The Wonderful World Of Pets

Bringing Home Your German Shepherd Puppy

by Samuel Sullivan

Bringing home a German Shepherd dog (GSD) is so exciting. You probably can't wait to introduce the puppy to your family, see how they like their new bed and toys, and just get to know them in general. However, there are a few tips you should follow when bringing home your GSD pup in order to ensure a good experience for everyone.

Puppy-proof the home, including anything reachable from furniture

As you would before bringing home a puppy of any breed, you want to puppy-proof your space. Pick up any breakable decor. Make sure your shoes are tucked away inside a cabinet. Also, tie up any loose wires, and make sure any cleaning products are housed in higher cabinets. Since GSD puppies are on the larger side and are incredibly capable when it comes to jumping, you also want to make sure they can't reach anything breakable or dangerous from your furniture. Don't leave knives out on the counter. Don't leave breakable glass items on the mantel. Eventually, your pup will learn where they're not allowed, but in the meantime, it's important to make sure they don't hurt themselves if they jump somewhere they shouldn't be.

Introduce close friends as soon as possible

Think about all of the people who your puppy will spend time with. This should include your family members, but also friends who you expect will stop by often, or who may be called upon to take care of your dog when you're not home. Have these people visit your puppy soon after you bring them home, and schedule regular visits after that. GSD puppies tend to be friendlier and more accepting of people they grow up around. If your pup meets these people from day one, they'll build a better relationship with them.

Line up a trainer

GSD puppies are highly trainable, but you do need to ensure they are trained properly to avoid problems with aggression as they grow up. So, make sure you line up a trainer to work with you as soon as you bring your puppy home. Having a trainer come to your home once a week can be a good solution, but you should also plan on taking them to puppy classes so they can get out and socialize with other dogs.

Bringing home a German Shepherd puppy is going to be life-changing. Follow the tips above, and remember to enjoy yourself and your new pet.