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Should I choose a male or female puppy?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

This is a difficult question to answer. Although typically a male dog is slightly larger and stronger than a female, there are many examples of female German Shepherd dogs that are stronger than some male dogs. Therefore, this is more a pe...

Should I get a puppy before my old dog is gone?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

I don't advise to bring a new puppy into a home with a very old dog. I feel that although it will bring new life into the old dog, competition is stressful and unkind. I don't think that it is important for a new puppy to learn from an old...

My new puppy just came home, now what?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

During the first three days with the new puppy, try to avoid too much stress. Your puppy's life has just changed dramatically, and is filled with new things. This range of new experiences can be difficult for a little one. Keep it simple, ...

How much excitement does a puppy need?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

I raise a puppy in a stimulating environment with a variety of sounds, travel to new places, new people, children and other dogs. These are just a few of the things they are introduced to. Play is a very important part of their life and I ...

Should a puppy be raised with others?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

I separate puppies from other puppies very early. I never would allow a dog to raise my puppy. I belive that to make a good dog it takes people. The German Shepherd dog is difficult to raise. They are unlike any other breed. They are very ...

Should I use a crate?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

Use a crate and don't feel it is restraining or unfair. It is a very important piece of equipment. Getting used to a crate is a must. Start your puppy in the crate young. Use it as a getaway from everyday activity, a resting place. It is p...

How do I begin leash and collar training?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

Start your leash and collar training early. You should already have the collar on the puppy. Make it easy by starting to hold the collar with some pressure to stop the puppy. This restraint will be the beginning of leash training. I never ...

How do I make sure my dog likes other people?

by Randy Tyson-Witmer written over 10 years ago

I am raising a number of puppies each year. In upbringing, their owners or masters have a tremendous influence on the develpment of a dog's behavior. I feel that with good breeding and from entire families of good dogs your chances are gre...

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