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Hi all -
My wife and I getting a puppy in late Jan/early Feb, and it's going to be our first pet together. (I had dogs when young, but my wife is completely new to pets.) It's going to be a male German Shepherd from a responsible breeder. It'll be eight weeks old and have already started training and its shots. I was wondering if folks could offer advice on how to prepare a house for puppy. Here's what we have planned so:

o Get a seperate tub put in the garage for doggie baths
o Get crates for the first and second floor of our house, so the dog is around people even when in his crate
o Get some fencing for the backyard to allow the dog to have some space to run free

Any suggestions or words of advice would be appreciated.

Later,
Marc
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Any suggestions or words of advice would be appreciated.

Hey Marc,

Congrats on the new pup! As a veteran of four weeks now, I can give you ALL SORTS of advice. Our puppy is now 11 weeks old. Here's my short list:

an exercise pen so your puppy will have more room than in the crate but still be confined so you can run to the front door without . . . wishing you hadn't.

chew toys, chew toys and more chew toys

photon
*did I mention chew toys?*
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My sister has a GSD and a foster GSD. TOYS! TOYS! TOYS! Zora (her dog) loves to herd, so her favorite toy is a ball that she pushes everywhere. And be sure to stock up on chew toys.
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Hey Marc,

Congratulations on the upcoming new family member -- and on being responsible in thinking way ahead about what you'll need! Always great to see.

I did a quick paw through some older posts, knowing that LQuieros had some great posts full of useful information (and that there are lots of others on this board too, Laura's just stuck in my mind.)

on crate-training:
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16509752&sort=username

on chewing/destructive puppy behavior:
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17877589&sort=postdate

a thread by Beejayw1 on shopping for supplies for a new puppy:
http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15817822&sort=whole


I'm sure you'll get more answers, and a more thorough search of the boards will likely turn up even more "puppy-proofing" tips.

Looking forward to hearing about your new pal!

Hilary

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Hi Marc -

Oh boy! A German shepard pup! We used to have a German Shepard/Airdale Terrier cross named Kaydub who was with us until she passed away at the ripe ol' age of 14 about 5 years ago. And when I was a little girl, we had a German Shepard named Sheba that was born blind in one eye. She used to love to chase our poddle around the yard (but never could catch her :)).

I see Hilary was kind enough to post some of my links for you. I found a few more on puppyhood & training that I thought you might be able to use. Take a look thru these blasts from the past:

Ritalin for dogs ??? (contains Clicker Training links & more)
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17835388

How To Make Puppy Pie :)
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15828460

How to Photograph Your Puppy... (thanks PoodleLover)
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16616744

Does Your Yard Look Like The Grand Canyon?
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13316342

The Drawbacks of Shaker Cans & Squirt Guns
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13316342

Is Your Dog Known As Mr. Barks-A-Lot?
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13317587

What To Do For A Dog That Chews
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13317622

Never Never Say It Say It Twice-Twice
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13319907

Mail Order Pet Suppliers
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=11501721

Need Help With Fetch
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12505588

Why Come Is The Most Important
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16190786 (training tips)

Choke Collar Advise
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16574310 (Halti/Gentle Leader tips)

Question About Grooming (dog bath tips)
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15824255

VET PET WEB LINKS (thanks Beejayw1)
http://www.library.tufts.edu/vet/vrw/index.html Tufts
http://www.internets.com/veterina.htm General Info
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/qcs.html Cornell
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/ Merck Veterinary Manual Online

WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY (thanks Fallout2Queen)
http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17887560

There's also a link to the board's FAQ page to the right of the page. And the search engine is available if you want to check for tips on a particular topic. Feel free to ask, of course, if you have any more questions.

Hope that helps. We'll be looking forward with bated breath to stories & pictures of the little guy :).

Laura
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band aids and an antiseptic in the likely event he will think your hand is a chew toy..........
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Congratulations on your upcoming puppy event!!

RUN don't walk to the nearest bookstore or Amazon and get a copy of
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. It is a wonderful book that explains the new thinking in dog behavior and training.

Read everything you can about positive reinforcement (reward based training) and enroll in a Puppy K in a school that uses those methods.

There is a website for the APDT that will tell you who is in your area and give you lots of fun information.

http://www.apdt.com/

Very important to avoid aversive, punishment based training--especially with this wonderful and intelligent breed.

You are definitely on the right track with your thinking and if you follow these new methods you will have a companion and a friend that will be in your heart forever.

Best of everything. If you ever need any help please ask me. I will be delighted to be of some small assistance.

Jean and the wheaties
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Thanks for all the replies. Looks like my wife and I have a bunch of reading to do.

Another question, does anyone know how hard it would be to introduce a cat into the house after the puppy has been there on his own for awhile?

Marc
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does anyone know how hard it would be to introduce a cat into the house after the puppy has been there on his own for awhile?

We did this quite successfully, with a kitten. Here's a post I wrote fairly recently about our experience:

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17770697

I think it's a fine idea! :)

Jan
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does anyone know how hard it would be to introduce a cat into the house after the puppy has been there on his own for awhile?

Well, it's certainly possible, as Jan discussed.

But why not get a kitten at the same time? That way they can bond and be best buds, and you won't have to deal with integration issues.

JMHO, and of course I'm not biased at all...

Cori
Waystation kitty humom
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But why not get a kitten at the same time? That way they can bond and be best buds, and you won't have to deal with integration issues.


I'd love to, but I'm not sure how well that would go with my wife. She didn't grow up around animals and really didn't care for them until she had a really good experience a dog while at a friends. This was a few years ago. She still doesn't like cats that much. I figure we'll have to see how the dog goes, before we start broaching the cat topic. I'd be happy with a cat and dog, but I'll settle for a dog and a happy wife. :-)

Marc
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Marc,

We adopted two shepherds from our local SPCA, puppies turned in...this book was recommended by a friend and turned out to be great -- by a group of monks in upstate New York who have been raising GSDs for years:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0316578398/qid=1035767215/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-4099749-2972900?v=glance

A quick read, broken out by subjects so you can skip around as desired.

Good luck,

frog6
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this book was recommended by a friend and turned out to be great -- by a group of monks in upstate New York who have been raising GSDs for years

Personally, I am not a big fan of "The Art of Training a Puppy" by the New Skete Monks. There is some good information in the book but I also find some of their practices questionable.

I've moved on to training that is positive reinforcement based - also known as operant conditioning & clicker training. I've found these books to be well-written:

"Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training" by Karen Pryor
"Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson
"Good Owners, Great Dogs" by Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson
"Paws to Consider: Choosing the Right Dog for You & Your Family" by Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson (a good read before someone choses a particular breed)
"Clicker Training for Obedience" by Morgan Spector

Laura & Bear (AKC Canine Good Citizen & clicker trained)

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