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|06-19-2014 02:07 PM|
|wolfie13||I have tried redirecting him from treats, food and his toys he won't go for it.|
|06-19-2014 12:33 PM|
Originally Posted by Liesje View Post
|06-19-2014 12:18 PM|
Though if you are frustrated with your training ... you can use the crate as a 'time out' for your puppy while you get your calm back. So the crate is never a PUNISHMENT. Should be there happy place that they love to be in and go to...
Dog training is 100% about us learning how to train our pups, then they learn so well! So if we are getting frustrated or something is not working then that shows a problem with what WE know and need to learn, not the puppies fault.
Here's how to start up the crate training --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...uppy-cage.html
Fact is though, once you start up a great regime with --> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-puppies.html as your goals (socialization/engagement/exercise as keys) then you'll notice things improving.
Try to find a set of puppy classes that progress into regular training. Such a great way to get a start on training the puppy and ourselves! I know I'm in puppy classes right now with my Osin and she's my FIFTH dog and 4th GSD. I'm still in classes too
|06-19-2014 12:17 PM|
|Liesje||I use the crate when the puppy should be calm or sleeping. If he has a lot of energy, I don't use the crate for punishment or time out. He still needs to interact and get exercise. If he's getting bitey because he's really tired, then it would be appropriate to put him in the crate, but if he hasn't had exercise for the day, make sure you get enough of that in and redirect him to tug toys and stuff he can bite.|
|06-19-2014 11:52 AM|
Originally Posted by AnyaGSD View Post
He was clawing at the bottom tray. I think I may get him a soft bed or something. He is starting to get a bit more bitey. My question for crate training is he needs to be comfortable with it first before I put him in there for biting right?
|06-17-2014 11:18 AM|
Originally Posted by wolfie13 View Post
|06-16-2014 11:35 PM|
Originally Posted by AnyaGSD View Post
|06-16-2014 11:32 PM|
|wolfie13||Thank you for all the advice. Yes, I have been trying to teach him as best that I can. Sometimes he doesn't want the treat at all though even though he did what I asked him too. Also, I was going to buy a crate but spent it on the vet for an initial checkup and his shots too.|
|06-16-2014 09:35 AM|
You can get a smaller airline crate at TSC or Wal-mart for around $30. As someone else said, be realistic about vet bills... you've got several rounds of vet visits coming up that will cost a whole lot more than a crate (especially if you have a puppy who has access to anything and everything).
As for the behaviors... aside from the fact that crating is your best friend... keep in mind that he is a baby. He lacks impulse control, and he explores EVERYTHING with his mouth. What I found helpful was to focus on behaviors you DO want, rather than correcting what you don't want. Whenever he drops a toy on his own throughout the course of the day, reward him. If you turn it into a struggle trying to take it away from him, it just becomes a game to him and it is self-defeating. Don't expect too much from him- he's a toddler. Right now, make learning obedience and good behaviors FUN, make it a game. Good manners are ingrained through repetition and routine at this age.
|06-15-2014 10:19 PM|
#1: He's not too young to start training. Keep your expectations reasonable though - he's only going to know what you've taught him, and his attention span is going to be very short.
#2: He's not "stubborn". He's still a baby and he doesn't yet know what you expect of him. Training is a process that takes some time. Stubborn can only be a factor when he's 100% sure what you're asking of him and he refuses to comply. I can guarantee that at his age, that's not what's happening.
Whether or not you use a crate is entirely up to you. There are many good reasons to use one, however. Whenever I couldn't be actively supervising my puppy (taking a shower, cleaning house, at work, making dinner, eating a meal?) puppy went in the crate. Housebreaking is much easier with a crate, as is preventing destructive chewing, which can be very expensive and potentially life threatening.
If you need to leave your dog at the vet for any reason, it's going to be easier on him if he's crate trained. Also, if you ever plan to travel and need to leave him in a hotel room, or if you're going to participate in any dog sports, he'll need to be in a crate. My dogs were crated when not being worked at nosework classes, and Halo is in a crate at flyball practice every week. We've traveled out of town for flyball tournaments, which involved staying in hotels and crates. Do you ever want to take him to someone else's house, either for a visit or an overnight stay? Your hosts will appreciate him being in a crate when you can't watch him.
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