New Puppy in a Social Household
Hey, I'm new to the forums so I'm just adjusting but I've had a question roaming my mind recently.
I've been planning to get a purebred GSD for the longest time now and as I edge closer to giving in, one though roams my mind.
My family has 3 dogs. Two of which are small dogs (Yorkie/Pom, Pug) and a large dog (Jack Russel/Border Collie). I plan to train my Shepherd in strict, yet loving manner. The dogs in my house aren't trained that well, they all bark a lot, tug on leashes, roughhouse, feed freely and everything I don't want my pup to be brought into. I currently live in the basement of the house (17, not legal to move on my own) which is a large area that is cut off by a large dry wall and a door from the exiting area of the basement.
I plan to have strict rules on my puppy such as feeding schedules, walks, training, and so forth. My worry is that I don't want to keep him locked up in the basement with me all the time, I want to introduce him to a social environment, but the problem is that the social environment around me isn't good under my standards for raising a well behaved pup.
I want to raise him with my rules and not to be exposed to the chaos that happens with my other canines in the house.
Any advice/help with this?
(This is a thread about asking about raising the pup in a social area, not about permission to get a pup or w/e. Please stick to the topic, thanks.)
Dogs tend to pick up behaviors from other dogs, good and bad behaviors. You have to teach the pup what you want. Wouldn't hurt to work with the others before pup comes home.
Maybe the answer is , one waits until one is free of the situation and established themselves .
How can you give an answer otherwise?
you said "I want to raise him with my rules and not to be exposed to the chaos that happens with my other canines in the house.
Any advice/help with this?"
Life at your age is pretty much chaos . No matter how clever or mature , there are so many things not determined yet that put enormous draw on your time and attention, including further education, relocation for employment opportunities, friends potential life partners, travel , and income limited housing that most kids experience leaving the mum and dad house.
you said "(This is a thread about asking about raising the pup in a social area, not about permission to get a pup or w/e. Please stick to the topic, thanks) "
I know that . The chaos with the other dogs though is pretty much entrenched. Seems your family and the dogs are happy with that situation. Bringing in another dog , may bring grief as far as by-law restrictions (number of dogs allowed in a residence) . In the end there may be resentment of the new GSD from other family members.
Other important question. Would a good breeder sell you a dog in this circumstance ?
I don't think you are doing this on impulse , but on excitement looking forward to the day when you can get your dog .
Perhaps a little early .
Depending on where you live why not see what kennels are close by where you can go and visit litters of pups to help socialize them.
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