|09-16-2013 11:36 PM|
thanks for the input Marshies....
unfortunately my apartment is carpet & tile for the kitchen part...
hopefully I can train him well enough, in this upcoming week ^__^...
wish me luck!
|09-15-2013 01:08 AM|
What kind of floor do you have? If carpet, I suggest getting some tarp from the home hardware store and duct taping it to the floor. I did this in my apartment, and it helped tremendously with potty accidents. I got my Puppy at 4 months old, so potty accidents were rare and really accidents. I still thought this was a great idea as the tarp was waterproof and easier to sanitize and wipe up than carpet. It's around $20 for a large sheet.
In terms of pottying, At 4 months, I was doing 4 hours MAXIMUM. It's true that they theoretically CAN hold it that long, but when my pup was 4 months old, at the 4 hour mark she'd start making noises in her crate.
In terms of crating and work hours, until she was about 10 months old, she wasn't left alone for more than 5-6 hours at a time. I built the time up gradually, and walked for 1 hour before I put her in to ensure she was tired and pottied.
If you have to work a full day, I would advise either working out an arrangement with your room mate or getting a dog walker to help you break the day up.
|09-15-2013 12:58 AM|
thanks for your help any other tips?
|09-14-2013 07:01 PM|
I am in a similar situation. I live in a condo in the city on the second floor but I do have a fenced back and front yard. I always use a leash anyway, so that part doesn't matter so much. Generally speaking, but every dog is an individual, you can fairly expect your puppy to hold it for as many hours as they are months old plus one. However, I started very carefully. I only had one weekend before going back to work, but even then, I was able to arrange it so my room mate and I juggled out schedule so he would only be left for about an hour at first. During that first weekend, I practiced the crate by feeding him in it, and now and then everyone in the house agreed to throw a treat in here and there and say "crate", but not close the door. When I put the puppy in the x-pen in my office right behind me, he carried on a lot, so I said very flatly "nope" and walked out. As soon as he stopped, I walked back in. I didn't say anything at first. As soon as he saw me he would start up again so I would walk out. He caught onto this VERY quickly. By Sunday, I began closing the door and making sure he would see me close it, when he went in for his treat, then I opened it right back up before he started to carry on. I really did these things hundreds of times throughout the weekend.
I always tire him out as totally as I can before he goes int he crate and he has super duper special stuffed kongs, or raw bones, and whatnot that is reserved ONLY for the crate. Dogs pick up on that very quickly and many will practically push you out the door so they can have this special awesome yummy in their crate (or later when they mature, when you leave the house).
I don't prefer to ever use potty training indoors because when our dogs get big, so does their waste. However, you might find some good stuff in Dr. Ian Dunbar's free ebook "After you get your puppy" on Dogstardaily. Free downloads | Dog Star Daily
|09-14-2013 04:04 PM|
find a dog sitter so they can come in and give your pup several breaks.
can your roomer help with the pup?
|09-14-2013 01:30 AM|
Alot of people here live in apts and it doesn't seem to affect their GSDs. I hope they will come along soon for apt pointers. Many also work and crate their dogs, however I have read that puppys can only be crated for a few hours at a time.
Do a search on crating.
I would recommend a good vacuum. Boy, do these dogs shed. Lol
|09-14-2013 12:44 AM|
Puppy is arriving next week. Help on Apartment set up!
I'll be getting my working line GSD from Witmer Tyson in california next friday, the 20th. I live in a one bedroom condo. I have a roommate that sleeps in the living room (trying to help him out while he attends school).
Anyways, I live on the 2nd floor, and have a balcony as well. I was wondering if any of you fellow board members have the same situation. I was wondering how to set up my apartment for training and potty spot, for instance if I am not home.
Also how long can I leave him in his crate while I'm at work. I taking a week off when I first get him, and will work half day from the office then come home probably for the 1st month. But after that, how do I handle the situation, can I leave him in his crate that long?
thank you in advance!