Owning a German Shepherd is a rewarding experience. This dog breed is famous for its intelligence, protective nature and ability to learn many different commands. If you have a German Shepherd, the earlier you start the training the better. Like a child, the intelligence is much easier to retain during the puppy phase.
To get the most out of your German Shepherd training you need to find a plan that will work for both you and your pup. First remember the temperament of the breed. These are extremely active dogs who need plenty of exercise.
With a highly intelligent and naturally dominant dog training needs to establish your dominance and control.Your new dog will have to learn the rules. In homes with children it is very important they are also involved in the training so the dog will also recognize their authority.
There are many different ways that you can get formal dog training which can actually be rather cost effective. Average people can train German Shepherds in their own homes. Learning basic techniques will really give you all the help you need. If you hire a professional dog trainer remember that the amount of human interaction with the your dog during training is very important.
For those of you training at home you need to be consistent. It is the regular training that will lead to successful training and proper behavior. There will be times when your pup is overly playful, or seems to be unresponsive. During these times you need to be strong. This will establish the natural hierarchy. You will be seen as the leader of the pack the one calling the shots.
Be firm with your puppy from the moment it first arrives home. Include your children in the training sessions. You need to maintain a same level of firmness during the puppy training. Working together as a family will establish the rules of the "pack" ensuring your pup quickly fits in and understands the rules. Training your pup doesn't have to be a rough and tough experience. You can be affectionate and loving.
Establish boundaries while creating a high level of comfort for your dog. Your training should that reinforces the necessary roles the dog should learn and maintain in your home. Disciplined training will allow you to have a loving pet who protects your home and family and respects the house rules. Any exceptions in your training techniques will undermine your work so training and rewarding so be a continual project.