Owning a dog is pretty cool, but what’s awesome is teaching it tricks. German shepherds are really conscious breeds. They are smart, loyal, obedient and double as both pet and security personnel. Now, training any dog should begin the first day he/she enters your home. For German shepherds, it’s usually better to start their training when they’re little. As they mature they become harder to train, hence the popular saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’.
Now your German shepherd needs to get one thing clear, you are the alpha male and he is the beta. Hence all rules and commands must be obeyed as soon as they’re given. Not to worry, we’re not training them to go off to war or anything, but let’s get started. Here are 5 tips to use when training your German shepherd.
Use simple commands
Dogs are amazing, but they do not speak the language of humans, hence when trying to communicate with your German shepherd, use simple commands which works better with mono-syllabic words. A simple ‘Go’, ‘Come’, ‘Sit’, and ‘Stay’ while gesticulating what you mean will go a long way in keeping them alert and ready for commands.
Potty training can be really hard, but German shepherds make it much easier. Now the first time your German shepherd uses your kitchen or living room floors as a toilet instead of his litter or going outside, correct and punish accordingly. You can say things like ‘No’ or ‘Bad’ while giving stern facial expressions or smacking him, will immediately let him know that was a wrong thing to do, and never to try it subsequently.
Praise or give treats
Every dog deserves treats and when your German shepherd finally gets to use his litter box, reward him with his favorite dog biscuits while petting him. This will let him know the difference between a bad act and a good act, based on your reaction.
Don’t snuggle with your dog on the couch one day and correct him for being on it the next day. Dogs need to know that your yes is yes and your no is no. This helps a lot in the long run. Be consistent and precise with your rules and commands, that way he steers clear from the activities that would warrant a spank.
Rome was not built in a day and neither will the perfection of your dog. You’ll need to take it step by step while trying to understand your German shepherd and also giving him time to get accustomed to you, your schedules and treats.
Lastly, you’ll need to get the basic equipment to pull off training your German shepherd, this includes housebreak essentials, a leash, a tag and others. If you do this right, your dog may just be winning the next medal for dog contests.