How to Raise a German Shepherd Puppy

A German Shepherd is one of the most extraordinary dogs you could ever be friends with. Its big, adorable eyes will make you do the silliest things, dedicate your life to it, and cuddle with it even when you couldn’t imagine yourself as a dog person.

I know what you’re thinking – that I’m only saying all this to get you to get a dog. Well, that could be the case. I’m a big dog lover, and I’ve had a number of furry friends over the years, but the German Shepherd holds a special place in my heart.

This dog is more than your protective guard dog; it’s loyal, strong, intelligent, highly responsive to training, and thanks to its big size, you don’t have to worry about your safety when walking through the forest with this dog.

And having been through different experiences in life, some of which id have come out hurt or worse, I vouch for the intimidating stance of the Shepherd.

You might also like the German Shepherd because it’s the best dog for families with kids, it’ll love your yard, and it’s also the ideal dog for active singles. This dog is devoted, and it could be all you have been missing in life.

The catch, however, is that your German Shepherd requires a lot more attention and care. This dog could be the cutest guard dog you ever own, but you might not develop the closest relationship with it if you fail to train it well or take care of it.

So, if you just brought home a German Shepherd pup and your kids can’t get enough of its cuteness, if your kids are super thankful, and they can now listen to your commands and help around the house, ‘there’s something you might want to start doing – learn how to raise and nurture the healthiest German Shepherd.

Before we look at how to raise your German Shepherd well, how about a walk down memory lane?

You should know that you will only get to raise the healthiest, most obedient German Shepherd pup if you understand this dog breed and what makes it the way it is.

The Origin and Guide to German Shepherds

The German Shepherd, also called a GSD, gets its name from the Deutschland since the first of the Shepherds came from this land.

First bred by Captain Max von Stephanitz of Germany, the German Shepherd is a crossbreed of the local herding dog from Thuringia, Bavaria, and Wurtemberg, dogs which has various hair textures. The result of the breeding is this obedient, intelligent, and highly responsive dog.

German Shepherds are also excellent working or show dogs. And with the right training, this dog is a caring and compassionate dog that makes a perfect therapy dog.

Unlike other breeds, the Shepherd is a relatively young dog breed which was bred fully in the 19th Century. This bred of dogs was great at shepherding, hence the name.

So, if your kids ask the origin of the dog or why the dog is called a German Shepherd, don’t lie about them coming from Germany, mention to them the fact that these dogs were great as shepherding sheep thanks their agile, strong, and swift bodies. there

The other interesting bit about this dog is that the dog boasts a strong pedigree. And because of their huge size, the Shepherd has a rather healthy appetite, and it will go through food quickly.

You shouldn’t, however, overfeed your pup because the dog is at a high risk of becoming obese/ overweight, a situation that poses a greater risk on the dog’s bones.

A German Shepherd could weigh as much as 90lbs (male) or 70lbs for the female dog. The dog has a lifespan of 13-15 years. Adult males and females grow to reach a height of between 23-25inches and 21-23 inches, respectively.

On the flipside, this is an active dog breed; it’s very obedient and easy to train.

What’s the German Shepherd’s Temperament like?

While Shepherds make excellent pets, they are also aggressive and extra protective. This dig is also self-confident, active, and extra energetic.

Which health problems should you anticipate?

One of the biggest health problems that German Shepherds suffer is arthritis and other joint problems. Also, the dog’s bog size makes it at risk of bloating. This dog breed is also at a high risk of a genetic/ inherited disease called Von Willebrand Disease.

Considering the sensitivity of the dog, the big healthy appetite, huge frame, and the fact that the dog needs to stay active throughout its life, how do you raise your pup well?

Raising a German Shepherd Pup

Besides being the cutest little thing you ever lay your eyes on, the German Shepherd puppies also standout from other puppies because of their long childhood.

Going into dog parenting, I understood the need for a puppy that would grow and bond with my kids well, a pup that will not grow too fast.

From my research, my best option was the German Shepherd. By remaining in the childhood, puppy stage a while longer, this dog could grow with my kids forming healthy bonds to last for years.

Also, it takes a bit of exercise to tire out a shepherd, it learns tricks quickly, and it’s protective. What more could a parent ask for when they have a bunch of kids needing constant stimulation and time away from their screens?

Adult males and females grow to reach a height of between 23-25inches and 21-23 inches, respectively.

How to Raise Your New German Shepherd Pup

Here’s some good news: German Shepherds adjust quickly and easily to new environments, meaning that you don’t have to worry about separation anxiety lasting months.

When it comes to raising your pup, however, you should muster all the patience you can find because the biggest part of raising the cute pup involves training.

From potty training to obedience, and crate training, you need to know how to tap into this intelligent dog’s abilities.

  • Who is the Alpha Leader?

To begin training on the right foot, you are the Alpha Leader, make it known. If not you, choose someone else in your household to be the Alpha Leader.

For this role, the alpha leader in the house should exude confidence and hold a strong stance when demanding for the display of proper behavior.

But don’t yell. Yelling creates fear in the dog, and the fear will result in acts of self-defence and disobedience.

  • Welcoming and introducing the pup to your home

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If your pup comes to your home when you already have other dogs, make sure that you first train your other dogs to make sure that they can co-exist with the new addition.

When ready to bring your pup home, follow these steps:

  • Bring home the pup in the car

If you have other pups at home, you will be tempted to ride along with the other dogs to pick up the pup, but you should do this.

The picking up should be by you and your family to and from the rescue or the breeder. Not bringing the other dogs along with you will prevent aggression during the car ride.

Dogs are territorial, and they don’t want to feel threatened in their turf.

  • Carry a blanket

When picking up the pup, carry a small baby blanket with you. You could wrap the blanket around the pup for a few seconds or even rub it on its fur gently allowing the blanket to absorb the pup’s scent.

  • Go home

When you get home, have someone sit in the car with your pup as you go into the house, taking the blanket with you, if you. This is important if you have another dog at home.

Introduce your older dog to the pup by greeting it with their favorite treat as you allow it to smell the blanket with the pup’s scent.

Next up, put your other dog(s) on a leash then lead them outdoors to the front of the house. Doing this ensures that the dogs meet on mutual territory.

  • The meet

As you familiarize the other dog with the pup’s scent, have someone else leash your pup and then bring it out of the car to meet the other dog.

Let them sniff and adjust to each other. Walking side by side, the two canines will soon develop a friendship or even a mutual understanding.

  • Bring the dogs indoors

Once the dogs are peaceful, lead them into the house and allow them to explore the house. Running around is normal, but you might notice that your older dog could be more authoritative.

So, keep a close eye on your two canines as you create a special place for the toys, pups, beds, dishes, etc.

Now, these steps might sound simple, but the introduction might not be smooth. You need to be very patient.

It will take some time for the new pup to accept its new family, as well as its newfound attention and space.

Note that your pup might take a little more time to adjust to the new change. So you might want to separate your pup from the other dog or your kids until it’s ready to be a member of your pack. In some cases, you might have to hire a trainer.

Crate Training

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If you’re a new dog parent and you’re hearing about dog crates for the first time, don’t run in the opposite direction scared.

A dog crate does not represent some form of prison for your cute dog; it’s more of a small safe environment for your dog.

The crate could be your pup’s safe space for sleeping and resting, as long as the size is right. A dog crate also comes in handy when you’re traveling with your dog.

don’t forget that all dogs are den animals.

A dog crate is also important because as your pup gets used to its new home, it could use the crate as its little cozy spot in the house.

Note that without the crate, your puppy will start hiding under furniture, all because it needs its cozy spot.

To simplify crate training, make the crate as comfortable as possible using a soft, plush, and comfortable blanket, as well as the dog’s favorite toy.

Besides the pup’s safety, you also need a comfortable dog crate for your peace of mind. As your pup grows and bonds with your family, it’s still in a growth spurt, and it will chew your shoes, furniture and everything else it gets its paws on.

And when you need some peace and time where you don’t watch your pup, the crate will be there.

You should never use the crate to punish your pup. The crate is meant to be a safe space for your little Shepherd, keep it that way.

The other reason why you should start crate training early is that you will need the crate when taking your pup to the groomer or the vet.

If it learns early in its life that the crate is its safe place, you ‘won’t struggle when visiting the vet or traveling out of town.

Considering the anxiety and stress that comes with illness, prior familiarization with the crate will mean that the dog makes less of a fuss on the to the vet.

As mentioned above, you should keep in mind the size of the dog when buying the crate. Note, however, that you should look at the adult size of your Shepherd rather than the puppy size.

They grow too fast! The crate should be comfortable enough for the pup to stand, sit, turn, and stretch without hurting itself.

How to crate train

  • Place a soft, comfortable blanket in the crate then throw in some of its favorite treats. Your intention should be to communicate to the pup that spending time in the crate is a pleasurable activity/ experience.
  • Once the pup gets in the crate, shut the crate door for about 10 minutes before letting out. Naturally, the dog will cry out in the beginning, but you should not give in easily. To make the experience bearable for the two of you, sit next to the crate and speak to your pup gently – this will calm it down.
  • After the first attempt, reward your pup and then increase the amount of time they spend in the crate, gradually.

Remember that your pup has a small bladder and you should not leave it locked up in the crate for too long.

Potty Training

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This is the most important form of training for your puppy. It goes hand in hand with crate training thanks to the fact that you can take your pup to the bathroom area as soon as you let it out of its crate.

But, you should determine a bathroom area first – this area could be a specific area on the yard or even a pee pad in one specific area of the house.

The reason why this is one of the most effective strategies for potty training lies in the fact that dogs refuse to go in the crate.

You will also succeed in potty training if you teach your pup to pee in the designated bathroom area after a minimum of 10 minutes after drinking water or after a meal.

Knowing how intelligent German Shepherds are, your pup will catch on soon and even live by their daily schedule.

The best part about all this is that your dog will soon remind or ask you to do something when they want to go. For example, it could scratch the door.

With crate training and potty training as the holy grail of house training, you could read and learn more on these subjects in this book on How to Housetrain & Potty Train Any Dog.

What to Feed the German Shepherd

You can only say that you’ve raised your GSD well if you feed it right, which is why you need to be careful with your dog’s nutrition and diet. With this ‘breed’s predisposition to some illnesses, it’s high activity levels and the activity needs; you must watch what goes into the pup’s bowl.

Nutrient content

Primarily, however, your ‘GSD’s pup diet should have enough proteins for support and muscle strength, as well as healthy fats for energy sustenance.

Feed your pup, high-quality meat proteins, healthy fats, omega-3s, DHA, and carbs.

You also need to watch your pup’s intake of minerals. For puppies, the recommended calcium-to-phosphorus ratio is 1:2 parts.

The presence of calcium in your pup’s diet is crucial since a calcium deficiency could result in serious orthopedic problems like arthritis and the painful bone spurs.

The recommended caloric intake for GSD pups

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Don’t buy pup food for your adorable little pooch before you read the nutritional information and the nutritional facts.

The reason for this is that the recommended caloric intake for these pups is quite specific and within the ranges of 1,300 – 1,600 kCal per day.

This figure could, however, go up if your pup is super bouncy; in such cases, the caloric intake could be as high as 2,100 kCal daily.

Since the best GSD foods will have a caloric content higher than this, you can keep your pet within the healthy feeding limits by working with the recommended 40kCal for every one pound of weight – a 50lb pup burns about 2000kCal daily.

How to ensure that your pup’s weight is within the acceptable limits

While you could visit your vet for a more precise breakdown of the needs of your pooch, there are things you should know about before you book an appointment.

And with some pups growing faster or slower than others, these tips are important.

If you ‘can’t feel the ribs of your puppy, it means that you’re feeding it more than it needs daily. On the other hand, if the pup’s ribs are prominent, you should consider increasing its food.

Healthy pups will have a body condition score of 4/ 5. In this condition, you can feel its ribs easily, and its tummy ‘doesn’t stick out too much on either side.

Also, a healthy German Shepherd pup is quite rounded, compared to the adults, while maintaining a noticeable abdominal tuck.

Also, you might want to reduce your pup’s food if it pants excessively after light exercises.

Other considerations

Given the dog’s need for high-quality food, avoid the foods from recalled brands, animal by-products, or foods with allergens such as soy and wheat.

And with your pup in a crucial developmental stage, it’s important for you to stick to the pet-specific foods.

Remember that overfeeding or feeding your pup with puppy food for too long could result in the rapid and painful growth of the bones and the joints, and this could result in a myriad of development and orthopedic problems.

You might also want to look out for the ingredients in the food – opt for the foods with a low glycemic index, probiotics, prebiotics, fruits, vegetables, and more of the organic ingredients.

Chondroitin, L-Carnitine, glucosamine, EPA, and DHA are the other integral ingredients.

it’s also important to note that GSD breeds tend to suffer digestive issues such as ulcers, intestinal inflammation, diarrhea, and many other gastrointestinal problems.

Don’t forget vitamins. Your pup needs a healthy dose of vitamins A, K, B1, B3, C, and E.

Teaching Your Pup Basic Obedience

You have to be sensible about your pup’s basic obedience training to raise a confident and a good-mannered pup.

For your young pup, limit training to 5-10 minutes daily, while focusing on completing only one basic command at a time. Long sessions with many commands will leave you feeling very frustrated.

Some of the things you could do to simplify training include:

  • Using treats and praises
  • Not showing signs of frustration or stress if a training session fails
  • Use a comfortable leash
  • Use a combination of verbal commands and hand gestures for reinforcement of the actions you present.
  • Don’t forget to teach your pup the important basic commands such as No or Stop. With time, teach commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Stand, don’t Jump, No Chewing, etc.
  • Training your pup not to nip or bite, and not to bark are also important basics.

Since GSDs are intelligent, learning the basic commands and even the advanced tricks like smiling ‘shouldn’t be too hard, as long as you are patient.

Grooming tips for your GSD Pup

A DSD pup calls for a great deal of work when it comes to maintenance and grooming. But you can get around grooming by doing the following things:

  • Since GSDs have a plush double coat, you should brush your pup every day to reduce the shedding factor.
  • The ‘GSD’s coat is high in natural oils, and a bath is necessary every 4-5 months. don’t over bathe your pup because if you do, you will strip the coat of its natural oils.
  • Be ready for frequent brushing and bathing during the bi-annual shedding.
  • Though this dog has short nails, a trim is necessary often. Just be careful not to cut the nails too short.
  • The pup has deep rather than floppy ears, and you should clean them regularly to avoid debris and wax build-up, which could result cause an infection.
  • A GSD is stoic, check the paws for bruising or scratches regularly; otherwise, you will never know or know of a problem when it’s too late.

Exercise Regimen for Your Pup

This high-spirited animal is full of vigor, active, and super intelligent. What this temperament means is that unless you want a destructive pup, you should engage your pup in ample physical activity.

Inactivity and locking your pup indoors will force your pup to adopt bad manners like urinating everywhere, digging, chewing, and destroying everything around you.

It will also become aggressive.

Hiking, swimming, jogging, Frisbee playtime, or Hide N Seek are some of the best exercises you should engage your pup in.

Is this all you can do for your German Shepherd pup?

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No – there is some much more for you to do to raise a healthy German Shepherd puppy.

  • Imprinting and Socialization – these mean that the pup will take after you, the behavior you imprint and the environment you expose it to.
  • Focus on the leash and off-leash training for control over the dog as it grows
  • Don’t make your pup overdependent on treats for it to follow commands
  • Teach your pooch to behave during bathing, nail cutting, and ear cleaning
  • Teach your pup to sleep in the kennel or the dog bed
  • Besides crate training, vehicle training is also important.
  • Keep in mind that training obedience should start as soon as your pup is 8 weeks old.
  • Don’t do the things that your dog perceives as unpleasant when your pup runs to you.
  • Stop nagging your pup to learn commands
  • Your pup ‘doesn’t know what “no” means unless you teach it. This applies to every other command.
  • Don’t isolate/ neglect your pup
  • Never reward your pup for an undesirable behavior
  • Don’t blame the dog and don’t give up when the training toughens
  • Don’t leave stuffed animals in the crate with your puppy

And there you have it – some of the best tips to help you raise a healthy German Shepherd pup. As you train and keep it healthy, remember to pick up after your pup, use a leash, and microchip that cute little animal.