thought_bubbls (thought_bubbls) wrote in boston_buddies,

Puppy Help!

Hi!  Long-time lurker, first time poster.
First, let me introduce you to my new baby ~ Oliver!  He is eight weeks old and FULL of energy.


1.  How can I help introduce my new puppy to the family?
I have two other dogs (see my icon) and they are not too happy about their new little brother. They aren't being mean to him but they also aren't going out of their way to play with him.  When I first introduced them, both of my older dogs started to salivate uncontrollably.  Is this normal?  They just seem annoyed by the poor little guy.  Every time he tries to play with a toy my other Boston snatches it away from him and runs away.  I've been trying to make a big fuss over the older dogs so they don't get jealous.  I feed them first and I greet them first when I get home.  Is there anything else I can do to help little Oliver find his place in the pack?
I must have had it easy before because I had Pickles (the yorkie) for about two years and then when I brought home Lola (the boston) Pickles was just crazy about her.

2.  Crate Training 101
I am trying to crate train him.  He cries ALL NIGHT LONG!  I've tried keeping the crate in the bedroom with us but that doesn't help.  Someone today suggested a hot water bottle or something warm in the crate with him.  Any other suggestions?  How long does it usually take for a puppy to get used to his crate?
Again, I had it easy with my other two.  They adjusted to being crated very in two days.

Or if there is a better community to post this to, I'd appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks guys!


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