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Hello Friends!

I'm new to the forums and firstly want to say that I love the community! From the posts I've read, everyone is so supportive and helpful. This is my first post and it's about my very first GSD. Before I start his story I want to give a little background, just a little warning this will probably be a long post! I plan to keep updating it as he grows, and as we grow as owners. Onto the background...

I live in WV with my Hubbs and two sons (11 and 7), we have two small dogs (a Shih`Tzu and a Pomeranian both full blooded but adopted not purchased). The Hubbs and I have both wanted a GSD most of our lives but never had the opportunity to get one. We had taken in our older dogs as favors to family. They're both 6 1/2 now. But we did not want to bring another dog into our house since we already had two.

Over the years, we've spoken about our love for the GSD breed and how badly we want one. The day after Easter we got a call from my step mother in law saying, "Can you take a German Shepherd puppy? My son bought one for his daughter but his wife says it has to go, if you can't take it she's taking it to the pound."

We talked about it for maybe 30 seconds... Could this be our puppy? A full blooded baby GSD for free? Can we let this baby go to the pound? Really it didn't take 30 seconds to know, we were taking this dog. We had no notice, the guy brought the dog over that day. We live two hours apart but he made the drive to us. Within three hours of the phone call we had our new baby.

Now I can get on to the part about our soul mate puppy... Simply put, this dog has been amazing. He has been the easiest puppy to house break, he caught on so quickly. He loves to go to the park for leisurely walks. Our sons have fallen in love with him and he fits in perfectly with our older dogs.

I cannot for the life of me imagine why anyone would give this dog away but I'm so glad they did. He's a puppy so he does like to chew on things, we give him a rope and a squeaky toy and he will go to town on those things. He also whines a bit when he's put in the kennel to sleep at night but only for a little bit and then he just lays down.

His name is Interceptor and he's 8 weeks and two days old. A lot of people have asked why we chose that name and I'll explain that too. We are video game nerds and both the Hubbs and I grew up playing a game called Final Fantasy. There's a dog on there (I believe it's actually a Doberman though) and his name is Interceptor. So we got it from there! :)

As I said before, I'm new to the forums but I am going to try and figure out how to attach a few photos! A lot of them are blurry because #1 - I took them with my phone and #2 - He moves ALL the time!

This is Inny sleeping with Zach, my youngest.



This is Inny-Ceppy sleeping after a walk at the park. He sleeps a lot LOL!



Here he is meeting our Pom for the first time, she's come around since then!


Sleeping with the Hubbs - See what I mean? Always tired lol!



Enjoying the sunshine!



Sitting with Momma



OK I think that's enough for now, I'll try to update weekly if I can remember! =) If not you can always find me and more photos on Facebook at - https://www.facebook.com/hrhodes8137
 

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Aww!!! Welcome to the forum! Inny is absolutely adorable!
 

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:welcome: He's a cutie! :wub:
 

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Thanks guys! He's been a blessing that's for sure. It's so fun to watch his little personality develop day by day! =)
 

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welcome and so glad you got the puppy of your dreams:) Love the pics very very cute
 

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Thank you everyone for the kind and warm welcome!

Last night was his 7th night here and he slept didn't whine at all when I put him in the kennel and he slept all night without complaining one bit. I knew being persistent would pay off! He seems to drink a lot and pee all the time and I'm hoping that's a normal German Shepherd puppy thing. I just let him drink as often as he wants and be sure to take him out at least once every hour. Seems to be working so far!

The kiddos and Hubbs are back to work/school today and I'm hoping to get him on a regular walk schedule. He doesn't really like the the leash but he does love being outside, I'm hoping persistance will pay off in that area too. I'd love to be able to take him running with me when he's fully grown. I think I read you shouldn't run them before 18 months? I usually walk him now until he's done and that's been anywhere from half a mile to up to a full mile (once). It's a slooooow walk but we enjoy it!

Thank you again everyone, you are all so sweet!
 

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A little puppy update! Here's a photo of him playing with Zach again. He's so gentle and loves to lick. I know some people discourage that but we don't. If he starts trying to chew (which seems like teething but I'm not sure) then we occupy him with a chew toy. Otherwise we let him go to town loving on us!



Also we started clicker training today. I've never done it before so it's a learning experience for both of us! Right now we're still in the "charging" phase and of course he's been loving it. I'm doing all the research I can on it and am going to try my best to make it a great experience for both of us! The Hubbs doesn't understand it yet, he told me "I think you should only give the dog a treat when he does something to deserve it." I guess he understands the clicker just not the charging of the clicker. We'll work hard and show him how well it works! ;)
 

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I just realized that in my first post, I had his age wrong. He was born on Valentines day, making him 8 weeks old today. We've had him for 11 days and the person that purchased him only had him for a day, I can't believe they took him from his momma at barely six weeks old! That seems too young to me but honestly I'm not sure when they normally do that...

Anyway things are still going wonderfully! I forgot about the clicker until today... We started working with it again. He seems to have it down that when I click it, he gets a treat and I'm excited to start name training with it. He does seem to recognize his name mostly but sometimes, especially when he's really interested in something, he ignores me.

We took a few photos today to celebrate his 8 week birthday! :)


His right ear started to go up yesterday! :wub:



Exploring can be really thirsty work...



"What's that clickin sound Ma?" He looks super cute with his dirty nose! Creek water definitely is not the cleanest place for a puppy to play!



"Look, I found a stick! Nom nom nom!"




Now he's had a bath and is napping, hopefully after that we'll do our first training session! I'm super excited to start working with the little guy. :D Slowly of course!
 

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He is adorable, and looks like the perfect complement to your family! Congratulations :)
 

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He is absolutely adorable! Congrats and enjoy the little bitty puppy stage because they grow up quick!
 

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A couple of questions!

OK so as of today, he's 8 weeks and 5 days old and I've got a couple of questions!

I've seen a LOT of people asking about the weight of their dogs and I know it's a concern of many. My question is, today our bebe weighs 19 pounds. That's heavier than I've seen anyone else ask about so far. I don't have any details about his parents because we adopted him from another family. He doesn't seem fat, he has a lot of muscle so I'm guessing it's probably OK.

Also, just the past couple of days he's started eating his poo. :sick: He never did that before and we have NEVER even so much as scolded him over potty incidents. We are using the take him out all the time and positive reinforcement method of training. I'm not sure why he would suddenly start doing this? I noticed him licking at it the other day outside and then I caught a whiff of poo inside this morning (I got distracted by kiddos and didn't take him out soon enough, I know it's my bad) and I looked everywhere and couldn't find it. Sniffed his breath and sure enough, poo mouth. I'm hoping it's not a sign he's missing something from his diet. I've been feeding him Iams Healthy Naturals Puppy, the recommended amount for his weight every day.

As far as the good stuff, I'll do an update with photos when he turns 9 weeks old on Thursday! And there is a lot of good stuff! :wub:
 

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Our Kratos was 20lbs at 8.5 weeks, so it really depends on your dog I believe. As for the food, I don't like Iams myself and if you're going to spend that type of money on a food I'd switch to a better brand. You can find a lot of different opinions on this forum and I would do my own research on the right food.
 
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