Nick Peychev Jan 20 2018
After months of searching for a perfect german shepherd puppy for sale, you finally find the one. This time is very exciting, so much so that new owners will often put off teaching good habits in their new puppy until their german shepherd puppy has grown up and is set in their way.
1. Crate training, (schedule)
One of the first things your german shepherd puppy needs to learn is their schedule. This helps set a foundation for other good habits and training. For instance potty training is much easier if your puppy knows when they will be outside and how long they need to hold it. That is why I recommend crate training your puppy from a young age. This does not mean that you close your puppy in a kennel for a long time, just that they become comfortable in a crate so when you do need to close them it does not cause stress on your little german shepherd puppy.
2. Play Biting
I often see people getting new puppies and the first thing they do is put their hand in the puppies mouth. When the puppy is little this may seem harmless and fun for the both of you. For the puppy it becomes difficult to distinguish who they can play bite and who they cannot. Teaching your german shepherd puppy that biting is off limits will make them much more child friendly. A good idea is to replace your hand with chew toy and let them know that this is the only thing that they can chew. These little things help establish good habits that translate to a long and happy relationship.
This is a big one, especially in large dog breeds. A puppy jumping up on you is cute and seems harmless. Once the puppy is tall enough to jump up to your stomach shoulders or even face the once harmless habit can cause a lot of stress in the relationship between your new family member. This is something that may be taken as aggression by people who do not know your pup and first impressions are last to go.
4. Establishing their Role in the Family
Establishing your puppies role in the family is crucial at a young age. Your puppy is programmed into a pack mentality and they need to understand that you are the alpha in your family. If your puppy is not given a clear role, they will try to take over the top dog position. Training a dog that sees you as a follower is very difficult. A good time to teach this is when walking on a leash. Teach your german shepherd puppy not to lead you but follow.
5. The word Yes and the word No
The last but definitely not least is teaching the word yes and no. People often skip over this and go on to commands like sit down and stay. If your puppy locks in the meaning of yes and no, everything else become much easier and stress-free. A good way to teach your german shepherd puppy the word yes is with treats. You give a command and when your pup listens you say the word yes, and a second later reward them with a treat. To teach the word no it is important to remain calm. If your pup registers that you always raise your voice when you say the word no, they will register the tone and may not respond when you don’t use it. Repetition and consistency are key.