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How to raise your German Shepherd Puppy to be a Wonderful Citizen

There are few dogs that are as intelligent as the German Shepherd. They also learn fast, are loyal, beautiful and wonderful dogs to own. German Shepherd puppies will melt your heart if you're lucky enough to have one. If you're one of the many who are looking for German Shepherd puppies for sale, congratulations on what is going to become one of the best decisions that you've made. You're about to find your best friend. One thing that you should keep in mind is the fact that the cute little puppy that you are bringing home will be growing into a smart, large, powerful dog. It's important that this dog learns how to become a good family member, a great neighbor, and a wonderful citizen. If you're wondering how you can accomplish all this, keep reading. You're going to get some great tips on teaching your dog. Before we get to that, however, keep in mind that a reputable breeder is an essential place to start. The breeder will love your dog almost as much as you do and will have given it excellent care in its first few weeks of life.


If your puppy is old enough to come home with you, he or she is old enough to begin training. Your breeder would not have taken it away from the mother if it were old enough. Start training now, from the minute you pull up to the house.

  • Start with the basics. Potty training and leash training are a great place to begin.

  • Keep the pup confined when you won't be able to watch him. This keeps the pup safe and makes potty training easier.

  • The dog will have accidents. If you witness it, say no and take the dog outside, so he knows that you want.

  • If you didn't witness the accident, just clean it up and don't say anything.

  • Praise the dog excessively when it does potty outside.

It's Easier to Keep Bad Habits from Forming, Than to Break Them

Don't allow your puppy to jump up at you. Teach her down, and never give attention until she is down and calm. If you don't want the dog on the furniture when she gets older, teach that lesson when she's a puppy. You can't let your puppy on the couch and then expect her to understand why that rule changed one day.

Be a Good Leader

Your puppy will look to you to be the leader of the pack. If you're not a good leader, your puppy will feel unsure and anxious. Being a good leader means leading without anger, without violence, and without screaming. Stay calm, yet assertive and in control. When you know how to lead, your dog will follow. This is especially important when you have a large breed dog, such as the German Shepherd.

Exercise the Mind and the Body

Your German Shepherd needs to have exercise for its body. Take it on walks and runs. It also needs to have its mind exercised. These intelligent dogs love to learn. They were bred to be working dogs. They must think and use their brain. Teach them new things often and buy them toys that make them think.

Keep the above things in mind and you'll be well on your way to raising a dog that is a wonderful companion. Your dog will bring you many years of love, and friendship.

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