp teeth and lots of people think that the pup is biting them but it is actually playing. These sites tell you how to teach bite inhibition in your puppy.

http://www.samsmiles.org/biting.html

http://www.westieclubamerica.com/beh...sandbites.html

http://www.jersey.net/~mountaindog/berner1/bitestop.htm

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When we brought Ike home, he caught on very quickly to going potty outside. We never put paper down. It was strictly outside. We'd cheer like he had made a masterpiece and he was thrilled with himself. He only cried the first night. The second night, when he started to fuss I gently shook the crate and said "NO" worked after the 2nd attempt. He did love to chew on everything, so the hard part was keeping him away from furniture and dangerous objects. We're in the woods, so outside was littered with dangerous objects too.
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Hello,

If you were to buy/adopt a 8 week or a 12 week old puppy, what should you expect? Do you they sleep a lot? How long can they hold there urine and "poop"? Those kinds of questions. If you had raise a 8 week or a 12 week old puppy, please let me know your experience! I am planning on buying or adopting a 8 week old Golden puppy soon. Any advice or warnings will be helpful

Thanks. Wish me Luck!

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Thank-you! These posts has been a great help!

Wow, luckily I live in the third floor in my Apartment and there is a backyard that is easily accessible (takes me less than 1 minute to get there). This is great since I have to take out the pup often to poop and pee (I got to clean the poop or else I will get a fine ). I guess the backyard will be my new home

Now, how about walking the puppy? I heard that Golden dogs need to be walked for a long brisk walk to exercise there bones. Do I have to take my puppy out for a walk? I think He is too young, right?

Also, what time did your puppy (if you raise one) went asleep at night, and what time did he or she woke up? Did he or she slept the whole night? If not, how often did he or she woke up? Every 2 hours?

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