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08-26-2014 08:43 PM
SuperG
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just want to mention the crate, consider this, your pup at some point in his lifetime is going to probably need to spend a nite or so at the vets, IF he is put in a crate, and has never been in one before/not acclimated to one, your going to have a very stressed out puppy/dog..

Crate also keeps your possessions safe when you can't supervise, and keeps your puppy safe (as in electrical cords, eating something and ending up with a blockage which will cost you a bundle at the vets if he doesn't die first) Obviously don't want to scare you with that, but those are things to consider.

I agree at the "puppy" level and all the proactive measures considered for the welfare of the pup. But, I still contend a pup should be able to mature out of a crate at some point.

Yes, the thread cites "puppy" so I agree since I had a secured area to raise my pups in while I was away....whether a crate or safe area for the pup to be in while one is away..only makes good common sense.

SuperG
08-26-2014 08:40 PM
gsdheeler Hi
I just brought my guy home over the weekend (10 weeks old now)
I picked up this book a few weeks ago and I really think this is a good addition for dog breeders and owners. "Puppy Socialization An Insiders guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness"
By Caryl Wolff picked it up on Amazon, Clean Run has it too. A really good book to get that pup ready for that big world.
08-26-2014 06:24 PM
JakodaCD OA just want to mention the crate, consider this, your pup at some point in his lifetime is going to probably need to spend a nite or so at the vets, IF he is put in a crate, and has never been in one before/not acclimated to one, your going to have a very stressed out puppy/dog..

Crate also keeps your possessions safe when you can't supervise, and keeps your puppy safe (as in electrical cords, eating something and ending up with a blockage which will cost you a bundle at the vets if he doesn't die first) Obviously don't want to scare you with that, but those are things to consider.
08-26-2014 05:19 PM
d4mmo The only thing I would change is leash training. I just put a collar on and pulled my puppy. His been a puller ever since.
Search leash training and luring before leash training
08-26-2014 05:15 PM
taytay Our puppy is 10 weeks I will also advocate for a crate. Luckily our girl crates like a dream and is content in there when the need arises. Again I think we got lucky, but we only had 2 sleepless nights. The first week was 2 potty breaks during the night and now it is just up one time to let her out at 2am and other than that she is content. Just always keep an eye on them. Our girl already goes to the back door when she needs to go outside but she just sits there quietly so you have to know where she is and SEE it. I am debating trying to bell method so she can learn to alert when she needs to go.
08-26-2014 04:36 PM
MichaelE Do use a crate.

Do not scold your puppy for having an accident. It's your fault, not the puppy's.

Do take them out after eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, when they start sniffing, walking in a circle, etc. In other words, about every twenty minutes.

Do not yell at your puppy. You just look like a raving idiot to the puppy and he still won't do what you want him to do.
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
Lilie Do: Get a crate.
Don't: Intend on sleeping.
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
joshj408 thanks for all of the input everyone!!! Its much appreciated!!!
08-26-2014 02:58 PM
d4lilbitz Crate train!

Also, DON'T let your puppy do anything you don't want it doing when it's bigger. For example, I will let me dogs lay on the couch, they are not allowed to play on the couch. When they are little, running on the couch seems harmless. Guess again....as an adult all of a sudden running across the couch isn't so cute. Dogs do great with s structured routine. Be consistent with your training. For example, learning sit. Don't say Sit one time and sit-down the next.

Do have tons of funs, early socializing, set them up for success...make everything positive.

Good luck with your puppy!
08-26-2014 02:33 PM
jeepgirl I'm another fan of crate training; it has been an invaluable tool since I work during the day and I need to keep her on some sort of schedule.

Kymber is now 11 weeks old (got her at 8 weeks) and hasn't had any crate accidents. The first week or so she got up (or I woke her) every 3 hours-ish, but now she goes in at 10p for bed and sleeps through the night, waking me up between 5:30-6a. However, I also don't give her water past 8p, and her last meal for the day is around 6p.

She is in the crate while I am at work also; I come home for lunch at noon and we walk/play for an hour, and she goes down for her afternoon siesta at 1p while I go back to work until 4:30p.

We start Puppy I class this Thursday, can't wait!
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