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01-29-2014 01:13 AM
my boy diesel
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In this last one he was watching my son through the door he loves that kid lol


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to me this pic says it all
the dog won't be socially "alright" if not allowed inside as a member of your household which as others say are his pack. he'll be your best friend and protector, but only if allowed in and trained properly to be a good houseguest.
if made to live outside he'll become bored and destructive and eventually wind up being sold or given away because people are tired of the dog jumping in excitment to see them when they go outside to be with it, or they grow tired of the dog digging holes and eating the siding of the house through boredom.
i'm with others who ask why get a dog at all if he's going to sit outside alone. dogs instinctively want to be with and protect their pack, gsd more than other breeds. they were not bred to be isolated from their people and this is one breed that being made to live outside apart from it's humans can truly "ruin"..
01-28-2014 10:34 PM
GatorBytes I hope coyotes don't get him.
01-28-2014 10:18 PM
boomer11 gsd want to be with their family. they arent independent dogs. with that said there are people who have outside only dogs. there are dogs who are in kennels and never step foot in the house. i'd get him a crate; someplace he can feel is his den. then either sleep in the garage with him until he feels more comfortable or let him cry every night and eventually he'll stop.

it seems like you are very excited/dedicated but if your husband doesnt care then its going to cause problems. german shepherd pups arent easy to raise. how is he going to react if the dog barks at random things in the yard all day? how will he react when the dog digs a huge hole in the yard? what if the dog becomes reactive and you are the only one trying to fix it? what if the dog goes through the landshark phase and constantly bites at his ankles?
01-28-2014 10:01 PM
wyoung2153 While I am not someone that could leave a puppy outside like that I do know that sometimes that is what people want, an outside dog. If it is only your husband that wants the puppy outside and not in (like you actually want the dog inside with the family, which would be the easiest fix for you) then you should seriously have a conversation with him about the reasons he should be allowed inside for the first year of socialization and training.

If that is not the case, (I'm guessing you may have already had that conversation) I believe you are doing right by day and being with him all day. The only thing I can offer is to get a crate for the garage and try the teddy bear thing with your scent.

If you don't mind me asking, why, if your husband wanted a GSD, would he want the dog outside?
01-28-2014 09:06 PM
alefranc He probably thinks he's being ostracized from your "pack". Try putting a tshirt that you've worn out there with him so he can snuggle with it. Maybe he's cold out there...is your garage heated? 2 months seems really young to leave a puppy alone in a garage. Our puppy is only 15 weeks old and my hubby and I still take turns sleeping in our family room (near his crate) so he doesn't feel like we're abandoning him at night.
01-28-2014 07:47 PM
madis
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Why did you get a dog at all? Tell your husband to sleep outside if it this little dependent baby is a problem for him! Treat your dog like part of your family. Your dog looks to you as his pack, and to him, that is his family. Find him a new real family and get yourself a lawn ornament instead. And you do know that people are stealing dogs from yards for laboratories and for bait dogs to train other dogs to fight. I am sure you wouldn't want something to happen to him. If you wouldn't do it to your human child, do not do it to an animal. Please. I am sorry I sound so harsh but I see too many dogs that are ruined by cold-hearted people. This is a being with feelings who has just left the only home he has ever known and his Mom and his littermates. And now he is all alone. Please reconsider. Shepherds are so sensative too. You said it was out of the question to have him inside? Why get him at all? I don't understand.
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01-28-2014 07:38 PM
rothom Why did you get a dog at all? Tell your husband to sleep outside if it this little dependent baby is a problem for him! Treat your dog like part of your family. Your dog looks to you as his pack, and to him, that is his family. Find him a new real family and get yourself a lawn ornament instead. And you do know that people are stealing dogs from yards for laboratories and for bait dogs to train other dogs to fight. I am sure you wouldn't want something to happen to him. If you wouldn't do it to your human child, do not do it to an animal. Please. I am sorry I sound so harsh but I see too many dogs that are ruined by cold-hearted people. This is a being with feelings who has just left the only home he has ever known and his Mom and his littermates. And now he is all alone. Please reconsider. Shepherds are so sensative too. You said it was out of the question to have him inside? Why get him at all? I don't understand.
01-28-2014 06:57 PM
Jacquiv Hiya,
Put a shirt or toy that smells like you in with him. We had the same issue with our 3 month old boy at Christmas when he was left in a garage at night rather than next to my bed while we were visiting relatives. Three nights of misery for him (and me) and the next night I put the shirt I'd been wearing all day in with him and he was quiet all night.
The next night I left it in there but I slept with the new toy he was getting for Christmas and replaced the shirt with the toy. Perfect angel for the rest of the holiday.
Good luck
01-28-2014 02:15 PM
mommanomma And as I've said previously, indoors for him is completely out of the question.


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01-28-2014 02:14 PM
mommanomma I'm in California where it's warm all night so I'm not worried about him being cold. I can start my search for a crate but won't be able to purchase till next week.


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