OMG..he’s so cute. Congratulations! Nothing replaces the loss of a loved pet, but a puppy helps ease the pain.
1 - I’ve never used an X pen connected to a crate with any of my dogs. So, I can only speak to my experience: I used a crate just large enough for him to lay down. They usually don’t mess where they sleep. I had a soft bed for him but no toys or food. I was worried that he may choke on something when I was not home and oh, before I forget, I took his collar off when he was in the crate as well.
2- They pee CONSTANTLY. You may have seen one of my posts. I thought Bear (who’s 10 months old now) had a urinary tract infection so I took a sample into the vet for testing; it was negative. It’s tedious but he will learn if you are persistent.
3 - I have no suggestions as to gardening, but you should put cotton balls in his ears when you bathe him. They can easily get ear infections if they’re ears aren’t dried well. (You probably know this already but thought I’d mention it just in case)
4 - Biting is rough when they’re teething especially. Just keep giving him a toy to chew instead of your hands, clothes etc. he will outgrow it. I think having an older dog, Lincoln who’s 10 yrs old, helped us as Bear played with him and when he nipped too much, Lincoln corrected him with a growl and Bear got the message and just backed off.
5 - Bear’s not crazy about traveling in the car. When he was younger, it took a lot to get him in and even out. He’d get car sick within 3 miles of our house (thankfully he’s grown out of that). It has gotten better, however. I don’t think you should give him treats. It may upset his stomach. Just talk to him as you drive. I’m sure eventually he will get used to it
Puppy classes will help immensely. Your puppy is very, very lucky to have you and is living a great puppy life! Please keep us updated.
Thank you for the helpful post!
Yes, we are working on the crate, but it's slow going. Today I broke out the bully stick and he was happily chewing away at it in the crate. I'll get some more high value chews at the store so he can spend more time laying about in the crate.
The peeing timing is half our fault with timing (eg, waiting longer than 30 min, waiting until he wakes up from a nap even though he's ready to pee immediately when he wakes up), and half because he's so playful when he's out in the yard. Many times we'll be out there 20-30 min, or even an hour, and he won't pee - and as soon as we come in the house, put him in the pen, and turn around to do something like get his kibble, then it's pee time... He's getting better about peeing on command if he's not preoccupied with playing, so I think if we eliminate our half of the mistakes it'll be fine.
Yes! I clean his ears with ear cleaner and gauze (haven't had a chance to pick up cotton balls yet) after baths. He's gotten one every 3 days because he gets so dirty!
So glad to hear that he'll grow out of biting. I'm sure it's a ton of fun to bite us and grab our clothes... We're working on leave it, trades with treats, and redirection with toys. He seems to be bitey-ier when we're out in the yard, probably because he gets more excited when he's playing outside and digging and eating all the plants. I remove myself from the yard for about half a minute, but when I go back he's off doing something fun instead of sulking and reflecting on his guilt, lol. I found a good water bottle for deterrence but the the video in the new thread about biting (How did y'all stop puppy-biting)
makes me think that I should just stick it out a bit more and continue with loud ouches.
He's a bit better in the car today. I'm thinking tomorrow I'll put him in the car and just let him explore when it's parked, plus treats inside.