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He is housetrained. Former owners had basic training classes but never followed through with the training at home. Any suggestions for help with tips to retrain?
 

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I don't even know where to start so: hire a trainer to come to the house a few times to help you with the in-home issues. Sign him up for a basic obedience class in the meantime. Take it easy with him and enjoy him.
 

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Put time and money into training. People rarely give up a 1 yr old unless there are problems of some kind, so make sure you know what they are and work on them.
 

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Leerburg.com has great free and pay for training videos. Micheal Ellis is a super dog and people trainer. If you get someone to do one on one with you, you need them to train you to train your dog. Training is a lifetime thing. Thanks for rescuing.
 

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Don't overwhelm him with friends,family and social outings right away. Get to know each other, he'll learn to trust you, and learn what his weaknesses and strengths are. Have fun, and pictures are nice.
 

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Don't overwhelm him with friends,family and social outings right away. Get to know each other, he'll learn to trust you, and learn what his weaknesses and strengths are. Have fun, and pictures are nice.
This!!! any outings should be quiet and not busy and only involve you and your dog like quiet walks on nature trails until he adjusts and starts to trust you. German shepherds just don’t hand over their heart or trust.
 

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This!!! any outings should be quiet and not busy and only involve you and your dog like quiet walks on nature trails until he adjusts and starts to trust you. German shepherds just don’t hand over their heart or trust.
Also goes for the pups. I feel this happend this week with Griff after having him home for 2 weeks.
 

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This!!! any outings should be quiet and not busy and only involve you and your dog like quiet walks on nature trails until he adjusts and starts to trust you. German shepherds just don’t hand over their heart or trust.
Also goes for the pups. I feel this happend this week with Griff after having him home for 2 weeks.
Yes even for pups- especially so! It is very important to know this.
 
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