|Barked: Wed Nov 20, '13 8:41am PST |
|I would not allow a 10 week old puppy to be outside by themselves. Puppies are like children. They need supervision. And at 10 weeks old, she just isn't sure of herself yet. Especially since you got her at 7 weeks old. Too young to take a puppy away from it's mother and litter mates.
It's boring out there by herself. I don't know many dogs, let alone puppies who will keep themselves occupied outside by themselves. No way would Moose do that. He'd just stand there staring at me, waiting for me to join him. Dogs looooove being around their people, of course, so make going outside fun.
She just wants some company. Being 10 weeks old and being by herself is definitely no fun.
For now, just go out with her. What's the big deal?
At 10 weeks, taking her out every 2-3 hours is way too long of a gap in time where she needs to go out. Puppies need to go out every hour or two to relieve themselves. They do not have the ability to hold it for more than 2 hours.
Every single time she drinks or eats, take her outside immediately. And the second she wakes up from a nap take her out. And the second she goes potty you need to praise her like crazy and if you give her treats, give her one. Every time.
When Moose was 3 months old, I was taking him out every hour during the day. At night, I set my alarm clock to get up every 3 or 4 hours to get him outside. Or if I heard him stir, I got up and took him out.
And be careful with a mile walk with a 10 week old puppy.
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