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Hi all, I might be getting a young dog, WGWL just over a year old. Though even if that dog does not work out, I thought I'd ask anyways as it is always good info to have. When I had first brought home my current GSD (she was 3 yrs old) I had not heard about the two week shutdown. But from what I have now learned, it really helps the dog decompress when coming to a new home.

Anyways, how exactly does it work? Is it better the cage used for the new dog be in its own room, out of sight? Should the dog only be out when actively working with it, or is it good to have the dog leashed and beside my while I am at the computer, for example? How many times should the dog be worked with per day, aside from coming out to do its business?

I do not plan to let the dog interact too much with my current dog until we start to create a bond between ourselves first. I also do not plan to start taking the dog out for walks right away, I plan to work on building focus/engagement between us before moving onto any more distracting environments. I don't want to give the dog too many chances to think that I am not the coolest thing out there, lol.

This dog was well started off as far as I can tell by discussing with the owner and is crate trained, lives in the home. I am just worried about managing time in crate vs out. I have never got such a young dog before not have I implemented two week shut down before.

Thanks for any insight! Seems like the more you learn, the more things there are to worry about, lol!
 

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There are different thoughts on kennel placement. A lot of people prefer putting it in a room out of the way. I actually put mine in the middle of the house, so that the new dog is seeing our daily routine and absorbing it all. My dogs know not to mess with the foster dog in the crate, so they'll just ignore it until they've been introduced. If your existing dog is going to mess with the new one in the crate, then I'd put the crate somewhere the where that won't happen.

During this time, I put my dogs in another part of the house when I have the new one out, and the new one stays leashed to me. I'm not "working with" the dog in any formal way during this period. It's just getting to know me. I often take them into the kitchen with me to make dinner, or have them next to me when I'm at the computer. It's "watch me" time. They are never out of the crate and not leashed though -- either DH or I has the leash when the new dog is out, even when it's just hanging out in the house. It makes potty training a breeze, since they can't sneak off to go in a corner. We keep a pouch or pocket full of good treats and randomly drop them too when we're hanging out -- good stuff comes from hanging out next to the human!

Don't stress about it. You can crate-and-rotate with your personal dog for a short time pretty easily, or just keep them in different parts of the house. People often think the shut-down means locking the dog in a crate for two weeks, and that's just a gross misunderstanding -- the dog is out quite regularly, but it's leashed, not interacting with other dogs/kids/visitors etc.
 

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