About our Puppies in Training Program:

One of the many "hats" I wear is that of dog trainer. While I do not take a young puppy with me to any of my outside dog training classes since it would not be fair to my client who is paying me for my undivided attention, I do, however, start any puppy that is with us past 10 weeks old how to be a wonderful, well mannered family companion. That means that
any puppy that is part of our training program will be started in house-breaking or be totally housebroken (will be in the puppy's description), be fully crate-trained, get socialization by being taken off of our property into the world at least 3 times per week during which time both leash and people manners get taught, get used to being driven in a car, get used to being handled, and be started in basic obedience training.
How far along a puppy will be in the above training will depend on how old the puppy is and how long they have been in the program. We will give clear descriptions as to what stage of the program a puppy is when speaking to a person interested in a puppy.
Prices of puppies reflect level of training achieved and will go up as more training takes place.
If you would like to have your puppy trained to the level of passing the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test, let us know and we would be happy to talk with you about that possibility, including pricing and whether we have the time currently to do so. Along with passing the CGC test, the puppy will also be fully house-broken.
To learn what a dog/person team must be able to do together to obtain the CGC certification, click here.  
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About our Puppies in Training Program:

One of the "hats" I wear in life is that of dog trainer. While I do not take a young puppy with me to any of my outside dog training classes since it would not be fair to my client who is paying me for my undivided attention, I do, however, start teaching any puppy that is with us past 10 weeks old how to be a wonderful, well mannered family companion. That means that
a puppy that is part of our training program will be started in house-breaking or be totally housebroken (will be in the puppy's description), will be fully crate-trained, gets socialization by being taken off of our property into the world at least 3 times per week during which time both leash and people manners get taught, gets used to being driven in a car, gets accustomed  to being handled (paws, mouth, ears, being groomed, etc.), and be started in basic obedience training.
How far along a puppy will be in the above training will depend on how old the puppy is and how long he/she has been in the program. We will give clear descriptions as to what stage of the program a puppy is in when speaking to a person interested in a puppy.
Prices of puppies reflect level of training achieved and will go up as more training takes place.
Feel free to e-mail or call if you have any questions about a puppy or the above program.

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About our Puppies in Training Program:
We have had many requests over the years from individuals and families to get a puppy started for them in house breaking, crate training, and obedience training.  We are finding that this is a good time in our lives to start such a program! We are calling it our 'Puppies in Training Program'.
At times we will use puppies from our own breeding and other times we will use puppies from a pairing of someone else's dogs, provided the parents of the puppies meet our strict criteria in what we look for in parents of puppies. We look for the same criteria in the parents of any puppies we work with and eventually home.
The parents must:
- be healthy
-have calm and confident temperaments
-have straight backs (no angulation)
Any puppy that is part of our training program will be started in house-breaking, be crate trained, get socialization by being taken off of our property into the world at least 3 times per week, get used to being driven in a car, get used to being handled, and be started in basic obedience training.
How far along a puppy will be in the above training will depend on how old the puppy is and how long they have been in the program. We will always give clear descriptions as to what stage of the program the puppies are at when speaking about the puppies available in the program.
Prices of puppies reflect level of training achieved and will go up as more training takes place.
If you would like to have your puppy trained to the level of passing the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test, let us know and we would be happy to talk with you about that possibility, including pricing and whether we have the time currently to do so. Along with passing the CGC test, the puppy will also be fully house-broken.
To learn what a dog/person team must be able to do together to obtain the CGC certification, click here.  
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Puppy Checklist

 if you are going to use a crate, we recommend that you get the metal kind, not the plastic ones that get used for the airlines, for example.
- all puppies and dogs love dog beds. They're also a wonderful place to park themselves, and eventually become a good place to send your dog to when you need him/her to stay out of the way for a while. Our dogs know "on your bed" very well.  
The bed should not be a fuzzy, fleecy type of material since German Shepherds tend to get warm easily.  A smooth surface cover with a cedar mix stuffing works well. Make sure you get a bed large enough so that it will still accomadate your pup when they grow into adulthood.
- get a leash and collar. The collar should be about 12-16" adjustable. Two leashes are recommended, a 6ft. and a 15 ft.  DO NOT use the flexi-leashes as those give puppies and dogs the wrong message.
- have 'lots of chew toys on hand. We recommend keeping things as natural as possible. Pig and cow hooves, as well as marrow bones from the meat department in the supermarket or from a butcher are excellent sources for chew items.  The marrow bones should not be cooked and should be kept frozen until ready to use. Once the pups start to lick and gnaw on them, they do not turn bad.
-balls and kongs with a rope attached. Pups are good at entertaining themselves with those.
- a water and food bowl.  Again, we recommend a natural material for the bowls. Dogs and cats prefer ceramic bowls for their water dish, and metal or ceramic for the food bowl is fine.  We highly recommend staying away from plastic as much as possible whether it's for food bowls or toys. Natural rubber toys are excellent such as kongs, etc., but no plastic!
- get a bag of the same puppy food that your pup will be used to when he/she comes to your home.  We use Canidae.  A three day supply will be given with each pup going to his/her home.   Other good natural type of dry foods are Solid Gold, Innova, Wellness, and Evo.

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Socializing and Training
 
One of the most beautiful and noble qualities of the German Shepherd Dog is its ability and desire to work as a partner. This quality must be nurtured, however, through training and socializing.
 
Socializing:
Socializing is simply the process of adjusting a puppy to the human world. This means taking a puppy from the time it's in its new home to as many different places as possible. Until the pup is at least 4 to 5 months old, it should ideally be taken along once a day on some kind of outing. There are many places dogs are allowed. We like to take our dogs with us to hardware stores, video stores (a great place since it often takes a while to pick out a movie and the pup has 'lots of time to be among all kinds of people), banks, the post office, and pet-supply stores. We also like to sit on chairs or benches in front of cafes. Simply taking the pup on walks around areas where it will meet other people and dogs is also a good socializing opportunity. (One always needs to make sure a strange dog is perfectly fine with puppies. A bad dog experience when a pup is younger than 7 months old can leave the pup leary of dogs for the rest of its life.) The pup should also be able to experience strollers, bicycles, hear trucks, cars, etc. Once the puppy is a bit older, about 5 months, the basis that's been established can be kept up by taking the pup 3 or 4 times a week. These outings shouldn't stop until the pup is at least 10,11, or 12 months old.
 
If a shepherd isn't socialized properly, it can, and often does, turn shy, skittish, and sometimes even fear-aggressive. So socialize, socialize, socialize that pup! Besides,it's fun to share such a beautiful new being in your life with the rest of the world.
                                            
 
 
 
Training:
While socializing a pup at a young age, socializing and training go hand in hand. One doesn't let a pup jump up on people, for example. Nor does one let the pup mouthe anyone. One also doesn't let the pup pick the garbage or chew on shoes, etc. Teaching the pup not to do these behaviors is all training (teaching manners). While most of the above actions are harmless when the pup is young, it's not acceptable when the pup has become an adult. So, it's a good idea to stop the behavior before it even starts. One can start formal training with a shepherd pup at 3 months. Shepherds' puppyhoods are rather short and their attention span matures quickly. Training is a beautiful process and, if done well, will teach a pup to become a great team-player. When first starting training, it seems the pup is just learning basic vocabulary (e.g. 'sit', 'down', etc.). But after a couple of weeks, one starts to see a change in the pup's whole attitude. The puppy is suddenly really tuning in, is making amazing eye-contact, and, when finding itself in new situations where it is unsure of how to react, is looking up to its person as if to ask what they think rather than making its own interpretation of the situation. This is exactly how it should be. The pup is, after all, in a human world and should look to the person for guidance.
Basic obedience training is simply the process of teaching the pup the basic vocabulary and thereafter following through with the commands. After a couple of months (IF a good training method was used which seems to be rather difficult to find these days), the dog will quite willingly respect these commands. The German Shepherd Dog loves working as a partner, is a very intelligent breed, and is a pleasure to train with. In fact, not thoroughly training a shepherd is like keeping a gifted child in 2nd grade for the rest of its life. It is a sad waste of a beautiful mind and wonderful potential. Training, when done clearly and fairly, also creates an incredible bond between person and dog that is hard to surpass.
The initial effort in socializing and training in a German Shepherd Dog's first year will pay off with unending rewards. One ends up with a partner for the next 12 to 15 years that's confident, well-mannered, calm, and dignified - a dog that is a joy and blessing to live with!
 
Books we recommend for training:
 
 
- Books by The Monks of New Skete (good for young puppies)
 
- My favorite method, and appropriate for puppies 5 months and up:
 The Koehler Method of Dog Training by William Koehler
 
Books can be bought used on Amazon.com or Abe Books.

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Welcome to Old World Shepherds, where we specialize in breeding and raising exceptional Long Hair German Shepherd Dogs and puppies for loving, responsible puppy buyers. With a Long Hair German Shepherd puppy from Old World Shepherds, you can be assured of acquiring a healthy, well-socialized family companion that will add many years of joy to your family life. Some of our German Shepherd pups also make wonderful therapy dogs. We breed our Long Hair German Shepherds for health, temperament, and old-fashioned conformation.


We breed and specialize in:
Long Hair German Shepherd Dogs that are large boned.
Long Hair German Shepherd Dogs that have no angulation (straight-backed).
Long Hair German Shepherd Dogs that have a strong, square stance.
Long Hair German Shepherd Dogs that have a calm, intuitive and alert temperament.


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