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Introducing a New German Shepherd Dog
While many dogs can learn to accept and grow to love the company of their canine housemates, it’s natural for a dog to become aggressive or jealous when a new dog enters his territory. Dogs are pack animals and their genetic pack instinct is often triggered when an unfamiliar dog enters their home – causing them to initiate rank drive. Many owners are often shocked and confused when they see their naturally lovable dog enter an unusual level of aggression. To prevent fights and incompatibility problems between the resident dog and the new dog, there are several things you can do.
Our German Shepherds have excellent temperament and will behave properly and follow your cue. We have placed hundreds of German Shepherds with a variety of other dogs and cats with no problems whatsoever. Please, let us know what your situation is to properly advise you.
Most of this reading is pertinent to a young adult or adult German Shepherd dogs and any dogs you currently have living with you; when it comes to a German Shepherd puppy , it will be much easier.
Consider Sex and Age of Each Dog
In general, a dog will get along better with a dog of the opposite sex. Females German Shepherds will usually do better in general. If you plan to introduce your resident dog to a new dog of the same sex, it’s best to get the resident dog spayed or neutered prior to introduction. Spaying and neutering typically only works to reduce dominant behavior if performed before a certain age – usually 6 to 8 months of age. Adult dogs will usually tolerate a puppy over another adult dog because puppies do not typically challenge the authority of an adult dog.
Set Up an Initial Meeting in Neutral Territory
Dogs are less likely to initiate aggressive or dominate behavior if introduced in a neutral territory. It may be ideal to have both dogs meet at a local dog part or at a friend’s house in a fenced-in yard. Each dog should be leashed and allowed to observe one another. Leave a decent amount of space between the dogs so that they do not feel overcrowded and can relax. Once the dogs seem comfortable with one another, allow them to interact without the leashes and always praise them for good behavior.
Keep a Positive and Non-Emotional Attitude
When a new dog is introduced to a resident dog, it’s important to maintain a non-emotional attitude. Dogs can pick up on fear and will know if you are feeling concerned and may associate the change of emotions on the new dog. As the two dogs are interacting, speak in a calm, friendly manner to positively reinforce their positive interaction. The goal is to make both dogs feel good when they are in each other’s presence. Never leave the dogs alone during a first introduction to avoid dog fighting.
Reinforce the Established Pack Order
When introducing two dogs, it’s best to allow them to establish their own pack order. While the older dog commonly takes the place as the most dominate, this is not always the case and a younger dog may become more dominate. Reinforce the established pack order as much as possible. The dog that is higher in the pack should be fed meals and given treats before the second dog. It’s never a good idea to adopt a sympathetic attitude towards the lower-ranked dog, especially towards the beginning of the relationship, as this can destroy the unity and could lead to a dog fight or aggressive behavior.
Introducing a new dog to a household with a resident dog can cause some initial friction. There will be a period of adjustment for both the animals and their owners, but with patience and a sense of control over both dogs, the introduction could be the start of a wonderful new relationship.
Bringing Home Your New German Shepherd Puppy
Start out with the right attitude. The first few weeks of your new German Shepherd puppy's life with you will be very busy and demanding. There may be times when you wonder if getting a new puppy was such a good idea. Things will go better if you have patience and keep your sense of humor. Remember that puppy hood only happens once. The extra effort you put into it now will pay off in the future.
Supplies for your German Shepherd puppy that you will need:
ID Tag with your phone number to wear on the collar.
Slick wire brush..Furminator brush after 8 months old.
ORIJEN Large breed puppy food
"Bitter Apple", a safe spray-on product to discourage chewing .
A wire, wooden or plastic baby gate for blocking doorways.
Books on puppy care & training. Read through them before bringing your puppy home. Check out several of them for free from library.
Puppy Proof Your Home
Raising a German Shepherd puppy is a lot like raising a small child. They get into everything and anything you can't think of! Some of what they get into can be hazardous to their health,like electrical cords, or damaging to your possessions,like shoes and clothes. You can make life safer for your German Shepherd puppy by getting rid of hazards and temptations ahead of time. To a puppy, the world is brand new and fascinating! He's seeing it all for the very first time and absolutely everything must be thoroughly investigated. Puppies do most of their investigating with their mouths -- "Look at this! What is it? Is it something to eat? Is it something to play with?" Murphy's Law says that a puppy will be most attracted to the things he should least have -- electrical cords, the fringe on your expensive oriental rug, your brand new running shoes, etc. Preventing destructive and dangerous chewing is easier than trying to correct the puppy every second.
Look around your home. What objects could be put up out of the way of a curious puppy? Bitter Apple spray can be applied to furniture legs, woodwork and other immovable items. Are there rooms your puppy should be restricted from entering until he's better trained and more reliable? Install a baby gate or keep the doors to those rooms closed. Take a walk around your yard looking for potential hazards. If your yard is fenced, check the boundaries and gates for openings that could be potential escape routes. German Shepherd Puppies can get through smaller places than an adult dog. If your yard's not fenced, make a resolution right now that your puppy will never be allowed to run off lead without close supervision. He won't ever know enough to look both ways before crossing the street to chase a squirrel. Keep him safe by keeping him on leash!
Keep Your puppy On A Schedule
Work out a schedule for you and for your puppy. Housetraining a German Shepherd puppy is much easier when the puppy's meals, exercise and playtimes are on a regular schedule throughout the day. .
German Shepherd puppies Own Place
Decide where to put the dog crate, and have it set up and ready for his arrival. Where to keep the crate will depend on what's most convenient for you as well as the puppy's response. Many German Shepherd puppies don't like to be isolated in one part of the house while their family is in another but some puppies won't settled down in their crates if there's too much activity going on around them. You might have to experiment with different locations until you learn what works best for both you and the puppy.
Housetraining New German Shepherd Puppies
Baby puppies, under three months of age, have limited bladder control and reflexes. They usually don't know they're going to go until the moment they do! It's not realistic to expect them to tell you ahead of time. If you're observant, you'll see that a puppy who's looking for a place to go potty will suddenly circle about while sniffing the floor. The sniffing is instinct he's looking for a place that's already been used. If he can't find one, he'll start one! By preventing accidents in the house, you'll teach him that the only appropriate bathroom is the one outside!
Ideally, you're reading this before you've brought your new puppy home. If you already have your puppy, just pick up the schedule at an appropriate place.
Set up a dog crate or small, confined area (the smaller the better.) Using a dog crate will be more effective. The size of the crate is importantbecause if it's too large, the puppy will have room to use one end as a bathroom. If you've bought a crate for him to grow into, you can also get dividers to reduce the inner space while he's small. If he must be left alone while you're at work, then a larger crate is okay. Put a stack of newspapers at one end for him to use when you can't be home to let him out.
Also in the crate should be a water dish (you can get one that attaches to the side of the crate and is harder to spill), sleeping pad and a bone or chewing toy. Put the crate where he isn't far away from the family. If you're using a confined area instead, a baby gate across the doorway is preferable to closing the door and isolating your puppy.
Your puppy might not like the crate at first. Don't give in to his complaining or tantrums! If you're sure he isn't hungry or has to go potty, ignore his yowling. Eventually he'll settle down and sleep which is what crates are for! If you give a tempting treat every time you put the dog in his crate, he'll soon look forward to going in.
The crate is intended to be his sleeping and feeding place and is where he should be when you can't keep a close eye on him. If you give him the run of the house at this age, you can expect accidents! Dogs instinctively keep their sleeping areas clean. If you've allowed him to go potty when he needs to, he won't dirty his crate if he can help it. Once he's developed better control, he won't need the newspapers unless you're going to be gone all day. Change the papers several times a day if they've been soiled.
Your Puppy's First Night Home
Get off on the right foot at the beginning! Carry the puppy from your car to the yard. Set him on the grass and let him stay there until he potties. When he does, tell him how wonderful he is! After bringing the pup inside, you can play with him for an hour. Plan on taking the puppy outside every two hours (at least) while he's awake. Don't wait for him to tell you that he has to go!
Feed your German Shepherd puppy in his crate. Don't let him out for half an hour and when you do, carry him outside to potty before you do anything else. Wait for him to have a bowel movement before bringing him back in. Some pups get their jobs done quickly; others may take half an hour.
If he's being slow, walk around the yard encouraging him to follow you. Walking tends to get things moving, so to speak!
Always take your German Shepherd puppy outside first thing when you let him out of the crate and always CARRY the puppy to the door!! This is important. Puppies seem to have a reflex peeing action that takes affect the moment they step out of the crate onto your carpeting. If you let him walk to the door, he'll probably have an accident before he gets there. Part of this training method is psychological you want the puppy to feel grass under his feet when he goes to the bathroom, not your carpeting!
After another short play period, take the pup outside before bedtime, and then tuck him into his crate for the night. If he cries during the night, he probably has to go out. Carry him outside to potty, and then put him back in the crate with a minimum of cuddling. If you play with him, he might decide he doesn't want to go back to sleep! Puppies usually sleep through the night within a few days.
Establish a regular schedule of potty trips and feedings for your German Shepherd puppy. This helps you to control the times he has to go out and prevent accidents in the house. First thing in the morning before you have your coffee carry the puppy outside. He can then come in and play for an hour. Feed breakfast in the crate and don't let him out again for a half hour. Then carry him back outside for potty. Puppies usually have a bowel movement after each meal so give him time to accomplish it.
Now he can have another inside playtime for an hour or so. Don't give him free run of the house, use baby gates or close doors to keep him out of rooms he shouldn't go in. (Puppies are notorious for finding out of the way corners to have accidents in keep him in an area where you can watch him). If you give him too much freedom too soon, he'll probably make a mistake. After playtime, take him outside again then tuck him into his crate for a nap.
For the first few months , you'll be feeding your German Shepherd puppy 2 meals per day. Repeat the same procedure throughout the day: potty outside first thing in the morning, one hour playtime, potty, meal in crate, potty, playtime,then second meal,potty, etc.
The playtimes for your German Shepherd puppy can be lengthened as the puppy gets older and is more reliable. Eventually the puppy will be letting you know when he needs to go out but remember if you ignore his request or don't move quickly he'll have an accident!
I know this sounds like a lot of work and it is! The results of all this running' in and out will pay off in a well-housebroken puppy and clean floors.
A word about paper-training: It seems harmless to leave papers about just in case and for us who work all day, it's a necessity. However, paper-training your pup will make the overall job of housetraining that much harder and take longer. By only allowing the pup to relieve itself outside, you're teaching it that it's not acceptable to use the house. Using newspapers will override this training. Also, be aware that many puppies get the notion that going potty NEAR the papers is as good as going ON them! If you must use newspapers when you're gone, keep to the regular housetraining schedule when you're at home. Get the puppy outside often enough and don't leave papers out just in case.
Keep your dog's yard picked up and free of old stools. Many dogs choose an area to use as a bathroom. If left to become filthy, they'll refuse to use it and do their business in the house instead! If your dog has to be tied up when he's outside, keeping the area clean is even more critical. If you could only move about in a small area, you wouldn't want to lie next to the toilet, would you? Picking up stools helps you keep tabs on your dog's health as well. Your German Shepherd puppy stool should be firm and fairly dry. Loose, sloppy stools can be an indication of Overfeeding , worms, health problems, stress or digestive upset after chewing something.
If your German Shepherd Puppy Has an Accident
Remember, this method of housetraining is based on PREVENTING accidents. By faithfully taking the dog out often enough, you'll get faster results than if you discipline the puppy after the accident has already happened. If you puppy makes a mistake because you didn't get him out when you should have it's not his fault!
If you catch the pup in the act, stay calm. Holler NO while you scoop the puppy up immediately - don't wait for him to stop piddling - and carry him outside to an area he's used before. As you set him on the ground, tell him THIS IS WHERE YOU GO POTTY! and praise him as he finishes the job. Leave him out a few more minutes to make sure he's done before bringing him back in.
ANY other corrections such as rubbing his nose in it, smacking with newspapers, yelling, beating or slapping only confuse and scare the dog. If you come across an old accident, it really doesn't pay to get too excited about it. Dogs corrections have to come within a second,otherwise he won't understand what you're so mad about. Your German Shepherd puppy will act guilty , because he knows you're mad at him. He has no real idea why. Point the spot out to him and say WHAT IS THIS? But that should be limit of your correction.
Dogs don't need much variety in their diets so you're not harming yours by staying to one brand of dog food for your German Shepherd puppy. The BEST brand right now of dog food for your German Shepherd puppy and dog is ORIJEN. If you make a change of type of dog food, do it gradually by mixing a little of the new food with the old, gradually increasing the amount of new food every day. A sudden change of water can cause digestive upset, too, especially if you have WELL WATER. If you're moving or traveling, take along a couple gallons of home water to mix with the new. Distilled water from the grocery store can also be used.
If you've worked hard with this training method, there won't be many accidents! But, if there is one, Put your German Shepherd puppy away ,out of sight while you clean up a puddle. Dog mothers clean up after their babies but you don't want your puppy to think that YOU do, too! .
There are several home-made and commercially available odor killers that are helpful. In a pinch, plain white vinegar will work to help neutralize the odor and the ammonia in the urine. (Don't use a cleaner with ammonia - it'll make it worse!) Sprinkle baking soda on the spot to soak up moisture and to help neutralize odor, vacuum when dry. At the pet store, you can find a good selection of products that may be more effective. A diarrhea stain on carpeting or upholstery can be lifted with a gentle solution of lukewarm water, dishwashing soap and white vinegar.
Puppies are attracted to urine odors and their noses are much better than ours! Even when using a commercial odor killer, a teeny residue will be left behind that our dogs can smell. Keep an eye on that spot in the future! This remarkable scenting ability does have an advantage if you must paper-train your dog and he doesn't know what newspapers are for yet, house-breaking pads are available at your pet store. They are treated with a mild attractive odor (too weak for us to smell), so your puppy will gladly use them!
Ready to be Pack Leader?
If have decided to bring home a new German Shepherd puppy, you have to be the pack leader,if your puppy is going to develop into a well-mannered new addition to your family, instead of a burden. Dominance, and German Shepherd puppy pack leadership are important concepts that every puppy owner has to comprehend in order for you to be a successful owner. Puppies are animals, not human beings. They are pack animals by nature. Every pack has a leader, known as the alpha, who dominates and leads the other members of the pack. The German Shepherd pack leader is the boss who makes all the decisions for the entire pack. Usually the pack will have an alpha male and an alpha female. All the other members of the pack form a hierarchy of dominance and submission where everyone has a place.
In your home, you and your family become your puppies pack, as do any other dogs you may have. It is your responsibility to establish yourself in the alpha position. If you fail to do this, your German Shepherd puppy or dog will do it as a natural behavior. Many people assume that they are automatically in charge just because humans are superior to animals. But are you really the pack leader? Does your dog know it?
Being the pack leader does not mean you have to be big and aggressive, Nor does it mean that there has to be a battle of wills after which you are the victor. Anyone can be the pack leader. It is an attitude an air of authority. It is the basis for mutual respect, and provides the building blocks of communication between your German Shepherd dog or puppy and you.
A pack animal becomes a full fledged member of the group by a process called subordination. With dogs, subordination begins shortly after the third week of life and continues throughout early development. Most normal, healthy puppies are basically pushy animals, and will try to advance as far as possible within the social order of the pack. The key to successfully rearing a puppy is to establish yourself as the pack leader and then maintain that position for the life of your dog.
So how do you become the pack leader? In the wild, the adults of the pack begin early to teach the cubs the rules. The adults grab pups around the head or neck and gently, but firmly, pin them to the ground. The cubs learn to greet the adults with respect by approaching them using a slightly crouching posture, with ears back, tail down and wagging, and they lick the adults' muzzles. The cubs do this as a sign of respect and affection, not out of fear. It is called the submissive display, and its function is to keep peace and harmony within the pack.
Leadership exercises can confirm humans as the pack leader of the family pack. Once you establish this relationship, your puppy will seek you out. He will want to be with you and will treat you with respect and affection and will obey you. After he learns to submit to handling, all other tasks such as grooming, nail clipping, cleaning ears, and medicating will be easier to accomplish. But first he must learn that you have the power to handle him, and that handling will not lead to any harm. He must come to trust you entirely. These exercises will help establish leadership but should not be used with an older dog who has learned to use his teeth to get his way. Exercises one and two are recommended only for small puppies up to three months of age. Exercises three and four are suitable for pups up to six months of age as long as there's no problem with aggression. Be gentle but firm with all exercises, as you would with a baby human.
Sit on the floor, then pick your pup up off the floor with both hands supporting him just behind his front legs, facing you. Hold him away from you at arms length. Look directly into his eyes. Growl at him if he struggles, using a low guttural sound. Hold him till he relaxes.
Vary the time you hold him in this position from 15 to 45 seconds. Vary the location. Sit on the floor and cradle your pup, placing one hand under his head and the other supporting his back so that he is upside down on his back, and up in the air. Hold a larger puppy across your lap. Hold the pup for 15 to 45 seconds, using the same growl as in exercise 1 if he struggles. Hold him until he relaxes. If your puppy is large, substitute this exercise for the first two. Straddle your pup, with one of your legs on each side of him. You should be facing the same direction as your dog. Lock your fingers together under his chest, just behind the front legs. Lift his front legs off the ground for 15 to 45 seconds. If he struggles, growl at him till he is quiet. Place your dog on the floor with all four legs pointing away from you. Hold him firmly by the neck with one hand, and press down on his midsection with the other hand. Talk to him softly after he is quiet. It might take two or three minutes to get him to relax. If he exposes his belly to be rubbed, you are on the right track. Do not allow him to struggle, get up, or nip. Always praise him lavishly in a quiet tone when he relaxes. Now is also a good time to handle all four paws and look briefly into his mouth so he can get used to tolerating your handling him gently. Be sure to do this exercise four or five times a day at first. Taper off as the pup gets more used to you and accepts your leadership.
Eye Contact with your German Shepherd
Eye contact is also one of the ways order is kept in a pack. Only a pack leader may use eye contact to remind everyone who is in charge. When you initiate eye contact, you express your dominant position. Encourage your puppy to maintain eye contact for several seconds, making it a pleasant experience. Do not force him to do so. Use the term "watch me" and always praise him the instant you have eye contact. However, you do not want to try to do this with a dog who thinks he is already in charge of things. The dog must know you are the leader first. Otherwise you will begin a stare-down contest. An alpha dog will not be willing to be first to avert his eyes. If you are the first to avert or even blink your eyes, it will help confirm the dog's alpha status.
There are many German Shepherd puppy pack leader activities you can use as part of a daily training routine. Probably the single most important command your dog can learn is "sit." You can incorporate "sit" into everyday situations as a reminder that you are in charge of things. Tell your German Shepherd puppy or dog to "sit" before you feed him, play,or he goes out the door. This shows the dog that he must respond to you before indulging in his own pleasures. If he is obedience trained, put him in a down-stay while you prepare his dinner. Your dog will accept you as pack leader as long as you are consistent and fair in your demands.
If he does, a scruff shake is necessary, followed by no attention from you for 10 to 15 minutes. The scruff is the loose skin around the dog's neck. If your pet growls or snaps and you are not afraid to handle him, grab him firmly by the scruff with both hands, stare him in the eyes, and shake him. Then put him in his crate for 15- 20 minutes and ignore him. When the issue is settled immediately, it usually ends the matter.
TIPS TO HANDLE SEPARATION ANXIETY
For many dogs, even the slightest change in daily routines can be upsetting. In response, your German Shepherd dog may start acting disruptive or destructive, especially when left home alone. He may resort to urinating and defecating indoors, howling, chewing, pacing or trying to escape from the house or yard. When these issues are accompanied by signs of panic, distress or depression, they may indicate your German Shepherd puppy suffers from separation anxiety.
When treating a dog with separation anxiety, the goal is to resolve the underlying issue by teaching him to enjoy—or at least tolerate—being left alone.
If your German Shepherd dog suffers mild separation anxiety, counter conditioned it—or help your dog associate being alone with something good, like a tasty treat—might reduce or resolve the problem. To develop this kind of association, offer your German Shepherd dog a Food dispensing toy every time you leave the house.
Providing lots of physical and mental stimulation to your especial German Shepherd is a vital part of treating many behavior problems, especially those involving anxiety. Exercise can enrich your dog’s life, decrease stress and provide appropriate outlets for normal behavior. Plus, a tired dog doesn’t have much excess energy to burn when he’s left alone!
Prepare your Imported German Shepherd for your departure: Many dogs know when you’re about to leave the house and will get anxious or prevent your departure altogether. One way to tackle “predeparture anxiety” is to teach your dog that when you pick up your keys or put on your coat, it doesn’t always mean you’re leaving. For example, put on your boots and coat, and then just sit down and watch TV instead of leaving.
If your German Shepherd anxiety falls more on the severe side of things, start slow, try getting your high quality German Shepherd Puppy used to being alone by starting small or “desensitizing” him to the cause of his fear. Begin by introducing several short periods of separation that don’t produce anxiety, and then gradually increase time spent apart over the course of a few weeks. Just like what you would do with the crate training.
Best thing for separation anxiety is in fact, that your German Shepherd puppy never experiences the full-blown version of whatever provokes his anxiety or fear. Avoid leaving your dog alone except during desensitization sessions. If possible, take your dog to work or arrange for a family member or dog sitter to come to your home during the day.
All greetings to your Best German Shepherd, hellos and goodbyes, should be conducted in a very calm manner. When saying goodbye, just give your Elite German Shepherd a pat on the head, say goodbye and leave. Similarly, when arriving home, say hello to your unique German Shepherd and then don’t pay any more attention to him until he’s calm and relaxed.
Anxious behaviors are not the result of disobedience or spite, so please don’t scold or punish your bad behaving German Shepherd if he doesn’t overcome his fear quickly. If you punish him, he may become even more upset and the problem could get worse. Be patient, and work with your pet until he feels comfortable and enjoys spending time alone; He is like a kid, and slowly ,but surely , he will become The Best behaving German Shepherd you'll ever have.
KEEPING YOUR DOG COOL DURING SUMMER
During the hot summer months, it is very important to keep your German Shepherd dog cool. Dogs can overheat very quickly; it can take only a couple of minutes for a dog to overheat. Your dog's normal body temperature ranges between 100 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit and when his/her body temperature elevates above 106 F, his/her normal cooling mechanisms become overwhelmed, which can result in a serious condition which may require medical attention. High temperatures can lead to dehydration and blood thickening which puts extreme strain on the heart and results in blood clotting and subsequent death of the tissue.
Symptoms of a heat stroke:
Bright red tongue
Rapid and frantic panting
Staggering, moving erratically
To prevent your German Shepherd dog from getting a heat stroke, here are some things you can do:
Keep the dog in a shaded, cool, and well-ventilated area during the hot hours of the day.
Limit the amount of exercise; exercise your German Shepherd dog early in the morning while it is still not too hot; hot pavement and concrete can burn the pads on your German Shepherd feet,so always inspect them upon returning.
If your German Shepherd puppies is always outside, have a tree planted/grown over his kennel.
Do not leave your dog in a parked car unattended even if it is for only a few minutes! The temperature inside the car can rise very quickly . NEVER LEAVE HIM IN THE CAR ALONE.
Have water available at all times, even big dishes so your trained German Shepherds can wet their paws, refresh and cool down.
If you are going for a walk with your German Shepherd dog for sale or to the park, bring a bottle of cold water with you. If you are at the beach, make sure you let your German shepherd pups go for a swim every hour or so which will keep him/her cool.
Most important for your dog to be well behaved,is to get him to exercise everyday; tossing his favorite chew toy for a few minutes will burn some energy and make him a happier dog.
Crate training can be a great solution for puppies and dogs that have not become housetrained, suffer separation anxiety, misbehave when they are left alone or just need a safe, secure environment that they can go to when they need to seek comfort.
When a dog becomes used to their crate, they will go there to "escape" from activities in the house.
Dogs are den animals by nature, and it is important that they are not bothered when they are in their crate. Training should be done in a series of small steps:
FIRST: Introduce your dog to the crate in an area of the house where the family spends most of their time. Make the crate comfortable and inviting with comfortable crate pads and toys. Encourage your dog to enter the crate, by tossing in small treats until the dog finally enters in on his own, and then praise him in a very happy tone of voice.
Next, feed your dog regular meals in the crate, to associate comfort with being inside the crate. Once your dog is eating his meals fully in the crate, close the door while he is eating and then open it when he is finished. After he gets used to eating with the crate door shut, you can extend the time the door is closed up to ten minutes after he is done eating. It is important to remember that if he whines or cries to be let out that you do not let him out until he stops, if you let him out he will learn that if he cries or whines you will let him out of the crate.
THEN: After your dog is used to eating his meals in the crate you should confine him in there for short periods of time while you are at home. Encourage him to go in his crate with a treat and the command - bed, house, kennel, etc- and give him the treat after he goes in and close the door. After about ten minutes of your dog being quiet in the crate you should let him out and praise him. Each time you do this increase the length of time, after your dog is comfortable in his crate for thirty minutes you may then begin to leave him in the crate for short periods of time while you are gone.
REMEMBER: When crating your dog when you leave your house, start leaving him in small amounts of time and gradually increase it and do not make your departures emotional or prolonged and when you arrive home do not praise him for excited behavior. If you do not make a big deal about the crate, your dog will not associate the crate with being left alone. Place the crate near you so that you can hear your dog when he whines to be let outside in the middle of the night.
When selecting your dog's crate, it is important to choose one that is large enough for your dog to stand up in and turn around.
Most important for your dog to be well behaved,is to get him to exercise everyday; tossing his favorite chew toy for a few minutes will burn some energy and make him a happier dog
Puppies chew on whatever they can get their mouths on. They do this because dogs learn through their mouths and a puppy is just starting to discover his world and because of teething.
Puppies chew for different reasons: for entertainment, to burn off energy, to appease curiosity or simply ease their teething. As puppies grow older, they generally grow out of it. However, during the time that the chewing is excessive, there are things you can do to limit damage:
Supervision: Like caring for a child, know where your pup is and what he's up to.
Confinement: Limit you puppy to a safe and secure place, away from undesired items he may chew on, including electrical cords. You might want to consider crate training your pup ( see above ).
Incentive: Give him access to appropriate chew toys, if your pup then chews on the toys, praise him. Cheering you puppy's actions will strengthen the desired behavior.
Deterrent: If possible, treat inappropriate objects with a product designed to discourage chewing. Products like Grannick's Bitter Apple(R) and Fooey(R) will give any object an awful taste.
Keep in mind that if the chew toy becomes torn ,it's time to replace the toy; We suggest NYLABONE® hard bone, and nylon ropes where the threads will floss and clean teeth in addition to ease the teething pain. You may also use Anbesol®,what it is used for babies to ease the pain.