Why is it harder to poop as you get older

Department of Health care

Every puppy is incredibly attractive, but be careful: it is not a stuffed animal and will not always be a puppy. In a few months he will quickly gain weight and size and develop a character typical of his breed. No dog is suitable for being alone, regardless of how large and spacious its accommodation may be. Only a good relationship with the caregiver and handling appropriate to the natural needs allow the dog to give its best.

A two month old puppy who comes home has been separated from its mother and siblings, faces a whole new world and is learning to communicate properly with the person who cares for it.

  • If there are children at home, prevent them from pouncing on the puppy and show them how to be respectful of them. Always monitor what children and dogs are doing together.
  • You will consistently teach the dog the house rules from day one at home. The upbringing must be done by adults who agree on the rules that apply.

The first months of life are crucial. It is important to prevent behavior problems, because these can only be improved with a lot of dedication and tedious work.

Caution: Do not overwhelm the puppy with attention and cuddles for the first few days if he is forced to remain alone for some time afterwards.

We have put together a few tips for you:

Spatial limitation

Prepare one for the puppy demarcated placewhere he can feel secure and calm: his place. If you give him complete freedom at home, he will do with the furnishings and leave whatever comes to mind. Use a puppy enclosure or demarcate a space left to it (possibly with a children's fence or a grating).

What should be there?

  • A bowl of water that cannot be knocked over and is always full
  • Suitable toys for chewing and doing
  • A toilet (made of the material the dog should go to, not newspaper) in the corner furthest from the sleeping area
  • A transport box with cloth towels or something soft to sleep on

If the puppy barks or howls, sit next to it, outside the room or enclosure, or next to the pet carrier. Ignore him and do not speak to him when he is whining and looking desperate, but calmly praise him and reward him once he has calmed down and is perfectly still.

After the dog has been out of home for at least a month, allow him access to two rooms. Extend the freedom zone until the dog can be anywhere without deflating. If the dog goes somewhere it's not supposed to, start over and leave in the original room for a month.

Meals

The food bowl should initially be put down 4-5 times a day and removed again after about 20 minutes. As the puppy gradually grows up, meals are reduced to 3-4 a day, after a year the dog is only once or twice a day.
The last meal of the day should be given in such a way that the dog can still be brought out (a few hours later) to break free.

Excretions

Typically, puppies urinate about a minute after waking up and have bowel movements a little later. Three week old pups urinate every 45 minutes, every 75 minutes for 8 weeks, every 90 minutes for 12 weeks, and every 2 hours when they are 18 weeks old. At night these times can be a little longer.

When watching the puppy, it is pretty easy to predict when it has to: it sniffs around and walks around in circles, then suddenly crouches down. Then take him to the right place immediately, preferably outdoors, as the puppy learns to particularly like a certain surface (earth, grass, asphalt, etc.) in the first few months of life. If nothing happens within 5-10 minutes, put it back in its place and try half an hour later. Reward him when he breaks free. If you get him used to newsprint for the sake of simplicity, it will be more difficult to get him to break free elsewhere. Remember to collect and dispose of the droppings appropriately.

Never punish the puppy for leaving somewhere that it shouldn't. Don't stick his snout in the excrement or yell at him.

Play

Keeping the puppy demarcated will also make it easier to control what items he has access to. Give him different things to chew and play with. Swap them out every now and then to keep them new and attractive.

During the day, when you are at home, play briefly every hour in the enclosure or in the puppy's room. In any case, a puppy may not stay alone for more than 2 hours at the beginning.

If the dog lives in an apartment, lock him in the pet carrier (big enough to stand up and turn) at night with an old, worn item of clothing of yours and a chew toy. Bring him next to your bed and speak to him softly so he can sense your presence, but don't keep it locked for more than a few hours.

The transport box

Before you lock the puppy in the pet carrier, teach them to like these:

  • Put the best pieces of food or, better still, a filled puppy kong in the transport box, whereby the puppy is allowed to sniff it first.
  • Close the door of the box when the dog is still out: the puppy will immediately try to get to the food. Open it, let it slip in, eat and chew without closing the door.
  • Once the puppy likes to stay in the crate, lock him up for a short time. Do not overfeed the puppy or he will no longer be attracted to these extra rations.

What puppies should learn within the first 18 weeks of life:

  • The bite resistance
  • The social and play behavior with other puppies and later with other dogs
  • Meeting strangers
  • Playing with his caregivers
  • Contact with other animal species (especially if he has to live with them)
  • Walking on a leash in the street
  • Walking up and down the stairs, taking the elevator
  • Travel in the car
  • The basic commands (name, seat, come)
  • Treatments (grooming, cleaning, hair dryer, putting on and taking off the muzzle and collar, being placed on the table and remaining calm)
  • Skip toys, have the food bowl or a bone removed

There are many different pieces of advice that would need to be adapted to each puppy and situation. Find out more and find the best solutions for you and your dog step by step. As far as the puppies from our animal shelter are concerned, we are available for any advice. We wish you a good start!


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