Rescue Puppy

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  1. JamJoy

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    Hi everyone! First time on forum. We just rescued a lab puppy, black. He's 5 months old. He was found in a chicken coop on a farm. I got him potty trained in just a week so he's very smart. He's getting better at soft mouthing, but has a way to go. He walks great in his harness and stops/stays at cross walks. Here's my problem.. schedule. He will start daycare on Monday, but I'm not sure on feeding, rest, play, etc at night. We've been feeding twice a day...and I think it's not enough. Last food is at 6, walk around 8, bed at 10. He wakes up at 330 and wants to pee and eat, which i don't do, takes a while to calm down . Then hes back up at 7 wanting food. So my sleep is minimal. Help!
     
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    Hi and welcome from me, Hattie 9 years and our rescue boy Charlie 6 years. Well done for rescuing a puppy, what's his name? Sounds like he has had a terrible start to life but he is safe and sound with you :) Could you devide his food and feed him 3 times a day as he's still so young, his last walk a little later and then bed a little later and he might not wake up so early but if he wants to pee I would take him out, pee and straight back in his crate with no talking, playing or anything. :) x
     
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    Hi there. And welcome to the Forum,
    I don't know your puppy's full circumstances but it sounds like you've done a wonderful thing rescuing him from where he was living . I didn't drop my dog down to 2 feeds until he was 6 months old ...
    I don't think I understand properly when you say ' he wakes up at 3.30 and wants to pee and eat ,which I don't do' He still might need to toilet depending on how your toilet training schedule has worked.At the same age my dog could go through the night from 10.30 pm 5.am ,I think he could have gone longer if not for environmental factors i.e. ,getting light ,community service vehicles making noise
    With the age that your dog is,I would,go back to feeding him a lunch .....try that and see if it makes any difference x
     
  4. JamJoy

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    His name is Bear. He's like a big teddy bear. Loves to snuggle up against necks. He has had it rough, including starving and kennel cough. He was only 15 lbs at 4 months. We've been getting his weight back up, he's at 27 now. Yes we can try 3x day feeding and a later walk. Could be why stools are so soft too. Large meals. Thanks!
     
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    I do let him pee but not eat. We try to put water up at 8...read to remove water 2 hours before bed. Just not sure that it's correct. We are also guessing on age. Rescue vet said 6 months but ours said 4. I'm approaching as younger since so much missed training.
     
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    To be honest Jamjoy I never lifted water up from my dog but I live in a country with a very hot climate .I don't think water access makes all the difference from the sounds of your conflicting age info.I'd give your youngster the benefit of the doubt and go back to Setting an alarm for toilet breaks ,building up to the full night
     
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    I'd take him out to pee right before bed; that's what I do with my dogs. So at 10, take him out again. That will help him go longer and he should be able to make it until 7am.

    If he wants to eat at 3:30 and again at 7am, I'd ask: are you feeding him enough food? Definitely try 3 meals/day
     
  8. Karen

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    Well done to you for rescuing poor Bear. I bet he loves to cuddle with you, after his tough start.
     
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    Amazing what you have done, good luck with Bear you have given him a much better chance at life
     
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    Bear is a lucky pup to have been rescued from such dreadful conditions. Already he's blossoming with you. Good luck for his future x
     
  11. Granca

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    Bear's a very lucky puppy! Try letting him out/taking him out briefly before he goes to bed. Three smaller meals would be better than two larger ones for the next couple of months or so too - and don't worry about leaving water down for him permanently, as you don't need to take it up. He will just drink when he wants to, not necessarily just before bed!
     

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