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02-26-2014 12:41 PM
zyppi I use an old bath towel in puppy kennels. Easy to wash and never had one chew on it.

I would get a nylabone.. not the tiny one. Pups usually cannot make a dent in it and if they do it's only a little piece.

I also allow mine to have a stuffed toy of the sturdier variety. Have had good experiences with the Sergeant North American Wildlife series toys -- if you can find them. Sometimes on Amazon.

Exciting time!
02-26-2014 12:19 PM
Drew Orleans Good to know. I'm mainly concerned that the constant noise I will make over the next 30 minutes (showering, dressing etc.) will keep him up.
02-26-2014 12:13 PM
nktigger99
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I only ask because I will be a first time GSD owner next week.

I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

I wake up for work at 5:30 and I'm sure the little guy will to when I get up. The problem is, that my wife doesn't have to wake up for work until much later. The little guy will either have to learn to go back to sleep after I get up shower and get dressed or my wife will just have to start waking up with me...
My hubby wakes up at 3:00am....I am a stay at home mom so don't get up till 7ish.... my hubby had always taken our foster dogs out for a quick potty break then back in the crate till I wake up....it actually is perfect. We plan on doing the same thing for our pup.

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02-26-2014 11:42 AM
LoveDogs I just wanted to add that Hunter and Hailey both weren't really chewers. So I never worried about them chewing blankets. If this puppy is a chewer I may bypass the blanket. The blanket is not a huge thing either, it's more of a fuzzy fleece cloth I got from a fabric store to lay down. The crate was not huge either for the puppy. I have a different crate now too so I don't know just how much my old doings will hold up.

That little piece of cloth I take to the breeder and get some good smells on it for the puppy.
02-26-2014 11:32 AM
LoveDogs My husband wakes up about the same time you do and I work second shift. With my previous dogs, we both worked the same shift but could take the dog to work with me. This opposite shift thing may kill me LOL
02-26-2014 11:29 AM
Drew Orleans I only ask because I will be a first time GSD owner next week.

I'm trying to learn as much as possible.

I wake up for work at 5:30 and I'm sure the little guy will to when I get up. The problem is, that my wife doesn't have to wake up for work until much later. The little guy will either have to learn to go back to sleep after I get up shower and get dressed or my wife will just have to start waking up with me...
02-26-2014 11:19 AM
LoveDogs I've never had an issue, but to each their own. I feel they had the warmth of the litter for their life span. Everyone has their ideas, what works for me may not work for someone else.
02-26-2014 11:17 AM
Drew Orleans Ha got you. Thanks.

You put a blanket in the kennel? I thought you weren't supposed to have anything in there other than maybe a kong and that's only during the day while you're gone...
02-26-2014 11:14 AM
LoveDogs I've had dogs that slept through the night on night 2 and I've had dogs that slept through the night after a month. You know, I've used a clock that ticked and placed it by the kennel along with a fuzzy blanket and had a dog sleep the first night. It's all on the puppy. BTW, I sleep 4-6 hours normally so through the night isn't that long for me.
02-26-2014 11:10 AM
Drew Orleans At what point can you expect them to sleep through the night?
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