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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-26-2013, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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So my puppy is 13 weeks old when do I start training?

She doesn't know her name yet so I figured that's first on the list my last puppy learned her name in 1 day and it's been 3 for this one she still doesn't get it.

I want to leash train, crate train, house train, and trick train (sit, stay, heel, etc) I also want to do off the leash training.

So the question is what's the best order? Or can I do this all at the same time?

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You can start training from birth when we brought our female home at 14 weeks she already knew, hier, sit and platz (down). I'm not sure about order wise, she's always done with or without a leash basically the same besides heel since I can't correct her properly off leash. Crate and house training would be first but you can command train at the same time. She's not house trained at 13 weeks?

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You start training from the very first day you get your puppy. You train her to follow you off leash in the park, invent some melody to whistle as a recall, eye contact when you call her name, sit, bark for a treat, introduce her to a ball play and tag-of-war without much pulling on her teeth. Introduce her to as many commands as you can - you would polish her performance in the future in many different situations. Average GSD has higher intellectual potential than the majority of breeds and it is normal for GSD to pass Schutzhund obedience at 6 months of age.
Just avoid meeting other dogs for too long and ask people not to touch her - it would teach her bad manners from the start.
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So much you can be doing with a puppy the day it hits your house! Specially the crate training

Make sure you look at --> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

and then ---> GSD Puppy Primer Tips

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I wouldn't take a new puppy to a park, not until I knew it had at least two sets of shots in him, and they had a few days to start working. Probably three sets if it is a higher volume dog area.

The first few days with your new puppy should be light stress, happy, and playful. House training to your home, by keeping a puppy leashed to you is a great way to bond in the first days, that and crate training.

After a week, starting a puppy class is a great idea.

There is no hurry. The dog and you are going to be a year older a year from now whether you get the obedinence down cold in 4 weeks or 4 months or 4 years. There is no hurry. I think when we rush stuff we can run into some problems and unnecessary stress. Remember that puppies have the attention span of a flea. Just develop some games for your puppy that incorporates some commands that you will lose later on. Keep it light and fun, and stop when your puppy still wants more, and a year from now he will be awesome. And the bond will be awesome.

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Awesome thanks guys. Yeah she's not house trained we picked her up last week idk what the breeder was doing but yeah she doesn't know anything and is very bad when it comes to chewing and going potty in the house I mean she is a puppy but you would think the breeder would have done something.

Also my puppy still doesn't know her name...I have no idea what to do I've tried everything I could find but still it doesn't even register
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my puppy still doesn't know her name...I have no idea what to do
See if she reacts on your whistle first, to get an eye contact is more important. Use whistle to give her a treat, then your whistle + her name following straight after the whistle, call her in order to do something, don't call her name just for the sake of it. Actually it concerns any command as well, they sholdn't sound without a reason, otherwise your dog would recognise it as a senseless air vibration. What is her name, by the way? It must have one clear vowel, so you should be capabale of calling her from the distance, like in "Boy" - "Bo-o-o-oy!"
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Also my puppy still doesn't know her name...I have no idea what to do I've tried everything I could find but still it doesn't even register
Little bit of patience and some high value treats (cheese is worth it's weight in gold at my house). Say her name in a super excited voice, when she looks at you treat and repeat. I did this in short sessions all over my house when I first brought my puppy home, always had treats in my pocket and would do it at random times when he wasn't fully paying attention and waiting for a treat.

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Start training the sooner the better! The one I hope to pick up tomorrow is 4 months has been house trained, crate trained and has basic obedience and has learned how to swim!

I liked using beef hot dogs, quartered length wise and then cut into very thin pieces, microwaved til dry. Mainly because they're going to last and they also go farther. My dogs haven't been all that treat oriented, but even my picky big boy liked those.

I also concur with the PP gaia_bear about how to teach your baby her name.

One thing that's handy with keeping treats on you is either a pouch to put on your belt loop or a small fanny pack. If you keep them with you all the time, you can get training time in throughout the day.

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