|05-06-2014 02:12 PM|
|Sunflowers||I am so glad you got the book. Don't worry, it took my dog several weeks to actually understand fetch. Using two identical toys really helped. In the beginning, he only liked furry toys. It took him a few months to enjoy the ball, and now I can say he's ball obsessed.|
|05-04-2014 12:49 AM|
I can't get her to fetch a toy yet. I don't think she understands that she's supposed to bring it back.
I'll go buy a fanny pack today and start dishing out food throughout the day for good behavior.
|05-03-2014 12:43 AM|
I managed to get her to pee twice and poo once outside this morning. Happy, I took her back inside and saw a puddle right before the exit.
|05-02-2014 06:50 PM|
You need to take the pup outside at least every hour, and have an enzyme cleaner to remove the pee smell, or else the dog will keep going there.
Have toys to redirect the finger biting.
Throw out the Skete book an get this one right away:
Perfect Puppy in 7 Days How to Start Your Puppy off Right: Dr. Sophia Yin: 9780964151871: Amazon.com: Books
|05-02-2014 03:03 PM|
Yup! I successfully crate trained 2 GSD puppies prior to getting my Dalmatian puppy but he had other plans, there was no way he was going to sleep in that crate. He did great in my bed though, he never pottied or woke up to chew on anything, he never left the bed or anything but once he turned 6 months old he got booted to the big doggy bed on the floor next to my bed, he sleeps curled up next to my GSD.
|05-02-2014 02:52 PM|
My first dog ended up sleeping in our bed as well....everyone told me not to cave in to the cute little puppy on the floor with those big puppy eyes muttering all his cute little puppy talk.....ohhhhhh...cute little puppy ...He won, slept in bed...oh well...it wasn't so bad.
Next three pups....didn't make the same mistake....but it was darned tough.
|05-02-2014 02:01 PM|
|wyoung2153||For potty, just make sure you take them out every couple hours for potty. Your pup should never be outside of your sight unless it's crated.|
|05-02-2014 01:52 PM|
When my GSD was a puppy he was crated next to my bed and I woke up every 2 hours to take him out to potty for the first couple of weeks. When my Dalmatian was a little puppy I tried to crate him the first night he came home but it didn't work out, he screamed like a banshee and refused to sleep in there so he ended up sleeping in my bed every night up until he turned 6 months old.
Take your puppy outside to potty every hour and praise her when she goes outside. If she potties do not scold her, immediately pick her up and take her outside.
As for the chewing thing, when she bites you either redirect her with a toy or immediately stop playing with her or interacting with her, just walk away.
|05-02-2014 01:41 PM|
First thing I'd do is toss the Monks book...their methods are mostly old school, unless they've updated it from last I read it.
Read this about bite inhibition:
I had a crate next to our bed for years (only took it down when we moved four years ago and my dog misses it- whenever we have a house guest he tries to sleep in their crate ) The first few nights I slept on the floor with my arm in the crate. I think it's cruel to leave them alone at that time. They are just babies, who have been taken away from their family and don't know what is going on. Provide them some comfort while they are adjusting.
For house training - take her outside right after eating, right after drinking, and right after she wakes up, and every hour or so while she is awake. She should be able to hold it for about 3 hours while sleeping. It's all about management and avoiding an accident.
|05-02-2014 01:24 PM|
I brought her home today. She has pee'd three times in my house already. The breeder kept her outdoors with her mother and litter mates so she doesn't really have house training.
She did go poo outside twice so I was able to get lucky on that front so far.
She seems to only be able to sleep on or next to my feet.
And she has a mouthing issue, trying to bite/play with my fingers. I tried to Monks of New Skete suggestion (putting fingers slightly into her mouth) but that doesn't really seem to work. It just gets her more worked up. I just say no in a stern voice and a few times, she seemed to lick my fingers instead. But it's just the first day so I suppose it'll take time.
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