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Old 01-24-2016, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey folks. Just wanted to get some opinions. I have an 8 week old GS puppy (got her Wednesday )

I am disabled so I'm home basically ALL the time. I have a crate and x-pen that I'm using for her but she has already grown quite attached to me (this makes me very happy btw)

But, because I want to do what is best for her, I thought I'd throw this question out there.

Is there any danger in spending SO much time with her?

Unless I'm in the shower, bathroom at the doctor, etc. she is right by me or with me. Even in the x-pen, she lays down by the rail closest to me (it's about 2 feet from my chair)

To be clear, she sleeps in her crate at night which is in our living room. So she is separated from me for around 7-8 hours a night (other than the late night potty breaks)

So what say you? Am I hurting her in any way?

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Old 01-24-2016, 09:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IMHO as long as she's getting exercise and is not just penned or crated up then I think you can't go wrong. On a side not consider Bogie and Bacall no issues there spending too much time together!
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IMHO as long as she's getting exercise and is not just penned or crated up then I think you can't go wrong. On a side not consider Bogie and Bacall no issues there spending too much time together!
She is definitely getting exercised. I'm disabled, not bed ridden (just teasing.. no way you could know)

Have no idea what Bogie and Bacall is?

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Old 01-24-2016, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm home most of the time too. Gone for an hour or two max, except for every two weeks I'm gone for 4-6 hours.

Hasn't bothered mine - she had free run of the house at 5 months of age. Very well behaved in the house and maybe my being here so much has helped that I had eyes in the back of my head listening for those "too quiet times" when she was in another room.

I would look at it as a win win. You have time to train really good house manners at an early age. Just pay very close attention though. Don't get reticent and let them get away with stuff.

Are you out and about where you can take her for exposure to different people and the neighborhood?
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I'm home most of the time too. Gone for an hour or two max, except for every two weeks I'm gone for 4-6 hours.

Hasn't bothered mine - she had free run of the house at 5 months of age. Very well behaved in the house and maybe my being here so much has helped that I had eyes in the back of my head listening for those "too quiet times" when she was in another room.

I would look at it as a win win. You have time to train really good house manners at an early age. Just pay very close attention though. Don't get reticent and let them get away with stuff.

Are you out and about where you can take her for exposure to different people and the neighborhood?
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Yes, she will be going all kinds of places to socialize.

Glad to hear that it wasn't an issue for you. Gives me hope it won't be for me.

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I don't think you can spend too much time with your puppy. They are pack animals, and genetically programmed to be part of a pack.

Though being part of a human pack, they do need to accept the fact that sometimes they have to be alone. Good so far that you crate at night.

I would start getting her used to being left alone a bit during the day too. Start by crating her for naps, or just because, at different times of the day, for different time periods.

Get her gradually used to being alone while you are gone - you can start with half an hour or so and build up. At this age she shouldn't be crated more than two or three hours at a time (outside of being crated overnight).
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Yes, she will be going all kinds of places to socialize.

Glad to hear that it wasn't an issue for you. Gives me hope it won't be for me.

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She'll bond to you and your lifestyle and be happy. No worries
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At this age she shouldn't be crated more than two or three hours at a time (outside of being crated overnight).
Thanks for posting.

She's never in the crate any longer than 2-3 hours. Even at night, at this point in her potty training, I'm up every 2 to 2 1/2 hours to take her to pee. So far, anything longer and she goes in the crate.

I will be trying 3 hours tonight.

As a side note, she's only whining and whimpering for 2 to 3 minutes when I crate her for bed now. A very fast improvement over the first 2 nights.

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LOL! Because I was home too and didn't have to work - I was out with mine at 9-2-6 thru our normal sleep time. I made a comment here that I came to enjoy the stars and quiet of the neighborhood during those few weeks

I was in heaven when I only had to get up once (around 1am) and was totally feeling like royalty when I got 8 hours sleep But, it's only for a few weeks and it pays off - earlier potty training
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I am recently retired, and our dogs are in heaven having 24/7 time with us! No GSDs as yet ( ) but there will be in my future again, once my old guys go to the Bridge. I think as long as they are exposed to various people, places, and situations, you and your dog should do great!
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