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Q. I have an 11 week old GSD puppy from strong working lines and he's very smart and catches on to things quickly. I'm interested in training him to be a good companion and personal protection dog, which videos would you recommend? You have so many, I'm a little confused on where to start.
I have a 11 week old GSD that comes from strong working lines. So far he's one of the best puppies I've ever had. Super smart and catches on to everything very fast.

I see you have a ton of videos... And I'm interested in purchasing whatever ones I need, but I'm a little confused on where to start. I was thinking your video "Establishing Pack Structure with Your Puppy."

I did notice he's a little more "nippy than other puppies I've had."

Can you recommend the videos I should start with??? Do you have a package deal I should get and go through them one by one? The breeder has a training program, but I'm a little far away and was thinking I should start the basics at home and when more serious training is called for start making the drive.

I'm looking for him to be a good companion and personal protection dog... I'm getting more and more interested in the service dog sports as I go.

Regards

A. For puppies, I'll list my recommendations.

Right now I'd suggest:
Establishing Pack Structure with your Puppy DVD
Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months DVD
The Power of Training with Food DVD
The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work DVD

This will get you on the right path for whatever future training you choose to do. I have several others to recommend too, but these will keep you busy for now. :)

Keep in mind that your puppy will likely begin teething around 16 weeks or so, and then we recommend you take a short break from biting/tugging games until the new teeth are in. We don't want our puppies to have any negative associations with tugging games due to a sore mouth.

As for the biting, we have a number of eBooks about puppies here.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months
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This is one of our most popular training videos for new puppy owners. Over 35 years Ed Frawley bred close to 400 litters of German Shepherd puppies. He knows what new puppy owners need to learn to end up with a calm quiet happy dog in the house. The DVD was updated in October 2010 to reflect how Ed and Cindy raise puppies in their home.

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The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work w/ Michael Ellis
The Foundation of Puppy Bite Work w/ Michael Ellis
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I went to my first protection training seminar in summer of 1974 and can honestly say that the training in this DVD is the most in depth study on the foundation of bite training for puppies that has ever been done. The video footage for this production has come from work with Michael Ellis that has been filmed over a 4 year period. We have dogs in this video that were filmed as 10 week old puppies that are 4 years old today. If you have studied the 7 earlier DVDs I have done with Michael Ellis, you will understand why I can honestly say that Michael is a genius at dog training. He takes training to a different level than anyone I have ever known.

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Living with Your Puppy: Establishing Pack Structure
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Every new puppy owner has the same image of what they want their new dog to be like as an adult. First and foremost, everyone wants a great relationship with their dog but beyond that, those who plan on keeping their dog in their home want a calm, well-mannered, obedient house dog that minds and respects their family and friends. Those who plan on keeping their dog outside want a calm well mannered dog that is respectful to the family and is quiet in the yard or kennel. They only want their dog to bark at strangers that come near the home. New dog owners think the road to success only involves obedience training and house training new puppies. Well that is the old wives tale that is been spread for 100 years and nothing could be further from the truth.

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Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 12 Months
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