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German Shepherd Puppy Socialization

As a German Shepherd puppy owner, you want your puppy to grow to become a happy, healthy, and well-behaved dog. Although genetics largely influences your puppy’s growth and development, both early neurological stimulation and socialization also play an impactful role. Socialization is essential to ensuring that your puppy becomes well-adjusted to a wide range of environments and situations. Not only will proper socialization during your puppy’s early life instill good nature and confidence in your new family member, but early socialization will also reduce future behavior problems.

Our carefully selective breeding program here at Kaiser German Shepherds allows us to produce top-quality German Shepherd puppies that are born, socialized and loved right here with us. Because early socialization is crucial to the development of puppies, the socialization period will begin with a reputable breeder and should continue with you, the new puppy owner. At Kaiser German Shepherds, we have an extensive selection process when it comes to choosing the proper breeding stud dog for our females. Not only do our males have some of the most desirable traits found in German Shepherd dogs, but our females’ temperament, health, and nurturing qualities are generally representative of the puppies’ overall health and personality

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) (Newborn to 8 Weeks)

Studies have shown that puppies who are exposed to gentle stimulation and exploration as early as the third day after being born tend to be more active and exploratory. Puppies exposed to this gentle stimulation, which includes five specific exercises which do not occur naturally in puppies aged three to 16 days, also tend to be calmer in challenging situations. When an experienced breeder performs this tactile stimulation, known as Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS), the puppies receive lifelong benefits.

As a responsible and knowledgeable breeder, we pride ourselves on the time and energy spent on socializing our German Shepherd dogs and begin the socialization process within the first few days of our puppies’ lives. At Kaiser German Shepherds, we introduce our new puppies to safe and positive experiences throughout their early development, including interactions with children and adults, indoor and outdoor exploration, car rides, leashes, and crates, to name a few.

Early Life Socialization (8 Weeks and Older)

When our puppies go home with you, their forever families, it is crucial that you continue with the socialization process. The socialization experiences that your German Shepherd puppy has by the time it reaches twelve weeks of age will indefinitely impact their temperament and behavior as an adult dog. GENTLY introducing your puppy to a wide range of people, sights, settings, and sounds while encouraging a positive experience will ensure that your puppy enjoys interacting in various environments as they develop.

Everything that your puppy encounters in their early life is an opportunity to create a positive experience and association. Therefore, it is necessary to provide praise and an appropriate and healthy amount of small treats while introducing your puppy to new sights, smells and sounds so that it is an enjoyable experience. Make a game of trying to acquaint your puppy to as many different textures, noises, and people of all ages and abilities, as well as people performing various tasks and wearing different fashions. Be sure to include any household family members in this socialization game!

Once your puppy is comfortable with the sights and sounds in their home environment, you should begin to expand their comfort zone and experiences.

After completing their vaccination series, you can introduce your puppy to , nearby streets, and friends’ homes. While you might be tempted to take your new family member to a busy, public place or introduce them to a large group of family and friends, it is in your puppy’s best interest to Slowly introduce them to an increasing number of people.

In addition, we highly encourage all of our Kaiser German Shepherd puppy owners to invest in AKC-approved puppy obedience classes that will allow your puppy to learn basic commands and, even more importantly, socialize with other dogs and people.

The Kaiser German Shepherds Way

We are proud of the time and energy we put into breeding, socializing, and loving our German Shepherd dogs. We provide an extensive amount of education to our new puppy owners regarding growth and development, health maintenance, and the importance of ongoing socialization, among other important topics concerning the German Shepherd breed.

At Kaiser German Shepherds, we make it a practice to stay in touch with our puppy owners for ongoing support and education. We love to see our puppies grow to become incredible adult dogs as part of a loving family home!

Thank you for your interest in Kaiser German Shepherds. You can reach us via the contact form below and we will get back with you as soon as possible. If you do not hear from us within a few business days please email us directly at On some occasions we travel for extended weekends to show and title our dogs around the United States.

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