Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Southern California
Quick Development Questions
So far we've been pretty good with what we need to do. I was a dog handler in the military and always have had GSD throughout my upbringing. Given that someone else (my parents) were the ones raising them, and I just playing with the puppy, I may have missed a few details along the way. So here I am!
1) Crating - How long it too long?
My GF and I work all day. The puppy is pretty much in a oversized X-Large Kong Crate all day. We wake up around 630 let him out to do his business. We shower and get ready, and then feed Jaxon. He's in the crate from about 800am to 12 noon when my GF or I come home for an hour to take him out to play and pee, etc. and then back in the crate from 1pm to 530ish when one of us comes home. We absolutely hate to leave the little guy alone all day. Sometimes we will leave on classical music or the TV so he has some background music or something. He has lots and lots of toys, etc. during the day to stay busy. All in all, M-F he's in there about 8 hours. This I don't like.
2) Exercising - I have been taking him out in the mornings to do a little walk/run. I want to make sure he is well exercised. We only run for about 200 yards and then the rest walk. Is this OK on his new puppy legs at 14 weeks?
3) OMG!!!! Sharky McSharksAlot - I have had some bitey dogs, and he has done excellent on the bite inhibition training, but when this little guy wants to play, forget about it. He comes to the couch, chews my ankles, my calfs, and my hands, anything he can get. When I tell him "off" and push him down, he gets more agressive. Ignoring him is worse. When I do that he starts to eat my couch to get my attention. Haha. I keep giving him something else to play with, and divert his attention, but he's right back in 30 secs to bite on me again.
Other than this, we are happy campers!!!
What do you think?
Jaxon Von Sharksalot
AKA Isteel Shues
AKA Chueson Allaurstouf
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