Tips & Training


Early Socialization
This is the key to a well balanced adult dog.  Introduce your new puppy to 100 people in the first 12 weeks of their life.  The first 24 weeks are crucial in their development. Take your puppy for car rides, ball parks, play grounds, lakes, etc.  Expose them to as many new situations as possible.  Let them meet as many FRIENDLY dogs as you can.  Stay away from a dog that is not friendly.

Toys
German Shepherd puppies love to bite on your hands and feet.  In a stern voice, NO is all that is needed.  Divert the puppy's attention to something it can bite and chew on.  This is why safe puppy toys are advisable.  Rotating your puppy's toys will keep them from getting bored.

Standing Ears
Do not allow children or other dogs to pull or play with a puppy's ears.  This could damage the cartilage and prevent them from ever standing!  Do not be alarmed if one day the ears are up and the next day they are down, this is normal during teething.


Before your puppy comes home
You will need to stock up on a few things, such as: Food, Treats for training, Food and Water Dishes, Crate (replace as he/she grows), Dog gate, 4 to 6 foot leather leash, Adjustable Collar, 5 or 6 safe dog toys (the more the better), Brush and Comb, Tooth Brush and Dog Tooth Paste, Nail Trimmer (Have your vet instruct you the 1st time).

Crate Training
We highly recommend crate training. Crate training keeps the puppy safe from injury and makes housebreaking easier and quicker. Puppies will make mistakes, do not rub their nose in it, simply show the puppy the mistake and give him a stern NO. Take the puppy outside right away.  When your puppy does good outside give him or her lots of praise and make a big fuss over the good deed.