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Unread 02-03-2013, 12:45 AM   #1
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My GSD mix is 6 weeks and I read online that it shouldn't be sleeping in the crate so we made a mini bed sort of thing for it but it doesn't sleep there and wakes up in middle of the night and wants to come to the bed that we sleep in. It stands on the edge and whines in the night to come and sleep with us in our bed.

And also when can we start taking her for a walk and toilet train her, she's too little to be taken out in public..

we just got her here a day ago, what books/articles would you recommend for a complete newb?


And how often/when do such young puppies feel like taking a dump. I took it for a walk for a good while but she took a dump only in the house later on!

It's adopted by the way..

Here's her diet

8 AM - 6-8 scoops of Royal Canin
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4 PM - 6 Scoops of Royal Canin
8 PM Cerelac - 5 scoops mixed with water!

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Hi, welcome to the forum. I would recommend that you log in to this site (it's free) and download 'After you get your puppy':

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This has lots of excellent information about crate training, toilet training etc.

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Hi, welcome to the forum. I would recommend that you log in to this site (it's free) and download 'After you get your puppy':

Free downloads | Dog Star Daily

This has lots of excellent information about crate training, toilet training etc.
Thanks a lot for the info, man. I'll read the book asa I get home.

Here's a question before reading the book though, she keeps whining all the time to get on bed, she has become used to being on bed in a span of 24hrs. Should I just ignore the whining or let her up on bed?

Also when should I take the dog to pee when i move it to crate!

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At 6 weeks your puppy is very young, and away from Mum and siblings for the first time. Whether or not you let her on the bed depends on where you want her to sleep later. If you never intend to allow her on the bed, I would suggest you don't do so now. If you plan to crate train, put the crate next to your bed so that she has company, you can easily reach down a hand to provide comfort. Puppy will probably need to go out during the night as soon as she wakes. Don't play or interact, just straight out, wait for a wee, then praise and straight back to crate.

You can gradually move the crate out of the bedroom if you want to as pup settles in and grows a little more independent.

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At 6 weeks your puppy is very young, and away from Mum and siblings for the first time. Whether or not you let her on the bed depends on where you want her to sleep later. If you never intend to allow her on the bed, I would suggest you don't do so now. If you plan to crate train, put the crate next to your bed so that she has company, you can easily reach down a hand to provide comfort. Puppy will probably need to go out during the night as soon as she wakes. Don't play or interact, just straight out, wait for a wee, then praise and straight back to crate.

You can gradually move the crate out of the bedroom if you want to as pup settles in and grows a little more independent.
Actually she had been away from her since the day she was born. Just that we got her on her 42nd day. Actually she's a rescued pup and I live in India. Some GSD gave birth and the owners of the mother GSD were just throwing the pups away on the streets here and a couple rescued them and we took one.

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That is very sad, but I hope she was raised with her other siblings....

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Hi Nachoeater and welcome aboard to Df Good on you for rescuing this pup While 6 weeks is a tad early to leave it's mum but things can be turned around It's very sad like Kaos said and people and your local government must make changes to protect these vunerabe pups but I digress sorry you will need to get your pup vaccinated against canine dieseases too and deworm so if you have have a vet please make a appointment A.S.A.P Re potty training pups at this age need regular trips to do this plenty of priase when he/she get's it right and no scolding if the pup makes a mistake just clean it up!

Re bed time this can either be a nice plush bed or crate but to help stop the crying put old 'T' shirt on his/her bed or in the crate but rub your body on the'T' shirt this will help the pup settle and give him/her comfort that you are still there. Also if you have one a ticking clock under neath the bedding will resemble's the mother's heartbeat too And good point by kaos about socialisation with other dogs did your new pup every play his/her littermates?? Extremely important! Good luck and keep us updated please!
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That is very sad, but I hope she was raised with her other siblings....
Not really. The owners of the mother dog just spilled the litter away and hoped they could survive on their own between the strays but the one I got was rescued by a family. They were looking for someone who could adopt it and we did.

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Hi Nachoeater and welcome aboard to Df Good on you for rescuing this pup While 6 weeks is a tad early to leave it's mum but things can be turned around It's very sad like Kaos said and people and your local government must make changes to protect these vunerabe pups but I digress sorry you will need to get your pup vaccinated against canine dieseases too and deworm so if you have have a vet please make a appointment A.S.A.P Re potty training pups at this age need regular trips to do this plenty of priase when he/she get's it right and no scolding if the pup makes a mistake just clean it up!

Re bed time this can either be a nice plush bed or crate but to help stop the crying put old 'T' shirt on his/her bed or in the crate but rub your body on the'T' shirt this will help the pup settle and give him/her comfort that you are still there. Also if you have one a ticking clock under neath the bedding will resemble's the mother's heartbeat too And good point by kaos about socialisation with other dogs did your new pup every play his/her littermates?? Extremely important! Good luck and keep us updated please!
I live in India and it is easily one of the worst countries in the world. The government doesn't treat their own people right and can't care less about their animals. India is full of ferocious wild strays and this little thing could have been easily killed by the alpha of the territory.

I don't have a crate so I'll do just what you said But I have been having problems in communicating with it but I'll learn.

Although it wasn't with it's litter-mates the family who rescued him were animal lovers and have two dogs (one rescued) themselves (both 3 year olds) and the dog was socializing with them. The 2 dogs took care of this one perfectly fine and they couldn't resist and stop howling when this little thing with me now left them. But I'll do what you said, that help sounds legit and I highly appreciate it, man. Thanks again!

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Also should I put my T-Shirt on her or above her or stick it around the bed? Sorry for the noob question.

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nachoeater, welcome to the Forum!! Put your T-shirt in her bed with her. Bless you for taking in this pup and giving it a proper home.
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