First, this site is awesome! I have been using Google search (### site:germanshepherds.com) for weeks now and have found so much excellent advice!
Our two sons are now early teens and finally won the battle for a dog. We've had ducks, geese, cats, turtles, snakes etc, but a puppy has brought it to a new level...
I think we got very lucky with an exceptional puppy. She is an import (Pink Paper) pup (13 weeks old) and both parents are schutzhund champs (IPO2 and IPO3). She sleeps through the night in her crate (in our bedroom) and is getting the hang of potty outside. She has Coccidia (treating with Ponazuril) which has made pooping a bit messier than planned
She doesn't pee inside at all, unless I get her too excited when I come home (I'll work on ME). But she thinks it's OK to go poop upstairs in the boys rooms (blink your eyes and she's upstairs pooping). I think she doesn't consider upstairs part of "home". Any suggestions to get her to realize upstairs is not the potty spot? She is not a big fan of walks yet, but we take her out at least 8 times per day.
I'm struggling with nurturing and building bonds, vs. wanting to get training started and in the right direction. An example is walking - she pulls hard on the way home and I know soon she will be able to out power my wife and sons. I learned on this site the trick of stopping and taking a step backwards when she pulls, which seems to be slowly working, but it is making walks way less fun. She starts whimpering and just wants to go home... I'm worried if I let her pull it will solidify a bad habit. Should I chill and let her be a spaz (fun) puppy for a month and then get started training? Or is now the time to set a good foundation?
Thanks in advance for any insight!