German Shepherd Food
While they are rightly called the ‘saddle worms of the animal world’, there’s nothing quite as tough for a German Shepherd puppy as learning to go to the bathroom outside. For some reason, it is this very aspect of life that tends to scare many people away from getting one. But making a mess in the house may be no problem for the German Shepherd puppy, his mother, and siblings, they know that the whole world is going to take a dip in color by the time they reach full height. If you have children it is important to understand that they are not going to fully understand what it means to have a German Shepherd puppy until just after they start eating. When a puppy has first weaned from its mother the particular smell of its mother’s milk can make a huge difference to its development. It is amazing that even an animal that is all but invisible to the human eye still manages to give the signal to ‘go’ just a few strokes from under the window. The puppy doesn’t necessarily understand the delicate social hierarchy that is taking place. He is only aware of what he already is – or more to the point, what he wants to be.
If you bring a puppy into your home, you need to be prepared for some tough love. They are going to mess in the night, and they are certainly not going to come when they’re called. Nor are they going to understand that the reason they are outside and not inside is because they are not supposed to make a mess of the crate where they are sleeping. You need to get a crate bumper and place it in the crate overnight or at least place one nearby. The crate bumper is simply a wire cover that goes around the crate that acts as a privacy barrier – it keeps the dog from seeing and hearing what’s going on at night so it is more relaxed.
If you want to keep your puppy from soiling the crate when it is first bought, you can set aside a small area that will become the puppy’s toilet. This is restricted to just a small area of the crate and is probably best located outside of the den-like area so the puppy can feel that he is still in the middle of ‘his’ world.
Very young puppies are naturally exuberant and full of energy. One mistake people make when disciplining the puppy is to be excessively harsh. This is never a good idea and may make the dog tend to be dejected and puppy.
One of the more tolerant types of owners will tolerate whimpering and crying and allow the puppy to whine a couple of times. Then when the puppy has calmed down, the owner will take the puppy out of the crate and allow it to run around and play. This kind of owner will have one of the most difficult training sessions. Puppies have a short attention span and it may take several minutes for the owner to realize that his puppy wants out of the crate. Once outside, the newly separated puppy may run all over the place, not being aware of boundaries or what is expected of him.
This kind of owner also has the most difficult time potty training his puppy. The puppy learns to go potty inside the house and then will moon the crate again and again. The owner will become increasingly frustrated and will begin screaming and yelling, which tells the puppy that he should go potty somewhere else. The crate of the owner will become smaller but shall this continue, the puppy will not know who the ‘leader’ is and the quality of obedience training will become shockingly low. The puppy will learn to hide his accidents for hours if he is with an extremely busy owner.
It’s necessary to consider several things when setting up the crate and training a puppy that will turn out to be a happy, healthy dog. First of all, you want to make sure that the crate isn’t too big. You don’t want to create a being that is a dog. It can’t be that big so it will utterly waste for your new puppy. The space must be restricted to only its but to effectively train him. Preferably place the crate in an area with well-thought-out flooring. This makes it easier for you to clean the crate and also keep it clean. You must of course avoid having it somewhere that it can jump onto or is too elevated.
A but or two things to remember when depending on whether to buy a wire crate or plastic crate for the puppy. Many owners who have many dogs decide that plastic crates are smarter having the flexibility of being able to raise them off the ground that provides for ventilation that might be better than a raised kennel.
Time will tell whether you should make the right choice for you and your puppy or not.