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Old 05-05-2014, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All,

I am getting a German Shepherd in a month. I want to make sure that I give the little guy the best training I can, and enforce good behavior and good habits.

I was hoping that you all could recommend articles and books to read for training and good behavior. I have read a ton all over the place, but I want to read more to make sure I know what I am doing.

Also, I have a few questions:
1) Is it bad to have puppies go up stairs, and occasionally downstairs? As they grow is it bad for their hips to use the stairs?

2) If I crate the dog next to my bed, I'm on the fourth floor of a victorian house. If I let it out to use the bathroom, I would have to carry it downstairs and put it outside. Would it be better to crate it downstairs and check up on it every 3 or so hours at night?

3) Do you have any recommendations for toys/things to buy for the puppy?

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Old 05-05-2014, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's some of my favorites from my reading list:
"The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia McConnell
"The Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson
"How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves" by Sophia Yin

There are also a couple really great Youtube channels that go over positive reinforcement and dealing with puppy behaviors:
Training Positive - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRy...0SZNRyq1iVda5g
Kikopup - https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup

1) I would limit stars, especially when young. It coul put some stress on the joints, but I would be more worried about a clumsy pup falling down the stairs and hurting itself. I would babygate the bottom of the stairs and only let the pup on the second level if you carry them up and they stay tethered to you on a leash.

2) I would crate next to the bed and carry the pup. It lets you catch accidents before they happen if the pup gets up and whines, and the pup will settle better in the crate if it sleeps close to you.

3) KONG first off. Stuffable food toy that is very versatile. Can be stuffed with room temperature things such as dry food/biscuits and peanut butter, frozen with pretty much anything (peanut butter, wet food, unsweetened greek yogurt, unsweetened apple sauce, cottage cheese, etc.) or it can be stuffed with a bit of kibble and cheese and microblasted into a sticky mess inside for a long lasting treat (just make sure it cools off before you give it to the pup!).

Nylabones are pretty good chews, as are split deer antlers, raw bones, and bully sticks.

I like braided fleece tugs as they stand up to some pretty rough play and are cheap and easy to make out of store-bought fleece, and old fleece blanket or a t-shirt.


Good luck and post pics of your pup when you get it!
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Go on you tube and watch all the Michael Ellis and Stonnie Dennis videos.
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Go on you tube and watch all the Michael Ellis and Stonnie Dennis videos.
Thanks, almost forgot about them
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This is what I read. It helped out a lot. Covers almost everything, and what's not in the book or I don't understand something, I come on here. A lot of helpful people that know their stuff

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These are great posts! Thank you for responding and I'll be taking a look at all of the suggestions!

Speaking of Michael Ellis - Are the DVDs that Leerburg sells worth purchasing?
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These are great posts! Thank you for responding and I'll be taking a look at all of the suggestions!

Speaking of Michael Ellis - Are the DVDs that Leerburg sells worth purchasing?
I really love the playing tug with your dog one. I felt like the positive reinforcement/motivating with food one was pretty consistent with the online and book resources I've read through. I think instead of spending the money on the motivating with food one, I would save that for a good positive reinforcement based class where you can work hands-on with your pup under the guidance of someone who is experienced with the technique and can point out your mistakes to you. Plus a class will of course be great socialization for your pup.
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These are great posts! Thank you for responding and I'll be taking a look at all of the suggestions!

Speaking of Michael Ellis - Are the DVDs that Leerburg sells worth purchasing?
I think the DVDs are well worth the money you spend, even if working with a trainer. There is so much knowledge there about basic learning theory and how to communicate with the dog in an effective manner. I know that these videos in particular changed the way I train dogs in a very positive way.

I always recommend the Power of Food, Power of Tug and Recall videos.

Leerburg has started an online university too, where you get some videos and work with a trainer as well. I am planning on taking a couple classes just to see how it all works. Jeff, Ed's son, is at the ME School now shooting video for a leash pressure online class.
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Two articles from Leerburgh are in post 8:

'Why Dog Parks are a Bad Idea" and 'Who Pets my Puppy or Dog" My GSD had "People Issues" and 'Who Pets..." is what I did to fix this issue. He turned out great and it's how I will train all my dogs going forward!

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Two articles from Leerburgh are in post 8:

'Why Dog Parks are a Bad Idea" and 'Who Pets my Puppy or Dog" My GSD had "People Issues" and 'Who Pets..." is what I did to fix this issue. He turned out great and it's how I will train all my dogs going forward!

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