I agree completely with Doggiedad! Training begins the second you pick your puppy. Your interaction with your puppy in puppyhood has a drastic impact in the dog that he will be.
Puppy classes taught at mainstream pet stores usually accepts puppies at 10 weeks to 5 months of age. If you are looking at mainstream pet stores for socialization I recommend you call several of them as trainers are not always equal. Good questions to ask them is the amount of experience they have, if they own dogs what breeds, how many dogs are currently enrolled in the puppy class and etc..
When my puppy was between 8 – 10 weeks I took every chance to introduce him to family member pets that were current on vaccinations and dog friendly. Sylar meet a GSD, Chihuahua, Puggle, Fox Terrier, Cats, Black Lab and etc. Also take advantage of introducing your puppy to people as well. GSD grow up fast but when they are a puppy no one can resist petting them. This changes quickly as you will find many people are afraid of larger dogs and as I said GSD grow fast.
Most important thing in training I wish I focused on more was attention and building a better food drive at an early age. Attention is so important. Finally keep things positive and have fun with your puppy. They grow up way to fast.
Sylar - GSD - DOB: 12/18/2012
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