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German Shepherd - Where to start?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by JayLib, Apr 7, 2011.


  1. JayLib

    JayLib PetForums Member

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    Hi Folks,

    we're picking up our German Shepherd puppy in a few weeks time and so need to get prepared for his arrival!

    I helped bring up my Mums labrador but she's nearly ten and I really can't remember her as a puppy - plus a German Shep is a different kettle of fish....

    Any tips on how to start with things like collars, leads, bedding, crates, feeding (raw or not?) etc would be gratefully received!

    Many thanks
    Libby
     
  2. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Congrats on the impending arrival!

    I helped raise my dad's GR about 10 years ago, and recently got my own Westie. I thought I knew what I was doing but this forum has been a godsend!

    I started crate training late but wish I did it from the start! I'm also planning to start clicker training - also a little late into it! :eek:
     
  3. JayLib

    JayLib PetForums Member

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    Ah thanks - and loving the pics of your Westie (they are my personal favourite!)

    Agreed on the training, we're looking into that now as we want to give him the best start we can.
     
  4. catsandcanines

    catsandcanines PetForums Member

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    I love GSDs and I bet you can't wait to get your puppy.

    Sadie, my GSD is now 8 but we got her when she was 8 weeks old. We had never a had a puppy before and (for me anyway) it was a deep learning curve.

    You mentioned about bedding, we had one of those hard, plastic oval beds as Sadie did chew anything she could and this seemed the safest type with a nice piece of vet bedding in the base.

    I used to freeze carrots and give to her for teething and when she used to bite too hard I would let out a high pitched yelp and she would stop.

    Get some puppy training pads (or newspaper) to place on the floor for weeing and let your pup out after each playtime, meal and nap.

    You probably know this already really but lots of praise when the pup wees and poops in your garden and just ignore accidents indoors.

    Sorry for going on and enjoy your puppy :)
     
  5. JayLib

    JayLib PetForums Member

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    Wow that is such a great idea - thank you sooooo much!
     
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    thedogsmother PetForums VIP

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    The bigest tip I can give with gsds (well any dog really) is socialise him from the day you get him, obviously you will have to carry him and keep him away from where other dogs have been but basically show him anything he might encounter as an adult. A great book is Gwen Baileys The Perfect Puppy, its well worth a read. If you contact your vets they might run (or be able to reccomend) a puppy socialisation party, we took Henrick to some being run by the vets and it was really well worth going. Most importantly though the first thing you MUST do when you get home from collecting him is post piccies on here :D.
     
  7. JayLib

    JayLib PetForums Member

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    Ah yes it's the doggie bible!! We have that book from when our Lab was a puppy - had completely forgotten about it actually so thank you for the reminder... We're getting through the chapters!

    As soon as our little man is home we will be sure to share him with you all! :)
     
  8. MissusMayhem

    MissusMayhem PetForums VIP

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    socialise socialise socialise!!!
    :D
    my boys 10 months now and i dont have any idea where the time has gone!! :)
    but of your ever unsure or stuck ....
    post on here someone will be around to help, right guys?
    meet Odin :)
     

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