German Shepherd training involves teaching the canine to display a certain code of conduct in relation to environment, circumstances, and established responsibility. The animal is known to make a good watch dog, and adapts easily to indoor or outdoor kennel arrangements. He responds easily to command. These dogs take to herding, tracking, retrieving, hunting, and guarding easily. They are agile and alert by nature.
German shepherds are taught basic 'dog obedience training' through commands, tricks, leading and rescuing techniques, and hunting. The canine is known to respond to instinctive behavior at appropriate times. Though the specific behavior pattern of the breed may differ from that of other canines, the underlying principles are not very different. The trainer has to take on the 'alpha' role, prior and while training the pet. Training should be started at a young age, since their natural instincts favor cooperation early. The instincts and the training get refined through the formative years of selective behavior. The German shepherd is popular as a domestic dog, not only because of its correct interpretation of training techniques, but also due to the canine's natural ability to respond to signals promptly.
Develop a Common Language
The German shepherd is naturally endowed for advanced training and service for intended purpose. It is very important to ensure that the pet dog understands commands. Like other canines, they too, do not figure out the 'obedience' on their own. They have to be trained, and like other modes of animal communication, this training too, calls for the development of signs and commands that the dog can understand. The underlying principle of communication should be simple - reward good behavior, and ignore or correct the undesired.
Get the Basics Right
The trainer should endeavor to get the basic pet obedience training commands right before getting over-ambitious. The common commands of 'sit', 'down', 'stay', 'come', and 'loose-leash' should be practiced first. The animal should be able to execute the basic commands 'by ear'. The first two weeks of a puppy's life, or the neonate period is excellent for training. The pups learn from simple associations. They show amazing capacity to sense and learn. The pups soon enter the socialization period, when play, investigation, mock fighting, and body contact helps to develop strong social relationships.
Reward Desired Behavior
The breed loves to be rewarded. The pups respond well to rewards in the form of praise and petting, pet food treats like, bones and biscuits, and play. In fact, failure to reward the canine only makes training more difficult. Rewards also help the animal to differentiate between safe and dangerous situations.
Correct Undesired Behavior
Correction should never involve physical force or violence. This kind of behavior by the 'alpha' only results in a loss of enthusiasm, stress, and show of aggression. This dog breed responds well to a light jerk on the collar. The best alternative to physical correction is to deprive the canine of a preferred location or an activity.
Coordinate Hand-sound Commands
The puppies begin learning commands and tricks early. It is preferable to consider the pup's stamina, and then build on concentration and desired physical coordination. The hand-sound coordination should be simple and such that, the animal is able to relate to one without the other at times. The command 'sit' with a wave of the hand should be thorough, and in the absence of the dog trainer, the canine should be able to sit on verbal command.
The secret of dog training lies in timely application of reinforcing techniques. It is very important for the canine and the trainer to be very comfortable with one another. They should be socialized regularly. Remember that training the animal will take time. It should be a natural process that is interspersed with vaccinations, socialization, and domestic and outdoor fiasco.