We purchased our first German Shepherd puppy at the age of 10 weeks. She is now 13 weeks. We are crate training her because we want her inside. She is pretty good about letting us know when she needs to be let out for restroom breaks BUT, when we let her out in the middle of the night (sometimes 2-3AM) should we let her eat and drink when we come back in? Do I scold her when she has an accident inside? I know it isn't her fault, she is a puppy but I also don't want an out of control dog later down the road. Moving on, chewing!!! Haha She is like my 7 month old son (who is teething) with trying to chew on everything. She has learned what "NO!" means. Sometimes I clap once, very loudly and say "NO!" & this seems to be more effective. I give her what is actually meant to be chewed on (tennis ball, squeaker toy, bone, etc.) & take what she is not suppose to chew and put it away. I love her so much already and I want her to be well trained and obedient but I want to do it the right way, with as less stress and confusion as possible. P.s. I have a 3 year old Blue Merle Chihuahua & they have became pals to my surprise.
New German Shepherd mom! <3
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