So I've done nothing but research on end, but I always find conflicting info so I'm on here to ask real owners ! So I have a few questions if anyone would like to answer some, It would be greatly appreciated (:
So I was wondering if I could have my dog sleep on my bed with me, but not feel I am less of a pack leader? I wouldn't let him on the bed unless I asked, and if he did it without permission I would make him get off and wouldn't let him on again till I asked a while later. Will that still show him I am leader and I am ALLOWING him into my space, or will he still consider me as weak?
Also, is there anything else I could use than a crate to create a safe place for the dog? I would still crate train for vets and car rides, but for at home I would like if he had a nice sanctuary that we could fit a toy basket or something in, would a closet with one door open and one closed work? So then he feels it more like a den ?
With socialization, I am a social person, but very introverted. I don't have kids, and I have no friends or family with children, how would I go about getting the dog used to children? Would socializing him to smaller animals help with that so he knows how to interact with small things ? haha
I really enjoy training my own ways (Not saying I would hit the dog or something, but more I would like to pick and chose what words I use for commands, was tought different styles than what most trainers use), so is there any other way to socialize than an obedience class? I wouldn't trust a doggy daycare to be honest, I don't think I could leave my 2000 dollar puppy alone with strangers haha, I also wouldn't bring my dog to a dog park, not a lot of people properly train their dogs there and it's too dangerous for a puppy. If obedience classes are the best way to socialize I will certainly do it, I would just like alternatives so I have options, back up plans, or just additional things to do to socialize (the more the merrier !)
What issues most arise with rotties that you owners notice a lot/how do you fix them? Behavior wise
Last question, I swear ! How much should I feel my puppy through each stage (ei 8 weeks, 12 weeks, etc). I DEFINITELY do not want to over feed a rottie, esp a rottie puppy. I could never find a good amount while looking online. I plan on getting a male through a good breeder, so he'll be a big boy (: I plan on doing a raw diet as well, with added veggies. So how many grams should I go with ? I've read they need more food through a certain period of their life, and then I've heard 3% of it's adult weight, but then to also feed 3% of it's adult weight as an adult, so that doesn't sound right.
Thanks to anyone who reads or responds to this (: