German Shepherd Dog Training Essentials
The German Shepherd Dog is a very noble breed with excellent working abilities. These dogs are capable of performing long hours of physical exercise without showing signs of extreme exhaustion. They are often used as police dogs, guard dogs, search and rescue dogs and also therapy dogs. The German Shepherd Dog is one of the best examples of a perfect working dog.
The German Shepherd Dog is also one of the most popular family and pet dogs because of its many good properties. Owning a German Shepherd Dog comes along with a great responsibility to train the dog. It is very important that the owner shall at least do basic obedience with their dog. That includes sit and down on command, sit and down stays and loose leash heeling. The recall command is probably the most important command of all for any dog, but even more so with the German Shepherd Dog.
German Shepherds are very strong dogs and you do not want to be dragged around the block when you take it for a walk. You need to be in control. When you have visitors, you do not want your German Shepherd to jump up against your friends. It is essential that you start training your German Shepherd puppy the moment it arrives at your home. From day one you should establish the packing order. Your puppy should not for one moment get the idea that he must fulfil the role of alpha.
Things your German Shepherd puppy should not be allowed: ? Your puppy will be very cute and beautiful, they all are, but he should not be allowed on the bed or on the couch. ? He should not be allowed to play bite any human. If he wants to bite your hand, say “NO” in a growling voice and give him a chewable toy.
The most essential thing you should do with your GSD puppy: ? Your puppy should be well socialized especially the first few months of its life, but preferably for the rest of its life. Take him with you wherever you go. Let him meet other dogs, people and especially children
German Shepherd Dogs are such clever dogs and easily trainable and so willing to please their owners that it is really sad when owners do not train their dogs.
There are so many disciplines in which their dogs can excel for example: ? Obedience ? Tracking ? Protection work ? Agility ? Therapy work (depending on the temperament)
Which method should be used for training the German Shepherd Dog? It is wrongly believed that because the GSD is such a strong dog, that you should use strong and harsh methods to train the dog. Actually it is just the opposite. GSD’s are sensitive dogs and so clever that they learn very fast when you use positive reinforcement methods with lost of treats and praise. Clicker training is ideal for training any dog but also the GSD. You still have to be very firm especially when it is a male dog going through his hormonal phases, but the key is consistency and patience. If properly trained your German Shepherd will be a joy and companion for many years.
MS du Toit has been training dogs for ten years. Please visit her Dog Training Page at http://www.dogtrainingtipsforfree.com
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A well behaved dog is a pride and joy to the owner. A dog which lacks basic training is indeed a matter of embarrassment and can be a real pain to the surrounding people. Even though the owner may think an untrained dog can be cute, let me warn you many times it can be a danger to itself and the people concerned. For example, a dog that does not heed to the command of the owner can run loose to an approaching car or motorbike and cause an accident to itself and to the occupants of the vehicle.
The most crucial part of training is to start of early because it is easy to train a dog in early stages when it is not exposed to much of established habits and inappropriate behaviors. Before we start let us all remind each other that we are not exactly the dog whisperers.
Dog training books can help the owners to smooth the relationship with their pets. Such training books cover variety of topics from tips on hose braking to appropriate dog foods for varied breeds. Regardless of which ever canine breed you possess, most of you will be struggling with issues like aggressive behavior, house training, establishing who is the alpha (dominant person in the home) and setting boundaries. Here it is important to understand the size and breed of your dog has nothing to do with basic dog training.
Dog your dog is not always an easy task simply because of the fact that it is hard to earn the respect of your dog. It may sound quite absurd, but in many situations it can be the sole reason for unacceptable behavior. It will take much more than reading dog training books systematically.
Following are few basic dog training tips or advices:
Always be patient and positive with your animal- always remember the fact that dogs are great attention seekers who loves to be praised and appreciated now and then. Use verbal as well small treats in the initial stages of training, when your doggie behaves perfectly the way you taught them to do so.
Be firm and friendly with your pets- Use a friendly tone when you teach them to heel or come. However use a much stern and firmer voice to make them sit. The animal should understand that you mean business
Engage in shorter session of dog training- Keep your sessions for fifteen minutes or so and end it with a positive gesture. Do not force your doggie to undergo prolonged sessions as this may make them restless with the entire sessions. Also remember to spend some extra time playing with your pet after the dog training. This helps to strengthen the bond between the master and the pet.
Avoid distractions- do not train your dogs in busy parks or crowded outdoors. Also keep your other pets away while engaged in dog training.
Finally remember dog training can be real fun. It is the perfect time to understand your dog’s behavior and let them know you care for the animal. This can be a rewarding sessions for many out there.