So you just adopted or got your family a German Shepherd and you’ve decided that you would like your German Shepherd to be “well-trained.” What to do next? If you’re in a similar situation, read on because I’ll go over some factors one should take into account before even starting to train your dog. And yes, you read it right, this process needs to take place before, not during or after training your German Shepherd. For more information on how this falls into the overall scheme of German Shepherd training, check out The Ultimate Guide to German Shepherd Training.
Before we go over some basics, let’s go over the importance of dog training. Note that while this article applies to the different types of dog training, this section focuses on dog obedience training. First off, trained dogs are more social than untrained dogs. The next time you go out for a walk with your German Shepherd, observe the behavior of other dogs, and you can pretty accurately gauge how well a dog is trained. Trained dogs also bring a huge advantage especially when you have guests over at your place. A “well-trained” dog would be very welcoming to your guests whereas an untrained dog would probably bark at unfamiliar faces. Aside from that, and perhaps the number one reason most people train their dogs, is obedience. It can often be frustrating for dog owners when their dogs do not pay attention and listen to their commands. Can you imagine how troublesome it could be if you had to drag your German Shepherd back home from a walk in the park just because he doesn’t obey your command “come?”
Do you now feel excited about training your German Shepherd? Good! I can assure you that it will be a fun and satisfying journey for you and your family. If you noticed, throughout the article thus far, I have put quotation marks on “well-trained” because, well, it does not really have a concrete definition. A “well-trained” dog to an individual may be chaotic and naughty for another. Like many other things, this is subjective. Another thing to keep in mind is that the potential of dogs is huge! This is especially true for German Shepherds who not only can learn quickly, but WANT to learn. As such, German Shepherds are often trained in various different ways, including, agility training, service dog training, guard dog training and so on. Thus, it is vital that you determine what you would like to achieve by training your German Shepherd.
After you have determined how you would define a “well-trained” German Shepherd, the next step is to figure out if your goals are realistic for your dog’s capabilities. As an example, there is no point in trying to train your German Shepherd in flyball or in agility if your dog has joint problems. This will not only set you up for failure in terms of German Shepherd training, but can also cause him pain and/or injury.
Following these simple steps and rationalizing your thoughts will ensure that you and your German Shepherd meet the training expectations set. Finally, it is worthy to note that getting to the point where you consider your German Shepherd a “well-trained” dog can be a long process which not only requires tons of dedication, but also patience. As long as you and your family have realistic goals in training your German Shepherd, achieving the status of “well-trained” for your German Shepherd will not be so challenging after all.
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Paul Ng, the owner of German Shepherd Training Academy, is an animal lover, a German Shepherd enthusiast and has been a strong proponent of dog training. He has written for several blogs to educate dog owners and to emphasize the importance of dog training. Follow him and the GST Academy team on Twitter@GSTAcademy!
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