Holly: 11-4-10

Pictures of my little pup.

This Christmas, my husband and I adopted a new member of our family. Holly is a pure bred German Shepherd, and she is just about seven weeks old. She is the most utterly adorable, sweet and calm little puppy I’ve ever known, and completely fearless (though she worries whenever anyone leaves without her). As you can probably tell, I am entirely besotted (and exhausted). Naturally, a new puppy is a lot of work (almost as much as a baby, though not quite) and I’m more than a little distracted. I’m currently only able to concentrate enough to post because she is sound asleep after a big day romping with the in-laws’ big dogs.

So, today is a day of pictures.

Holly explores the yard.

Holly is so tiny still (she is the runt of her litter) that stairs are a bit of a challenge for her. Here she is negotiating the back stairs for the first time.

Holly is still getting to know the other dogs, and vice-versa. Today she started actively playing with them. She's fiesty!

Holly not only plays hard, but she sleeps hard too. Here she is sprawled on hubby's chest. Soon she'll be far too big for that, though!

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Holly: 11-4-10 — 7 Comments

  1. OMG! She is just too adorable for words.

    I want to cuddle her. Such a cutie!

    Here’s to a long and happy life. Take lots of pictures and post often so we can see her grow up.

    Congrats on the new addition to your family.

    • Thank you so much! She is incredibly cuddly (she loves to sit in laps, which could be a problem when she gets to be 100lbs). We adore her, so you can bet that I’ll be posting regular pictures.

      Meanwhile, she’s now awake and ready to go out. Duty calls! 😀

    • Thank you! I like them too, a good solid dog in my opinion, which is why when my husband suggested getting one I was all for it. And you’re not kidding on the firm hand! I love my new baby, and she is absolutely brilliant (7 weeks old and she already knows sit, lay down, and come) but she does NOT listen to “NO” no matter how firmly you tell her. 😛

      Hope your christmas was wonderful!

  2. The No command may be too generic. You may want to teach her “Leave it!” and “Off!”.

    Leave it tells her to leave whatever object she is mouthing at the moment (works best with eat-on-command training, a must if you want your pup not to eat strange or dangerous stuff).

    The off command is a bit more complicated but it works well when you want her to get off places like sofas, beds or laps.

    Also, while food is great for getting and focusing a pups attention, praise (and play) work best for positive reinforcement.

    I see you’re already socializing her, which is great, but you might want to expand it beyond other dogs, to cats, young children and the like.

    And finally, GS is a working (or herding) breed. That means that they love to work, but can be very destructive when they get bored (as well as territorial/possessive). So you’re going to have to walk her at least twice a day and schedule a good fifteen minutes to half an hour of solid play in the afternoons, so that she sleeps well though the night (do it to late and adrenaline will keep her and you awake until late at night).

    Oh, and by the size of her front paws (relative to body size) I think she will be a big example of her breed (for a female)so harness training is recommended. No chocking collars and far easier to control on walks as your not pulling at their necks (and the force is exerted on her chest, not neck/head). You might even turn it into play/training by having her fetch her own harness before every walk.

    😀

    Good luck and many joyous years of loyal companionship.

  3. OMG, she is too cute! Reminds me of my big guy when he was just a pup. He was such a horrible puppy, but the cutest thing. He turned out to be the best dog I have ever had though. German Shepherds are great dogs, so loving, protective and intelligent. But I agree with everyone else about a firm hand. And they get bored easily (mine chewed up a whole living room, carpet, couch, what a mess!) and always needs things to do. Good luck, can’t wait to see more pics as she gets bigger.

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