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Old 01-21-2014, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking New GSD owner! Hello :D

Hello all,

I became a mama to my first ever German Shepherd last week, my husband and I named him Chief. He is quite the little handful. This is also my first puppy I have owned, so I am very overwhelmed. Although I do have another dog but she was already a year old when I got her. I think I am doing okay with house training.. I've only had him for a week and he no longer poops in the house. He has pee accidents but that's expected for a puppy. The first 2 nights I tried to kennel him and got no sleep at all. The rest of the nights, I have let him sleep on the floor next to my bed and he wakes me up when he has to go to the bathroom. I made the mistake of getting an XXL kennel and it is way too big for my bedroom. His kennel is in our family room, the door is left open and he has gone in it a couple times by himself with the door open through out the day just to play with toys... is there any kennel games I can play with him or something I can do to get him more used to the kennel to make it appealing for him to want to go in there? I have been reading all types of ways to crate train.. if it were up to me I would just let him sleep next to me forever. Also, with the potty training when he pees in the house, do you just rub their nose in it and say no? I don't believe in spanking...



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Old 01-21-2014, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He is cute, i have never rubbed my dogs nose in accidents. They all have em, i find buying a bell and hanging it on the door and ringing it when you are on you way out for a pee with your pup helps. Also chanting pee peeees outside , whn my guy was very little i took him out every 20 minutes and 10 after he drank. When he went to the bathroom outside he got a big vocal "good boy you pee pees outside", when i caught him mid squat i promptly picked him up gave him a stern no and ran him out to the yard. What worked for me may not work for everybody though congrats on your pup!
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for your reply. I had been taking him out immediately after he peed. Today I started doing it mid pee when I caught him hoping I am doing it right. Usually I just give a stern no! When outside I rub under his chin and praise him with good job!! You peepee or poopie lol. Also we have a baby hate seperating the living room to the kitchen because he constantly was whining for water is this normal?
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Baby gate** not baby hate...
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He is cute, i have never rubbed my dogs nose in accidents. They all have em, i find buying a bell and hanging it on the door and ringing it when you are on you way out for a pee with your pup helps. Also chanting pee peeees outside , whn my guy was very little i took him out every 20 minutes and 10 after he drank. When he went to the bathroom outside he got a big vocal "good boy you pee pees outside", when i caught him mid squat i promptly picked him up gave him a stern no and ran him out to the yard. What worked for me may not work for everybody though congrats on your pup!
Yep, I did this, too -- but not the bell. Swoop her up when she starts squatting and head for the door. When she goes potty outside have a "puppy party"! Better yet, keep your eye on her and when she sniffing aroung looking for a "good" place, take her outside. Repeat puppy party.
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lol i can hear my neighbors outside chanting pee pees outside! and im like "awe someone got a new puppy"
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Default biting much yet?

It's the most common complaint.

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Old 01-21-2014, 07:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Awww, he is adorable! Congrats on your new baby. What an exhausting and exciting time for you. Things will get much easier after about a month. For now just hang on to your seat, and join all the other sleep deprived puppy moms out there.

It is normal for him to scream in the kennel. He will get used to it, but in the meantime don't ever let him out if he is screaming. Wait for him to be quiet (even for a few seconds) before letting him out. If he starts crying when you walk towards the kennel to let him out turn around immediately and walk the other way or turn your back. Then walk toward him once he stops crying. If you do this enough he will learn that he only gets out of the kennel if he's quiet. You should also feed him really yummy treats when he is in his crate. Feed him a treat every times you put him in. Sit by his crate when he is quiet and feed him treats through the bars. You can also feed him his meals in the crate. He will learn to love it in no time.

As for crate games, I would throw treats into the crate and let him go get them. Do this several times a day for a few minutes and don't lock him in during this game. You can also throw toys into the crate and let him chase them inside. Eventually he'll begin to see his crate as a fun place to be.

For potty training take him out after playing, eating/drinking, and sleeping. He will need to go frequently. If he has an accident in front of you clap your hands and immediately pick him up and run him to his designated potty area. Bring treats and reward him when he goes outside. If you find an accident just clean it up. He won't remember that he did it.

Most importantly, have fun with your baby. It can be so overwhelming in the early months, but believe it or not, the time will come when you actually miss these days. They grow so fast!
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Ohhhh yes he is biting like no other.. Biting my other dogs legs and my toes... Even though it doesn't hurt, I just tell, "OUCH!" I mean he is just a baby, he doesn't have all his baby teeth yet I don't think.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Danielle - that's what I was thinking with the whole crate thing. Today my husband and I were just sitting in the family room. Crate was open he has 2 blankets in there with 1 toy. Everytime he went in to play with the toy I would drop a treat at the top. I will definitely start doing the turning around bit. Does it matter what age you start crate training? I know I want to get him in puppy classes right away at 12 weeks.
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