Walked in to get a fish; walked out with a smoosh. Any GSD tips?

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Walked in to get a fish; walked out with a smoosh. Any GSD tips?


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  1. Train ‘em really hard, love ‘em even harder.

    The core of their personalities is loyalty. They’re all about being lifelong companions. 1/2 guard dog 1/2 soft to the core friend.

    Do not. I repeat, do not use negative reinforcement if you can ever help it. Even more so than other breeds.

    Oh, also keep an eye out for ear infections, especially if your little one loves to dig.

  2. Touch everywhere!!!!! Handle his paws frequently and praise him while you do it! Also touch in his mouth and teeth and nails and tail to get him used to it and comfortable! Your vet will thank you later!

  3. Must train and socialize with people and dogs as much as you can early (especially between 4-8 months). If you’ve never had a German Shepherd take obedience classes with a reputable positive trainer. Positive reinforcement is best with GSD but you must be in charge. They are the best dogs and will be your best friend.

  4. Socialize!!

    And their stomachs tend to be really sensitive, so buy good food.

    They’re so smart. And a little sneaky. They love to exercise, so get ready for that!

    You now have a friend for life. They are so protective and fiercely loyal. You’ll fall in love with your pup and they will fall in love with you. You’ll never find a better friend.

    Enjoy your sweetheart!

  5. People keep saying hide your stuff, I second this, but i also want to add, give your puppy something that they’re ALLOWED to chew on. For my GSD, we gave him bully sticks, bones, antlers, squeaky toys, pigs ears, even stuffed kongs. We only lost some stuffed dog toys, a dog bed, and some backyard plants.

    But he’s a cutie! Congrats!

  6. Socialize ASAP. Some breeders say to socialize them before their 12 week shots. Others say not to. Just watch where they go and don’t go near many other dogs with them yet before the 12 week shots. Don’t feed about 2 hours before bedtime. Tire them out real good. Give them water if it’s dry or hot where you live. Along with ice cubes if they’re panting a lot. Give water after they go potty. Make potty time in the middle of the night BORING. No eye contact. No play. Just potty and back in the crate. Crate training will SAVE YOU. Believe me. Don’t look at them when they cry. Not at all. They’ll calm down eventually.

  7. Visit the butcher and get some off-cuts (heart, lungs, kidney) for training. Raw meat is a great motivator.

    Make peace with the hair. Become one with the hair.


    A tired dog is a good dog, and shepherds have a ton of energy. Walk, walk, walk. Our girl’s behaviour improved immensely when we increased walks to 3x/ day (roughly 2-3h).


    Hide anything she’s not supposed to eat 50% higher than you think it needs to be hidden.


    TAKE MORE PICTURES. I don’t care how many you take, it’s never enough. The puppy period feels so much shorter than it is!


    Socialize a ton. We got ours in the middle of winter and she didn’t get enough socialization at first, and we’re still working on that over a year later.

  8. 1. German Shepherd puppies are called land sharks for a reason. If you are attached to an item, put it somewhere they cannot get to it.
    2. Puppies and babies are the same, they need constant attention and stimulation. Especially high energy, smart breeds like GSDs.
    3. You need to focus on what you **WANT** your puppy to do, not what you don’t. Get freaking excited when they do what you’re asking them to do. Anyone is more willing to want to do something if they’re celebrated for doing it. Even as small as going pee outside. Get them hyped to want to continue doing it. Focusing on the bad will scare them and make them unsure of what you want and could delay training by weeks if not longer. Puppies have short attention spans. If you try to punish them after they did something (like going on the carpet), they have no idea why you’re upset. If you catch them doing it, show them what you want them to do and praise them right after to show them it’s what you want them to do (Example: catch puppy trying to or peeing on floor. Pick them up and carry them outside. Go completely bonkers with love and wrestles and cuddles and plenty of “good potty! Good potty!” so they equate bathroom with outside. They want to make you happy. Allow them to by showing them the way.
    4. It’s okay and normal to get frustrated. Your puppy will get frustrated too. Know that it’s okay to walk away for a few minutes rather to cool down than let your puppy see it. A frustrated puppy is a stressed puppy. A stressed puppy is not a learning puppy.
    5. Back to the land shark part. You’r puppy with use those little needle teeth with reckless abandon. You need to act just like their littermates would when they get too rough. If when you’re playing they bite too hard, you need to **yelp sharply and loudly** and turn your back to them. It can be heartbreaking, but you *need* to ignore them for a couple minutes. This is a completely natural process in puppy play. Puppies need to learn boundaries on what is okay and what is too rough.

    Edit: Thank you for the gold! I’ve loved animals my entire life and trained dogs for a very long time. My family roots have always been closely tied to animals. I feel I have a deep understanding of them.

  9. Looks like you just got a puppy from a very sketchy source, probably a puppy mill. Get health insurance, that mistake is going to cost you.

    You will need to be extremely on the ball with socialisation too, as temperament is highly inheritable and you don’t know what you are working with.

    [Here is a socialization checklist]( People, places, things, sights, sounds. Positive or neutral experiences only, what she learns the next month will stick with her forever.

    The socialization window closes when she turns 12 weeks old, but your socialization work needs to be maintained after that too. This is your one opportunity to build a confident dog for the next ten years.

    Edit: I recommend the DVD Raising Your Puppy with Michael Ellis.

  10. Everyone else has posted some good tips. I just want to add, buy a really good vacuum.

    Also, get some brushes. I use three different types. Dual sided loop style, a furminator, and a slicker brush. It will get the shedding down to manageable levels. You will have to vacuum every couple of days anyway, so get used to it.

  11. I used a book called “The Art of Raising a Puppy” when I trained my dog. I highly recommend it. It was written by Monks who raise and train German Shepards in New York State. They really know their stuff.

  12. Socialize as soon as your vet deems it safe, and be consistent with it! Puppy classes are a great way to start.

    Hopefully you can find one that has other gsds/larger breeds in it. Our pup was always the biggest and the other pet owners were always so scared when our little buddy would try to play with their pups!

  13. I was coming home from the aquarium store when I found my GSD puppy running around an intersection. Here we are almost 2 years later. Welcome to the “got a German shepherd when I was just getting a fish” club.



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