The German Shepherd dog is a breed that originated in Germany around 1899. Capt. Max von Stephanitz founded the breed. Max was looking for a sheep-herding dog that encompassed all the traits of a good working dog. A dog that had certain herding instincts, was intelligent, and could cover a lot of terrain with ease. A hardy dog, that could work independently, or take direction. The dog had to be beautiful to look at as well .

The German Shepherd dog has evolved into a versatile working dog over the years, performing many tasks other than herding. He loves human companionship and his one desire is to be with you. He is very attentive to his family members, their moods and whereabouts.  They have a lot of courage and have been known to put themselves in harms way to protect their owners and family members. The German Shepherd is highly intelligent. They love activity and learning and are not a dog that likes to sit idle. They are most commonly used today for police work and protection, Search & Rescue, tracking, agility, and of course herding. They make great family dogs for an active family.


  Bringing a dog into your life can be a rewarding experience when done right. All dogs/puppies need love, proper care, training, and socializing. Dogs are not just born well behaved. It requires your time and devotion. When you decide to bring a dog into your life, make sure you have the time to do it right.

Proper food is important. A puppy’s digestive track is not fully developed at 8 weeks old and is very sensitive to changes. Make sure you keep them on the same diet especially during the transition time into a new home. If you decide to change him to a different food do it gradually over time. German Shepherd puppies need to be on a large breed puppy food. This is specifically formulated for large breed puppies and has lower protein content. 

  Regular check ups with a veterinarian is important to maintain over all health. Make sure you have a good veterinarian lined up before you bring your puppy home.

  Preventing bad behavior before it starts is much easier than trying to stop a bad behavior after it has developed. Keeping your dog in a safe place when you are gone where he can’t get into trouble is a good idea. This may be a nice covered kennel outside, or a confined/gated off area in the house where there is nothing he can chew up or get into that could harm him. Make sure he has a nice bed, plenty of water, and his own toys to chew on and play with.

  Training is essential to having a well-behaved dog or puppy. This also helps prevent behavior problems.  It is important with any dog to establish rules and boundaries. Dogs are pack animals and need a pack leader. This needs to be you. Your dog will respect you, want to follow you, and be willing to take corrections from you if you establish yourself as pack leader.  Find a good professional trainer to help you with basic training and obedience. Puppies can start learning as soon as you get them at 8 weeks. Positive reinforcement is important at a young age.  Dogs should enjoy learning not cower under your authority. I recommend researching and learning about positive reinforcement and focus work before you get started. This should be the foundation for all your training. There will be times when negative reinforcement will be needed, but only as a last resort.

  Socializing your puppy around people, other dogs, and in new environments is also very important. The last thing you want is for your dog to be unpredictable around people or other dogs or insecure in new environments. Your dog should be calm and relaxed around people, other dogs, and in new environments. Practice when they are young taking them new places. Always making it fun, bringing treats and their favorite toy. Remember to set boundaries even when you are out. Unwanted behavior should be corrected and good behavior rewarded!

  Items you will need for your new puppy:

Collar & Leash

Food & water dishes

Large crate


Toys for chewing and for playing with. (I recommend Kong) they are great for hiding  

treats in and for playing fetch. Make sure your toys are not something your puppy can 

chew up and injest.

Dog food

Treats. This should be their dog food when they are young and all natural treats if they

don’t cause diarreah.