German Shepherd Dogs a great family pets, but they have some characteristics and natural instincts that are hard-wired into their brains. If you are trying to train your GSD, you need to know a bit about the breed and what makes them tick. There are also a few important things to keep in mind when training your GSD. Check out these tips.
German Shepherd Dog Training
Characteristics of a German Shepherd
German Shepherds are herding dogs and their natural instinct is to patrol, corral, and herd. They also have very strong protective instincts, which is one reason why German Shepherds are considered great family dogs. Typically, German Shepherds are slow to warm up to people and may bark or seem to be aggressive when a stranger approaches. This is part of that protective instinct they have.
Before you start working on German Shepherd dog training, spend some time doing research to learn more about the natural instincts and characteristics of your dog. Knowing more about their quirks can help you address them when you begin training.
One of the most important things you can do when you begin training any dog breed, is to be consistent. For a German Shepherd Dog, though, this is especially important. Consistency provides guidelines and expectations — things that a German Shepherd will respond to.
Establish Alpha Leadership
In order to properly train and discipline your German Shepherd, you will need to establish dominance — or Alpha leadership. This means that you need to make it clear to your German Shepherd that you are in charge and are the Alpha in his pack. Dogs are pack animals and as such, they respond to the hierarchy found in a pack.
In your situation, you and your family members are all part of the pack. The key to proper training and a well-behaved German Shepherd is establishing that the pack hierarchy places the dog at the bottom of the pack. You need to establish yourself and your family members as Alpha leaders over the dog. This relationship arrangement is natural for your dog and will be respected by him once established.
You can research methods of establishing your place of dominance and choose the one that works best for you and your family.
Hiring a Trainer
If you feel as though you are not experienced enough or able to provide the training your German Shepherd needs, search for a local trainer who can take on the task. The trainer will work with your dog then help you learn how to apply the principles they have taught your German Shepherd.
A trained and well-behaved German Shepherd can be one of the best dogs for your family. German Shepherds are intelligent, loving, and loyal. Their protective instincts make them a good choice if you want a pet as well as a guard dog. Proper training is an important part of ownership and is a must for you and your dog.