The German Shepherd is a highly energetic dog breed, and is popular for its dedication to work and its master. Max Von Stephanitz, a dog breeder, first developed this breed in the 19th century. He is known as the father of the German Shepherd breed. The German Shepherd was the first breed to be ever used as a guide dog for a blind person.
A specialty of this breed is its coat. It has a double coat; the undercoat is dense and soft, while the outer coat is rough, thick, and straight. This breed four to six shades of coat; a combination of black and tan, solid black, sable, a combination of black and cream, and black and silver. German Shepherds are divided into three varieties on the basis of their coats; long rough coat, rough coat, and long hair.
Training German Shepherd Puppies
The puppies are a bundle of joy and energy. They are very curious and would like to poke their nose in anything and everything that catches their interest. A pup is good-looking, agile, and has an ample amount of stamina. You need to be highly alert and energetic if you have to train one.
Training should start when they are 8 weeks old. Till then, you have to care for the pup the same way as you care for a human baby. You can train it yourself or you could get a professional trainer.
One thing that you need to keep in mind is its age. Remember, a dog becomes an adult only when it turns a year old. You need to set a routine for your German Shepherd pup. When you set a routine, you are reassuring the pup that he is safe and sound with you. He also knows what to expect next. A routine set for the pup reassures him that his life with you is predictable and his world is same as it was yesterday.
The daily routine of the pup includes his food and toilet timings, location of his food, water, and bed. You should also time his sleep. The pup should be trained to keep his toys back in place after playing with them. Training these puppies is like training a human infant to tackle things.
The pup has to be groomed once a week and bathed once in two weeks. Take him to the vet for regular check-ups and vaccinations. Give your pup five to six small meals in a day. As they grow older, you can reduce the number of meals to three. Buy them rubber toys when they start teething. Remember to keep your shoes, socks, comb, and so on, out-of-reach during the teething period.
You should teach the German Shepherd a few English words, such as 'No', 'Stop that', 'Good', 'Sit', 'Stand', 'Easy', 'Breakfast', 'Supper', 'Biscuit', and so on. Initially, the pup may not recognize the words, but gradually, he will understand what you are trying to convey by the tone of your voice. When the pup is naughty, it is advisable to reprimand it using a stern voice. Train him to play games such as hide and seek. Hide the toys and ask the pup to 'find them' or 'bring them'.
Remember, German Shepherds are natural guard dogs. They are hired by many investigative agencies and also by the police force. If proper training is imparted, they would not only protect you, but also be a companion for lifetime.