|10-09-2013 10:59 PM|
|West Texan||When I crate trained ours, they would go in at the same time every night. We would play them down so they were tired when bedtime came. If they whined, I would not open the crate, but lay on the floor beside it with my fingers through the door. They would lay down and lick my fingers till they fell asleep. Only once did I sleep all night on the floor and that was cause I was too tired and fell asleep before I knew it...LOL.|
|10-09-2013 10:00 PM|
Aww, what a cutie! Congrats on the puppy.
Crate training can be a nightmare, or keep you from sleeping at all! When we first brought my girl home (non-GSD) we actually put her crate downstairs while we slept upstairs - this helped us tremendously in ignoring the puppy cries. (We didn't leave her in there for longer than 4-5 hours without a potty break.) She was quiet through the night within a week or so. If you don't have the luxury of a different story for the crate, maybe try in the kitchen or something similar to create a little distance?
My sister got a Siberian Husky pup last spring, and because she was living in an apartment, she wanted to try and eliminate any crying in the crate at all, for the sake of the neighbors. How she did it was that any time her pup was sleepy/ready for a nap, she went in the crate (usually with the door open). Her pup learned that crate = sleepy time within a week, and never dealt with any really awful crying. So maybe that's another idea that could work for you and your pup?
As for foods that dogs shouldn't have, I know onion is something that's no good. (But garlic is okay and even beneficial in proper doses) Something that surprised me when I found out about it being toxic to dogs is avocado. And kale isn't toxic, but has led to some really toxic gas from my dog (and others), when they have taken a few leaves....
|10-09-2013 09:42 PM|
|Nikitta||AND he/she is SO cute. I wanna puppy she wails!! hehe|
|10-09-2013 09:37 PM|
|Nikitta||Aw, what a cutie and welcome. Have you checked the articles here? And I'm sure the really great knowledgeable people here will help you much better then I can. You took the first mega step and found the best GSD website for this breed. And guys, when you first get a puppy, NOTHING seems to work. Have patience. This is a VERY smart breed. Just remember, at that age, they are still just a baby taken away from their mom and brothers and sisters. It takes them a while to realize that now YOU are their family.|
|10-09-2013 09:33 PM|
I personally don't think that any puppy cant be crate trained, some are just more stubborn than others
Something that has been a life saver for me with past puppies was a kong with peanut butter, cream cheese, ect. partially frozen. It entertains them for awhile and helps with teething as it is cold and feels good on their gums.
|10-09-2013 09:31 PM|
|Georgia||My puppy is 10 weeks and we are crate training right now. Are y'all home a lot? I set the crate up in my kitchen put comfy blankets in and left the gate open. I put toys in and let him go in and out on his own. When he was inside the crate I pet him and praised him and I didn't make a big deal when he walked back out. After a day of in and out, I put him in at night, he cried a bit but settled down. Again, left the crate door open all day and he was in and out. We've had our pup for 6 days now and he seems to understand "bedtime".|
|10-09-2013 09:22 PM|
|BellaLuna||Just wanted to say welcome and congrats on your new little one. He sure is cute best of luck ....|
|10-09-2013 09:14 PM|
New here with a new puppy! Couple of questions and some pictures :)
Well I just got MY first puppy. Had a couple dogs growing up, but I was a pre-teen when they were puppies. This is my first dog/puppy that I'll be responsible for training and such.
Two nights ago my girlfriend and I picked up Teiko. He's a "Gerberian Shepsky". German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix. He turned 8 weeks old today. I did some reading on the breed before getting him, and lots of places said crate training him right off the bat would be one of the best things I could do for him. Would help him when traveling, being potty trainied, trips to the vet where he'd have to be in a kennel, etc.
We bought an XL crate for him (travel style, not wire style). He obviously has plenty of space to move around in there. But he absolutely hates it. Started crying and wimpering immediately the after the first time we placed him in there. We tried covering it with a blanket, putting some of his chew toys in there, kong with puppy flavored stuffing, had suggestions from friends of putting a "ticking" clock next to the crate (supposed to remind the pup of their mom's heartbeat), etc. Nothing seems to work. We have a clean puppy pad and some blankets in there. The first two nights so far have been rough. He would cry, wimper, chew on the wire door, and bark pretty severly for over an hour before my girlfriend decided she'd had enough, and on the bed he came.
I know this is breaking the golden rule with crate training, and is most likely a battle of the wills. Couple questions I have are,
1. What are the signs of a puppy being non-crate trainable?
2. Is there a risk of the puppy breaking/losing a tooth from chewing on the wire door?
3. What kinds of toys/chew toys are good to leave him with at night?
Any help with the crate training would be greatly appreciated. Other than crying when he's in the crate, he's a pretty good puppy. Wimpers here and there, but playful, and gets along with the other dogs in the house. Has already learned to go potty (#2) on the puppy pads which is nice. Still working on the peeing though.
Questions not related to crate training are:
4. Besides the obvious chocolate, grapes, and raisins, what are some foods I should be avoiding with this breed? We currently have him on nutro max puppy food which is supposed to be high in protein, omegas, and fatty acids.
5. Any tips for the breed in general? training, interacting with other dogs, health, etc?
and now for the pictures!
this was a week and a half ago when we picked him out of the litter.
and this was the day we got him
Thanks in advance for any and all help with the little guy.