|Barked: Thu Aug 16, '12 5:13pm PST |
|When Roxy was around 3 or 4 months I put to much trust in her and let her roam around our apartment. That was a big mistake on my part because she began to have accidents again. She is now 7 months old and i still keep her crated. She didn't like it at first. She cried and yelped for weeks. I wouldn't let him stay in the play pen unattended. It is a good thing that you are voicing your concern and looking for advice since he is still so young. Remember to take him out after every nap, about 20 mins after eating, after play time, and make sure to pay attention to him circling and sniffing around something. When you take him outside bring soft puppy treats with you, we used meat from the pet store, we cut it up into little squares. I used "clicker" training with both Roxy and our GSD Warrior and they responded very well to it, if you do it make sure you praise and give him a treat immediately after sounding the clicker.
For chewing/biting. Teething toys. If he is chewing anything other then food or his toys correct him and replace that object with his toy so he knows that is specifically for him. I had rubbery/plastic type of toys Rox would goto town on. When she bit me I would hold her mouth shut and repeat "NO BITING" over & over again until she submits then let go. She doesn't bite anymore.
The crate is his "room". Roxy didn't like it at first, but i started acting really excited and would say "Roxy let's go in your room!!" and just act super excited and she would get hyped up and bolt into her crate. She gets praised and receives a treat everytime(ice cubes =))
A good way to get used to a leash, he's young, so walk around your apt with him on the leash. He will get use to walking with you and on a leash, he won't be able to "escape" you because you have a hold of him which may teach him not to bolt off in the very near future.
Roxy has accidents every now and then, vet claims it is stubborn behavior and will eventually grow out of it( we shall see), but if she goes in the house she knows she did wrong and acts ashamed. Being in an apt i can say has been the most difficult, idk what floor you live on but im on the 3rd so the moment she would have an accident Id have to hurry and take her outside. Anytime he has an accident immediately take him out.
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