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  1. stevo32

    stevo32 New Member

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    We just bought a bordercollie mixed with germen sheperd today. Very cute dog and first time we've had a pup in 14 years (we just put down our good friend max a month ago)

    No name yet. He is 6 or 8 weeks old I keep for getting.

    His first night away from his family he wakes up and crys then goes to sleep.

    A few questions. When our last dog was a pup I was only 1 or 2 so this is new to me. I've got all summer to train him so this will keep me busy

    * How long will he cry
    * Should I pick him up when he crys?
    * What are the best ways to train him to his bussnies outside
    * Same goes with tricks how do you teach them
    * How much food should he eat a day
    * Is he to young to go for little walks
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    First of all, congrats on the new addition! BC/GSD is going to be one smart, energetic puppy - be prepared for that!

    He will cry until he realizes that he's wasting his time. Seriously. Some puppies never get tired of it. (Mine, for example.) DO NOT pick him up or pay attention to him when he's whining. That will just reinforce the behavior and make him more apt to cry when he wants attention. Instead, pay a ton of attention to him when he's quiet.
    I consider crate training to be one of the most effective ways to housetrain a puppy because it gives the pup very little chance to mess up.
    tricks, and this is jmo, I wouldn't worry about until the pup is older. I'd teach basic obedience stuff before I'd teach tricks. As for the best ways to teach them, puppies tend to be really food/toy motivated - use this to your advantage. I personally like clicker training but some people don't. (If you're interested in it, do a google search for 'clicker training' and you will get a ton of very informative sites.)
    How much food you give him depends on the size of the pup and what kind of food you're feeding him.
    I didn't take my pups for walks outside the yard until they were about 3 months old and had gotten their vaccinations, just as a safety precaution.
     
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    Pics, pics, pics !!! Welcome as well. I like your siggy rips-girl. I made this one. I dont like it...I might see if i can get a pro one made :) (Sorry to change the subject) I have a border collie and i have a german shepherd. lol. And you have a mix with both. Lots of work. But ohh are they GREAT dogs. Dont start trick training untill he/she is older. To teach basic commands just do a google search. everything pops up there. lol. Goodluck
     
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    Yer I Agree Pics Pics Pics Lol!1 Congrats Hunnie!! :d
     
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    Since it's been so long why don't you go the library and check out a couple of books about raising puppies. Then you will also have a reference while you are getting comfortable with your new pup.
     
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    I suggest you check the puppy forum - LOTS of info there.
     
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    Well today he's been playing lots. He's yet to pee or poop in the house because we take him outside as soon as he wakes up so we prase him everytime he goes outside.

    We are trying to keep him awake most of the day so he wont cry all night is this a good thing to do?
     
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    Actually it is best to let sleeping pups sleep for the most part. They are growing while they sleep and will spend anywhere from 14-18 hours sleeping just like a baby would. A bit before bedtime it is Ok to keep him up and play with him so that he gets tuckered out. New pups will cry at first regardless of how much sleep they get anyways. This is all new to them and stressful, they are all alone in the big world now in a new environment, they just need some time to adjust.
     
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    We just got him a kennel he was fast asleep most of the night then cried then sleeped. Now during the day when I try to put him in her crys it was getting annyoing so I thought it would be best to keep him out during the day (He just sits on the floor and sleeps)

    Two quick questions

    1) How long will he cry for aprox

    2) He's got the worst dog breath ever I'm not kidding it smells like poop or something it's horrible breath.
     
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    1) it depends. Usually 2 weeks tops
    2) that's the same with all puppies :D
     
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    Thanks for the help so far everyone it's been great.

    It's been two days since went to the bathroom in the house! This is third day we've had him. I think it's luck more then anything I take him out every 45 minutes or so and everytime after he eats. I pet him and say good boy and give him a treat when he does this.
     
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    try putting him in his crate for short periods of time throughout the day while you are home and walking around. he will cry and scream and want out desperately BUT don't let him out until he calms down. once he calms down let him out. Put something good in the crate for him like some toys or some treats. make going into the crate a positive experience for him. When you let him out of the crate don't make a big fuss. Act like its no big deal he was in the crate and its no big deal that he is out and you are home. most likely he will be happy to see you but wait until he calms down after getting out and then praise him. This will condition him to think that you leaving is not such a horrible thing. After all you will come back to get him :D

    you are doing a great job with the potty training by the sounds of it. keep it up. When he does mess on the floor just take him right outside immediately. make sure to clean it good. I know some others in here have some good recommendations for a good cleanser. I can't remember what it is called lol

    As for keeping him up. during the day let him sleep but when teddy was a puppy and he would start settling down and getting really sleepy at night we would keep him awake. we would pet him and pick him up and try to play with him and he just wanted to sleep so much but this defiantely help him sleep all the way through the night.

    Good luck with your new pup and can't wait to see pictures :D
     
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    Pics comming very soon
     

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