German Shepherd puppy training will be the most fun you have ever had! Now that you’ve got yourself your very own GSD puppy do not waste any time and start training right away. The sooner you start, the better.
German Shepherd dog puppies are very smart and as they grow they become loyal canine friends. However, it is your job to properly socialize and train them.
If you are reading this it's because you are: 1- getting ready for your new puppy or 2- already dealing with the joys and pains of owning your very own German Shepherd puppy dog!
Don't despair, if you are feeling overwhelmed with a fur ball bouncing with infinite energy and don't know what to do...read along. Here you will find what you MUST do during weeks 8-12 of puppy-hood to prevent behavior problems in the future, as well as training tips to make your life a little easier during this period of time.
You will also find step-by-step tutorials to teach basic commands and start your pooch in his life long learning adventure.
Socialization means that you must provide your baby German Shepherd with interesting and positive interactions. During weeks 8 through 12 of his life, which are most likely his first weeks with you, canines learn what is and isn’t safe. If you ensure that your pup interacts, and has a positive and rewarding experience, with as many people, dogs, animals, sounds, objects, sights and experiences, you will raise a confident and reliable dog.
German Shepherd dogs are loyal and may have a tendency to be apprehensive with strangers. Socialization will ensure that your puppy grows a strong bond with you without developing a problematic over-protectiveness.
German Shepherd puppy training socialization tips:
Socialization is hard work, bite-inhibition is even harder! But it is one of the best things you can ever teach your pup. Dogs have really strong jaws and can learn to apply just the right amount of pressure with it.
Bite inhibition teaches your canine friend how to properly apply force with his/her mouth without harming anyone. Adult dogs that have had this kind of training can get into fights and defend themselves without drawing blood.
This is so important to avoid any type of dog-human or dog-dog bite accidents.
To teach your pooch not to hurt human skin you will need to yelp like a
puppy every time you feel teeth in contact with your skin. Engage in
puppy play and Yelp (Yes! Loud, sharp, high pitched and clear) when you
feel teeth. Your pup will most likely stop in surprise. As soon as he
has stopped, wait 5-10 seconds and resume play. Repeat as many times as
This takes times and patience. Even though German shepherd puppy dogs are really smart, bite-inhibition requires a lot of repetition and consistency. Most of the time you will feel he is not learning anything at all, keep at it. You can add 15-30 second time outs on top of yelping if needed. It is definitely worth your time.
House training German Shepherd dogs can be a bit stressful, but if done correctly, you can accomplish it in one week!
These are a lot of potty breaks! Potty training a German Shepherd puppy successfully will require your full attention, patience and consistency. If you do this, your puppy will get it very fast! If things are not working, first try thinking what you might be doing wrong and start over.
Many people wonder when a baby German Shepherd can start learning obedience. The truth is that pups start learning from the day they are out into the world.
The first 8 weeks are critical to learn dog communication, bite inhibition among siblings and the difference between a sleeping area and a potty area. These are all taught by mom dog.
From weeks 8-12 you can start teaching your canine many commands, however I strongly advice you keep your focus on socialization, bite-inhibition and potty training.
If you have time to train basic commands….go ahead! You pooch will love it! If not, don’t worry and start German Shepherd puppy training after week 12 (although socialization should never formally stop).
Here are some step-by-step tutorials to get you started with the first three commands:
Training Sit to your German Shepherd puppy: You will use this command all the time. Ask your pup to sit when a stranger wants to pet him, for attention, for the ball to be thrown, etc.
Training Stand to your German Shepherd puppy: Once your pet is sitting, the next command is to teach him to stand. This is useful at the vet as well as to mix and match commands.
From a sit (or down) position lure your baby german shepherd into a stand. Repeat many times!
Training down to your German Shepherd puppy: You will also use luring to train this command. Start your pooch from a sitting position and lure him into a down. Only give your dog a treat after he is completely down on the ground. Repeat many times!
Why train your pooch sit, down and stand? You need three commands to mix up when you ask your dog to do something. If you have at least three options, then your smart German Shepherd won't be able to predict what you will ask. This means he/she has to pay attention to you!
Practice Puppy Push-Ups! Sit-down-stand, Down-sit-stand, etc...
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