My 10 Day Old Cocker Spaniel Puppy Cries
by Deepika Saraf
I really need some help. I bought a new puppy (he's only 10 days old) and, as winter has recently begun, he cries and feels cold.
Please suggest something to me to help him feel warmer and stop crying.
Second thing, I am a working girl so there is no-one at home to take care of him. I usually take him to the office with me but gradually he is growing so please guide me to teach him to stay at home without me.
Can you also suggest some ways to keep him busy please?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Hello Deepika, A puppy of 10-days old really needs to be with its mother and its litter mates. It cannot yet be weaned from his mother. Did you mean 10-weeks old? I hope so.
My advice is based on your puppy being 10 weeks old, and is as follows.
Your puppy will be very lonely on his own all day long. Besides he will need to be let outside every hour to do his 'toilet' otherwise he will do it in your house, making it very difficult for you to toilet train him.
I would recommend you buy him a crate if you can afford it, and train him to use it. If you don't know what this is, or how to train him, you can find out on the 'Crate Training A Puppy' section of my website.
If you can, I would recommend that you take him to work with you, and keep him in his crate while you work. Put in a couple of toys, some water and a warm blanket. He will feel safe in there. You can then keep an eye on him and take him outside to do his toilet.
Please make sure you have him on a lead when you take him out otherwise he may run off and hurt himself. It's also advisable to ensure he doesn't go on any ground where other dogs have been until he's fully vaccinated. If your puppy is not yet fully vaccinated, please discuss this with your vet urgently.
If you cannot take him to work with you, I would still recommend a crate, but don't lock him in - 8 hours is far too long for any puppy or dog to be locked in a crate. Leave the door open.
I would recommend that you put your puppy (and his crate) in a small room with a tiled (or washable) floor.
Don't give him the run of the house otherwise you will regret it as he may do his toilet anywhere he chooses - even on your bed!! If you restrict him to one room then you will be able to manage his mess better.
Place some newspapers on the floor in the corner of the room, preferably by the door and encourage him to go on the paper.
Please see the section on 'potty training' on my website - this will give you all the information you need to toilet train your puppy.
Consider leaving a radio on for him so that he can hear human voices.
Would you be able to get home at lunch time to let him out for a little playtime and toilet?
Or is there someone that you trust that could look in on him during the day?
If your puppy is left alone for too long he may get bored and become destructive, especially when his teeth begin to come through and he begins to chew at everything.
When the time comes, I recommend you buy him some puppy teething rings, and puppy chew toys.
I'm sure you'll give your puppy lots of love and affection, and play with him, and train him, when you come home in the evenings.
Your puppy will need lots of love, and will also need socialising if he is to grow up without any behavioural problems.
Socialising is where you introduce (gradually) your puppy to all types of different people, (black, white, wearing caps, beards, tall, short, children) sounds, (sirens, loud bangs, fireworks, whistles) sights, (fireworks, cars, balloons, air-planes, trucks, traffic, horses, other animals) textures, (stone floors, soil, grass, plastic, glass, steel), etc. so that he won't be frightened when he encounters them as an adult dog.
Please understand socialising a puppy is an extremely important part of a puppy's development.
Before I go, you said that your puppy was crying and cold. You really need to keep him warm, especially during the winter time. Please make sure he has a warm blanket and site his crate, or sleeping area away from cold drafts.
If he's sleeping on the floor, make sure there is something underneath his bed or sleeping area such as a piece of carpet, and please don't forget his blanket.
If your puppy continues to cry, I would recommend that you take him to see a vet, just to have him checked over. Once you are certain that he's okay, then you can get on with the process of bringing him up.
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