"Take this trouble for me: Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim."
- Captain Max von Stephanitz, (1864-1936)
Here you can find helpful information and tips for training your german shepherd.
The German Shepherd Dog does require training to bring out the best in them. If properly handled while being trained the GSD learns quickly and retain what they learn. They live to please and serve.
This breed is a born herding and guard dog. For this reason, if allowed to follow their instincts, without ground rules set at an early age, could get them in trouble.
Building trust will be the best beginning in a relationship with a GSD.
**Picture your dog, Homer, chasing a cat across the road. Your heart is in your mouth because you are afraid the dog might get run over. When Homer finally returns, you are angry and soundly scold him for chasing the cat and giving you such a scare.
Here is how your dog looks at this situation. First, he chased the cat, which was lots of fun. Then he came back to you and was reprimanded, which was no fun at all.
What you wanted to teach was not to chase the cat. What you actually taught was that coming to you can be unpleasant.
One of the commands you will want your dog to learn is to come when called. To be successful, remember this principle: Whenever your dog comes to you, be nice. Reward this behavior.
No matter what your dog may have done, be pleasant and use a kind word, a pat on the head and a smile. Teach your dog to trust you by being a safe place for him. When your dog is with you, follows you or comes to you, make the dog feet wanted.
When you call a dog to you and then punish, you undermine trust in you. When your dog comes to you voluntarily and gets punished, the dog associates being punished with coming to you.
Lesson: Whether you are pleased or angry, your dog associates these feelings only with what was done last.**
** What All Good Dogs Should Know-Jack Volhard and Melissa Bartlett
Training puts you in charge.