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Littleone 02-18-2014 05:31 PM

My schedule revolves around my gs mix puppy. Insight needed.
I sound nuts when i type this out but i dont know how else to raise this puppy. I apologize if i am in the wrong forum. Anyway, i had a lazy pug before this gsm and i ignorantly adopted this puppy because i always wanted to adopt or rescue. I was told this pup would be a 25lb border terrier mix. I did not expect any high energy dog...again, naive. she is almost four months old.
Anyway...i want this pup to be a well trained, well mannered pup and dog. I realize Leaving her in the yard all day will lead her to tear and dig it up with no exercise. Our fence is not the safest as it is wrought iron and does not fully touch the ground. We live on a busy street. In summertime, rattlesnakes are around,too.
She is in her crate in her comfy bed from6:30p to 6:30a and does wonderfully. She is happy to go in. I wake up to let her out twice. No accidents at night. Since she spends so much night time in her crate, i feel like i must spend my other time with her pretty much. I stay home and my child goes to preschool. Basically when its time for the dogs nap, i crate her and run errands. When she is not napping, im keeping an eye on her or walking her, playing or training her.Im tired!
I cannot figure out the right balance. Night time is not negotiable. I dont want my lifef to revolve around my dog but really....i sound nuts when my friends ask me to go walking with them for leisure and im like well i cant..i have errands to run while my pup naps. Help!! Please go easy on me.

NormanF 02-18-2014 05:56 PM

A GSD or GSD mix will have high demands.

You must commit to at least two long walks with the dog every day to give it a chance to burn off its energy. And expect it to always be near you and be your shadow. If you don't like a Velcro type dog, this isn't your breed. A GSD wants to be part of your life and be involved in your activities. And while its aloof to strangers - to its owner it shows absolute devotion and loyalty. Owning one is a true privilege!

Kaimeju 02-18-2014 06:22 PM

Can you plan some activities that involve your dog but are also a social outing for you? I would think it would be good for her to go for a leisure walk with you and your friends. Or if any of your friends have dogs, maybe you can trade puppy-sitting duties? If she is hard to keep an eye on in the house, maybe she needs a puzzle toy to keep her busy. You could gate off an area that is "puppy-proofed" for an hour or so so she is still awake and with you but you don't have to watch her like a hawk.

wolfy dog 02-18-2014 06:23 PM

You signed up for a different kind of dog. If this affects your social life in a negative way, you and your puppy will not enjoy each other. I have made these mistakes in the past and learned the painful lessons. It is OK to admit that this is not what you had in mind and to re-home her, while she is still at a very adoptable age, to focus on your own life and that of your child. Would a kitty be a better idea? If you keep her, you have to commit to at least ten years of this.

JakodaCD OA 02-18-2014 07:16 PM

I agree, with the above. Since she's young, if you think she's a dog you can't handle rehome her while she is this young.

crating from 6:30 pm to 6:30 am, is a loooong time..Puppies can be like toddlers, they need ALOT of attention. Sure I'd crate her at nite, but I'd be wearing her butt out and mine don't usually settle for the night until about 9 or 10, when I go to bed.

I'm going to move this thread to the puppy section:)

Littleone 02-18-2014 08:11 PM

Thanks, guys. I don't think re-homing her is a good idea. She is very happy here and we do love her. She is well taken care of. I just did not expect this much work, but since I adopted her, it's only right that I fulfill my duties and raise her the best I can in the best home possible. She gets her exercise, plenty of toy throwing and she is in a puppy class. I guess I am just wondering if my schedule is out of the ordinary, other than the night time crating. If I was working, too, we would have to do doggy day care for sure. My goal is to one day get her to a point where she can freely roam the house. I know that's at least past the age of one, perhaps three.
I try to keep her on a schedule during the day (exercise, nap, exercise, nap) so that I have some free time to relax, too. I depend on her naps like a new mom depends on a baby's naps. That, I think is nuts, but it is what it is.

wolfy dog 02-18-2014 08:15 PM

In that case, yes, your life will revolve around the dog for quite some time.

Eiros 02-18-2014 10:13 PM

A terrier/GSD mix sounds like a tough combo :( and at 4 months, she's still got a lot of maturing to do.

Adding regular, routine exercise will help. Get her into a puppy training class and make sure to have scheduled walks and play.

My life revolves around my puppy too and it can be hard sometimes, but I enjoy it and it gets better as they grow up.

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Eiros 02-18-2014 10:16 PM

Oops, just saw your post about everything you're doing with her! Sounds like you're doing a great job! Yes, I think this type of schedule is pretty normal! Lol! For us it's similar - exercise, nap, exercise, training, bedtime!

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shepherdmom 02-18-2014 10:40 PM

20 years ago I raised 3 puppies and 2 kids all at the same time. So a few weeks ago when I got one little puppy, no problem right?! Ha! This little stinker keeps me busy and exhausted. He takes a morning nap around 10-11:30 I managed to get a shower and some laundry done. For his afternoon nap he sleeps from about 2:30 -3:30 I got my hardwood mopped. Other than that and making dinner I accomplished nothing but keeping puppy busy all day. My boy goes to bed around 11:00 pm gets up once to potty goes right back to the crate and sleeps until about 5:30 when my husbands alarm goes off so I'm pretty sleep deprived too. LOL It's all worth it though. :wub:

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