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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Getting my first German Shepherd

My wife and I are getting our first German Shepherd in November. We currently have a Great Dane named Abel. I've been doing a lot of research on training and how to prepare for the new addition, but there's one thing i cant find. What would be the most effective way to train the new puppy with another dog in the house? Should we train them together? Should we socialize the puppy alone first or have them together? We'll be taking both of them everywhere but in the first couple month I know is the most important time for a german shepherd as far as training and socializing.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 09:58 PM
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The only thing I suggest, what we did after we read the suggestion from someone else, is to introduce them on neutral territory. We took ours to the local school on the soccer field. We were introducing two German shepherd puppies to a 13 year old jack Russell...it went great, and the old dog had no worries walking with the pups into the house and accepting them. Did not enjoy their playfulness but was accepting.


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Training of basic commands should be done away from the other dog.

I would make sure each dog gets alone time with you. You want the puppy to bond with you, and not the other dog. Puppy classes, hikes separate, time apart, will be good for both.

Family walks with both dogs are good as well. But make sure the new puppy and the existing dog, each get private time!


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Training is still a no-go for Tucker @4-1/2mo) with another dog around. But for-fun walks with both can help them adjust to each other. Prepare to have 2 walkers though! My older dog is very well-behaved, and can be off-leash in all situations and I can count on her to listen completely, but walking both together can still be a challenge because of Tucker

My older dog has taken some time to adjust to him, and still doesn't LOVE him, so just take it slow and supervise closely. I let my older girl discipline to a point as I thought she needed to get a handle on him while she still could.

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