Bringing Your Puppy Home
The best time to bring your new German shepherd puppy home is when the house surrounding is gentle and quiet. Prevent friends and other guests from stopping by. Overnight guests are not recommended. Establish a daily normal routine and follow these steps each day after.
If possible try picking up your new puppy on the weekend (Saturday) so you can spend some quality time with him/her. You can also make arrangements to take few days off from work to assist your new puppy to his/her new surrounding. This is very important rule (do not leave your puppy home-alone, on his/her first day home.
Have your puppy at your side and introduce your puppy to his/her new home. Be gentle and use a normal voice. Reassuring and rewarding him/her at all times. Try feeding him a little meal. Provide a place (a spot) for your puppy, outdoors to relieve him or herself. Bathroom Area Always use this area for his bathroom duties.
Let his 1st day be a pleasant one. Nice, quiet, with love and affection. Use his name at all times. The German shepherd puppy is a natural explorer, he will explore his new home. As long as his new home is safe proof, he/she will be just fine. It is wise to observe his exploration period so he would not get into trouble. Have plenty of approved chew toys around. What ever he/she does wrong, please do not SHOUT! Yelling or screaming at your puppy is WRONG! You do not want him to be afraid of you.
Your pups curiosity is limitless, if you would like to restrict certain part of your house, simply shut the door or block it with a baby gate. You can sooner or later teach your puppy his house rules by praising him for obeying the rules that you’ve applied. But your young puppy may not be ready to follow such responsibilities at this point. Give him/her some time to adjust. He/she is a quick learner and will adapt to your commands and rules, shortly.
Remember, your puppy is too young to live outdoors at this age. You need to bond with him, let him know he is safe and loved. In return, you will enjoy his passion for humans and his unmatched loyalty for his owner, not to mention the dedication to his new family.
His first night home
(Please be patient, he is just a puppy)
By now, you should have purchased a puppy size crate. This crate could be introduced to your puppy during the daytime for him to feel secure and comfortable in his new quarters. It would be wise to have rubbed a blanket or a towel with his mom scent on it. In addition to the blanket or towel you can also have a puppy size stuffed animal rubbed with the scent of his litter mates. You should place this special scented blanket or towel into his crate. By doing this your puppy would feel a bit more comfortable going into his crate. At sleeping time place the stuffed animal into his crate with him in the crate. Place the crate as close to your bed as possible.
His first night home will be more pleasurable if the above steps are followed. Please, understand that he is just a puppy. He is entitled to cry and bark (puppy bark). You must be patience with him and yourself. Do not pay attention to his cries. Once he settles down, quietly praise him (good boy).
If your puppy cries in the middle of the night, you should immediately get up and take him to his special “bathroom area”, outside. If possible, pick him up and carry him outside to his “spot”. Most puppies will pee as soon as they are released from their crate so carrying them the first few times will teach him to only go in the designate area. You can use a command for this task as well. Example: “Go Now”. When he does his duties, praise him (good boy) and take him back to his crate. You may have to wake up several times a night to complete this task. He may not always have to go to the bathroom but you shouldn’t take chances. This is the most important step in training your puppy not to “soil” in his crate and a good way to start house breaking.