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Hi, I have brought a new puppy since I was bored and lonely sitting at home in this pandemic, so I wanted a companion. I adopted him a few days back, and it's 2.8 months old. I already have cats with me, but the problem is I can't handle it's mood swings. Pup is very active and fresh, but it doesn't eat anything. I tried milk and biscuits, but maybe he is small enough to drink itself. And I couldn't leave it alone for a second. It doesn't allow me to go to the restroom even. Moreover, it's messing around at home. I make him sit in the litter, but he's not getting used to it. Can anyone tell me how to handle such a situation?
 

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I'd say if you can't handle his "mood swings," and don't want to watch him every minute, which puppies pretty much need, you'd be best to admit a puppy isn't for you and take him back where you got him. Tell them he's not eating. It may be a health problem.
 

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I'd say if you can't handle his "mood swings," and don't want to watch him every minute, which puppies pretty much need, you'd be best to admit a puppy isn't for you and take him back where you got him. Tell them he's not eating. It may be a health problem.
And please don't give him milk and biscuits. It sounds like your not ready to handle the pup, it's probably best that you return him.
 

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Firstly being bored is not a good reason to get a pup. This pup needs 15years of your attention not a couple of months.

Secondly pups are a bit like babies they eat sleep and poop.. With the odd burst of energetic play inbetween.. Is this what you mean by mood swings? If so its 100% normal for a young dog.

Third.. again pups like human babies tend to put everything in thier mouths they are exploring the world , is it edible? is it nice? does it feel good to chew? They do not know about cables, designer shoes or expensive rugs they are just exploring. You need to have eyes on almost 24/7 you could use a puppy pen like a childs playpen to keep him safe but you still need to give a young pup a lot of attention.
Toilet training takes time the dog has not developed the muscle memory to know when it needs to pee or poo and warn you so accidents will happen DO NOT punish these accidents if you dont see the signs thats your fault not the pup..

Fourth....Food.. Many dog like cat are lactose intolorant dso you shouldnt give either of them cows milk to drink it can upset their stomach you need a proper puppy food , if possible use the same as the breeder did which the pup would be used to and it will avoid any upset stomachs.

To be honest it doesnt sound as if you really thought this through. Its doesnt sound as if you are coping and so manybe the best thing is to admit you made a mistake and return the pup. If you decide to keep him/her then please take the advice you have been given and work to becoming a responsible owner.
 

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I'd say if you can't handle his "mood swings," and don't want to watch him every minute, which puppies pretty much need, you'd be best to admit a puppy isn't for you and take him back where you got him. Tell them he's not eating. It may be a health problem.
Actually I already have a dog and my dog has never shown such mood swings. A neighbor recommended me taking him to a Vet to examine what;s wrong. Maybe it's because of a new environment.
 

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Firstly being bored is not a good reason to get a pup. This pup needs 15years of your attention not a couple of months.

Secondly pups are a bit like babies they eat sleep and poop.. With the odd burst of energetic play inbetween.. Is this what you mean by mood swings? If so its 100% normal for a young dog.

Third.. again pups like human babies tend to put everything in thier mouths they are exploring the world , is it edible? is it nice? does it feel good to chew? They do not know about cables, designer shoes or expensive rugs they are just exploring. You need to have eyes on almost 24/7 you could use a puppy pen like a childs playpen to keep him safe but you still need to give a young pup a lot of attention.
Toilet training takes time the dog has not developed the muscle memory to know when it needs to pee or poo and warn you so accidents will happen DO NOT punish these accidents if you dont see the signs thats your fault not the pup..

Fourth....Food.. Many dog like cat are lactose intolorant dso you shouldnt give either of them cows milk to drink it can upset their stomach you need a proper puppy food , if possible use the same as the breeder did which the pup would be used to and it will avoid any upset stomachs.

To be honest it doesnt sound as if you really thought this through. Its doesnt sound as if you are coping and so manybe the best thing is to admit you made a mistake and return the pup. If you decide to keep him/her then please take the advice you have been given and work to becoming a responsible owner.
Hey thankyou so much for your advice. I really appreciate that.
 

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I'm not sure what is typical to feed dogs where you live. In the US, we have dry kibble bits or canned dog food usually. Dogs are not designed to eat cow's milk. Some do ok on goat milk but we only do that for special dietary need in the US. Once a puppy is weaned from the mother we only give dogs water to drink. We expect our dogs to do their messes outside, usually on a leashed walk (in the city) or in our backyard if we have one. Some dogs in the city who are confined to apartments are trained to mess in a litter box or on a pad. First, every new puppy needs to have a veterinary health check to assess general health, check for parasites (very common in puppies), and any required vaccinations. Then you need to confine your new puppy to a small space like a kitchen with a gate or barrier. When you schedule the food going in, then the elimination will also happen on a mostly predictable schedule. So in the morning when you wake (assuming the puppy is sleeping in a box or bed near you) take the puppy to the place you want it to eliminate right away when he opens his eyes. Then feed the puppy in the confined area and keep him there for an hour or so. You can interact with him, but keep him in the safe area. Then about an hour after feeding take him to the elimination place again. If he does his mess be sure to have an immediate treat for him and throw a little happy party. Return the puppy to the safe place to play or sleep. Give him plenty of water with meals but just a little available in a bowl between meals. I usually feed puppies 3 small meals per day until 4 months old, then two meals each day for the rest of their life. Your puppy will probably sleep most of the day right now. Be sure to take the puppy to eliminate as soon as it wakes from naps or after playing with you. Always try to potty the dog 30-60 minutes after meals, always on waking, always last thing before bed. He may also need a potty break during the night. Good luck!
 

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I'm not sure what is typical to feed dogs where you live. In the US, we have dry kibble bits or canned dog food usually. Dogs are not designed to eat cow's milk. Some do ok on goat milk but we only do that for special dietary need in the US. Once a puppy is weaned from the mother we only give dogs water to drink. We expect our dogs to do their messes outside, usually on a leashed walk (in the city) or in our backyard if we have one. Some dogs in the city who are confined to apartments are trained to mess in a litter box or on a pad. First, every new puppy needs to have a veterinary health check to assess general health, check for parasites (very common in puppies), and any required vaccinations. Then you need to confine your new puppy to a small space like a kitchen with a gate or barrier. When you schedule the food going in, then the elimination will also happen on a mostly predictable schedule. So in the morning when you wake (assuming the puppy is sleeping in a box or bed near you) take the puppy to the place you want it to eliminate right away when he opens his eyes. Then feed the puppy in the confined area and keep him there for an hour or so. You can interact with him, but keep him in the safe area. Then about an hour after feeding take him to the elimination place again. If he does his mess be sure to have an immediate treat for him and throw a little happy party. Return the puppy to the safe place to play or sleep. Give him plenty of water with meals but just a little available in a bowl between meals. I usually feed puppies 3 small meals per day until 4 months old, then two meals each day for the rest of their life. Your puppy will probably sleep most of the day right now. Be sure to take the puppy to eliminate as soon as it wakes from naps or after playing with you. Always try to potty the dog 30-60 minutes after meals, always on waking, always last thing before bed. He may also need a potty break during the night. Good luck!
Hey. Thank you so much for all these amazing tips. I really appreciate this. My issue is my pup isn't trained for mess. Every time I take him outside for a walk and mess, he just smells the grass or start eating it. And when I take him home and make him sit in the litter pot, he jumps out of the pot and he doesn't have any specific time. He messes around the house especially on rugs and starts barking. Can you suggest me any good online trainer so that I could get a complete training session?
 

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I am not an experienced dog handler by any stretch, but what I've always done with dogs we've adopted is take them outside every 60 minutes. When they go to the bathroom, praise them immediately as soon as they are done. If they can go 90-120 mins then you can stretch it out that far. I've never had to work on this more than a few weeks. By that time they all have gotten the idea. As far as not going outside--well that's ok if they don't go. Its not wasted time, its just not time for them to go. But the more you take them outside, even if they don't go to the bathroom, the more likely they are to actually go outside--and then you praise them, and then of course you don't have to clean up the carpet. Some dogs of course might require more intensive work on this, but for most dogs I think its just a numbers game at this point. You take them outside enough, and they will go at some point.
 
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