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Old 10-24-2010, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was hoping I could get some good advice on starting our 8 week old puppy in protection? Should we do OB first? Some say yes, others no. The pups sire and dam have good drives and the father is two years old and is starting protection. We just wanted to start this pup out right. I bought a ball on string and a puppy rag. Any more techniques we should be using for puppy protection, or any certain method? We are going to be using a local trainer also, but I just thought I'd get advice here as well. Thank you.
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A very little, stress free ob. Otherwise, let the puppy be a puppy. Let him/her encounter things that are part of life. Socialize, socialize and then do some socialization. Socialization includes environmental encounters, vehicle, stairs, different floor surfaces etc etc, as well as meeting people.

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You are missing out on the best time to train your puppy if you wait. I start everything at 8 weeks and keep it fun, fun, and more fun.
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Thank you for the advice. A lot of people have said not to do hard corrections if you are going to do OB first so I think we will go with mild Ob, then do more serious OB later on. We will socialize him very well. We live on a very dog friendly island, so socializing will be easy. Thanks for the advice.
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Thank you for the advice. A lot of people have said not to do hard corrections
No hard corrections? For a puppy 8 weeks to six months, really NO corrections is best, other than an occasional "no" and/or hand clap to distract and re-direct.

Set up your pup for success - manage his environment so he does not get into trouble, let him think he is the best dog ever that can do no wrong!
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Does your puppy already know basic commands?
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He knows "Sits", and "Platz" (down).
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We are starting some more formal training around 5 months, from 2 months until right now (19 weeks) at home we have been working on basic stuff and lots of socialization. no corrections, German Shepherds are really smart and WANT to learn as you will soon see.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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why do you want a PPD? how do you know you'll
need hard corrections?

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Thank you for the advice. A lot of people have said not to do hard corrections if you are going to do OB first so I think we will go with mild Ob, then do more serious OB later on. We will socialize him very well. We live on a very dog friendly island, so socializing will be easy. Thanks for the advice.
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I think maybe you should take her through a 6 week basic commands class before you move into anything more personally. Especially at her age
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