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Old 03-12-2014, 08:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
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and I should have added, if the breeder would be willing to swap out, make sure it's one that will fit into your schedule/home environment..
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:47 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Ok, it's six months old. Prong collar while training should be ok. But not for house-training.

Maybe the best thing, besides returning the puppy, would be to put a kennel up in the basement or garage. Get up and spend an hour with him in the morning before work. And I mean out walking him, working him, training him.

Then kennel him. plan on cleaning the kennel daily. It would be better to get him house trained first. and then let him out midday, and then as soon as you get home, that dog is tethered to you for the rest of the night, and you spend at least 2 hours doing something active with the dog, hiking one night, dog classes one night, playing tug/fetch one night, walking the bike path one night.

The rest of your evening really has to include the dog, and you will have to keep him close so you can rush him outside, and praise the pottying when he is outside.

It really does sound like the wrong type of dog for your situation, or at least, maybe the wrong age. If you got a dog that was alredy 3 or 4 years old, you could pend 45 minutes in the morning, and some time in the evening, and then let the dog roam around the house, and train on the week ends. But puppies need much more hands on, attention, play, training, etc.
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and I should have added, if the breeder would be willing to swap out, make sure it's one that will fit into your schedule/home environment..
I'm curious why the breeder would place this puppy in this home to begin with? OP, best thing is to be honest with yourself about what you're game for.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:51 PM   #24 (permalink)
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well Masi is 5, almost 6, and her batteries are still fully charged, tho she finally has an "off" switch, but I don't think I really saw it until she hit almost two,,If I don't 'do' something daily with her, she can be a bear to live with,

I guess that may not be comforting to the OP tho..
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well LoveEcho, we know there are breeders and then there are breeders. I don't know who the breeder of this dog is, but could be any reason I suppose.
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OP, do you have a pedigree on this dog you could post? Might give some insite for the pedigree guru's here..
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I'd like to know too, and did your wife get him from a breeder or a broker? He was imported or born in the US? I looked back at your posting history
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The only thing that I can tell you that worked for me with bedding issues and being hyper is if I caught her starting to chew her bedding I would simply take it out for about 2 min, and then put it back in. (People might see this as mean, but it worked for me.) As far as the hyper issues, plain and simple needs more excercise. I learned very quickly that with a puppy like a GSD while unfortunate, YOUR life does revolve around he/she until they mature a bit. I came to that realization quite fast. Though I wouldn't trade it even though it can be trying at times. If you keep at it, and stay positive/patient once they start realizing what is acceptable behavior it's awesome.
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We had to seriously re evaluate our priorities when we brought home this kind of dog. The three mile hikes, the marathon training sessions, the naughtiness! I had to give up on having much of a social life and side gigs had to go. But in return, I spent most of my time in nature working with a dog I fiercely loved more than any other canine. If you aren't ready to swim in the deep end of the ocean, you can drown with this kind of dog. I work with teenage breeder returns at my house, resocializing two whose first owners couldn't stay on top of their needs. Only you know if you can do this.
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I have an almost 8 year old belgian malinois. I work 60 to 80 hours a week. I exercise him at least 1.5 hours a day. Today we were out in the blizzard in single digits for over 2 hours snowshoeing and playing in the snow so today he is tired. Usually, 1.5 hours isn't enough for him, even at his age. 2-3 hours of intense mental and physical activity is what he really needs. When he was younger it was more.

I suspect the peeing and pooping may be a medical problem (like a UTI) but regardless you are going to need to start completely over with crate training since he thinks it's ok to lie in his pee/poop. First rule out a medical problem and then start a new housebreaking regime.

I adopted a super high energy gsd mix at 7 months old. He also thought it was ok to pee inside at any time and to lie in his pee. I had to start from square one as if he were a baby puppy and he spent most of his time when I was home tethered to me. We did tons of physical and mental exercise (like 2 to 3 hours a day) and all time spent with him was an opportunity for training. We also did classes. It took a lot of work just to housebreak him (he was still having the occasional accident at age 1) and he was always a work in progress.

I would either consider returning him to the breeder or rethink your commitment and figure out how you can provide the training and stimulation that he needs.
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