-How long did your GSD take to potty train?
I think it took about 6-8 weeks before I could relax, but I still took Niko out all the time because I really didn't want a half-housebroken puppy! The last accident he had was a someone else's house when he was about 5 months old. I think he just goofed because it was somebody else's house and he wasn't sure of the rules there versus our house.
-Do you leave your adult GSD crated or is it trust worthy loose in the house while you are away
I don't trust Niko alone in the house because he will chase the cats. I'd also never let Niko and Rosa out together alone in the house for the same reason. However, I have allowed Rosa to be in the house alone for about an hour and a half. She was fine and was a perfect angel. But I was nervous about doing it, and probably wouldn't stretch it past that amount of time.
-With two people, a cat and 3 Iggies already in bed, we don't want to add another 70 lbs dog to the mix. Who encourages their GSD to sleep on a dog bed at night? Does anyone have a small dog in bed and a GSD on the floor without problems?
Can't answer this one, both dogs are crated at night.
Niko: American Showline GSD 5 years old
Rosa: American Muppet Dog (GSD/Border Collie mix) 5 years old