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02-11-2014 09:20 AM
NSweet I'm working on getting an apartment before april that is about 20 feet from my work so I can come home from lunch everyday to take her out. But I still have a few things to pay off before then :/ thanks for the wishes! And I haven;t gone to the gym since I made this post.

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02-11-2014 07:48 AM
rumhelka I know that you love this puppy, but you have to realize that crating her for so long is inhumane. Could you come home for lunch or pay somebody to give her a break? I think that the dog shouldn't spend more than five hours a day in a crate. Think about it: your dog is a highly intelligent animal, you need to occupy his mind to keep him mentally healthy. No kong or "puzzle" will do it, sorry. I don't want to be sentimental, but imagine what you would do in a crate for 11 hours... day after day...She also needs much more excersize to develop properly and be fully balanced.
I really wish you and your dog the best!
PS. drop the gym for now, you have much more important responsibility right now towards your dog.
02-11-2014 03:48 AM
GSxOwner A tired dog is a well behaved dog imo! Like others have said I would try to tire her out more esp before she is crated all day. Frisbee or something could go a long way but for me the walk is MY time to unwind and relax,if we missed a walk I would miss it as much as her.

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02-11-2014 02:44 AM
David Winners If you look through the thread there were several suggestions for Kong stuffing.

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02-11-2014 12:36 AM
NSweet I had a black kong but she hid it from me 4 months ago! Haha but I will definitely get another and just her regular kibble is fine? I have her on eukenuba. And yes she has ripped a few blankets unfortunately. Thanks for the kudos

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02-10-2014 11:52 PM
Shaina The black kongs are the only ones I trust and that my shepherds can't rip pieces off of. I fill 'em with peanut butter and freeze them which makes for a few minutes of entertainment to mellow out their little brains when I'm leaving.
02-10-2014 11:52 PM
sechattin For the puzzle toy, would definitely recommend the classic Kong. The wobbler definitely needs too much room. And you don't have to limit yourself to jut shoving part of her kibble in the Kong because it'll just fall out rather quickly. I like mixing the dry kibble I'm going to use in the Kong with a bit of peanut butter, unsweetened apple sauce, or plain low fat greek yogurt to get it a bit sticky, then I smear it on the insides of the toy and freeze it the night before. It lasts much longer and I've found it does a better job of tiring out my puppies. So my puppys' routines have all been: morning walk and potty break, short training session (4 or 5 minutes), cool down while I get ready for work, second potty break, then up in the crate with the frozen kong. According to my video recordings, they work at their kongs for 45 minutes to an hour and then pass out for almost the entire time I am gone for my 9-5. I've found the Kongs to be very safe, as a previous poster said, just check occasionally for wear and tear. Lastly, your puppy is adorable! Congrats on her and major kudos for stepping up to meet her needs!
02-10-2014 11:36 PM
selzer
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Right now I leave a squeaky kong and rope in her crate and I have seen the end of three blankets covering her crate up...

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Are you saying she has ripped up some blankets?

A cotton rope ought to be fine. You can soak them in water and freeze them too. I am a little hesitant about kongs -- no I am mixing them up with cuz's. Cuz's feet have been known to need retrieving from the digestive tract. Kongs should be ok, I think. Just keep an eye on them for wear.
02-10-2014 11:29 PM
NSweet Right now I leave a squeaky kong and rope in her crate and I have seen the end of three blankets covering her crate up...

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02-10-2014 11:20 PM
selzer
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Okay I don't think I included that in my previous posts...I do take her out well before I leave after she eats so she does go out to take care of her business twice in the morning before I leave. Sorry for the confusion. And I assume I can find this puzzle at petsmart?
You need to be very careful what you leave in the crate. The dog is six months old? I sold a puppy to a couple and they let me know the dog was eating the plastic treats. They saw them wearing but didn't realize the dog was actually eating them. Well, the dog got a blockage and it cost an arm and a leg for surgery.

Personally, I think the stuff you can get at petsmart, well, I wouldn't leave it in with my dog, not all day while I was working. And if the puzzle has food, I would not use that in the crate. In the evening while the dog is out with you, sure, let the dog play with a puzzle, whatever. But when it goes into the crate, that is time to sleep for the most part.

I probably would not use a blanket to cover the crate. A bored dog might snag that and pull it through the bars. Arwen -- she got my flat sheet, my fitted sheet, and my dustruffle through the bars of her crate. -- and of course I hadn't matched the sheets up, so she tore up the flat sheet of one set and the fitted sheet of anther.

Use an airline crate to give a den feel if you want that.
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