There are fewer things in life more irresistible than a German Shepherd puppy. But you should never bring one home on impulse. This needs to be a careful decision. Bringing a puppy home is the same as bringing home a human child (except German Shepherds mature faster and are more loyal). Although German Shepherds are a big responsibility, their friendship is priceless.
A German Shepherd, on average, will cost about three thousand dollars a year in food, grooming supplies, and vet care. This is far less than your car, but still something to keep in mind. Because of their fast growth, German Shepherd puppies need their diets closely regulated to avoid potential health problems.
They will also need positive reinforcement from day one. Never train a German Shepherd puppy by force. Most dog bites are from dogs that are scared, not dogs that are attacking.
You must first research the breed so you know everything you can about German Shepherds. These dogs have an image problem; some people think they are inherently vicious when, in fact, they aren't. They were never bred to fight other animals or human beings. They were bred to be extremely obedient and willing to please. So, if you ever read about a German Shepherd attacking a human being, it was because the dog was trained to attack, not because the dog is mean. Care and training are all-important if you want to succeed with a German Shepherd.
This article is intended to spread knowledge and concern for German Shepherd puppies, and explain how to choose the right puppy that will be a perfect fit for you and your family.
When thinking of bringing a German Shepherd pup into your home, it is important to understand the responsibility you will need to take. Giving your puppy the care, love and training it needs while it is still young is vital, so that you have a well-behaved dog in the future. A German Shepherd is not only a wonderful friend to have in the house but a wonderful alarm, as he is ready to bark at any sign of danger. But German Shepherd puppies must be taught who is in control.