|Barked: Tue Aug 23, '11 11:56pm PST |
|So I've had Jasper about a week and a half now, and it's going incredibly well I think especially this early on. But he's the first small dog I've ever had, the first inside dog I've ever owned, and the first dog I've been the primary caretaker of, so I am a bit clueless on some things really. Or to be honest... everything. And then I'm a little worried that maybe there is something I'm failing to do right that will lead to issues later, so I thought I'd ask here. First off, any basic tips on raising or training a small inside dog would be great since I'm a bit clueless. I do have a couple of little specific questions, but then any general advice would also be greatly appreciated.
First off, we do have him a crate to spend the night in and he does fairly well with being crated seeing as he likely spent a lot of his life before he got here in a crate, but my parents (who know about as much as I do, or less since they've done even less research and are just guessing, about raising an inside dog) say he isn't spending enough time in his crate sometimes...? O.o Is there a certain amount of time you want your dog to spend in the crate in order to get used to it, or is there some specific method? Like should he ONLY be allowed to sleep in his crate? This seems to be what they think, but then since I sort of got him as a companion since I'm sort of sickly, it seems very odd that we should only let him sleep in his crate, because I find it quite soothing to have him rest with me, and he doesn't seem to have issues. But then, I don't know. >.< I suppose I always could be doing it wrong.
Second of all, with house training, do people ever opt for trying to paper train or something to that effect before training the dog to go outside? I imagine it would be confusing to do both, and it makes more sense to just do traditional house-training, but then it's been dreadfully hot out these past few days here, and since he is a pug, and he some of his trips take longer than others, the heat does seem to get to him at points (heck, it gets to the rest of us, too), and it worries me a bit. =/ I don't have him out except for just as long as it takes for him to go potty when it's this hot (there were a couple of days when it got cooler and he could run around for a bit, but mostly, there is plenty of room for him to run around inside where it's plenty cool for the both of us). And then the weather around here can be a bit of a pain in the butt, so it may not cool down consistently for a few weeks, we can never know. So what do you think would be best to do there?
And like I said, any general advice about raising small dogs is welcome, because I sort of knew nothing about the subject at all just a couple of weeks ago, so there is still plenty of learning left to do. Heh. Luckily, I got a really good pup to work with, I don't think there could have been a better dog for me.
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