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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-27-2011, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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New owner of 12 week old GSD.

Hey guys, I just got a 12 week old German Shepherd and was wondering if I can get some advice on how to train him. I figured joining this forum will be helpful.

I have already trained him to sit, but have a little trouble teaching him other things, because he seems to get distracted easily. Any advice will be appreciated.
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Try a room with no distractions. Short training sessions and lots of repetition. Praise them a lot when they do what you want them to do.
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Try a room with no distractions. Short training sessions and lots of repetition. Praise them a lot when they do what you want them to do.
Thank you. For example, I tried teaching him how to lay down by reading some tutorials online. He always seems to want to grab the treat without actually going down. What can I do to make him lay down, so I can then praise him and give him the treat?
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Twelve weeks old is pretty young to expect a down- start slower with sit, come maybe start clicker training. You would greatly benefit from going to a puppy class right now.
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You should get him in a puppy class as soon as you possibly can. 8-12 weeks is a very important time for you puppy to start learning socialization skills.

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Twelve weeks old is pretty young to expect a down- start slower with sit, come maybe start clicker training. You would greatly benefit from going to a puppy class right now.

He's actually close to 15-16 weeks. I had miscounted in my original post. Im sure that is also pretty young. I just posted in the trainer forum to look for a good one in the Los Angeles area. Thank you.
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