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German Shepherd Training - The Most Essential Techniques

Updated on November 27, 2010

When you get a German Shepherd as your dog, you made a very good and popular choice. Due to its intelligence, strength and abilities in obedience training, the German Shepherd Dog, who has its roots (unsurprisingly) from Germany, is one of the most registered breeds. Because of its appearance, especially its size which goes from 55 and 65 centimetres at the withers and their height of ~ 63 centimetres, a lot of people think they need a "firm hand" but recent research showed that they respond just as good to reward based training methods. With this little guide I will try to give you some information about German Shepherd Dogs and tips about training them in a satisfying way so that you will have a well-trained, behaving dog.

Spending Enough Time

One of the most common mistakes with dogs, especially German Shepherds, is that owners of them do not train them often enough and consistent. Training them regularly is very important because they have short memory spans in their early years and so they will not learn anything if the intervals between spending time with them are too long. If your dog is important to you (which he should be because you bought him and at that time you should have thought about your responsibility towards him), you should have enough time for him and he should be a kind of companion to you. If the dog is showing some inconsistency dont be discouraged because that is in their nature. Just show some patience and it will work out really fine. The worst thing you can do is to hit your German Shepherd (or any other kind of animal). With this kind of action you will not change anything and a firm verbal command will have much more effect and better results on him as German Shepherds are very sensible to sounds.

Having the Right Kind of Relationship


It may sound weird but it is crucial for a harmonous relationship to your dog that you establish your superiority over him. This has a lot to do with the nature of the German Shepherd who lived in the past in hunting packs and he has still these instincts to only listen to the "Alpha Dog". Of course, you need to be the Alpha Dog for him, otherwise he will not listen to any of your commands. Like with most of dogs you have to train your German Shepherd to want to please you. By giving him rewards whenever he did something that warrants praise you reach this goal. Just be nice to him, talk to him in an encouraging voice and he will listen to you more consistently. Another important aspect of training German Shepherds is that you introduce them early enough to other dogs. If you do not do that, he can become overly protective in the presence of people and other dogs.

In conclusion, it can be said that German Shepherd Dogs need a very regular training and a firm, not aggressive and caring owner. I hope I could help you with this little introduction to German Shepherd training and if you have any questions around it, do not hesitate to contact me.


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      Paige 3 years ago

      we just rescued a 9 month old German shepherd. He's starting to listen to me and he's not been here one night. He was never introduced to other dogs, I've never had this problem before. What do I do?

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      cindy wesch 3 years ago

      Just adopted a German Shepherd. She is an awesome dog. However; we have chickens...was looking for some "tips" to the proper training for her. she doesn't appear to want to "attack" the chickens but she is curious and I want to introduce her to them properly.....she is extremely thin so I have her on a "lunge line" I use from the horses to give her space but have control.. so she doesn't over exercise...I need her to relax and enjoy us as much as we enjoy her...but she does need to gain some weight before we start any exercise...p.s. she does have kennel cough only short walks for her for a while...

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      daydreamer13 7 years ago

      So true. You gave some great advice and information here. Well done!

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      Pleasure Venues 7 years ago from South West US

      Last year I attended a few classes at the local police academy. There was a segment concerning police dogs. Of course they had the real "German Shepherd dog" which was flown all the way from Germany. I guess they paid thousands for it and for good reason. That particular dog can be formidable in the right hands with the right training. They didn't teach us "dog training" but more of the use for the K-9 Units. If you're a criminal and are being tracked down by this dog, you would have a new and different appreciation for this breed. Their implementation during in a crime greatly counterbalances in favor of the police. They seem to be great companions that look right into your eyes to read your facial expressions as though they're deciphering hieroglyphic meaning, with precision. great hub