TRAINING YOUR GSD
The first weeks:
"Puppy hood is the most critical period for the development of the characteristics you want to encourage. A puppy learns from its experiences, so you want to provide only positive ones. It should be provided with opportunity to explore and investigate new situations and new people, but always in a non-threatening way. Remember that your goal is to build confidence in the young animal. Your aim is not to dominate or oppress the young pup. Exposure to different environments is crucial to the general education of the dog and also to assure it that the world is a safe place. If something appears to make the dog unsure, give it the opportunity to investigate it slowly, but do not force the issue.
It is imperative to avoid situations where your dog would be dominated by another, older or stronger dog, or by another puppy. You also want to avoid having to discipline or correct your puppy and thus dampen its spirit or damage its self-confidence. You can do this by never leaving the pup in a situation where it can cause damage to your valuables or find itself in a dangerous predicament...
Acceptable manners at home and in the car and "play" training, like learning to sit for a food reward, with no corrections involved, is advisable. Real obedience work can begin once the puppy is more mature. It is better to leave for later formal obedience training with a young dog. The character of the puppy is not sufficiently strong to withstand the stress that may be involved in obedience training."
Prepare for Your New Puppy
Other good sites to prepare for pup:
Establish a teacher-learner relationship http://placervillevet.com/puppy_care_and_training.htm
Important Pointers for New Puppy Owners http://www.perfectpaws.com/pup1.html
Housetraining Your Young Puppy http://www.perfectpaws.com/pup3.html
The average age for ears to stand is 3 months, but can vary from
5 weeks to 8 months, even 1 year.
One of the most important commands that you can teach your dog is a "Settle" command.
Good for "Tasmanian devils" and shy dogs, and
all dogs in between!