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I haven't posted for a bit. We lost our beloved Chaos last October, and our remaining golden, Bear, seemed so lost and depressed so we decided to get another golden, and we picked up our new boy Murphy last Tuesday. He is now 8 weeks 2 days old and we are in the process of crate training him. The breeder did not start crate training at all, so we are starting from scratch with him. When we got Bear 2 years ago, he had been somewhat crate trained, and he pretty much knew what to do when it came to going potty outside.

When we took Murphy to our vet, she gave us a handout on housebreaking using a crate. The schedule is as follows:

Example times: 7 to 8am - take out of crate, relieve him, feed him, relieve, play and back in to the crate.

12 to 1 - same schedule as above.

5 to 6pm - same schedule as above.

7 - last call for water, relieve him, (we also let him play for a little bit) then back into the crate

9pm - relieve him, into crate for the night.

Thankfully, he has been sleeping through the night for the last 2 nights:)

I have been trying to keep this schedule, with the exception of taking him out to go potty only and then back into the crate after several hours of being in the crate if he is crying. I won't take him out of the crate if his needs have been taken care of and he is crying to get out - and now that the kids are back to college I can firmly stick to this schedule.

I would love to get feedback from you if this sounds about right time wise. I would also like to try and get an idea about how long it takes for the average pup to "get it". He is a smart dog, picked up his name pretty quickly and the feeding schedule. Sorry for such a long post, but just trying to get a clue;)

Thanks!!

Sheri
 

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Here's what I sent home in my puppy package, and what I follow with my own pups. Mine are usually asking to go outside within 2 weeks. If you are teaching the pup to use a bell, dingle it with the pups nose before you go through the door. Tmies can be adjusted to fit your work day.

6:00am—Get puppy up and carry to potty area. Say the cue word when puppy starts to go and praise when done. Bring in for a little play (I have my shower at this point since I know they are empty! I either put pup back in crate or bring them into the bathroom with me), eat your b-fast, water/feed/train puppy, play a little more.

7:00am—Puppy back out to potty area until they eliminate.

7:30am—Puppy into crate with safe toy (ie a Kong with a bit of PB rubbed inside) and you to work.

11:00am—Get puppy out of crate and immediately to potty area. Say the cue word when puppy starts to go and praise when done. Water and feed puppy, eat your lunch, have a little play and take pup back outside to potty area about 10 mins before you have to leave.

11:50am—Puppy back in crate with toy.

3:15pm--Get puppy out of crate and immediately to potty area. Say the cue word when puppy starts to go and praise when done. Allow puppy a good drink. Play and train.

4:30pm--Puppy back out to potty area until they eliminate. When done, bring in and keep tethered to you while you get dinner ready etc.

6:00pm—Feed and water puppy. Puppy back out to potty area until they eliminate. Play and train. Pup will eventually get tired and need a nap. Into the crate.

8:00pm(or when pup wakes)—Allow puppy a last drink and take up the water. Puppy back out to potty area until they eliminate. Play and train. Keep pup with you on tether, play for a bit, and then spend some quiet time.

10:00pm—Puppy out to potty area until they eliminate. No vigorous play at this point, as you want them to settle in quietly for the night. Place pup in crate for the night. If pup fusses just give a quiet “No noise—go to sleep.” Do not get into the habit of letting pup out on demand! A very young pup may need to go potty and have a little drink of water in the middle of the night (2 or 3 am) but they should be sleeping 7 hours just fine by the time they are 10 weeks old. Persistent or worried whining may indicate a desperate need to go (tummy upset etc) so be willing to bend there!
 

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Sterregold,

Thanks for your input! Hopefully Murphy will be at the door in 2 weeks begging to go out to go potty:) I am being very diligent with immediately carrying him out to the lawn and giving him lots of praise. Winter time with a new puppy is a very muddy experience to say the least ;)
 
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