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Our Kelsey doesn't ask to go out. She waits, and becomes increasingly excited. We just 'know' about how frequently she needs to go out... but if we forget... Uhoh. Our bad. Not hers. Also, until 3mths, you cannot expect them to reliably last 8 hours during the night. Until 6mths, you can forget about day time continence - they need to go often. I am surprised it's so good during the day!
Jade.
I agree! And my partner actually loved taking her out, because she was such a soft warm bundle. You want to get a wriggle on... your pup wont be housetrained for winter if you don't teach it in time. Just be glad you didn't have to carry her down three flights of steps. (now that's inconvenience)
Jade.

It's inconvenient, but will be over
Thank you to those who answered with helpfull information, I really appreciate it! It sounds like I just need to personally take the dog outside at night and wait for him to pee rather than show him to the dog door. Nightime walks outside are less convenient, but I guess that is the name of the game! My last dog came to us when she was 1 yr old so this is a slightly different experience for us.
BTW, the dogs name is Freddie. Our daughter named him and has been enjoying his company quite a bit. Fred is very good natured, especially with kids. The only behavior problem I've had is he likes to bite hands when he gets excited. I got him some chew toys and try to switch to those when he gets that way. Fred is unpapered, but the vet gave him a clean bill of health and we are doing the full range of shots for him. I think he will be a good dog for us, we just need to work through the housetraining bit.
ah, one more question. We decided to take fred for his first walk the other day so I clipped on the leash and that dog dug in like you wouldn't believe, would not budge at all. I thought I'd give a few tugs and he would follow, but no way. I didn't want to hurt the little fellow so I returned him to the back yard while the rest of us continued our walk. I've never seen a dog that didn't want to go for a walk before!

Dave
hah, our little boston must have a strong bladder. Way to go freddie! Dave
ah, one more question. We decided to take fred for his first walk the other day so I clipped on ... rest of us continued our walk. I've never seen a dog that didn't want to go for a walk before!

You got to look at things from Fred's point of view. All of a sudden there's something on him, and every time he tries to walk, it tugs on him. Hey! I'm tangled! What's up with this?
Many puppies take time to get accustomed to their leashes. Instead of pulling him with the leash, tempt him to come with you by using treats, or even just acting silly. Dogs love it when we act silly. Happy feet, skipping, talking in a high tone of voice, etc., should get his interest enough to want to take a few steps toward you. You praise the steps like he invented the cure for cancer. Yay, Freddie! What a boy! You WALKED!!!

If he really balks, put the leash on inside and let him drag it around for a few minutes (with your supervision) instead of holding onto it. Let him get used to the feel of it. Make it a party every time the leash is on. Treats come out, or a favorite game.
Once he realizes it's No Big Deal, he'll be fine.
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Freddie sounds sweet. Don't get me wrong, Kelsey can hold it now, if she has to. She's 6mths old, and developed along the normal path for a dog her age. We got her desexed a couple of weeks ago, and she's back to normal again now.
As for the bighting bit, just teach bight inhibition... that involves yelping if he bights too hard, and after a while, less and less contact with your hands. Your puppy preschool (yes, you really gain a lot, if only the socialisation with other puppies) should be able to help you with that, and the leash part. Ours was only just coming to grips with a leash when we took her. :0)
Just keep away from dog parks, as your young park is not yet fully vaccinated. My partner was champing at the bit ready to go for walks with the pup, and I had a hard time stopping him, but now he sees it was worth it. They're so cute, just show them off at puppy preschool. :0) Can you post pictures of your darling somewhere? I'd love to see little Freddie.
Goodluck,
Jade.
ah, one more question. We decided to take fred for ... dog that didn't want to go for a walk before!

You got to look at things from Fred's point of view. All of a suddenthere's something on him, and every ... come out, or a favorite game. Once he realizes it's No Big Deal, he'll be fine. Canine Action Dog Trainer[/nq]All very good advice. Also remember, the world is BIG to a little puppy. He doesn't yet know he's "going for a walk" he's so young all he knows is, you're taking him Out There where he doesn't know what anything is. When we started taking our Saskia out, at 9 weeks, we would first sit just outside the front gate for a day or two (I mean, for 1/2 hour or so a few times for a day or two) and let her see what went by and what the world out there was like.

Then we started going a few houses down. Then to the end of the block, where we sat on a bench and watched the world go by. Then farther. We took it at her pace if she got nervous we'd pause, if she got really scared we'd go back to somewhere she knew. We kept it short. We picked her up often, we said loving things to her a lot. Within 1 1/2 weeks, she would trot confidently anywhere, even new places, even "weird", crowded places like the garden center.
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BTW, the dogs name is Freddie. Our daughter named him and has been enjoying his company quite a bit. Fred ... so I clipped on the leash and that dog dug in like you wouldn't believe, would not budge at all.

What has the vet said about walking him b4 his shots!

Until he has completed his vaccination programme, + 2 weeks, he should not be put on ground on which a dog carrying parvo or distemper could have walked on. Being in the UK, I don't know about other shots that might apply to you and neither of those 2 diseases are common in my part of the UK,m but for the sake of better safe than sorry, we carried our puppy everywhere until her shots were completed (not funny, weim pups get big and heavy quickly!)
Everything I have read of this post, though going back on ground you seem to now have accepted, is that you don't seem to realise quite what a tiny and dependent baby you have introduced in to your home.

You have kids, so pls try and liken some of their 'pre talking' 'training' to how you will have to train him. Ie. when they were potty training, you didn't just chuck them in the bathroom and expect them to use the toilet, tidy up and wash their hands etc - you had to patiently go through the stages of introducing them to the right place, make them aware of how happy you were if they got it right but appreciated that babies sometimes make mistakes and so not make any fuss bout these. This is exactly as you should be proceeding with your pup.
There's absolutely no need to drag him around on a lead right now, he's only little so you can take him to lots of places in your arms. At home, in your own yard (if you are lucky enough to have one), you should be encouraging him to follow you off lead and run along beside you, rewarding him for coming to his name and playing lots of fun games together. Then, when he's had his shots and is ready for his own lead walks, he's already half way there - it'll be so much easier on all of you.
Good luck, and pls allow him his puppyhood - it'll all be over so quickly. You wouldn't want a 5 yr old kid acting like a 16yr old, and so hopefully you can see that a 9wk old puppy should not be expected to behave as a year old pup. That's way to much a burden for his tiny shoulders.

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Thank you to those who answered with helpfull information, I really appreciate it! It sounds like I just need to ... My last dog came to us when she was 1 yr oldso this is a slightly different experience for us.

didn't want to go for a walk before!
Dave

Hi Dave,
Puppies grow up quickly so it won't be for much longer:) If you make the effort now it will save time and trouble later on. Freddie sounds lovely , I bet he is cute.
Some links for you:
Advice about puppy training,
www.infopet.co.uk/pages/0111.htm
http://www.perfectpaws.com/pupstuff.html
A recommended book about puppies is The Perfect Puppy by gwen bailey available from Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/002-7406352-0837639
and an article about How dogs think
http://www.webtrail.com/petbehavior/dogthink.html
HTH, Alison
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