Training German Shepherd at Home
German shepherds are the most recognizable breeds around. They move with a quick easy grace, are muscular yet trim, and commonly seen in colors of tan and black. If you are an active person then owning a German shepherd is the right choice. This breed is known to be quite protective of their family. Aggression and attacks are signs of poor breeding hence your pet should be thoroughly obedience trained preferably getting started at puppy stage.
German shepherds can be very stubborn at times and trying your hand at training a young German shepherd pet can be a complete nightmare. These breeds are very active thus before any training session allow your pet to play and run around to wear down his energy to a certain extent. When he begins to slow down, pet him, give him some treats and then being training. Show him that you are the boss for when given a chance, German shepherds can dominate their owners.
Stand in front of your pet when he is relaxed and call out his name to get his attention. Show him the food and when he begins to track it lead his nose up into the air until he achieves a sit position and then progress to a stand position. Say ‘sit’, and ‘stand’ respectively when the position is reached, give him the treat and praise him. In the similar fashion, with his nose following the treat in your hand, get your dog to ‘lie down’ with the command ‘down’ followed by the treat. When a treat is dangled in front of your pet’s nose he is not going anywhere and you will have his full attention.
To teach him the ‘stay’ command begin with maintaining a small distance between you and the dog to allow better communication and reduce the chances of your pet breaking the command. Give the command ‘stay’ with a hand sign and reward frequently for following your command. Gradually increase the time between rewards and always release him from the ‘stay’ position when the training is done.
To teach your dog to eliminate on command, take him out on a leash. Once you notice him circling and sniffing at a desired spot it is his way of communicating that he is ready to go. The moment he squats down to poop or pee use phrases like ‘finish business‘, or ‘get going’ and the like and stop talking the minute he starts. Praise your pet only when he finishes his ‘business’ and give him some treats. Continue doing this every time you take your pet out to eliminate and probably by the end of 2 weeks he would have learnt to go as soon as the command is uttered. Try and not use phrases that you would use in your everyday conversation as this can confuse your pet.
Do not encourage your pet to bark. If he is standing at the door barking to either let him out or let yourself in when returning from work say a stern ‘no’. Do not pet and reassure him that you are back and ‘now everything is going to be okay’. This will only encourage him to bark again in future. Pet him only when he quiets down and reward him with small treats.
Be very assertive, stern and sharp while giving commands. Do not physically abuse while training. A stern verbal reprimand is enough to stop your German shepherd pet from misbehaving. Focus on one command at a time and when he picks up a command fairly well only then work out on another. Dogs generally have a short memory span. Train your pet dog on a consistent day to day basis to instill some sense of discipline in him. Practice short sessions throughout the day, always reward the right behavior, and you will end up owning a wonderful pet.