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German Shepherd Puppy What to do while Im at work???

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Initial post: 30 Aug 2013 11:29:15 BDT
Hi there what would anyone suggest to do with my german shepherd puppy while myself and partner are at work. Wud a big crate be best for her to protect her from hurting herslf or eating anything dangerous? I have a lab also but he is 7 and used to being inside so he is fine. Would it be best to keep them separate during the day...let the lab do his own thing and keep the puppy confined until she is trained

Posted on 1 Sep 2013 17:36:52 BDT
scoobydoo says:
put your self in a cage for 8 hours a day and see if you like it

Posted on 1 Sep 2013 17:44:12 BDT
scoobydoo says:
no seriously dogs like to move around a lot and love company so don't seperate them unless your lab is vicious. If you must leave them at home then create a safe room by removing anything dangerous and they should be fine.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2013 11:58:57 BDT
its not a cage! its a crate an it is one of the proper waysto train a dog. i am not being cruel so keep the nasty comments to urself in future if you are not going to help

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2013 16:22:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2013 12:11:45 BDT
Lenny says:
If it was me, I'd probably spend some time on a weekend or when you have a few spare hours and see how your dogs interact with each other when you're not in. Either by leaving a camera recording them, peering through a window without them seeing you, etc. and take it from there.

Personally, when I introduced a new puppy to my other dog, I just left them together straight away. Although I must say that this isn't the recommended method to employ. There's always that chance you could come home to a blood bath!

Ignore scoobydoo, he/she has obviously been misinformed about how and why crates are used. Crate training is a perfectly viable option if introduced and used in the correct way.

Posted on 14 Sep 2013 17:45:14 BDT
joyce becker says:
rear harness for elderly gsd

Posted on 15 Sep 2013 19:49:20 BDT
Julie Artist says:
Leaving any dog in a crate for long periods is not good, crates are fine for short periods of time but are never intended to be used for long periods. Your puppy will need to go out at regular intervals in order to be housetrained. If she cannot go out to toilet she will be forced to mess in her crate and this will be uncomfortable and stressful for her. Also, the lack of mental stimulation in a crate will lead to further problems along the line. If you think of a toddler left all day without anything to do, this is the same. I realise lots of people do this, but it doesn't make it right. GSD 's need lots of socialising, in order to grow in to well adjusted adult dogs and providing a rich quality of life is part of responsible dog ownership. If you have no alternative other than to leave your puppy, I would advise employing a dog walker who will be able to visit at least twice during the day. This will cost, but cheaper than child care and necessary to provide a good quality of life.

Posted on 15 Sep 2013 23:32:40 BDT
heir hunter says:
We will be getting a 3 month old female jack russell, she has only been with her mother,as she is the only pup left after the the rest had been sold on to good homes..
we have seen that the mum and pub are in a pen/crate at times.
w ewill get one but not to keep her in it all the time.

she cant actually go out as yet till the next injection, is it long before she will be allowed out with us? we sadly lost our 15 yr jackie a female last week due to a stroke, so sad to be put to sleep, she was so much a member of our family..

ww do go out to the local shops for food etc.,

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2013 07:01:32 BDT
Julie Artist says:
Your pup will be able to go out in the garden, and you could take her out in the car or even to friends houses as long as she is not put on the ground where an unvaccinated dog has been. She should be fine to go out about a week after her second vacc, but speak to your vet as some vaccs vary. Socialising is just as important as vaccinations. You don't want to end up with a healthy but timid and nervous dog. As said previously, crates do have a place if used properly, however I have seen far too many dogs damaged by over use. They are often used to contain dogs for long periods and this just isn't right. Puppies need lots of interesting life experiences to grow up in to well rounded, happy and contented dogs. Enjoy you new pup, I hope she gives you years of fun as did your previous dog, it is lovely when you say she was a loved part of your family, and I know from this you will be great dog owners.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013 17:58:58 BDT
A large 48" dog crate would be ideal. cover half the floor with bedding and half with newspaper.
But a water bowl that will attach to the inside of the crate so it is off the floor and cannot be tipped over. Buy a Kong Toy Original that you can stuff with NatureDiet food and place that in the cage. Tip = freeze the food and kong together in a plastic bag prior to leaving with the dog. This will take the dog much longer to devour.
It is prudent to acclimatise the dog to the crate first. Leaving the crate door open, start to feed the dog in the crate. When the dog is tired encourage it into the crate to sleep.
Play with the dog and throw a toy into the crate for the dog to enter and fetch.
Start to close the door for longer and longer periods so the dog gets used to being in there.
Leave non destructive toys inside.

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Posted on 4 Oct 2013 19:34:48 BDT
Julie Artist says:
All very well and good, but the bottom line is dogs are social creatures and need company. However you dress it up and acclimatise a dog to accept being in a crate it is no substitute for giving a dog time and allowing it to have a good quality of life. If you cannot give a dog what it needs and deserves, then you need to question if you should really have a dog. Behaviour problems are only ever caused by a dog' s needs not being properly met, ie: no outlet for natural behaviour. Intelligent creatures need more stimulation than a crate with a few toys for hours on end

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2013 12:22:27 BDT
I am a dog trainer, and sorry but if you feel the need to crate your puppy and isolate it due to work commitments, maybe a puppy is not for you.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Oct 2013 11:40:32 BDT
I would suggest you leave your Lab and GSD alone for an hour or two together - say at the weekend when you aren't working to test the situation. Shepherds do not like being crated as they are guard dogs (even when they are puppies) and like a free rein in the house. I have had two GSDs and neither of them chewed or destroyed anything in the house because I allowed them access to all rooms. My first Shepherd bitch was 7 weeks old when I got her and as my Mother was hospitalised I had to leave the puppy alone due to hospital visiting. She behaved impeccably and as I left newspapers on the floor just in case she needed to 'go' - she used them.

Posted on 23 Oct 2013 13:42:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Oct 2013 13:43:34 BDT
janine says:
Have a gsd 5 month old pup and two other dogs I work from home but when I do go out and at bed time all dogs are left together not had a problem yet. Hard I know but working all day may not be the best for a gsd could one of you take it with you to work? Ideal then for socialization.
If not try to get a friend or family to come in and let dog out or go for walk

Posted on 12 Nov 2013 11:49:07 GMT
Charles777 says:
Get a professional dog walker to take him for two long walks a day, you will find he will sleep after each walk, I have a min. Schnauzer you can leave him in the best lounge when you go out but after he has his two long walks he always has a good sleep until the next walk is due

Posted on 4 Dec 2013 04:29:01 GMT
Slow Reader says:
Personally I feel that people should not have big dogs if they don't have space to roam free during the day. Even if they are free inside the house for long periods, they will develop psychological problems. My daughter has a large garden and her GS is still continously "busy" and active. The best answer is Charles777's. GS's are working dogs not lap dogs, and so are Labradors.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 10:50:59 GMT
heir hunter says:
why dont you get a dog walker., someone would be delighted to walk your pet and they would benefit from the exercise and your pet would be happier too x

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 10:55:13 GMT
heir hunter says:
karina, we do ahve a 6 months old jack russell bitch, when we went o see her to give her a home, the owners had her and her mum in a crate they are large . and you can get all sizes, we bought ours from amazon. but molly our pup loves to go in it when she feels the need to go to bed. so it is a place of peace for her. we put her in it when we hoover, she hates the noise and the actual hoover. so she ferels less stressed. and we then know where she is . and safe. good luck xx

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 11:05:22 GMT
heir hunter says:
Hi Julie, i read your comments, and moilly ahs had all her injections now. and absolutely loves her walks. she also loves her crate for bedtimes only she often goes in it herself when she feels the need to sleep, so it is a happy warm quiet place for molly, she is so loved and as a spirited puppy we love that. she sppn got used to going out in our garden to do her pee pees and poo pooh's lol she is house trained now , she sort of whimpers to go out in the garden. which is lovely. we reward her with a little treat afterwards. she was confused in her new surroundings as to our home.she went in to the bedroom and made her mark by doing her business . but we didnt scold her too much.however she was fine afterwards. it takes a lot of patience but well worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2013 17:28:15 GMT
newfinch says:
Large and giant breed puppies should never go for long walks as you do not want to build their muscles up too much while they are still growing as this can cause problems. A good guide is a minute for every week of its life up to 6 months then slowly increase the walks

Posted on 14 Dec 2013 09:33:26 GMT
g Clout says:
putting any dog in a cage for long periods is cruel and will lead to joint problems in later life. how would u like to be caged for a long time. either use a dog gate in the kitchen after ensuring your dog has been excercised, put toys and water down, kongs etc. try and let them be together when toilet trained. or get a dog walker in mid way to give the pup a short run. if u cage the puppy you are asking for problem behaviour and if this is your idea of caring for a puppy you really shouldn't have got one.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013 09:42:33 GMT
g Clout says:
a crate/cage is the same thing, the dog cannot get out. used for short periods they are fine, all day use is not short. you asked for opinions here so read thru them and draw conclusions. nobody is being nasty from what I can see but perhaps do not have the same view as you.i have worked and had dogs for 35 years, they were excercised before and after my shifts. I left them in my large kitchen with dog gate on and toys and bed and water.crates were not invented then and I am glad because people are not using them for the right purpose

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2013 21:57:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Dec 2013 22:02:07 GMT
S W. says:
If you are at work you should not have got a puppy and a big breed as well. It is not an ornament to be looked at now again, how selfish. What life is it for any dog to just look at four walls all day, stuck in a crate for heavens sake. It is not a budgerigar. It will be bored stiff and miserable, it should be out on walks or in the garden. It cannot read a book or watch TV. Your other dog may be ok but I expect he has no choice and is resigned to his fate. If your new puppy does rip the place up through boredom , it is because he should be out on walks at least twice a day, not stuck in a crate indoors. You say,Keep in a crate until your puppy is trained, trained to do what, stare at the wall, the poor thing, picked out of a litter for this kind of life.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2013 21:59:13 GMT
S W. says:
I fully agree with you

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2013 22:20:34 GMT
S W. says:
Selfish and cruel. A dog is not an ornament to put looked at now and again. You have no idea how a dog suffers. You need help if you cannot see it. Bored, bored, bored, mentally and physically stuck in a cage when it should be out walking and having a life. You try sitting and staring at a wall, all day, all week, why should a dog be able to endure it.
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