Texas Carol....put the heart in EBN
Re: Crate Training
I agree w/David & the others, for bullies, 8 weeks is the earliest and that
doesn't apply to the shyer, more clingy pups and really, 10-12 weeks should
be standard before leaving Mom & Siblings...those last 2 or 3 weeks they learn
social behavior. Some effects are not noticed until later with these too early
placed pups such as aggression towards other dogs and/or people. Other effects
like anxiety, separation problems, training stubborness...even tho you may have
gotten your other pups early, they might have been more confident, etc.
As you say, you have the pup now and so onward...try putting a frozen Kong
w/peanut butter or something so if he wakes up, he can divert his attention to
that and hopefully, tire himself out! Placing crate close enough to reach down
& comfort him, placing a sheet over the crate, putting fav toy w/him...all great
suggestions. He will be maturing & growing up quickly so even tho it feels like
forever, he'll adjust soon. Hang in there and just love him.
And yeah, I think we all forget & underestimate puppy training...same with
human babies...we just forget it all then think we're up to raising another one!
My 1st bully, Brutus
RIP beloved boy.