Welcome to DT. You can remove the cone. Cones usually do more harm than good for young puppies because they rub on the back of the ears and cut edges and make them itch. I would STRONGLY advise against taking your puppy to any "dog" public place until she's about 4 months old. Instead, you can take her to the hardware store, the [people] park, farmer's market, etc. and let people approach her and get her used to all sorts of noises, sights, smells, and surfaces.
I have never heard of "puppy playtime" but it sounds like a disaster in the making. Puppies don't need to play with each other. It's more important for her to be socialized with other people and learn that when she's on a leash around other dogs she's NOT allowed to play. I would recommend signing up for group puppy obedience class when she's 4-5 months old though!
Once this weather clears up we will take her to some people places.
I already have her signed up for class. I'm trying to hold out until she older but she is a ball of energy.
Walking with a leash with a young puppy:
Encourage your Puppy.
When first holding the leash, do not attempt to get him to walk at heel yet. If he does that naturally, great, but if he doesn’t do not be tempted to yank on the leash to get him to do so. Do everything calmly and gently. Sometimes even just standing still or kneeling down while he figures out what is happening is a good idea.
Give him time to process all this information regarding what the leash is and does. Let him gain confidence in you, and then in the leash and himself. You can even use a treat held in your hand down by your side at his head level to get him walking alongside you on the leash, and then occasionally make him stop and sit for the treat.
Some dogs can sit and decide not to move. In this instance, walk a few steps away, go down on one knee and encourage him to come to you using a treat. Then set off walking again. For many pups with concerns, and even those without them, the collar and leash can be a little restricting and can create resistance in your dog. Some dogs may walk alongside you and not leave you off leash, but when they have a leash on they behave differently.
Take your time and keep your cool, but be persistent in what you do to achieve the results you want. Even if the results are only a small step towards what you wish to achieve, in time, the small steps become the big ones you seek. Very quickly you will find your dog accepting the leash and eventually he will come to walk nicely on it as well.
thank you, this helped. I was able to get her out the crate and put the lease on her then walked her to the deck, so she could use the bathroom.
Until Pup is up to date with shots and Vet gives the go ahead......keep pup away for any other dogs (including your friends dogs)and other doggie areas.
Try to have pup do business in areas that the other dogs are not typically peeing and pooping in until all the shots are complete.
No kennels, classes, etc until vet gives the go ahead. Those shots are real important at your pups young age.
Meanwhile you have what we call a dobershark on hand.......yes..those teeth are sharp and you are responsible to not give the pup an opportunity to bite.
If pup does bite...BAM....game over...pup goes to crate for a real short time out. No punishment ......crates are to be fun places.
No words are spoken when isolated to the crate ..just action....... isolating for a short period to give pup an opportunity to calm down.
Then after a short while ......its a new day and reapproach. But in all fairness, do the best you can to play games that will not get yourself close to the teeth if possible.
After doing short time outs when to dobershark attacks ...................your pup will learn......ooo...when I bite.........ooo......the game ends.
Yes the teething really makes them want to chew ........many of us use the traditional Kongs..........fill it with softened food....if using kibble now add water to the kibble and it will get soft.....then stuff the kong with the soft foods and ....freeze the kong. That nice cold kibble kong will feel good on those teeth!
Keep us up to date on how things are going........we love puppies !
Check out some of the online classes via Fenzi Dog Sports Academy .......I just signed up for a class with my dog Hoss.......the detailed explanation is excellent.
I'm going follow up with the vet to see what he thinks is best for Luna.
thanks, I will try the crate method and freezing the kibble and kong.
It is IMPERATIVE that you socialize your puppy now. This is a critical window of time for exposing her to many things. Does that mean dog parks and places that you don't know the vaccination status of other dogs? No. BUT! The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists has issued a statement about the risks of not socializing verses the risks of exposure to disease - you can read it here: https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads..._-_10-3-14.pdf
Basically, you need to be smart. Your puppy MUST be exposed to things before the window of time closes. That means you need to get her out to places and see things. As others have said, there are lots of places you can go with her. You can take her to places that allow dogs - for example, you could take her to hardware stores (you can have her ride in the cart on a blanket, if you're worried). Take her out and about...she needs to see a huge variety of people - old and young, kids, people in hats, people in hoodies, people in wheelchairs and walkers...I try to take my puppies to parking garages and ride in elevators. I expose them to as many places as I possibly can, and make it very positive.
Additionally, I disagree on no other dogs...do you have friends with vaccinated adult dogs that like puppies? Play dates. Or, if there is a puppy class that isn't just puppy play time, but puppies starting to learn basic skills, I would 100% start that. My puppies go to class immediately - most training facilities require dogs to be vaccinated. For ME, the risks of not getting out and doing things and the damage that can do to temperament in the long term far outweigh the risk of disease.
This was the description of the puppy play time "Play, bond and socialize
Every Saturday & Sunday | 1 pm
This 30-minute session provides puppies 8 weeks to 6 months a fun and supervised environment to learn social skills.
Dogs only. Proof of current vaccinations required".
But I reached out to my friends to see if their dogs were vaccinated.