I have a diploma from an animal care specialist program and have worked as a vet asisstant
The clock idea is a good one, supposedly it comforts them since it sounds like their mother's hertbeat. Make sure you feed the dog in set meal times, at this age (6-16 weeks it is best to slpit meals into 3 times a day then later feed in the am and pm. Usually the dog will poop within about
10 minutes of eating. As far as water that should always be available. You may want to try taking the dog for a walk every 2 hrs or so so it can pee. Some people try wee wee pads and it works great with some dogs but others dont get the idea when the pad is gone and they are to go outside they still think it is okay to go in the house. If you are afraid of it peeing while you are out use ice cubes in the water dish rather than water, this allows the dog to still get water but at a slower rate. When at home try taking a leash and tying it to your belt/beltloop if you are walking around this way you can stop and correct accidents immediately. When you cannot have your eye on the dog make it go into its crate. Do not use the crate for punishment.
This may sound crazy but...brush your dogs teeth. Dogs dont get the teeth cleaning they need just from dry kibble and milk bone type treats. Small dogs have more dental issues than most large dogs since there is usually crowding of the teeth. To brush the teeth you can get a dog toothbrush or even a piece of gauze. you only have to worry about
the external portion of the teeth, their tongue takes care of the inner surface. Make sure you get the molars, they usually get the most tartar buildup. It is best to brush the teeth daily, but every other day is good too, after that the plaque begins to calcify. Starting to do this at a young age even though the baby teeth fall out makes it easier when the permanent ones come in.
Also play with the dogs feet, this helps when the nails need to be cut if you do it or a professional does it. Most dogs see tugging on the feet with wanting to pick a fight so they dont typically like it unless you get them use to it . With all dogs especially those with floppy ears play with their ears! I have a maltese and a japanese chin and trust me the floppy ear dogs get more ear infections than those with ears that stand up. the more you play with the ears the better they will be when it comes to you cleaning their ears (to help prevent ear infections or to treat them). After bathing especially is the best time to use a drying agent in the ears, water getting trapped in the ears is a major cause of infections. They get bacterial and/or yeast infections in the ear. They sell drying agents such as eucleanse at your vet. There is also a product called vet solutions, make sure you have the vet or a tech show you how to clean the ears properly!
Good luck with the puppy :)
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