On our way back home from a show in Fayetteville NC two weeks ago, I fell in love with a 10 week old puppy who needed a home. The Hubbs Joe and I had been talking about getting another German Shepherd for a while now, and this pup came along at just the right time, as an early Christmas present for our little family to love. Sweet little pup...she didn't have a name, or a family with little kids to snuggle up with...and so...fast forward to today...here we are...introducing our new puppy!!!!!!!
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1. Me with our ridiculously cute new German Shepherd puppy, Souvlaki! :D
2. Aleethea and Souvlaki, as Aleethea wonders what the day will bring with this sweet n' feisty little pup.
3. Souvlaki in the sunlight.
4. Souvlaki's Mom Keyna with her adorable puppies. Keyna weighs 80lbs, she's a black and tan purebreed GSD.
5. Souvlaki's Dad Moses playing ball. Moses weighs 98lbs, he's a black and red purebreed GSD.
6. Souvlaki's Dad, Moses.
7. Aleethea and Souvlaki playing ball in our backyard.
A German Shepherd is a working dog, and Souvlaki's parents are from showlines. Her breeder Julia breeds impressive GSD dogs for K-9 police, military, and DEA. Souvlaki will ultimately be black and tan with strong red tones.
Aleethea is enjoying having a puppy around to play and run around with outside, and she's also staying entertained with the challenge of Souvlaki trying to take her place in the pack. Ever see a 12wk old puppy try to intimidate and control a 6yr old dog? Hilarious. This puppy is no joke!
The kiddos adore their new puppy, and the Hubbs Joe and I are busy training our new furry babe. We've only had her for one week so far, but Souvlaki's official obedience training has already begun. At 13 weeks old, she already knows some commands in both English and Greek. Spanish will be next. :) She knows some basic commands such as sit, lay down, come, leave it, easy (no grabbing), and "where is it?".
We're having fun socializing her, and taking Souvlaki along with us on our family adventures.
So now, Aleethea has her own "baby" to help train and raise. As soon as she stops growling at her, I'm sure they will both agree with me. :) As a lifelong German Shepherd enthusiast, we are so happy to have found the right GSD pup to add to our family, whose pedigree and temperament was of utmost importance to us. Welcome Souvlaki, to our little world filled with family and fabric, love and laughter, and handmade super coolness.
If you're looking for a German Shepherd dog or puppy, please read this first to possibly help you decide if a German Shepherd Dog is the right breed of dog for you and your family:
"The German Shepherd is an extraordinarily versatile dog. When bred correctly his role in your life can be anything your heart desires. Whether it be a top show or obedience dog, family companion, sheepherder, police search & rescue or even a helpful seeing eye dog. Sounds like the perfect dog right? In our eyes yes they are...but they are not for everyone. A dog such as this demands daily minded nourishment (such as training or interactive play), craves companionship, and MUST be part of your family. If left on his own to hang out in the kennel or backyard for days, he will become destructive, willful and an utter nuisance, not to mention a waste of a perfect dog.These things must be seriously considered if purchasing this breed of dog." - Newmanhaus Kennels
Looking for a German Shepherd Dog or puppy? Call Julia Newman at Newmanhaus Kennels:
"Newmanhaus Kennel is a small family oriented operation breeding German Shepherds in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Our goal is to provide showlines with rich pigmentations and impeccable temperaments or working lines with high drive for protection and working skills.The qualities our shepherds retain are suitable for a family oriented atmosphere, as well as a law enforcement structured environment."
Finally, if you are thinking of bringing a new puppy into your home, be sure to read this info on how to choose a German Shepherd puppy, before deciding upon a furry companion, who will be with you for their entire life.
Also be sure to visit Cesar Millan's website (The Dog Whisperer) and spend some time there, follow the blog, read the articles, and get answers to your questions. There's even a neat little search box to ask Cesar any dog-related questions. You can also pick up some wonderful and must have books (either there or at your library) for your new adventures with your puppy or dog. The book entitled Cesar's Way is an excellent read. The #1 New York Times Bestseller is "The natural everyday guide to understanding and correcting common dog problems. Cesar helps you see the world through your dogs eyes so you can finally eliminate problem behaviors, and develop a positive, fulfilling relationship with your canine companion."
Regarding dog behavior, dog psychology, dog ownership, and dog training, I think you can find everything you need at Cesar Millan's website and blog. However, if you're interested in more than that - such as competition, then have I got a book for you. A wonderful read if you are interested in German Shepherds and their intelligence and history especially in the arena of dog shows, is a book that I've read over and over again, by a world-famous Dog Obedience competitor: Expert Obedience Training for Dogs by Winifred G. Strickland
"...Expert Obedience Training for Dogs covers all aspects of obedience, from housebreaking a puppy to handling a dog in competition, and offers detailed guidance for each level of the AKC Obedience trials–Novice, Open, and Utility–as well as Tracking. A special section addresses questions that constantly crop up during the training process."
When I first bought that book 6 years ago just before bringing Aleethea home as a puppy, I already loved German Shepherds, but had no idea of some of their amazing qualities. After reading that book, I gained a whole new insight into the breed, and a deeper affection for my own dog and her vast capabilities.
Please note: this is my blog and I want to be sure you know that I only ever provide links and review for things that I use for myself and my family, and things or services that I like, love, and/or truly believe in! I am never paid for any of these links or informational posts...they are just fun for me, and also a knowledge dump whenever I need one. :) So, that being said - please note - I do love that above mentioned book by Winifred Strickland, and I highly recommend it for various reasons - but I do want to also mention that some of the author's methods are a bit out-dated, and I don't agree with any negative doggy discipline of any kind. The only dog training methods I believe in and agree with are positive ones. So if you're thinking of getting this book, you should ignore those areas of the book as needed. Otherwise, it's a wonderful book. And again, please do refer to Cesar Millan's website for information about the modern day training methods for your dog.
In my opinion - no matter what you do, regardless of breed or age of dog or pup, please be sure to socialize your puppy as soon as you bring him her home (after the first set of puppy shots). The crucial time for socialization is the first three months of a pup's life - but of course can also be done after this point. Training a puppy should also begin right away with socialization training, and even further training is ideal - starting with obedience classes. It's just all around better, safe, and healthier for you, and for the dog!
ok peeps, I'm all out of dog tips for now. Off to take the pups out to play!