There are few things in life more irresistible than a German Shepherd puppy. But you should never take one home on impulse. This must be a careful decision. Bringing a German Shepherd puppy home is the same as bringing a human child home (except German Shepherds mature faster and are more loyal). Although German Shepherd puppies are a huge responsibility, they are priceless in their friendship.
German Shepherds, on average, will cost around $ 3,000 a year for food, grooming supplies, and veterinary care. This is a lot less than your car, but it is still something to consider. Due to how fast they grow, German Shepherd puppies need their diets to be strictly regulated to avoid many potential health problems. They will also need positive reinforcement from day one. Never train a German Shepherd puppy by force. Most dog bites are from dogs that are scared, not from dogs that are attacking.
Never buy a German Shepherd puppy from a pet store or internet sight that sends you a puppy without asking questions beyond “Check or collect?” These puppies will be from puppy mills. Not only will they be sick, but they will have missed an important learning period for basic training and will be more difficult to train and more uncontrollable. The best German Shepherd puppies come from breeders, animal shelters, or German Shepherd rescues. One of the times German Shepherds are most neglected is when they are six months old and past the cute stage.
Encourage your German Shepherd puppy to lie down and sleep to lessen the impact of a car trip. Go to the vet within 24 hours of bringing the puppy home, even if the puppy has passed a vet inspection at a shelter. When you bring the German Shepherd puppy home, take him wherever you want to relieve himself. Give the puppy a lot of praise when he goes to the right place. Keep using that place to learn to go to the bathroom and use verbal commands.
Small puppies have small bladders. They will have to go outside to try to go to the bathroom every two hours until they are about six months old, when they can begin to hold their bladder for seven hours. When a German Shepherd puppy has an accident, he is not trying to be mean. They often cannot bear it. German Shepherd puppies often walk in circles sniffing when they need to leave. However, once you learn, you learn.
This may seem like a lot, and it is, but it can be done if you are committed to raising a German Shepherd puppy. Training will be easier for you if you give your puppy a German Shepherd name that easily attracts the puppy’s attention. Don’t make it sound similar to the commands they hear all the time, like “Stay” or “Heel.” German Shepherd puppies are smart enough to respond to name changes. Do not use your registered name, it is too long and will not attract your attention.