Methods of raising a German Shepherd puppy differ significantly depending on what the dog is meant for: playing sports or special work, show career, breeding. But more often than not, a person just needs a pet and a companion, which also implies the use of a certain technique.
Only bringing a puppy home, he needs to determine his place to rest, it is desirable that it be determined forever. At first, the baby will grieve and whine, but in no case should you take him in your arms or bed.
It is important that for the first 3-4 months the puppy grows up in constant contact with people in the family.
When housing maintenance, the German Shepherd often lacks movement and this has a bad effect on her physical development. Therefore, you need to walk for a long time. The captive dog lacks communication with a person, which can develop undesirable habits: barking for no reason, jumping on the owner, expressing joy, even howling.
In the evening, the puppy needs to arrange the longest walk with elements of physical training, games with peers who develop dexterity and courage, increase the self-esteem of the dog.
In the period from 4 to 7 months (the time of changing teeth) puppies especially actively nibble the legs of furniture, different things. Punishing it is useless, so you just need to remove everything from the puppy's field of view and give him special toys.
Important points in raising a German Shepherd puppy
At 2-3 months of age, the puppy tries to “try to taste” people. He hunt for his legs, grabs his arms, growls. This behavior must be firmly and categorically stopped so that it does not stick to the dog.
The purpose of raising a puppy is to instill in him the necessary skills that will later help the proper training. Therefore, raising a baby needs to be engaged from the first day of his appearance in the house.
The basis of education must be the hereditarily transmitted inclinations with which every puppy is born. It does not need to be forced, but it is worthwhile to carefully study the individual characteristics of the pet, and, depending on them, build the parenting methodology. A restless and stubborn kid will need more patience, a timid one will need more encouragement and affection, and a diligent will need encouragement.
But do not call for discipline baby. First there should be a simple game, patient and calm, without shouts and irritation.
All desirable actions and actions of the puppy should be encouraged, and undesirable - clearly stopped, but not by punishment, but by creating conditions under which the puppy will experience negative emotions when he performs undesirable actions.
The psyche of the German shepherd does not need to be loaded with constant regulatory teams, so as not to raise a self-confident slave who will communicate with the owner only as an unpleasant need.
The process of education begins with accustoming to cleanliness. At the same time to punish and poke his nose in the puddles of a puppy is useless. You just need to watch him and as soon as he begins to sit down or spin in place - immediately take to the street. The more often it is done, the faster it will begin to “ask” for a walk.
To accustom to the nickname, you need to pronounce it whenever you need to attract the attention of a puppy.
The team “To me!” Is better to learn during the game, while feeding and walking. To accustom to this team should immediately remember the nicknames. The command “To me!” Should associate a puppy only with pleasant sensations - praise, stroking, delicacy. It should not be given in a threatening tone.
It is necessary to encourage the baby when he wears objects in his teeth, this will simplify further training.
Following these simple guidelines, raising a German Shepherd puppy will be easy and fun for you.