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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2010, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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we just brought our new 8 week old gsd puppy home last night, we have a 2yo min pin that has the run of the house. My question is, being that our shepherd "cobra" will be in the crate at night and while we work during, will he be affected at all that "shelby" will be roaming free while he is in the crate. Thank you for you advice in advance
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He will be just fine crated while your other dog is loose.

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Our 12 year old Dalmatian has free roam, but the pup is crate trained. It has never caused any problems. Sometimes she'll stand next to the crate in hopes that he kicks out a piece of kibble, but that rarely happens.

Crate training is a wonderful thing. We had not crated our previous dogs - we sure wish we had now that we know how beneficial it is.
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It's a great idea, especially since your min-pin isn't too impressed with him. Just make sure he has a puppy Kong or something else to keep him entertained. Since you aren't there to feed him lunch, maybe get a toy that releases food and you can put some kibble in it and he can work for his lunch.
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It's a great idea, especially since your min-pin isn't too impressed with him. Just make sure he has a puppy Kong or something else to keep him entertained. Since you aren't there to feed him lunch, maybe get a toy that releases food and you can put some kibble in it and he can work for his lunch.
well i work a swing shift and my wife works 8-4 so i think it will work out well as far as feeding lunch, but yes a kong sounds like a great idea, i'm assuming just stuff it with puppy treats or food? thank you so much for your advice
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They make sticks you put part way inside- they also make a squirt treat, but it's pretty expensive. Sometimes I get them, or use peanut butter, cheese sticks, a frozen carrot when they were teething, whatever he likes. Again, love his name! There are a variety of toys, balls, bones, that hold treats or kibble too. Welcome to the forum, you'll learn a lot! You're all in for great times with a new gsd pup.

We already had Uschi when we got Stosh and keeping him crated while she was free really helped- they got to know each other without full body contact.

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sounds great, my wife and i are gonna have to make a trip to petsmart and see what kind of stuffable toys they have! We were deciding a name and had shelby our min pin, i have 3 mustangs and we kind of wanted a duel name, so we came up with cobra for the different model mustangs....on another note my OCD has him outside after every 5 minute nap and it appears that he might be picking up on the "good boy" "potty" lingo. Thank you so much for the warm welcome, any other suggestions are greatly welcomed and appreciated
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I was wondering if his name had a car reference. Really nice colors on him. Sounds like you're wonderful parents!
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Find those super cheap over-ripe bananas in the produce section. Mash one up with a bit of peanut butter and stuff a Kong with that and then freeze it. A big hit in my house. You don't even really need to buy those treats to stick in the Kong. I put the Kong in a sandwich bag to freeze so it doesn't make a mess.
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thank you so much everybody for your great advice, i see that i've found the perfect place for advice and suggestions
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