german shepherd puppy need help pls !!!

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  1. ccrzy

    ccrzy New Member

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    hi there all :
    iwill tell you the story with my dog . im living in AN apartment it has 2 bed rooms an 2 baths and kitchen with a living room ikeep my dog in one bath room with his house hes been doing hi thing inside the bath room but when ilet hem out to play with me in the living room he also do his thing and he bites alot ihad him now for 2 days and inamed him casey ireally dont know what to do its the 1st time that i have adog so pls help me a.s.a.p
     
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    Hi!! How often do you take your puppy out? He's going to have alot of energy, so you'll need to exercise him often. To house train my pups, I took them out every 2/3 hours.......around the clock. After just a few days I could see a pattern that it was a must about 1/2 hour after eating, after rough play, or after a nap. After 2 weeks I was still taking them out at least every 3 hours, but the night time outings had been decreased to twice. Seems a bit of overkill........but I never had accidents and after the 2 weeks it seemed so easy....the whole process was pretty set in their mind, you just have to do it frequently cause they don't have good bladder control until they are a few months old. That was just my system, I'm sure other folks can help more. I just hope you have a place you can take your pup to really run and play. German shepards are rather active. I'd love to see your puppy!!!

    (as the pup gets older, you can extend the time between outings. I did it gradually. after just a couple weeks of the constant routine...they began to let me know when they had to go out. And the night time outings ended when they were about 5 months old)
     
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    Great advice, Debi!

    I'm going to add that I hope you are letting your puppy stay loose in the apartment with you when you are home. German Shepherds are a breed that needs close interaction with their people from the start in order to grow up to be happy and well adjusted. Just make sure you have things that a puppy will find enticing out of his reach and watch him around electric cords. Some pups pay no attention to them at all; they seem to be able to sense the current, but others find them irresistable and will try to chew them - with tragic results. You can coat them with bitter apple to make them undesirable.

    All dogs, but German Shepherds in particular also need socialization with other people and dogs from an early age, so I hope you're getting a chance to take him out on long walks where he meets other people and dogs. Lack of socialization can cause serious problems later on. The long walks will also take care of some of the physical and mental energy and you'll be able to spend some time relaxing with him.

    I will warn you, male German Shepherd pups go through a stage at about the time puberty hits when you may think you've got the dumbest dog that ever lived. Their brains fall out and they act like they have no common sense at all. It passes, and they turn into intelligent, loyal, loving and wise companions.
     
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    hi
    thanx renee & debi for the advise i forget to mention one thing he is 8 weeks old and kinda shy when ilet hem out with me out doors he always back or afraid from the route im taking and would you pls tell me how to train him in the leash he always walkbehind me or under my feet and im afraid that ill step on him accedently
     
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    Get a halter for him. Not one that goes around his mouth like a muzzle; just a regular halter that fastens around his neck and chest. You'll be amazed at the difference, not only in the control you have, but in his confidence and feelings of being safe.

    Encourage him when you're walking him and stop frequently to let him sniff all the new things and play. If you're confident and upbeat, he'll take his cues from you.

    As soon as he's had all his booster shots, take him with you to the pet supply store, let him find a toy and pick out a treat. Get him used to going places with you, but - and I can't stress this enough - right now while he's a puppy, do not leave him alone in the car. Ever.

    He's not too young to start training; just short sessions with sit and lay down, lots of praise and some treats. Right now is the time to build the basis of his self-confidence for later stability and temperament. Also, the more he's with you, the greater his confidence will be.

    You might want to seriously consider getting a set of training videos or books by the Monks of New Skete. They've got a website, so you can read about them and their work with German Shepherds.
     
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    thanx renee for all the help you have been giving me
    but can you tell me address of the web site
     
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