|09-03-2013 02:35 PM|
This. Do not give him calcium supplements. Congrats! He adorable. Thank yu for saving the little guy and giving him a wonderful home. He is young enough to get past what he has been through.
|09-03-2013 02:28 PM|
|Nigel||Congratulations on your new pup! For the hand biting try redirecting him to one his toys, same goes for chewing on other things he's not supposed to. You can look up redirection in the search block at the top center of the page. In addition to the marrow bones you might want to try bully sticks. Good luck!|
|09-03-2013 01:33 PM|
|Galathiel||Cute pup! I wouldn't supplement with additional calcium. Too much calcium isn't good for large breed puppies as it can promote too rapid a growth which isn't good for their bones.|
|09-03-2013 01:21 PM|
|just another truck||
Good Luck with the teething, all i can say is be consitant, tell him no, and hand a toy, when he takes the toy, give him love, every time. If you giggle or allow him at any time to chew on you, you have given him permission, he will not understand why it is no one time, and yes another.
Have fun with your pup.
|09-03-2013 12:40 PM|
Welcome and your pup is gorgeous! Thank you for adopting him
He's still a pup and although his living conditions not ideal by any means you can turn this pup around with strong leadership. I bet he's going to be a fabulous companion. German Shepherds are very smart, as you see. A blast to train. They bond very deeply with their owners.
Others will come by with some training advice. Good luck!
|09-03-2013 12:34 PM|
I'm a newbie here with my 5month old Shepherd
There's a funny story as to how I got him actually. My parter is a professional dog trainer, has wanted a puppy for a very long time, but couldn't find the right one to train. Every night we'd go on craigslist or petfinder or what-have-you and just troll through the pictures and descriptions of dogs available.
Yesterday we came across an add for a free purebred GSD that he got from a prestigious kennel in California. He gave us the backdrop of this baby's life, he had him for about 2 months and he was going to be deployed in a week and couldn't keep him. So we decided, what's the harm in going to visit?
So we did. However when we got there and he said "He's out back" we were expecting him to be running around the backyard. This idiot had his 3k dog tied to a tree seeking shelter in a falling apart shed. He was feeding him small breed pedigree once a day and didn't even live in the falling apart house where he kept the dog. We didn't have time to say no. We adopted him.
My partner's dream come true dog, but I don't know the first thing about GSD's. Or really dogs as a whole. I was hoping this forum would give me some help so i don't have to embarrass myself and ask my partner.
He just turned five months old on August 29th and is weighing in (according to the previous owner) at about 45lbs. He doesn't understand the concept of "toy". It's like he's never been able to have something to play with before. He's wonderful in the car and at home. He's almost got potty-training down now and already knows which door is ours in the neighborhood. We're switching him over to Natural Balance and might try to find him some calcium because being switched from raw food (what the breeder fed him) to small breed pedigree could've done all kinds of damage to his growing process.
He's teething, which I understand is normal, but he bites my hands. How do I fix this? Is there a word or command or trick I should be doing? I was left alone at home with him for our first day of the adoption and I really don't know the first thing about entertaining a puppy other than playing tug...but he doesn't understand. I bought him some frozen marrow bones at the store and he loves them, but goes through them so quickly!
Any ideas, tips, or tricks anyone can share would be greatly appreciated.
Also he doesn't have a name yet so we're open to ideas!