Huise's odd behavior

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Hello all.

As shame full as this is to admit he is only 6 weeks old. The breeder is having her baby next week via c-section and was not going to be able to be home for the 2 additional weeks... With that being said my neighbor has a litter of Great Dane pups that are 2 days older than him and before I agreed to take my little guy my neighbor and I came up with a plan allow my pup to play (properly socialize) with her litter for hours a day. Our only concern was if the mother Dane would allow this. Thankfully she has, we introduced my pup to her separate from her litter with extreme caution and within minutes she was licking him and laid down to allow him to smell all over her and climb on her... best part was she picked him up and carried him to her litter, so Huise joins in all activity (daylight hours) with her and her litter that is out of their den/shed(I of course am out with them all playing from the break of dawn). At night he hangs out with me and sleeps in bed with me. He is way to young for actual training and all I want is to condition him for when the time comes. My pup has been home only 3 days counting today. There are a few behaviors I would like to see if they are normal. When he has to relieve himself he will comically stop whatever he is doing sit and whine until I go to the door and let him outside to do so. He will also whine for food or new water (if its not cool from fresh out faucet he will not touch it). I have noticed if he is left in a room because I walked out to fast for him to follow or left while he was not paying attention he whines like he has been hurt... now I naturally want to go back in and get him but I am not sure the senseless whining is a behavior that should be reinforced(or should it at such a young age). I have been just calling his name until he comes into the room I am in and I praise him saying good boy Huise with lots of petting and affection ... but then he continues to whine and I'm not sure what to do at that point. He is receiving no crate training besides being fed treats and water soaked food in his crate with door open.

Please do not flame me to harshly. Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

Thank you all   

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I actually like the great dane idea since it will help him with the dog manners and the biting issues, all those things that removing a puppy too soon can cause...that's my personal opinion, kudos to the great dane mom too!!!

As for the whining wow puppies do have a horrible "you're killing me" screamy whine; it's been so long since I had a puppy I can't advise on this one but others here have just been through this so expect some good advice!!!

I think you are doing an awesome job with your little fella......

talsin: Thank you for your kind words. I actually spent most of my time at work this evening researching and everything I found is directed at dogs nearing 12 month period and after. So I have thus far come to the decision to stay on the same track and just go through all the possible things that he could be needing or wanting... Checking water, offering food if the time is appropriate, locating all his toys, taking him outside and playing with him. After all I do believe he is still considered to be in the infant stage of development and I know he needs lots of affection and cuddling just as he would with his own litter so when he/we are not out with the Dane mother and pups I take that into consideration and try to just cuddle/sooth him. Oh and here is something comical. My mother watched him here at my place when the Dane pups went to bed and I was at work for a short while. She said he kept looking for me every 10 min or so whining while doing so then would lay on his bed n chew toys. When I walked through the door he popped his little head up fell about 10 times trying to run to me, I have hard wood floors, when he finally got the momentum up to make it to me he could not stop himself and slipped on to his side slid right between my legs, as I was squatted down, and a good 5' behind me finally came to a stop. My mother and I could not stop laughing for a good 5 min.

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I love the Great Dane idea, too!  What a terrific solution for your pup, who would have otherwise been missing his mom and littermates.

Kudos to you for doing your homework, and giving him what he needs to be a happy puppy!

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He sounds perfectly normal - a needy baby, which is what he is.  Keep doing what you're doing and loving the little fella.

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I always attended to Harley when he cried at that age.  We had him when he was 5-weeks and that is just an infant!  Way too young to expect anything from training.  When he was older we worked on crate training and alone time (the whole, let him cry it out thing).  But now he a little over a year old and by no means a whiner (that's Ellie's job).  

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Oh what a cute story, the hardwood floors do make for slow stopping and lots of slip sliding going on, that's all I have hardwoods throughout and Ben actually slips sometimes turning the corners of course it isn't cute when it's a 120 lb. dog but it is when it's a leggy puppy rushing to greet you......pictures, we want pictures!!!!!

Here are a few pictures of Huise (AKA, Mr. Eko)

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He looks very happy and just to restate what others have already said, i think you are totally doing the correct things with him, i bet the whinning will go away pretty soon, but it shows how smart he is by using it to tell you its potty time. Again very cute pup, can you throw in a pic with the GD mommy and pups ?

Sheebaroo: Thank you for the supportive words. I will be sure to ask Patricia if she would care if I put a picture or two up (not sure why she would).

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What a cutie once again I love these pictures!!!

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OMGoodness, He is adorable! I am not surprised that the Dane mommy has taken him in... he is still an infant and foster mom or not, she knows what to do. I think you are wonderful for handling things the way you have because his development depends on it. Congratulations on such a wonderful pup and for being such a great parent!