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Old 01-06-2014, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All, first time here and also first time GSD owner. First time puppy owner also, had other dogs before but always got them older. Pup is 10 wks old. I am already in love with him! Have lots of "is this normal" questions. I could easily write a novel of questions, but there must be a limit here so I'll try to do one at a time.
Is he just stubborn? Sometimes he does not want to go outside to potty, he will plop down at the door and refuse to go outside. Coaxing with treats, toys, etc doesnt work, I have to carry him out. Then we encounter the brick pavers on the way to the grass. He acts like an ant-eater, nose glued to the ground and wants to eat the mildew that grows between the bricks and eat every tiny pebble he can find, which are plentiful between the cracks of the bricks. I worry his belly is going to fill with little rocks. I try everything I can think of to lead him to the grass, but seems he has a one track mind. My husband is going to pressure wash the area to remove the mildew and pebbles, then it will only be sand in between the bricks. I hope that will help
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi All, first time here and also first time GSD owner. First time puppy owner also, had other dogs before but always got them older. Pup is 10 wks old. I am already in love with him! Have lots of "is this normal" questions. I could easily write a novel of questions, but there must be a limit here so I'll try to do one at a time.
Is he just stubborn? Sometimes he does not want to go outside to potty, he will plop down at the door and refuse to go outside. Coaxing with treats, toys, etc doesnt work, I have to carry him out. Then we encounter the brick pavers on the way to the grass. He acts like an ant-eater, nose glued to the ground and wants to eat the mildew that grows between the bricks and eat every tiny pebble he can find, which are plentiful between the cracks of the bricks. I worry his belly is going to fill with little rocks. I try everything I can think of to lead him to the grass, but seems he has a one track mind. My husband is going to pressure wash the area to remove the mildew and pebbles, then it will only be sand in between the bricks. I hope that will help
Hi- my girl eats rocks and sticks in fact she will hunt them out (I do tracking and article searches...sooo she's quite good at using her nose) it has eventually become less and less with time, and her realizing I'm more fun then the dirt, I'm sure it will pass for you also the not going outside- lol they all have little goofy quarks to over come just keep trying, make a trail of food, toss a toy out maybe run out and encourage him to chase you
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If you are carrying him out anyway, can you just carry him past the pavers for now? I took my pup out on leash to potty..easy to redirect/interrupt that way. I still take him out on leash so he remembers how to potty on leash. My old dog refused to do so when we were on a trip, so I learned my lesson to have them go both on and off leash.
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If you are carrying him out anyway, can you just carry him past the pavers for now? I took my pup out on leash to potty..easy to redirect/interrupt that way. I still take him out on leash so he remembers how to potty on leash. My old dog refused to do so when we were on a trip, so I learned my lesson to have them go both on and off leash.
That might be your best bet in this case. And while you're at it, make sure you give pup a chance to potty in other places, and on various surfaces, because you never know when you will NEED your dog to go potty on something different, and if they are dead set on only using a certain surface and it becomes unavailable, you can wind up with a dog that will hold it way longer than they should.
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