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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.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-16-2014, 09:24 PM
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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!

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-20-2014, 12:01 PM
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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


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

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Have fun, enjoy the ride!

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For the best systematic/complete advice available online check out leerburg.com His online University is very well structured and is easy to know where to begin...

Really the service leerburg provides is unparalleled to anybody in the industry for new pet owners or trainers who want to work with their dogs, and manage them correctly.


Frawley's basic obedience Course is amazing. systematic, through and complete.
For an overall view on how to manage a new dog well its a must watch.

He also has a class by Forrest Micke on Engagement.. I suggest you watch that.
I think every new pet dog owner needs to watch Forrest Micke's lectures on engagement.

https://leerburgonlineuniversity.com
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Elsa is adorable! My advice is to enjoy the puppy days, one day soon you will wake up, she will be grown up! Take her to obedience, socialize her, have fun too! Enjoy, and take lots of pictures!

"There is a lot to be thankful for if you take the time to look. Example.. I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt!". Author Unknown

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The "puppy" is now 10 months old and the OP hasn't come back to post since their first post in April. I wouldn't worry about commenting too much.
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The "puppy" is now 10 months old and the OP hasn't come back to post since their first post in April. I wouldn't worry about commenting too much.
Oops, silly me.....

"There is a lot to be thankful for if you take the time to look. Example.. I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt!". Author Unknown

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