German shepherd dogs are one of the most popular dog breeds for all good reasons. They are intelligent, powerful, loyal and serve as a perfect guard dog. The breed owns a grandeur reputation of one of the smartest working dogs too. Which makes most of the German shepherd owners to suffer the dilemma that training a german shepherd could be very difficult or even they get confused about how to even start the training?
The German shepherd dogs are easily trainable but it becomes effortless if you start training them when they are a puppy. It is easy to mold them the way a pet owner wants ie; well-defined personality. Whereas this really doesn’t mean that if you happen to get an older dog, or you have still not started training your German shepherd till date, you are late or they can’t be trained.
Here clubbing some easy training tips –
Early socialization –
It is advised to start socializing a German shepherd puppy in early ages. The reason behind is, if the same is not done they get overprotective towards their family owners. It will be helpful for the puppy to happily interact with strangers and other animals which are quite essential.
Gentle handling –
In their early puppyhood, they are a small ball of cotton but they are going to end up being big dogs. So, when they are young get them to prepare for regular nail and hair trimming ear cleaning and other grooming procedures.
Basic commands –
Giving verbal commands to your pup might not give immediate results and may take time for your puppy to understand the basic commands like sit, stay, come, go etc; Patience is the key to success. For these little four legged being calm and patient will lead you towards the right track and will be less confusing for the puppy.
German shepherds are easily trainable all because they love to learn. They are not lazy lads. To keep them motivated treats will be a good form of appreciation. Must remember, no extra treats as it will give birth to unnecessary health problems.
Food aggression –
Sometimes some puppies stiffen or act aggressively when they are disturbed while eating. Such kinds of responses should be dealt with petting.
- Feed slowly to the pup by adding food to the bowl while they are eating.
- Overfeeding must be strictly avoided.
- Once the pup becomes comfortable, start hand-feeding.
This is the perfect time to train your pup. Use it as an advantage. During feeding time you can gradually teach the pup some commands like look at the food, sit, calm down, stop etc. Feeding time if properly used will help you to mold the puppy behavior
Be patient –
Yelling is not an option. One should always remember that puppies are like kids, they are not born trained. They are like babies whom everything is taught slowly and simultaneously. If your pup seems to be distracted or not in a mood for the training then stop there itself. Start another day with a bright smile and energy.
Training a pup is not that easy, it takes time. It is advised to train the puppy but it should be only one of the family members who should take the training responsibility. If every day the person who is training the puppy changes or a new family member joins then the puppy will get confused and will end up with stress or will not be obedient. Once the puppy has adapted the basic commands then others can also participate in the training.