New Puppy

Posted: June 29, 2010 in General Life
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I just bought a new puppy this past weekend, and let me just say, life is way more interesting than it used to be.  My schedule is pretty full, already, and I fully expected things to get a more hectic for a while.  I was not expecting this new dog to change everything.

Gabe is a two month old, purebred German Shepherd.  He’s a great dog, and already shows signs of intelligence.  He knows his name, and understands “no” and “come”.  He doesn’t always listen, but he is starting to get it.  Every day he listens a little better than the day before.  He pretty much goes outside to do his business, but he has utilized the carpet a couple of times.  He is very friendly and seems to enjoy people and other dogs.  I do believe he is going to be an amazing dog.  Right now, he’s a puppy…

If you have never owned a puppy, it’s hard to truly describe the mind-numbing amount of attention they need.  If you have, or are planning on getting a puppy, you should invest in a small voice recorder and attach it to the puppy’s collar.  Just say the “no” into the microphone and have it loop continuously whenever he is awake.  If he isn’t chewing on something (walls, floors, chair legs, table legs, people legs, electrical cords… ) he is probably trying to find the perfect spot in the house to defile with some sort of post-digestive material.  My roommate also has a dog; a two and a half year old chocolate lab, named Bella.  Gabe loves to torment that dog, chasing her around, biting and yelping at her.  I guess all of us are having to deal with a new puppy, even the older puppy.

I am crate training Gabe, and I used to keep the crate in my room, next to my bed.  I decided to keep him there for a couple of reasons.  I can keep him close to me, so he gets used to being around me, which helps when there are two other guys living in the house.  I also want to be able to let him out at night so he can learn to go outside to drop a deuce.  The problem with him being in my room is that he does wake up in the middle of the night.  So, he whines, and I wake up to let him out.  Then I stand outside for a couple of minutes with him to make sure he does what he needs to do.  Then it’s back upstairs where I try to go back to sleep, only so he can wake me up again in another hour or two. Obviously, that didn’t work for very long, and he is now in his crate down in the basement.  I found out that keeping him in my room not only kept me from sleeping, but it actually could cause him to start thinking he was the head of the household.  By giving into his every whimper and whine, I was showining him that he was in control.  Not a good idea to let an already dominant dog breed think he runs the house.

Don’t get me wrong.  Gabe is awesome.  I really love having a dog again, and I’m looking forward to him growing up.  I’m just not used to this whole puppy thing yet.  I forgot what it was like to have one running around.  The last time I did, I was 10, and that doesn’t count because my parents did all of the work.  This is going to take way more effort than I thought.


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