|10-09-2013 02:35 PM|
I don't completely agree that your puppy is going to ruined by these experiences. However, what type of dog do you want this puppy to grow in to?
I'm a selfish jerk so I want Kaiser's attention 100% focused on me and nobody else so I shape things in that direction (with some interesting side affects).
To get things start:
When you are not home your puppy needs to be in her crate
When you are home your puppy needs to be on a training leash that is attached to you. she doesn't need to have the run of the house, she will get in to things you don't want her to get in to and do things you don't want her doing.
I'd limit her unsupervised interaction with your roommate or other dogs.
You want her focused on you. Find treats and toys that she really likes. Use those to your advantage. Toys like Kong balls and buster cubes are great because they can keep your puppy busy while you do other things. Take her with you to as many places as you can. when I go get lunch my dogs ride along. They go to pet smart and Lowes with me as well. I'd take them to the grocery store but that would be a complete disaster. But you get the idea.
Final thought: sign up for puppy obedience now. The sooner you start the easier things will be later because you'll already have laid the ground work.
Good luck and don't forget to enjoy your puppy for being a puppy.
|10-09-2013 02:31 PM|
I have her on a leash when she's in the main part of the house but not when she's in my room with me or the hall way outside my room that connects to one of the back doors. He can use the other door but i will just keep her only in my room or leashed now. He is actually the one who gave us permission to have a dog and while i had planned on getting an older dog that would be easier for my 7 year old to play with he brought us this puppy. He picked her out and brought her home. I think he had no idea what he was in for.
|10-09-2013 01:54 PM|
|Baillif||I should be more specific. It isn't the right way to socialize, but there is nothing wrong with puppy play dates in and of themselves as long as the puppy continues to pay you mind.|
|10-09-2013 11:48 AM|
Shes biting out of desire to play or because shes in prey drive. Young GSDs are notorious for it. At that age the best course of action is to just ignore it and act like it isn't bothering him at all. If he is boring the puppy will stop bothering with him after a while. You should be redirecting the puppy from this kind of behavior with a toy using short quick movements to trigger the puppy into wanting to go for that instead.
That being said you really should manage the puppy with a leash in the house. If I had a roommate and they got a new puppy that was chasing me around the house and biting at me when I didn't feel like messing with it I'd be kinda annoyed too.
I don't doubt you've been encouraged to do the puppy playdate thing, but it just isn't right.
|10-09-2013 10:51 AM|
|10-09-2013 10:39 AM|
|WendyV||I also just wanted to mention that when the roomie uses his feet to get her out a door it's because she is biting him and he tried to leave the area but she goes through the door also. I dont want it to sound like he's pushing her across the whole house that way though it's still wrong. I have talked to him and am making some changes to keep them separated more. If it continues to be an issue i look into moving.|
|10-09-2013 09:16 AM|
Sorry for the length of this post but I'm gonna try to cover all the bases here.
The submissive urination thing around dogs for puppies that age is fairly normal and nothing to be concerned about at the moment, however the yelping does suggest a little more fear reaction than you want from a puppy at this point.
Your roommate is acting completely inappropriately toward the puppy and that is causing a problem. It is out of insecurity that the roommate likely fostered through his behavior. She sounds like she is probably going to end up on the soft side puppy wise so you need to take care to make sure her experiences with other people and animals stay positive. Tell him to cut the Cesar Milan ****. He doesn't have the skill or the know how to use that sort of discipline system on a dog from what you've been saying.
When people mean socialization with other dogs they don't necessarily mean the dogs have to interact directly. You can practice engagement with the puppy and feed the puppy treats in the presence of other dogs but never need to actually allow them to interact with each other. This is the safer way to go with a puppy that is that soft. By soft I mean shes a little nervy and easily affected by her environment or stressors. You want to go this route for a few reasons.
1. If you allow your dog to play with other dogs a lot they run the risk of a fight and at her age she will get pummeled but on top of that possibly become dog aggressive for life because she will adopt an I'll get you before you get me attitude. She might just become crazy fearful and not necessarily aggressive to the point she may submissive urinate or crap herself on the spot when seeing another dog.
2. Lets say that doesn't happen and every experience with other dogs is positive. She may instead learn other dogs are more fun to play with than you. Don't take this the wrong way because it is very hard to compete in terms of fun with another dog that has a lot of energy. What this ends up causing is a situation where your puppy grows up into a dog that will pull for other dogs in a super excited manner because its OMG FUN TIMES! I'm assuming you're female but even if you aren't a full grown GSD pulling towards something it really wants to get to is not easy to hold back even for a guy. If you do hold the dog back, and you will try because it might scare the **** out of the other dog or owner of that dog should you not, your dog will become frustrated and probably bark in what could easily be seen as an aggressive manner. The mere act of holding the dog back will just build desire in the dog to go for the other dog too, and it just gets worse and worse. This could even cause a dog fight.
Now on the other hand. If you socialize your dog with other dogs the way you are supposed to, by feeding treats or playing with your dog in the presence of other dogs but not allowing them to interact, you condition your dog to pay attention to you in the presence of other strange dogs without fear or acting like a hooligan and this is what you really want.
|10-09-2013 02:04 AM|
I was told to socialize her with dogs and the first time she loved it. I wouldn't have went back if she didn't. I don't think I have ever been told daaaaaa by anyone older than 8 lol.
|10-09-2013 01:37 AM|
NEVER let a puppy around adult dogs, think she is trying to tell you this = DO YOU HEAR HER? DAAAAAAAAAAA
Dogs take serious the PERSON that is alpha = till they get there
You keep this dog in the situation you have her in, Dogs, room mate ect
|10-09-2013 01:24 AM|
peeing out of fear or excitement?
My 13 week old puppy has recently become afraid of larger dogs. I took her to a friend's house who has 4 large dogs. The first time we went she loved it. Two weeks later we went back and when she saw the dogs she yelped and peed then rolled over on her back. She did seem to keep following the alpha female around after we had been there for a little while. She also yelped and tried to run when walking past a yard with large dogs today.
My real concern is that she now pees when my room mate comes home. I am not sure whether it's because she's happy to see him or because she's afraid of him. She doesn't pee when I come home. Of course, i never leave her for very long so im not so exciting lol. I have heard him yell at her before and push her out the door with his foot when she wouldn't stop biting him. ( he said he didnt want to use his hands because she would bite them. I told him to stop being such a sissy and not to do that to the dog ) He also said he growled at her once for biting. I have explained several times what to do when she bites but i guess he doesn't always listen. How can i tell if the peeing when she sees him is from excitement or fear? She was afraid of the large dog but still followed it around and tried to be friends so maybe going up to the room mate when he gets home doesn't necessarily mean she isn't afraid of him? Or she just loves him. IDK. Will she out grow this?