Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
I brought Sinister home when he was 11 weeks old, he pretty much screamed the whole car ride home. We bonded immediately, he was totally into me and so sweet, cuddly and so adorable, he was never a landshark so he never mouthed us and he didn't chew on anything that wasn't his. He slept in his crate without a peep his first night and from then on, he loved his crate, we woke up every 2 hours to take him out to potty. He never had a single crate accident. The first week we had him we had 2 potty accidents and never had another one after that. We didn't really work on anything that first week, we started training the second week we had him.
I brought Draco home when he was 11 weeks old, he cried for the first 10 minutes on the drive home and then he fell asleep and didn't make a peep for the rest of the 2.5 hour ride. We also bonded immediately, he was so freaking adorable, he was so sweet, he never mouthed us and I had been waiting a long time to get a Dalmatian puppy. He HATED the crate, he absolutely refused to sleep in it so he ended up in my bed his first night home and he stayed in my bed until he was 6 months old and now he sleeps on a big dog bed on the floor with my GSD. I woke up every 2 hours to take him out to potty only for a couple of nights and then I switched it to every 4 hours. He never pottied in the bed. We also didn't work on any training the first week. I actually didn't start working with him until he was like 14-15 weeks old.
Recommendation, get as much sleep as you can now, get a crate for your puppy, get lots of chew toys, feed a good quality kibble, keep it fun the first couple of weeks and then work on training, don't get frustrated, enjoy puppyhood because it goes by fast!
Sinister ~ black male GSD 3.11.09
Draven ~ male Dalmatian 6.30.13
Last edited by LaRen616; 03-14-2014 at 09:10 AM.