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Discussion in 'Say Hello!' started by GlennR, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

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    Hello, we have a new little Sheltie named Willow. She was born on Oct 20, 2018 and came to live with us the day after Boxing Day. She's, unsurprisingly, cute and cuddly and very smart. She's learned fetching, sitting, down and come, at least in a distraction-free environment. In a week we'll be able to walk her about the neighborhood and I'm looking forward to that. The vet advised we wait until her immune system had processed her shots before exposing her. So far she's been good with everyone she's met including young men, friends with my son, neighbors and the whole vet staff where we take her. They take her from us so that they each get a chance to hold her. She loves her vet, wagging her tail almost enough to tip herself over.

    I do have one question for the group, she wakes up around 3:30 AM and does her business outside, both ways, and then goes back to sleep happily and quietly in her crate in our bedroom. Willow is the first small dog we've owned, we're used to big boys who can hold overnight fairly early on. Is there any sort of average age where we could expect her to last through the night? We feed at 6 AM, when we get up, and 5 PM. I suppose we could go to one feeding if that might change her bathroom pattern.
     
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  2. Ann

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    Hi Glenn, and welcome to the Forum! Congratulations on welcoming Willow to your family. We love puppy pictures here if you have some to post!

    As for getting through the night, Sheltie puppies 8 weeks or older should be able to make it through the night in a crate. Most breeders crate them before they go home so they're used to it. If you take Willow out just before you go to bed she should should be able to make it till 6 or so. Try not jumping up immediately if she whines during the night and see if she settles back down. Shelties are smart and have a way of training us!

    One more word on young puppies. At her age, she should eat three times a day if you can do it: morning, lunchtime and dinner. We do that until they're 6 months old and then go to two meals a day. I don't recommend once daily feedings although some people do it. Hope this helps!
     
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    welcome:smile2:
    we love pix:yes:
     
  4. Chris

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    Welcome! Layla would wake at about five am to go out. Last walkies were at 10 pm. Time will take care of the early morning outings.
     
  5. ghggp

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    Congrats on your new furry family member Willow! Cute name!

    My 8 week old slept through until 5. I agree with Ann, don't jump up immediately to take her out as that will become the default pattern.
    I also fed breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

    Yes, we LOVE pictures!
     
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  6. GlennR

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    Knowing from the replies here that Willow was able to hold all night at her age, we hardened our hearts and ignored her 3 AM fussing and she managed the night in her crate in our room. Regular sleep has returned to our home. Thanks for the replies!
     
  7. GlennR

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    Everyone here is learning what we've dubbed the Sheltie Shuffle. It's trying to walk without stepping on Willow who loves to run between legs and circle around you as you walk. She's quiet and small and almost always following. We, and she, are getting better at it as we develop a better sense of what to expect from her. We've always had big dogs so it's a brand new challenge dealing with a pint-sized pup.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-PQmC8WJ/0/1e0ec35d/M/2019011310172950-IMG_1302-M.jpg
     
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    Willow is just precious!
    I feel for you... yep, those little ones can certainly move fast and get under foot!
     
  9. KarenCurtis

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    Lol! Wonderful!
     

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