Are German Shepherd Puppies Clumsy? – We love german Shepherd

Are German Shepherd Puppies Clumsy?

Welcoming a German Shepherd puppy into your home is an excitable experience.

It’s a new experience where you, as a dog parent, will need to take care of your German Shepherd puppy in everything especially when you want to keep them safe when they are clumsy

So, are German Shepherd puppies clumsy?

German Shepherd puppies are definitely clumsy while they are young. They can cause injury and a few accidents along the way. 

Dog parents will often find their household items are broken easily because their puppy gets jumps on these items and cause them to break.

Of course, all of their actions are unintentional because they aren’t purposefully doing them; it’s just part of the nature of a German Shepherd puppy before they outgrow being clumsy.

Why are German Shepherd puppies clumsy?

German Shepherd puppies are clumsy because, at their very young age, they are still learning how to walk and run.

They are still developing the gross motor skills that will help them while they move. At this stage, they may also learn how to jump. 

Your puppy running and jumping around can lead to clumsiness while they do so.

How to stop a German Shepherd from being clumsy?

1.) Teach them rear-end exercises

Rear-end awareness is all about reminding your puppy that they have back legs and teaching them how to use them.

It’s very important that your puppy learns this from a young age because they forget that they have back legs; they just let their front legs do all the walking and running while their back legs just follow them.

These exercises focus on the use of both front and back legs so your puppy will learn to move smoothly. This will make them learn to be less clumsy.

2.) Teach them obedience training

Obedience training helps teach your puppy what behaviors they will be positively rewarded for when they do. 

They will learn basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stay, and down. The benefits of obedience training is that your puppy learns to listen to you and they learn new commands that will make them less clumsy.

To know more about how to train your German Shepherd, check this article

Do German Shepherd puppies grow out of clumsiness?

With the right training and time, your German Shepherd will grow out of clumsiness as they grow up.

Just observe and watch your German Shepherd in case any accident or injury happens. If there happens to be an accident or injury, go to the vet to treat them. 

Keep training them with obedience training and rear end training so they learn how to listen to you and stop being clumsy.

At this young age, your puppy is more likely to learn much quicker than when they are older. This doesn’t mean that older dogs don’t learn; however, they take a longer time than puppies do.

As a German Shepherd puppy grows, they become more likely to be less clumsy.

In fact, they can do very challenging roles and jobs such as being military dogs, police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs.

They are known to be very intelligent and focused that they can easily do these challenging jobs.

What are other behavioral problems that the German Shepherd puppies show?

1.) Excessive barking

It’s normal for a German Shepherd puppy to bark; it’s the way that dogs communicate with each other.

Also, it’s how dogs communicate with you to get your attention. However, barking becomes a problem when it is excessive.

When your puppy barks excessively, it is a sign that they need something. They may be barking because they want to potty, are hungry, bored, or heard a stranger knocking on the door.

They may also bark excessively when they have been in the crate for too long and want to get out.

2.) Biting or nipping

While your German Shepherd puppy is young, they will definitely bite and nip on their littermates as a way of communication with them.

It’s totally normal as your German Shepherd puppy learns to socialize and learn about bite inhibition naturally.

If a puppy yelps or seems hurt, the one that was biting will learn to not do so next time.

Even though their teeth may hurt other puppies, it is totally unintentional and they are simply following their instincts.

However, you do need to teach your puppy to minimize their biting as much as you can.

3.) Chewing

German Shepherd puppies also chew on things; it’s a basic need that your puppy needs to do. 

It happens especially when your puppy is teething because their teeth are making them feel uncomfortable.

Chewing helps strengthen your puppy’s jaw, reduce tartar and plaque from building up in your dog’s teeth, and minimize your puppy’s pain.

Don’t focus on eliminating chewing rather let your puppy chew because it’s a necessary action that keeps your puppy healthy.

Just teach them what objects they are supposed to chew and what they shouldn’t chew.

4.) Potty training issues

Your puppy may take time until they learn how to potty properly. They will make accidents in your home when they are still learning how to potty.

So,  you will need to be patient and consistent in potty training your puppy.

One of the best ways to teach your puppy to potty effectively is through crate training.

The idea behind crate training is that your puppy or adult dog sees the crate as a den that they naturally don’t want to mess up.

They will rather wait until they can potty in another area.

So, you can use crate training to know when your puppy needs to go potty and let them eliminate in the proper place outdoors.

Another potty issue that you need to look out for is submissive urination where your German Shepherd puppy is afraid and stressed out that they subconsciously urinate.

It’s important to not get mad at your puppy or older dog when they urinate because of this behavioral problem.

Check out this article to know about how to eliminate this problem.

5.) Separation anxiety

Your German Shepherd puppy may also have separation anxiety when you leave your home and they are hysterical and anxious while you are away.

They may even be scared when you are in a different room and they can’t see you.

Some of the signs that a German Shepherd puppy has separation anxiety is when they whine, cry, or bark while you are away.

Fortunately, separation anxiety can be treated using the right methods and ways that will make your puppy feel safe and comfortable when you leave the house.

Related questions

1.) What are the other breeds that are clumsy?

There are other breeds that are clumsy.

These breeds include the Labrador, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Border Collie, and Yorkshire Terrier.

Some of these breeds outgrow clumsiness and become really focused breeds that hold very important roles.

2.) Do German Shepherds get lonely?

Yes, German Shepherds do get lonely when they are left alone, especially if the period is very long. 

The maximum amount of time to leave an adult German Shepherd is 4 to 6 hours whereby a German Shepherd puppy shouldn’t be left alone for more than 2 hours.

The reason is that they can’t hold it in and need to eliminate or they will make accidents due to their low bowel capacity.

German Shepherds must also socialize with other dogs so they don’t grow distant, scared, lonely, and aggressive when other dogs are around.

Let them interact with other dogs and people.


At a young age, German Shepherd puppies are clumsy. Their movements are still not very coordinated so they may jump on things and break them. 

It’s up to dog parents to observe and help keep their home safe for their German Shepherd puppies because accidents do happen.

However, as German Shepherd dogs grow up, they outgrow their clumsiness. They take important roles and jobs that, in many instances, save people’s lives.

Share your experience. Do you have a German Shepherd who is clumsy and what do you do?


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