Kaiser The Shepherd

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you have a baby now!? wow, I've missed a lot haha

Anonymous

We have a baby! :D

is it feasible to raise a GSD puppy on my own? i have a full time job and am in a part time masters program.

Anonymous

The husband and I both had full time jobs when we brought Kaiser home. We brought him home over a long weekend to get him acclimated and start house training, then had my mom come check on him once a day before we got home from work. He wasn’t crated but was confined to a small area, and he used puppy pads until he got big enough to hold it all day. Puppy pads didn’t seem to set back his house training any.

For the first year we spent all of every single weekend socializing him, and I’m not exaggerating. Puppies take a lot of time, and that’s when we had time, so we gave it all to Kaiser. c:

If you work all week and don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to your pup on the weekend, I’d suggest waiting until your schedule opens up a little.

how tall is Kaiser?

Anonymous

He was about 23 inches last time I measured him, I think?

i notice a lot of GSD puppies are darker than they are as adults. Does the dark fur fade or does it just stretch out as they grow (if that makes sense...)

Anonymous

I don’t actually know, haha! I feel like Kaiser’s just stretched out as he grew, but I know a lot of his dark realistically just lightened up. c:

Edit to add: Kaiser also had a bitch stripe from like nine months to a year and a half old. XD
Day 19: Outside

We always bring some of the outside back inside with us. Dirty nose. c:

Day 19: Outside

We always bring some of the outside back inside with us. Dirty nose. c:

"Kaiserrrr…."

"I’m not doing anything….."

"Leave it!"

"But I’m not gonna put it in the swing this time…."

He put it in the swing. c:

"Kaiserrrr…."

"I’m not doing anything….."

"Leave it!"

"But I’m not gonna put it in the swing this time…."

He put it in the swing. c:

Kaiser keeps dumping toys on top of baby girl while she’s asleep in her swing. XD Kaiser no, she cannot throw your football!

Marking inside

sneezasaurus:

So the day has come. Harvey lifted his leg on the chair. Of course he went straight into a time out (I had to chase him down because he runs away from me when he knows he’s in trouble, little brat). But I’m not sure what to do from here. He doesn’t even mark outside!
When I let him out again he went on a short tether. So no more freedom for him for a while. I’m not sure it will be useful to follow him around when he’s loose in the house, but to not keep an eye on him means he could be getting into stuff. Ugh! Intact boys, I don’t have a lot of experience in dealing with this. I don’t want to get him fixed just because he marked once (although now I’m suspicious about when he was hanging out in other parts of the house on his own)

machetecorgez and kaisertheshepherd do you have any suggestions or others from tumblr I can talk to who have intact dogs beyond 6 months?

I might not be much help. :/ We’re a single-dog household, so Kaiser doesn’t really have a reason to mark in the house. Everything already smells like him/belongs to him/there’s nobody to sniff his pee-mail, etc.

That being said, there was one time when he was 9 or 10 months old. He was pestering me for fetch, I told him to wait. I was carrying a towel, he jumped up and jerked it out of my hand, ran down the hallway with it, turned around and dropped it, stared me down and peed on it. Kaiser was the biggest asshole as a teenager. XD

I gave him a verbal correction and put him in time out in his kennel while I cleaned up. He lost pretty much every privilege, we stepped up our training and NILF, I made sure to give him plenty of physical and mental exercise, etc. Just kept him so worn out that when he had downtime, he wanted to sleep instead of getting into trouble. I went back to heavily praising him for going potty outside and I made sure he always got a little treat when he came back in.

I don’t think he’s peed in the house since. He doesn’t even mark in the back yard, unless another dog has marked on the outside of our fence. He gets time to sniff and mark on our walks, so maybe he gets it out of his system that way.

He occasionally marks in Petco. There’s a support pole that every single dog ever has peed on, and people don’t clean up after their dogs when it happens, so I can’t really blame him. We always make sure to give him the command to pee before we go in, so maybe he won’t feel the need to mark. When he chooses to mark there (we avoid that area if we can help it, and I usually rush him past the pole anyway), he gets a verbal correction and we leave the store immediately. Fun time over. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 or pets from people or your complimentary cookie. Sorry puppy. Kaiser catches on pretty quickly that verbal correction + me briskly walking him away = “I should not have done the thing.”

Followers? Anything more helpful? c:

Sleepy doggie donut! c:

Sleepy doggie donut! c:

"Squeaker? I do not have a squeaker! You are mistaken!"

Followed by the saddest “leave it” ever. c: