|09-22-2013 05:30 PM|
And really spend as much time as you can reading up on
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|09-22-2013 05:28 PM|
Get lots of sleep before you bring him/her home! Also, find some things you really enjoy doing with your puppy from the very beginning (for me it was taking her to the park to practice engagement and human socialization). This way when you find yourself sleep deprived and frustrated, you can do something your puppy will succeed at, that will make you proud again, and give you a whole new reservoir of patience to tackle the troublesome areas
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|09-22-2013 05:16 PM|
I have a lot to say about the raising of puppies and dogs, but I think the one thing I would say in this thread is that prevention, or thinking of the future, goes a long way towards good behavior as an adult.
Cute puppy jumping on you for attention? Cute now, but definitely not cute at 90 lbs and people won't like coming over to get jumped on by your dog and children will be knocked over.
Cute puppy pulling like a freight train to get at the kids/dad/mom/friends to say hi? Not so cute at 90 lbs so teach them to sit politely.
Cute when puppy barks at the mailman/fedex/out window at anything? Not cute when you can't control the barking when your friends come over and/or he nips/bites people in his frenzy at 90 lbs. Not cute when all that intensity and frustration is released the some day on the object of his focus i.e attacking mailman/dog/neighbor. Teach him to speak/bark and then teach him to be quiet when you need him to be and don't let him get worked up at doors and windows.
Cute when your little fuzzybutt paws at you for attention? Doesn't feel very good when it's giant nails tearing your clothes.
Just picture how you want your adult GSD to behave and teach your puppy. They don't know how to act yet.
|09-22-2013 04:33 PM|
|Mac's Mom||Speaking strictly from my own personal experience...I'm not one of the people who thinks raising a GSD puppy is like raising any other dog. I truly believe they are especially challenging because of their extraordinary attributes. With that said, Mac was extremely easy to pottie train and he learned basic obediance commands very quickly. He caught on much faster than the other puppies in puppy class I believe its that same intelligence that challenged me later. My advice to you is practice NILF from day 1. Be patient, dilligent, repetive and consistent.|
|09-22-2013 04:19 PM|
As with any other worthy investment, the more you put in initially, the greater your long term return
You're signing up for the next 12-14 or more years... The more you commit now, the greater return you will realize long term. Commit generously with your time and money now, on training, socializing, exercising, immunizing, etc., and you will be soo glad later.
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|09-22-2013 04:05 PM|
enroll in a puppy class. find a trainer. train and socialize.
the same goes for any other dog.
|09-22-2013 03:31 PM|
Just remind yourself every single day that in a few short months the landshark will go away and you will have free time again :P I had to watch mine like a hawk for weeks because she was always full of energy, curious, etc, and it exhausted me, but it is so worth it.
Be consistent with everything you choose to do
|09-22-2013 03:24 PM|
What is the best advice you have for a first time GSD owner?
So I took the plunge, got on a list for a litter that should be due the last week of May or first week of June 2014. Yes, it's an incredibly long time away, but it gives me plenty of time to get ready
I have always been a dog owner but have never had a GSD before. What advice can you give me?