Just got a pup and have a few questions.
December 20, 2006 9:14 PM Subscribe
I rescued my pup from a local animal shelter Monday and I have a few questions I was hoping someone with some puppy experience could answer for me. She seems to be a lab/pit bull mix and the shelter estimated her age at about 4 months. The vet that spayed her says she is probably closer to a year, but her small size (malnourished at 25lbs) and the small size of her teeth make me think she might be closer to 4 months (the vet the shelter was using seems to be a moron, I'll never take my pup there again).
posted by TheDude to Pets & Animals (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So we've had her in the house for a few nights now and all is more or less well. She has some behavior characteristics that worry me however. For one, she fights me to eat her droppings. I realize it's only been a few days but I want her to understand that I will clean up after her - there is no reason for her to do so. Even when I pick up the droppings from the grass she will lick the area clean.....by god does that make her breath stink!
I'm trying to get her used to the idea of eating once in the morning, and once in the evening. However, her first few meals she barely ate, tonight was the first night she finished what I gave her. Is this normal? Is she just getting accustomed to the kibble?
I am considering crate training her but we have a laundry room that isn't being used at the house. For the time being we put her in the room when we go to sleep, or work during the day. Could she become accustomed to the room much like a crate, or is that not possible? When I leave her in overnight is it Ok to leave the lights out, or should I leave something on?
If I do eventually get her a crate, would it be too much to leave her in overnight (~7 hours) let her out in the morning for an hour or so then put her back in while I go to work? I can come home on my lunch break and let her out for another hour or so, but then she would need to go back into the crate until I come home. This seems like it might be too much time in a crate, but I've never done crate training before so I am not sure. Eventually when she is older and larger I won't have any problems leaving her in the backyard all day while I am at work, but for the next few months I need a solution....any ideas?
There are some separation anxiety issues with her that I am trying to quell, and I thought I was making progress because she hasn't been yelping or scratching at the door all night. But when I came home from work today she had done a number on the dryer vent and pulled out some insulation/drywall despite the numerous toys/rawhide she has to chew on. Any ideas on how I can stop this? Would it help to get a "baby" fence instead of closing the door so she can see outside the room?
In the few days shes been home with us we have only heard one small bark and some whimpering. She isn't very vocal at all....this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I just wanted to be certain it isn't a sign of something more serious.
Lastly, she has one or two stitches from where they spayed her. I've been putting one of those lamp shade collars on her overnight and while I am at work just in case, and I remove it when I am at home and can watch her. She doesn't try and pick at the stitches at all....am i safe not using the collar, or will she start to notice it as it heals more?
thanks in advance all.