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nikinik
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


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Definitely kennel train; dogs love their kennel because it is their den--the place they can go and feel safe and relax. It is in no way boring or punishment unless you use it incorrectly.


This. It blows my mind the number of people who own dogs that don't know this. My dog loves his kennel. He's a 3 year old puggle with a ton of engery and loves to run around, but as soon as he sees me in the bathroom getting ready and then coming down the stairs and grabbing my keys, he gets in his kennel. I also find him sleeping in there on his own even when I'm at home. Hardly the behavior of an animal that hates "having a gate in his face."






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baytiger
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


go to the pound and rescue a puppy. I have no regrets with our beagle.





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6nmylifetime
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Did you have him from when he was a puppy?


In regards to our Ridgeback yes. we got him when he was 10 weeks old. I was the last person to pay my deposit on him from the breeder so I got the last male pup. I guess we either got lucky and got a great dog or maybe I just would have been content regardless. I saw you asked about books just after my first post. Once again I recommend "Be The Pack Leader" by Ceasar Milan.






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LouisianaLady
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I never put my dog in a kennel a day in her life, and she sleeps on a doggie pillow on the floor without moving every night





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GynoSandberg
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I was giving some serious thought to getting a WGS not too long ago but I live in Nola in 1/2 of a shotgun style house (about 850 Sq Feet) and I really worried about my place being enough space for a German Shepherd. I'm active and exercise a lot and would also utilize doggy day care but I still worry. Are any of y'all GS owners in a similar living situation? I'm now leaning towards getting a lab but for sure waiting until after Mardi Gras. I don't think its a good idea to get a new pup if you are planning on being out a lot and/or letting people stay at your place.



You're the type of person you who shouldn't get a dog. 850 sq ft for a lab or GS? They will be miserable. Get a little small dog or wait until you have a bigger place






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LouisianaLady
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This. It blows my mind the number of people who own dogs that don't know this. My dog loves his kennel. He's a 3 year old puggle with a ton of engery and loves to run around, but as soon as he sees me in the bathroom getting ready and then coming down the stairs and grabbing my keys, he gets in his kennel. I also find him sleeping in there on his own even when I'm at home. Hardly the behavior of an animal that hates "having a gate in his face."



That's because you informed yourself and did it right

Lots of people use kennels to punish their dog. If the dog is being bad, they send them to the kennel. This will make a dog HATE it. It's supposed to be a place of comfort.

Also, lots of people kennel their dog and sleep until 1pm. Or kennel their dog, go to work all day, let them out, put them back in kennel by 7-8pm.






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makinskrilla
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Just don't feed your guppy to your puppy.





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rpg225
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


get the dog-kennel train-wait on having kids-





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if you can kennel train a dog, you can train him not to be destructive when you are not home. And just let him roam around freely.

8 hours in a kennel is inhumane






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Slagathor
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I never put my dog in a kennel a day in her life, and she sleeps on a doggie pillow on the floor without moving every night


my little man (pomeranian) will sleep in his little bed too, but once we trained him to go to his crate and use that as his safe place/man cave, he is a much better dog. and that's improvement from a really good dog. they thrive on routine, etc.






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GEAUX H TOWN
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Posted on 1/22/13 at 10:57 a.m. to Drew Orleans) I have a 2 yr old GSD (black and tan) who was a rescue pup. I'll offer advice for you. First, don't believe most of what you have read in the posts above me. Lots of it is just plain wrong. Second, go to germansheperds.com and research and read extensively on raising these dogs. They have their own personality traits that are not found in other dogs, especially when it comes to strangers. They are wonderful dogs but they REQUIRE a lot of daily time and attention during the first year and half to raise properly. If you do that, you will have the best dog there is, hands-down. I encourage you to become a (free) member of that site and discuss your questions there. Everyone there is serious and very helpful about raising GSDs, even though there are spirited discussions and disagreements all the time. You will learn a lot, and you need to do that before getting your dog! My brief suggestions: buy from a knowledgeable breeder, not a back yard breeder. This is the only way to get a dog with a stable temperament, good hips, and the appropriate drive for your family situation. Definitely kennel train; dogs love their kennel because it is their den--the place they can go and feel safe and relax. It is in no way boring or punishment unless you use it incorrectly. Consider feeding raw--it is much healthier and has huge benefits for you and the dog. Make sure you plan on letting the dog inside with you and the wife daily--they are not happy unless they are with their people. These dogs shed A LOT--be sure the wife understands that there will be always be dog hair and daily vacuuming will be required. These dogs form an incredibly close bond with usually only one human--you or your wife. It will love you both, but it will pick who it bonds with. As a pup, they are called landsharks. They mouth and gnaw constantly for about 9 months. This takes a lot of patience to work through. I hope you enjoy--these are the best dogs in the world! "It's just the hat I wear; nothing mad underneath it."


You could end up posting this






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LouisianaLady
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Agree with LE.

I used to keep my dog in the master bathroom when I wasn't home. Did that for a year and a half or so. Randomly let her roam free when I moved in with my girl friend who owns my dog's mother.. so they roamed the house together when I wasn't home. Nothing ever happened because she had been taught not to destroy stuff. Now, a year and a half later, she stays out when I'm not home and it's never an issue. She does it at both my house and Jones' house.

I have no doubt my dog would love her kennel and go in it on her own if she had one.. but I also know 100% she wouldn't want to be in there 8-10 hours while I'm at work.

I'm down with a crate for sleeping.. not so much for the entire day.



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Slagathor
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but I also know 100% she wouldn't want to be in there 8-10 hours while I'm at work.


some dogs have separation anxiety and will act out if you leave them ANYWHERE for 8-10 hours alone. be it a small space or a whole house.






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Absolutely

My dog just lounges on the couch staring out the window all day waiting for me to get back. Wouldn't crate him unless I had to






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purpleleaf
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Get it Dogs are awesome!





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Bestbank Tiger
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Get a rescue.





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LouisianaLady
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Well yeah, but I don't know that I'd base my crate decision for a new puppy based on some dogs' separation anxiety

Crating has it's pros and cons.. it's been discussed on here before. Personally, not for me. But everyone has their own way of being a dog owner

Some people would think I'm insane because of the way I treat my dog. But I have her for that reason. I WANT her around me all the time, sleeping on me, etc.






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I crated my beagles during the day when they were puppies. The funniest thing was the way they walked over to the crates in the morning. Step....step....step....step....like they didn't want to do it.

After a little while I just left them in my room and they kept each other entertained.






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DadFanAlum
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


Drew, I looked at the books but seriously never felt I needed to buy one because that website has all the info you need on GSDs.

Keeping him inside is the best, although they love to go play if you have a big enough back yard, and especially if you have squirrels.

Enjoy that puppy stage--it is over so quickly!






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nikinik
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re: Thoughts on getting a puppy (Updaqte page 5)


A lot of people definitely abuse it. My dog sleeps in my bed at night (or in my roommate's bed). His kennel is just a place where he stays when no one is home or when he feels like just going in there and taking a nap.

And Slagathor, you're so right about them loving routine. I think my dog actually feels proud that when he sees me getting ready, he knows that he goes in his kennel. I don't even need to tell him to go there. He just does. Then I tell him what a good dog he is and all the world is right for him.

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some dogs have separation anxiety and will act out if you leave them ANYWHERE for 8-10 hours alone.


I had a rescue GS that had seperation anxiety and that poor dog tore up everything if left alone. No amount of training could get him past her issues. She apparently had been abused. One time when I was vacuuming, I put him in my son's room for about 15 minutes. Carpet destroyed.



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