Trained German Shepherds can be a nice alternative to going through the entire process of training your new puppy on your own. Make no mistake about it: the training process is a tedious one that requires months’ worth of discipline exercise and a daily commitment. While German Shepherd training can be broken down to a relative science, it requires a lot of patience and a lot of time.
If you’re lacking the time, or the desire, to train your German Shepherd, the idea of finding a trained German Shepherd may be attractive to you. There are many of these available for sale, from breeders (and even ordinary owners) nationwide. These dogs may already be housebroken, obedient, and may have even dropped the frustrating habits that many new untrained German Shepherd puppies will exhibit.
Fully trained German Shepherds will generally have gone through at least six months’ worth of training, and the best ones will have been raised with children. If you have children in your household, you’ll particularly want to look for a trained German Shepherd puppy that was trained around the presence of children.
The early months of a German Shepherd puppy’s life are extremely formative in the sense that being around children from the start will make your new dog much more likely to be friendly and loving in the presence of children. German Shepherds that aren’t trained around children might take more time to adapt to the presence of your kids, so it’s really important that a trained German Shepherd you seek out was raised in a social environment.
The drawbacks of buying a puppy that has already gone through training exist as well. For one, they’ll generally be more expensive, sometimes as much as twice the price of an ordinary German Shepherd. The time and money you would have spent was spent by someone else, so it should go without saying that trained German Shepherds will naturally be more expensive.
Secondly, they may have a hard time acclimating to their new owner. The German Shepherd, by nature, is accustomed to looking for the alpha dog of the pack. This dates back to the hunting days of the breed, as there was always a leader amongst the group. Modern day training techniques suggest that you assert yourself as the alpha male, and the dog will naturally be obedient to you as a result.
In this case, the trained puppy may already be acclimated to the presence of his/her old owner as the alpha male, confusing the pup in the presence of a new master. While this should generally fade within a matter of a few months, it’s fair to say that there may be a light transitory period at hand.
Other than this, the benefits of buying trained German Shepherds are obvious. A housebroken, friendly, obedient pet awaits you should you find the right breeder.
Then again, there are those who take joy in the process itself. The efforts of training your German Shepherd can obviously be rewarding once done successfully. It all comes down to a matter of time and patience, and determining what might be the best route for you.