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AlexRD 05-01-2014 01:56 PM

Getting a puppy in 5 weeks!
So I am now scrambling to prepare. I did some research for local training clubs around me, and found one guy that is a national champion with his Malinois for Schutzhund, I have space in my yard to play with the dog, and I can erect a 10x10 kennel pretty easily to give him a home when I'm at work.

But now I need to do more research!

I read a ton about socializing and training pups, but I want to read more. Can you guys provide links to information that you've used successfully in training your dogs? I should be able to digest the information pretty quickly in my preparations, especially since I've been reading a ton.

Let me know! I also would love recommendations for toys, crates, other investments for the dog, activities, etc. to do with my puppy as it grows (and what not to do!)

I already plan on avoiding Dog Parks...

Thanks again :)

Madisonmj97 05-01-2014 03:03 PM

Don't know much about the Training, but a good cheap place online called has some great stuff for puppies too.

MaggieRoseLee 05-01-2014 04:11 PM

Harry and Lola 05-01-2014 06:00 PM

My humble advice - grow him slowly - don't over or under feed, don't over exercise him, socialise when young with appropriate stable dogs - give him good experiences, build his confidence by introducing him to new things. Enjoy him.

PS imo dog parks are usually not good for GSDs from about 1yo, however they can be good for young immunized pups when there are other pups around the same age to rumble and run with and/or other very stable dogs to teach them manners.

AlexRD 05-01-2014 10:33 PM

Thanks for the advice so far! I'm super excited. I found out there is a Schutzhund trainer in my town who won a national championship, so I have a pretty solid person to help train my pup (this would be my first foray into training a dog past simple obedience). Additionally the breeder I'm buying the pup from has some great trainer recommendations as well, so I'm very excited!

I look forward to reading those articles and buying some stuff for this puppy.

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