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03-20-2014 07:51 PM
jparker0418 Hi, my GSD is almost four. When I saw this question it brought me back to her puppy days when we first got her. One of the things that we did was leave her crate open and accessible all day. During the day we would catch her going in there to lie down. We put a fluffy blanket and a toy in there for her as well. I think the divider is definitely a good idea. She never went in her crate, but instead whined during the night when she had to pee. We actually started her out in the bedroom beside us, but she whined literally all night. The next night we put her crate in our room at the foot of the bed and she was quiet as a mouse and fell fast asleep. We took her crate away when she was about 2-21/2 when we thought she was responsible enough to be left alone wandering the house. To this day we have never switched positions of her bed. If we did I think she would be lost. When I pick up her blanket to wash it she looks at me like I'm crazy and follows me to see what I'm doing with it. She doesn't like change when it comes to her bedding. As far as the treats in the crate goes I don't know if I would do that because it's going to come to the point where she expects it every single time, but that's just me.
03-20-2014 06:44 PM
Germanshepherdlover2507
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Yes, turn the water off about 1 hour after the last meal. It will not hurt the puppy.

Filling a puppy full of water and then expecting it to remain dryin the crate, is setting it up to fail. After it potties the next morning, set the water dish down, and the pup will be perfectly fine.
thanks
03-20-2014 06:22 PM
selzer
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So then no more water after 7 p?
Yes, turn the water off about 1 hour after the last meal. It will not hurt the puppy.

Filling a puppy full of water and then expecting it to remain dryin the crate, is setting it up to fail. After it potties the next morning, set the water dish down, and the pup will be perfectly fine.
03-18-2014 10:30 PM
Germanshepherdlover2507
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a good raw knuckle bone that he only gets in his crate may make a difference. He goes in, you give him his bone. Then in the morning you take him out and put the bone up until tomorrow night.

Yes, he is lonely for his dam and litter. It takes a few nights sometimes.

I usually feed after I take them out in the morning, and then I take them out after I feed them. I will feed an eight week old pup 3 times a day. The last meal being about 5:30 or 6. Food is picked up after 10 minutes and withheld until the next meal. Water is given in the morning and left down for the dog until 7PM. Then I pick up the water dish when I am house training. I will take the pup out again at 11PM, and they can usually make it until 5 or 6AM -- but that is the first thing I do. I might be wiggling my own leg the whole time, but the puppy is outside, and we have a happy, happy voice.

Good luck with your new addition.
So then no more water after 7 p?
03-18-2014 10:16 PM
selzer a good raw knuckle bone that he only gets in his crate may make a difference. He goes in, you give him his bone. Then in the morning you take him out and put the bone up until tomorrow night.

Yes, he is lonely for his dam and litter. It takes a few nights sometimes.

I usually feed after I take them out in the morning, and then I take them out after I feed them. I will feed an eight week old pup 3 times a day. The last meal being about 5:30 or 6. Food is picked up after 10 minutes and withheld until the next meal. Water is given in the morning and left down for the dog until 7PM. Then I pick up the water dish when I am house training. I will take the pup out again at 11PM, and they can usually make it until 5 or 6AM -- but that is the first thing I do. I might be wiggling my own leg the whole time, but the puppy is outside, and we have a happy, happy voice.

Good luck with your new addition.
03-18-2014 09:53 PM
Germanshepherdlover2507 Hey do you think I could through a Kong in his cage at night?
03-18-2014 08:22 PM
Tattersail
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how can You keep her on the bed for so long? Wouldn't she jump off or something?
So far she has no interest in sleeping anywhere else but with me, if she did jump off though, my door is closed and her crate door is open (she'll go in as long as it's not closed to her, second dog I've had that's like that :P I think it's a me problem haha), so I'm not too worried either way. We make sure to play with her through the day A LOT, and tire her out so that by the time 11 rolls around, she's ready to be out for the night.
03-18-2014 06:52 PM
Waldi
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WALDI, maybe when you took away her crate you took away her "security blanket", or maybe just the fact that it's hers. My Jake gets all weirded out if I take his collar off.
I think you are right, i will wait till she is two and will gradually remove ny first placing her crate mat on her bed.
03-18-2014 06:05 PM
Jakesworld WALDI, maybe when you took away her crate you took away her "security blanket", or maybe just the fact that it's hers. My Jake gets all weirded out if I take his collar off.
03-18-2014 05:37 PM
Germanshepherdlover2507
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Hmmm I'm unfortunately not going to be much help as we tried the crate thing... she cried, I gave in (bad me I know) and now she just sleeps on the bed with me (which is where she was going to end up anyway in the long run, so it's not that big a deal). She's 10 weeks and sleeps through the night from 11pm to 630-7am and then will be up for a couple hours before having to nap again. No messes on the bed and will whine if she really really has to go.
how can You keep her on the bed for so long? Wouldn't she jump off or something?
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