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Hi everyone! Just introducing myself as I browse through the forums for tips on how to take care of our 8 week old German Shepherd. Primarily I want to know if there are any friendly German Shepherd owners in NJ who use these forums.

His name is Frodo(yes we are nerdy). And I have to confess that we were irresponsible enough to buy him from a Menonite farmer who did not have any papers. But we had already been to 2 breeders and a family whose pets had a litter. And though he had no papers(he said he was waiting for the registration papers and would mail them to us as soon as he gets them) and had no health guarantee(both parents are distinctively german shepherds), we took the chance on the puppy when we saw the mother and her babies. The mother, especially, was very gentle and calm and did not mind at all our touching the babies while she nursed them. We liked them simply because compared to the other german shepherds and the puppies that we had seen earlier with the breeders, they had a very gentle temperament.

On the car ride home, I held him in my lap and he curled his tummy against mine and buried his head in the crook of my elbow and would look up into my eyes once in a while. How could I resist loving him? After a while, he climbed down to the floor and lay there, alert but quiet.

Now we are overwhelmed, He jumps on the youngest one a lot (she is 10), and nips her. He can be very stubborn when he wants to. But also very obedient at times. One NO has been enough in most cases. He doesnt touch things we dont want him to. He is also mouthing a lot now, and my 'ouch' although it worked in the beginning doesn't any more. I give him chew toys, and then rub him when hes chewing on them. He comes and lies down next to me when he is sleepy and he obviously wants me to rub him, because he rolls over and exposes his stomach to me. He used to want to suck on my fingers while falling asleep and always stopped if I said no when he teethed me. Now that teething has grown more stubborn and bitey. I like the aspect that he feels the need for my affection, and I dont want to stop that.

I take him out in the front and back yard, on leash which I can see he hates. He barks and lunges at other dogs if they bark at him. But if they go their way quietly he just watches them.

I can also see he is now fearful of people, and runs away then comes back and barks at them, this might have happened since he has been with us although that has been only 4 days now. I understand socialisation is important, and I want to get started with that soon as possible, we've had friends come one at a time past 4 days and he was fine the first 2. Now he is not so friendly.

I also want to socialise him with other dogs, since he was playing with other dogs on the farm including his litter mates. But the vet asked us to wait till he is 16 weeks old(and has had all his vaccinations), I am worried that it might be too late to wait that long.

We got a crate for him today, but I could feel a shift in his attitude when he went in there, like it was his. I felt that he could potentially grow more aggressive and territorial. My children went in first in the crate and he followed. Though they love him, they are unable to deal with his mouthing and jumping on them so I can see his becoming aloof.

This is a long post ! and I apologise. I am a pretty calm person, but I can feel tension building inside me. Any suggestions, anyone? Is it possible to train him to be calm and gentle with others , and not react to other barking dogs? Or would that need expensive training schools?
 

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Hello! New to the forum not GSDs! Did you do any research on GSDs before purchasing? They stay puppies for a good while, and are working breed dogs so they have a ton of energy that needs to be used up! Never the less you have him now.. There are tons of good post on here that can help you get him to stop the biting. Spend some time reading thru it! You may want to think of enrolling him into a puppy class as well!

Good Luck!! Post Pics!
 

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My GSD is a couch potato. First thing after a workout she loves to do is head for the living room and plop down in the corner she's claimed as her den space. She does well in a small apartment.

Her temperament is calm and happy and she has a sweet and gentle personality. That makes her the perfect family pet. And she doesn't bark or bite and is the quietest and most well behaved dog I've ever had the pleasure of acquiring.

The important thing to remember is when a dog comes to a new home, there may be an adjustment process lasting up to several months. Pets are less tolerant of rapid change than humans are so give your dog time to get used to you and a new environment.
 

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Your dog sounds just perfect. Can we borrow him? :)

Thank you for the reassurance. Yes, I realise I should give him time and be patient as well as gentle, and take it one step at a time. Right now he is house training. And I will just focus on that and hopefully some bite inhibition.
 

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Hello! New to the forum not GSDs! Did you do any research on GSDs before purchasing? They stay puppies for a good while, and are working breed dogs so they have a ton of energy that needs to be used up! Never the less you have him now.. There are tons of good post on here that can help you get him to stop the biting. Spend some time reading thru it! You may want to think of enrolling him into a puppy class as well!

Good Luck!! Post Pics!
Hi Nicole! Thank you. Yes, we did research and had a good idea of the amount of training a german shepherd would need. Exercise is not a problem. He will get plenty of it with us.
and yes, I am looking into puppy classes. I just wonder if it is better to start right now at home with basic commands and leash training and bite inhibition rather than wait till he is old enough for group classes. I have gone through videos online and read some books on training. He might be just too little for me to train. Anyway, we just love him. He is such a dignified dog when he is not biting. :D
 

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Yes, we're in central NJ!
 

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The GSD National Specialty will be in NJ October 5-12, at Dream Park. You should put it on your calendar! Agility, Obedience, Rally, Herding, and Conformation. The following week will be the WUSV World Championship. Lots to see!!
 

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The GSD National Specialty will be in NJ October 5-12, at Dream Park. You should put it on your calendar! Agility, Obedience, Rally, Herding, and Conformation. The following week will be the WUSV World Championship. Lots to see!!
sounds exciting!
 
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