|08-18-2013 01:06 PM|
My favorite 'dog' book to date is this:
I'd also recommend locating a local trainer who can work with you and teach you how to work with your dog and train him or her. Getting this stuff right up front will help all of you enjoy your lives together that much more.
|08-18-2013 12:59 PM|
I would at least recommend you research everything, even the stuff your breeder told you..
I only suggest this because the diet we were suggested by a breeder was not the recommend diet by vet's in Australia, and we confirmed that through 2 different vets.
Our breeder was fully accredited also :/... I am sure most are fine.. But like a doctor for myself, important info like this deserves a second opinion
|08-18-2013 12:47 PM|
Suggestions/Tips - Bringing our first GSD home in two weeks!
My wife and I are very excited we'll be bringing our first GSD home in two weeks (September 2nd)! We've been working very closely with our breeder since the litter was born on July 6th. We've discussed many different topics with her (inside/outside companion, crate training, puppy fear stage around week 8, socialization, etc, etc). Our breeder sent us pictures of the litter at week 4 and we just got to see them for the first time yesterday (week 6)! It was so amazing to see them in-person and to get a chance to play with them and watch how each of them interact with us and the other pups. My wife and I will be visiting our breeder again next weekend to spend more time with the pups, at which time we'll take our pick of the litter - the following weekend we'll receive the little guy!
My wife and I have been vigorously reading many different topics/threads here, have been watching countless videos on YouTube (my favorite videos are by tab289) , and read How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With by Clarice Rutherford (recommended by our breeder). We also have purchased all the items we think we should need to bring home a new puppy (toys, training treats/dental treats, bed, bowls, Fromm puppy food, clicker, break-away collar, leash, puppy pads, etc, etc).
I thought I'd ask for any suggestions/tips you can think of that might help us/the pup make for an easy/fun transition from his litter mates/parents to his new home. Any training that is more important to start with when we first bring him home. Anything to be caution of. Really anything at all that you'd care to share/suggest we would truly appreciate!
Thanks in-advance! These next two weeks could not pass by fast enough for me! Excited is an understatement! We can't wait to share many stories/pictures with you all!