Written by Velisa S Mefford in Dogs
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The German Shepard breed is a very active dog and needs plenty of room to run and play on a daily basis, therefore is unsuitable for apartment living. This particular breed is a large breed of dog and if you have decided you would like to add one of these highly intelligent dogs to your family, then make sure you have a large fenced yard for him or her to get the exercise he or she will need. To help make sure that your German Shepard becomes a happy and well-adjusted member of your household, you must train your German Shepard because they are, by nature, dominant dogs. If you do not learn to control your German Shepard then he or she will control you and become unmanageable, and possibly, even a danger to you, your friends and others of your family.
The biggest “secret” to training your German Shepard is consistency. From the moment you get your new German Shepard puppy you must start his or her training. You have to maintain consistency in your dog’s training or else you will end up with an unruly, aggressive, and unmanageable dog who could hurt someone. If you do not have the time, self-discipline, or desire to train your German Shepard then do not get one of these dogs. Instead opt for another smaller breed of dog.
Dog training is not really a difficult feat. It merely requires the owner to be firm and consistent in his or her daily actions. The owner should treat the dog as they would their kids. Give your dog praise when he or she does something you want, and be firm when correcting your puppy when he or she does something you do not want. Doing these actions on a consistent daily basis will train your German Shepherd to be obedient and a good member of the family.
Training your German Shepard also develops the special bond you want to have with your dog. Dogs by their very nature require a “pack leader,” and will be much more comfortable when their owners make it clear that they are the leader of the pack. Otherwise, if the owner does not establish this ‘pack rank’ issue early on, then the dog will try to assume that role. This is particularly true if the dog is male, and especially if he is an un-neutered male.
Always remember that your German Shepherd needs an “Alpha dog” to give him or her the firm and consistent leadership required to keep your dog and your family happy and running smoothly. Dogs of any breed are at their happiest when this occurs. However, because German Shepherds are wired to have that dominant personality, you will want to be aware of times when he, or she, may try to test his or her boundaries. This is common during training.
Your dog may decide to misbehave or ignore commands that he or she has already learned just to test your resolve. This is normal and the best way to deal with these moments is to stiffen your resolve and remain consistent with the training to maintain your dominance. If you have children, get them involved in the dog’s training to make sure your dog understands that he or she is the “omega dog” and must also obey your children.
By obeying these few simple rules for training your German Shepard then you can help ensure that your dog can remain a happy and loving part of your family for years to come.