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Bringing Up Your New
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In the early days, you should decide on one person to be responsible for bringing up  your new German Shepherd puppy, develop a daily routine for feeding and training - this should be established straight away as it's easier to train a small puppy before he picks up any bad habits, and it will be more difficult and time consuming to train a larger dog.

You need to give your German Shepherd puppy meals at regular intervals and establish a relationship with your puppy, build trust and inspire confidence, coax him to eat at mealtimes which should be little and often (about 5 times per day at first up to 11 weeks of age - then feed 4 times per day from 12 weeks of age to 6 months - then 6 -12 months feed 3 times per day - after 12 months feed twice per day, then adult dogs - feed once per day) - note:- don't forget to increase the size of portions gradually - dependent upon each individual dog ......... i.e. don't starve him and don't overfeed your dog or you may make him fat.

Note: Never give your dog small bones of any kind - especially rabbit or poultry bones - as they can be swallowed and maybe get stuck in your dogs throat or stomach which can be dangerous to your dogs health. Large bones can be helpful when your German Shepherd puppy is teething, and always have a bowl or dish of fresh cold water available at all times.

Always place them in the same spot after meals and when they first wake up in the morning - cover this spot with newspapers and they will get in the habit of going back to the same spot each time. Make a fuss of him and carry him back into the house - put him out late at night and very early in the morning so he can relieve himself.

When starting Preliminary Training of your German Shepherd puppy, remember that a puppy has a short memory, so if he does wrong you must catch him in the act - your tone of voice is very important - it must be instant or it will be useless, scold him at once - if you don't catch him in the act, then telling him off later will be a complete waste of time because he will have forgotten all about it, and he won't understand why you are cross with him and he will become confused.
Keep him happy and maintain his trust at all times


Always lavish praise when your German Shepherd puppy performs well and reward him with 'treats' - this way he will begin to associate that doing what you want results in a reward.

Use short commands i.e. Sit ............. (not sit down)
Come .........(not come here)
Stay ...........(not stay there)

Keep using his name to get his attention, and reward him frequently in the early days,
in his mind when you call him - he will recognise the sound of his name and he will come to you - and you will reward him! Believe me - if there's a treat in store for him - he will soon learn - and remember 'practice makes perfect' - repetition is the name of the game.

German Shepherd Dog-Tsara as a puppy

Tsara- one of our German Shepherd Dogs as a puppy
As you can see, both her ears are not up yet

Bringing up your new German Shepherd puppy is a wonderful experience,  you're taking a young puppy of at least 8 weeks of age away from its mother and members of the litter, and bringing it to your home - which is a daunting experience for such a young dog - to new surroundings, and new people to get to know.

So while it may be exciting for you, your new puppy is going to find it a little overwhelming!
As soon as you get back home, let your puppy out into your backyard so he can relieve himself- give him as much time as he needs, then take him back inside, keeping him on his new leash and take him into each room - give him time to sniff about and 'aclimatise' to his new surroundings.
Make sure you talk to him, your voice is comforting to him and will give him a sense of security.

Don't forget - you are his new 'pack leader' i.e. the Alpha Dog and your new puppy will be looking for you for guidance so he will respect you and know his place in your  home.

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Start a regular schedule for feeding and toilet training so your new puppy will get into a regular routine, with feeding at a set time of the day. (dogs are creatures of habit and learn quickly)
Now the first subtle sign of leadership to your puppy is to get him to 'sit' before feeding.
Place one hand on his chest, the other hand on his rear end, give the command 'sit' and push down on his rump and up on his chest to guide your new puppy into the sit position. Give lots of praise to him for 'doing it right' so he feels pleasure - then give him a 'treat'. So now every time you go to feed your puppy, you make him sit first. This way your puppy will learn that you are in control - he doesn't get to eat until you  say so, and he must please you first.
This establishes you as his Alpha Pack Leader - the one that must be obeyed!

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So it's very important that  when you decide to get a new German Shepherd puppy, you must realize that it's your job to introduce your puppy to its new home, re-assure him that he will be safe and secure, and introduce him to that new big wide world that is out there for him to experience and enjoy!

Remember that bringing up a new German Shepherd puppy should be fun for both you and your puppy - build a relationship with your new pup, reward him when he does well and build his confidence - it will be exciting for him as well!

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