German Shepherds grow at such an astonishing rate that it is best not to force their growth with artificial vitamins and calcium supplements. A good quality dog food is all that they require. A German Shepherd is going to get as large as it is going to be, genetically, anyway; allowing them to grow at their own pace will give them a more stable foundation once they get there. Many breeders recommend NOT feeding a 'puppy diet' beyond the first few months due to the high protein content.
During growth periods your German Shepherd puppy is subject to joint injury. You will need to be especially careful during these times to control excessive exercise. A puppy may play at its own rate but should not be encouraged to take long walks, jump obstacles, or any other exercise that will stress the joints. This is not to say the puppy has to be confined. Just use caution and do not allow it to over exert itself.
A German Shepherd remains a puppy much longer than most breeds. Even though a German Shepherd is already quite large by the time it is 6 months old, it is still growing and maturing rapidly. A German Shepherd does not reach its full physical or mental maturity until after 3 years of age.
You will be surprised at how much a German Shepherd puppy will drink. Fresh water should be kept available at all times. Drool will accumulate in the bottom of the pup's water dish. Since the pup will not drink its own drool, the dish should be rinsed out at least daily.
puppies love to chew. German Shepherds have very powerful jaws, even as a puppy.
Some chew toys that are fine for other breeds may not be suitable for
your German Shepherd. Caution should be used when choosing toys or chew bones
because the pup could bite off pieces and swallow them, resulting in
intestinal blockage. German Shepherd puppies also have a tendency to chew, or
swallow, rocks and sticks. They should be watched closely and
discouraged from doing so.
This cute adorable puppy needs to learn what is acceptable behavior in the home. Before you bring your new pup home. It is recommended that the owner gets a CRATE. Contrary to what people think a crate is not a crul thing. It provides the pup with its own personal space. The crate protects the pup as well as protects your home. The crate provides an easier way to house break your pup.
recomended to purchase a Crate that the pup can grow into. ---Get the
largest crate you can.
Conformation training or just training should start when the puppies are about 10 weeks old. The first thing to consider is the correct COLLAR.
You should never use a narrow collar on a young puppy as it will cut into his tender little neck. I believe that the chain collar are too heavy for young puppies. If you put on a small puppy, he will lower his head, then run and hide. A heavy collar on a young puppy is depressing to him. The wide nylon is best for a puppy because it is so light-weight that he wont mind it. He may scratch his neck a few times because it feels strange to him, but he’ll get use to it.
When a puppy is wearing a choke collar, don’t leave him any length of time as might catch it in something in your absence and hang himself.
SIZE: put collar around his neck and add 3 inches. I like the adjustable collars as the German Shepherd puppy grow so fast.
LEADS: should be lightweight so the puppy does not object to them, and I have found this is the easiest way to get a puppy use to wearing a collar.
puppy can learn many things at a very early stage by different tones of
voice you . He may not understand the new word commands use, but he
instantly recognize your
different tones of voice. Performed each time a question is asked. Here
are a few examples:
Do you want to go out ( As you walk to the door )
Do you want dinner? ( As you pick up the puppy’s dish )
Do you want a drink? ( As you turn the facet. )
Do you want a cookie? ( As you take from the cookie jar )
you want to go for a walk ? ( As you pick up the leash )
When you use the word “NO” to correct your dog, lower the tone of your voice. The tone of voice is what is important in training. Praise make it gay and full of good spirits, and be sincere, as a dog can spot insincerity.
When handling you puppy or dog, be gentle, make a companion of him, talk to him as you would a friend---conversationally. You won't spoil him by doing this but will gain respect. Your dog will be your best friend and you will gain his respect.
Your puppy toenails are to be cut every two weeks to keep them short. If they are permitted to grow unattended, they become unsightly, cause the puppy’s toes to spread a part and may cause lameness. If you cut them too short, and accidentally cut into the quick and cause the nail to bleed. Don’t panic. Just dab some coagulant powder on to it to stop bleeding. ( Quick Stop ) Talk soothingly to the puppy and place a tiny bit of the powder on bleeding nail. The bleeding will stop immediately. Alum will also stop the bleeding.
is a five part program:
The key to this whole process is to make all five things work in conjunction with one another. You cannot do just one and expect the dog to get housebroken.
Crating dogs for limited periods of time is not cruel. Dogs have a denning instinct. Depending upon their age, puppies and Older dogs should not be crated for excessive periods of time.
Here are the crating guidelines for Housebreaking:
between 2 and 6 months should not be crated for more than 2 to 4
USING AN ODOR NEUTRALIZER
Praise him when he eliminates.
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