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11-20-2012 05:49 AM
KSoloniewicz Haha I'm sure he'll be a little crazy once he gets settled in more. He tries to get rowdy with my cat and she loves it!
As for clicker training, I completely agree! My last shepherd was clicker trained, but when I click it to see if I can even get him to come investigate, that doesn't happen. He just gives me that head turn, cute, but not the response I wanted! Haha. He's getting more confident and that's all I can want and hope is that the more he comes out of his shell, the more I can teach him.
It seems the breeder didn't feel much drive to teach him anything besides house training and crate training. His parents were beautiful and very friendly, not shy at all.
I'm just hoping I didn't miss my window to teach him and socialize him.
Also, puppy hiccups? Anyone know how common this is? It happens sort of often after he eats and I feel horrible for him.
When we picked him up from the breeder on Sunday, I checked all his teeth, toes etc. and last night he was chewing on a soft toy and we heard a crunching and there's not crunching on a soft toy so we thought maybe he found a piece of food? (Hoping, really!) and I was looking at his teeth later and his top right canine is gone! Not completely but broken not too far from the root!
Has anyone experienced something similar? I'm going to call the vet regardless because he needs a check up, but I'm still curious.
Thank you all
11-19-2012 09:31 PM
Jd414 In a couple months you'll be saying something completely different lol #landshark


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11-19-2012 09:29 PM
Cstout I second the idea to start clicker training. I have a 9 month old male that we began clicker training with at about your pups age. Make dure to click for desired behaviors like being calm. We have conditioned my pup to lay down and be calm while we are eating or any commotion is going on. I absolutely love clicker training.
11-19-2012 09:19 PM
doggiedad you and your bf are new to the pup. the enviroment is new,
the smells are new. once he's settled in, look out. enjoy the new pup.
11-19-2012 08:47 PM
FirstTimeGSD Good looking, good sized pup. Everything that you've said seems completely normal, as far as trying to get him to come etc, it's never too early to start clicker training. Even if you just click normal behaviors like everytime he sits, lays, or comes to you on his own. I have a 6 month old blackie myself and he's pretty well behaved but I definitely wish I'd have started clicker training earlier. Just a thought, good luck!
11-19-2012 06:42 PM
KSoloniewicz Hi everyone! Thank you very much for all the answers. Today, Sarge seems to be puppy-ish, well more of a grown up puppy! He is still calm, gets a little scared but he's been sorta jumping around and finally playing with his toys, he's very sweet too. We took him on a walk and to the beach! (Don't worry, he didn't go into the water), he loved running on the sand. As for being a grown up puppy, he is really good in and out of his crate, he didn't even cry the first night! Just whimpered for one minute and then went to sleep. No accidents or anything, we did a little test run this after noon, we had family nap time (my boyfriend works 3rd shift) and we left his crate open and he slept on the floor and when we woke up he was in his crate. He and my cat love each other haha. I'm hoping he warms up soon, he doesn't come when you call or even for a treat, I'm hoping this is just the first few day thing.
As for pictures, let me see if I can figure how to upload them
11-19-2012 04:22 PM
1sttimeforgsd Welcome, your puppy is:
Probably missing his littermates.
Feeling yucky from the shots.
Trying to adjust to a new environment.
Trying to adjust to his new human and best friend.

As someone else mentioned it will take a couple of days for him to come around and you are going to be saying I wish that boy would take a nap. Enjoy your new baby and if you would we love pics on here if you would like to share.
11-19-2012 04:09 PM
The Packman Welcome aboard!

Ditto on give him a few days.
11-19-2012 02:54 PM
kyrannian Sounds pretty normal for the first couple of days. Soon you'll be wondering where the quiet puppy went!
11-19-2012 08:31 AM
Kyleigh Welcome and congrats on your new puppy!

Is he doing better today? I agree that he needs to adjust ... BUT he shouldn't be lethargic either ...

here's hoping he kept you up all night LOL
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