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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-21-2013, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Goodmorning everyone, I Recently got my GSD puppy, it is 51 days old and I plan on training it but I'm not sure when exactly. Yesterday it was sad, but today it's starting to follow me around and give and take. At what age should I start teaching him the basics?
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With such a young pup - the house training (training to go potty outside and not in the house) is more than enough for now.


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You can and should start training (puppy level and positive only of course!) a young pup as soon as you have it. It's all about finding her place in her new pack. From this very start do not let her get away with anything you would not accept from her as an adult dog. You can teach an eight week old pup the basics of puppy 101 in a week. I have done it with every pup. Their brains are sponges for it at that age.
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A lot depends on you....if you are experienced handler/owner you can start training at 8 weeks or younger....if you are not I will only worry about " manners and housebreaking" until 4 months then enroll into puppy obedience class for socialization and information for you.
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Have you ever watched children that are 5 years old swim multiple strokes up and down the pool with no trouble? Don't let anyone tell you someone is too young to learn. Granted the "form" is not strong or fluent but imagining your goal as a large picture can get you there. Like looking through a camera, you point in the right direction, then focus for the details.

If you can get your pup to do the general "action" no matter how "goofy and unformed" it appears, then praise and reward it. At this age, it can only build a bond and make you two closer.

In the last 4 weeks with my pup, she can now sit, down, come, stay (for short periods, basically through not bolting out the door practice) speak, and drop. By the way, even though I've owned dogs all my life with my family, this is my first of my own and I've never done this much training with this early of a pup. They really are sponges haha.

Basically, have fun, always be happy, guide and reward, put names to everything and BE CONSISTENT.

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Yes, they will soak it up as long as it's given in short sessions. Of course, potty training is almost a 24/7 session, but they will learn that easily too.

Lisl knew basic commands in several days and it took a few weeks to polish them up. She is a very smart GSD, as I believe nearly all of them are.

We just came from the Vet and she was the best behaved dog there that wasn't sitting on a lap.

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We just came from the Vet and she was the best behaved dog there that wasn't sitting on a lap.
I keep them on my lap at the vet to prevent illness. The clinic is the worst place to bring an unvaccinated pup. I bring a towel to put on the exam table for the same reason and stuff it in a plastic bag when done. Just wanted to insert this and not to steal the thread.
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Lisl is much too big to get in my lap any longer, but I know what you mean.

These were little lapdogs though. A Yorkie, a Lhasa Apso, and a Peek-a-poo.

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Yep, only as a little pup. WD is now 90 lbs and no longer on my lap at the vet's
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Well I'm having a little trouble on the potty training and has made a couple mistakes in the house.. Is it too late? Can I still teach him? Like he twice on the grass which is good!

The problem is he is too small, and he can't hold it for long, so he soils his crate at night... And he's been barking non stop I've only had one hour of sleep because I put him in his crate a bit far away from me... It seems as almost impossible to be in the crate when I am not around..

I think the problem is that he can't visually see me, he feels as I'm his mother, taken from his mother at a young age I'm the replacement..

Since he doesn't like his crate, and I have to go to college.. I plan on letting him free In the back, with just a bowl of water. It's not closed but it's an isolated house, there is a house keeper also, I can tell him to make sure nothing bad happens but I won't let anyone but myself feed him.

Like now I am saying a couple of commands, but I am not taking nothing serious, I think after a week or two when he gets well acquainted I start with better training. But like he always follows me and walks behind me, when he follows me I tap my thigh and say hail, when he gets up and comes to me I say come so maybe that's good mental training? What do y'all think?
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