Tips for German Shepherd Training
A German shepherd can be very easy to train; they are smart, athletic and quite eager to please. Add a dose of excellent intelligence and loyalty and you have a very trainable dog. A German shepherd is graceful and rather majestic. They have an obvious strength and power that can be intimidating to others, but as a general rule tis is a family friendly dog protective of its “pack”.
Start With A Young Dog If You Can
If you can, it is best to start with a German shepherd puppy. If you have never had German shepherds before you will find them to be strong and wilful dogs. If you start with a puppy your training will begin from the outset; you will develop a relationship with your dog and develop a trusting bond.
If you have adopted an older dog, it is best to have had previous experience training a German shepherd. An older dog may have experienced previous training or behaviour issues which require a different training approach.
Play with your dog or puppy. Your dog should be playful and friendly. If your dog is fearful there is a chance they may bite out of fear. If your German shepherd is afraid you should concentrate on building their confidence and behavioural issues.
Guage Your German Shepherd's Temperament
A quick way to gauge your dog’s temperament is to turn him onto his back. If you find that your dog or puppy’s tail is between his legs he is afraid. If you find that your dog struggles to get back onto his feet he wants to be the alpha male. Neither of these behaviors is desirable. What you want is a dog who is happy on his back showing submission to you with not too much fuss.
Obedience Classes Are A Good Place To Start
Obedience classes are a great way to start off obedience training. If you are training a puppy they can start at eight to ten weeks of age. There should be one person who is in charge of the dog’s basic training no matter how many people are in the family. An obedience class will have qualified teachers who can give you professional guidance and advice as you train your dog or puppy. German shepherds are known for acknowledging one master and responding to that person. As the German shepherd gets older and becomes well trained he will take instruction from all members of the family or “pack”.
Feed BEFORE Training
Feed your dog before training. Many people believe that a dog who is hungry during training will perform better with the lure of a treat. German shepherds tend to respond to training more readily if they have been fed beforehand and are not hungry. They want to please you, positive reinforcement in the way of treats is not essential to train a German shepherd.
Keep training time to a maximum of twenty minutes. Younger dogs and puppies should have even less time when training. Ten minutes every day will accomplish a great deal more than an hour once a week with your dog or puppy.
Keep training interesting and always finish on a positive note – even if you have to go back to the most basic of commands. Never train your German shepherd if you are tired or frustrated – it will communicate to the dog through your body language and will confuse your dog.
A German shepherd is relatively easy to train. They generally want to please you and are a loyal and loving member of the family. The breed is powerful, intelligent and active. It is important to have one person responsible for your German shepherd's training even though later the whole family or "pack" will be able to easily instruct your dog. Your well trained German shepherd will be a pleasure to own.