she will be left alone during the day and I feel terrible. The second week myself and the kids will be home during the day all week since school is out. Any suggestions on making her first week better? She will be in the kitchen (where she can do less damage). Thanks for any info.
How exciting! What kind of puppy? Will you have a crate? There is a toy that has a waterbottle in it, you fill it with hot water and it has a heart beat sound. You could put that in with the puppy while you are gone and at night too if the puppy isn't sleeping with you. I would also put a Kong in with teats inside to keep him/her busy. Are you getting the puppy on a day that you will have off like a Friday so you can have the whole weekend if you dont' work weekends? The quiet might be good for the puppy too so it doesn't feel stressed and overwhelmed.
Any good breeder would certainly hold the puppy, and would probably insist on it. I kept one of my Maltese that I gave to a friend for a month after she was ready to go, because my friend was having a lot of construction going on in her house.
She is a Rottweiler (and will be 8 weeks old when we pick her up) and is the cutest thing. We can't wait a week to pick her up because they won't be home the following weekend so we have to pick her up that weekend (we already asked about them keeping her an extra week). We are getting her early saturday morning so we'll have the entire weekend with her. She isn't going to be crate trained and will be sleeping with my husband and I at night. We have an 18 ft baby gate that will keep her in the kitchen during the day so she'll have lots of room. Do those heartbeat things work well? Thanks for the tips everyone.
not crate training her is a mistake. unless of course you dont mind if she chews your kitchen cabinets or rips up your flooring. puppies have s trong desire to chew and do not know what is and is not acceptable to chew on. as much as you think your house or kitchen is puppy proof you would be amazed at what a puupy can find to chew on, swallow, or choke on. crating is as much for the puppies safety as it is for anything else.
rottweilers are a very dominant breed and require an owner who is just as dominant. when pups are allowed to sleep in your bed with you you are letting them know that they are your equal. at some point in time your dog is going to challenge you for higher rank. it is best you dont allow your puppy to sleep on your bed, or on your furniture until it has learned and mastered the rules in the house and accepts you as the pack leader. do what you want but if the day comes when you tell your 90 pound rottie to get off the bed or couch and he growls and tries to bite you, you better be prepared to not back down from him/her. if you do, then he/she has won. then you may be in for whole world of other behavioral problems.
Please crate your rottie. I have one, someone abandoned her at my clinic with a broken leg at three months. My vet is also a rottie breeder and participates in Schutzhund with them.
PLEASE PLEASE crate this breed. Their destructive capabilities are amazing, tehy can and will eat anything. They are a major chewing/eating breed. They regulalry eat tables and chairs as a matter of course.
Not that I don't think they are great dogs, but my vet walked in today tickled off. In the ten minutes from her house to the clinic, her 13 year old had eaten about 3 feet of leather training harness.
They require a lot of dicipline and order, they are quite dominent and will walk all over an owner. We had a very sweet rottie girl in today that wiggled and gave kisses and when they DR went to look at her teeth grabbed her arm and growled.
That is not acceptable, and shes not a nasty dog, but her owners do not have firm enough control of her and that got quite the lecture over it.
Anyway, I'm not saying they are bad, but they are NOT labs.
I completely completely agree. Crate train your dog. We used to have a rottweiler (died of old age about a year ago) and she was crate trained. Did wonders for her. I know some people who have two. They didn't crate train them and they don't keep them in a crate when they are not home. If they are trained, they can be kept unsupervised. Anyhow, they chewed the whole house up. They chewed doorjams, antique tables, etc. The people tried to sell the house and it would cost them close to $50,000 to fix it up because of the dogs damage. Those dogs are lucky the family loves them.
We are not crate training her because we do not have room for a crate (our house is small). Not only that, but I am strongly against leaving a dog in a crate all day from 7am until we get home at 5pm. I've never crate trained any of my animals and don't plan on starting now. She will be blocked in the living room during meals as my husband does not like dogs in the dining room during dinner. I'm not too worried about her chewing anything in the kitchen during the day (there isn't that much there). She will not be sleeping with us in bed at night. She will be sleeping in the bedroom on her own bed.
I am used to dominant breeds as I have had a Rottie before and had a Dalmation for 13 years who was very stubborn and very dominant. My FIL is also a dog trainer for the police so I'm not too worried about training. Both my husband and I are very capable. I had my dalmation on hand signals along with verbal commands.
IcyHound, I know a Lab that is nasty as can be and can not be trusted with anyone, even his owners. I strongly believe that it is all in the way they are raised and trained.
Thanks for all the advice. I do appreciate the input.
I'm just a little confused here. You posted in your first message that you are looking for suggestions on help with the arrival of your new puppy. Then when people offer their suggestions, you seem to take the offense.
If you didn't really want advice, why ask for it in the first place?
Rotts can be very destructive, especially when teething, and that would be in their puppy years. My friends Rott, who was allowed free roam of their bedroom at night, decided that the wooden bed frame was a perfect chewing toy. He also chewed furniture when left unsupervised. They ended up crating him, which is not in-humane, it is actually the sane way to train the dog.
Remember that crate training is not a form of punishment.
Is there someone in the family that could come home to let him out for potty breaks and exercise, say on their lunch hour from work, or in-between classes?
If your apartment is really as small as you say, that it is not even big enough for a dog crate, perhaps you haven't thought through the purchase of this dog. It sounds that you may be getting too much dog, for too little space. It really isn't fair to the dog to live in cramped quarters too small to even hold a dog crate.
I agree that all dogs have the potential to be destructive, but Rotts do have a tendancy to teeth on larger items, since they are a larger breed of dog.
Good luck, whatever you decide and since you asked for input on your potential new puppy, sit back and listen, instead of criticizing those who are attempting to help.
I lost my 11 1/2 year old rotty last June. He was truly the most wonderful dog I have ever had. The most loyal, well behaved, peaceful, cuddly, and beautiful dog ever. I don't have one now because there is a rule in the ccr's that states no BIG dogs allowed. When other people ask what kind of dog to get I always say a rottie. Have you ever listened to the radio show of Warren Eckstein? He is an animal trainer or something of that sort and gives on air advice to animal owners. He is always asked about the crate issue and he always says, "my dogs have never killed anybody and I will not incarcerate them". He also said that Rottweilers specifically should NEVER be kept in a crate because it is their natural instinct to investigate and protect. To crate one would go against everything that dog stands for.
i have never heard of warren eckstein and after reading what he has to say i am glad i havent. crate training a puppy is not the same as incarceration. and no one here is talking about keeping a dog in a crate 24/7 for the rest of its life. it is an extremely useful and proven tool for housebreaking and keeping the puppy safe when you are not around to supervise. i cannot believe with all we know now that people still believe crate training is cruel or is a punishment. that is just absurd to be thinking that way. people put their toddlers in playpens when they can't watch them every second. how is that different from crating a puppy when you cant watch its every move ? especially when you are leaving it alone for 8 hours a day ? i have yet to meet a puppy who at 8 weeks of age is not going to find something that is inappropriate for it to be chewing on. i dont care what breed of puppy it is.
Yeah, people who use crates often get offended or argue with him about that, but that's his personal opinion. He's entitled. In spite of the crate thing that some disagree with, he has done a lot for the wellfare of animals. Look at www.warreneckstein.com and read about him. He's kind of neat.
***Edited By: MOLLYSMOM on 2/1/2005 1:15:02 PM*** Reason: added
My son has a Rottweiler. He had an emergency one night and had to leave her alone in his apartment. In about six hours she ate his living room. Then he brought her over to my house for a couple of weeks. The first day she proceded to do the same thing to my patio. The second day I sent him to get a crate. She is a sweetie, but very destructive.
Yes, he does. I contacted him on his website about the problem I'm having with my dogs and was sent back an email asking me to call him Saturday morning on his radio show so he can talk about it thoroughly. The crate issue is just one small thing. I'd say that is his most controversial opinion. Other than that, he is a really nice man and cares a lot about people and their pets.
I'm just stating that I don't believe in crate training. I live in a house that is plenty big for a dog with a huge fenced in back year BUT when you add a husband, two kids, two cats, two cockatiels and everything else there isn't room for a crate. If I put it in the kitchen it WILL BE my entire kitchen. I will hear a puppy chewing on anything during the night so I'm not worried about that. I am an incredibly light sleeper. As I stated before, I've had both a Rottie and a Dalmation in that house before with no problem and neither were crate trained. My worse chewer happend to be a german shephard/collie mix. He chewed molding off and every leg on my bar stools. I now how destructive dogs can be. That is why I baby gate them into my kitchen during the day.
There is no one that can come let her out during the day. Both my husband and I work 45 minutes away. We may see if my neighbor can come and look in on her during the day.
The one time I heard him on the radio I posted a thread about it on here, but I scrolled back and couldn't find it. Someone had called in and said that their dog had started peeing on their bed when they would leave the house. He said it was instinctual and the dog was marking the den so they could find their way home. The dog thinks the owners are lost. He said to get 5 treats everyday. Put one on each corner of the bed and one in the middle. He said the dog will eventually associate the bed with his place of eating and stop peeing on it. One of the DJ's said what about just shutting the door and keeping the dog out of the bedroom? He said that is Avoidance Training. It was pretty bizarre.