German Shepherd Puppy Essentials

By Kevin Coombs

A quick look at various items we suggest for your puppy. These will make your life and your puppy’s life more enjoyable.

Clicker: Using the Triple Crown Clicker is an easy and fun way to shape and reward positive behaviors in your dog. It is based on the scientific principles of Classical conditioning and Operant conditioning, and its ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use. For more information on how to use the Triple Crown Clicker, read their step-by-step training guide and watch their online instructional videos.

TOYS! We highly recommend the use of toys, balls, and tugs in the training of your dog. Most of our work is done with the ball on a string and tug toys. Toys and tugs are used to help motivate and maintain an energetic and willing partner. There are many varieties of toys and tugs and you will have to experiment a bit to find what works best for you and your dog.

Treats: We use small cut up hot dogs as the basis of our training treats. Find out what your dog likes and will work for. His kibble, hot dogs, cheese, etc. Once you know what they LOVE, they will really want to work for it and earn their “paycheck” from you.

Food:We feed Inoova Evo to all our adult dogs and young puppies starting at around 12weeks old. We feed Canidae all life stages to our young puppies from 4-12 weeks old and we ship a gallon ziplock bag with your puppy to transition your puppy to his new food if necessary.

Food/Water Dishes: When we do not feed our dogs out of Treat Balls, then we use the 1qt stainless steel dish. They are chew proof. We use the 6qt water buckets in their kennels and in the house. Less water spills out when they are drinking.

PLACE BED: We like the Kuranda beds. (50×35)They are the most durable and long lasting. Teach your puppy “place” and they can hang out and be part of the family and not get in trouble. Video of the how to train the “place” is on our Starke Pfoten Training Videos section.

Treat Balls: Provide hours of interactive chewing fun for your dog with the Triple Crown Everlasting Treat Ball™, and Fun Ball. Made of soft, yet durable puncture resistant materials, it will hold up to even the toughest chewers, and the unique design allows it to wobble and roll erratically. It’s great to use for preventing destructive boredom behaviors or to simply keep your dog happily occupied.

Chew Bones/Toys: We highly recommend the Nylabone products. For young puppies teething the “Flexable Chew” is great. We use the non edible “durable and big chews”, and they last very well. They are great for keeping teeth clean and white.

Grooming Supplies: Toe Nail Clippers, Slicker Brush, Rake, and Ear cleaning Solution. We suggest grooming once a week to keep your dog looking healthy and well groomed. This can be a great bonding time with your dog.

Crate: We send you home with a medium plastic airline crate. We recommend getting a bigger crate as your puppy grows. The crate should be a good place for your dog and not a punishment. It’s a place of safety, peace and quiet. Toss a couple of pieces of food in and give them a bone and treat ball.

Kennel:We recommend the use of an outside kennel. It’s great for those times when you can’t supervise your puppy for a long period of time. Give them some treat balls and a bone so they don’t get bored and bark. This also saves your flower bed and garden from digging.

TIE DOWN – NOT TIE OUT: We use tie downs in the house with young puppies who are not old enough to stay on their place beds. It is a non chewable 2′ cable with clips on both ends. Using an eye hook into a wall, and clip to the puppies collar, you can place them anywhere, or just hook them around a table leg. This keeps them with you, but under control while you cook dinner, watch TV, etc when you can’t watch them 100%.

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