Puppy Quick Tip #1

When you bring home a new puppy, the list of things to do and buy can seem image of german shorthaired pointeroverwhelming.  But there is one thing that should take priority over everything else.  Procrastination is not an option; the clock is ticking and the window of opportunity will close before you know it.

By the age of 3 months, your puppy should have happily met 100 people of many ages, colors, sizes and shapes.  Spread this out in small doses rather than overwhelming your puppy at a big party.  Your breeder should have started this process for you well in advance of adoption.  Your pup should also meet a variety of friendly vaccinated dogs of different breeds and sizes.  Avoid public parks where diseases can lurk.  Choose greeters carefully; one scary experience can scar a dog for life.

Don’t stop socializing after puppy class is over; continue happy meetings with unfamiliar people and gentle dogs at least once a week for the next 3 years until your dog reaches social maturity.  This is the best gift you can give your puppy and will last a lifetime.



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About Simba's Mom

I was born and raised in California, lived in Pennsylvania for several years, and have recently moved to Delaware. I have gone from being a teacher for 20 years to a blogger and now back to teaching but still blogging. I have a great dog named Simba. Simba is a German Shorthaired Pointer. Life with Simba is an adventure every day. I have had dogs my entire life but I have learned most about dogs living with Simba. German Shorthaired Pointers really do become your best friend. They become extremely attached and that is why they say they have the Velcro phenomenon. Simba now has a sister 8 years younger and her name is Gypsy.
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  1. Andrea says:

    We recently brought home a new GSP puppy named Charlie. He is almost 12 weeks old and we absolutely love him. He seems eager to learn and has been doing really well with house training, but our issue is with chewing and more importantly nipping and biting. He especially seems to go for my 4 year old son. I know puppies chew and nip but I want to make sure it doesn’t become a problem. Do you have any tips for how I can correct this behaviour, at least when it comes to chewing and nipping at my son?

    • Simba's Mom says:

      Since this is such a common issue with puppies, please see this article that was just posted in the Training section. It is very important that you not allow any nips to go unnoticed. Protect your son from being nipped while your pup is in training. Your son’s reactions might be inadvertently encouraging the nipping.

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