German Shepherd Dog > New pup - what will I need?! (29 replies)
by laura271 on 22 June 2012 - 12:40
|Today is going to be a very long day for you. Get to bed early!|
I have my fingers crossed that the puppy isn't as hard to crate and house train as Bosco was. He was terrible! I'm sure that there's a forum member here who is still laughing at my sobbing phone call after his first few days with us. LOL.
by Conspicuous on 22 June 2012 - 12:49
|LOL laura. OMG Bosco sounds like a sassy boy.|
I hope she'll be easier too! Hopefully there won't be too many tears. LOL
by Mcap on 22 June 2012 - 13:06
|Very excited for you!!! This is the time when you really need to bond with your pup. Raw knuckle bones will keep her/him occupied for hours. I'm not a big fan of any kind of trest except raw or freeze dried. It's like having a baby, then a toddler, then a teenager all in a 8-9 month period. If there is something to get into to, they will find it, so always watch them when they are out of the crate. You will get back one hundred fold what you put into raising your puppy. I would also recommend puppy training for the socialization aspect and if you want a people friendly dog, introduce your neighbors to the pup.|
Good luck and enjoy!
by Conspicuous on 22 June 2012 - 13:22
Yeah, I've already looked into pupy class, puppy agility and I'm bringing my pup out to a schutzhund seminar that the stud dog's owner goes to for training. She said to bring her for socilization and also that we can maybe try her with a scent box. That is next weekend, I'm looking forward to that. The breeder said to take her everywhere with me. I definitely want to work on socializing her as much as I can so she'll be friendly with other dogs and people. I really hope to make her a good citizen.
I live in the country, so I'll have to make a point of bringing her into the city to see all the sights and sounds too.
I have the laundry room for a play room (with a crate) if we need to keep her out of the way, with a baby gate so she can see out. It's attached to the kitchen, so she can be alone, but still see some activity.
by laura271 on 22 June 2012 - 13:24
|There were definitely tears! My super neighbour kept reminding me that it's completely okay if I didn't love him during the first year.|
Crate training Senta: buy crate and then set it up. She chooses to spend most of her time chilling in her crate. Check!
Housetraining Senta: show Senta spot in the backyard where we wanted her to go. One or two days later ...done. Check!
Crate training Bosco: bark! bark! bark! bark! (all night long for many nights...) Feeling utterly desperate...so buy "Crate Games" video....do training ....days pass. Will go into crate when told but will never choose to go into crate on his own. Never!
Housetraining Bosco: Refuses to go outside so we had to stand with him outside for hours until he was forced to give in...in the middle of winter. Is a stealth peer who runs as he pees in the house ...pee everywhere (never, ever signalled that he had to go). Alarm set to tell us to take him outside every 45 minutes. Kept confined to the tiled kitchen or leashed to one of us for at least three months. Did I mention the first two days of explosive diarrhea? Or that we were completely unprepared for Senta's intense dislike of him? GAH! GAH! Martin would take Senta and divorce me if I ever buy another GSD puppy.
...but he was so darn cute!
by Conspicuous on 22 June 2012 - 13:43
|OMG that sounds like a nightmare!|
*prays to crate training/housebreaking gods*
by fawndallas on 22 June 2012 - 18:58
|Love and Patience.|
I use a Bach or Mozart CD in the car on the way home. Does wonders every time.
Have a camera always at hand? I try, but it never works out. The great shots are always when the camera is in the house.
One of my pups fusses at the crate too. Solution: treat training for the crate. Now Max is the first one in the crate at bed time; he even pushes his sisters aside to get in there. "Crate is the happiest place on Earth during training."
Baby wet wipes and clorox wipes; life gets messy. Learn to love mud and dirt and a stinky dog.
Enjoy; this time goes by so fast. If you approach the next 3 years as "Everything is new and wonderful," you will be blessed with peace and a whole new life fulfillment.
by fawndallas on 26 June 2012 - 21:14
|We are not known for patiences.....You have had the puppy a whole 2 days and we have yet to see pictures |
How is it going?
by Conspicuous on 27 June 2012 - 13:09
|Hi! Sorry! LOL|
It's going ok, you know the normal things that you need to figure out and get familiar with how she works. She is very sweet and smart. She knows sit, so we are continuing to work on that and now I'm trying ot teach her down. She walks beside me pretty well on the leash too and tries sometimes to retrieve things for me.
My only problem is she has a bit of separation anxiety. She is very good in her crate if I stay with her, but if I leave she gets very upset. I do think it's getting a bit better, I do all the things eveyone tells me to, don't talk to her, don't make eye contact, don't make a fuss when she goes in or go to her the second I come back. I don't make a fuss when I leave, I put her in with her food and go.
It's hard though. I have been reading up on it and it says to start out with just a few minutes and gradually increase the length of time you are gone, but how can I leave her for just a few minutes and let her out, when one of the things is not to let her out if she's crying? LOL She cries for way more than a few minutes!
Anyway, last night I took her to see my sister in the city and let her sit on the sidewalk and see cars going by. Some people came to pat her and she got a couple more trips in the car under her belt. She met a couple of dogs, but I picked her up. They were two oldies, a Lab and a Golden, so they were very calm and gentle, but still big and intimidating, so I held her up so she wouldn't get too scared or get stepped on.
This weekend she's going to a schutzhund seminar! I'm not sure if she has the boldness required for it, but it can't hurt to check it out and get started ont he right foot in case we wanted to persue it. Then we go up to the cottage for a couple of days. :)
by fawndallas on 27 June 2012 - 14:57
|Sounds like a lot of fun. Separation takes some time. Your girl sounds great. |
Max, the male I have tentatively kept back from my litter, has a terrible issue with separation. He has the howling thing down real good.
We are working on it. I am going to try putting him in his crate in the kitchen. My husband and I are in and out of there all the time. I am hoping he will learn that when we leave, we also come back. I hope to have it resolved soon. If you get any great hints, please pass them. I may have to take him to a trainer other than me to re-enforce that separation is ok. Not really the plan I had, but what is best for the dog is the priority.
My other 2 females, which I have kept, have no issue with separation. To them, the world is their play ground and everyone should move out of their way. They run right over their brother and each other on a regular basis.