Training German Shepherds
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Before you consider training German Shepherds, it is important that you understand
the breed. Doing the necessary research into your dog breed will provide you with vital information on the
techniques that should be used to train your dog.
Cultivated in the nineteenth century, the German Shepherd dog breed is versatile
and adapts well to a variety of situations. They enjoy strenuous activity, preferably combined with obedience
German Shepherds are hard working dogs and faithful companions to their masters.
It is due to this dedication that they were selected to be the first breed trained as guide dogs for the blind. Due
to its adaptability, the German Shepherd is one of the world's most popular breeds.
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German Shepherds are highly intelligent and majestic looking dogs, known for their
fortitude, stamina, and high energy. Because they are such hard workers, training German Shepherds should include
giving them a job and making them feel they are accomplishing something. Also, they are extremely social animals
that need to interact with and be loved by both their human and doggy friends. Your German Shepherd will likely be
happiest when he has plenty of company and has a task to do.
German Shepherd dogs are best suited to a physically active and energetic master.
Their strong rescue and herding instincts require an owner who is capable of handling an exuberant dog. The
key to training German Shepherds is that they need a job and like to feel useful.
Training German Shepherds should include socialization with other animals and
people at a young age, especially if your dog is adopted as a puppy. Socialization of this breed is absolutely essential
- a lack of socialization is the main reason for dogs becoming aggressive. As German Shepherds are
instinctively wary of strangers, your dog will require plenty of social interaction in order to become used to
other people and dogs. Without early socialization, training your German Shepherd will be more difficult and this
breed is likely to be aggressive. They are inclined to be reserved and their friendship must be won – once won,
their loyalty is unquestioned.
Your German Shepherd will not respond well to cruel and callous training
methods. Your approach must be firm, consistent and fair with positive behavior always being rewarded.
Remember that they are happiest when they have a job. Training German Shepherds correctly will ensure that
they settle well into family life.
If you do decide to adopt a German Shepherd dog, it is essential that you have a
spacious backyard for him to run around in. Apartment dwellers must be willing to exercise their German Shepherd
often. Without a daily walk they can become restless, destructive, and aggressive. Either way, you should
purchase some toys and a leash. Take him to a park so he can exercise and play.
Training German Shepherds requires plenty of attention and space for them to run
and romp. It's a good idea to involve the entire family in the obedience training sessions. Your dog will love the
interaction with you and your family and he will thrive with this type of care.
For more information on the importance of consistency in training dogs, see
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