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Old 08-12-2004, 03:12 PM
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Default Adoptd 6yr GermanShep barks when alone and pees and poops Help!

I need some advice. I adopted a 6yr old German Shepherd. He is from Germany so many of the commands he knows are in German. Besides that hes grown extremly attched in 1 weeks time. I was told that he has never needed to be crated. but he peed in the house and pooped twice. Also he won't let me know when he has to go. I'm a stay at home mom with 3 kids under 5 so I realize this is going to be some work. Another thing when we goes out he doesn't always pee. He is too busy looking for other dogs pee pee. He barks so incredibly loud when I leave the house. I want to crate him when I leave home. how can I get him not have accidents inside the crate when I do buy it. My carpet in bedroom is wrecked! His pee stained my carpet nothing gets it out. (ideas please) Hes fully trained but when I'm not here I want to be able to trust him. How long can I leave him alone before I can excpect a mess? Please help. I'm so glad I found this community!

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Old 08-13-2004, 09:20 AM
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First, I wouldn't start trying to make a 6 year old dog get used to a crate. Remember, he was undoubtedly packed up in a crate for his trip, which couldn't have been a good experience.

German Shepherds bond incredibly closely to their people, and although he is already bonding to you, he still won't have completely gotten over losing his former home and masters. He's going to need a lot of understanding and work in the next few weeks. And you've got a language barrier to overcome, too, if his former owners spoke German.

It would be a good idea to keep him confined to an area that's not carpeted when you aren't with him.

Remember, he's not just eliminating in the house, he's marking his new territory, and he's probably somewhat insecure right now, so reinforcing good behaviour is going to be much more effective than scolding bad behaviour. Sure, tell him "No, not in the house," if you catch him in the act and take him outside, but then praise him when he finishes outside. It will also help with the territory concept if you will walk him around the perimeter of his yard several times. Then he'll naturally want to do his marking around the edges of the yard.

Typically, a dog will need to eliminate 15 to 30 minutes after eating, especially if he's been active or playing afterward, and he'll likely need to go out after a long nap, first thing in the morning, etc. Try to get a schedule started. No food after a certain time in the evening and limited water at night, just like you would with a child learning to use the toilet. And you're going to have to teach him the language just like you would a child. Tap the object and say the name; he'll learn quickly. When you take him for a walk, for example, tell him "go for a walk." That kind of attention will help him learn quickly.

He's a beautiful creature. That face is so typically thoughtful and dignified. Personally, I can't imagine not having a German Shepherd in my life.

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Old 08-13-2004, 10:56 AM
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Renee's advise is always GREAT. I must a lover of german shepards..he is a real beauty!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck with him. If he has bonded with you at this will have a wonderful companion forever.
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Old 08-14-2004, 09:31 PM
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Hi MitzYurysMum,

That is a wonderful dog. He will get better with Renee's advice and a little time

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Old 08-15-2004, 07:56 AM
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This may be just a silly thought.........but could you find out his German command words and learn them?
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Old 08-15-2004, 01:03 PM
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Debi, I was thinking the same thing! Wondering if German was being used with the English commands.
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