Training Your German Shepherd Dog

Training Your German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog truly is​ a​ wonderful animal and not only do they make good working dogs,​ they also make superb family pets. They are however very different from other pet breeds and need to​ be handled and trained with a​ different approach to​ say your average labrador or​ poodle for instance.

The GSD is​ a​ large,​ strong athletic dog,​ which needs a​ lot of​ mental stimulation and exercise but a​ well trained shepherd can learn to​ do almost anything. These dogs positively thrive on​ challenging activities and they are so willing to​ serve their master and please. as​ a​ working dog used by most police forces,​ the​ very look of​ a​ GSD is​ usually enough to​ act as​ a​ deterrent but when called into action there are few dogs that can match the​ German Shepherd as​ an​ all rounder.

If you​ are considering becoming an​ owner of​ a​ GSD then you​ need to​ consider the​ commitment to​ training in​ order that you​ have happy,​ well behaved German Shepherd dog that you​ can take out safely in​ public.

If you​ haven't previously owned one of​ these dogs then please do not take on​ a​ youngster lightly. Being involved in​ GSD rescue I have lost count of​ the​ number of​ young dogs I have had to​ re-home because owners bought them without doing a​ bit of​ research first.

As youngsters they can be very boisterous and can easily knock over children or​ elderly relatives,​ especially if​ you​ do not discourage the​ dog from jumping up when excited. a​ bored GSD can be very destructive and if​ left alone will trash your house and contents with ease using their big teeth and claws. Unfortunately these dogs don't really mature until they are about 3 years old so you​ are in​ for the​ long haul to​ get through the​ puppy and adolescent stage

The German Shepherd needs to​ be well socialised from an​ early age and needs plenty of​ exposure to​ people and other dogs so that they do not develop aggressive tendencies as​ they mature.

Joining a​ dog training class from an​ early age is​ a​ good idea and most clubs will accept dogs into the​ puppy classes from about 4 months onwards. This should be good fun for your puppy and allows him to​ play and to​ socialise but it​ also serves the​ purpose of​ teaching him or​ her what is​ acceptable and what is​ not. This will prove invaluable grounding for your German Shepherd training.

When choosing a​ dog training class do check out a​ few first as​ not all classes make German Shepherds welcome and if​ any club asks that you​ muzzle your dog,​ please give it​ a​ miss and move on​ and find another club. No reputable dog training class would require a​ dog to​ be muzzled. if​ your dog is​ aggressive towards other dogs there are better ways of​ controlling the​ dog safely such as​ by using a​ Canny Collar which is​ a​ simple effective head collar similar to​ those used on​ horses.

The earlier you​ start training and socialisation the​ better as​ GSD's often develop a​ tendency to​ be aggressive towards other dogs and also towards strangers and they can become very protective towards their owners and property.

Another important part of​ training your german shepherd is​ to​ get him used to​ being groomed because they shed copious amounts of​ hair and although they only moult once a​ year,​ it​ lasts for 365 days. So be prepared for dog hair all over your house,​ your clothes,​ in​ your food and buy yourself a​ very good vacuum cleaner.

Training your German Shepherd should be very much part of​ everyday life and is​ should be fun so stick with it​ because it​ really will be worth it​ in​ the​ end.

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