Thank you again, and congratulations on your Ca' Rigada Deutsch Drahthaar! In addition to preparing your puppy to go home with you, we hope to support you and your puppy going forward. We are always happy to consult with you on any matters concerning your puppy. Below we have collected some of the best resources we have found for you to start out with your new dog and Drahthaar. Recommended to both the very experienced and newer people; we find we always come back to many of these. As always, please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions or to discuss.


Before and After You Get Your Puppy by veterinary behaviorist and trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar, PhD, DVM

Click here for the link to download the free PDFs of these books. The combined hardcopy or eReader version can be purchased from Amazon. Dr. Dunbar has also provided most of this in webpage format in the Dog Training Digital Textbook.

  • Potty Training

  • Separation Anxiety Prevention

  • House Destruction Prevention

    • You can raise a puppy with minimal to no damage to your home.​

  • Acquired Bite Inhibition

    • All dogs bite; the critical factor is how hard they bite. This is believed to be determined by 14-16 weeks of age.​ Please review this section and ensure your puppy completes his or her bite inhibition education.

  • Crate / Confinement Training

    • Somewhat counter-intuitively, the more you crate/pen/confinement train now, the more freedom your puppy will have later in life. Properly confinement trained puppies can typically have run of the house at a year - some earlier!

Dr. Dunbar is BIG on socialization, and for good reason. The one caveat is that you should be aiming for QUALITY over QUANTITY. 



  • Ex-pen (if you will have the puppy on a floor you want to protect from the ex-pen scratching, water and any housetraining accidents, it would be a good idea to purchase a sheet of linoleum to put underneath until puppy is older) https://www.amazon.com/s?k=exercise+pen&dc&ref=a9_sc_1

  • Enzymatic cleaner (Nature’s Miracle, etc.) to remove any smell in case of housetraining accidents

  • Crate

  • Kongs - ESSENTIAL for separation-anxiety preventing and home alone training. Eventually puppy will graduate to larger and larger sizes, so it may be safe to start with medium/large now to avoid buying tons. https://www.amazon.com/KONG-Classic-Durable-Natural-Rubber/dp/B000AYN7LU/ 

  • Interactive Kibble Feeders – DO NOT feed your puppy out of a bowl until he/she is older. Let them drain some energy and get some stimulation. Great way to pop them in their puppy pen and have a shower or some time to yourself. My favorites:

  • Bully sticks (some like low odor kind) – These are life savers for separation anxiety prevention, crate training, or any time you need the puppy to entertain him or herself for a decent time. (Put a towel down to protect your rugs and upholstered furniture from smell and some minor residue)

  • Bed (EASILY washable and durable for this age – don’t have to remove tons of filler from different zipper compartments, etc.)  We do recommend bolster style.

  • Wee-wee pads and holder for pads, or tray for pellets (if you will transition from indoor toilet to outdoor over time – recommended unless you plan on waking up in the night and being home all the time) (example wee-wee pad tray with mesh: https://www.amazon.com/Petphabet-Training-Holder-Floor-Protection/dp/B06XX9Y8QH/)

  • Dishwasher safe stainless steel water/food bowls with rubber footing so it doesn’t slide around (you can get another material but stainless steel is easily sanitized)

  • Non-slip bath mat for puppy bath area if necessary. Towel for dog. Stripper comb if you want. All natural, hypoallergenic dog shampoo.

  • Nail clippers or dremmel (see the Facebook group “Nail Maintenance for Dogs”)

  • Front-attach harness, Y-shape for no shoulder restriction (I’ll recommend sizes as we get closer) – See here for a great detailed review. I highly recommend the associated 2-attachment point leashes, especially for the ladies of the house to be able to use when needed. 

  • Baby gates as needed until puppy can be trusted alone unsupervised

  • Car seatbelt to attach to harness, or car crate (highly recommend crating/tethering your puppy for the first while until they get accustomed to cars – this helps them transition into staying in one spot in the car instead of bouncing around as an adult).

Verein Deutsch-Drahthaar

Breed & Testing Resources

Simone would be delighted if you reached out to him to discuss the breed exams. Drahthaar are tested in the JGHV (Jagdgebrauchshundverein) system (other breeds also complete these tests, including jagdterrier, deutsch kurzhaar (shorthair), etc. PLEASE, reach out to Simone and utilize him as a resource whether you're trying the exams for the first time, and even if you have done it before.

JGHV USA website with links to detailed test descriptions therein


The Verein Deutsch Drahthaar Group North America


New VDD-registered Puppy Owners Link


JGHV Testing Educational Video (Dogs Unlimited) - Videos reviewing the breed tests (VJP, HZP, VGP, etc.)



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