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Old 12-24-2012, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 11 Weeks Need help training

Hi everyone,

I purchased my first dog yesterday and I need some help with the basics such as potty training, heeling, and teaching him its name.

So far for potty training I've bought a crate for my GS and made it large enough for him to walk into fully. I've read that the dog should be able to fit in the crate very snuggly so I'm not sure if I set the size up correctly. If I shorten the cage, the pup will still be able to fit into the crate if he positions himself sideways, however he's not comfortable enough with the crate to do that on his own, in order for him to fit, I would have to move his hind legs in. Right now, the pup still prefers to sleep on my carpet. I plan on taking the dog on a 10-15 minute walk twice a day, until he gets older, so he can relieve himself. I reward him with compliments each time he relieves himself outside. I was wondering what's the best method for me to discipline my pup when he relieves himself indoors and how long it will take for the pup to be use to the crate.

As for heeling, the pup, for the most part, never tugs on the leesh. If he is ahead, I would stop and allow him to relax then continue with the walk. He's having issues with staying on one side though. He constantly changes sides during the walk and I was wondering how I could train him to not do this.

Finally for name recognition, I've been following the methods outlined in this video
. However, unlike the dogs in the video, my pup likes to lie down and not sit. I'm not sure if reinforcing him with his name while lying down will have a negative affect. Additionally, he can only carry the exercise for 3ish minutes. I'm not sure if I'm doing this properly.

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Old 12-24-2012, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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take your pup out often, day and night. enroll in a puppy class.
train and socialize often throughout the day.
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, I've been taking the dog outside as much as possible. As for training school, how much is it?
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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a puppy class is a good starter. after puppy class i like taking
private lessons. once i gain some control over the dog then
i go to group classes. the price is small compared to what it's
going to cost you if you don't do it.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree with doggie dad that a puppy class would be good. Very good that you are using a crate and it should be big enough for the pup to turn around in but not so big he may want to use one corner as a bathroom! The crate I used when Benny was a pup was large enough for when he was full grown, but had a divider that I used to give him less room when he was small.
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The pup will need to relieve himself more than two times a day. Do you have a special spot where you can take him for this? Consistency is important.
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Welcome to the forum!

Hopefully you've been able to wander around in --> Welcome to the GSD/FAQ's for the first time owner - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Make sure you are mixing tons of fun/play and socialization with all the training
Great site to show how this IS part of training is on --> Engagement - Key to Training

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Thanks for all the advice. Yes I take the pup out for multiple walks a day. I'm not sure how often I should walk him for though since I heard too much exercise may cause him to have hip problems in the future. Since getting the dog, he's only pooped in the house once but he's still having issues with keeping his pee in. What's a good method for me to discipline him when he does.

I'll keep doggy school in mind, but Im currently a college student so I'm worried if I can afford it =(.

And thanks Maggie, I'll definitely check that forum out.
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you have to watch your pup closely when he's not
crated. take him out often. you don't have to go
for long walks. you can't afford puppy classes. can you
afford a trainer or group classes? do you know how
to train a dog? a dog is a 10 to 15 year expense.

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Thanks for all the advice. Yes I take the pup out for multiple walks a day. I'm not sure how often I should walk him for though since I heard too much exercise may cause him to have hip problems in the future.

>>> Since getting the dog, he's only pooped in the house once but he's still having issues with keeping his pee in. What's a good method for me to >>> discipline <<<< him when he does.

I'll keep doggy school in mind, but Im currently a college student so I'm worried if I can afford it =(.

And thanks Maggie, I'll definitely check that forum out.
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The only time you can correct your dog for peeing in the house is if you catch them in the act, if you get mad even 5 seconds after the act has happened the dog will not relate your anger to the peeing. When you catch them in the act, a strong "no" and take them outside. When they relieve themselves outside, praise them for that. Pups need to pee up to 6 times a day so keep that in mind.
As for the crate it need to be big enough for them to turn around in and be able to lay down in.
As for walking them too much..... not likely! keep them well exercised so when they are in the crate they are tired and will sleep.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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you guys are right, I might as well break the bank a bit more and invest in some training. Where's a good place to find excellent cheap group training for my pup? I plan on signing up for classes at my local shelter in San Diego but I'm not sure if that's the best option.
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