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How to train German Shepherd

How to train German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is a breed of working dog that originated in Germany. The breed’s officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language.  As part of the Herding Group, German Shepherds are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time however, because of their strength, intelligence, train ability, and obedience, German Shepherds around the world are often the preferred breed for many types of work, including disability assistance, search-and-rescue, police and military roles, and even acting. The German Shepherd is the second-most registered breed by the American Kennel Club and seventh-most registered breed by The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom. The breed was once known as the Alsatian in Britain and Ireland. The German Shepherd is a new bread originated in 1899.

When to start training German Shepherd puppy:

Start training German Shepherd puppy at the age of 8th week. Begin with handling puppy’s paws ears and tails gently. Start training with basic commands. Command puppy to sit stand and heel. Be patient with puppy because puppy will not follow your commands immediately. The next tips will show you how to do practice that step by step. Detailed video is available on YouTube. It could be found easy, thaks to the views from The Marketing Heaven.

How to train German Shepherd:

  • start with handling your puppy’s ears, tails and paws gently.

It is very necessary because when your puppy will be adult one you will have to cut his nail, temperature taking, ear cleaning and other procedure. So, you have to build a trust relation with your puppy to do these things.

  • Begin training your puppy with basic commands

You will need to train them to sit, stand, heel and stay. Puppy will not follow your commands immediately so have patience. They don’t do exactly as you ask them to do.

  • use food treats and praise to reinforce your commands

German Shepherd love to learn and follow your commands when they are rewarded and highly motivated.

  • Prevent feed bowl aggression

Petting your puppy when they are eating until they stiffen, stop eating and growl. If the puppy stops eating and starts growling, you have to deal with aggressive response immediately.

  • Help puppy to associate good things with people near food bowl

Try to teach your puppy that people near food bowl are not threat to them. Do this by adding some food in the bowl while they are eating. This will help puppy to associate good things with people near food bowl.

  • Address food aggression

Feed your puppy by hand and remove the food bowl. This helps to train puppy that he has to earn each and every piece of food from you with following a command.

  • Use feeding time as a training time

Ask the puppy to follow basic commands to sit and look at you for food while you are feeding them. This helps puppy to believe that he will be rewarded for good behaviour.

  • Do not create fear in your puppy

Do not yell at your puppy. Your dog can sense aggression and frustration in your body language and tone of voice. Stop the training when you are losing your temper. Try another day when you are both fresh. If problem continues and you feel that you are in danger so stop training to prevent harm to yourself and to your other family members and involve a professional trainer.

  • Consider clicker training

The method in which dog consider the sound of clicker as positive marker for behavior. Start clicking the clicker while you are feeding a high value meal. After dog associates clicker sound with something very good, you can shape your training performance with the help of clicker.

  • Spend no more than 20 minutes per training session without a break

Spend 5 to 10 minutes on puppy for training session because they easily get tired and their attention span is short and you may lose your temper while training over tired puppy. That’s why short span training sessions are more effective than the long one. Training has to be fun oriented for a good response and to help them to believe that people are fun and not about training all the time.

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