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I hate my dog to put her on leash, help?

Hi! I have recently acquired a 2 month old lab puppy. She is a bundle of joy and we are extremely happy to have her as a new family member. Now, there are few things that I am slight apprehensive about. Let me shoot the most important one first, During evenings, I have many visitors coming to see me at my work place. I run a business. As, I presently stay alone, I walk to dog to my office, which is nearly a Km away from where I stay. Then I put her on leash and conduct business. I am afraid that the little pup may rush towards the busy street through the wide entrance of my office as it does not have a door that I can keep shut. Further, she, being playful and unaware of anything will surely rush towards clients coming in. I hate to put her on leash, but I am doing it presently every day for 4 hours at a stretch. She stays calm, sleeps near my feet, eats her food and often licks my feet during this period, which means that she is not overtly stressed. At least that is what I believe. But I do not want to leave it on my belief, and my knowledge about dog keeping is negligible as she is the first time, we are having a dog in our house. So kindly advice me the thing to do, or tell me that it is OK. The other option will be to leave the puppy at home for 4-5 hours every day. I do not want to do that as it may have some negative effect on her psych. I love her so much and she does not want to stay without me. I am very worried, so kindly help me. I will be grateful to all of you. As I am writing this she is lying down near my my chair and licking my feet playfully. Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post.
By Dev Sengupta · 22 Nov 2011 3:48 pm


By gautam sawant · 22 Nov 2011 5:48 pm
doesnt seem anything wrong
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By SaiShyam · 22 Nov 2011 6:48 pm
Labs are the most intelligent dogs you could have ever come across. Just dont play with him if he is aggressive, this way he will know what to do and what not. Always dont think if he is sad or thinking something etc etc..these are all human tendency, animals dont care whether you keep on leash or off leash.Since he is a puppy just learn what he wann do and control whan you wann do not what he want to do.Everything else is fine.Just give him his space dont be so over protective with a dog. Labs know how to handle situation,anything else if you need we can help here.
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By Kunal Sodhi · 23 Nov 2011 3:31 pm
Dev, you could even get a small crate put on your business premises. If you own the premises get a bigger crate as by this time next year your bundle of joy would have a grown bigger. By getting a crate you wont be tying up your dog at all times, and if the crate is big enough, it will provide a good space for your pup to play within. It may hurt to have your dog in the crate, but as time progresses the crate becomes their home with toys and beddings as that's the case with my dog. And please never leave such a small pup alone..
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By Dev Sengupta · 23 Nov 2011 3:39 pm
Hey thanks a ton, both of you Samir and Ravi. I am happy to know that things are fine :D

I am giving her, her space and I restrict her from doing nonsense around, but I do not scold her much. I always try to do it without shouting, mostly by loving her and explaining her that is it not expected of her. So far it is working, I believe. Not all the time though. But her biting tendency has reduced a lot and she is advancing in her toilet training. :D
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By Dev Sengupta · 23 Nov 2011 3:46 pm
Kunal, Thanks for the crate idea. You are right, I hate to put an animal in a crate, but experts concur with what you suggested just now. So, I will buy a BIG crate for her for sure. Thanks mate.
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By Dev Sengupta · 23 Nov 2011 4:33 pm
Now the second question.

I am feeding her 6 times a day.

3 times milk, 2 times puppy pedegree and 1 time cerelac.
I doubt pedegree standard, so can start Royal canin.
But if I can prepare her food then I will know, for sure, the quality and quantity of ingredients going in and thus will leave no chance for her to consume something that I do not know what it is made up of. So, please let me know your DIY food recipies. I am a novice so, if you kindly illustrate, it will be very helpful for me.

Thanks in advance.
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By SaiShyam · 23 Nov 2011 6:30 pm
No need to give milk for dogs since they produce lactose on their own. Royal canin is good. You can give Taste of the wild too. Pedigree is no good . You can also go for BARF diet . Research on this here on this website you will get it. Also since he is a puppy 4 times per day feeding is good. Have Royal canin maxi starter then you will go from there. Taste of wild use canine formula.

Now for the previous thing, Puppy age and biting or chewing will be there till 8 months so give him lots of diff varieties of chew toys or bones so he will be always busy. To my personal opinion crate keeping is not good for puppies maybe good for adult dogs. AT an early age if you wann keep him in a crate it wont give any positive reinforcement so let him handle situation by freeair .
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By Kunal Sodhi · 23 Nov 2011 6:40 pm
Hi Dev,

Don't feed milk to the pup as it will cause a tummy problem for it. A lot of vets are against feeding milk to a small pup. Try and get Royal Canin for pups. They also have some breed specific food. 3-4 times is a good enough quantity for a dog. You could also mix the ceralac and royal canin and feed it just so she adopts a taste for it. Don't forget to feed her calcium and vitamins. Consult a vet for the quantity, as too much of anything is not good and too less wont do get any good.
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By Rahul Bhardwaj · 23 Nov 2011 6:59 pm
@Dev Sengupta:
plz don't keep her all alone at home for 4 long hours as she is still 2months old only..and don't think that you are doing something wrong by putting her on leash, it is just a way to teach her discipline(means not to go out side) and you may try to put her off the leash and if she does something like moving out or something wrong then try stop her by saying a loud NO so that she can understand that she was doing something wrong..these things will surely cement a strong bond between both of you :)
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By Dev Sengupta · 23 Nov 2011 10:14 pm
@ Ravi and Kunal
Would you believe it, that I am doing everything that is being suggested by her vet. I doubted but it is getting clearer by the hour.

At present, I am only feeding her with Gripe water and imolyte c. Previously she was being given Ostopet prescribed by another vet but the same has been stopped by the present. :( I am so confused and worried. GAWD!

Quantity wise, I am keeping a tab on her. If I see her getting fatter than desired, I will surely reduce on quantity.

Regarding BARF diet, I think my wife will simply revolt as she almost joking wanted the puppy to be mainly fed on veggies and stuff. Yikes!

Can you suggest some good brands that I can depend on. I mean not waste money on cheap/bad quality products that the puppy will not like to chew on and stuff. I give her dentastiks from pedegree which she does not seem interested in. I can bet the taste is important here and Pedegree lacks there big time.

Regarding crate, I will then postpone the idea for some time and let her be on the leash.

@ Rahul
I am not keeping her alone. Thanks for the advice and assurance. Also for the wish. Please keep your inputs rolling, as I am learning a lot here and now.
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By Kunal Sodhi · 23 Nov 2011 11:05 pm
Hi Dev

Glad to be of any help to you. Regarding Vitamins and Calcium they are essential. I feed my dog ostopet and vitabest, I have a boxer so may be it suits him and plus diff dogs would have diff needs. Follow the vet's advice as long its a sane one :P...And rest you have the internet and this site. I am sure people around here would love to clear your doubts..And yeah don't be so worried, just relax. Dogs are the best thing that can happen to any one and with the amount of effort you have put asking and looking for help I am sure ull do a great job of it
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By Dev Sengupta · 24 Nov 2011 12:53 am
I agree Kunal that Vets have to be trusted, only that a good vet is hard to find. Some one tried and tested by general crowd, does not necessarily mean that the vet is good, as I know many owners, who do not care much about the vet as they are not aware of the intricacies and importance of vaccination, medication, proper feed, and how to care about their pets. It is very saddening to see the dogs being loved but not being taken care in a proper way. In the end many a good dog die premature . I do not want that to happen and, as I am keeping a dog as a pet for the first time, I am a little bit excited.

Question no 3
Obedience training.
How to achieve this? Is there any magic tricks that will make my increasingly tomboyish puppy more obedient?
I have learned bits and pieces from the net but it is in fragments and hardly presents a clear picture. Can you guys please guide me?

I do not want a outofcontrol dog in my house. I have got her at the right age, she is a fine animal, so I want to do justice to her. And, I want to do it all by myself.
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By SaiShyam · 24 Nov 2011 9:07 pm
Ok before training,

Wait till your puppy respect you first. Basic thing like if you say no he has to respond fast and then he has to wait till you give him food.If u ask her to sit then she has to sit . You try these first. Also never ever allow her to lead you while you walk, No chewing human fingers,clothes,items etc.IF you are done on all these let me know. These are all basics but very effective in future.
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By Dev Sengupta · 24 Nov 2011 11:13 pm

Ohhh, I was thinking that all these come under training.

The fellow is happily doing all that you are saying. I was trying to find a way to stop that so thought of training. But she waits most of the time, till I give her food and sometimes, stops doing things when said no and will sit at times when I ask her to, but all depends on her mood. If I have some treat in my hand then she will do them very obidiently, here, I am talking about coming and sitting. Mainly she keeps munching on, clothes etc, not to forget my fingers with little pressure mostly but at times bites harder but not with full pressure. When I say to her very gently, that it is hurting she will, in 90% cases reduce pressure or stop chewing almost instantly. But I want her to stop these so kindly advice.
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By SaiShyam · 25 Nov 2011 12:48 am
1) she cant do things depends on her mood.
2) she should do things only what you need and what you want
3) no more chewing human fingers or clothes, stricly avoid this behaviour.
4) She should be given treat or food only when she is calm and submissive. No food or treats while he is playful mood and also no food if he is playing with food.

you need to be very strict, this way she will know you are the leader and she is the follower.Then walking is the must training where she should be going behind you which you may go after 6-7 months i guess cos puppies will eat anything if you walk them outside.You can try all these at home like put so many papers,clothes and food in the room and take her for a walk.Check what she does, if she avoids clothes and paper and eats only food then try to repeats this method everyday and after she is fully trained on it, take her for a walk and after few distance give her a treat for good behavour.
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By Navjot Singh · 26 Nov 2011 9:48 am
A two month old puppy shouldn't be kept on a leash as there's a risk that the puppy may accidently choke his throat when left unsupervised. Also, considering the fact he's two small, there's is a risk of him being stolen and if the place is frequented by a big crowd, he may also catch infection from others if touched frequently by others. Also, if you frequenly shake hands with a lot of people, you shoud first clean your hand with a sanitizer and then touch the puppy. The reason of all this is a two month old puppy has a low immunity and all immunity he's good is from her mom. So, waite for him to be fully vaccinated and untill then keep him in a spacious cage. This will keep him safe when you can't keep him undersupervision.
There's absolutely no harm taking him to the office but just for 3-4 months you need to protect him from infections. Also, I anticipate you'll have a good socialised german shepherd- a trait found very rare in these breeds. Your dog will be well exposed making him a confident dog.
Also, hope you are enjoying the company. For few months-He'll play, sleep and eat, play, sleep and eat
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