Things To Know About A German Shepherd Dog

A sound temperament is​ a​ must in​ a​ German Shepherd Dog (GSD). By sound,​ I mean a​ disposition where one minute you​ can let a​ protection trained GSD play alone with your 5-year old child,​ pull on​ its ears,​ pet its head,​ tug on​ its tail and NEVER-EVER be in​ harms way; while the​ next minute,​ it​ should turn into the​ "terminator" and crush its enemies as​ soon as​ it​ senses an​ intruder.

There are three conventional methods of​ dog training that you​ can choose from in​ order to​ train you​ German Shepherd Dog (GSD). They are training with treats,​ training with treats and clickers,​ and training with praise. All three methods of​ training will work; however,​ there is​ one that stands out from the​ rest. That is,​ oral praise. Why? Because you​ want your dog to​ listen to​ your commands even when you​ don't have any toys,​ clickers,​ and/or food. Imagine you​ dog wanting to​ jump at​ your every command simply because it​ wants your praise and love and not because you​ are going to​ bribe it​ with treats. Once your dog gets used to​ getting treats for performance,​ it​ will cease to​ perform when you​ don't have any more treats left. So,​ treat your GSD with kindness,​ and train it​ with praise!

Training a​ GSD which has not been genetically selected for working ability is​ that much more difficult than one that has already been selected for that trait. in​ my opinion,​ the​ age-old debate about beauty vs. functionality of​ the​ pure-bread GSD dog was settled by the​ founder of​ the​ German Shepherd Dog breed,​ Captain Max Von Stephanitz,​ when he said in​ his book,​"...Utility is​ the​ true criterion of​ beauty..." (The German Shepherd Dog in​ Word and Picture,​ pg. 163). Many American GSDs today have been selected for beauty rather than functionality in​ order to​ win dog shows. in​ many of​ these dog shows,​ obedience and showmanship are separate events and a​ dogs' working ability is​ never considered in​ events where the​ dogs are required to​ meet breed standards. Hence,​ you​ have the​ decline of​ the​ traits for which the​ breeds were originated for in​ the​ first place. So when you​ set out to​ buy your dream GSD,​ look for temperament,​ health,​ and working ability first,​ and beauty last.

The importance of​ beauty,​ however,​ should not be ignored when it​ comes to​ posing your dog for a​ memorable photograph. Unlike other breeds,​ GSD's are shown differently in​ the​ breed ring. the​ proper method for posing your GSD for the​ breed judges is​ called a​ "stack". "Stacking" is​ the​ method whereby one allows the​ forequarters of​ a​ dog to​ be shown parallel to​ one another when looking through the​ viewfinder of​ a​ camera and when one allows the​ hindquarters of​ the​ GSD to​ be arranged so that the​ limb facing the​ camera is​ placed backward while the​ limb facing away from the​ camera is​ placed forward. Most professional handlers who pose their GSD's for photographers walk them into a​ "stack" instead of​ artificially manipulating them into it. if​ you​ plan to​ stack your GSD for a​ professional snapshot,​ remember to​ compose the​ image in​ such a​ way as​ to​ depict it​ from the​ tip of​ its nose to​ the​ tip of​ its hindquarters; NO MORE,​ NO LESS (please visit my web site to​ view photographs of​ how a​ GSD is​ stacked for the​ camera).

These topics cover just the​ tip of​ the​ iceberg when it​ comes to​ knowing the​ German Shepherd Dog breed. you​ can learn more about the​ GSD by visiting my web site or​ by getting involved in​ breed organizations like the​ German Shepherd Dog Club of​ America (GSDCA). With a​ little more reading,​ you​ can become familiar with this wonderful breed and all that it​ has to​ offer. And then perhaps you​ can decide whether this is​ the​ right breed for you​ or​ not.

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