I’m here to help you out with some tips about German Shepherd training. If you have a puppy, or an older dog in need of some discipline, there are definitely some steps you can take to ensure that you’re the owner of a well-behaved, loving dog.
The key to German Shepherd training is recognizing the fact that German Shepherds, by instinct, like to be in control. It’s critical to establish the fact that you’re the master as early as possible. In doing this, your dog will obediently recognize this, and your job will be a lot easier.
Here are a few tips that you’ll find useful in your effort to train your German Shepherd.
- Put in the time, and do it regularly. One of the biggest mistakes that owners make is the fact that they don’t consistently train their German Shepherds. Dogs have short memory spans, especially in the early years, and it’s crucial that you’re there with regularity to instill some discipline in your dog. Establish a regular schedule for yourself and stick to this schedule.
- Don’t be put off or discouraged if your German Shepherd shows inconsistency. This is a natural tendency for this breed of dog, and they’ll instinctively do this to test your limits. German Shepherd training requires thick skin in this regard, and it’s really important that you recognize this. Expect your dog to regress once in a while; it’s natural.
- Establish your superiority over your dog. This doesn’t mean that you should treat him or her with disrespect, but it simply means that you need to show him or her who’s boss. German Shepherd training involves asserting your role as the master, and you can do this by disciplining your dog any time you hit a roadblock. Don’t worry about upsetting your dog, as by nature, the German Shepherd is conditioned to seek out an alpha dog. This was always customary in hunting packs, and still lives in in the breed. You, in this case, will be the alpha dog to your trained German Shepherd, and the loyalty and care that your dog brings back to you will be your reward.
- Don’t slap or hit your German Shepherd puppy in any way. Physical discipline is not the answer when it comes to training a German Shepherd. The best approach is a firm verbal command that gives off a different tonality than your usual, gentle nature. German Shepherds are very keen to sound, and they’ll undoubtedly learn to recognize the difference in tonality and associate this with disapproval.
- Train your German Shepherd to want to please you. Do this by rewarding your dog after he/she does anything that warrants praise. Treats are a great way to express your approval, but you don’t want to spoil your dog with treats either. A combination of treats, enthusiasm in your voice, and warm physical interaction will all send the right message to your dog.
- Make sure that you introduce your German Shepherd to other dogs from a young age. It’s very important that you establish good social habits. An isolated German Shepherd can become overly protective in the presence of other dogs and people. Bring your pup to the park, bring other dogs to the house, and introduce your dog to as many people as possible. This will plant the seeds for a social, friendly dog.