German Shepherds are one of the most loyal dogs you'll ever own, but they do require a lot of work. Here, you'll find a few things that you'll need to keep up with the care and cleaning-up after your new pup.
Will you be crate training the pup? If so, it's imperative that you have the crate purchased and set up when you bring your pup home. The sooner you can get him to feel comfortable in the crate, the easier it will be for you to keep him calm in the crate when you're not home. Some dogs suffer from anxiety when they're left home — this results in a lot of household damage and stress on the dog and your family. Giving the pup the crate will give him that one place where he feels safe whether you're home or not.
Your puppy will need to be brushed – daily if you don't want your home covered from one end to the other with fur. Take the pup outside and give him a good brushing each evening before bed or in the morning when you start the day. Just try to make it a routine so that he knows when to expect his brushing for the day — you might find that it's his favorite time of day.
Buy a Robot Vacuum
Chances are, you aren't going to want to spend time each and every day vacuuming carpeting and sweeping hard floors. So, instead of spending your time doing it, pick up a robot vacuum and let it do the work for you.
Note: These machines don't do well if they run through puppy urine or poop — make sure that everything is picked up before you let the vacuum go for the day.
Have you ever attended a puppy training class? If so, you know how beneficial these programs can be for both the puppy and the owner. Not only will you learn basic puppy care and training, but you'll receive breed specific advice to help you with continuing the training at home.
Go get him — get that German Shepherd pup that's been missing from your life. As long as you go into it with eyes opened knowing the messes and responsibilities that come with owning a puppy, you'll have a great time through the first months of training and bonding with your new canine best friend. For more information, look for German Shepherd puppy breeders in your area.
A few months back, I realized that our kids were really lonely. We knew that we wouldn't be able to have any other children, so we started focusing on what we could do to make a difference. We started exploring the possibility of adopting an animal, and before we knew it, we were bringing home a pet that we knew our kids would love. They were incredibly receptive to the idea of having the little puppy, and after a few days together, I knew that he would become a treasured member of our family. Read more about pet ownership on this blog.