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If you are getting a Pup from us pleae read ALL socialization articles! 

Puppy Socialization Article:
"This is quite good for some of the basics but the 1 or 2 times with meeting 'new to them'  children and 'strange' dogs and 'strangers' (people) is not enough exposure. The dogs must be 'strangers' to them - not the neighbors dog or other family members dogs- they are his 'buddys''. The same goes for children and adults. As they age even beyond  4 months they should be exposed as often as you can to children and other animals and new people and situations. Sandy"

"Starting one week after you get your puppy (age 8 or 9 weeks), get him out one day a week to a new situation he has never seen before. This takes some planning, but is worth the effort.

8 Weeks: A walk (off leash) in a meadow or pasture with medium tall grass. Keep him with you by voice. Encourage him to climb over a little mound of dirt or a log. Praise his efforts to do something he has never done before. Walk just fast enough that he has to strain very very slightly to keep up with you. At this age his desire to stay with you is very keen. Capitalize on that. The walk should take no more than 20 minutes. 

9 Weeks: Another walk, this time in the woods. He is in taller grass and weeds. He must occasionally climb over small logs (Just big enough to be a challenge). He goes up the hill, down the hill, over the rocks, maybe down a small bank. The perfect setup is where he goes across a small creek. He gets wet up to the chest. He scrambles up the bank to follow you. He goes through a thick carpet of leaves that crunch when he walks. Encourage him all the way. Praise him for meeting the challenge. The walk takes about 20 minutes. 

10 Weeks: The same as age 9 weeks but a bit more difficult. Occasionally hide momentarily from him when he is distracted in the woods. Watch him. Does he notice you are missing? If he does, and starts to look for you, suddenly appear and praise profusely. If he doesn't look for you, toss a pebble to make him notice you are missing. Then call him from your hiding place. When he starts to look for you, appear and praise him. This will teach him, as it is repeated time and time again, to watch you when you are out in the woods, instead of you having to constantly be watching where he is. This makes him take that responsibility of staying with you. Play this game over and over through many weeks until you cannot hide from him because he is always watching. This only works when started young. 

11 Weeks: Take him swimming. You hold him and wade out to knee deep water. Point him toward shore and gently let him go. Be sure he gets his head up and he heads for shore. Have someone on shore encouraging him in a positive way. Another way to approach this is to entice him into the water by going in yourself and encouraging him to follow. Do not throw him in! When you are through get him out and dry him off and go home. Don't let him get chilled. 

12 Weeks: Take a trip to the farm. Let him see cows, horses, chickens and whatever else you can find. This time you can keep him on leash. Make sure he is safe from the animals and let him get close enough to sniff. This outing can take 20 or more minutes. You have a positive attitude about all this. Be nonchalant about it all, as if this is what every 12 week old pup does. 

13 Weeks: Take him on leash to town. Walk him on a main street with medium to light foot traffic. He sees and hears cars, trucks and heavy street traffic. He passes by many people walking bicycles, delivery men with hand trucks, etc. This should be a short outing about 10 minutes. Praise him lavishly for positive behavior. Be nonchalant and very encouraging. When you get back to the car, lay on the praise for his remarkable feats of courage. 

14 Weeks: A trip to the beach or some other special place he has never been. Perhaps a trip to the local grade school front lawn when all the children are pouring out. Let the kids stop and pet him. Let him see and be in the crowd. 

15 Weeks: Another trip to town. 
16 Weeks: Your pup's major learning age of his entire life is now over. Hopefully you have given him a very wide range of experiences. If you have done all this faithfully you will have taught him the most important thing of all to learn and it will stay with him the rest of his life, enabling him to continue to learn throughout his lifetime. 
17 to 21 Weeks: This is a bad time to subject your pup to stress, such as plane trips, a stay at the vets, boarding kennel or any threatening situation. Many pups act very fearful at this age. This should be a quiet time in their lives."  
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 When puppy first goes home
(except 'NO' MUST be paired with a correction. 
 Avoiding or correcting domimance problems (INFO about PUPPY MOUTHING)
 Who's in Charge Here? A lesson in Becoming ALPHA
 To pinch or not to pinch (MAGIC COLLARS!!)
Proper way to place a slip collar (correction collar) on your dog. Easiest way with your puppy sitting front of you when you are holding the collar in front of you it should look like a 'P' for PUPPY- NOT a '9' - 9 is NO!
*MORE on Socializing our Puppy and at bottom of page also.
MORE Socializing: Remember when you are in public places keep your puppy leashed as it may save its life one day, and it is also the LAW. Do not limit your puppy to this list, be creative, and have fun! Here is a list of things to socialize your puppy to:

1. Introduce your puppy to as many people as you can, irregardless of age, sizes, ethnicity, disabilities, appearance or dress.

2. Introduce your puppy to people in motion such as walkers, bicyclists, skaters, joggers, persons using wheelchairs or canes.

3. Introduce your puppy to other healthy, vaccinated, friendly dogs and cats.

4. Introduce your puppy to different urban and woodland environments. Remember to have them leashed you do this.

5. Take your puppy to the veterinarian's office, not only for its shots and check-ups, but to just visit. This helps build the association that good things can happen when you go to the veterinarians' office.

6. Take your puppy to the pet shop with you.

7. Take your puppy on car rides. Do not leave a puppy in a vehicle with its windows rolled up for even a minute as it can quickly suffer from heat stroke and die. Also, do not leave the widows rolled down as your puppy can jump out of the car and become lost, injured, or even killed. If you can't take your puppy with you when you get out of the car, leave it at home.

8. Take your puppy to a friend's houses.

9Take your puppy to outdoor sporting events.

10. Expose your puppy to anything which makes noise and/or moves in your house such as running vacuum cleaners, sweeping and mopping or a running dishwasher.

11. Expose your puppy to stairs, carpeted floors, wood or vinyl floors, grass, *pavement,* gravel paths and anything else you can find. *Please note: Check the temperature of any outdoor pavement before allowing your puppy to touch it, they can get pretty hot.

12. Allow your puppy supervised visits in all rooms of your home.

Sharon Bradberry is the founder and primary trainer at Fredericksburg Canine Academy (540-898-8823)gooddogz.org
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  "Socialization does two things to habituate the puppy. It reduces the number of things in the world that a puppy might be frightened of and it continually provides the experience of first being afraid and then recovering. According to most behaviorists, bounce-back is one of the most valuable traits you can "teach" a dog.  And the more often the puppy recovers" (puppy owners need to learn how to help  puppy recover), "the list of things/people/experiences that the puppy is not afraid of grows faster and faster. 

  There are several stages/periods in a puppy's life where learning and/or socialization is maximized. Behaviorists and researchers don't all agree on the exact age or same influences within these stages, but all emphasize the importance of understanding and utilizing this information to raise the best puppies possible. 

 Behaviorists define a sensitive period (or critical stage) is a 'point in the maturing process when events are susceptible to leaving long-term effects' or a period when 'learning is easier and knowledge gained is stored in the long-term memory'. During sensitive periods, experiences have major or even damaging effects on future behavior of the dog. Transition between one period/stage to another is usually gradual and varies from animal to animal. The term "window of opportunity" is often used in the literature because certain experiences need to happen (or not to happen, in some cases) at a particular time, and if not, the "window" closes and the potential benefits of those experiences are missed."  (with proper response from owner/trainer)

"Puppies must be exposed to a wide array of smells, textures, surfaces, sounds, vibrations, tastes and sights, including and especially a comprehensive variety of people. The more chances a puppy has to be properly exposed to something new during the critical socialization periods, the less bothered it will be throughout the rest of its life when confronted by other new or frightening things.  

   Fears are caused from the dog's experiences in life."
(or lack of)  Everything an adult dog is expected to do or co-exist with should be added to the socialization program - ie children, swimming, exposure to stock, dog shows, etc, etc, etc... 

Undersocialized dogs are shy, fearful, become defensive, discriminate threats inappropriately, and may even bite out of fear. They often will be over dependent on their owners. 

Flight Instinct Period (4-8 months)This period can last for a few days or several weeks. The puppy's first response is to flee. A puppy that previously came every time you called will now "turn a deaf ear" and be very difficult to catch. It's important to avoid off-leash time and to praise correct responses. Some people refer to this time as the "ha-ha-ha, you can't catch me" time. Use of a long line during this time will prevent accidents and actually shorten the length of time the puppy behaves in this manner. 

Socialization requires creativity and is an ongoing process that should last the entire life of the dog. There are many obstacles to properly socializing a puppy- their owners work outside the home all day, dogs are unwelcome in most public places, owners avoid exposure to other dogs to reduce the risk of disease transmission, inexperienced owners/breeders don't understand dog behavior, effective puppy classes and trainers are unavailable or not deemed necessary; the owner stops because either the older puppy is very outgoing or the puppy is out of control by now; the list could go on and on, but there is no substitution for intensive and ongoing socialization for ALL puppies.

As a general rule, your pup should socialize with at least 100 people before it is 4 months old!! (AND 20 dogs by 6 months!)  This is easier that it sounds.Invite 6 friends over each Sunday to watch sports on the television.Each Monday invite 6 different friends to watch TV or play games.Catch up on social obligations by inviting family, friends, and neighbors to weekly Puppy Parties. Another day or evening invite over some children you know.Socializing your puppy does wonders for your social life too!
Never coddle your puppy if he/she acts fearful. If you say 'Oh its okay honey" and/or if you pet him- your just praised and rewarded your puppy and reinforced inappropriate behavior. You want to build confidence by not allowing puppy to avoid the situation, encouraging and by praising.

No Tug-of-War games or Wrestling-encourages aggression. Tug is first part of protection training.   
 Retractable leashes 'encourage' pulling
Protecting Your Puppy Against Parvo.
 For 5 years when people come to pick up their new puppy I had been giving what I call the 'Parvo Lecture'. In efforts to try to save some time I decided to print it out and send to people but have decided to put up on the site as others may want to read it too.  We are very cautious- perhaps overly soabout not exposing our Babies to Parvo. 

Puppies are NOT covered in the guarantee against Parvo or other 'contagious diseases' if it was not acquired at the Breeders residence.

Parvo is a disease that puppies and unvaccinated dogs can acquire. 

When you come to pick up your puppy you will be required to step the bottom of your shoes in a bucket of bleach water and may be asked to wash you hands. When I take puppies to the vet for their ''vet check' I place them on top of their crate or I wipe the table w/a Clorox wipe if I dont see the vet or vet assistant wipe the table. 

Puppies are NOT fully protected against this disease until they have received the FULL series of Parvo vaccinations at about 16 weeks of age.

I advise puppy purchasers NOT to stop on their way home for 'potty breaks'. It is safer for puppy to 'go' in his/her crate or on newspapers or on a blanket (BRING W/YOU) in the car- if he/she has to go. We advise you do not stop at roadside rest stops where it says 'walk your dog here' or even on either side of those areas since that is where a lot of dogs would have been. If you feel you must stop anyway-even though I advise not to- puppy can be put down outside on newspapers or try to find an area where you       'think' doesn't look to be very frequented by dogs- which you really cant tell.

Try to keep your puppy mostly at home(They can go out in the car and you can carry puppy around if you do go out- which is GREAT for puppy!) till they have received their 12 week vaccine and then discuss with your veterinarian about taking puppy out at that time which would still be prior to them receiving their 16 week vaccine. Most people tell me that their vets say at that time-12 weeks- that puppies should be fine to take places. I myself would still not take puppy to any places where MANY dogs or people frequent - Example: Pet stores, dog parks/shows, the fair or the mall, etc. till after their 16 week vaccine. I do take mine out after their 12 week shot as they need to be socialized be the time they are 16 weeks old. Public places should be fine at that time just not places where there has been high dog/people traffic. Prior to the full series they can and most do enjoy going for rides in the car. 

The DILEMMA here is that puppies MUST be socialized by the time they are 16 weeks old. They can be socialized to a lot while they are at home - Example: your family, friends, and children coming to your home, vacuums and other sounds/noises, different floor materials. etc. Then they can be exposed to MUCH MORE from the 12 to 16 week period like: meeting 'strangers', meeting other dogs and animals, new areas and situations.

If you have a training question/problem: Best to ask your Breeder/Trainer after the first occurrence rather that letting the behavior go uncorrected and being reinforced. Problems are much more difficult to undo at a later date- if possible to undo at all!  

Please ask Breeder of your puppy if you have more ?'s. 

Do not allow puppy to do puppy mouthing/biting behaviors. An older, bigger dog has a bigger bite! Giving a 'scruff shake/-tug' works or a small collar correction(better)if your puppy has a 'training tab' on his collar. If the correction is the right hardness for your puppy/dog the behavior will stop. Always start at fairly easy correction and then increase the level till you find what works for your puppy/dog. Not to worry if puppy gives a little  yelp-the point was gotten across.    

FROM LEERBERG SITE....http://leerburg.com/articles.htm  "QUESTION:Our puppy is very, very mouthy. It grabs my kids, my arms, my pants. What should I do to stop this?                                                                                        ANSWER:Many puppies younger than 4 or 5 months (especially in working breeds) are very mouthy. They bite pant legs, arms, rags, kids, etc. They are not doing this because they are mean. The fact is that 99.9% of them probably have a pretty sound temperament. When a pup does this it is displaying prey drive. If you would like to read more about prey drive go to the articles I have written on my web site on the Drives of Protection Training. Even if you have no interest in protection training you will learn what prey drive is from this article.                                                                                                                                                                 This mouthyness goes away on its This mouthyness goes away on its own("usually...not always! - Sandy") when most dogs are 4 to 5 months old. But if you have a little 10 week old alligator that can seem like an eternity. Puppies can be taught not to bite the handler or family members by simply saying "NO, or PHOOIE" and then grabbing them by the scruff of the neck and shaking them. You usually have to shake them until they scream. Often a light shake only makes them think you are playing with them and they growl and try to grab you. So if this happens you are not being forceful enough. It normally only takes 3 to 5 times of doing this properly to teach the pup that when you say "NO, or PHOOIE" it means stop biting. Doing this also helps establish yourself as the pack leader. Dogs are instinctual pack animals. By using your head and a very limited amount of force or pressure you become the unquestionable pack leader. This helps control any later dominance problems with the dog." END


And ALSO do NOT allow puppy, when it gets a bit older, to show aggression in the 'fear period'(around 4 -5 mo. and then again around to 9 months-1 year) - example: barking at strangers or other dogs. Do NOT pet or console and say 'its okay'. (that would actually reward his inappropriate behavior) ONE EXAMPLE: Puppy would need to be told to sit(if knows sit) and then to "make friends", corrected if gets up from the sit or barking again -PRAISE after when told when 'make friends' and he is! (If puppy doesnt know 'sit' command you will just have to correct for the barking, dont let him avoid the situation, tell him to 'make friends', PRAISE PROFUSELY when 'making friends') When puppies go through the fear stage and the 'issue' is worked through the proper way they gain confidence. 

The 2 above mentioned behaviors are normal puppy behaviors but reasons for ALL puppy owners to be enrolled in puppy kindergarten classes to help them to understanding their pets behaviors and to learn about training them. Always be FIRM and CONSISTENT w/your new pup/dog as they need to know YOU are the one in charge-ALPHA- NOT them. If you are not in charge- they will be! Like children - they seem to be happiest knowing their limits and what is expected of them. Of course you may call your Breeder for help as well but classes are best for socializing and obedience training. A well mannered dog is a joy to be around. 

Dog Training Classes:  Make sure the trainer is experienced w/German Shepherds and uses 'collar corrections and praise'. Not - treat training, halti's, harnesses, etc.  If you cannot find a trainer always good to ask your local K-9 Officer for a recommendation.  

Training Tab: For doing collar corrections when your puppy/dog does not have a leash on. You can make a training tab for your puppy/dog by buying an inexpensive nylon leash. Attach it to your puppy/dogs collar and cut it off where it is long enough for your hand to grab a hold of it with about a inch or 2 remaining below your hand. Take tab off when puppy/dog is unsupervised or in the crate. 

A FEW of the RULES OF USING A CRATE: 
VERY IMPORTANT: If you can not actually keep your eyes on your pup he needs, to be in his crate. (For his Safety and especially for Housebreaking) His collar should be removed when he is in his crate for safety reasons. Do not put his crate where he is isolated from you. Dogs are pack animals and you are his pack. At night his crate should be in your bedroom with you. Never use his crate as punishment. It should be a positive place for him. Your puppy may cry, whine, howl, or bark at first. This is normal puppy behavior and should stop in a few days once he gets used to it.
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