Bringing german shepherd home

Bringing Puppy Home


Bringing your puppy home for the first time can be an exciting day for
you – but it’s a stressful, scary day for your new puppy. After all, he’s had
the comfort and company of 6 or 7 litter-mates, plus his mother, since the
day he was born. Now all he has is an unfamiliar new pack.


A puppy might seem like he’s enjoying playtime immensely when he first
arrives, but the moment he’s left on his own, the sudden loneliness will
remind him that his mother is missing and he has no litter-mates to cuddle
up to for warmth and comfort.

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This is where a conscientious owner will provide somewhere safe and
reassuring for a new puppy to sleep and offer him a replacement littermate
to help him feel safe. One of the easiest ways to do this is to buy or
create a comfortable bed and give him an old stuffed toy that is a little
larger than he is.


That old stuffed toy may start out as a replacement litter-mate in the
beginning and end up being your puppy’s friend and playmate as he grows
up.


Puppy training also begins on that very first day home. This is when you
establish ground rules for what’s acceptable behavior and what’s not.
Potty training should also be a high priority right from the beginning.
While your pup might seem small and cute right now, he will grow into a
large dog, so it’s not wise to encourage him to jump, bite or get onto
human furniture at any time. You should also never give your puppy
anything of your own to play with or chew. Always provide him with his
own toys and bedding and spend some time teaching him to seek out his
own things rather than yours.


Always remember to curb any puppy behavior you wouldn’t like to see in
an adult dog. This way your German Shepherd will grow up
understanding what belongs to him and what belongs to you. He’ll also
have a healthy respect for the family-home rules very early on.


There’s nothing as exciting and joyful as bringing a new puppy home.
Puppies are full of life, trusting and spontaneous. It’s no wonder pictures
and videos of them are such a big draw on social media, and that everyone
wants to hold, cuddle and play with these little balls of fur. It’s all about
the fun and the newness of the experience – it’s likely thoughts of training
are not uppermost in your mind when a new puppy comes into your life.


But for you and your puppy to have a strong and enjoyable relationship,
it’s important that your new companion’s training begins as soon as
possible. In many ways, a puppy is easier to train than an older dog. For
one thing, you don’t have to overcome periods of time in which the dog
was badly trained, or untrained.


On the downside, a puppy is impulsive and full of energy. You’ll probably
find your puppy is more easily distracted than an older dog. For a puppy,
every moment is another opportunity to find something new, get excited
about it, and lose focus. So, in the beginning, you’ll need to keep training
sessions brief, and, to keep the puppy’s enthusiasm, make sure each
session ends on a positive note.


Speaking Your Dog’s Language


A responsible German Shepherd owner will always take time to learn how
to communicate effectively with their dog. This means learning to speak
in a language your dog will understand.
When you give a dog a command or talk to him, he doesn’t listen to the
words you say. Rather, he’s responding to the tone of voice and the
position of your body.
If you listen to your dog, you’ll notice he has a range and variety of
different barks, ranging from warning barks, happy barks, greeting yaps,
growls, whines, whimpers, playful yips, attention seeking calls and
excitable or playful barks. Each of these is tone-based and has a variety of
lengths and meanings.


To encourage your dog to continue repeating an acceptable or pleasing
behavior, praise him using a high-pitched, happy voice. You might even
use an affectionate pat, or even a small food reward if you’re especially
happy with something he’s done right, to reinforce that’s he’s done well
and you’re pleased.

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However, if he’s being bad or doing something unacceptable, giving a
short reprimand that sounds a little like a low growl, such as ‘ah ah,’ will
remind him of the little guttural growls his mother would make to scold
him when he was naughty. He should stop doing whatever earned him that
reprimand.


Yelling at a dog is never seen as scolding in dog language. Your dog will
assume you’re giving out the same warning barks that he is, or he will
assume you’re being aggressive at some threat he can’t see or perceive. If
you yell at a dog, you risk making him tense, but you won’t be effectively
disciplining him in any way. In fact, yelling at him could be making his
bad behavior even worse.


A reassuring, loving tone of voice is fine for when your dog is having a
goofy, affectionate moment with you, but giving this same reassurance
during a time of stress or fear won’t help your dog to feel better.
In fact, if you reassure a dog while he’s feeling fear, such as through a
thunderstorm, then he may interpret your kind words as being told he was
right to be scared.


Offering your dog any kind of reward just for being cute gives him the
impression that he doesn’t have to obey your commands to get treats.
After all, if he waits long enough, he knows you’ll give him something to
eat.
It’s also wise to distinguish the difference between bribery and reward.
Your dog should only receive treats after he’s done something to earn
them. He shouldn’t have to be shown a reward or bribed into behaving by
waving a treat in front of his nose.


Always consider how your dog hears your tone of voice when you’re
working on training techniques, when you’re scolding him, or when
you’re playing. Remember that treats are to be earned and you’ll soon find
your dog will understand what’s expected of him much more easily.