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Please help! So frustrated.

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Hello all,

Wondering if you can help me please??.... I have a 13 week old German Shepherd male puppy named Bowser. He's a great dog, full of beans and never gets tired. I keep him out during the day (leaving the utility door open so he can go in and out whenever he wants to rest, but only the utility).

At night I try to bring him into the living room with us to relax with my me and my 2 housemates. My housemate has bought a toy terrier puppy too (complete house dog) and he is the same age as my GShepherd and we bought them at the same time, but all they seem to do is want to bite each other, and I can't seem to settle my German Shepherd down at all. :cry:He keeps jumping all over the place and people, and he is way too powerful for the toy puppy so they have to be seperated. I have had to put him back out to the utility most nights because he is incontrollable, which I hate doing because he is on his own all night then. When everyone has and the toy pup has left the room I can bring him in then and let him explore and he eventually settles into his bed, but he's not really learning anything this way.

I really don't want to have to leave him out all night as well as all day, so of anyone has any points please share them, as I'm very annoyed about the problem. It has got to the stage now where I get angry with him and shout at him (which is not helping him learn) but he just won't listen. I can only describe him as hyperactive haha!

Please help as I want him to be part of our household and be around people?? :help:

Thanks a lot.
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I don't know you or your situation, so please correct me if I'm wrong, but what I gather from your posts sounds like your roommate's dog is in the house and with you and them all of the time, while your dog is stuck outside? And it sounds like the only reason your dog *is* outside is because of the other puppy. That just isn't fair.

This situation sounds sooo familiar to's my story, learn from it.

When I was about 6, my parents got a real nice shepherd from their friend who was a breeder. Gorgeous dog, great lines, parents both had awesome temperaments. Princess, as we called her, was 8 weeks when we got her. Fast forward two or so months, my parents were in a car crash and both had to have back surgery. Well, they realized they were more or less going to be crippled for awhile and me, being 6, wasn't going to be able to work with the dog, so we gave her to my grandmother. We planned on taking her back when they recovered and were able to properly care for her. Unfortunately, my grandparents know absolutely NOTHING about raising dogs, and when they couldn't housebreak her, stop her from chewing things up, etc., she became a mainly outside dog with access to their closed in porch. Of course having no training, very little socialization, limited exercise, and not a great amount of frustration, our cute little 15 lbs. puppy turned into a 80lbs. uncontrollable beast. She became fearful, aggressive, and extremely protective of the yard. It was to the point where we couldn't even interact with her because she would lunge at us (not exactly aggressively towards us, she was just too big to control and was never taught jumping up on people was bad). Eventually the mailman was actually too afraid of her to even deliver our mail, so then she was put on a chain. One day a family friend came over with our son, and she somehow got off the chain and attacked him. Luckily no legal action was taken and he wasn't really hurt, but that was the end of our dog.

We were looking at putting her down, but we came across a police officer who saw how beautiful she was and how much potential she had. He took her intending on hopefully rehabilitating her as a police K9. First night he had her, she broke out of her cage and attacked him in his own bed in the middle of the night. I believe he actually wound up having to shoot her, I don't know, no one's ever really been clear to me on that since it's a really touchy subject for us all. Either way, that was her last night.

Looking back on it, it haunts all of us so much and we feel so guilty because it was so obvious that she should have been rehomed instantly when it was obvious she couldn't be given everything she needed. My parents had just bonded with her and wanted to keep her by any means necessary, weren't taking the dog's needs into consideration and being selfish.

I'm not saying this is going to be exactly the case with your puppy, but from how it sounds I wouldn't be surprised if something similar happened. Again, I don't know you, nor the full situation, but just think long and hard if you're giving your puppy everything it needs. If you don't think you are, and you're not willing to, find someone who can. Sorry if I sound harsh, but I'd hate to see what happened to our dog happen to yours. And again, sorry if the situation is a lot different from the way I'm perceiving it.
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