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We took Zeppelin home last evening. I kinda figured he was a sensitive soul. The breeder said he was the only one who cried with his first shot. My daughter is also sensitive so they were truly meant for each other. He cried A LOT since we've had him. On the short car ride home, all evening, and on and off all night.

We tried to crate at night but he FREAKED. Sooo, I laid with him downstairs while he whined so my husband and daughter could get some sleep. Today we fed him in his crate and he has willingly laid down in it at times. He had the runs today, maybe from nerves poor guy.

Today he's been better. Cried in the car to dance class (not dance for him, but for my daughter), but only a little on the way home. Way to go Zeppelin!

Going near the door most times when he needs to go potty, but man he doesn't give much time so I have to be quick to pick him up and bring him out.

Other than the whining he is GREAT. He's 7 weeks. Not too much chewing on our hands. Likes a nylobone, rope, and squeaky ball.
 

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congratulations on your new puppy, he sounds like a sweetie,,we love to see pictures!!
 

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So true! There are going to be days you want to rip your hair out, it gets better!!!! I promise!
The crying in the crate also gets better, give it some time and it will.

He is absolutely adorable!!
 

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Oh he's so sweet! And don't forget that he already knows how to pull at your heartstrings by crying, giving you the whites of his eyes, etc. They know how to work it and they don't play fair!
 

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Man, he does work the cuteness thing big time!

Zeppelin's whining has gotten soooo much better. He's starting to feel right at home with us.

Fed him in his crate today and enticed him in with treats several times today. My daughter wore him out and he was exhausted tonight. We put our exhausted puppy in the crate tonight with his toys and the door open, and my daughter laid down with her pillow and blanket in front of the open door. He fell right to sleep. She snuck away and he stayed in the crate. Took him out to pee later, back in crate, sat by open door a bit and Zeppelin fell right to sleep. Hey, this was easier than I thought. If everything would go that well......
 

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Oh he is just so darn cute! Just a fair warning he maybe sweet now but the land shark is just inches away waiting to surface, lol. Enjoy!
 

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good luck with the new pup. when my
pup came he was crated many times
during the day for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.
sometimes one of us would be in the room
with him and sometimes we left the room
and the house. everytime i crated him
i would say "go to your crate". then i would pick
him up and place him in front of the door and
say "go to your crate" as i ushered him in. at some point
later (much later) i said "go to your crate" and he went to it.
once he got it i started telling him to go to your crate from
different parts of the house.

with the car i use sit in the car while it was parked
and play with my puppy in the back. then somtimes
i would turn the car on and not move it. then i
move the car up and down the driveway (my driveway
is short). then we went maybe a 1/4 of a mile, a mile
and so on.
 

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Oh he is just so darn cute! Just a fair warning he maybe sweet now but the land shark is just inches away waiting to surface, lol. Enjoy!
Yes, they go from cute to busy busy busy. Take a lot of naps.
 

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Try to start tying in the WAIT command soon too . Use it when you are letting him out especially when it is daytime . If he makes a move just shut the door straight away . I guarantee you he will get it quick smart . Use it when he eats too . It is a very helpful command because it let's them know that the release IS coming . For eg I have to "kennel up" karma every time I leave the compound without her ( very rare ) and she bounds straight into her large outdoor kennel . I shut the door and give her a clear "wait" and she lies down because she knows I am coming back to open the door . Last night I actually came home and had to kennel her so I could park the truck and I went inside and cracked a beer and forgot about her ! About 30 mins later there was a bit of an indignant squeak . She knows how to wait that's for sure ....
 

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Thanks for the advice. I'll start teaching the wait command. Won't work going out though. Zeppelin will not go out the door unless he follows you and you call him. So he's already waiting. I'll do it with his food. Should I put it down and say wait, and maybe hold him with his leash, and if he tugs pull the food up, then try again?
 

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Try to start tying in the WAIT command soon too . Use it when you are letting him out especially when it is daytime . If he makes a move just shut the door straight away . I guarantee you he will get it quick smart . Use it when he eats too . It is a very helpful command because it let's them know that the release IS coming . For eg I have to "kennel up" karma every time I leave the compound without her ( very rare ) and she bounds straight into her large outdoor kennel . I shut the door and give her a clear "wait" and she lies down because she knows I am coming back to open the door . Last night I actually came home and had to kennel her so I could park the truck and I went inside and cracked a beer and forgot about her ! About 30 mins later there was a bit of an indignant squeak . She knows how to wait that's for sure ....

HAHAHA Minna does the same. She'll be perfectly quiet for a while even if I've forgotten about her. Give it long enough and I'll get a little whimper and go "oh shoot, the puppy".
And yes, definitely teach 'wait' -- i use it for doorways and the crate and food and she learned it no problem before 3 months old which was pretty impressive when her food was sitting in the crate with her and she would look at me before thinking about touching it.
 

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You putting the crate in your bedroom at night? Up on a chair beside your bed?

 

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Tried the crate in the bedroom but he cried so much and my husband needs to wake up and work so I stayed downstairs with him and crate. Might try the crate in the bedroom tonight.
 

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Karma learnt wait with the food just by me taking it away from her . I used wait on EVERYTHING . Doors . Food . Entering and exiting the 4x4 truck when I open the cab door ( at 18 wEeks she can now do it easy ),the front gate etc .
 

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I say wait all the time too- it's so useful. I don't need a sit/stay, just a stand there and give me a minute. The look on that little pup's face is so so cute. Hope tonight is more peaceful
 
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