What are your recommendations for puppy arrangements?

We are bringing our puppy home on Friday. I’m trying to prepare myself and the family for things that we will be sticking to in regards to the puppy. It’s been 7 years since we’ve had a puppy in the house and this is a much larger breed then our dog.

We are thinking at night he’ll be in a crate in our bedroom. When my husband gets up for work he’ll take him outside for elimination. I’m up within 30 minutes of him leaving and at that time I’ll take him out then feed him. After he is done eating he’ll go out again.

Then of course throughout the day we’ll take him out any time he wakes from a nap. Before and after playing with the kids, etc. We are also then planning on feeding him a small amount after we eat lunch and again after we eat dinner. He’ll go out again before my husband and I go to bed. At this point he’ll go into the crate for the night.

Do we have a good game plan? Is there anything you’d suggest in adjusting? What do you recommend we put in the crate – just a soft, washable bed or should we put a puppy pee pad?
Note:

We are planning on feeding him three small meals until he’s 6 months old.
The shelter thinks he’s a Boxer/St Bernard – however, asking here many think he’s a Border Collie.
We do NOT want him going in the crate, nor in the house.
Crate will only be for nighttime for his safety so he’s not roaming around the house alone (and going the bathroom where I may not see)

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3 Responses to “What are your recommendations for puppy arrangements?”

  1. June Carter says:

    Check with your vet for feeding, to be sure. Rule of thumb for 6-8 week old pups is 3-4 times a day. After 8 weeks – 3 times a day. Use puppy food – if he’s big – once again check with vet – that St. Bernard mix may have large breed needs. Take him out after waking up, eating, playing, getting excited and beyond that at least every 2 hrs to avoid eliminating in house, you’ll soon be able to gauge the size of his bladder. Go to puppy class – great for socialization & training. Train right from the start. Easy stuff, his name, sit, come, down…Lots of socialization people & pets (after gets all the necessary shots to be safe).Crate anything you can wash at first – an old towel, etc but not stringy – he’ll be teething at some point. I found a great rolling crate to move from room to room at http://www.dogbedworks.com . I found this a blessing with my pup – moved from bedroom to kitchen when I was cooking and couldn’t keep an eye on him. Good luck, give lots of love & hugs.

  2. Weimaraner Mom says:

    You’re on the right track, as long as you make sure he’s confined not to a crate but to a larger area when he’s not sleeping, and you allow him to get out to potty every hour to be successful.

    Consistency, patience and a schedule are key, just as you have your children on a schedule the puppy will also thrive on a schedule. The crate should also be downstairs during the day so he has a place to get away from the children and it’s in a busy part of the house so he doesn’t feel abandoned, the crate in your room at night is also a good idea. Put in a regular blanket remember you’ll be washing it a lot, I don’t recommend a pee pad puppies tend to shred them so that’s never a good thing. Also your children should know and understand that when the puppy is in his crate to leave him alone.

    I would most definitely pick up a book on puppies so you know when their windows are what they are and when to make sure he gets socialized, when to be careful nothing traumatic happens to him etc. I didn’t know about the fear window and my pup managed to pull dishes down ontop of herself during that time, to this day she’s scared to death if anything falls or slides because of it. Arm yourself with knowledge and the entire puppy phase will be much easier for you.

    Good luck

  3. Julie D. says:

    All sounds good, but depending on the age of the pup you are getting, I’d feed 3 times per day. Do NOT put a pee pad in the crate. Use a washable dog bed, old blanket, or a crate pad especially made to fit the size of the crate you have. Also, in regards to the pee pad, I sure HOPE you don’t plan on using those useless things at all. You’re on the right track. Good luck with the new addition.