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Your German Shepherd’s First Week In The House

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Your German Shepherd’s first week in the house can be difficult, and it may take him some time to adjust.

By following these tips, you can lay the foundation for a long and happy life together and make the transition as easy as possible for everyone involved.

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Your German Shepherd’s First Week In The House

Plan ahead

Do all of your shopping ahead of time so you have supplies, food, toys, and everything else you need ready to go, and have your house ready for your newcomer. Read about the items you need to have and how to prepare your home .

Make time

The best time to bring your new German Shepherd home is at the beginning of the weekend. If possible, add a few vacation days. This gives you time to familiarize your dog with his new home and start house training your dog.

Choose a name

Agree on a name beforehand and make sure everyone uses it all the time when talking to your German Shepherd . This will help you recognize your name and avoid confusion.

See the vet

As soon as possible after acquiring your new German Shepherd, take your new pet to your vet .

Take any immunization information that you received when you acquired your pet to your veterinarian to begin a case history for future reference.

Get everyone on board

Once in your new home, remember that your German Shepherd is adjusting to new surroundings and strange people. Children can get especially excited. Explain that their new friend needs time for naps. Show children how to play well.

Be a leader …

Simple things like always walking through the doors in front of your German Shepherd and eating in the presence of your German Shepherd before feeding him make you look like a ‘leader of the pack’. This will make it easier for your dog to accept that you (and your family) are in charge.

Feed your German Shepherd

It’s best to bring home the pet food your new German Shepherd has been eating to make the transition to a new home as easy as possible. New views, new environment, and all the attention can be very stressful.

The only familiar thing may be the food you have been eating. If you plan to switch foods, you can minimize digestive upsets by having enough stale food available to make the switch gradually.

Place the food in the place where the food plate will be stored to establish a routine. If your German Shepherd doesn’t seem to be eating, try moistening the food with water to make it easier to eat.

Be fair

Never hit  . Never scold for something your puppy did long ago. Your puppy will have no idea what the problem is and will think you are crazy for no reason. Instead, encourage the behaviors you want and avoid the ones you don’t want. It is a much more productive approach. Learn more about behavior problems and how to address them.


Start socializing your German Shepherd puppy as soon as your vet gives you the go-ahead. Take him out and gradually introduce him to new people and other dogs in controlled and safe environments. It is one of the most important things you can do for him. It teaches you to be a good citizen and gives you confidence and social skills.

Make presentations

Introduce your new German Shepherd to resident pets in controlled situations – if the resident pet is a dog, perhaps on neutral ground where neither of you feel the need to defend territory. Give each pet its own food bowl, and give all pets attention to avoid competition.

Dos and Don’ts

Avoid bringing home a new German Shepherd during busy times, such as birthdays and holidays. Noise and confusion can scare your pet. Family members are generally too busy with the holidays to spend adequate time helping your dog feel comfortable in his new home.

Make sure your whole family knows how to act, and agrees to the orders and rules. Full cooperation of all family members is ideal. When a German Shepherd receives mixed signals, he can get confused and not know what to do.

Have fun. German Shepherds of all ages love to have fun.

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