|10-09-2013 11:16 AM|
|Galathiel||Many people crate their dogs while they are at work, particularly dogs you are house training. It's not the end of the world ... nor something they may always have to do. I personally wouldn't try to train a dog to use the balcony as a bathroom, but that's me.|
|10-09-2013 01:34 AM|
After 4 days of owning, how much time have you had to spend with this dog?
Large breed dog, in an apt, balconies, WTF
If you don't have the time, your family owns GSD, how much do you know about them? Not much?
|10-09-2013 01:19 AM|
Why did you get this dog, to keep in a crate? GSD take exercise, walking, hour a.m., couple hours pm, if you have no where to run the dog.
Not his fault, handler error here
he KNOWS not to POOP inside, you are doing him dis-service.
Proper exercise, he won't need a crate while your gone. But think about not going to the bathroom for 8 hours, while you are gone, mite help your mind set.
Think peeps in this situation need a cat.
& just got the dog, 4 days ago, what confusion for the dog. Home, then person gone, doesn't know schedule, is ther one?
|10-05-2013 09:58 PM|
This method of crate training worked really well for my dog:
It is done over the course of a weekend so your dog can adjust.
What we did was crate at first and then start leaving her out for half the day (I have a long lunch break) and finally a full day. We would not increase the amount of time she was left out unless she was flawless about going outside (however she appeared to be housetrained, so that was easy). I agree that leaving him in just one room might make it easier for him to hold it, especially if he sleeps there.
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|10-05-2013 08:45 PM|
I found someone on CL who works at a popular animal hospital here. I'm meeting her tomorrow to see if she is normal.
|10-05-2013 07:22 PM|
Sorry, I missed that. But...do you have a community association or anything like that? Church group? Co-worker references? I'm just asking, because that's how we get a lot of referrals in our neighborhood - dog walker, pet sitters, baby sitters, etc. References are good.
My daughters house and pet sit. They are college students. They never need to advertise. They get more work than they can handle.
Your boy will be fine in boarding for a week. Sorry about your family emergency. Thank you for saving him. He is a lucky boy.
|10-05-2013 11:38 AM|
Like I said before, I am new to the area and don't know 1 person here yet. I don't think I feel comfortable letting a stranger stay in my home yet.
|10-05-2013 11:34 AM|
Is there a reason you are feeding him 3 times a day? I feed my personal and foster dogs twice a day - morning and between 3:30 and 4:00. This gives them plenty of time to finish up before bedtime. Neither has accidents. How much are you feeding? The GSD here gets 3 cups of kibble - 1 1/2 cups each meal. He poos 2 or 3 times a day.
I agree it would be unwise to take him on the road trip at this time. Is there anyone you trust to be a house/pet sitter for you? I have done this the past few years for my pets. I LOVE it. My pets get to stay home. No change in environment or routine. Someone is there all night. Just a thought.
|10-05-2013 11:20 AM|
I'm an idiot. I never thought about coming straight home at 3:30 to spend time with the dog and then going out to do errands. Should I then put him back in the crate while I do errands?
Unfortunately I have no trusted person here. I relocated to a new city at the beginning of August and have no one here
How long should I crate train for?
|10-05-2013 11:15 AM|
This is what I would do - come home at 3:30, do stuff with the dog, tire him out, go out and do errands. When I got my first dog, I read How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend - I don't even know if it's a good book anymore, but I remember it saying how now your schedule revolves around the dog. On days it's not possible, get a really good person to help you out.
Yep, keep doing that - I talk to the dog about what I want - hey, let's poop out here, kind of thing. They really are confused - when they are in a smaller area, they don't want to mess it, like in your bedroom - or if they don't NEED to do it and can hold it - but smart dogs will poop in the house if they need to go and don't know how to ask, have enough room to do it, etc. Using bells on the door to help him tell you helps too.
I do a potty schedule, and the dogs seem to respond well to that - but it's great for them to be able to come get you when they have to go, and that will come with time. I have an 11.5 yo GSD who is still weird about telling me - she will stare and walk, but is not pushy enough to nudge or paw. Every once in a while at night, she will stare and walk, and I am sleeping, and she's like, well, guess I just need to go....noooooooo! But now, my BC/Chow mix is getting me for her!!! I have a service dog! YAY!
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