|Now that you have purchased your
new German shepherd dog/puppy, there are some
crucial steps you must follow. One of the most
important aspect in owning a "dog" is the training
and social-behavior of your new family member.
The procedure of dog training is not difficult if
you enjoy it. The fundamental is in the "dedication"
to you and your dog. You must be committed and
enjoy the process. If this is not your piece of
cake, you should take your German shepherd dog/puppy
to an "experts" dog trainer. (NOT all dog trainers
have "expert" skills)
A well bred German shepherd is willing to please,
a quick learner and takes pride in his
accomplishments. You will be very surprised how
quickly he learns and how-proud you will be. Three
are plenty of books, videotapes, seminars and
training classes available. How-ever, most people
end up with a dog who's some-what trained. If this
is good enough for you, please consider a different
If you choose to train your German shepherd dog
yourself, use a method that has a starting point
(basic) and different levels of training (advance).
This process will give you and your dog an
opportunity to strengthen the bond between you. This
will also provide both of you a better chance in
success and lot's of fun. Please, do not compete
with your dog training as "you vs. your dog".
Training is about teaching your dog the things he
needs to learn, with correct manners and to present
himself in proper conduct in society. You need to
approach this task patiently, with love and respect
for your dog.
Training, learning and practice need to become
part of your dog's daily life, which means your dog
needs to be part of your life. So bring him in! Let
him sleep in your bedroom and practice his "sits" in
the kitchen. The more opportunities for interaction
and practice you have, the faster your dog will
learn and the more reliably he will respond.
You need to be positive in your training.
Positive support is vital to your dog's learning
progress. If all you ever do is tell your dog "no"
your relationship with your dog is going to be poor.
Praise him as often as possible, get excited when he
delivers results for you and your dog. Reward the
small stuff and bigger things will surely follow.
Make it fun for you and your dog.
If you need help in
your training do not be shy about getting some
professional assistance. Dog training succeeds by
degrees, creativity and patience. Increase the
length of time and the number of situations in which
your dog will execute a command, and you look for
new ways to use what he knows so you can continue to
develop and strengthen the bond between you and your