Nope, I’m not pregnant ;)
Back in early June we got a new family member. A furry little guy. . .
[The day we brought him home]
He is a full bread German Shepard. He is… A handful. Having a toddler & a puppy is pure insanity. I’ll be the first to admit that. But I figured it would be. Things with him has gotten better — But I still cannot wait for the puppy stage to be long gone!
[The day we brought him home]
Emmersyn absolutely loves him. However, he is a puppy and is still learning his limits with her. He wants to jump and bite (a playful bite) and that just doesn’t fly when it comes to her, but he’s learning. She on the other hand loves to antagonize him. We went through a phase where she was throwing her toys over the gate to him, which is a huge no no! But everyone is learning. She looooves to run so that he’ll run after her, she laughs and laughs and laughs.
Seeing these pictures makes me realize just how much he’s grown!
He was born on April 1st – The same day as my Aunt who also got a puppy the same day as us!
Emmersyn loves to walk him. I’ll hand her the end of his leash and hold onto the middle part and she is just in heaven. She is such a dog lover. She tells him “Hi puppy” in this high pitched voice. Tries so hard to say Trigger, but half the time it comes out as “chee chee”. I taught her to tell him “no, no, no” when he’s trying to play too rough with her (he is ALWAYS supervised when around her), she tells him to sit over and over… And the most recent one is telling him down when he puts his front paws up on the living room gate. She is a sponge right now & I love it. She loves her puppy!
We are crate training him and that seems to be going well. He can hold his bladder for about 6-7 hours at night, which isn’t too bad. We usually let him out for the last time around 11pm and the husband is up for work at 6am most days & lets him out. On the weekends, he starts barking between 6-7am. He goes back in his crate until we get up for the day between 8a-9a.
It wasn’t until this last week or two that he’s been out of his crate more during the day. When the husband is at work – I just couldn’t keep an eye on him and didn’t trust him enough to get to spend most the day out of his crate. So I’d let him out every hour or two to go potty and stretch. We’ve since adjusted the baby gates so he can’t get into the kitchen. He is not allowed in the living/play room when Emmersyn is awake – And not until her toys are picked up at night (if they get picked up :x). We leave the back door open for him so he can go in and out when he needs to. He doesn’t have much space to hang out — But it’s better then being crated all day. Most the time he ends up laying by the living room gate wanting so badly to get in.
There’s a dog park about a block & a half up the street that we’ll eventually take him to a couple days a week… But he still isn’t done with his shots (the breeder didn’t take his records in during his 2nd round, so we had to start over), so we are being cautious and just taking him for short walks a couple times a week. He’s got a ton of energy – But the husband plays fetch with him in the house after dinner most nights to get him running.
It’s been an adventure – I won’t even go into our last vet appointment with him & Emmersyn. But I know that once we get past this puppy phase, things will get better!