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So you have got your new 8-week old puppy now what?:

These are tipsif you are having serious issues you need to contact a trainer. 

When you take your puppy home, let's be honest, it is going to be a lot of work. Most puppies between the ages of 8-10 weeks cannot hold their urine or bowels for more than a few hours so that will be a couple of trips outside during the night. With a proper management program, you should be able to get your puppy so that he/she is sleeping through the night within a 10-14 day period. The following are tips that should help you get a routine established.

1st thing is to decide what FEEDING schedule will work for your family or living situation. We recommend feeding twice a day morning and evening. Feeding will determine how often and when your puppy will have to go out to relieve themselves. Immediately after eating you will want to make a trip outside until your puppy poops and pees. Recommended feeding times are 7 am and 6 pm. When in the house do not let your puppy roam. 

2nd thing NEVER LET YOUR PUPPY ROAM ON HIS/HER OWN WITHOUT SUPERVISION. When your puppy is in the house you should always have eyes on him. If you cannot see him make sure he is on a leash tethered to you or in his crate. I highly recommend the crate. You want a crate that is just big enough for the puppy to stand up in but not to go in the corner and potty. I highly recommend the Wire Training Crates (SEE CRATE BUTTON). You can adjust the size as your pup grows. By using the crate throughout the day you teach the pup that that is where he will go for quiet time, Naps or sleeping. This will help with the night time screaming that most pups go through when they are removed from their littermates. 

3rd, NIGHT TIME: This is going to be the most difficult part. Make sure to remove all food and water at least 1 hour before bed, I suggest 2. Put your new pup in his crate starting day 1, this is going to prevent any bad habits that can be formed by allowing him to sleep with you or wander the house at night which is a very BAD idea. Before putting him to bed take him out to the spot where you want him to always do his business and make sure he relieves himself. This will help you know that he is not crying because he has to go to the bathroom. NEVER let the puppy out if he is crying unless it is after several hours of quiet time. The first days will be the most crying, you can tap the top of the crate and say NO! firm if the crying is bad. Putting a sheet over it may help as well. All puppies are different and you have to adjust your training/conditioning accordingly. If the puppy is screaming for hours and hours after a few days you will want to re-consider your method. I have also found that you can put him in another room with some light music to calm him down, this has helped in instances where the pup is frantic. The Snuggle puppy is also something to consider, I have found that it does really help with pups that are not adjusting well to their crate. After being crated carry him to his potty spot again, you will realize that every time you put him there he will go. I have included links to the different products that I recommend. Click on the buttons below.

Get involved in your bird dogs future and give him/her the chance to do what the dog is bred to do. I normally will not sell to pet homes due to the fact that they rarely can handle the demands of a quality bird dog with the drive and abilities that we have bred into our dogs. A great way to get involved even if you are not a hunter is through NAVHDA. See the links below to their site. They do training days and help new people come into the world of bird dogs without the vigorous competition of field trials. - So Cal NAVHDA, please call and get info from their site. I can also recommend to you a trainer and a field trialer if you are looking to set your pup up with a competitive trailer to run your dog for you.  


​Q: Should I buy 2 puppies?

A: No, you will want to spend quality time with your new puppy and not have to split time up between 2 litter mates.

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