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German Shepard puppiesYou might be very excited after you’ve visited a breeder and have chosen a new pup to bring home. However, your new pup might not be as excited to come with you as you might hope. They may be extremely stressed and scared. Bringing home German Shepherd puppies takes planning, consideration, and patience to make such big changes go as smoothly as possible for your new furry friend. Here are some tips to help with the transition. 

dog breederGetting a dog from a dog breeder in New Braunfels is a great idea if you want a happy and healthy pup. Of course, that’s only if you choose a reputable breeder that does their work ethically. There are, unfortunately, many breeders who are irresponsible and unethical, and simply in the business to make money, and not necessarily out of a love of dogs. There are even some that do not have ill-intentions but do things improperly because they have not taken the time to learn how to be good at it. Here are some signs that you are dealing with a dog breeder who might not be on the up and up. 

dog behavior problems

Dogs are very complex animals, and raising a puppy or adopting one from a dog rescue can certainly be a big challenge. Your new best friend may exhibit some trying behaviors, even if they are well trained. Chances are that you’ll run into some dog behavior problems no matter what the circumstances are. With some patience and care, however, you can make sure that your furry friend is happy, friendly, and thriving under your care.

 

There is no morality in the canine kingdom. Dogs don’t choose their actions based on what’s right and wrong. Even if you are trying to enforce that idea in them, that’s not how it works in a dog’s mind. They simply do whatever works, and it’s your job as a pet owner to train them. If you reward or are ambivalent to “bad” behavior, then you will only be enforcing that behavior. 

 

The crux of so many behavioral issues is your dog struggling with dominance. They want to be the alpha of the pack, and even if they acknowledge you as the alpha, they may not show that respect to others. Here are some dominance issues that may arise and how you can address them. 

dog boarding

Putting your dog in a kennel while you go away can be very stressful for both you and your dog. That’s why for the sake of both of you, you need to make sure that you are as prepared as possible before dropping your pooch off at the dog kennels. Dog boarding can be a fun adventure if you have chosen the right place and do what needs to be done ahead of time. Here are some tips to make life a little less stressful when you have to kennel your pup.

canine traing

Raising a puppy can be a joy as well as a challenge. With the right canine training your new furry bundle of love can be a joy to be around for yourself, your friends, children, and other dogs.

 

Puppies are impressionable and their behavior can be influenced from birth. Traumatic events can leave them with stunted social skills and hurdles to becoming well socialized.  It is not uncommon for a puppy to have an experience early in life that leads them to an aversion towards a relatively safe or nonthreatening experience or situation. 

 

Training your puppy can be about much more than just commands and compliance. Exposure to different things and situations and building a normalization of things that could be perceived as threatening, can be a vital part of dog obedience.