|09-26-2013 11:07 AM|
We went with a large sized crate that came with a divider in it, so that you could expand it as he grows, that way we didn't have to upgrade his crate. I also recommend kongs, including the kong ball and a stuffed kong toy that is quite durable. He has a treat ball that he loooooooves. I don't even have to put treats in it and he still runs around the house pushing at around.
Some of his favourite toys are also found items that I make sure are not choking risks. He loves empty pop bottles (and when he can get into the recyvling bin, will pull them out) and he found a wagon wheel that fell off someone's wagon while on a walk. He would not let me leave it behind, and if I wasn't carrying it home, he would carry it, so we brought it with us. He loves chasing it when I roll it across the grass.
Also, bully sticks are fantastic! Keep these on hand. We also buy these pure bite 100% freeze dried beef liver treats that he goes crazy for.
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|09-26-2013 07:58 AM|
Congrats on your new family member. Be sure and post lots of pictures!
|09-26-2013 01:41 AM|
Thanks for everyone's advice, I'll make sure to follow these suggestions!
I got everything ready for him and I'll be picking him up this Friday, 1 more day to go, can't tell you how excited I am!
I guess the only obstacle for me right now is potty training, I'll do my best.
|09-25-2013 03:35 PM|
I think you have a good start with all the previous advise. If you look at many of the posted puppy pictures here you may notice to that GSD"s like pillows and things to cuddle with. We found it helpful have a good sized puppy safe (no removable eyes or noses) stuffed animal and a travel pillow in her crate. For us it made a world of difference in getting through the night as our pup matured. We still take her pillow in the truck and car when we travel more than 30 minutes. Kong toys are fantastic. Bully sticks are good for chewing on and safer than rawhide. Your puppy will go through the "land shark" puppy biting stage. I recommend some good welders or grilling gloves to protect you hands and forearms from accidental bites and scratches during playtime.
Best wishes for you and your puppy! Enjoy the ride...it's a blast ))
|09-25-2013 03:13 PM|
Good luck! If you get a medium sized crate, the puppy wont be comfortable going potty in the cage and will learn not to go there. If it's too big, they will poop and pee on one side and sleep on the other.
Have someone help you while you are out at school. This time is important to be with your puppy and 5 hours is pushing it.
If you are there with the dog and working on training, you will have them potty trained in no time. They can't hold it till they get bigger so be there to let them pee.
|09-24-2013 11:15 AM|
What helped us with the first few weeks was having something that jingles on his/her collar. When the puppy needs to go during the night, it will alert you. For first two weeks, I was on 3-3.5 hr intervals. Not a single accident in her crate at all. By the third week, she was able to double her time to 6 hours. Wee-wee pads also helped a lot. They were definitely helpful in keeping the floors dry.
|09-23-2013 10:42 PM|
You'll do just fine...I like the plan!
|09-23-2013 10:34 PM|
Yeah that kong toy was suggested, I'm definitely getting it.
The golf balls I was talking about, that's my friends dog haha.
|09-23-2013 08:27 AM|
NO GOLF BALLS, they are too small and can be swallowed hole blocking their airway and killing your dog!
Best toys are the rubber ones you can stuff with treats and pup can chew to get them out.
Kongs? Purple squirrel dudes?
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|09-23-2013 01:10 AM|
I have a friend who has a GSD and his dog likes golf balls and just chews on them lol, he also likes to break ping pong balls! But he doesn't like tennis ones, I'm going to get my puppy a chew ball and whatever helps his jaws.
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