Raising Litter Mates



I took the boys with me to the office today, just in case they needed some treatment after getting their stool sample checked. The last two days their stools had been getting worse, and I didn’t want to put it off any longer.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Another Fabulous Day

Today was the second long car ride for Taro and Kratos. They did fabulous again. Another trip to the office today to drop off stool samples for testing, because both the boys have diarrhea. They tested positive for Giardia. My vet suggested treating them with Fenbendazole first, for 5 days, and if symptoms persist, we will have to add an antibiotic.

Fenbendazole, better known as Panacur, is used to treat gastro-intestinal parasites. Treatment is given once a day for five days. If this alone doesn’t solve the problem, we will add Apo-Metronidazole, an antibiotic commonly used for treatment of protozoal infections such as Giardia. Hopefully this will clear up quickly, they can barely control their bladder as it is, adding diarrhea to the mix doesn’t help. To be honest, they haven’t had a pooping accident in the house for 3 days, and they have had diarrhea for the last few days. They are excellent dogs.

I did a fair bit of training with them today. Same commands as yesterday: “come” and “sit”. Toward the end of their training session I tried starting “down”. Taro didn’t take to it too well, Kratos did it a few times, then stopped in the sit position. They were also very tired already, I think these puppies spent at least 3 hours outside playing, training and going crazy. We have some excellent videos that I need to go through before posting.

Taro acted up last night for the first time. He threw a tantrum when he had to go into his kennel. They had eaten, they had been to the bathroom and they had been played with, so it was time for them to settle down in their kennels, and he put up a HUGE stink. Excessive barking, clawing at the door, mini-howling fits and the works. As hard as it was for me to sit back and ignore this behaviour, I had to. Every 10 minutes we took him out (when he was quiet) to see if he had to eliminate. All he wanted to do was play outside.
Normally, they eat separately in their kennels, and they have as much water as they like. They remain in their kennels until they have to pee or poop. They let us know by whining and/or barking. After then do their business, they get some play time or free time, whether it be outside or inside, or a combo of both. If they don’t do anything outside, they are kennelled and the next time they bark or whine we try again until they have a successful elimination.
Well, Taro wasn’t cooperating at all. Usually he complains a little, then snuggles up to his plush toy and sleeps, today he just wouldn’t quit. Ignoring him was extremely diffuclt for me, but I knew that if I gave in and let him out and let him have his way, I would regret it a few years later. After the second “bathroom break” and no elimination, we decided that if he was going to continue barking when kennelled, we would try to cover his kennel with a sheet. That failed miserably. He continued barking. It was getting rather ridiculous so we then decided we were going to let him out of his kennel, but place him in a SMALL area, near us, and see how he does. He fell asleep almost immediately.

Their sleeping kennel is in our closet, in the bedroom, and since their arrival they have had no issue sleeping in it throughout the night. Taro had another tantrum when we put him in there with Kratos for the night. Still having to ignore this, I had a shower, Taro continued to bark, Stephen had a shower, he continued to bark, but as soon as we turned down the lights, he began to settle down. They didn’t wake up until 7am.

While he was barking I referred back to my books regarding excessive barking, crate-training etc. and most say to ignore it, and to make sure they have peed and pooped, make sure they have adequate water and have eaten. I even googled solutions, and most information is the same. Now, if they were being paper-trained first, this probably wouldn’t have been an issue. He would have been placed in a big enough area with puppy pee pads that we could leave his crate door open, and he could relieve himself anytime. Due to me skipping the pee pad stage and going directly into outdoor peeing and pooping coupled with the fact that I cannot watch them 24/7, the door has to remain closed if they are not under direct supervision.

A friend of mine is considering purchasing a puppy. Recently, she had asked my opinion on what I thought about a puppy in an apartment and going through the whole house-training phase. I personally don’t think its a bad idea. I do, however, strongly recommend paper training especially if you don’t reside on the ground floor. For those people living on anything other than the ground floor should take into consideration that your puppy has to be able to hold his pee or poop as you run down the flight of stairs or wait for an elevator. In that time, the puppy may very well have an accident, and it wouldn’t be his/her fault. By the time you pick up on the warning signs ( circling and sniffing) it may be too late to get to the main floor. I think that as long as you are willing to paper-train and provide adequate space for your puppy to play, eat , sleep and eliminate, raising a puppy in an apartment shouldn’t be a problem. I will also add that I do believe a new puppy owner should take at least a week off work to integrate their new puppy into their new surroundings. Kratos and Taro have settled in very well, and I strongly believe it’s because they always have somebody around. Hope that helps Joce =)

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