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How To Litter Box Train Your Puppy
Get a port-a-crib (pack-n-play). Get a litter box that is small
enough for the playpen but big enough for your puppy to turn
around in and also short enough for her to get in and out of
herself. Put a puppy potty pad in the litter box or 100%
RECYCLED PAPER PELLETS. (I LIKE "GOOD MEWS" AT WINCO
IT IS ABOUT $5.69 FOR A 30 POUND YELLOW BAG) Put the
litter box in one end her blanket food and water in the other.
She will automatically use the litter box. Praise her when she
uses it. Keep your praises short and sweet and no treats for
"going". They really do not remember using the restroom 5
seconds after they are done so treats don't help. Within a week
or 2 you will be able to graduate her to a larger area. Usually
like a bathroom or laundry room. When they have had no
accidents for a week you can expand their area by 1 room. ..
Give her the laundry room and the kitchen. After she finds her
way around those 2 rooms and goes 1 week with no accidents
you can expand it by one more room, until finally she has the
entire house. It is fool proof and works. Also make sure to get
heavy food and water dishes because there is nothing sadder
than to come home to a soaking wet cold puppy that has made a
mess in her playpen. You can keep her as a litter trained dog or
you can teach her to go outside once she is older. I would put the
playpen in front of the TV to watch something happy and
positive, not scary, Disney channel is great for entertainment
and leave her with lots of puppy safe toys, like the Kong toy with
peanut butter smeared in it, squeaky toys & soft cuddly toys.
Shipping, adjusting to a new home, also too much handling can cause
your new puppy to become overtired and to stress out.
You should not allow your puppy to run and play for periods longer
than 1 hour at a time. Your puppy needs quiet time to rest and eat.
A playpen works well for this purpose.
Dry food and water should be available AT ALL TIMES.
Puppies eat a small amount at a time and need to
replenish this frequently to prevent hypoglycemia.
Do not just assume your puppy is eating. The best way to make sure
is to put a small handful of dry food on or close to pups bed several
times a day and if this disappears you know your puppy is eating
something. You can also soften some dry food with warm puppy
formula to entice your puppy to eat until it is adjusted. PUPPIES
MUST EAT. If you feel your puppy is not eating enough, you can get
Pedigree canned puppy food with lamb & rice.
This should encourage your puppy to eat.
ALWAYS keep honey or agave on hand for
emergency situations with blood sugar.
Give your puppy 1 inch of nutri cal morning and night for the
first couple of months to help maintain sugar levels through the
night. It can also be given mid day if you feel your puppy is acting
tired or sluggish. You can also mix a small amount of honey or agave
or sugar in your puppy's bowl of water for the first week or two to
provide extra sugar while your puppy is adjusting.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can occur without warning
when a puppy goes to a new home, misses a meal, becomes
chilled, overtired or exhausted from too much handling or
playing. Tiny breed puppies are more likely to develop
hypoglycemia because they have less ability to store and
mobilize glucose. Puppies need frequent meals to
prevent hypoglycemic crises.
The signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include
depression, lethargy, glassy eyes, weakness, unsteady walk,
seizures, nervousness, tremors. In severe cases the puppy
may become unconscious or comatose which can lead to
death if not treated immediately.
If your puppy shows any of the above signs, give a small amount
of honey or agave (½ teaspoon) a syringe is the easiest way,
Just squeeze it into the puppies mouth. If puppy is unconscious,
rub honey or agave on gums. Warm puppy on heating pad.
Puppy should respond within 5 to 10 minutes. If puppy responds,
follow up with some canned or softened puppy food or puppy
formula(also easiest to use a syringe) You should take puppy to
your vet so that he can make sure sugar level is normal if this occurs.
Your puppy should adjust and become a happy new member of your
family with a little common sense and lots of love and patience.