Well I just got MY first puppy. Had a couple dogs growing up, but I was a pre-teen when they were puppies. This is my first dog/puppy that I'll be responsible for training and such.
Two nights ago my girlfriend and I picked up Teiko. He's a "Gerberian Shepsky". German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix. He turned 8 weeks old today. I did some reading on the breed before getting him, and lots of places said crate training him right off the bat would be one of the best things I could do for him. Would help him when traveling, being potty trainied, trips to the vet where he'd have to be in a kennel, etc.
We bought an XL crate for him (travel style, not wire style). He obviously has plenty of space to move around in there. But he absolutely hates it. Started crying and wimpering immediately the after the first time we placed him in there. We tried covering it with a blanket, putting some of his chew toys in there, kong with puppy flavored stuffing, had suggestions from friends of putting a "ticking" clock next to the crate (supposed to remind the pup of their mom's heartbeat), etc. Nothing seems to work. We have a clean puppy pad and some blankets in there. The first two nights so far have been rough. He would cry, wimper, chew on the wire door, and bark pretty severly for over an hour before my girlfriend decided she'd had enough, and on the bed he came.
I know this is breaking the golden rule with crate training, and is most likely a battle of the wills. Couple questions I have are,
1. What are the signs of a puppy being non-crate trainable?
2. Is there a risk of the puppy breaking/losing a tooth from chewing on the wire door?
3. What kinds of toys/chew toys are good to leave him with at night?
Any help with the crate training would be greatly appreciated. Other than crying when he's in the crate, he's a pretty good puppy. Wimpers here and there, but playful, and gets along with the other dogs in the house. Has already learned to go potty (#2) on the puppy pads which is nice. Still working on the peeing though.
Questions not related to crate training are:
4. Besides the obvious chocolate, grapes, and raisins, what are some foods I should be avoiding with this breed? We currently have him on nutro max puppy food which is supposed to be high in protein, omegas, and fatty acids.
5. Any tips for the breed in general? training, interacting with other dogs, health, etc?
and now for the pictures!
this was a week and a half ago when we picked him out of the litter.
and this was the day we got him
Thanks in advance for any and all help with the little guy.