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How to raise for your Picardy Shepherd
Home at last
You have patiently awaited the arrival of your little Picardy shepherd  and finally the first
day of your life together has arrived. In order not to let this moment of pure delight become
a nightmare you must be well prepared. Here are a few tips that might help start this new
relationship on a good note right from the beginning.

Training starts today!
From the moment the puppy sets foot in his new home, house rules must be understood,
accepted and applied by all family members in order not to confuse the pup. If the puppy is
allowed to be with you on the couch or on the bed, you must accept that when he becomes
an adult dog he will have the same privilege. It would be unfair to grant special permissions
to the puppy because he’s small and cute and then take them away as he grows up. It’s
preferable to add privileges as the dog understands the house rules and becomes more
disciplined than to remove them as he grows into adolescence. The Picardy shepherd is an
easy going dog who is content with little, his happiness comes from the joy of being with his
family rather than from the thickness of the cousin on which he sleeps

The crate
If you choose to use a crate make sure the
size will be big enough for the adult dog and
that it has a separator to adjust to the size of
the puppy as he grows into it. The crate will
be for the puppy his personal den where he
feels comfortable and safe. Put a few chew
toys and good size stuffed toy or one of your
old sweaters you will have tied several knots
in, which will act as a comforter to the young
pup. The puppy is accustomed to sleeping
with his brothers and sisters, whatever  you
have provided as a comforter will help make
the transition. A blanket placed over the top and the sides of crate will create a little more
intimacy and darkness for the puppy to feel safe and comfortable. The cage should be
placed in a central location for the puppy  to learn the sights and sounds of  the house and
not feel isolated. When no one is supervising the puppy he should be in his crate to
prevent house soiling or inappropriate chewing.

Access to the house
The puppy should have limited access to the house until he has learned a few basic rules.
He should ideally have access to the room where his crate is and the path to the nearest
door. Access to stairs should be secured at all time with baby gates until he is old enough
to go up and down without injury. We must remember that the puppy will try to chew
anything within reach, he is in an exploratory mode. Before his arrival take a tour of the
room he will have access to and make it as puppy proof as possible. This simple
precaution  will keep your puppy safe and prevent you from constantly having to redirect  
the puppy towards something more suitable.

Get strong rubber chew toys, it’s surprising
how quickly young puppies develop the
strength of their jaw and you  want a toy
that will not come apart.  I prefer hollow
chew toys in which I can insert a biscuit or
a little peanut butter to induce the puppy
to chew and to keep him busy while in his
crate. When puppies are growing their
teeth I always keep one of the chew toys
in the freezer to relieve aching gums. You
can easily make a teething toy for your
puppy by taking a long strip of heavy duty
fabric such as canvas or denim, by soaking
it in natural chicken broth or water, tying several tight knots and putting it in the freezer for
few hours. There are a wide variety of dog toys on the market and often they are designed
to please the owner rather than to suit the dog. Remember dogs chew hard and tear thing
apart, get a toy that will be safe for your dog  and check it’s condition regularly. If a toy is
damaged discard it without hesitation, a dog toy is much less expensive than a surgery ....