||03-15-2013 08:23 AM
We made it through the first night!
Okay, so Ruger came home yesterday :) he is 8 weeks and so adorable. Completely different experience from when we brought my previous female GSD home at 9 weeks. He is much more vocal and stubborn than she was. However, I am sure we will bond as time goes on. We are working on bite inhibition and whining right now. I think we have figured out that when he is hungry, he definitely will not calm down!! He acts as if he is dying and the crying sounds like someone is stabbing him! It goes on forever, even though he just ate. So, we broke the rule and gave him a few more kibble a and then he calmed down. We have also discovered that he will cry when he wants to chew. I didn't buy any rawhides as they are my last choice for chewies, but I need to get something. When Elsa was a baby, we gave her frozen venison or beef ribs to chew and it worked like a charm. Numbed the gums for the discomfort, satisfied the need to chew and wore her out! Well, we aren't feeding him raw (my husband hates the inconvenience of it as we travel a lot) so we had to compromise on high quality kibble with egg and salmon oil as a supplement for healthy skin and coat. Now that I have lost my tried and true teething remedy, not sure what to do in it's place. I will go to town today and find something. Any suggestions? We have a Pet Supermarket, PetSmart, and a local mom n pop pet store. Also, is it normal for him to SCREAM in the crate? I tried what I was doing with Elsa and I think it will work. I put him in and step out of view. He starts screaming and I wait. Once he calms down and relaxes, I come back, praise and treat. I take him out and we try again later. I did this 3 times last night and by the third try, he screaming was cut to 2 minutes. As a bonus to help ease his transition, we had our Golden Retriever sleep in the crate with him overnight and his screaming was only the level of a whine and didnt last long. I think the sleep buddy helped. So sorry this is so long. Just trying to get it all out. Thanks for any input, advice....oh, btw, NO accidents yet. We are training with bells at the door, treating and praise. We have eyes on in less in the crate and set the timer for 20 min intervals to go out after eating until he pees and poops. Working great!