|07-11-2014 10:52 AM|
I'm going to hijack this thread just to say that's a good looking sable!
But I will say, don't put too much stock in advice that you have to do everything perfect. Love your dog and keep teaching him and he'll return the favor.
|07-11-2014 10:44 AM|
|07-11-2014 10:03 AM|
I'm in EXACTLY the same boat; today was my 6th night where I haven't fully slept. I've come very close to just giving her back to the breeder, but am resisting. Yesterday I finally started using the crate as I simply had to take control (the first few days she was just running all around the house). She too whines and fusses for a few minutes (and it does seem like an eternity), but eventually settles down. The hardest part for me is the lack of sleep, it simply makes me really unpleasant in the morning, as my wife will attest to. ...but yes, I've remarked to friends and family just how much of a holy terror that cute face is..!
Now I just want to be sure I don't crate her too much, as what's the point of having a dog like this if it's going to spend tons of time crated? Hopefully only nights on my end!
|07-09-2014 09:22 PM|
You could try a special, raw, meaty bone that he only gets when he is in his crate at night.
It might help.
If you try to rear this puppy according to everything you read on the internet, you are bound to create problems. I would sign him up for puppy classes with a competent trainer. Avoid all the advice from the internet on how to train your puppy. And CALL YOUR BREEDER for advice. Your breeder knows the lines, she knows what kind of pup she sent home with you. If you explain the problem you are having, she should be able to give you the proper advice with respect to your puppy. She should be able to tell you if you should be firm and no-nonsence, or to be following crate training/toenail clipping/etc. protocols that would drive me insane.
It depends on the puppy. Within the breed there are puppies who are very willing to please, but will shut down if you are sharp with them, and then there are puppies that need to know that you are not a littermate.
To feel comfortable and safe, dogs need to feel confidence in their owner. They have to know you have things covered. If you are not confident, then the puppy will be not too sure whether he needs to listen to you are worry about you. When you put the dog in the crate. Happy voice, It's sleepie time, take him to the crate, put his special bone in there, put him in, close the door, walk away -- no fan fare, no oh, be quiet now honey, no looking at him with a frowny face. Be matter of fact.
Good luck with the puppy. Talk to the breeder for suggestions.
|07-09-2014 08:10 PM|
RE: Sleeping in bed with you or crate? My opinion...
When I first brought Juno home, she slept in bed with me until she was around 16 weeks. During the day, when I had to leave I crated her. With my personal experience, crating her while I was gone got her used to the idea of it in short spurts. Sleeping with me at night def. helped with our bonding, and it made her feel safe and secure. Once she turned 16 weeks, I placed her in the crate before bed. She had been in it enough to be OK with it, and I didn't hear a peep out of her until morning.
Not saying all experiences will be as great as mine, but it can happen! Good luck, your lil pup is beautiful!!
|07-09-2014 07:52 PM|
|dogfaeries||Google "crate games" on YouTube. You CAN get the little guy used to his crate!|
|07-09-2014 07:37 PM|
I would help the pup to learn that being alone is ok too.
Constant background noise as well as silence should be experienced.
You want the pup to be ok crated alone while you work, etc....separation anxiety often occurs when pup is always with their people early on, then the routine changes and the fear of being alone sets in.
You'll do just fine, let the pup be a pup and explore the world. I wouldn't worry about socializing with other dogs and people as much as getting the puppy out to experience sights, sounds, surfaces, scents.
|07-09-2014 05:29 PM|
|PMRonan||At some points. Jager almost didn't make it. The screaming almost had us murderous. But he is awesome now and I am glad we made it through, makes for a calmer more adjusted adolescent dog, which is good because he is bat **** crazy again in many other areas again now.|
|07-09-2014 02:22 PM|
Your puppy is being a puppy. Rambunctious, aloof, interested in learning the new sights, sounds, environment... Take a step back and enjoy the little bundle of joy you have. If you focus too much on making sure everything is perfect, you will miss out on a lot during your puppy's development.
The crate behavior as others have mentioned is normal. Olivia would make such a racket in her crate at night. We put a puppy bed next to our bed along with the crate door open. This made a huge difference, as it was up to her to go into the crate and not us forcing her into it.
The things you want to do can be done at a later stage. For now, socialize, socialize, socialize. Form that bond and then worry about the larger training projects once your puppy figures out who he is.
And for what it's worth, Olivia sleeps in bed with me at night and there is no problem with crating her during the day. Just know if you go down that path, it's very hard to go back.
Enjoy these times, as your little guy will be full grown before you know it.
|07-08-2014 05:39 PM|
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