|09-27-2013 03:01 PM|
Welcome to the site.
Feed him in the morning, and then let him out to potty. Stay out there until he potties and praise him for doing so.
I would probably feed the pup at 2:00 and wait for him to potty before putting him back in the crate. Then feed him when you get home, as the third meal.
Remember that he is a baby. Do not punish him for mistakes in the house. Quickly pick him up and go outside and say, Go Potty, outside to pee pee, etc. When he pees out there, even if most of it is inside, praise him. Praise him for every good action outside. Accidents inside are our fault, just clean them up.
Pups need to be taken out every time they wake up, eat, play hard, and if 2 hours have gone by between, out again.
A pup that age should not have long walks. Sorry. He should be able to freely walk, run, jump on his own, but we should not be compelling him to walk, jog, run, jump at this age. I would play with him, and then right before work potty again, and in to his crate with no fan fare and leave. Come back the way you are to let him potty, and back in the crate.
Then when you come home, let him potty and feed him. Then potty again. From that point until you put him to bed, keep him where you can watch him every moment. At 7PM, remove all food and water. At 11PM take him out one last time for the night.
Do not put any bedding in the crate. Puppies will smell the pee and add to it For now he is better off in a crate bottom that can be easily sanitized.
Be sure to clean any messes up with a enzyme cleaner created for the purpose.
|09-27-2013 02:00 PM|
Two Month Old
So I'm new to this forum but I need some help, i just got a brand new German Shepherd Pup and he's about two months old.
He already knows his name, and sit. we are slowly teaching him other tricks as well. I work full time and live very close to home, I feed him at 630am and walk him about 730am before I leave. I also come home two times one at 1030am to let him out, and also at 2pm I also give him lunch. at 5pm when I get home for the night I take him out again and also feed him again around 730. I do have another dog, she is a Black Lab and they get along perfectly.
we have been kenneling them both but my German shepherd has just been crying non stop, and I don't know what to do to fix it. I am open for all suggestions. also hes having a hard time being house broken, he knows to go outside and i take him for long walks but he seems to pee in the house and poop more than we'd like. we tried the puppy pads but didn't work, also I am up for suggestions.
|09-27-2013 01:50 PM|
You shouldn't crate him for sooo long! Imagine if somebody locked you up in a crate for over 10 hours a day. What whould you do??? He might start chewing on his body parts or learn some other unwanted behaviors which will be difficult to get rid off later. He is still a baby but it does not mean that he should not be trained. You should start training him a couple of minutes a day. Also, take him for walks every day, so he will know about the outside world: people, other animals, cars, etc. Take him to local Petco to socialize him. But first of all: don't crate him for more than 4-5 hours. If you don't have anybody, who would come to let him out in the middle of the day, you can separate a small area: kitchen, bathroom (with the tiled floor) and put "baby gates", so he can move more freely (of course get rid of dangerous chemicals and electric wires which can hurt him). put save toys which he can not choke on, like a kong or Nylabone.
My pup is 2 years old and just now started to get better with her "overly exitable" behavior. I work with her every day and I know that one day she will be a perfect German Shepherd, even when she is not there yet...
|09-27-2013 08:50 AM|
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Ok, first he's a pup as most have stated. He's doing what comes natural. If you don't give him something to do, he will act like a kid and find something to do and that usually something you don't want him doing. He sounds like he has alittle drive in him. When he starts biting, your better off not shaking him by the collar. It will only heighten his reaction and make it harder for him to calm back down. Your better off giving him short timeouts in the kennel. Don't just leave him in there for a long time. He will forget what he was put in there for. So short timeouts. It's not a silver bullet, it will take some time for him to understand what your wanting. But it will also give him time to calm down. Also, all he's looking for is interaction wirh you. Try playing tug, or do some obedience training. I constantly have to tug or train with Cruz as he has a very high prey drive and is also kenneled for a good part of the day. They are just full of energy. My wife and I will take Cruz into the backyard with his ball and play catch with it while he runs after it. He's not much of a fetcher, but this works great. It wears him down alittle, but thats what he needs.
|09-26-2013 11:05 PM|
Just chiming in-we are going through the same thing with Griz. We play and work him in the yard till he's calm and quiet, 10 minutes after coming in the house and he's stealing stuff off the counter or grabbing everything that is NOT his and making sure we notice, or laying down next to someone trying to mouth their feet or hands. He just wants attention but after 15 minutes of him bouncing off the walls I'M exhausted. The past two weeks have been especially bad as we've been redoing the bathroom and he's been left out in the yard so he couldn't escape/get into stuff while the contractors were here. Gigantic yard to play in but no play mates so he spent most of the time staring in practicing his most pathetic faces (which occasionally got the contractors to stop and step outside to give him scratches-at least he got tons of exposure to new people, even if he was a massive ball of energy).
The only thing that has helped is lots of exercise-he's a completely different dog if he gets at least 20 minutes of play (fetch, flirt pole, something that makes him move) morning and afternoon. Add in a good walk and he's the perfect gentleman in the house-happily chewing on his toys or cuddling up with someone.
|09-26-2013 05:58 PM|
As others have mentioned, not enough exercise and too much crate time. When Minka was a puppy I got up early enough to exercise her before I went to work, then she was put in an outdoor kennel where she could watch everything going on (I know not everybody can do the kennel) that provided mental stimulation and then when I got home she was exercised again. I don't consider a dog in a yard or a big room as exercise time. If she got rambunctious in the house then I knew we needed to go outside and play/train. Usually, by this time just 10-15 minutes was all she needed. For at least a year she needed a lot of exercise. At 3 years old she still needs daily exercise but not as much. Also we were involved in puppy agility and puppy tricks class during the week and Schutzhund on the weekend.
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|09-26-2013 05:33 PM|
Some really great suggestions in the other posts. I brought my guy home at just about 1 year and I really did think I was going to go insane, but I promise it passes. Adolescent dogs go through this phase 2-3 times before they fully mature and each time its slightly more difficult in it`s own way.
I can share with you some of my coping techniques (some will be repeats of previous suggestions) Everyone and every home is different, my schedule and the crate time you described sounds similar to my situation.
Teach a solid down stay. It doesn't burn energy put it is a "job" and will keep him out of your hair for a few minutes while he is working. Mental concentration is tiring and staying down when he really wants to run is hard work for a young dog.
Fetch, flirt or running with you in the yard every morning for 20 mins or so burns off some energy pent up from the night before. Keeping him moving is the key.
Frozen kongs.... he may need to start with easy kongs first like loose kibble, then a small cap of frozen PB with a cookie shoved in it... then frozen kibble with broth. Ozzy really didn't understand working at the kong so we had to take small steps and make it gradually more difficult.
Doggie puzzles. Usually $20/ea at most pet stores with varying difficulty. Its a supervised toy but at least you may get to put your feet up for a few minutes.
Every opportunity for exercise is also an opportunity for training. Mental + physical exercise is worth sooo much towards your sanity. At least 2-3x a week we totally wear him out physically and the same day we do an hour of obedience lessons
If we needed to make dinner and didn't want to crate him then we baby gated him into a puppy proof room where we could watch him and gave him his toys.
I also realized it was not optional to skip even one day of exercise. He needed a minimum of 20mins every day where he was allowed off leash to run and smell and explore.
He is starting to chill out now at almost 2 years and thank goodness because I was running out of ideas!!
|09-26-2013 04:37 PM|
When I let him out of the crate, he grabs me by the pants leg, bites my feet. Bucks around like a wild horse. All the while I'm trying to keep all four of his feet on the ground. I texted my breeder " Russell is so HAPPY. Make him stop".
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|09-26-2013 02:20 PM|
|Galathiel||I feel your pain. My pup (5 almost 6 months old now) is on crate rest for two weeks for an issue with his elbow. He's practically levitating off the ground at the moment. Even just walking with me to get his food from the storage container he's practically doing handstands ... there is no way I can completely prevent his bouncing, rearing, short bursts, even though I try to curtail them. Eventually and unfortunately, I have to recrate him so that he can 'rest' his elbow. He's going nuts.|
|09-26-2013 01:17 PM|
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