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Hello, Ive just brought home a 9 weeks old Springer Spaniel. He has his little bed in the utility room. In his basket i have put a hot water bottle a kong and a teddy from his breeder. I also just put a radio in there to see if it calms him down...so far only a couple of whines!!

Is there anything else that would make him settle a bit better when going to bed and being left alone? Would a create be better then just a bed?

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Hello, Ive just brought home a 9 weeks old Springer Spaniel. He has his little bed in the utility room. In his basket i have put a hot water bottle a kong and a teddy from his breeder. I also just put a radio in there to see if it calms him down...so far only a couple of whines!!

Is there anything else that would make him settle a bit better when going to bed and being left alone? Would a create be better then just a bed?

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A crate is better than a bed in that any puppy who can get out of their bed to pee, will do so. Which makes housebreaking much, much harder. You're better off if he has to wake up and wake you up to be taken out. Otherwise, it probably doesn't matter much.

Be careful with the radio and hot water bottle. Batteries (or cords) and rubber and chewy puppies are not a great mix.
 

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Hello, thanks for the reply, The hot water bottle is under his bed so he can't really get at it! and the radio is up on the side where he can't get to it as well. The radio is working a treat since i have put that in the room i haven't really heard much from him. I will buy a crate tomorrow and see if thats better from him.

Also i fed him at 5pm and have taken him out side every half hour after that but he still hasn't poop, he has done a wee but nothing else...is this normal and is because he just isn't used to the garden and everything else?

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The lack of poop could be nerves, it takes anywhere from a few days to weeks...or maybe a month or more for some pups...for them to 'settle in' fully. Also it may be a timing thing. If the breeder had specific feeding times, his system is used to running on that clock so to speak. If those times work for you, then feeding him accordingly may help produce more or a regular output. You can start adjusting the times as well. A little bit earlier each meal...or later....until you have him used to YOUR schedule.

I'm assuming the breeder had a feeding schedule here.

A few other things that may help with your output issue. Is he on the same food as what he had at the breeders? Getting plenty of exercise? And don't forget..when us humans relocate...even just for vacation...it takes our systems a few days to catch up too.

Be patient with the little guy. He'll adjust.

And...um....that hot water bottle may still make a huge mess. Just wait until he discovers the bed moves!
 

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If he is going to whine, it'll be in the first 3 days... tough it out and he'll quiet down. He's in a new place, so he may be timid... His poop schedule and energy level will improve [? :) ] in about a week. But you can start training him tomorrow.

Try not to carry him around in the house, letting him walk/run. And try not to give him 100% of your attention ... since he won't have much attention on Monday.. so slowly get him used to that now.
 
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