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Elsa's Keeper 04-16-2014 07:06 AM

Advice For A Novice
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So, 8 hours ago, I officially became the owner of a 8 week old GSD female. I have never owned a GSD. My family did have dogs, from Chow Mix, Rottie Mix,
APBT, and now a Yorkie. But now that I live on my own it's just me an Elsa.

So any advice I can get in training, teaching, house breaking, best choice dog food(Blue Buffalo Currently), socialization, expectations I should achieve at this age, and so forth.

Thank you for any and all replies.

Mary Beth 04-16-2014 10:24 PM

:wub: Elsa is so pretty. The Puppy Place has lots of great advice. I would also recommend The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete. For food, I would give Solid Gold Wolfcub Enjoy your pup!

FuzzButtMum 04-20-2014 01:01 PM

Oh my gosh, Elsa is beautiful!
I too bought my first ever GSD home 2 weeks ago, he's now 10 weeks old. We're doing very well with training etc, he's a litle rascal but he's my perfect little rascal :)

Just like any puppy, take things slowly....don't be disheartened when you have bad days (they are inevitable), enjoy this time before he turns into carpet shark :P

Lots and lots and LOTS of toys, otherwise she might become destructive (my boy gets bored very easily and starts to nip and get a bit cheeky).

Good luck, let us know how you're getting on! x

sourdough44 04-21-2014 07:08 AM

Hey, she sure looks familiar. I had to make sure 'Mya' was here with me, that she didn't sneak off to GA.

Give her time & mold her into the dog you want her to become.

K9POPPY 04-21-2014 09:07 AM

Beautiful puppy! I recommend "Puppies, 8 weeks and Up",by Ed Frawley, purchase @ Enjoy your new GSD!!!!! Bob

SunCzarina 04-21-2014 10:50 AM

First, never forget that you are in charge. Have patience and love her but always be consistent - never let her get away with anything.

From 6 months to a year are very trying times. Consistency and patience.

Crate training is a must! Even if she's a good puppy. Again 6 months +, wacky times when if you didn't crate train her, you'll wish you did because she ate a couch or something.

Train train train. Get her in classes as soon as you can.

Wet frozen washclothes are your friend...
Have fun, enjoy the ride!

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