If you’ve decided to undergo the challenging tasks of training your German Shepherd, I’d like to help make your job a little easier with a few of my own German Shepherd training tips. I’ve had three of them in my lifetime, and I like to think that I’ve become a better trainer with each experience.
Anyway, here are a few pieces of advice and tips for training your German Shepherd.
- If you can, try to keep children around when your German Shepherd is very young. Children and puppies have a special bond, and having some children around when you train your German Shepherd will plant the seeds for a lifelong affection for kids. Even if you don’t have your own kids, it’d be advisable to buy a puppy from a breeder that spent its first few months around young children.
- Never get physical with your dog. Even smacks across the face or to the body are a bad idea. By slapping your German Shepherd, you’ll end up wounding your young puppy’s ego. This could not only lead to a sense of fear in your German Shepherd puppy, but a complex later in life that leads to more aggressive tendencies. Even if they’re not directed at you, the owner, your dog may take out its misdirected feelings on strangers.
- Here’s one of the best German Shepherd training tips I can give you. Be very positive and enthusiastic when your puppy does something well. The positive reinforcement will breed friendliness, as well as an eagerness to please you many times over. The best way during training to let your German Shepherd puppy know that he or she has done well is to praise your dog in a tonality that blatantly shows your approval. Being physically affectionate and even giving treats can both be a great way to achieve this too.
- This is the last of my German Shepherd training tips. Give your pup plenty of room to roam around outside during his early stages. The German Shepherd is an outdoor working dog by nature, and depriving your puppy of this environment can cause confusion in your pet. Keep this in mind, as any German Shepherd puppy will be happiest in an outdoor setting that gives him or her room to freely roam and play.
I hope you find these tips for training your German Shepherd to be useful. You can find more German Shepherd training advice around the site, and I’d encourage you to look around.