Winter puppies = new year problems
By Janet Sykes, Jan 20 2016 09:26PM
Winter pups can be a problem in a variety of ways, housetraining can be difficult if the weather is cold and/or wet, the most common behaviour there is that the pup just simply doesn't want to go to the outside toilet when there's this lovely warm house to do it in.
Boredom sets in with the bad weather so the pup plays up and can get very hyper without being able to stretch their little legs outdoors.
Socialisation can be restricted as there's not much daylight and not as many dogs and people about in foul weather.so you need to get inventive about showing your pup there's more to the world than your house and garden. Socialsing is critical and needs to be happening between 7 and 12 weeks, this very short space of time can never be put back in at a later stage in your dogs' life, there's a secondary stage from 12 weeks, it's nowhere near as effective as those five weeks in the critical period, missing this opportunity can set your dog up for a lifetime of behaviour problems.
Something as simple as being cold at night can mean your new dog child can't get to sleep resulting in them waking up and waking you up or not going off to sleep at all. I reccommend to anyone getting a pup from me that they buy some kind of heat pad, the metal plate with armoured chew proof cable that you can buy from petnap are the best, acting like a doggie electric blanket and can save you hours of stress. Remember once your heating goes off for the night it can quickly get cold in your house for the pup although they can regulate their body heat after about five weeks of age they still need a bit of help keeping warm, also covering a crate with a thick blanket and using decent thick vet fleece helps a lot with keeping young pups warm cosy and help everyone get a good nights sleep