"A puppy is a pure and new object of creation.
Knowing this, who would be surprised at their inclination to destroy."
My main goal in writing this article
is to ensure that our puppies are placed in the best homes possible. As a
prospective puppy owner, you need to know what to expect--the good, bad and
ugly. You should be well prepared, and there should be no surprises.
Let me give you a little background. Genetics drive the looks, personality
and temperament of your puppy. There is no doubt that socialization plays
a major role in what kind of dog your puppy will ultimately become, but genetics
are supremely key in this development.
We breed puppies from 100% German/European bloodlines. These are the bloodlines
that produce protection, police, search and rescue, herding, service and sport
dogs for Schutzhund, agility and obedience. What this means for you is that
these dogs are bred to work, so they must have the intelligence and drives
that are necessary for training and service work. These puppies will not
be couch potatoes. If this is not the dog for you or your life style, we
suggest you consider another breed.
Many of our requests for puppies come from people who have recently lost
an older dog. These folks are use to a quiet, calm and undemanding companion
who could almost read their mind. It may have been years since they had a
young puppy and do not remember puppy behavior and antics. Also, many of these
older dogs had formal training or were so use to the family routine that
they knew exactly what to expect and what behavior was appropriate.
Puppies do not have a clue and have to be patiently and gently taught the
rules. As the puppy matures, he will settle down and be your companion and
best friend, but the following behaviors are entirely normal for a young GSD
High energy, very active, very destructive
Nothing in your household is sacred to your puppy. If you don't want it
destroyed, move it. This includes clothing, furniture, and electrical wires.
This is the reason we insist on a crate for your house and a securely fenced
yard and better yet, a nice sized dog run for your yard.
Strong food drive
Good drive for food makes a puppy real easy to train, so this is a big plus.
If your puppy's appetite is down, something is wrong. Have him checked by
Your puppy will learn bad behaviors as easily as good behaviors so be careful
in what behaviors you reward. Puppies and dogs do what they find successful.
We ask that all of our puppies be enrolled in a good quality dog training
class. If this type of class is not available in your area, we will recommend
books and videos for training.
Biting and nipping at almost everthing
This includes fingers, arms, legs, and your favorite clothes. Those little
puppy teeth are sharp. They hurt and can easily draw blood. And expect this
behavior to get worse when they start to cut adult teeth at about 4 months.
They will want to put everything in their mouths. Puppies will be especially
attracted to moving objects. They will have good strong prey drive that is
entirely nature, normal and desirable. This drive is what makes them easy
to train, but it must be properly directed. Please see our Puppy Primer for guidance in directing this
All puppies will differ on when they start barking from inside their perimeter,
but it can be as early as 5 weeks of age. These dogs will be naturally protective
so there is no need to do any type of special training. The most important
activity for you is to socialize your puppy extensively with adults, children
and the environment. You want a confident secure dog that will provide warning
but will not be a liability. Please see the discussion on socialization and our Puppy Primer.
Demanding of attention
These wonderful little creatures need their share of your valuable time.
They need to be loved, socialized, and trained to become the wonderful canine
citizen that you want.
reprinted with kind permission from Alice & Fred Stroman
phone: 512-836-3933 cell: 512-694-9990
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