I grew up with a German Shepherd in the family, and for the last 16 years, I have owned and bred them. They really are a great dog!
How to Raise a German Shepherd Puppy
There are fewer things in life more irresistible than a German Shepherd puppy, but you should never bring one home on impulse. This needs to be a careful decision. Bringing a puppy home is the same as bringing home a human child, except German Shepherds mature faster and are more loyal. Although German Shepherds are a big responsibility, their friendship is priceless.
- A German Shepherd, on average, will cost about $3,000 a year in food, grooming supplies, and vet care. This is far less than your car, but it's still something to keep in mind.
- Because of their fast growth, German Shepherd puppies need their diets closely regulated to avoid 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 scared dogs, not dogs that are attacking.
- You must first research the breed so you know everything you can about German Shepherds. These dogs have an image problem; some people think they are inherently vicious when, in fact, they aren't. They were never bred to fight other animals or human beings. They were bred to be extremely obedient and willing to please. So, if you ever read about a German Shepherd attacking a human being, it was because the dog was trained to attack, not because the dog is mean. Care and training are all-important if you want to succeed with a German Shepherd.
This article is intended to spread knowledge and concern for German Shepherd puppies and explain how to choose the right puppy that will be a perfect fit for you and your family.
Where to Get a German Shepherd Puppy
Never buy a German Shepherd puppy from a pet store or from an Internet site that will ship a pup to you without asking you any questions beyond "Check or charge?" These puppies come from puppy mills. They will not only be sickly, but they will have missed a major learning period for basic training and will be harder to train and more uncontrollable.
The best German Shepherd puppies come from breeders, animal shelters, or rescuers. German Shepherds are most often abandoned when they are six months old and past the cute stage.
Finding a Puppy
The easiest way to find German Shepherd puppies for sale is by looking on the Internet. That, at least, is a good start.
The American Kennel Club
Locating a good breeder is one of the main considerations. The breeder should be very knowledgeable about the breed and the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The American Kennel Club tries to regulate all registered puppy breeders, but because there are so many breeders, it is difficult to watch over all of them. But if you know what you are looking for and ask the breeder a lot of questions, you will soon know whether you have found a good breeder.
The breeder should be very open about his breeding policies and provide the proper AKC papers for every puppy. He must give you all of the medical information on the puppy, as well as information about his social behavior and any problems. He must show you where the puppy has lived during its short life, and he and his family should be interacting with the puppy as if it were their own. He should know the characteristics of each and every puppy in the litter (German Shepherds often have litters of about ten). He must also ask you specific questions that you will expect from reading the information about the breed.
The puppies for sale should be wormed and have their initial shots plus a very generous health guarantee. Some breeders will also provide a good crate with a favorite toy to help make the moving transition easier on the puppy and the owner.
Be sure and ask about these considerations before even looking at the puppies because there will be no need to spend time with this breeder if he does not provide you with this essential information on the new puppy.
Advice About Picking a Puppy
When you look at the puppies, they are all going to be cute and lovable, so how do you make a choice? Whether you are purchasing from a breeder or adopting from a rescue center, there are some signs to look for which will give you an indication of how the puppy may act in your home.
Look for Signs of Abuse or Neglect
Any sign of abuse or neglect must be considered; you want to know if you are bringing home a puppy that has been through trauma. Take a look at the breeder and at the location where the puppies have lived for the last few weeks. If there is something there that causes you any reason for concern, then it is best to look somewhere else.
Make Sure the Puppy Is Active
You want to make sure that the puppy that you are considering is as active as his or her siblings and seems physically up to speed with them. Also, make sure that the puppy seems to play well with you. If the puppy distances himself and tries to avoid affection or being held, you may want to consider another puppy because a puppy that doesn't like affection is likely to grow into an adult that doesn't like affection.
Then again, a German Shepherd puppy who is okay with being alone might make a good guard dog. It is important to figure out what you want in your dog and then evaluate the puppy to see if it fits into your expectations so that you and your puppy will both be happy and content.
Looking at these few things will help make sure that your purchase is the right one and that you can avoid problems later down the road. Once you have considered everything and you have carefully examined the puppy and its personality, the adoption process should be a smooth and happy experience for everyone involved. Take your time and never make any snap decisions.
Note on German Shepherd Colors
German Shepherd puppies come in many colors:
- black and tan,
- black and cream,
- black and silver,
- solid black,
- black and brown,
- and sable.
Some color patterns are not accepted as standard by the AKC: for example, a completely white German Shepherd. A puppy with tufts of hair in his ears and between his toes is considered a "long-coated black" German Shepherd. Although he is not a standard German Shepherd type, the long-coated black will make an excellent family pet.
Bringing Your Puppy Home
- Coming home: Encourage your new puppy to lie down and sleep to lessen the shock of the car ride.
- The vet: Take him to the vet within 24 hours of bringing him home, even if he has passed a vet's inspection at a shelter.
- Potty training: When you get your puppy home, take him or her to the right place for dogs to relieve themselves. Praise the puppy highly when he goes in the right place. Keep using that place for toilet training and use verbal commands. Small puppies have small bladders. They will need to go outside to try and toilet every two hours until they are about six months old when they can start holding their bladders for seven hours. German Shepherd puppies usually walk in circles sniffing when they need to go. When a puppy has an accident, he is not trying to be bad. He often just can't hold it. However, once they learn, it's learned.
- Getting spayed or neutered: You can help the training process along by getting the puppy spayed or neutered. Mentally, neutered dogs stay more like puppies and are more comfortable letting you make the big decisions. They also avoid a lot of health problems this way.
In time, with lots of patience, daily handling, and attention, your German Shepherd puppy will be a canine ambassador. Your friends, neighbors, and even total strangers will appreciate you for taking the time and responsibility to train your dog well.
Remember that when puppies try to learn your commands, they feel a lot like you would if you were suddenly transplanted to a different country where everyone speaks a different language from you and has completely different customs. Never be afraid or ashamed to ask a professional dog trainer or your vet for help in communicating with your dog. Your puppy is ready to listen.
Raising and Training a German Shepherd Puppy
When thinking of bringing a German Shepherd pup into your home, it is important to understand the responsibility you will need to take. Giving your puppy the care, love, and training it needs while it is still young is vital so that you have a well-behaved dog in the future.
A German Shepherd is not only a wonderful friend to have in the house but a wonderful alarm, as he is ready to bark at any sign of danger. But German Shepherd puppies must be taught who is in control.
Training Is Critical
Fun-loving pups need proper care and guidance so they do not grow into large, mean animals. With the right combination of love, compassion, and guidance, your puppy can grow into a well-behaved and tame dog that no one has to fear.
Even though many raise a German Shepherd with the intent of making him or her a guard dog inside the home, you do not want your dog to be mean. You don't want him or her to ever turn on a family member, causing them both emotional and physical harm. Training them right from the beginning can mean a lifetime of friendship. Your grown dog will alert you of danger to protect you, not in order to harm another person.
Tips for Training
- Never strike your dog: Even while you are trying to establish yourself as the pack leader, it is important that you never strike the dog. This will only physically hurt the dog or make them end up resenting you, which can end poorly once the dog has grown into an adult. Teach a dog with love and respect, not violence and fear. What you put into raising your dog will be what you reap later. The way that a German Shepherd turns out as an adult is never its own fault but the result of its training or lack thereof.
- Provide proper nutrition: Make sure that you provide your puppy with the proper nutrition so that he or she can grow into a healthy dog instead of a dog who is always ill. Poor health can lead to behavior problems if a dog has no other way of showing you their discomfort.
- Teach potty training and basic commands immediately: Make sure that potty training and basic commands are taught right away. All German Shepherd puppies should know the basic commands such as "sit," "stay," "heel," and "come." These commands are vital in order to maintain control of every situation and even to protect the dog's life.
When to Seek Professional Help
Seek the help of a professional trainer the moment you begin to notice problems with biting or barking. You want to make sure any sign of aggression towards the dog's family is stopped right away. Dogs are pack animals by nature, and you must make sure your dog knows its place in the pack and sees you as the pack leader. If the dog sees himself as the pack leader, behavior problems such as violence can come into play.
Naming Your Pup
Most owners choose names that reflect the personality of their pets. You will find training easier if you give your puppy a name that attracts his attention. Don’t have it sound too similar to commands they hear all the time, like "stay" or "heel." German Shepherd puppies are smart enough to respond to name changes. Don't use their registered name—it's too long and won't grab their attention.
When thinking up names for your special furry friend, don't use aggressive names like "Killer" or "Cannibal." This promotes the negative and false stereotype that German Shepherds are mindless killing machines. You never know whom you and your dog will be meeting. Many people are frightened of dogs and promote legislation to outlaw the ownership of certain breeds of dog, including the German Shepherd. You and your puppy need to be ambassadors for this breed because your right to even own a German Shepherd is at stake.
Is a German Shepherd Puppy Right for You?
German Shepherd puppies make very loyal, protective, and loving pets. Many vets, trainers, and owners who share their lives with German Shepherd puppies feel blessed. If you can accept the responsibility for training them and caring for them, you will be rewarded.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Connie Deak on July 13, 2020:
Thankyou very much very informative. Great information.
Abhishek Patne on May 30, 2020:
I brought 21 days male puppy from pure breeder and this article is very helpful to me to get almost 90% information about GS and further follow up. Thank you author.
Martii on September 15, 2019:
Just adopted a 2 year old female GS. She is showining aggression to my 12 yr old standard poodle over poodles bed. Not at any other time. How do i stop this. Poodle is afraid to go into bedroom when GS is in the house.
Mike jennings on March 30, 2019:
How young can a greman shepherd pup have rabbies shoy my dog 5 months old
Sam Shepards from Europe on March 11, 2019:
Thank you for the information. Indeed always consider do you have a home for this active breed? Do you have the time, the space, preferably don't get this dog when you're expecting or raising small children. Many people can't give this dog what it needs during such periods in life and that can cause all kinds of trouble.
If you have the time and space of course go ahead. You'll have a friend for life.
Matt on February 27, 2019:
How do you raise an 1 day old puppies as my German Shepard just gave birth
chloe putt on January 15, 2019:
she is very sweet
shiela hotard on October 28, 2018:
We just go a 10 week old GS and she is sweet and beautiful but I have not had puppy in years. I have two daushund rescues that are 5 and 8. We are exhausted between watching her every move as she chews everything and pees on floor unless we take her out every half hour....she has a uti and is on meds right now. She cries a lot in the kennel and needs to go out at least twice a night. I feel like that may be too much for us but we do love her. any suggestions would be happily accepted!
jackie on July 31, 2018:
how can you find out if your pup is german shepherd
Dina barker on June 17, 2018:
mrs a m johnson on June 02, 2018:
Excellent article. I'm considering getting a GS soon myself and found it very interesting.
jazlyn on May 11, 2018:
im actually selling german shepherd puppies i have two girls and 3 boys theyre pure breed and they are ready to go to a new and loving home. they are 9 weeks.
Liz on May 07, 2018:
Im not sure where to get a gsd puppy. I would like a young one because i want to name her myself. What i want is like an 8 week old puppy that i can either rename or isnt named and the puppy has to be active and trainable for more complex tricks and the dog has to be my companion like never leaves your side. Thats what im looking for. Should i get a gsd?
sam on March 17, 2018:
how long my 15 weeks year German Shepherd can take for walk
LAUREN on February 16, 2018:
TAWI MY ADIVSE IS TO TAKE HER TO THE VET
LAUREN on February 16, 2018:
THX SO MUCH FOR THE INFO !!!
BTW I JUST GOT ONE SHES BEAUTI FUL
Tawi on February 10, 2018:
Need advise here, my 7 months Old female GSD not eating for the past 24 hours and is inactive which is the opposite, because this pup is very playful and eats what is offered. She only drinks water. And last night she vomited an orange liquid. She listens and looks at me but wont come over. She seems sad and lonely. What to do?
maddy on January 21, 2018:
I have three German shepherds :)
Ryan Miller on October 26, 2017:
Khaleed on September 11, 2017:
At watch age is it ok to leave my German Shepherd puppy alone outside? His 11 weeks now.
Lalit on August 18, 2017:
Pls help me find a male German shepherd and a female German shepherd
nitin on June 22, 2017:
Pls help to me my German shepherd puppy he was patient for pls urgent 9665662325
ammar afzal on June 17, 2017:
I have 20 days old girl german shepered.this is the first time i had german shefered.i kept her in my house and i want ask what kind diet i should give to her and how many times a day.my german shefered is active enough but should not walk and stande properly.she sleeps almost 22 hours a day and she trembels sometime while sleeping
L.L Hughston on June 06, 2017:
As the Grandma in the house,all I had ever known about a German Shepard is their must be one and only one Alpha in the home.That never happened now the girl puppy six months old is out of control in the house.Just not enough time to put into the puppy.
Hanzel williams on May 19, 2017:
My gsd puppy is about 6 week's now and it's not hear any sound pls help 9804217427 Kolkata india
puppy on May 16, 2017:
Kurien Chacko on April 04, 2017:
I just bought a GS pup last night.He drinks milk & eats little chicken.I call him Jango.He refuses to chew his calcium sticks or have his pet feeds such as Drools with chicken sauce mixed in it.Will be taking him to the vet soon.Jango is ok otherwise.I love him but why is he not eating his pet food ??He is sleeping most of the time but is active when awake.Is everything okay ???
Michael P on March 04, 2017:
I am a over the road truck driver. Would a GS puppy be a good traveler. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
jjbjb on February 01, 2017:
I love this website!!!!!!
Nathan on January 19, 2017:
I have a 3 year old Pitbull, and just got a German Shepard Puppy two days ago. The Pit is supper well behaved is there any concerns that i should have with trying to Kenal Train the pup while my 3 year old Pit is free to walk around the house.
caleb on January 04, 2017:
lol i have one to
milly on November 24, 2016:
I recently fell in love with GSD'S and have all the requirements to have one but I have 3 cats, will this be OK? Although I have read many articles on cats and german shepherds being OK, I just want to check. And how long would I need to walk my german shepherd a day if he/she has 12 acres of land to play in at home?
Joey on October 27, 2016:
I just recently got a German shepherd pup she is 10 weeks old, doesn't listen very well right now, I've had her for a week now and pretty much got her house trained if she does relieve herself in the house it's always on the training pad in front of the front door. My biggest issue I need resolved is her constant biting she is always going after me and my family's hands and feet started going after other body parts today, and now it's starting to leave marks on my hand and feet I just want to know when she will grow out of this and is there a way I can speed up the process without having to hire a trainer.
micheal t on September 15, 2016:
just got adult German Shepherd dog last week.....I need to understand the disadvantage of getting an adult German Shepherd.
MARY F. on July 07, 2016:
All good advice from what I read. I had a GS for almost 14 years,best dog I ever had. I trained him from the get go,he even learned how to open the refrigerator. My vet said that if every GS acted like mine everyone could have one. I was proud of that.But I loved what I was doing and we had a wonderful life together. How I miss him.
Olivia on June 25, 2016:
So we just got a gsp about a week ago. We havent got the chance to take it to the vet. She is 8 weeks old. She sleeps alot is that normal? She was a little playful a couple of days ago and now not so much just wants to sleep and not play. Normal? Not so normal?
Krati on June 18, 2016:
HI i have a question which is not related to the article but i though may be you could help. I have an 8 year old gsd and he is becoming lazy day by day. He doesn't like to play although he likes to chase the 3 months puppy we have.
Is it ok for him to be so.?
Bella on May 23, 2016:
We found a breed we really like. The puppies were born 4 girls and 5 boys. Sadly 2 girls and 1 boy did not make it the first week so they are down to 6. I'm starting to worries if this litter might has health issues...is this normal?
Messi10 on March 02, 2016:
can i buy a 45 days gsd puppy?What age can be the minimum?
john on April 06, 2015:
I have a GSD that go potty wherever he is pls how can u help me
Zy'Kenya on March 19, 2015:
OMG so cuter I love it
Deseray on March 24, 2014:
I have a GSD.
Her name is Mya and she's 5 months old.
I started crate training her which went awesome!! She knows when to get in her cage and when it's time for bed and not to do things she isn't suppose to.
She usually goes to the door when I have her loose in the house and lets me know when she needs to "go". Lately though, she's been "going" in her cage, she's loose running around but then she runs to her cage when she needs to go instead of the door. Why!!!!???
I need help!!
rohith on March 09, 2014:
I have GSD 7 WEEKS OLD just bought it WT name should I chose WT sold be its first lessons how can it be pitting trained in how much timw
Tracy on January 04, 2014:
Please correct the comment on the white GSD. They can be registered under CKC and AKC is not accepting them under the appropriate bloodlines. I was a little shocked you alluded the white GSD is not a good family companion. We have two black/sable GSDs and two white GSDs. Our two white GSDs came from black/sable parents. The white GSD temperament is calmer. They are just as loyal but have a much sweeter disposition. They trained easier and are less suspicious of people they don't know when they enter my home. Friends and family refer to our white GSDs as the best tempered dogs they have ever been around.
I have been an owner of the GSD my entire life. Consistency, love, and clear discipline are the keys to a great dog!
belinda ansley on December 01, 2013:
I bought 2 German Shepherd puppies which turned 1 yrs old today.they are both female sisters from the same pack in which we had them both spayed at 6 months old.I s it bad to get 2 girls from same litter pack? They do argue at times,but what is the best way to train 2 sisters?
kim collins on November 30, 2013:
hi i have a 14week old GSD and she is cute as a button. We adore her! I also have a Golden Retriever and a Shitzu. Our new addition is pretty smart,she sits and gives her paw when asked but i am afraid she has the attention span of a fly! She is more interested in the other dogs than the rest of us. She has lost one tooth so far,but likes to nip everything in site including the other dogs and us! Any advice out there would be appreciated!
Etroops@gmail.com on November 28, 2013:
Would love to have another german shepard to raise.
Madan on November 21, 2013:
Hi friends. I had a GSD of 16 months old. Day before yesterday I was on a walk with my GSD early in the morning, Unfortunately Its leash slipped out of my hand and suddenly a truck passed and struck my GSD on its head and within minutes my favourite GSD died on spot. It was so intelligent that it used to play ball with me. Whenever it wanted to plat it used to come with a ball in its mouth and keep the ball on my feet, when I used to bend down to pick the ball, Immediately it would pick the ball and run away indicating that I have to run behind it. Then after running for some time, it would handover the ball to me indicating that now I have to run and it would run behind me as earlier I was running. I don't how I would live without my Dog. God may bless its soul.
Tartottwrerly on November 20, 2013:
I do agree with all the ideas you have presented in your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.
btgondek on June 19, 2013:
we were given a 5wk and 3 day old german shepherd pup he eats well drinks lots of water and goes potty outside when taken he does well seems to be healthy I have a vet appointment when hes seven weeks old what percautions need to be taken
Jace Scser on September 16, 2012:
Parry M they will raise by themselves. Mine had them like that too. sometimes one would be up and the other down
Patty M. on July 29, 2012:
We have a brother and sister GS dogs that are now 6 months old . Neither of them have raised their ears at all yet. We have glued and taped the ears and they just pull and bite until they get the device out of their ears. Does any one know what to do next?
wen1211 on June 04, 2012:
I have a GSD that is 9 months old....he is a wonderful dog but he is always biting my hands....I expect it when they are smaller but he is at least 70#....any advice?
Sheslittletex on June 02, 2012:
Hi. We just got a black GSD 2 weeks ago. She is 10 weeks. Any advise for barking issues. Distraction often works, but only when we can drop everything and go distract her. She is a bit bossy to our old male Golden retriever, but he argues back. She also barks at door to cat room and the parked lawn mower. She's very smart and seems to pick things up quickly.
Firegirl1 on May 22, 2012:
I have GSD for most of my life, 30+ years. They are my favorite! Some of you are asking about bitting. Well puppies are going to chew. Even on things you don't want them to including you. Go to a pet store and buy a size apporite conk. At the base there is a hole fill it with peanut butter. They will play with that for a LONG time. When they figure out how to get the pb out, fill hole with pb and put the conk in the freezer. Puppies bite/chew for different reasons. They are teething, bored or anxious. There are more things you can do to help your puppy/ies adapt to his/her new enviroment. As far as teaching your puppy to let you know he/she has to go potty, you must first remember how small the bladder is. A new puppy, or older dog, for the first to second week of being your bestfriend, should go out every 1/2 hour to one hour until the both of you can read each other and trust one another. Then build from there. As far as diets, the breaders should have told you what they were feeding your new puppy. Puppies should be taken to a vet the 1st or the begining of the 2nd week you have him/her. Talk to your vet then about diets. Don't forget their shots! German Shep. Dogs need lots of exercise. Lack of this could turn your beautiful dog into a grump! And I mean GRUMP! That is their way of destressing and believe it or not makes them feel important! Your bond will increase with this also. If your puppy/dog contiues to bite, not let you know when they need to go potty, there may be an underlining problem. In that case call your vet! Take care and enjoy your bestfriend!
Pooja on May 19, 2012:
Hi i got a gsd puppy female last week... When we got her she was 3 mnths old n weighed 8 kgs only.. She was owned previously by some1 fr 7 days n he din take her out of the cage for those 7 days.. Din give her proper food also.. Poor pup had really bad coat n was malnurished.. Now after we fed her well n with all the love n care she has become very active n gained 2 kgs already... She is a wonderful pup.. Lears very fast.. She pees n poos in the toilet.. She has her calcium bones to bite on as she is teething so she doesn't bite us.. We also own a male golden retriever who is 11 months old now... N they both have become great friends.. They keep playing in the house.. She is very happy and very loving dog... I love them both
the southcotts on May 17, 2012:
our beloved female german shepherd just passedaway she was 12 and a half years old so she lived a long and happy life we also have a male 8 yrs old still im wondering if we should get another puppy to keep him company and if so should i get a male or female hesdeffinatly the boss weve had lots of shepherds in the past as my female had puppies at onetime so there was 4 dogs on the house at onetime 3 females and the male .i don't want o get one if he would not like it i just don't know if hed rather be on his own now or have a puppy around him any advice would be greatly appreciated thankyou
lynn on May 17, 2012:
Ive just bought a black n tan german shepard... hes fine in the house but terrified outside ..he cowers away from children and seems scared of lots of other things is this nornal
ash on May 08, 2012:
I just bought a 7 week old puppy.my mum tells me not to let anyone else touch her as she might not turn into a barking dog. should i listen to her??? please help.
Dougie gibbs on May 07, 2012:
Av just been to see my new gsd pup at 4 wk he is big and cuddle but my problem is his back legs don't look fully develped has any one got some good advice for me pls help
Simar singh on March 27, 2012:
I have GS pup oF 2 months.I brought him from a Dog show.Nice information
Kirtiraj Garud on March 23, 2012:
I have a 4 months old BLACK GSD Puppy. Her name is SARA. But I don't know when her ears will get straight. Still without straight ears also, she is just too cute n quaint..... :)
nima sauce on March 18, 2012:
this dog is soo smart i think its a human ahahahah
nima sauce on March 18, 2012:
i just got my 8 weeks german shepard dog
Laura on March 15, 2012:
I have a seven week old gsd... She likes to bite my kids the most and it worries me and also how long till she recognizes her name when I say it.. We named her Dixie
gsd owner on February 28, 2012:
We recently adopted a German Shepherd mix from a rescue. He is about 10 weeks old and in only 4 days of having him he's learned his name and how to play fetch, come when called, and is working on other basics. He is easily one of the smartest puppies we've ever seen. He catches on to all commands quickly and is a total lover boy who is always ready to play or cuddle.
Mack on February 11, 2012:
nikky, assuming the pup is healthy, it may just miss its littermates as 6 weeks is kind of young. Most states have a minimum age of 8 weeks before a pup can be taken from its mother. Since you alredy have the pup try putting a clock that makes a ticking sound with it, or a stuffed animal. some people wrap a hot water bottle so it feels warmth and thinks its a littermate. my male shepherd just whined and cried for several weeks when I first got him. I even let him sleep in bed with me and he still whined but he eventually outgrew it. Good luck..
nikky on February 09, 2012:
hi my new german shepherd pup is six or seven weeks old and he keeps crying what do i do
khggyytr on February 09, 2012:
i love my germand sheppard omg shes sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cuttee
Kerry on February 08, 2012:
Hi have just got a pup she is 6weeks any training advi. Would be great???
alex on January 25, 2012:
If nothing is working to stop your gsd from biting I have. A solution which is the ONLY one that worked for my gsd, if you can, try grab the tongue and squeeze it with your thumb and pointer, there is a pressure point in it. Sounds silly and can be difficult but as I said, its the ONLY thing that worked for mine.
carolina on January 14, 2012:
ive just adopted a 7 months old GSD name bo, and he is such a sweetheart, everytime we come back inside from his doings, i give him a treat and he gives me a kiss.. hes loyal, protective of the house my 4 kids and loves our 2 cats, sometimes he plays like on to... we could have saved a more beautiful pup then him.. he shows us the love that he needs which is amazing because the people qho had him before us, had him locked in a cage since they potty trained him because they worked to much.. luckily for my new best friend he will never see a cage again.. i find it just as traumatizing as he does. i love my bo and so does my family! he is a big suck!
Kennex on January 08, 2012:
I think I am little crazy but my wife and I are getting three GSD puppies all at once from the same litter (in 3 weeks when 10 weeks old). We wanted two but the runt won us over fast too and we have the space and time! I grew up with 4 GSD but anyone have any tips on training ultiple pups? better to do one on one or maybe group (ie fr sit, sit stay, down commands etc)? Are they likely to work well together and copy each other or will it be mayhem? !!
kegz on January 01, 2012:
I am thinking of buying a GSD, I have read a lot of informatioin on them, including all of the current discussions on this page. The only worry I have is the time I will spend with it. I work long days of 8 - 6, sometimes longer. What can do I to work around this problem and assure the dog gets the best care and attention is needs?
Ashkaa on November 10, 2011:
kathy, my GSD puppy is 14 weeks old. I have taught him to ring a bell attached to the door to let me know when he needs out. All I did was show him the bell, and ring it every time I took him outside. After a day or two he was ringing it himself. I praised him and let him out every time he rang the bell. He hasn't had an accident in the house since. Good luck!
kathy on September 25, 2011:
My GDS is 11 wks old, and we have had him for about 15 days. He is doing so good, but he does not let me know when he has to go potty. I take him out often, and he does great. He has had very few accidents mainly because I take him out so often. My question is how will I ever get him trained to go to the door or bark to let me know when he needs to go potty? My other dog (not a gds) always went & stood at the door when he needed to go out. If I didn't come, he would bark. How will my gds ever let me know he needs to go outside?
jodie 18 on June 22, 2011:
i have a german shephard puppy and am just wondering what the best diets are he is only 5 week old he came from his mother at just 4 weeks as his mother rejected him is there anything i need to do
michelle19 on May 25, 2011:
the white shepherds that you have, i have a female 4yrs and she has the caramel colour along her back which is a normal colour for Swiss shepherds, some are full white but you will find the caramel colour shepherds, so don't worry
Nevada Logan from USA on April 06, 2011:
I've had GSD's all my life. They are the best of the best and make great companions. Great subject to write about!
sharlet Osterkamp on February 24, 2011:
I odopted a pure black german shepherd he is about 2 he is great we are going to training now he learns fast ,they had no information on him when we got him. He has been worked with he is doing great why they got rid of him don't know,crrazy people. What is the differce between colors?
Anna on February 23, 2011:
What do you think of the name Ace? I couldn't think of anything better so we decided on that name. Please comments.
ashlee on January 14, 2011:
i got my first white german shepherd a few weeks before xmas. and i have devoted my life to her since then.
but i have been extremely curious about the browny orange tinge which has just come out on her fur.
Julie on January 08, 2011:
There are many lines of German Shepherds Dogs out there. High prey drives causes lots of nipping of hands. If you have doubts find an experienced trainer to help you get through the puppy stages. Don't hit your puppy with your hand, newspaper etc. you are only going to ruin your relationship with your dog. I have a litter of working line german shepherd pups right now and if you got your dog from a good breeder they should be willing to answer any questions or concerns you have about raising the pup.
michelle j on January 02, 2011:
i have white german sheperd puppies that have a yellow brownish tint on their bottoms. what can i do? they are both pure bred parents both white akc full registered.
panther11 on November 14, 2010:
I have had a GSD puppy for a month now. He is eleven weeks old. I was having an extrememly difficult time with his biting me and my kids. Our hands are all scarred from his biting, which we realize is not intended to hurt us. I tried giving him chew toys - didn't work. I tried holding his mouth - that made him more aggressive. I tried bitter apple - didn't work. I tried holding him down - that didn't work. At puppy kindergarten the other day, I finally asked the trainer what I could do - she said try a spray bottle of water and spray him every time and say no bite. OMG - it works amazingly. It doesn't hurt him or scare him, but it is just uncomfortable. Try it. It works with all unacceptable behavior.
dessivanov on November 06, 2010:
everywhere I have looked regarding this issue, I have found the same advice, that I must leave the gsd puppy in their kennel over night regardless of how much they cry. However, I have owned several gsd (at the moment 1 eight months old and another 3 months old)and have never had a problem with leaving them next to my bed at night. The only issue you will have is the potty until the puppy is old enough to be able to hold it over night. That time comes at about 3-5 months and until then, you must take the puppy every 2 to 4 hour at night. I hope this helps. Good luck and remember if he potties inside it is not his fault but yours for not taking him outside in time. Just do not make a big deal when he potties inside but lavish him with praise and you can even give him a treat to show him that you REALLY like what he did and where he did it.
vikki on October 27, 2010:
Hi just got a gsd 8 weeks old , had 3 days seems very happy , and loving, what do i do at night tried leaving in bed down stairs with baby gate at bottom but cried for two hours. eventually I took to my room on a cushion he was good as gold. What should I do.
Debra on October 14, 2010:
I am getting my daughter a German Shepard Pup. I know it will be hard work but well worth it. My daughter has many anxities and this was suggested to me to help her over come many of her fears of being left behind and forgotten about. If you can I would like to see a list of things a five year old can do to help train her puppy.
rodney80 on October 11, 2010:
Nice content with knowledgable data.
Tsad Jatko on August 08, 2010:
CBR84 You need to get on the Nat Geo channel and watch as many episodes of the dog whisperer as you can! You will overcome your fear if you do this, but don't watch just one episode - you need a diet of it.
For others, if a pup bites too much and too hard, first have a ball all other object he likes to chew on and immediately give it to him when he does this. If you don't have anything handy force your hand (if he is biting your hand eg.) down his throat or into the back of his mouth. Hold his head if you have to, and say NO. Do this until he opens his mouth wide to release your hand and after a few times he will realize it is an uncomfortable result of biting your hand and he will stop. You can also buy some "bitter apple" (any pet store should have it)and spray it on anything you don't want him, to chew on.
As for white GSDs with a brown tinge on their fur you can buy a whitening shampoo that will help get rid of that.
CBR84 on July 26, 2010:
My hubby has loved GSD for a long time and we finally got a month old puppy.. He is very sweet right now and likes to be held and pet. My problem is that i have always been scared of these dogs( or any large dog). My husband works nights so i know that most of the training and caring of this gorgeous dog will be mine, but i feel scared and totally cluesless to what i need to do!
I don't know where to start or how to even potty train. I NEED HELP!!!
paddy on July 24, 2010:
we have always been a family of GSD owners. they are my favorite breed of dog ever!!
our own lovely GSD died round about 18 mths ago.the last thing he did before he died was to lick my hand.
god i'm crying as i type this!
i look forward to buying another lovely GSD in the near future.its still a wee bit to early yet. i'm not fully over our max's passing yet.
but what i will say to ant one out there who still isn't 100% sure if a GSD is the dog for them, well all i will say is if you want a dog that is as loyal as they come. will never let you down,and will defend and love you too the very end, then this is the dog for you.
but please, give it a good life back.
lucy on July 20, 2010:
nicky on July 03, 2010:
i would love to get my husband a german shepherd puppy but have 3 cats and a rabbit and wouldn't know how they would get on cause am used to having rotties
GSD Owner on May 18, 2010:
First of all Donna, I am sorry about Oscar. I lost my 10 year old GSD 6 months ago and still miss her greatly. We are getting our next one later this year from the same breeder as I enjoy raising them from scratch and training them from the start.
Vinny. As far as adopting, it is also a great idea. But, make sure you work with a good rescue/agency that understands the dogs they have and their temperaments. If this is your first GSD let them know that and also how you would be as a pack leader. Can you handle high drive or not? GSDs need love and leadership both. Watch for baggage. A poorly socialized or trained GSD will require alot of post adoption training and you must be dedicated to doing this, otherwise they will end up right back at the rescue which is not fair to them.
Buying a puppy is great too as long as oyu use a good breeder. In this case you must be dedicated to socializing them, training them and being the leader they need. A GSD puppy is not a house ornament that will grow up perfect on its own. It is highly intelligent and so will challenge you along the way.
Again, either works and people do both. Do what is best for you, your lifestyle AND the dog.
A GSD is the best dog in the world in my view. With proper training and socialization and love, you will have a companion, protector and family member that is more dedicated than you will ever imagine. When I lost my last one I thought I could never get another since it was so hard but there is always another piece of your heart to give to the next.
Donna on May 16, 2010:
please adopt there are some wonDerful gsd out there justcrying out for someone to love.i had amazing years with oscar who was adopted but sadly passed away a month ago(still missed greatly )i have know adopted holly whose previous owner Died so she lost her entire family.very sad but she has now settlede down nicely in her new home and is having a rare old time with mia my also rescued syberian husky . adoption is so rewarding.but what ever you decide im sure goodluck . to own a germansheperd is indeed wonderfull experience
Vinny on April 21, 2010:
I'm willing to get a german shepard puppy but I'm conflicted:
should I go adoption or sale?
Like everyone else out there I want a puppy to train and raise, and since there isn't a huge number of said puppies up for adoption (mostly older dogs...am I right?) I'm leaning towards a breeder. On the other hand, the breeder's puppies are more expensive. I need some more advice and fast before my choices dwindle!
FKB gsd owner on April 10, 2010:
I received a GSD at only 8 weeks old.. she is now 16 weeks old and knows how to sit and stay. When i say "cage" she goes to sleep in her kennel and she is almost fully house broke. She is a wonderful dog.
GSD Owner on April 05, 2010:
Craigs comment shows that he may be a K9 handler, but he knows nothing about raising a GSD pup. A 9 week old pup as part of the pack would NEVER be physically punished like that as an older dog. The mouthing is what they do and the teeth are sharp. Say ow, pull away your hand and replace your hand or body part with a toy and praise when they take it. I suggest you go google the German Shepherd Dog Forum to receive more appropriate information on your 9 week old pup.
Lyndon mosley on April 01, 2010:
I just purchased a german sheperd pup and he is very playful and active