|08-08-2013 09:43 PM|
Here is the link to the flirt pole thread. Onyxgirl has a good picture on the one I buy.
|08-08-2013 09:40 PM|
|08-08-2013 09:37 PM|
|Jess||Just a question here, but I've seen a few people mention those flirt poles? What are they and what do they look like? They may be called something different over here because I've never seen one but sounds like a good tool to have|
|08-08-2013 09:27 PM|
Hello and welcome! I would go with the crate. I'm a recent convert, I used to think it was kind of cruel, but we did it with our current pup and he does fine with it, even goes in by himself as well as sleeps in it with the door open at night. My 2 older gsds have the run of the house while we are at work and he stays crated, approx 5-7 hours, no problems.
On food, do your homework, there is all kinds of info out there, here's a link to dogfood advisor. Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor you can read up on just about every brand of kibble if you decide to go that route.
Make sure toys are durable, I avoid tennis balls as mine will tear them up and they are bad for teeth, use chuckit ultra ball or something like that with no fuzz for fetch. You might look at getting a flirt pole, great fun and wears them out quick, just be careful to use smooth sweeping movements to avoid injuries.
We hike with our 11 month old now and we vary the distance quite a bit. We go about 3-4 miles and once we took the wrong loop and ended up going about 12, probably too much, but he did fine.
Congratulations on your new pup! What did you name him?
|08-08-2013 08:29 PM|
Hi and welcome to the board!
Everyone has their own opinions on bedding and whatnot for their dogs, but IMO crate training works wonders for my two.
It is also a safe haven area for them when they want a break and just want to relax.
I would supervise any play behaviour between your puppy and your other dog. GSD pups are quite boisterous and I have an 8 month old who plays quite rough with my older girl so all play is supervised.
You will need boundaries as he will try and test you, he is only young after all.
Food is another issue, all depending what you want to feed him. Mine are on a raw diet but others may have a good quality kibble. It's whatever works for you and your dog obviously.
GSDs are highly intelligent so I would suggest some mental stimulating toys as well as chew toys. Not sure what type of toys you have over there so some other forum members may be able to help you with that.
Exercise is a must obviously, I take my boy on hikes already, he will stop when he is tired but as the saying goes "a tired dog is a good dog!"
I'm sure many others will help you with your questions and good luck with your new addition! Hope to see lots more pictures ^_^
|08-08-2013 06:51 PM|
Just adopted a stray 10mo GSD
Sort of wondering what to expect. I currently have a 9yr old terrier. They did have a "meet" to make sure they got along. There was no biting, but he kept trying to play with her and is already like 3 times her size.
Should I buy a crate for him to sleep in at night? I usually let my dog just sleep on my couch, but would that be an issue if he was in a crate and saw the other dog wandering around? I don't have an issue with him sleeping wherever, but wondering if a controlled lifestyle would be easier on him?
What type of food should I buy and what type of toys would he enjoy? I know they are a smart breed, so will definitely be working on tricks with him. And when would I be able to take him to a dog beach/park? And how about hiking? How old should he be before I start trying to take him on hikes? (Small hikes first obviously to make sure he's ok with it)
Thanks for any help!