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Hi all, just wanted to share a picture of Meg! We are in week 2 and just about getting to grips with it all. The main problem with have at the moment is pooing in her crate at night, then the awful mess in the morning as she gets excited to see us and it gets EVERYWHERE! It takes a bit of clearing up.

Do they get better at holding? I'm hoping so, I'm a little reluctant to get up in the middle on the night and have my fingers crossed that it will pass!!

Otherwise she is gorgeous, I'm finding her quick to pick up commands like sit etc. Looking forward to being able to take her out in a few weeks.
 

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Hi Kate,

Meg is gooooorgeous! If we’d had a brown Cockapoo we were thinking of calling her Nutmeg! You got her from Copella didn’t you?

When is Meg’s last meal? I’ve read on here that if you feed your puppy at the same times each day then their bowel movements should become more predictable. Perhaps try feeding her earlier in the evening so that she does her last poop before bed? How long is she in her crate for overnight – if it’s quite a long time that might affect how long she can hold it in. And also, what are you feeding her? I know that a lot of people on here swear by a raw food called Natural Instinct as aside from the health benefits of feeding raw, their pups also have small, firm and odourless poops. Might be worth considering!

How is everything else going? Has it been hard work?! We’re getting our pup in seven weeks… can’t WAIT!

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She's a little unpredictable with timings and doesn't always do one in the night (although I think it happens when she wakes up so just before I get to her) but I will play around with meal times, thanks for that idea. She is on Burns puppy bits as the breeder had her on that and the vet recommended it too. I'll look into Natural Instinct though, sounds like some great benefits!!

We got her from Crystalwood cockapoos in Devon in the end and I'm really happy with the choice. It has been hard work, especially with 2 kids underfoot too! But I'm glad we had her over Christmas holidays when we were all off and spent a lot of time at home. Being organised helps, she kept racing upstairs (where there is a carpet so she can't be trusted) and now we have a gate, I could have thought of that before and saved myself a few chases! And stock up on Kitchen roll!! The crate has been great for keeping her safe when I pick the kids up from school. I bought a 90cm high pen but she managed to escape that on the second night so I'm relieved the cage I bought on ebay was so big!
 

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They do get better don't worry! Don't forget they're babies so have little bowels and bladders so can't hold it in for long.
Vincent was poop free at night at around 10-11 weeks old, and pee free at about 13-14 weeks :) (he tends to get thristy last thing at night!! darn it)
 

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Hi again Kate,

I’m not a food know-it-all but Burns mini bites are higher in brown rice content than meat content... and the third highest ingredient is white rice. I may well be wrong but I’m sure that ideally dog food is higher in meat than carb content. The additional fibre may be making her more regular?

It’s interesting to hear you have a gate... has she ever squeezed through? We were thinking of getting a baby gate for the bottom of our stairs.

I’ll make a note to get lots of kitchen roll...!
 

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Hi again Kate,



It’s interesting to hear you have a gate... has she ever squeezed through? We were thinking of getting a baby gate for the bottom of our stairs.
We have a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs for Nacho at night. I leave his crate door open and he has room to move around in the tiled room downstairs. I swear by that gate. It's brilliant!
 

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This may be an inconvenience but to my mind better than cleaning up poo! I usually get up for a comfort break in the night so pop Hattie out at the same time, at first she peed and pood now it is usually just a pee but it means we both finish off the night with a good sleep and no stress. If someone shut me in a room and I wanted the loo I know what would probably happen no matter how much I was supposed to be being trained!
 

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We were thinking of getting a baby gate, but after taking him to my sisters (she has a 1 year old) and watching him figure out how to poen the gate (push nose under gate and push up...!) we might not bother! I know there are ones with latches but most are more expensive than the pull up ones! And seen as we don't have any kids, and don't plan on for a while it's just too much money!!
 

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We were thinking of getting a baby gate, but after taking him to my sisters (she has a 1 year old) and watching him figure out how to poen the gate (push nose under gate and push up...!) we might not bother! I know there are ones with latches but most are more expensive than the pull up ones! And seen as we don't have any kids, and don't plan on for a while it's just too much money!!
What a clever boy!!!

To be honest we wouldn’t buy one – these puppy purchases really tot up! We’ve friends who used them for their French Bulldog and they’ve offered to lend them to us as we’re teaching puppy not to go upstairs.

I’d be miffed if I spent a small fortune on gates and within minutes puppy had learnt how to open them lol!
 
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