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I have a 10 week old puppy in which we brought home at eight weeks old she is a sheep a doodle mix. Super smart, we have taught her how to sit, down, and speak already. Having a little issues with potty training but we are out there more often than I really want to be. Does anybody have any crating advice of how often tI have a 10 week old puppy in which we brought home at eight weeks old she is a sheep a doodle mix. Super smart, we have taught her how to sit, down, and speak already. Having a little issues with potty training but we are out there more often than I really want to be. Does anybody have any advice on crating. What to do, when and for how long? I’m exhausted and I am thinking twice if I made the wrong decision
 

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First of all, I think you mean German Shepher-Poodle cross. If "yes" you have a mix of VERY high energy breeds. So there is that. The end result may be a limited "off switch."

I crated at night. I crate when I cannot watch the puppy. So, while getting dressed, fixing meals, cleaning house, crate. Get a couple of Kong toys. Put low fat plain yogurt in them. Freeze them. When YOU need a break, or go out to get groceries or fold laundry the puppy can be crated. If ot will be awhile (like an hour or more) put that kong in there to give the puppy something to work on. Just remember when you get the puppy out of the crate to whisk 'em right outside to go potty.

Training can tire your puppy out. 15 minutes here and there is a good way to start. Teach useful things like walking on a loose leash and "go to place" (bed or crate).

I also suggest you play "brain games" with your puppy. Check out clicker training as a way to tire your puppy out (and get the puppy trained at the same time!). Clicker training can help with all the things you need to teach your puppy so you have a great family dog.

Here is a good site:
 

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Young puppies do need to go out A LOT. It'll get better with training and- especially- time. They can't "hold it" at that age for very long at all. So don't crate for longer than she can currently handle, but feel free to crate relatively frequently, just don't isolate her for the whole day.
Raising a puppy is definitely hard. But with time, patience, consistency, love, and training, you can get through this stage.

I second the other reply in regards to (especially!!!)brain games, keeping training short, and crating when supervision isn't possible.

I also don't know what you mean in regards t the breed, as I've heard it used for English sheepdog mixes as will as GSD mixes. Either way, you have a high energy, but smart and trainable dog on you hands. Consider using toys and play for rewards, and be sure to give plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. (of course, not too much at this young age) Dogs like that can be terrors if not properly trained, entertained, and exercised, but can also be some of the best, most well-behaved, well-trained, fun and enjoyable dogs in the world- which is why they end up doing dog sports or other competitions (such as obedience or trick dog). It's all about harnessing that drive, intelligence, and energy instead of letting the dog use it how it wants to. Good luck, and congrats on the new addition to your household!
 
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