Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Train a German Shepherd Dog


 German Shepherd Dog

How to Train a German Shepherd Dog

Photo courtesy of Pepo13.

The German Shepherd dog is quite a big and strong dog.   This breed is quite intelligent since they              are used in law enforcement and other service areas.   The German Shepherd may not have the temperament of a friendly or social dog so it is up to you to train it to be more social.  But before you start the basic dog training, your dog should have a place to sleep of it’s own where it feels safe and secure.  Your dog also needs time to get used to its new home along with the people and other pets that will be around.  Also, one or two toys should be provided to help prevent the dog from chewing on items you don’t want it to.

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Basic Dog Obedience Tips

The first step in basic dog obedience tips of any kind of dog, including the German Shepherd is to establish who is the boss.  A German Shepherd needs to understand that you are the leader.  This is done through giving your dog tasks and having it accomplish certain chores before it gets what it wants.  For instance, making your dog sit before you give it food is a way of showing it that you are in control.  The German Shepherd breed by nature seeks out an ‘alpha dog’.  For training purposes, you will be taking this alpha dog role.  After your dog recognizes you as such, it will be loyal and caring.  This role is very important if you are training a German Shepherd puppy.

German Shepherd Training Book

You can enroll your dog in training classes that are offered in a professional setting or start at home by purchasing a German Shepherd training book .  If you go the professional route, you will need to be taught how the dog has been trained which still takes time and can be very expensive.  If you choose to train the dog yourself at home, you will be saving yourself a lot of money.  And if you don’t get the results you would like, then the professional route may work better for you and the dog.  For best results, the training should start as early as possible regardless of the type of training you choose.

Finally, keep your dog busy. It is important to note that a bored dog is quite hard to train. For example, give it tasks to carry out around the house such as fetching the newspaper in the morning or bringing your sandals after you come from work.  This will assist in training your dog to follow commands as it has established you as the master and is obligated to serve you.  Leaving it idle will make it resort to its own devices such as digging and chewing on items in the house.

German shepherds by nature can be stubborn and try to test your limits.  It’s natural for any dog to not follow instructions every single time.   With that said, there really is no need for physical abuse.  Just using a FIRM voice makes a difference since these breeds are by nature very responsive to tonality and your voice’s sound. One suggestion is to use a bad face for bad behavior and a happy face for good behavior as part of training.

Finally, you as the owner and trainer will need to put in some serious time.  A common problem with some dog owners is not training their dogs on a consistent day to day basis.  Dogs by nature have really short memory spans, especially during the puppy stage and early years.  So following your German Shepherd training guide on a regular basis will pay off with great benefits.   One suggestion is to make a timetable with a schedule that is doable, one that you are likely to stick with.  Your German Shepherd dog will receive and learn much needed discipline  while you reap great rewards as a result.