|08-08-2013, 12:59 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Our puppy is home! I have few Q's
We brought our puppy home last Friday, so its been almost a week. He is such a smart and a good boy. He had two accidents so far only because it was our mistake of not taking him out right away. However, so far so good with house training. He is 10 weeks old now, He is a white GSD, His name is LEX his weight is a bit low than what I've read however, we are trying to give him enough food. Last week the vet mentioned he weighs around 8 lbs and he was 9 weeks. Is that something to worry about? I want to see how much he weigh now, we are taking him again on Sat.
We let him out every 2 and half hours at night and during the day 5-15 mins after eating unless he is taking a nap , then I usually wait 30 mins max. He pees right away outside, however, his poo timing varies. At times its right after I take him out first time , at times it takes 30 to an hour for him to poo. So still trying to figure that out.
He has been eating but I would say less a cup a meal. We have been feeding him 3 times a day, the second meal timing changes a bit at times depending on my work schedule as it changes.
I have few questions that I need help or answers for
1- He is put in the crate all night while we sleep and during the day while at work ( I work part time for now and max of 4 hours, sometimes 6 but I come home and take him out) and at times during the day when I need to do something and cant watch him.
My question is, should he be put in crate at all times? He is usually spending time in our closed in kitchen (small kitchen, we live in an apt) closed in with a baby gate and we spend time with him in there as he doesnt like to be left alone. We are trying now to train him to be quiet for us to get back in with him in the kitchen without him whining.
2- I usually when I give him his meals , I leave it out for until he stops eating or drinking which is usually within 5-10 mins of him eating and drinking. Is that long enough? I dont want to leave him hungry.
3- Housetraining, Now that he is doing very well so far and we keep on making sure that he does well , because it's never his fault if we dont take him out. My question is, when he is usually blocked in the kitchen with a baby gate or in his crate. How will he learn the "hit the bell" to let out if he does not have access to it where its on the front door ? Should I move the bell to the kitchen baby gate or is that something until later on when he can start moving around the carpet area? How or when is that an option to have them roam around some areas?
4- We are planning to enroll him in a puppy training class after he gets the shots that is needed. He is a good puppy but at times he gets scared of for example ( garbage pick up trucks , they are big and loud. Other dogs at times that we see from afar) However, with people, he is getting better and he does not bark at anything , he just wants to go in when he gets scared. He has gained more confidence since day 1 but still.
5- Whats the best way to keep him from biting on our pants, socks while wearing them ofcourse. I usually say Ouch loud and say NO and give him his bone to bite on. Any other effective ways to teach him?
6- What some basic trainings we can start on with him now that he is more comfortable at home after being here for a week?
7- What some treats that can help with doggy breath? also things that helps with teething. I have a bone for him , I get him those greenies toothbrush things and I also freeze a wet rag and he loves biting on that during the night. He has a kong in his crate but he seems to not care much for that. Maybe he doesnt like the hard treats in it?
8- Regarding food, I did not know that until I read some posts on here after (I started feeding him , my mistake ) What is best to feed him? Adult dog food or puppy for large breed? It seems that its hard to find a variety or more of large breed puppy at pet stores but I can try to get him that if that is best to feed.
That's all I can think of now. I will post a picture of him soon!
Last edited by KKal; 08-08-2013 at 01:04 PM.
|08-08-2013, 05:13 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: West Virginia
1. If you feel that your kitchen is puppy proof and you know he will be safe in there, I see no reason to be in a crate if he can be loose in the kitchen.
2. Since he is finishing his food it must be working well.
3. I waited till later to train my boy to use the bell, but it is up to each individual, you could just physically ring it yourself when you take him out to get him used to the sound of the bell meaning its time to go potty.
5. Offering something else to chew on is what I did, works for some not so much for others.
6. I would concentrate more on bonding still for the first two weeks, but everyone has different opinions.
7. Have you tried peanut butter or yogurt in the kong and you can freeze them with that in there also?
8. Again everyone has their own opinions but I gave mine large breed puppy for the first year.
Enjoy your puppy, they don't stay little for long.
karen, mom to:
ace-gsd (bi-color) 6/14/2010
mandy-yellow lab 1/31/2009
baby-terrier mix 11/25/2000
|08-18-2013, 05:00 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2013
Congrats on your new GSD! This is just what we did...
Our female GSD did weigh more at 10 weeks BUT she comes from a fairly large set of parents so if your vet isn't concerned I wouldn't worry about it.
1. I wouldn't crate a dog all the time...we leave our dog in the kitchen (gated) but are nearby or in the kitchen just to keep an eye on her so she's not trying to find trouble.
2. We never had to worry about food being left...she snarfs everything up right away. To make house breaking easier, I would pull up the food after 15 minutes as you are doing now. We ended up leaving the water out all the time BUT we had her on a strict schedule taking her outside to avoid any accidents. Most books do suggest pulling up the water as you are doing.
3. I would move the bell to somewhere the dog has access to so they can ring to go out. Our dog never quite got that (she thought it was a toy) but did learn to paw at the door and look at us instead to indicate so for us that's good enough (the door is in the kitchen). She's nearly 5 months and she's not allowed out of her gated off space at the moment because it's not puppy proofed.
5. This was (and frequently is) still a big issue. We have tried pet corrector (makes a loud noise), squirt bottle and now we kennel her (a method not everyone agrees with but does work for us and is non physical).
6- We did sit and down and expanded from there as time went on.
7. There's something call yap mints or something but doggy breath goes away (assuming you have good teeth health) when the teething stops.
8. Personally, we feed a large breed puppy food because that's what the breeder had her on. I've heard that adult food can sometimes have too much calcium for a puppy but that could depend on the brand.
|08-20-2013, 08:47 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2012
Enjoy your new Pup!!
I used a crate for both my pups. Only I only put them in it when either I wasn't home and at night for sleeping. Yes it's a ton of work, but I wanted them to learn as fast as possible. And so very rewarding.
He will learn your schedule.. We usually go to be around 11:00 so their last outside potty run was about 9:30 and into their crates at 10:00 for sleepy time.
I took water away around 8:00 - mine drink tons.
Last food around 6:00-
When they first came home at 8 weeks I started going outside to the same general area every 15-20 minutes..I stayed out until he did his business and would make a Huge fuss and come inside and get a cookie. My pups still come in and go directly over to the cookie jar and sit and wait! It's really funny.
Gradually you can extend how long between potty runs
I also gave plenty of chewy toys, whenever they seemed to go towards furniture or shoes I would replace with something they could have.
The breeder for my boy had him on taste of the wild - we continued with it and put my girl on it also.
Soft, silky coats..mine love it.
Mine are 10 and 14 months and are the sweetest best pups ever!
So have fun!
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|08-20-2013, 10:31 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
You also don't have to wait til your pup has all his shots to go to puppy classes! We started ours when Paisley was 11 weeks (she came home at 10 weeks and the classes started the following week). The instructor should know that pups that young don't have all their shots yet - and they are usually ok with this.
Leyna vom Grunenfeld, HT, PT, HSAs, HRDs, RLFs
Paisley vom Kirschental, 3/25/13, aka "the devil"
Levi vom Grunenfeld, RIP 9/5/04 - 3/4/13