|Barked: Wed Jun 26, '13 11:37am PST |
My first bit of advice, you NEED to see a professional trainer. You have picked a breed that isn't recommended to a novice, and definitely not a first time handler. If you don't seek professional help I can pretty much guarantee that your pup will wash out. GSDs are a very intelligent, but a protective breed.
Second bit of advice is to make sure you have a GREAT breeder. With the GSD being so popular there are a lot of bad breeders. There tends to be a lot of anxiety and weak nerves in the breed, which is the opposite of what you want for a SD. Make sure they do health testing as there are many health problems in this breed.
Third, have fun with your puppy! Give the puppy time to adjust instead of starting training immediately. If you do too much too fast your dog will burn out.
Fourth bit of advice. Know when to wash your dog out. I had this issue with my first dog. If your dog shows any sort or reactivity, aggression, or just plain doesn't enjoy the job, wash them out. Of course have an experienced trainer evaluate the dog, as some sorts or reactivity can be overcome. It isn't fair to you, your dog, or the public to work a dog that isn't fit for the job.
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