“Most of us who have dogs, especially the German Shorthaired Pointer would know how adaptable this breed is. Good natured as they are, the breed was primarily used as hunters companions, because of the high energy they possess within. Even today, if you check the countryside, most farmers across Europe opt for the German Shorthaired Pointer because of their athletic prowess and alertness to the slightest movements around.”
“Just taking the German Shorthaired Pointer for a walk around the area wouldn’t do any good; it would be as good as a warm up. He needs more than that, or else confinement would make him hypersensitive, destructive and loud barking as well. You have to train him well on his socializing skills, or else you would have a reserved German Shorthaired Pointer or an over friendly one, but not an aggressive boy though!”
“The German Shorthaired Pointer socializes well with other animals as pets, but if he finds another to be strange he could be aggressive with them, KITTY needs to be careful when the German Shorthaired Pointer is around, for he would chase cats. If you want your boy to be well behaved and well mannered, obedience training is very important. Good for you, the German Shorthaired Pointer responds well to commands and training, but with a little drama now and then.”
“As a breed, the German Shorthaired Pointer are focused and has his own mind, but distractions can happen, when he gets too excited, so be stern and polite while you train him. The breed is usually large, muscled and very athletic to touch and feel. His coat needs very little care, since it is sleek and sheds less. Nevertheless, ensure enough exercises and activities to keep him in good shape at all times. As a watchdog, he is very sensible, and you can depend on his good manners even when he is around strangers.”
“Don’t adopt the German Shorthaired Pointer if you have space and time crunch issues. If you do not like pets running around or with high energy levels, this breed may not be for you. Like other breeds, hates left being alone. The German Shorthaired Pointer can get aggressive with other pets they find suspicious, so use your mind wisely when leaving him with Bunny and Kitty at home. He can ignore your commands as and when he wants to, blame it on distractions around and not his manners though.”
“When adopting the German Shorthaired Pointer, you should think of giving him enough of mental activities and physical ones too. This is because of the high energy levels they have which needs to be spent, or else expect destructive habits showing up at home, chewed doors especially.”
The breed when pups can be full of zest, they have great energy and vigor to say the least and bounce like crazy. Most of them are well mannered, but can be aggressive with the same sex animals around. They have great hunting skills and would chase cats and other animals, if overexcited.
“There is no doubt about it; puppies are going to chew on things! Dogs will have 28 baby teeth, and 42 permanent teeth. When a puppy is roughly, 2 to 3 weeks old, their baby teeth start to come in. All their baby teeth should be in place by roughly 8 weeks of age.”
“The puppy’s new teeth are very tiny and sharp, and will hurt your fingers when they get a hold of them. Most mothers will start to wean their babies at 5 to 6 weeks old.”
“Your puppies baby teeth will start to come out around 8 to 12 weeks of age. By roughly 8 months old, your dog’s permanent teeth should all be in. You should make sure that all baby teeth are out, so that a tooth is not left in, and another one comes in and crowds the space, and gives your dog pain. You would need to visit the vet if you see this happening.”
“Your puppy is going to want to chew on something, just like a real baby, their teeth are coming in, and they want to relieve some of the pain. It is good for them to chew, to help the teeth come thru. You would want to get some appropriate chew items to help them.”
“You could start to train your dog to have their teeth brushed. You can pick up doggie tooth supplies at your local pet store usually, and get down and dirty and brush your doggy’s teeth. Rawhide chews are an excellent source of good tooth hygiene, as they are good for your dog’s teeth, and can help take off build up plaque, and dogs usually love it also!”
“A lot of puppies and dogs end up getting human food usually from the weakest link in the family. If your dog is under the table, they usually will go to the person they think will mostly likely give them some food scraps. If you do, just remember chocolate and some nuts can kill your dog, never give chocolate. Raisins can be just as deadly for your dog, do not give, they can shut down your dog’s kidneys, so be very careful of these products and your puppy or dog.”
“Before you bring your German Shorthaired Pointer puppy home, you might want to get things ready for him or her. Some of the things you might want to get would include:"
"Some dog crates: one or two for the house, and one for the car. You would want to get some fencing for the back yard, and as you know, German Shorthaired Pointer is going to be big dogs when they grow up! You might as well get the heaviest duty dog gear you can buy, it will be worth it!"
"You would want to get your home and yard ready just like you would for a new baby almost. You would want to puppy proof your home, nothing that would hurt the puppy should be out, and all cabinets should be locked."
"For outside the house, all pools and hot tubs should be fenced in, and all gates should be locked and double checked. A German Shorthaired Pointer can really put a lot of weight into something, if you think they might get out, they probably can, so make it even tougher, it's a German Shorthaired Pointer!"
"Collars and leashes: you would actually need several for training purposes. A short one for training and a long one for walks you go on. You should not leave a collar on a puppy while unsupervised, it could get caught and choke the puppy."
"A collar should be used only when training, but they are common on most every dog, just make sure you have a good fitting one, and watch your puppy, to make sure he or she does not get it caught. A collar should not be left on, but dog owners do it all the time it seems, so just be extra careful."
"You should never have to yell or scream, or get carried away when trying to train your German Shorthaired Pointer. If you feel, he or she is not moving forward, take a break, and try it again in a bit. Make sure you are not the one who is trying too hard. To puppy will learn the commands over time. No puppy gets it all right the first time, there will be mistakes, but in the end, you will have a much better trained dog. One you and your family can live with for many years to come!"
"While your puppy is still young, you should enroll yourself and your new puppy in as many dog obedient classes that you think you could handle. This will be the best experience for both you and your puppy, and you both will bond much better together, and get the most out of it. For the long haul, it is totally worth it!"
"Hopefully your puppy has already seen the vet before you even brought him home, just for a checkup at least. You should at this time, find a reputable vet in your area, and set your new puppy up for regular visits and exams all puppies and dogs need to have on a regular basis."
"The first day you bring you new puppy home, try to make it when you have plenty of time off of work or school, so that the puppy is not immediately left alone and insecure. It is best to spend plenty of time with the new puppy, especially the first couple of days."
"If you can take a sock or towel with you, and let the mother and any other siblings roll around on it, it would be a good comfort blanket to help your new puppy adjust in his new home."
"Your puppy might whine, whimper and cry the first couple of nights, this is natural really. It will go away eventually, as this is how the baby is raised by its mother. It whines when it cries for its mother when it wants to eat, and is crying out for attention."
"That is where the towel or sock with the mothers scent rubbed on it comes in handy to put inside the crate. You would also want some good solid stainless steel bowls for food and water. You should check with your vet on a proper food and feeding time, usually twice daily, at the same times, but some vets recommend different diets for your German Shorthaired Pointer, so check with your vet first."
"Teach your new German Shorthaired Pointer puppy to be a part of the family. German Shorthaired Pointer dogs like to be included with the family; they are not that happy if just left in the back yard. They like to be included with the family, so keep that in mind and have fun with your new German Shorthaired Pointer puppy!"
"You can teach your new puppy to go to the bathroom outside. You need to take your new puppy outside several times a day. A puppy cannot tell you when they have to go pee or poop they just go. It is your responsibility to know to take the puppy outside, since they will have to go to the bathroom several times each day."
"When you take your new puppy outside, teach them to eliminate in a certain spot, and then give them a treat and praise. Continue to do this each time you take them outside, tell them to go "potty" and wait for them to go. As soon as they are done, reward them with praise and a treat, and take them back inside."
“When you take your puppy outside to go to the bathroom, when you take him or her out, just stand still, and let the dog do their business. When they are finally doing their business, while they are doing it, just stand there and say, "Good Potty" "Good Baby" and talk sweet to them, until they are done."
"When they are done, give them praise and a treat. Continue doing this until you only use praise, and the dog will learn to go outside and do his or her businesses quickly, and then back inside."
"Under no circumstances should you ever leave your new puppy unsupervised. If you have to do something, he or she should be in their crate safe and sound."
4. Are Rawhide Treats Good for Your German Shorthaired Pointer?
“By all means, give your dog some rawhide treats! They are good for them, and dogs love them! Rawhide is great for cleaning your dog's teeth, and it also gives your German Shorthaired Pointer something to chew on, besides your couch or favorite pair of shoes!”
“When looking at rawhide, try to find the biggest pieces, because you don't want the smaller bone fragments that break off the smaller ones for your German Shorthaired Pointer. You would be smart to ask your vet, or shop around for the best quality rawhide you can find. It comes in many different styles, and even fun filled treats inside some of them, to keep your German Shorthaired Pointer entertained!”
“It is best to supervise your dog with a rawhide chew, as it could come apart and get lodged in the dog's throat, but that is extremely rare, but still could happen. Just as any toy or treat you give your pet, should be supervised.”
“When your dog has chewed on a big piece of rawhide, and it is soft and gooey, take it away, and give them a new one. Let the old one harden up again, and you can give it back to them later.”
“The good thing about rawhide is it is good for your German Shorthaired Pointer's stress level. A bored German Shorthaired Pointer will have more stress, because he or she is bored, and a rawhide treat will keep them more occupied and entertained!”
“It is hard to tell if good rawhide comes from the United States, or other countries, so it is best to get the best quality you can find.”