3 Simple Methods Of Training German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog and Puppy Training will be easy and fun if you follow this free online obedience training guide. Learn how to train your puppy, basic commands, and advance work to teach your German Shepherd Dog.


3 Simple Methods Of Training German Shepherd Dog

FewT caninesT displayT theT graceT andT majestyT ofT theT GermanT Shepherd.T InT additionT toT beingT oneT ofT theT mostT loyalT dogT breeds,T theyT areT alsoT workingT dogsT thatT generallyT enjoyT learning.T BecauseT GermanT ShepherdsT haveT allT theseT traits,T beingT extremelyT smart,T athletic,T andT eagerT toT please,T theyT areT veryT versatileT andT trainableT animals.


Method 1: Training  a  German  Shepherd  Puppy


BeginT yourT trainingT attemptsT atT aroundT eightT weeksT old.T AlthoughT anyT GermanT ShepherdT dogT isT trainable,T theyT areT veryT strongT andT powerfulT animals.T IfT youT startT outT withT aT puppy,T youT haveT theT opportunityT toT shapeT andT moldT itsT personalityT andT developT yourT relationshipT early.


  • IfT youT happenT toT getT anT olderT dog,T adultT dogsT canT stillT beT trainedT effectively.

  • GermanT ShepherdsT canT beT veryT protectiveT ofT theirT familyT members,T soT youT wantT toT socializeT yourT puppyT earlyT inT puppyhood.T ThisT willT getT themT usedT toT interactingT wellT withT aT wideT varietyT ofT peopleT andT animals,T whichT isT essential.


StartT gentlyT handlingT yourT puppy’sT paws,T ears,T tail,T etc.T ThisT willT beT aT bigT dog,T andT youT wantT toT prepareT theT dogT whenT theyT areT youngT andT smallT forT futureT groomingT andT veterinaryT visits.T TheyT mayT needT nailT trimming,T earT cleaning,T temperatureT takingT andT otherT procedures.T TheseT proceduresT willT beT difficultT toT accomplishT shouldT yourT full-sizedT adultT GermanT ShepherdT dogT object.


BeginT training  your  puppy  with  basic  commands.T YouT willT needT toT trainT themT toT sit,T stay,T andT heel,T inT additionT toT houseT trainingT them.T YourT puppyT willT notT understandT yourT commandsT immediately.T HaveT patienceT withT yourT dogT whenT theyT don'tT doT exactlyT whatT youT askT rightT away.


UseT foodT treatsT andT praiseT toT reinforceT yourT commands.T GermanT ShepherdsT loveT toT learnT andT theyT areT highlyT motivatedT toT followT yourT commandsT ifT theyT areT rewardedT withT treats.


PreventT feedT bowlT aggression.T PetT yourT puppyT whileT they'reT eating,T asT longT asT theyT doT notT stiffenT andT stopT eatingT whenT youT areT pettingT theT puppy.T IfT theT puppyT stiffens,T stopsT eatingT orT growls,T youT haveT toT dealT withT thisT aggressiveT responseT immediately.


  • TeachT yourT puppyT thatT peopleT areT notT aT threatT toT theT foodT bowlT byT addingT foodT toT theT bowlT whileT theyT areT eating.T StartT withT aT fewT kibblesT (orT whateverT typeT ofT foodT youT normallyT feed)T inT theT bowlT andT addT foodT soT theT puppyT associatesT goodT thingsT withT peopleT nearT theT foodT bowl.


AddressT foodT aggression.T DoT thisT byT removingT theT foodT bowlT andT feedingT theT dogT byT hand.T TheT puppyT needsT toT earnT eachT andT everyT pieceT ofT foodT fromT youT withT aT “sit”T orT someT otherT command.T ThereT isT noT bowlT toT guard.


  • OnceT theT puppyT isT moreT confidentT andT compliantT aroundT food,T youT canT bringT outT aT plateT orT bowlT andT continueT yourT handT feedingT routineT inT theT presenceT ofT theT bowlT orT plate,T butT don’tT feedT directlyT onT theT plateT yet.


  • MakeT theT bowlT noT bigT deal.T IfT aT pieceT ofT foodT isT droppedT inside,T letT theT puppyT takeT itT andT praiseT them.T ThenT feedT nearbyT again.T TheT bowlT willT notT alwaysT haveT foodT inside.T GraduallyT increaseT theT amountT ofT foodT youT dropT inT theT bowlT asT youT standT orT sitT thereT withT theT puppy.T ItT won’tT takeT longT beforeT theT puppyT realizesT thatT youT nearT theT bowlT meansT foodT andT goodT thingsT andT itT isT notT somethingT toT guard.


  • YouT canT alsoT addT highT valueT treatsT likeT roastedT chickenT breastT intoT theT bowlT ifT yourT puppyT seemsT toT needT moreT reassuranceT thatT youT bringT goodnessT toT theT foodT bowl.


  • If,T atT anyT time,T youT feelT thatT youT areT inT danger.T STOP.T GetT aT professionalT trainerT involvedT immediatelyT toT preventT harmT toT yourselfT orT anotherT familyT member,T particularlyT aT child.T ResourceT guardingT canT beT aT veryT seriousT symptomT ofT fearT aggressionT and,T ifT youT areT seeingT thisT inT aT puppy,T itT needsT toT beT addressedT ASAPT soT itT doesT notT escalate.


UseT feedingT timeT asT aT trainingT time.T YouT canT graduallyT askT theT puppyT toT lookT atT youT toT getT moreT food,T thenT sitT andT waitT forT moreT food,T etc..T TheT humansT controlsT theT resourceT ofT foodT andT rewardsT theT puppyT forT goodT behavior.


WeanT yourT puppyT offT ofT treatsT forT performance.T AfterT yourT puppyT hasT masteredT aT command,T startT treatingT intermittentlyT soT thatT youT don’tT haveT aT dogT thatT willT onlyT performT forT food.T YouT stillT praiseT yourT dog,T justT notT offerT aT treatT eachT time.T IfT youT areT workingT toT modifyT aT commandT toT createT aT fasterT response,T addT inT treatsT againT toT shapeT theT behaviorT untilT theyT haveT itT down.T ThenT startT usingT treatsT toT rewardT trulyT outstandingT performance.


DoT notT createT fearT inT yourT puppy.T DoT notT yellT atT yourT pet.T LearnT toT recognizeT whenT youT areT losingT patienceT andT stopT theT trainingT sessionT onT aT happyT note.T YourT dogT canT senseT yourT frustrationT inT yourT bodyT languageT andT toneT ofT voice.T TryT anotherT dayT whenT youT areT bothT fresh.

  • IfT youT continueT toT haveT problems,T getT aT professionalT trainerT involved.


EnrollT yourT GermanT ShepherdT puppyT inT aT basicT orT puppy  obedience  class.T Typically,T asT puppiesT areT firstT learningT commands,T oneT adultT familyT memberT willT beT responsibleT forT training.T Later,T whenT theT puppyT isT consistentT andT understandsT theT basics,T otherT membersT ofT theT familyT canT participateT inT formalT training.T ItT isT importantT forT theT dogT toT understandT thatT notT onlyT oneT personT inT theT householdT isT toT beT obeyed.


  • YourT puppyT shouldT beT 8-10T weeksT oldT andT startedT onT theirT vaccineT seriesT forT thisT firstT class.T ThereT areT puppyT preschoolsT designedT forT puppiesT whoT haveT notT yetT finishedT receivingT allT ofT theirT vaccines.T TheT schoolT willT haveT certainT requirementsT forT enrollmentT andT youT willT likelyT haveT toT provideT proofT ofT vaccination.


Method 2: Training an Adult German Shepherd


BeginT withT dog  training  basics.T GermanT ShepherdsT areT notT necessarilyT anyT differentT thanT otherT dogsT whenT itT comesT toT training.T IfT yourT dogT doesT notT knowT simpleT commands,T suchT asT sitT andT heel,T thenT startT withT those.


  • ItT isT importantT toT beginT trainingT byT buildingT trustT betweenT youT andT yourT dog.T KeepT trainingT sessionsT happyT andT shortT andT giveT theT dogT aT breakT inT betweenT lessonsT forT playT andT aT drink.


UseT food,T praise,T andT toysT asT motivators.T FoodT isT aT powerfulT motivatorT forT mostT dogs.T OtherT dogs,T particularlyT thoseT withT aT highT preyT drive,T respondT wellT toT toysT asT aT reward.T EitherT way,T praise,T inT additionT toT aT rewardT thatT isT valuableT toT yourT dog,T isT usedT toT communicateT toT yourT dogT thatT theyT haveT performedT well.


  • TheT timingT ofT theT rewardT isT extremelyT important.T YourT praiseT andT rewardT willT needT toT comeT withinT twoT toT threeT secondsT ofT theT behaviorT youT areT reinforcing.T IfT theT dogT doesT somethingT elseT inT betweenT theT desiredT behaviorT andT theT reward,T youT areT rewardingT theT lastT thingT thatT theT dogT performed.T ForT instance,T ifT youT wantT toT teachT theT “sit”T command,T theT praiseT andT treatT shouldT beT deliveredT whenT theT dogT isT sittingT withT allT feetT onT theT ground.T IfT youT deliverT theT praise/treatT withT oneT pawT upT orT asT theT dogT startsT gettingT up,T youT haveT justT rewardedT theT dogT forT thatT mostT recentT behavior.


  • TreatsT shouldT beT smallT andT tasty.T ConsiderT threeT types:T Low,T mediumT andT highT valueT treats.T KeepT theseT inT yourT arsenalT toT helpT yourT dogT learnT commands.T WhenT theyT firstT learnT aT newT command,T youT mayT needT mediumT orT highT valueT toT treatsT toT startT themT offT andT treatT forT everyT success.T AsT theyT understandT theT commandT more,T startT addingT inT lowerT valueT treatsT intermittently.T YouT canT alwaysT goT backT toT highT valueT treatsT atT anyT timeT youT wantT toT letT theT dogT knowT theyT didT somethingT exceptionallyT greatT andT youT wantT themT toT rememberT thatT soT youT getT thatT behaviorT againT andT again.


  • Gradually,T youT willT phaseT outT anyT treatT andT doT moreT praiseT rewardT asT theT dogT getsT moreT consistent.T YouT don’tT wantT toT createT aT dogT thatT willT onlyT workT forT foodT andT ignoreT youT theT restT ofT theT time.T ThatT couldT becomeT aT dangerousT situation.


ConsiderT clickerT training.T ClickerT trainingT isT aT methodT whereT theT dogT learnsT toT associateT theT soundT ofT theT clickerT asT aT positiveT “marker”T forT behavior.T YouT startT byT clickingT theT deviceT whileT feedingT aT highT valueT treatT overT andT overT againT soT thatT theT dogT learnsT thatT theT clickerT soundT meansT “veryT good.”T AfterT thatT associationT isT madeT inT theT dog’sT mind,T youT canT create,T orT “shape,”T behaviorsT byT clickingT asT theT dogT performsT aT behaviorT youT like.T YouT canT clickT fasterT thanT youT canT praiseT orT treat,T soT byT clickingT youT rewardT theT dogT instantlyT andT thenT followT upT theT clickT withT aT treat.T ClickerT trainingT isT anT incredibleT wayT toT trainT dogsT becauseT theyT learnT soT fastT withT suchT immediateT feedback.


SpendT noT moreT thanT 20T minutesT perT trainingT sessionT withoutT aT break.T SpendT evenT lessT timeT (5T toT 10T minutes)T forT youngerT pups.T MultipleT shorterT trainingT sessionsT areT generallyT moreT effectiveT thanT oneT longT one,T particularlyT forT puppiesT underT 6T monthsT ofT age.T TheirT attentionT spanT isT shortT andT puppiesT getT tired;T yourT patienceT willT beT wornT thinT tryingT toT trainT T overT tiredT puppy.T TrainingT hasT toT beT upbeatT andT happyT inT orderT toT getT theT maximumT responseT fromT theT dog.T PlayT withT theT puppyT inT betweenT andT helpT themT understandT thatT peopleT areT funT andT notT allT aboutT “school”T allT theT time.


Method 3: Understanding Dog Training


LearnT aboutT dogT trainingT inT general.T EducateT yourselfT soT youT canT teachT yourT puppyT properlyT andT avoidT commonT trainingT mistakes.T ThereT areT manyT methodsT ofT dogT trainingT andT someT willT workT betterT forT youT andT yourT petT thanT others.T EachT dogT isT unique,T asT isT theT trainer,T soT learningT theT basicsT ofT dogT behaviorT andT basicT dogT trainingT willT provideT youT withT theT properT foundationT forT understandingT theT processT ofT trainingT yourT pet.T NoT oneT methodT isT “perfect,”T soT yourT researchT willT helpT youT decideT whatT approachT toT start.T ThereT methodsT ofT dogT trainingT basedT onT onlyT positiveT trainingT techniques,T versusT techniquesT whichT balanceT positiveT andT negativeT reinforcement.T YouT mayT evenT tryT aT methodT andT findT thatT youT areT notT gettingT theT resultsT youT wantT andT decideT toT tryT another.T AnT experiencedT dogT trainerT willT beT ableT toT helpT youT troubleshootT roadblocks.


  • ReadT dogT trainingT books.T SomeT goodT trainingT booksT toT considerT areT “Don’tT ShootT theT Dog”T byT KarenT Pryor,T “GettingT Started:T ClickerT TrainingT forT Dogs”T byT KarenT Pryor,T “TheT PowerT ofT PositiveT DogT Training”T byT PatT Miller,T “25T StupidT MistakesT DogT OwnersT Make”T byT JanineT Adams,T andT “TheT MentallyT SoundT Dog:T HowT toT Shape,T TrainT andT ChangeT CanineT Behavior”T byT GailT I.T Clark.




LearnT aboutT theT uniqueT attributesT ofT theT GermanT ShepherdT breed.T KnowT whatT willT beT requiredT ofT youT beforeT adoptingT aT GermanT Shepherd.T WhileT thereT areT manyT similaritiesT inT howT toT careT forT dogsT inT general,T GermanT ShepherdsT areT workingT dogs,T whichT meansT theyT needT aT lotT ofT exerciseT andT mentalT stimulation.T UnderstandT thatT havingT aT GermanT ShepherdT willT requireT aT lotT ofT yourT timeT andT patience.


TalkT toT GermanT ShepherdT ownersT andT trainers.T GoT toT dogT showsT andT watchT howT ownersT andT trainersT interactT withT theirT dogs,T asT wellT asT payingT attentionT toT howT GermanT ShepherdsT respondT toT stimuliT andT commands.


  • Visit  dog  trainersT andT askT ifT youT canT watchT aT fewT classes.T YouT willT learnT aT lotT watchingT otherT peopleT whenT youT don’tT haveT aT dogT ofT yourT own.


SeeT ifT youT likeT theT wayT theT trainerT worksT withT theT peopleT andT theT dogs.T YouT andT yourT dogT willT learnT betterT ifT youT haveT aT goodT learningT relationshipT withT yourT trainer.T TheT AssociationT ofT Professional  Dog  Trainers websiteT isT anT excellentT referenceT andT placeT toT startT lookingT forT aT dogT trainerT toT coachT youT andT yourT pup.



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