Training German Shepherds
German Shepherd Training and Puppy Training, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Are German Shepherds easy to train?
German Shepherds can be so different from each other that predicting whether any individual German Shepherd will be easy to train isn't, well, easy!
There are different "lines" of German Shepherds bred for different purposes. For example, German Shepherds bred for working purposes (protection dogs) tend to have intense, dominant temperaments that are challenging to train if you don't know what you're doing. These dogs also need a LOT of daily activity (physical and mental) because they have considerable energy they need to vent.
So when you ask, "How easy is it – training a German Shepherd?" my answer is, "It can be very easy or very difficult. It depends on whether you're providing sufficient companionship and exercise to keep that particular dog satisfied. It also depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."
That's where I come in. My dog training articles will help you train your German Shepherd to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.
Dog Training – What Works, and What Doesn't
Some dog training methods are based on what makes the owner feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training German Shepherds, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then he is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]
These Dog Training Videos Turned Buddy Into a Good Dog
Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action. I recommend these dog training videos, which are based on respect and leadership. [read more]
Teach Your German Shepherd To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training German Shepherds. A dog who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he's doing when you tell him "No." Teaching your dog to respect you means interacting with him in specific ways that encourage respect. [read more]
You Need Dog Training Help.... But From Where? Private Lessons? Public Classes? Dog Training Books? Dog Training Videos?
So your puppy needs training.... or your adult dog needs training.... and you're looking for some help. Should you hire a professional trainer to come to your house? send your dog away to be trained? sign up for a group obedience class? read a book? watch a few videos? Here's my advice on where to get dog training help when you really need it. [read more]
Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your German Shepherd
My method of training German Shepherds includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. Teach your dog words and he will understand what you say. Teach those words in the right ways and he will actually DO what you say. [read more]
Solving German Shepherd Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from doing (a specific bad behavior)?" My answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is.... [read more]
Training German Shepherd Puppies
Just got a new puppy? German Shepherd puppy training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants you to fit into his life, and that's a recipe for conflict and behavior problems. Whatever your puppy does, you must react properly or he will learn the wrong things. Here's my recommended schedule (what to teach, when to teach it) for training your German Shepherd puppy. [read more]
Housebreaking Your German Shepherd
There are two keys to housebreaking. Just two, but you have to get them both right. And I mean 100% right, not 50% right. Otherwise you're going to end up with a dog who is 50% potty trained, and who wants that? So here they are – your two keys to housebreaking.... [read more]
Here are my dog training tips for training German Shepherd puppies and adult dogs:
Start training your German Shepherd the moment you bring him home. But you need to teach the right things in the right ways. Read more about training German Shepherd puppies.
Socialize your German Shepherd with strangers and other dogs. German Shepherds can be standoffish, and if you don't socialize them early on, their natural caution can become suspiciousness or aggression.
All German Shepherds need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal behaviors of "good guys." Then they can recognize the difference when someone really does act abnormally. Without careful socialization, German Shepherds may be suspicious of everyone, which can lead to an innocent person getting bitten, or to paranoid fearfulness.
Another concern in the breed is potential animal aggression. Most German Shepherds are very good with other dogs and cats in their own family. But they can be aggressive toward dogs they don't know, especially dogs of the same sex. And some German Shepherds can be serious cat chasers.
Teach your German Shepherd to respect you. Respect Training is the key to training your German Shepherd to be well-behaved.
Teach the right words to your German Shepherd. My method of training German Shepherds includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you.
Stop searching for dog training tips for each behavior problem. There are no little tricks that stop individual behavior problems. You stop most behavior problems by providing your dog with more exercise and interesting activities, providing more hours of companionship, and establishing the right relationship of respect between you and your dog.
Teach your German Shepherd to play fetch. It's an easy way to exercise your dog! I show you how to teach fetch games in my dog training book.
Start housebreaking right away. German Shepherds are clean dogs, so are usually easy to housebreak. But you need to do it right. Read more about housebreaking German Shepherds.
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.