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I'm sure this topic has been written about but I didn't find it in the search engine. In a few weeks I will be bringing home an eight week male GSD. My training plan is the first week to just bond with the puppy and not worry about the training part. The second week I would start with clicker training (I have Leerburg's 8 weeks to 8 months video) and then the third week start his socialization with taking him all over the place. Basically I want the first two weeks with him bonding with me and my family. How does that sound to everyone?

Also with sitting before taking him outside or eating how does one exactly do this? Do you just wait until he sits and then "mark" it and take him outside or what? I hope my questions make sense. I'm new at this and just want to do the best job that I can.
 

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I'm no expert by any means but I have had several puppies and currently have a 15 week old GSD mix that I got at 10 weeks. He learned to sit at the door in 5 minutes and sat for his dinner in 3 days. From the first walk up the steps I helped him into a sit (treat above the nose and a helping hand on his butt) and then just did it everytime we went in or out. He picked that up almost immediatly. He gets excited at meal time so that took a little longer. He got the hang of it pretty quick and does it on his own without any voice now. The hardest part for me was getting him to sit when I go to open his crate (he has such a wiggle butt!) but this is him sitting for pictures and he didn't budge.

 

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I have a 7 week old puppy who has been in our house for a week. She sits for her meal automatically now and also sits before she gets petted. Once they learn sit it can be used for many situations. Even when you bond you can start on the basic training. I am reading the book "The Dog Whisperer" and am finding some great advice on training in it.

Most of all.....Just have fun with your new puppy!!
Congratulations and post pictures please
 
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