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Old 03-07-2018, 04:10 AM
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Expectations for puppy training

Hello,

I have a three month old german shepherd girl. This last month she has learned (mostly in a quiet encironment not aleays in the the street) her name, to come, to sit, down, to go to her bed (not yet staying there for long) and a little bit leash walking and staying.

I have previous experience training adult dogs and other animals but the last time I had a puppy I was very young. So I did helped with the training but I dont remember it well.

I was wondering if somebody could tell me what should I expect her to learn at such young age. For example she is really progressing very slowly with the leash walking, as everything is so exciting for her. I understand that her attention span is very limitet yet. For the other hand I feel that as a person with experience everybody will judge me if she is not perfectly trained by now.

I would like to hear your opinions, please.
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Sounds like she is doing good learning, welcome to the forum.
I like to spend the first couple/few months playing lots of games and building the bond with my pups. You want to be the most fun thing in the world to your pup, which will help make other things easier down the road.
If you've never had gsd pup before you're in for a fun ride most likely! They can be challenging but in a good way. Dont try to set super high expectations for now......keep teaching her new things, but set her up to succeed and make it fun above all. Dont get frustrated and expect great obedience at this stage. Its all about fun for now. In a few months when you start the real training youll be setup for you both to succeed when your pup sees you as being fun, and the games you've played and tricks you've taught have been a foundation for formal training being fun for you both. Shepherds were bred to work (mostly) and do really well and actually enjoy training immensely when its fun for them.
When I get a puppy I use a drag leash in the home, and I also tether my pup to me most of the time we're together for the first few months. Both of these things will help keep your pup out of trouble, allow her to be with you and learn your routines and how to behave, and will help to set up a good foundation for leashwork, including walking on leash.
Shepherds are one of those breeds that give back ten times as much as you put into them, so the more time and effort you put into her will really pay off in the long run. Keep.....things.....fun!
Let her win at games, build her confidence in herself and you. Minimize scolding or fussing at her for now. Too young. Dont hurt her confidence by doing that.
Right now you're mainly going to be setting up a good foundation for training later on. It will make things much easier.
How is the puppy biting going? Is she a little landshark?
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One other thing. Research building engagement and focus in a young pup. Building engagement with your pup is going to be indispensable in the future. I cant stress how helpful it is to have a young dog who wants to look to you for direction, and has learned how to focus their attention on you above all else. This is a big one for me!!
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Hi!

Thank you for the reply! I am really bonding quickly with her, I work from home so that made it easier for her I guess.

The puppy bitting goes on and off. She bites when she sees new people (she is very social and gets extremly excited). With me she refrains much more, probably because I know how to calm her (like not petting her unless she is behaving better). But with other people is so difficult! They wont listen when I say things like `greet her with this toy so she doesnt bite youŽ or Ždont pet her unless she is calmerŽ. And the they compain that she is biting... I really feel that a lot of them expect me to have a adult full trained dog and not a crazy puppy!
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Lol I know your pain! I got to the point that I dont even let people interact with my dogs until they're alittle older. They get exposed to lots of people, dogs and new experiences but no actual interaction until older.
Gsd puppies tend to be more mouthy, bitey and just full of the devil than most, so just blow it off if people try to judge you.....its the way the breed is as puppies and lots of people dont understand that.
For the first year or so you're gonna have your hands full unless you got a really mellow shepherd. At 3 months old most of them are like little tornadoes of energy and teeth.
The one I have now is a super fast learner, by 4 months old he was opening cabinet doors by grabbing the knobs in his mouth....not long after that he figured out how to let himself out the front door lol. .....it can be a job just staying a step ahead of them!
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Hehe, thats a smart puppy indeed.

Yes I learned before that humans seem to be the most anoying part of having a dog xD. My past dog was a rescue mastiff and he was very afraid of new people. I kept telling people to not touch him and they wouldnt listen, I was so afraid of them getting bitten one day... Unfortunately for me this time most of my 'visitors' are political relatives, so is difficult to keep them on their toes... Hehe
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