German Shepherd Puppies

How to take care of German Shepherd Puppies

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Work with German Shepherd Puppies can start extremely early. While they shouldn’t be weaned until 8 weeks, you can start handling and training the puppies very early. A German Shepherd is extremely loyal and easy to train. However, they need to be thoroughly socialized to prevent them from becoming fearful and possibly dangerous.

Socialize Early

Your shepherd puppy will fixate on the people around him early. This means that it’s your job to train him that all people are safe and not to be feared. If your puppy is only exposed to you and your family, he may become shy of other people and animals. Over time, this can lead to dangerous aggression.

Physical Strength

German Shepherd Puppies are highly energetic dogs that need a great deal of exercise. Don’t get a shepherd if you live in an apartment and want a dog to walk with. These dogs were originally bred as livestock herders. They need exercise and the chance to run on a regular basis. Once they’ve had the necessary inoculations, take your shepherd pup to a dog park and let them build strength in their running stride.

Agility

As herders, shepherds were originally trained to travel over rough terrain. This early skillset is still in each shepherd pup. If you’ve got a yard where your shepherd pup can run, consider creating an agility set up with ramps, or contact your local AKC to see if a local dog park or pet daycare center has an agility setup.

You want to exercise your pup early for several reasons.

  • Strong puppies have stronger spines and less back trouble later on
  • keeping their weight down can reduce the risk of hip problems, and
  • tiring them out lessens the risk of destructive behavior at home

Hip Problems

Hip dysplasia is a serious problem for German Shepherds, as it is for other large breeds. Shepherds with hip dysplasia are not supposed to be bred, according to AKC rules. To protect your puppy from this painful and debilitating condition, keeping them exercised and lean is critical. In addition, your vet may recommend that you feed the puppies adult food instead of puppy food to avoid weight gain. Regular, moderate exercise sessions can help.

Take care to prevent puppies spending too much time going up and down steps during their early development. Don’t train them to jump for treats and don’t allow them to jump up on people when greeting guests or newcomers. Not only does this become unmanageable when they’re older, but it can be very hard on young hips.

Care From Birth

Make sure that mother and pups have a warm, clean place to rest. You can set up a box for puppies to sleep in with blankets, towels and a hot water bottle. Make sure to keep all bedding taut to reduce the risk of strangulation or suffocation. Mother will keep them clean, but these puppies have little control over their own temperatures, so do your best to prevent them getting chilled or overheated.

Early Behaviors

Once the pups are a month old, you should notice plenty of tail-wagging. Their ears will be open, so you can start exposing them to sounds to help with socialization. Carefully monitor their space for waste as this is also the time they get interested in solid food.

Two Months

Shepherd pups can grow shy at two months. While they will grow out of it, don’t be surprised if the puppies seem to be afraid of you or even exhibit aggression. Give them time and as soon as you can, try socializing the pups to new people and new sounds.

Teething

Puppies, like babies, teeth, and those little teeth are extremely sharp. Take care not to let the puppy mouth or gnaw on you. While you may not find it uncomfortable, letting the puppy know that this is acceptable behavior can cause a great deal of trouble later. Give the puppy your fist to sniff and lick, but as it will be too big to gnaw, you can then give the puppy a chew toy to use for teething. Reward the use of the chew toy with pets and a soothing voice.

How to Speak to Puppies

Take care to keep your voice moderate, especially when dealing with a litter and if Mother is in the area. She may not care for you shouting at her babies. If you need to correct a single puppy, keep any negative comments short and sharp. The dog will learn to understand and listen for your tone of voice. Volume is not as important as the percussive quality of your words and the space of silence you put around the word. If you use “No!” to stop a behavior, make sure to change your tone when the puppy corrects her actions.

Crating

Crating your puppy is a great way to promote good bathroom habits and to give your puppy a safe space of their own. Never use a crate as punishment and be logical about your bathroom expectations. Leaving a pup in a crate until they soil it is not only cruel, but it will train them that it’s ok to go to the bathroom where they live. You do not want that.

When you go to pick up your new puppy, ask the breeder if you can see the mother and other remaining litter members. If allowed, do some petting of the whole clan. Take an old tee shirt or towel and use that to pet each dog, to capture their scent. Bag up the fabric and take it, and your puppy, home.

Your puppy will likely suffer some separation anxiety in the new space. Take care to add the scented fabric to your puppy’s crate before bed. Also add an old tee or sweatshirt of yours so your puppy learns that you’re family, too.

FAQ

Do german shepherd dogs shed?

The GSD sheds during the whole year. On top of that this breed blows its undercoat twice a year. Yes that is a lot of hair blowing around the house. But hey you wanted a Big Police Dog.

Are german shepherd dogs hard to train?

A GSD Puppy is one of the best suited for dog training. If you start early on you can train this breed for pretty much anything. Not matter if you want a service dog, working dog, family dog or a guard dog a GSD pup can be training to be the best at anything.

Should you get a german shepherd puppy?

A german shepherd pup is adorable but humans must be fully aware of what they are getting into. This particular Dog Breed grows fast and big. Enough space is required and plenty of walks to the parks.

What are the german shepherd dog colors?

If you find a good german shepherd breeder you can find GSD pups black, gray, sable, black and tan, blue, red and black, black and silver and other black and gray tones.

How long does a german shepherd dog live?

A German Shepherd live from 9 to 13 years.

Who is the best human for a german shepherd?

German Shepherds absolutely love to spend time with their humans. If you want to become a proud GSD dog owner make sure you have enough time to be social with your german shepherd The more time you spend with your dog the stronger the bond they build with you.

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