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Elyse last won the day on June 20 2020

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  1. Update: Draco is now 6 months old. He is amazing dog. Excellent work ethic: he is always ready to go & is so smart. I love working with him. I think this is the calm before the storm, though, because I noticed his testicles are starting to drop...and with that comes the teenage months & all sorts of problems!
  2. Draco is 17 weeks old today and he wondering why he can't fit 2 tennis balls in his mouth at the same time. One day... Everything is going good. He went in the vet to get his 2nd set and 3rd set of shots, no issues. He is going in for his rabies shot next week. The good: - He is still adorable. - He doesn't cry in his crate anymore and has been sleeping through the night for WEEKS. Huzzah! - Socialization is going really good. He has met like 150 people, but only like 5 other dogs. I don't know many people whose dogs I would trust around a puppy, and he might be too old for
  3. Adding onto Emma's post. I recently went through this with my pup. 8 week olds basically have no control over their bladder so you have to take them out often. Draco had to go within 15 minutes after eating, 5 minutes after drinking, immediately after playing, immediately after waking up, and every 30 minutes or so during the day. Watch for signs he needs to go: sniffing, circling, going to a far corner of the room, staring at you, looking uncomfortable or otherwise looking restless. After he does go outside, give him a treat right away (just his kibble is fine) and praise. Make sure he
  4. Update: Socialization is going really well. He's no longer afraid of cars/traffic, and he's getting much better with car rides. I have been taking him to new places every day, and he's met a lot of people so far. I messed up trying to teach Draco's name. Apparently he thinks his name = sit (and then look at me), so I have been trying to fix that. Its a slow process because Daisy is around all the time & its a big distraction for him, but he's learning well. He doesn't respond 100% of the time yet, but he's getting there. Much better than a couple of days ago when I first noticed
  5. Thanks Nix. Yes, she is a little controlling. But these are GSDs from working lines...his mother and father do protection work (and she trains dogs for the police)...so she has to be strict especially on the owners or the dog can develop behavioural and structural problems. She knows her puppies, after all. I'm trying to do what I think is right too. As long as I make everything a positive experience for him in regards to socialization, and go with my gut, it should be okay. If I sweat it out, he'll stress too and that's not a good thing. I just need to chill....
  6. So two questions: 1. I am planning on taking him to the park today for socialization and so he can explore the world a little (AFAIK there are not a lot of dogs that go there, so there's minimal risk of contracting anything). I have a 30ft leash. Breeder says the exercise limits are 2.5 minutes for every month of age. So Draco can do 5 minutes of walking at a time (and NO stairs or repetitive exercise, like fetch, till he's like 10 months old) before it gets dangerous for his joints. My question is...what about free-running on a long leash? Does the 2.5 minutes/month still apply or w
  7. I did 5 hours last night, and no mess in the crate! I guess I'll be taking cat naps throughout the day for awhile...whenever he sleeps I should sleep.
  8. So Draco was doing so well and he blew it! No accidents in his crate at all until the past 2 nights (both of which was pee). I have been withholding water for 1.5 hours before he is put in his crate for the night, so I don't know if I have to take him out more often...or not. The first week I took him out every 4 hours at night, but it was driving me crazy from sleep deprivation so I increased it up to 6 hours. Too much too soon?
  9. I never bought a husky puppy. I don’t understand why you think I was confused or misled?
  10. Leash and collar training is going well. Nomming on a raw marrowbone. I hope his other ear will stand up - my family won’t leave his ears alone
  11. (I decided to make a megathread, where I only post about him here. He isn’t a husky, after all!) So, we picked up the puppy on the 28th. He yowled in the car (missing his litter mates/pack?). Brought him home, and upon breeder’s advice we have been keeping Daisy and him separated (they can smell each other through the door, but no physical contact. Breeder says any negative encounter with a dog at his age will affect him for life) Daisy has been avoiding him anyways, and she still gets love, attention, walks, etc. That night in his crate, alone (breeder’s/trainer’s ‘orders’) he
  12. My favourite animated 'classic' Disney movie is probably The Lion King. As for a more recent one, definitely Zootopia. It's such a unique world and I hope they explore it more. So much untapped potential there.
  13. Elyse

    Getting a puppy!

    Haha, its okay. We all want the best for the dogs, right? The pup will be ready to come home just before New Year's, around the 28th or the 29th. I'm assuming you own a GSD yourself?
  14. Elyse

    Getting a puppy!

    I understand, thanks for your concern. I will be home 24/7, I am unemployed so there is lots of time for training, exercise, socialization, etc. I don't have any personal experience with the breed, but I know how much work they take, and they need a good handler. That they need a job to do or they will get destructive. I plan to take him bikejoring when he's older. I have owned a husky in the past too, so I know how to deal with any stubborn-ness, the double coat, etc. If I do get a job, my parents are home all the time (with Daisy) and they can take care of him while I am at work.
  15. Hello everyone, Daisy and I have been doing well, she just turned 2 years old a few months ago. She is such a good dog, Labs are awesome breeds. I come bearing good news: I am getting a purebred German Shepherd puppy! Pick-up will be December 28th, so relatively soon. I made sure it is from a reputable breeder, who not only breeds and trains dogs for the police (working lines), but is also trying to correct the breed's sloped back through her breeding program. I would have posted pictures, but technically I don't know exactly which puppy I will be getting from the litter. The breed
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