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White Swiss Shepherd Puppy

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Mike Forge, Jan 11, 2022.


  1. Mike Forge

    Mike Forge PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone how’s it going,

    Just need some quick fire advice.

    We have a 9 week male white Swiss shepherd.

    Day 1 - we have let him explore house and have made an area in the hallway for him safe barricade / partition but open (not to the ceiling) with his bed bowel etc.

    Day 1 - Night - Some whining - barking - needed to go outside for toilet - relatively happy

    Day 2 - He is following my fiancée everywhere. When she stops the little white Swiss rushes to her feet and lays down. Cries when she moves and when my fiancée shuts the door or goes out the room barks and whines.

    I am electric wheelchair bound and have two carers with me at all times. The little white Swiss doesn’t follow us around and just follows my fiancée.

    when we went to the shop earlier he was barking as we left the phone on to see how he would react.

    I guess the main concern I have is if he is becoming hyper attached to my fiancée after one night? He is eating his meal stopping and wondering where she is going?

    The second concern is due to the nature of our house being a bungalow as I have a wheelchair. His area / partition for sleeping is quite close to our main Bedroom door. Should we move him to the living room?

    The third concern is every time we put the partition across he tries to jump out whines and barks.

    Any advice really?

    Feeling Sad
     
  2. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    He's a baby, he literally needs your company and comfort. He's not hyper attached he's just a puppy who wants to be near someone because he's just been taken away from his family and everything he knows!
    You need to slowly desensitise him to you leaving by going out of doorways and coming straight back in. Leave him with a chew when you leave the room so he has something to occupy him. Sleeping near you while he is a baby is a good thing as he might need your comfort if he wakes in the night. You can slowly move his sleeping area away to somewhere else if you like, but keep him near you for now. I'd also let him follow you all about as much as possible for the moment, only putting him away when you have to and always give him something to do like a chew, stuffed kong etc. You want him to see separation from you as the time he gets something really great so he starts to associate you leaving with good stuff.
    Just remember how young he is and that he really needs your love and comfort at this time. Also pictures are payment for advice on this forum! ;)
     
  3. Emlar

    Emlar PetForums Senior

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    He is teeny tiny, has just left his mum and siblings, and wants company and reassurance. Build up alone time starting with less than a minute even, and give him something great while he's alone. He'll slowly realise its not too bad and you'll come back to him :)
     
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    As above. He needs company and reassurance.

    I would have him sleep close to you while he settles too, then gradually wean him off, though he’ll become more independent and confident as he grows.

    Have him on your lap when you go out, snuggled in a blanket so he can experience the outside World from a safe place.

    Avoid people touching and stroking him constantly though (puppies are irresistible) as that can overwhelm them.

    Allow only a few calm interactions as part of general socialisation.
     
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    As above.... his just a baby he needs you for comfort and reassurance, you are his family now and he needs you.

    Has he got any soft cuddly toys to snuggle up to for warmth and comfort.
     
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  6. Mike Forge

    Mike Forge PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks everyone think I might have puppy blues
     
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  7. Mike Forge

    Mike Forge PetForums Newbie

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    He has loads of toys, and we have got him a cage today as the breeder thinks it is to open the space where he is… every time the door is shut he is scratching on the door and whining…

    Should we be spending more time and cuddles with him?
     
  8. Mum2Ozzy

    Mum2Ozzy PetForums Senior

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    The following thing is completely normal and please don't take it personally. My dog became initially very attached to me exactly as you describe. If I got up to make a cuppa he'd follow me and lie down on my feet as I was waiting for kettle to boil. We made a decision we ideally don't want dog in our bedroom so my partner slept with him on the sofa for a while, had he been protesting we'd probably cave in and have him near us at night. I wouldn't stop him following your fiancee, it just naturally stops when his confidence grows. He's only just finding his feet in completely new situation, baby steps and all shall be well;)
     
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  9. Lurcherlad

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    Yes to more time and cuddles … he’s a baby just left mum, siblings and everything he’s ever known.

    He’s probably cold too without their body heat when he sleeps.

    The less anxiety he has now the sooner he will settle and feel more confident alone.

    The crate will need introducing gradually too if he’s not used to one.

    Solid doors can make them anxious as they can’t see or hear you … a baby gate would be better.
     
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    If he isn't happy and comfortable, the crate is not the safe space you want it to be.

    The attached guide to crate training is excellent. It was written by the behaviourist Emma Judson and is shared with her permission.

    https://1drv.ms/w/s!AnuxfGlWS_WrmV8skkJskGODaEpV
     
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    I am a bit late so dont know if OP will see this but some dogs will always follow around from room to room. Toffee is 11 and chose to stay in the lounge in her bed while we were in another room. The door was shut to keep the warmth in and she was quite happy when we went back. This is really unusual for her and I was concerned something was wrong. She is 100 percent to be left on her own when we are out, she has never cried at night when left on her own but in 11 years she seldom chooses to stay in a different room to us. Candy is the same and now she is getting old and unsettled she prefers us both in the same room. I do not mean they will be standing in the way in the kitchen or following us to the bathroom but they have a bed in both living rooms and will usually follow us into whichever one we are in. So do not worry about a pup following you around.
     
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    My 8 and 3 year old Schnauzers follow me like shadows. If I take a shower they'll be waiting in my bedroom for me. Same in the living room and kitchen! In the evening they might appear to be asleep on the sofa, but as soon as I turn off the TV and lights, the pair of then wake up and troop into the bedroom with me.
     
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    Candy is actually getting very unsettled now, she is easily confused and she really hates me leaving her behind in a room. Equally she knows when she is being left at home and is more than happy with that, if she sees us getting ready to go out and I tell her she is not coming she is fine about it.
     
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    Mine don't worry if I go out and leave them at home for an hour or two, although when they hear my car back out onto the road, they will have a Schnauzer howl to register their displeasure. Very often when I get home they're still fast asleep either on the sofa or on my bed.

    Just shows how much they miss me:rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    We could leave Amber and Dillon with no problem, when they were puppies we used go out for a few minutes and come straight back and increase the time but nether of them seems to bothered about been left, Amber just settled on our bed and went to sleep till I got home. OH had retired when we had Dillon so he wasn't left very often we mainly took him with us, when we did have to leave him he settled by our bedroom door and went to sleep. Asked the neighbours if they ever heard him cry they said never heard a sound from him.
     
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    Jack was the same.

    He was quite clingy at first, but I let him follow me around so he could see I wasn’t going to abandon him.

    Happy enough alone, once settled, but if I was in he’d always want to be nearby :)
     
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    My previous dog would follow me and was great being left, even in strange places. We did use a cage shortly after we got him (at one year old) and he was very good with sleeping in there when we were out.
    Tilly has separation anxiety yet most of the time chooses to sleep in another room when we're around!
     
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