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kburrow11 01-31-2014 03:19 PM

Getting a Puppy Soon
In April I will be getting a 6-week old female GSD puppy. What are some tips and tricks for training and feeding this puppy? She will be used as an ESSA for me.

wyoung2153 01-31-2014 03:25 PM

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First question.. why are you getting a 6 week old puppy? It should be at least 8 weeks when you get her..

erfunhouse 01-31-2014 03:29 PM

What wyoung2153 said.

However, if there is no helping getting such a young

Crate train
Buy plenty of chew toys
Get and read training books prior to her arrival
Establish a vet that you will be seeing
Bleach your back and front yard now before she gets there
Read the forum regarding puppies

wyoung2153 01-31-2014 03:31 PM

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then what erfunhouse said... HA! sorry wasnt meant to sound so negative.. just first hing that struck me when I read that.

kburrow11 01-31-2014 04:11 PM

Thanks! It was my understanding that 6-8 weeks was the proper time to get a puppy.

erfunhouse 01-31-2014 04:33 PM

They are weaned at that time, however, mom and litter mates teach each other A LOT regarding proper dog-behavior (it's RUDE to run up to another dogs face and bite their nose puppy! Don't do it) and dog manners.

wyoung2153 01-31-2014 04:40 PM

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You would be surprised the difference in a dog's personality in those 2 weeks..

vprasad 01-31-2014 04:44 PM

Congrats on the puppy! If possible please wait for another week at least before getting him / her :).

kburrow11 01-31-2014 10:28 PM

Thank you for all the advice! I'm also hoping to feed her a raw diet, anyone have good tips/recipes for that?

Mocha 01-31-2014 10:42 PM

First piece of advice, wait two more weeks to pick em up.

Second, find a new breeder for any future puppies. No good breeder gives puppies away at six weeks old.

Taking a puppy at six weeks old can have long term negative effects on temperament and development for the puppy. Could cause aggression, anxiety, etc. The puppies learn A LOT in those two CRUCIAL weeks.

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