Puppy Socialization is the beginning and end of every puppy behavior. But for German Shepherds, the right socialization is more important than anything else!
This is because GSDs have been bred to be responsive to stimuli in their environment. Now, if you don't socialize your GSD puppy comprehensively and in the right way, your adult GSD later will be alert to all stimuli, and all the time. Your dog will be permanently stressed, day and night! And you will have to bear the behavior and health consequences of a permanently stressed dog! That is no fun for you. And it's a nightmare for your GSD.
This is why we have MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICALS that feature the relevant aspects of the right puppy socialization. So that a new GSD puppy owner knows what to do, when, how, and why. And so that you won't be facing all the dog problems for which other dog owners seek out our site to get HELP! Like that, yes. You are lucky, you may subscribe to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL for free here.
But what if you got a puppy already, before studying our currently three years worth of Periodicals?
Well, in that case you may want to get up to speed immediately! Today. And you can: All you need, and all links to relevant Periodicals as well, are in the Puppy Development Guide - Puppy 101. It's a massive, well-structured compendium how to raise a German Shepherd puppy. It's a text book.
But what if you don't like reading much? If you don't want a text book?
In that case you may be pleased to know that you can see right now how Tim Carter raises a German Shepherd puppy. Live and Multimedia: the New Puppy Diary.
Note that every key point raised above you can find more comprehensively explained in other places on this website. Here, links have been omitted only to keep this decision tree straightforward.
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