Do You Turn Your German Shepherd Into The Perfect Dog ?"
My name is David
Dee and I train Dogs, or more accurately I train people to train their
Owning a German Shepherd can be a wonderful
experience (after all, isn't it just the very best breed of dog in the
World!). However, it is a large and powerful dog so you must be in full
control at all times. This means both in your home, and when you are
out and about,such as in the park.
The best method of getting this control
is by using a dog's natural instincts. Using this method will make the
job of training your German Shepherd that much more simple. Also, your
dog will learn to be obedient much more quickly because it can understand
what you want it to do more easily.
The whole training process becomes less stressful for both you and your
German Shepherd and the results are excellent.
Much of this training can be carried out
at home, and fit in with your daily routine in fact you will not believe
how easy and convenient much of this training can be.
How does the method work
Dogs evolved from wolves and much of their basic instincts survive in
your own dog. To communicate what you want your dog to do it is necessary
to consider how your dog receives your instruction. When a dog fails
to respond and you find yourself getting agitated and shouting, your
raised level of agitation is what a wolf might pick up on when the pack
is faced with a threat. In other words you stimulate your dog's fight
or flight instincts - this is not what you want to do. Instead learn
to think like your dog does. Strangely, there is not as much exchange
of audio messaging as you might think. Dogs pick up on subtle signals
and emotions - have you ever noticed how a dog knows you are going to
take it for a walk even before you get out of your chair.
Become the "Pack Leader"
This is really not difficult - no, you will
not have to spend the night sleeping in the dog's kennel! There are
about 25 things that mark you as a pack leader in your dog's mind. Fortunately
you only need to learn about 4 or 5 of these to improve your control
of your dog. In fact there is no leadership contest. Your dog will be
happy to accept you as pack leader - it just wants the roles defined
and maintained so that it knows it's "status Quo".
- Being The Pack Leader
There are several important elements to establishing yourself as
the "pack leader" to your dog. One simple tip is to make
sure you always go through any doorways or gateways in front of
your dog. Never let it push past you to go through first. This gives
the dog the feeling of being in control and leading the way.
Communicating With Your German Shepherd
There is an old management tip that states when a subordinate has misunderstood
your instruction, first check how clear your original instructions were.
In 80% of cases you instructions were ambiguous. This is very important
when teaching your dog obedience. Your dog will quickly learn what you
are trying to teach it but you must convey your requirements very simply
and use the same commands each time. Our actual words mean nothing to
a dog although it will learn what response you require for a particular
- Giving Commands
Give your commands in simple words. Speak firmly but never shouting.
Accompany the command with a hand signal and consider a whistle
when you are in noisy or windy conditions. You can train your dog
to respond to a whistle quite easily. Think of sheep dog trials
were the whistle is used to convey complicated commands. You don't
need to be that advanced.
Basic Commands To Teach Your German
There are three essential disciplines
that you must teach your dog.
- Sit and Stay
- To walk to heel
This is because these exercises are important
for safety and control especially in an emergency situation. You can
easily start these exercises in the home or garden. For example, at
feeding times,get into the habit of making your dog sit and stay whilst
you put it's meal on the floor. Keeping it sitting for a short while
and then release it to eat it's food. Over a period of time increase
the length of the time you keep your dog sitting but remember if the
dog makes a break for the food, pick up the bowl and start again. A
German Shepherd will soon get the message.
Recall is about enthusiastically calling
your dog to you and making a big fuss of it when it comes. For a puppy
or during initial training use a "treat" as a reward. Here
is were a hand signal is useful. This because when you are training
in the house it is not needed but think of being in the park and your
dog is some distance away, the hand signal will re-enforce your verbal
command. Use hand signals even in the house to develop the link.
Teaching a dog to walk to heel and not
pull when on the lead can be a bit tedious but basically every time
the dog pulls just stand still. When your dog has settled down walk
forward again. At first you will spend more time standing still (hence
the tedious bit). However, quite soon your dog will get the message
that it is not going anywhere if it pulls.
Obviously there is a lot more to this training
than what I have written above but it is the foundation of the discipline
- When Training Your German Shepherd
Remember to always give a "release command" to release
your dog from whatever you have asked it to do. (E.g."sit")
your German Shepherd needs to know the exercise is over and it is
free to go. It's a bit like remembering to hit the "enter"
key on your keyboard to complete certain computer actions.
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