|01-19-2014 12:31 AM|
German Shepherds are one of the dogs I consider to be indoor-only dogs; they want to live with you, they want to be your shadow and to give love and receive affection. They do not do well alone and if you must have a dog that can live in a kennel or spend nearly all its time outdoors, don't get a German Shepherd!
They may appear aloof to others but they form a deep bond to their special person and they're loyal and devoted to a fault. There is nothing a German Shepherd wouldn't do to make its owner happy! Having one live with you is a special experience and its kind of like finding a soulmate. A dog that understands you and loves you unconditionally is something that is a gift!
Put up with a German Shepherd living next to you and being by your side nearly all the time, is something you will never regret! I know because my beautiful girl that's shown in my avatar has a special place in my heart.
|01-18-2014 08:50 PM|
>> build him another kennel with a roof.
>> crate him indoors. find a sitter to come in
and let him out in the yard or take him for a walk.
|01-18-2014 08:27 PM|
|01-18-2014 07:14 PM|
And I will probably give the chicken wire idea a try! Thanks for the idea
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|01-18-2014 05:14 PM|
Someone asked why would I leave him alone outside if I'm home? I don't, he is inside with me if I'm home. As far as exercise I walk him around the subdivision but he hates it around here with all the other crazy dogs running around and a lot of them get out so I usually stick to fetch and frisbee in the yard for around 40 minutes twice a day sometimes more if he is hyper. And we have a pen for him outside like I said that I had originally planned for him so he was secured and could stretch his legs but he climbs out.... And I can't put a roof on it bc there is a huge tree in there. But him being inside in his crate safe is a important point but I just feel bad. I mean I'm not at school for very long but most of the morning.
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|01-18-2014 04:11 PM|
|Galathiel||I think the idea was for him to have some freedom by being outside while they are at school/work. I personally wouldn't leave my dog out in the yard itself, but I AM building a 10x10 kennel for him to spend mornings in. I'm gone usually at least 9 hours a day and I would like him to be able to stretch his legs. He loves being outside, but I don't want him out unsecured. You could use your outside kennel and just buy wire (chicken, whatever) to secure the top. I have seen a few pics of it done with a tree in the pen. You might search around online.|
|01-18-2014 03:03 PM|
I wouldnt leave a dog alone outside for an extended time unsupervised; lots can happen out there. Just my opinion. Why is he out there alone if you're home?
Get him into a routine: crate him while you're gone, exercise him until he's tired when you get home, then make him rest while you do your schoolwork. It's tough but it can be done, you have to make time for him though.
|01-18-2014 02:33 PM|
|misslesleedavis1||Mine has it down to a fine art, he goes outside in the morning and 10 minutes later he opens our door and lets himself in, then he heads downstairs and waits for brekky.|
|01-18-2014 11:44 AM|
|Gretchen||GSDs are one of the most loyal breeds, they want to be with you and protect you. They get big time separation anxiety. Find a way to keep him near.|
|01-18-2014 10:46 AM|
Sounds like you've got a bored dog on your hands. What type of daily activity and training are you guys doing with him when you're home?
And how long are you guys gone for at a time? Being bored in an empty backyard is about the same as being bored in an empty crate. Only difference is he's safer in a crate. Just something to keep in mind.
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