Congratulations on selecting a German shepherd puppy! In order to keep your puppy happy, healthy, and well-behaved, there are many things you must do from day one. Here are some things you need to know about raising a German shepherd puppy.
Preparing Your Home
Purchase everything you need, like a leash, toys, dog bowls, etc. before you bring your puppy home. If there are any rooms you don’t want your puppy to go, you can buy baby gates. Don’t leave things on the floor like paper, tissues, or grocery bags. Block off any stairs until your puppy can use them safely. Designate the area, whether outside or inside, where you want your puppy to eliminate waste. Also choose the puppy’s veterinarian.
When bringing the puppy home for the first time, don’t let there be a lot of noise or commotion in your home. Your puppy needs to know that this is a safe place. Let your puppy explore a little, within bounds, to get used to the sights and smells. Make sure your puppy eats, drinks, and sleeps while getting used to this new environment. see also : Buying A German Shepherd Puppy
Of course, your German shepherd needs food, water, and a bed. Ask your veterinarian what food is best for your dog. Keep your dog on a regular feeding schedule. German shepherds shed a lot—they need to be brushed regularly and bathed sparingly. Because German shepherds shed, find a bed for them has an easily washable lining. Also find a bed that will keep them warm in winter. To house train your puppy, let them go outside frequently and keep a regular feeding schedule. Do your best to prevent accidents in the home so your puppy won’t want to go there again. Remember that puppies need to eliminate waste very frequently, like once every 45 minutes. Be patient—house-training a puppy can require the same patience as potty-training a toddler.
You’re the Pack Leader
From the very beginning, it’s important to communicate to your dog that you are, so to speak, the leader of the pack. Dogs, who are pack animals by nature, are well-balanced and obedient when it’s clear to them who the leader is. When going for walks, train your puppy to walk next to or beside you. Don’t let your puppy jump on you so they don’t think they’re dominant. If your puppy sleeps in your bed, make them sleep at the foot of your bed. When disciplining your German shepherd, be firm but not too harsh. If you need your dog to obey, imitate a dog bite with your hand until your dog complies. Dogs can read a human’s emotional energy, and they can sense whether you are a confident leader, so be assertive. see also : Common Health Problems In German Shepherds Puppies
Play, Challenge, and Socialization
German shepherds are very active and intelligent. They need to be walked and exercised daily to release their energy, and they need constructive play to exercise their mental abilities. Such activities will help prevent boredom, chewing, and aggression. Ask your breeder or veterinarian for ideas on good mental games. A German shepherd will do just fine in an apartment as long as they’re exercised daily.
You need to socialize your puppy with humans very early. Don’t leave your German shepherd alone for long periods of time. Train your puppy to be obedient by assertively and calmly telling them “no” when they do something wrong. Dogs will only understand that behavior is unacceptable if you catch them in the act and discipline them immediately. To learn how to train a puppy, you can ask dog breeders or find books or videos.
If you are assertive, consistent, and patient, you will have a rewarding and enjoyable experience raising your German shepherd puppy.