8 week chewing out of cage - German Shepherd Dog Forums
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My main concern was if the dimensions that I noted previously would be suitable for a large German Shepherd, even to sleep in at times. But it's certainly not a cage or mash. I wouldn't put any dog in those, unless it was being transported. I like to see him have his freedom and walk/run around, as they usually do.
First get a crate. You can call it a kennel, cage, or carrier, but get one. When used properly, crates are not cruel, and they provide a safe area for your dog. When housebreaking your German shepherd puppy, she should be in the crate anytime she is not supervised by you. She will learn that the crate is a good place if you start feeding her in it. After she begins to associate food with the kennel, only treat her randomly and increase your praise for good behavior. This is refered to as variable reinforcement. This is a general principle that you should apply to other types of training. Start with consistent rewards, and then switch to variable ones.
If your German shepherd has not had any accidents in her designated space for several days or a week, then you can consider increasing her space. Do not entrust her with the whole house at once. Take small steps.
How Do You Crate Train a German Shepherd
All 4 of my dogs from 65-95lbs are in a 48" wire crate in the house
If the dog is kept in a cage all summer, then by autumn the German shepherd has a thick undercoat grows, and it happens that a dog with this undercoat is hiding in the booth when the temperature is below 20 degrees. The German shepherd is a breed that requires constant attention, the contact with the owner and the family dog is as necessary as air, as well as physical activity.I am new here and this is my first post. First, I want to describe my situation. I live in small apartment, I have a lot of experience with German Shepherds, that's from the Army, but I never had GS puppy. I want to buy one, I already know where, and that is not a problem. Training will also be easy for me. The problem is that I never found serious information how long young GS should "live" in a cage. I know that he has to stay inside sometimes when he is young, but I don't know how much time (months) it takes to train and leave a dog free in apartment when I am in the office, for example. So, question is quite simple, how much time it takes until I can through away those ugly cages and leave a dog free in apartment when I am not present there. I absolutely don't want to threat my dog as a prisoner - yes until he becomes ready to stay safe at home but not a second more.