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Old 06-06-2011, 05:08 PM
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Question Few quick puppy questions!

Hi Guys,
Coco has been with me a week now and is 8weeks old!I seems to have made it through the first 7days with my sanity but have a few more questions/discussion topics?:

1)How much socialization is too much?

I take Coco out everyday with me,to see family,to go to the shops go on busses,trains,long journeys quick journeys...everywhere!I've been trying to make sure she experiences all of these things from inside her bag,half out on her leash,in my arms and relaxed and chewing on something.Since she has only had ONE shot she obvs can not go on the floor yet but I want her out and about getting used to noises of the city and meeting as many people as possible...HOWEVER I get quite a few people saying "Oh isn't she too young blah blah..."
Have I been wrong in getting her out this much?Should she just be at home,playing n pooping lol?i make sure that she eats at designated times and she will nap frequently too.

2)When do I start preparing her to be left alone?
So far Coco is only in her crate at night 11-5/6am and maybe for 30 mins in the day when I eat/shower.Other then that she has been with me,or napping in someones arms/sofa/bed.I don't NEED her to be alone atm but I will in the future,am I right in thinking that preparing her for this now(8weeks)will make it much easier in the future,or is she too young?If so how do you suggest I start?At the moment she does NOT like being alone,she will make the most peculiar noise ever(seriously she sounds like a deranged parrot) and throw her self at her cage and try and climb it!

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Here she is in her bag,holding her chew of the day:


Here she is at work with me and BF on Londons famous Portobello road(Do let me know if you visit!I'll make sure you get a good discount at our stall!)


And here she is being a cheeky Coco on the bed with me :]
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:14 PM
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There is no such thing as too much socialization. You need to be preparing her now to be left alone. As a breeder I send my puppies home already knowing how to chill by themselves in a crate.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:39 PM
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Great!Going to start tomorow then,should I leave the house?If so for how long,at first?
Someone suggested I go out,and stand around the house outside SO i can hear how long she'll bark for!?
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I don't know. I've never been with a puppy 24/7.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:32 PM
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Put her in when she's nice and tired with something comfortable ( if you trust her not to rip it up) like a small bed or towel. You don't have to leave the house at first. Just leave the room and wait her out. When she settles down and is quiet then let her out (no fussing over her and no talking to her while in the crate). Practice this a few times a day and she should be happy to go nap in there after a few days. I just got a new pup too and it only took two days to get her used to the crate
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She happily popped in there this morning,chewed with her toys!I left her in there with the door open,with the kitchen blocked off and she happily stayed in her crate whilst I showered.
I'm going to leave her in there this evening maybe for 30mins while I'm out of the house.
I was under the impression that a puppy would need 24/7 supervision for a while?Or will that just make her too clingly?
Must start that today then!
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:57 AM
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A puppy needs 24/7 supervision when loose. I breed, and I leave puppies at home for a day in their expen, or when they are a bit older for few hours in crates.
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