Puppy Training 101

25 Aug

For the past few months my blog reading has been slacking. It has been competing with another subject that has become my obsession. Puppies.

Before I brought Charlie home I wanted to be as prepared as possible. I’ve probably googled “puppy training” and “house training” more than anything else and read just about every website on the topic.

Unfortunately none of the blogs I read on a daily basis have ever really done a post on training their dogs. Yet a TON of bloggers have dogs that they love dearly and share pictures of all the time. So I thought I would start a little series of posts on how its going training Charlie pup. So if you hate dogs or just don’t care about them..come back tomorrow!


I am by no means an expert and probably have no idea what I am talking about but I thought it might be fun to share my journey with you.

Housetraining: Right now we are trying to crate train Charlie. Sort of. He sleeps in his crate at night and then when we are going to be gone for a few hours. If he is going to be home for longer then 3 hours then we normally leave him baby gated in the kitchen because that is just too long for a pup his age to hold it (he’s 8 weeks and 3 days today). He’s still having tons of accidents right now but as long as we are watching him like a hawk he won’t go inside.

Sleeping: Charlie is such a baby so he sleeps a LOT. The first few nights he would wake up every few hours but for the past week he has been sleeping through the night no problem. He tends to fall asleep anywhere and everywhere.

Commands: Right now we are working on “sit” and he is doing pretty well. Golden doodles are supposed to be really smart dogs so hopefully he will pick up on things quickly!

Socialization: Charlie is too young to play with other dogs right now so I usually just pick him up when another one walks by. The vet did say he can be around dogs we know so I let him play with Sean’s dog and he was really scared of him.

Everything Else: Charlie is a super happy pup right now. He misses us dearly when we go to work but due to my sister and my roommates different schedules he’s not usually home for too long by himself. Sometimes he goes in to crazy puppy mode and won’t stop running and jumping but usually he is content to just hang out or play with his toys. He LOVES ice cubes too.

Are you interested in more Charlie updates as the weeks go on?

I would love for other bloggers to do their own puppy posts 🙂


6 Responses to “Puppy Training 101”

  1. Girl In The Pink August 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I want a Charlie!! And that is such a cute name BTW.

  2. alice @ bake n beebz August 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    ohhhhhh Such a cute pup! I still feel sooo guilty leaving bobbin at home but she too is never left for too long. House training is a nightmare! but your doing the right thing and being persistent! treats and lots of praise go miles! love to see more updates! xxx

  3. Joanna August 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Looove him! We are looking inti buying a goldendoodle pup too! Where did you get him? Is he a “mini”?

    • Ashley August 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

      I got him from a breeder in MI.. if you are interested in them email me! He is not a mini he will be full grown.

  4. erica August 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    I love the Charlie posts!!! Keep ’em coming!

  5. Sarah S @RunningOnWords August 26, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    I’ve gotten lazy about posting, so I pretty much post dog pictures constantly now. Charlie is so cute, so I think posting about him on here is a great idea!

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