|Congrats on your new little girl, can't wait to see pics.
While we were potty training Oliver we went home every 2.5-3 hours to let him out. I realize that not everyone can do this, but it really cut down on the accidents. I think the biggest thing with potty training and with just having a puppy in general is to crate train them. Not only does it safeguard your home, but keeps your little girl safe.
My husband and I both work too (we have to have money to spoil our little guy), so Oliver is home by himself from 9 to 6 M-F. He does just fine without us for that time. He is crazy wild when we get home, craving exercise and attention, but just fine.
Good Luck, and...ahem...can't wait to see pictures!
|Get up a half hour earlier and take her for a walk in the a.m. Better if you could jog and make it a faster workout. A tired dog when you leave will be less likely to destroy the house. Also, it's good for you too.
When you get home, change clothes and take another hike. Also plan for a shorter one before bed. This should be a quiet "last call" walk. The exercise at home is fine, but not enough. Hopefully the retriever part will come thru and you'll have a retriever who runs her little legs off without a great deal of help from you.
Weekends are also time for doggie play........longer walks to the park, etc. In other words, if she is staying alone from 8-5, make sure she gets the exercise as often as possible.
As for the sleeping, is she crate trained? Crates are not punishment, they are her "den." A darkened snuggy spot is deal for a dog who needs time alone. Putting beside your bed is fine. It could be a night table.........
That way the pup is with you and not ON the bed.
Quiet hours with the dog, take time to learn how to brush properly and do so as you watch TV. A soft technique helps bond the dog to you and vice versa........as we all can tell you how closely the sheepdog will bond to you.
Sounds like you have a lovely dog.......an apricot colored sheepdog?? We'd love to see pictures of course.
|Thank you so much for the fast response! You are really helping out my fiance and I since we are new to this and very nervous. We want to be the best we can be for her! She is actually dark brown and white on her chest. When she walks with her head down sniffing the ground she looks 100% like a small bear cub! So cute! So you think the 8-5 by herself is okay? We can get her a crate and I am very very very into exercise- I run about 4-5 miles a day so taking her out on walks/jogs is no problem. Plus we are both very into outdoors so we can take her hiking on weekends and stuff to- we would love that! My only concern is still that 8-5 and getting her crate trained, but it's good to hear other people do it so then I think we can too! Keep the advice coming since we need it! Thanks again and I will post pictures soon|
You should be fine, a sheepie at that age should be able to hold it that long.
|Have you considered a dog walker or doggie day-care once or twice a week? She should be able to hold it, but this will give her some exercise and a chance to socialize, plus it will put your mind at ease while you are at work!|
|We are not patient.....we want PICTURES!! (just kidding, when you have a chance) Sounds like you will be perfect sheepie parents.|
|Both my husband and I work, so Barney is home alone from 8-6 at least during the weekdays. And he's fine. I'm not convinced that he even moves while we're gone|
|I'd be more concerned about the Golden half. They tend to be more hyperactive.|
|Thanks again for all your advice. I can't figure out how to post pictures, but once I do they will be up. I'm going to be coming to this site daily for tips! It's great!! I'm taking her to the vet today to make sure she's a healthy girl and get her all up to date on shots! I really think she has the OES personality because when she jumps on the couch she dive bombs it like a goof ball and does all these rolls! She's such a funny dog!
Also we are getting a crate for her tonight so she can start getting used to it. My only concern is she becomes destructive if left alone, but hopefully we can wear her out enough at before and after and on the weekend!
Thanks again! New favorite site!
|Welcome to the forum! I can't add anything else as everybody said it so well! But here you can read about how to post a picture.
|Welcome to the forum...from St. Louis!!!!! (can't wait for pictures either)....|
|Congratulations on your new pup. We look forward to hearing more about her
Just a few quick things to consider when exercising a large breed dog-
I run about 4-5 miles a day so taking her out on walks/jogs is no problem.
OES and Retrievers are large breeds. Talk it over with your vet before you begin taking her jogging with you. Walks should be fine. At 8 months, your pup is still growing and you don't want to do any damage to joints. I believe this applies to all large breed dogs but I'm no professional.
Goldens and Exercise
Owners need to be careful with puppies under the age of 18 months. Although they need regular exercise, you should not take them jogging, biking, jumping, etc. as you may damage their joints.
If she has a heavy or long coat, you may also need to be watchful for over-heating or heat stroke depending on the time of year and temps.
One last thing... dogs can develop bloat and some breeds are more susceptible. Timing exercise in relationship to feeding AND water intake may be a way to help prevent it. Again, ask your vet for guidance.
My only concern is still that 8-5 and getting her crate trained,It's usually recommended that the collar be removed before a dog is kenneled up to prevent all risk of strangling.
http://www.thepuppynetwork.com/behaviou ... ining.html
Now we want a picture! What's your baby's name?
|our dog einstein is in with me most days but on the odd occation that we are gone long period (this has been up to 12 hours) he just seems to sleep
we have no distruction and he is not crated. he just settles him self on the sofa and lounges all day. he is left loads of water, food and treats but he bearly touches them this is how we know he just lay around doing nothing. he hears the car coming up the drive and is waiting for us at the door when we get in. we know hes not been there all day coz his sleeping spot is still warm!!!!!
maybe we are lucky and he knows that it only every so often that i leave him him that long (many time i take him with me - like if i'm going to see family i just pop him in the car and off we go )
if she is getting loads of exercise then she should be fine, she sounds wonderful and we need lots of pics to ooo and aww over
|welcome to this site and so glad you rescued this loving dog.. would love to see pics!!|
|I hope I did this right....we will see I guess! Remember she is 1/2 Golden Retriever and 1/2 OES. From what I read she looks and acts more OES, but just like a brown one!
|Oh my, she is adorable.
What a cute girl she is, and looks like a lot of fun. The 2nd picture looks like she is smiling for the camera!
|Oh, she's so cute!!|
|She's really cute!!! We also have to leave our boy at home from 6:45 ish in the morning until we are back from teaching that afternoon. He loves to see us when we get home and has done extremely well with being left during the day.
We were encouraged by our breeder not to do much jogging when he was growing quickly as a pup, but to do walks and lots of backyard races. If she is free to play with other dogs or to run after a ball she most likely will also know when to stop, which is more difficult in a jogging type situation. Still - she sounds like she will grow to be your perfect running buddy!
She really is darling - congrats!
She looks familiar... was she ever on Petfinder?
|I don't think she was on petfinder, but maybe? We found her from people who breed OES and have a pet Golden Retriever. They said for years they didn't have a problem with them and then one day the Golden Retriever got pregnant from the male OES. She was totally an accident, but I think that makes her special!
I haven't been running with her yet because I don't think she's ready, but we've done lots of walking and she loves it! So far so good on her crate training too! She hasn't had any accidents and is just really happy to see us. She's the best Does anyone have any advice on OES behavior?
Thanks again and I love this forum! I've added it to my favorites!
|what a sweetie pie!!! nice job on uploading your photos...it took you a lot less time the first go-round than me|
|She is adorable! I love the way she looks!|
|My husband asks -"does she have a tail?". Just curious, as they had both parents.|
|She actually doesn't have a tail. They had hers docked when she was born. I don't know very much about that kind of thing so I don't know why they do it, but I am starting to wonder what it would have looked like if she had one!|
|Welcome from Nova Scotia, Canada. She is BEAUTIFUL..|
If she is free to play with other dogs or to run after a ball she most likely will also know when to stop,
Can I have you dog? I take Bella on two long, 3 mile, walks a day, runher around the back yard and throw balls with her. When I come inside she wants to play fetch in the house and will untill my arm is sore. "Knows when to stop" I don't think so. I think that she'd make the energizer bunny go looking for a re-charge.
|Marley comes home froma five mile run next to the bike and chases poor Morgan around the yard till he collapses - some of them are always on overdrive! She's been like this since day one.|
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