German Shepherds are intelligent, almost universal dogs. They work as watchmen, bodyguards, investigators, rescuers, and guides for the blind. Their high level of intelligence makes them extremely capable of a variety of training.
You can train the German Shepherd from an early age. The period of socialization begins at 1.5 months and ends at 3. At this time, a behavioral model is laid in relation to a person and relatives. This period is extremely important and should not be missed.
A four-month-old puppy should already understand who is in charge of the “pack”.
A 6-month-old shepherd boy is entering adolescence, and it may take an effort to assert authority.
German Shepherds, thanks to their intelligence, quickly and easily learn commands, but you should not push too hard on the dog. Let everything happen gradually. Start with the simplest commands – and remember to reward your pet for every success.
The first thing a puppy needs to learn is a nickname. While feeding, pet the puppy, call him by name, and do it regularly.
At 2 – 4 months old, with the help of a treat, you can learn the command “to me” with a German shepherd puppy, to teach it to the place. In parallel, the dog is introduced to the words “no”. But remember that “no” is the last resort and should only be used in special cases.
When the baby learns to follow the commands at home, they are practiced while walking. You cannot call a puppy if you are not sure that he will fit – it should not form the impression that the command can be ignored.
Then follows the training of endurance and the commands “sit”, “lie down” and “beside”. The puppy must walk beside, lie down or sit until the command “walk” is heard. They start with a couple of seconds, gradually the exposure time increases.
On our website, you will find detailed instructions for teaching the puppy the basic commands.
A 4-month-old puppy can begin to learn to overcome small obstacles, but be careful – the bones and joints did not get stronger at this time.
Throw the wand and reward your toddler when he brings it to you.
It is best to spend time training your German Shepherd every day.
If you want to raise a working or guard dog, do not let strangers play with it or pet it. The puppy should not be aggressive (anger in German Shepherds manifests itself with age) but should show indifference to strangers. You can encourage attempts to bark at strangers on your own territory, but not on a walk.
If you are successful with individual lessons, you can start with group lessons to practice teams in challenging environments.
It is important to make sure that the baby does not get tired and does not lose interest in classes. With a puppy up to 6 months old, they should be carried out only in a playful way. At first, you should choose a place and time so that nothing distracts you or your dog.
Don’t let your pet chase other animals, birds, vehicles. It is unacceptable to play dogs against each other.
Gradually moving from quiet streets to busy ones, you will train your dog to react fearlessly to street noise, trains, and cars.
When the puppy is 8 months old, serious general training can begin.
But remember that training your German Shepherd shouldn’t have anything to do with violence and abuse.