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These are great! I am dying waiting to get a puppy in the spring, but articles like this help hold me over and prepare me for puppy parenthood!
 

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which food are you starting ur pup on? im getting my first GSD next week!! so excited.. shes only 8 weeks and finding a good food for her seems impossible. everyone has different opinions.
 

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I don't know yet, I plan on talking to my breeder about it. I'm pretty new here so I don't know my way around the boards that well, but I'm sure you could find a thread that would give you some food for thought (ha ha). Or just start your own thread with your specific questions. I'm in not position to give advice yet, I'm here to learn! I'm so excited for you though. I wish I was getting mine that soon!
 

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It depends when you introduce the clicker if at all. It’s possible without it depending on your daily training if any. Nice video, but it’s a no brainer. Treats can replace clickers in a heart beat as long as it's consistent. Now do we have to treat until our dogs get old, no way. That is you, the owners, to figure out.
 

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which food are you starting ur pup on? im getting my first GSD next week!! so excited.. shes only 8 weeks and finding a good food for her seems impossible. everyone has different opinions.
We are getting our GSD at the end of April the Breeder will have him started on Nutro Natural Choice large breed puppy food and we plan on keeping him on it. It's a bit pricey but these dogs are worth every penny of it! It helps keep their coat shiny too.
 

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I would ask the breeder what your puppy is started on. Our puppy was started on kirkland puppy food and even though we know feeding just a straight puppy food is bad we got a bag of it for when he comes home and will switch him to the all life stages version when he is finished with the puppy food so he can have a more steady growth. I would suggest you keep your pup on whatever the breeder weaned them onto for atleast one bag they already are adjusting to a new home/family and so much more changing food shouldn't be another stressor too.
 

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one of the most helpful things I do with a new puppy is leash them in the house. I use an old six foot length of clotheline and attach it to thieir collars. No more running around the dining room table with no hopes of catching the little bugger. Also good for when new people come into the house, no jumping, etc. I don't hitch him to anything, he just drags the leash around with him.
 

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New puppy 101- tips for new puppy owners.

Hi everyone!

We're getting our new puppy on March 23rd, 2013. It's been a while since I've had a puppy and this will be my first pure bred GSD, so I've been taking notes on various aspects of being a new puppy handler and creating a cheat sheet for me and thought I would share the information and resources I have collected with others who are new and have the typical newbie questions.

Remember that what's written here is what I plan on our doing with our pup. I'm posting it here so that others in our position will have a starting point, a place to begin their research and to also hopefully answer some of the basic questions you may have or not even though of yet :)

I'm going to start with the supplies I ordered for our new pup. Some of these are unique to our situation, so your mileage may vary! For us, cost was an issue... so everything listed below was bought at either Amazon.com, Petmountain.com or Petsmart.com, depending on where they were cheaper. The crates were purchased at Wayfair.com. I've done a lot of research, read reviews and other member’s posts regarding all of the items here. Every dog is different and will like different things, but the items here have been highly recommended and that I decided to start with.

Items ordered at Amazon.com:

1. Pet Trex Premium Quality 30" Exercise Playpen for Dogs - 24"x30". This can be attached to the kennel/crate and give your pup a little more play room. Unfortunately, our pup will be in his crate for long periods during the work day and once he is responsible enough, I want to give him a little room to play in.
2. Lupine 1" Black 6' dog lead.
3. Majestic Pet 8"x12" and a 14"x20" snap collar.
4. Solvit 62296 Pet Vehicle Safety Harness
5. Guardian Gear 20' Cotton web lead
6. Safari Professional Large Nail Trimmers
7. JW Pet Company Undercoat Rake - Regular teeth
8. JW Pet Company Slicker Brush - Soft Pin
9. 220 Poor Bag Shop Dog Waste Bags with free dispenser - orginally had the 700 count, because the 220 was out of stock. But it seems they go in and out of stock every hour or so, so keep checking Figured 700 was probably a bit much since I have a fenced in back yard, only need them for walks, trips out.
10. Petsafe Treat pouch
11. Zuke's Mini Naturals - Peanut butter and salmon.
12. Fox Labs Defense Spray (pepper spray)- The pack leader will keep the pack safe
13. The Bow-wow flirt pole - Yes, I could make one, but it has good recommendations and figured it would save me a little trouble. After receiving it, I have to say it's very well made and I'm pleased with it.
14. Bell for dog housetraining - Going make sure Maximus knows how to let me know he needs to go out.
15. 101 Dog Tricks (Book)- You have to have at least one!
16. Jolly Pet 4 1/2" Romp-n-roll - Should I get the 6" for a 8 week old GSD?
17. Kong Wubba Dog Toy, Extra
18. JW Pet Company Crackle ball - small
19. JW Pet Company isqueak ball - medium
20.Planet Dog Orbee

Ordered from PetMountain.com:

1. Poop Off Superior Stain & Odor Remover for Dogs - by Life's Great Products. - Only available at PetMountain.com and a highly recommended product for house breaking.
2. Chuckit Classic Ball Launcher - will save your arm and give you more distance on throws.
3. Chuckit The Whistler Chuckit Ball 3"
4 2x Spot Dinner Time Stainless Steel Pet Dish 12.5"Wx4.25H
5. Flexi Explore Retractable Leash - 26' for dogs up to 110lbs
6. Kong Classic - great for occupying your pup while in the crate. Stuff peanut butter in it and freeze overnight. I bought the large, which seems just about the right size for a GSD puppy; would hate to see a small :)

Ordered from Wayfair.com

1. Midwest Life Stages Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crate - 48" - comes with divider.
2. Midwest Life Stages Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crate - 42" - comes with divider.

Ordered from Petsmart.com

1. Top Paw Bench Seat Protector - Haven't used it yet. None of the seat protectors have rave reviews. For the price, this one has good reviews and I bought it from Petsmart so that if it fails, I can return it locally.
2. Top Paw Dog Water Bottle 32oz - Looks like a hamster/gerbil water bottle for the crate when the pup will be in it during the day.
3. A variety of Pet Botanicals dog treats and rolls to cut up into treats.

Very important things to remember for new/existing puppy owners! – Print this out and put it on the fridge!!!

1. A tired puppy is a happy puppy! This in turn will make you happier as well!

2. GSD's are the mouthiest of all breeds. They will bite and are called land sharks for a reason! When your puppy bites, he is telling you that he wants to play. So play with him in a constructive way, again, a tired puppy is a happy puppy, wear him out! If you bought a high drive puppy, you'll have your work cut out for you, expect to spend a lot of time playing, interacting and bonding with your new pup. A flirt pole with be your best friend.

3. Your puppy requires constant supervision! If you can't watch him, put him into his kennel. If he has an accident while you're housebreaking him, if he chews up your $400 Logitech remote, your Xbox controllers, digs holes in your yard or rips up your garden, it's YOUR fault for not watching and supervising your puppy! Not his, so don't take it out on your puppy!

4. Your puppy goes through 5 stages. The 4th stage (7-12 weeks of age) is the point that most people pick up their puppies. This is the most important stage of a dog's life. It is the stage where you will shape your puppy into the type of dog he will be for the rest of his life. Genetics play a factor in your pup, but I feel it's the bonding, training and love that you give your pup that will ultimately determine the type of dog you will have. This article "Understanding Puppy" is a great read and something I feel everyone who has or is getting a pup should read: http://www.vanerp.net/ilse/GSDINFO/understandyourpuppy.htm

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New puppy 101- tips for new puppy owners.

I am new to the site and also just got my WGSD a few weeks ago. This was a good read and love you put links on to make it easy to access. I have a 3 year old and don't have a lot of time to search things. Glad I found this. Thanks:)


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I apologize, I was unaware of the limit. Most boards I've frequented had a word count if there was a limit.
 

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5. Germanshepherds.com is a wonderful resource! Use it frequently! Most of what is written here and the articles referenced were found here. Even if you just need to vent, most of the members here have or are going through the same thing you are and are always willing to listen and give advice. If you're searching for something specific, I've found it easier to go to google and put the phrase you're looking for and add germanshepherds.com after and the top results will be from germanshepherd.com. Easier to search all the forums this way, rather than each one individually.

6. You are the pack leader and it's your responsibility to protect your pup from any and all harm! This includes properly puppy proofing your home, supervising your puppy and being alert to dangers while outside, on a walk, out socializing, etc.

Miscellaneous topics:

1. Pet Insurance - This is a touchy subject. From my research and the research and recommendations of others, I'm going to use PetPlan and use their $12,000 annual, $200 deductable, and 80% payout. They only pay 80% of specialist visits, which is most likely when you will need the insurance, so no need to go higher. I feel that insurance is a necessity, especially for the first 3 years. You have a puppy that will be... well a puppy. He might think that your child's doll or toy car looks yummy... he may hurt himself, get sick, etc... Finances are an issue for us, but knowing that I can provide the care if needed for our new family member is a priority for me. Here's a thread where the various companies have been discussed: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/basic-care/159747-health-insurance-opinions-2.html

2. Vaccinations - Another touch subject. After my research, I've decided that I'm going to go with Jean Dodd's Minimal Vaccination Protocol. I feel it eliminates unneeded vaccines. You can read about it here: http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/DODDS-CHG-VACC-PROTOCOLS.HTM

3. Veterinarian - Picking the right vet is important. If you can, speak to family and friends in the area and see how they feel about their vet and if they would recommend him/her.
a.Make sure to bring a towel with you. Keep your pup in the car until it’s your turn. Lay the towel on the table and then go to your car and carry your pup in and place him on the towel. Don’t let him walk around on the floors or examining table until he’s been fully vaccinated. (3rd round of shots)

4. Feeding - RAW vs Kibble - everyone had their own opinions. Do the research and decide what is best for your dog. After the research I've done and the testimonials I've heard from breeders and owners alike about the benefits of feeding RAW, I will only feed my dog raw. I purchased a chest freezer and warranty from Lowes exclusively for our pup. I just purchased 320lbs of raw food for our pup for $245. At approximately 28oz per day, that's over 6 months of good, healthy food for our pup. That's $40 a month... and that's at "medium" bulk prices. You can find RAW a lot cheaper, depending on where you live and the sources available. Compare the price and benefits to what you will end up paying for top quality kibble and not only does your dog eat healthier and more naturally, you'll have less vet visits and will save money in the long run as well. Lauri, one of the moderators here has a fantastic website called the Raw Dog Range about RAW feeding. You can view that here: http://www.rawdogranch.com/rawfeeding.html

5. Crates - a crate is necessary. They are not cruel and eventually you're pup will consider it his den and use it a place where he can rest and not be disturbed. Not only will your pup rest there, it will give you a place to put your pup when YOU need a break and to rest. I'm attaching an Xpen to ours once he's responsible enough, so he will have a little more room to play in; they can attach to the crate an extend the crate area significantly. Please read the post with the crate game videos mentioned below.

6. Home owners insurance - Check to see if the company who your policy is through has any breed restrictions. I was unaware, but found out to raise my personal injury protection from 300k to 1 million only cost me $18 more a year... well worth it. Not only in case there is an incident with your pup, but for anything in general... it's a nice piece of mind to have.

7. Neutering - This is a topic you will need to research and come to your own decision on. It's recommended to not have your dog altered until has grown into an adult at approximately 2 years of age.

8. Nail cutting - I've never heard of this, but a lot of people use a dremel. It looks like something I would like to try as I'm not so sure of myself with clippers. Here's a link to a website that explains it in detail: http://www.doberdawn.com/doberdawn/dremel.html

9. Teething - Puppies begin cutting their adult teeth at around 4 months old and it lasts about 2 months.

10. Shedding - Your pup is going to shed, a lot! When it blows its seasonal coat, you'll know Start grooming early and getting your pup used to it. This will help minimize the hair around the house. This will be my biggest obstacle, it's been a while since I had to deal with hair all over

11. Bully sticks - great for keeping your pup occupied for a while - I've been referred to and found the best prices at http://www.bestbullysticks.com Sign up for their newsletter and every couple of weeks you will get a coupon for around 10% off; so sign up before you order.
 

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Very informative, thank you for taking the time to post this. I went through your complete post very carefully and checked it against our list as we get ready for our first GSD puppy.
 

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Miscellaneous training topics:

1. The Puppy Primer is an excellent read and another article that all new/existing puppy owners should read. Here's a link: http://www.gsdhelp.info/puppyOURS/thepuppyprimer1.html

2. Housebreaking - This will be your first test
There are various methods and here's a link to the one I'm going to try: http://www.worldclassgsd.com/Tips_Resources_For_German_Shepherds/House_Breaking_Your_Puppy.htm

3. Bite inhibition - your second test! Here's the link to a sticky you NEED to read: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/welcome-gsd-faqs-first-time-owner/188549-puppy-biting-hints-tips-help.html

4. Socialization during the 3rd and 4th month is very important. But depending on the vaccination schedule you decide on, you will have to weigh the risks as the pups vaccinations will not be completed. Take your dog out to places that are not high pet traffic areas. Home depot, the mall, your grocery store. Just sit outside and let him get used to the new people, noises, etc. Invite family and friends over to interact with your pup, have them bring their pets over to socialize if they are up to date on shots and well behaved. Puppiest 1st night, 1st year is a great read with a day by day plan for your puppy for socialization and training. You can find that here: http://www.vonfalconer.com/articles/2/article/3#fourth

5. Puppy classes – the recommendation is to wait until the pup has completed his vaccinations and most classes have a minimum age from what I’ve read. You can also do private lessons in home at an early age. I’m still up in the air about basic puppy classes. My first focus will be on socialization and then maybe a formal OB class when he’s a little older.

6. Dog parks - a controversial topic, but most seem to feel it's safer not to take your pup to a dog park. I have decided not to and my reasons are these: If you're dog is attacked by another dog due to a careless owner, it can cause aggression in your dog and set your pup back in temperament and training. Also, early on you have to consider other dogs that are not up to date on vaccines. Also, most parks require that your dog be neutered, so your decision on that will be an issue as well. I'm going to try and find a puppy playmate with another owner in the area. Also, check meetup.com and look into what dog groups they have. There is one in my area with over 700 members that meets at least twice a month with beginning agility classes, hikes, etc. It will be a great way to meet others who love their dogs, socialize your pup, make playdates, etc.

7. Crate games - a fun way to train your pup to use and love his crate. This post has the videos linked: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/training-our-puppy-basic/220938-too-soft.html

8. Commands – Here is a list of the common dog commands in English, German (good for IPO training), French, Czech and Dutch an audio files on how to pronounce them. - http://www4.uwsp.edu/psych/dog/languag1.htm Here’s a link to a post here with a lot of info on German commands: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/schutzhund-ipo-training/105182-list-german-schutzhund-commands.html The commands below are taken from that post.

a. Sit – Sitz
b. Stay – Bleib
c. Down – Platz
d. Come – Hier
e. heel – fuss
f. Stand – Steh
g. Retrieve/Fetch – Bring
h. Jump – Hopp
i. Go out – Voraus
j. Track – Such
k. Guard, watch –Pass auf
l. Bite – Packen
m. Out, let go Aus (ows) –
n. Leave it – Lass es
o. Go outside – Geh Raus
p. Go inside – Geh rein
q. Speak/bark – Gib laut and/or Sprich
r. Correction word / No – Pfui (fooey)
s. Good boy – So brav
t. Praise word - super
u. Quiet - Ruhig (roo ig)
v. Shut your mouth - Halt deine klappe
w. Roll over– Rolle
x. Dead - Tot
y. Play dead – Speil tot
z. Revier - It is used for the blind search and hold and bark. Voran is also often used by some people instead of revier.

There are various methods as to how to train your dog. Clicker vs. non-clicker, different methods for each command and a lot depends on what kind of drive your dog has. I’m researching different methods so I have a starting point when Maximus comes home. Research the various methods available, see what feels right for you and your pup and go from there.

Leerburg has a lot of free articles and videos online. You can go through them here: http://leerburg.com/articles.htm . You can also find a lot of helpful videos on Youtube.

I hope this helps other down the road. For me, it’s a cheat sheet with links to a lot of the informative articles and posts I’ve run across here and will use frequently
And that I thought I would share.

There are many more topics that could be covered and definitely different opinions in each. Again, I just want to say that this is the cheat sheet I came up for us and our pup and thought I would share it as it points you in the right direction for a lot of the new puppy questions you will have. It’s a living document and I’m working on it daily.

If you have anything you would like to share for us new puppy owners, please do. We can use all the help and advice we can get!

Congratulations on your new pup and good luck!
 

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Very informative post for all those new puppy owners and haven't been a puppy owner in a bazillion years owner.
You have done a lot of research and I commend you for trying to learn and prepare for your little bundle of fun! This should be a sticky!
Now back to waiting.......:rolleyes:
 

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Due to the way the post had to be divided, I wanted to add this again, so it can be copied and pasted in one section so you can print it out and put it on your refrigerator. I am going to put one on my bathroom mirror as well... There are going to be a lot of trying times with your new pup... please expect that. There are hundreds of post about people asking if they did the right thing by getting a pup a few days, weeks, even months after bringing thier new puppy home because really didn't expect all the work and dedication it takes. But I have yet to see one post where someone "made it through" and said it was not worth it! It's not going to easy... but once you make it through, you are going to have one of the greatest, loving companions you will ever have in your lifetime.


Very important things to remember for new/existing puppy owners! – Print this out and put it on the fridge!!!

1. A tired puppy is a happy puppy! This in turn will make you happier as well!

2. GSD's are the mouthiest of all breeds. They will bite and are called land sharks for a reason! When your puppy bites, he is telling you that he wants to play. So play with him in a constructive way, again, a tired puppy is a happy puppy, wear him out! If you bought a high drive puppy, you'll have your work cut out for you, expect to spend a lot of time playing, interacting and bonding with your new pup. A flirt pole with be your best friend.

3. Your puppy requires constant supervision! If you can't watch him, put him into his kennel. If he has an accident while you're housebreaking him, if he chews up your $400 Logitech remote, your Xbox controllers, digs holes in your yard or rips up your garden, it's YOUR fault for not watching and supervising your puppy! Not his, so don't take it out on your puppy!

4. Your puppy goes through 5 stages. The 4th stage (7-12 weeks of age) is the point that most people pick up their puppies. This is the most important stage of a dog's life. It is the stage where you will shape your puppy into the type of dog he will be for the rest of his life. Genetics play a factor in your pup, but I feel it's the bonding, training and love that you give your pup that will ultimately determine the type of dog you will have. This article "Understanding Puppy" is a great read and something I feel everyone who has or is getting a pup should read: http://www.vanerp.net/ilse/GSDINFO/understandyourpuppy.htm

5. Germanshepherds.com is a wonderful resource! Use it frequently! Most of what is written here and the articles referenced were found here. Even if you just need to vent, most of the members here have or are going through the same thing you are and are always willing to listen and give advice. If you're searching for something specific, I've found it easier to go to google and put the phrase you're looking for and add germanshepherds.com after and the top results will be from germanshepherd.com. Easier to search all the forums this way, rather than each one individually.

6. You are the pack leader and it's your responsibility to protect your pup from any and all harm! This includes properly puppy proofing your home, supervising your puppy and being alert to dangers while outside, on a walk, out socializing, etc.
 

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you forgot to say, catch up on your sleep prior to puppy cause your gonna need it when they arrive:)

And make sure you find a good breeder who can peg their puppies and select the best puppy for your situation/wants and don't wants:)
 

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*laughing* I have daughter who just turned 4... I was just starting to get to the point where I remembered what the word meant! Now that's out the window for another year :)
 
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