Re: 10 week old german shepherd
Hi James from another BC-er!
Your pup sounds totally AWESOME!!! I think you can be very proud of her! At 10 weeks old, don't worry so much about what she "should" know, and just enjoy her and continue having fun with her. There really isn't anything a 10 week old should know, except how to be a puppy, and how to have fun, and it seems you got those areas covered.
I didn't even start teaching my puppy any tricks or commands until he was 5 or 6 months old, but of course, you can start now, as you are doing. Remember that their attention span is equal to that of a goldfish at this age, so training sessions should only be about 5 minutes long, if that!
What I did with my pup is encourage behaviours that I wanted. For the first few months, I went through life with my pockets full of kibble and treats. Pup comes to me when he sees me? Good boy! Here is some treats! Going for a walk on leash and pup stops sniffing, trots up to my left side and raises his head to look at me? GOOD BOY!!! treats treats treat!!!!
Pup sits for me while I put his collar on? SUPER!!! Tons of treats!!!
At this stage, think more of shaping the behaviour you want, and less of "training". They are like 4 years old in pre-school, all play and fun, and they don't even realize that they are (sneakily) being taught things.
As for the nipping, that is normal play. Nothing agressive about it. That is how your puppy is trying to engage you to play with him, and puppies play a lot! Of course it hurts, and should be discouraged (the nipping - not the wanting to play with you), and you seem to be on the right track. The best way to deal with this is to ALWAYS have some puppy toy at hand, and re-direct her nipping you and others to a toy. As soon as she is starts, grab a toy, stuff it in her mouth, and tug!!! Get everyone in your household on board with this, as you pointed out, consistency is important!
She will outgrow the nipping, it should taper off by the time she is done teething about six months. So there is going to be a lot of nipping and re-directing to deal with until then.
She should be 100% supervised around small children, and I'm 100% serious about this. A puppy isn't any more responsible for her actions than a toddler, and nipping and rough play can accidently hurt a small child, especially as pup gets older. So if you are not 100% around to watch her, and your parents cannot watch her 100% of the time, keep her crated or baby-gated in another room, for her own good. You really want to avoid a situation where the pup jumps on a small child in play, hurts the child, and now the pup is "bad" and labeled a biter when it was puppy nipping excitment and normal puppy play! All can be avoided with proper supervision. As for the nipping the face, easy solution on that one: Keep your face out of reach!
Welcome to the forum by the way, I hope that you get lots of good info and help around here.
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