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Old 05-22-2007, 03:22 AM   #1
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Hi, new member here, I got a new puppy about a week ago. Shes rottweiler and was 8 weeks when we got her. Unfortunately for her everyone in the house works during the day and she is left alone for sometimes 10 hours at a stretch almost every day. Whenever we get home to greet her, she tends to go crazy and very quickly starts nipping at our ankles and trying to chew our hands. She also always trys to jump up, I think to be hugged. Although after a little while of holding her or playing with her she calms down and mellows out alot.

I don't want a dangerous or disobedient dog and I'm just wondering if leaving her alone for such long periods of time is going to turn her into that?? Theres nothing we can really do about the work situation and since shes only 9 weeks old and hasn't had her 2nd vaccination yet, I'm reluctant to take her outside the backyard for walks and so forth.

Also, does anyone from the Campbelltown area in Sydney, Australia know of any good dog training places/businesses?? A friend of ours told us about the police dog training where they take her away for 2 weeks for basic obedience training, but I'm reluctant to have her leave for so long. As you can guess I am a first time dog owner so I'm almost completely in the dark with regards to personally training her. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

Edit: Another question i forgot to ask is, Does anyone know of any really good pet supply shops around this area, the local supermarkets carry a pretty abysmal range of everything.

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Old 05-22-2007, 03:40 AM   #2
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First off WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!!

now...if your dog/puppy is going to be left alone that long it can cause serious behavioral problems down the road such as destructiveness from lack of socialization and attention, and also from separation anxiety, and the biting/nipping is more than likely due to lack of excersize and attention, if you must leave your dog alone for that period of time i would highly suggest hiring a dogsitter or take her to a doggy daycare where she will get plenty of social interaction with people and other dogs and she will get excersize on a routine basis which she NEEDS, and deserves, where have you been keeping her while you are at work? if its in a kennel or a confined room she may have dificult problems getting housebroken as well as you are not there long enough to give her the trainng she needs to become housebroken, her accidents may be small now, but when she gets bigger and you realize she isnt housebroken it may get frustrating to come home from a long days work onl to find BIG accidents and a destroyed house because she has been bored all day. i highly recommend you take her to puppy classes and find a dog sitter so that you dont end up a year from now realizing she has alot of problems and not wanting to keep her, dogs are a life long commitment, once you get one you have to assume the responsibility of caring for that dog for the rest of its life, and making sure it is happy healthy and well trained. hope all goes well for you and your pup thats all the advice i can give.
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:55 AM   #3
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Hi, thanx sable

yeah, I realise it's a long term committment, one of the reasons we got her is because I'm leaving for the air force soon and my mum will be home alone, she works all the time since she owns her own business. I will look at finding a possible place for her to be when we're not at home.

I've been keeping her out the back, our laundry room is separate from the house and we have back patio and sun room that opens up to the rest of the backyard. Her kennel is inside the laundry room, we leave the door open during the day and she basically gets the run of the backyard. My mum spends more time with her but that is still only before and after work.

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Hi and welcome!

You've already been given some excellent advice. Here is a link that you might also find helpful with a few of those new puppy questions.


http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=6857
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Hi patter and

Leaving a young puppy alone for that long really is not good. For one thing she is a babe and will be lonely. For another, this is the time when she needs to be closely supervised so that she learns what is and what is not proper behavior. Left on their own, puppies usually come up with things to occupy their minds and their teeth that are not in the owner's best interest. There must be someone you know who could at least come in at lunchtime and give her some attention and walk her. Believe me, there are potential problems down the road if she is not trained now while she is easily trainable and small.

Good luck and please keep up posted.
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. I'd love to see pics of your pup! We do love pics around here.

You've already been given some good advice; however, I would like to just back up the info you received & say I think it is very important that you look into to some alternate ideas for socializing & training your pup. When your pup is 70-100 pounds will be a bad time to learn the drawbacks of a pup left to its own devices for such extended period.

Please consider: doggy day care, dog walker, college student looking for some extra income by puppysitting, a member of your local dog club, etc. In addition to that, I think you'll need to have a lot of focus on your pup's training & socialization on your off hours. I'd sign up for a puppy obedience class as soon as possible too. An out of control large dog will provide little in the way of guarding function if not properly socialized and trained.

I'd look for a local dog club & try to meet some of the members. They undoubtedly have members in situations similar to yours and are likely to have some good suggestions for you.

Good luck! I do hope there are some members here who are from your area with good ideas for puppy shopping spots.
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Well done for seeking advice. I totally agree that leaving such a young pup alone for this period of time will damage the pups development, bonding, training, socialisation etc. so now is a good time to find an alternative arrangement. Doggy daycare being offered by kennels is becoming increasingly common to accommodate working owners so it would be well worth checking out your local yellow pages.

I am in NZ and here the local councils have contact details for dog training clubs, as do the kennel club on their website so it might be worth checking these sources for info. I don't think sending your pup away for two weeks training is a very good idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, training a dog is an ongoing commitment which takes far far longer than two weeks. Secondly, taking a dog to classes is primarily about teaching the handler how to train their own dog and without this knowledge even a previously well trained dog will develop some bad habbits. It is also vital to socialise your pup with and around other dogs and people as much as possible in the early stages. Without this all important exposure to strange people, dogs, places, sights, smells etc a dog will quickly become fearful as an adult and fearful dogs are very high risk of becoming dangerous.

Bottom line is raising a pup is a huge, expensive, time-consuming responsibility. It can be done successfully if you work but you need to get creative in finding a solution to getting your pup some company right now. Please don't wait until this dog is a very large problem teenager before you seek help with training or surrender him to a rescue. Alternatively, if you dont feel that your household are able to make sensible arrangements for care, training and exercise of this large breed dog then NOW is the time to re-home so he can be raised well by new owners, not when he is nine months old.

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Thanx alot everyone for all the comments and help. As soon as she gets her second vaccination I'm going to start obedience classes for her, and I'm going to try and get someone to come and spend some time with her during the day at least for an hour or so.

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what an adorable pup!!!! that face is just too cute!! i love rottie pups!! im glad you are going to take some steps in the right direction for you new furry family member she is going to be worth it and it will make things better in the long run! even an hour a day will help as she is going to need to get some social skills and attention so she does not get bored!! it might even be best to choose someone that has a dog already to come spend time with her that way she also gets dog socialization too, a dog that is not socialized with other dogs tends to grow up to be dog agressive. (not all but in most cases)
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