I without a doubt give the crown of most adorable, playful and friendly puppies to my own German Shepherd. They are full of energies and can easily keep you busy a whole afternoon, silly toddling in your backyard garden.
Be careful though and don’t make the mistake of thinking that these little monsters can just train themselves while fooling around. They are naturally dominant dogs and if they don’t learn from the start to follow your commands, you will have a very hard time later on to get them to do what you want.
Fortunately, by just following a few simple suggestions you can work your way in and grow your cute puppy into an adult and educated German Shepherd that still keeps you smiling every time you come back home.
You want to consume your meal before your puppy gets his portion of dog treats. I know it might sound a cruel, but educating your little one that you are the dominant person in the house is extremely important to establish the correct order of things.
If you don’t do this, there’s a high chance your German Shepherd will grow up thinking he’s the alpha male in the house and will turn to be aggressive and disobedient. Other practices that can help you claiming your leadership are walking through the doors and climbing the stairs always ahead of him.
German Shepherd dogs are big dogs with a lot of energy that needs to be consumed on a daily basis through runs in the park and playful moments outside. Bring your puppy out for a jog, otherwise he will get frustrated very quickly and that will increase the chances he gets more and more disobedient. On top of this, a German Shepherd who sits around the house the whole day easily becomes obese and that will lead to a whole series of health issues such as dysplasia and arthritis.
Like many other dogs, German Shepherd ones can be extremely friendly with other dogs and people. However, if they don’t have the opportunity to make new encounters frequently, they might lack of confidence and this at an adult stage could turn into aggressiveness. If you are around with your puppy, don’t pull him away when he goes to greet new people and let him socialize.
A German Shepherd is not supposed to become a professional translator for your Chinese relatives who struggle with English :) Jokes aside, you should make sure you are using always the same commands when talking to your dog and avoid switching between languages (Chinese, Malay, English, Singlish, etc.).