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Old 02-04-2014, 12:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy HELP! Please! First puppy ever... terrorizing me.

Hi! Short backstory. I'm extremely pregnant (37 weeks), never had a dog, never been a fan, also never been exposed. also have anxiety & other issues that pregnancy keeps me from treating with my medication. I'm telling you this because some of my feelings or wording about my puppy may be totally inaccurate, offensive or otherwise mean. So please be forgiving!

I got my dog loving boyfriend a German Shepherd / Blue Heeler mix for Christmas. He was either 8 or 10 weeks the first week of December, I don't totally remember. He's been fine and by-the-book to train for most of the time and I've responsibly Googled and asked dog-owning friends various training questions and tried to learn as much as possible. He learns tricks remarkably easily - he sits, gets down, leaves rooms, jumps, etc. So cute.

About 6-8 weeks ago I noticed he was eating his accidentally indoor poo that wasn't cleaned within ten minutes or so. I quickly started energetically potty training - outside every 1-2 hours, interrupting attempted indoor poos to take him out, out after play, eat, naps, when sniffing the floor, etc. I use treats afterwards. He has never reliably, consistently peed outside but did seem to grasp the idea- but he seemed to understand pooing out there. Had barely any indoor poos since then. Suddenly about 2 weeks ago though he has started making no effort and seemed to forget what he learned. He poos and pees EVERYWHERE and never makes an effort to approach me or the door to tell me. When I take him out it seems to be coincidence when he goes. Sometimes he will pee or poo inside and *then* run to the door or to his treats. He has also started going poo and turning right around and chowing down on it. I have never been mean or physical with him besides a stern "No, outside" when I interrupt to take him out. He also just started spraying walls, the fridge, etc. He will just stare at me and do it but sometimes he will wander and freeze, stare, look guilty, repeat, then go. or go where I can't see or catch him. What do I do? I'm the primary caretaker and cannot clean literally 3-4 poos & 10 pees a day plus walking every 2 hours once i have this baby. That thought terrifies me! I already mop daily.

He usually never messes with the table because we taught him that young. He has suddenly started climbing on top of it and eating anything there he can - only if we are out of the room. He runs off weirdly when i return. I made dinner and went to the bathroom and when I returned it was gone and he ran to his bed, smacking his lips.

He seems to generally have started disregarding "no." He hurts me easily bc of my size being pregnant & I'm on pain medication for back pain and contractions etc and it's imperative he listen to no, especially when babys here. I don't know what to do. He also seems to have almost no interest in his assortment of several toys but sure loves my socks, wallet, medicine bottles... caught him eating a $20 today. I'm with him all day and give him attention and playtime but am open to whatever on earth I'm doing wrong. i told my boyfriend no living creature had ever made me so angry and frustrated before and i think he almost cried. I'm tired of being constantly annoyed!
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This is what I did for houstraining and she got it right away= House Breaking Your German Shepherd Puppy
For the other issues Id suggest a crate and find a good trainer to help you.
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This is what I did for houstraining and she got it right away= House Breaking Your German Shepherd Puppy
For the other issues Id suggest a crate and find a good trainer to help you.
It says 5-7 weeks, is he too old? I have enclosed areas so don't walk with him 75% of the time, maybe that's the problem or part of it.
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Congratulations on your pregnancy - not long now.

The thing I thought of when I read your post was your little pup is confused and maybe scared, through no fault of yours, but it is important to remember that they really can read our minds - they know exactly how we are feeling and if you are experiencing anxiety then your puppy will pick up on this and possibly display similar symptoms.

I do feel sorry for your at the moment, you have a lot on your plate with a baby coming and a puppy is probably the last thing you need, however he is here and I'm sure you will do well with both baby and puppy.

Do as volcano suggested about a crate and training. Getting your little one used to a crate now will be a great help to you, as you can crate puppy after meals/toilet/exercise and you will have some piece (that is till baby gets there!)
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Also I cannot afford a trainer. I don't know if that makes me irresponsible in some eyes but it's true.

Forgot to mention, he does a weird yawn with a hiiiigh pitched squeal about 10 times an hour probably, unless he's extremely busy. It's not related to tiredness and it hurts my head sooo badly. Is this anxiety?
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Do as volcano suggested about a crate and training. Getting your little one used to a crate now will be a great help to you, as you can crate puppy after meals/toilet/exercise and you will have some piece (that is till baby gets there!)
Thank you!

I need to get a crate, been financially difficult to because of baby purchases & until recently I was very offended by them because all I knew was cats lol. I've been looking for a used one but hopefully next week can get one new if I have no luck.

I'm just so puzzled by what's going through his head and why he's simultaneously so smart and, well, dumb. Just a whole new animal for me to learn and apparently one I find irritating. My own fault though, I'm more than sure.
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what about local group obedience training session, as this can be cheaper than a one on one trainer.

Am I correct in saying he is about 18 weeks? At 4 months of age, try and give a couple of 20 minute walks a day or 1 walk and some great ball play and buy a treat ball for him so you can put his kibble in and he has to work to get his food - this really tires them out and he won't feel frustrated and will sleep.

With the yawn - as far as I can tell it is simply a yawn, my Harry, a 3yo GSD still does the high pitch yawn, just opens his mouth wide, yawns and out comes a high pitch squeal.
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He is a gorgeous puppy, I love his coat. With blue heeler I assume you mean Australian Cattle Dog, if he has cattle dog and GSD then he will be a super smart, very good working dog that will require work whether physical or mental (mental being using puzzles & treat balls where he works for food) (physical being running)
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Is it possible he is teething? Try mixing some of his kibble with some canned puppy food putting it in a Kong and freezing it. Then when you need a break give that to him. It should keep him occupied for a while.
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