Start early with the German Shepherd puppy training. Keep in mind that after over a year the dog is grown up already.
Many people think that puppies are too young to train them and prefer to wait until they are older. This is a mistake. Puppies are curious, very receptive and eager to learn new things right from the beginning and it is advisable to start early to educate it.
The puppy will submit to you and obey you if it accepts you as the top dog. This will not happen if you give wrong signals and show inappropriate behaviour.
In earlier times the top dog (top wolf) had to maintain his superior position within the pack of wolves. You should do likewise.
A German shepherd dog needs love and acceptance like other dogs. The question is: Are you suitable to raise a German shepherd dog?
If you suffer from strong physical deficiencies or from serious mental disorders then you are not the right person to raise a German shepherd dog.
You need time to work with the dog as the German shepherd is not the right dog to keep it outside on a chain or inside the house all the time, like a house-dog.
You need love and patience. Choleric or nervous hysterical people or people who tend to be cruel, are not suitable to raise a German shepherd dog.
In earlier times man has used aggressive methods to train his dog, but nowadays the training is based on a greater understanding of the dogs psyche, which originates from the wolves.
Your logic is not the logic of the dog. He learns easily and will memorize every situation either as painful or as joyful and will recall and react later upon these experiences.
If he has executed one of your orders then you have to praise him, pet him and give him a snack.
If the same situation occurs again he will willingly obey your orders as he knows he will be rewarded.
If he does not obey your order you say “pfuiii” or hit him softly with a newspaper or something….
The point is that you need patience to repeat this all the time until you have created a basis of trust between you and the dog.
Start early to educate your puppy as it is receptive and eager to learn.
Show the puppy what kind of behavior is desired and what is not desired. You should not be very strict in giving commands and should not insist upon correct behaviour. But you try to educate in a playable way instead and reward the puppy when behavior is correct and say something like “Noo” in a deep voice, or press the puppy on the floor when a behavior is not desired.
The point is, enforce good behavior with praise and stop bad behavior with a clear signal.
The first thing that you need to achieve is that the puppy stays clean in the house. This requires patience because it makes no sense to punish a puppy as it is too young.
As soon as the puppy wakes up, you carry him outside of the house into the garden where he will do his
toilet. At the same time you praise him many times.
If the puppy stops playing and he starts searching and you think he might want to pee again then carry it outside immediately. All this takes time and patience.
No long Distance running
Puppies should not run long distances outside as their bone structure is not fully developed yet. Too much moving around can cause joint problems.
If your puppy shows aggressive behavior or gets into conflicts with other dogs you have to play the role of the “dog-mother” and protect and help the puppy to get out of dangerous situations. Just interfere and “block” the conflict before it escalates.
Imagine, you come home from work and the puppy has caused some damage. He has chewed on your shoes or clothes. In this case it makes no sense to punish the puppy or say anything because too much time has passed between what he has done and what you would say to him now. The puppy cannot relate what he has done a few hours ago with your anger in this moment.
Get this: A dog has to be praised or scolded immediately after his actions. If you wait a few seconds too long it is already too late and the dog cannot relate your praise to the situation anymore and does not know what you mean when you do it a minute later.
Without correct timing education is worthless.
After 3-4 months you start using a dog collar and a dog leash. First the dog will not get up to walk with you but if you talk to him soon he will walk along with you. Make sure that the dog will run at your left side.
Never use a pinch collar, this causes pain for your dog and achieves nothing as it gives the wrong signals. The pinch collar is used for dogs that are pulling strongly at the leash and in this moment the collar causes pain in the neck of the dog.
But the dog tries to understand the pain, feels fear and stress and will try to escape this situation and starts pulling which causes even more pain.
Don’t beat your Dog with the right Hand
Never ever beat the dog with your right hand! The right hand is for caressing and praising the dog only.
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