General Puppy Questions
Our puppy is just about to turn 18 weeks old, and I had some random questions:
1) He's just completed basic puppy training (sit, stay, down, leave it, come, etc.) and is about to start his novice training class; when is a good time to look into getting his CGC certification?
2) We were wanting to get him started doing some sort of work (agility, nosework, etc.) to keep him engaged and happy. Do people have any recommendations as to what activities would be suitable for a family dog? Also, at what age should you start training your dog to do such things? At this age, are basic obedience training sessions every day enough to keep him mentally occupied?
3) Now that he's a bit older, does he look like he's a full GSD? He was rescued from a backyard breeder so we really have no idea. And if so, when should we worry about the ears not standing up? Right now he's still teething and probably only has 4-6 adult teeth in yet.
Here's a recent picture of him for reference:https://mail-attachment.googleuserco...WhNmfXBtOM07jI
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I will let others chime in on the sports and CGC test since I have no idea, but I figured I could at least tell you that Abby's ears are not standing either. She has only lost a few teeth, maybe 5 at most. A few days ago she looked a lot like your pup, with the ears out to the side, but today (or maybe it was yesterday) one ear sort of flopped the other way. I wish I had a pic, but basically one ear is sticking straight out to the side and one is now flopped over in the front. If she hears something really interesting then they both go up and sort of cross each other. If she is just totally relaxed they are pretty floppy. Every once and awhile one will go up and stay up for awhile (hours) but never stays for good. How much does your boy weigh now? I think Abby is a tad small, she is a little less than 30 pounds right now. She also just wrapped up puppy classes!
Work with your instructors/classes/club for all the classes and ages they start what when. Some place don't allow agility to start until obedience classes are finished. While other advanced agility instructors start 'agility' with very young puppies but it's age appropriate and not going to injure them on equipment.
The more you do the better! For you and your pup.
You sure your dog isn't purebred? Just looks like his ears aren't up yet.
Ears Up?????? - German Shepherd Dog Forums
I'll check into what our school says they prefer for agility (what age, completed obedience training, etc.), any recommendations for other sports/activities to try? Is agility alright for GSDs or is wear/tear on joints an issue?
I feel like our pup needs a job to keep him busy and happy; right now his job is obedience training and he seems to really be taking to it. I'll see if I can post a video of him doing some tricks later.
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