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Old 12-10-2012, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys new to the forms and new to owning a dog. Got my first German Shepherd last week. He is 8 weeks old. And I was wondering the best way to potty train him? Also He likes to bit hands, tug on clothes and go after feet and ankles. Was looking for some pointers on how to deal with this subjects and what not.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can find some good puppy training advice here and also among these books

Training Your German Shepherd Dog (Training Your Dog): Dan Rice D.V.M.: 0027011743207: Amazon.com: Books Training Your German Shepherd Dog (Training Your Dog): Dan Rice D.V.M.: 0027011743207: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Be warned that GSD are the bitiest puppies I have ever seen. I've had sheltie, terrier, poodle, labrador, and golden puppies before and have never experienced the amount of biting I've had from our current GSD puppy. The biting is starting to calm down a little now, but she still has two holes where puppy teeth have come out and adult teeth haven't come in yet, so I expect the biting to go on a little longer.

Potty training was really easy with our GSD puppy though. The first three days, I was never able to get her outside fast enough. As soon as she gave any sign of needing to go, I'd run out the door with her, but I never got there fast enough. I finally managed to get her outside before she finished on the morning of the 4th day and got her to go outside a couple more times that day. She figured out what the bells on the back door meant on the 5th day. After the 7th day, she only had one accident.

My puppy was 10 weeks old when I got her though, so that could definitely have been part of why she trained so fast.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Or you can look in the forums, under the puppy section, and spend the next 10 days reading everything!!!

You can also search for puppy biting, potty training, etc. and you will get a list of threads that mention these topics.

There is a TON of info in the puppy section ... don't be shy!

And welcome, and congrats on your new puppy!
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Here is a good place to start: Welcome to the GSD/FAQ's for the first time owner - German Shepherd Dog Forums
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just ordered that book should be here by Friday. Can't wait !!


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