German Shepherd Training can often be seen to be difficult and impossible.
To Train Your Dog properly you need to be consistent and let your dog know what is right and what is wrong. When training my dogs (I have three, two of them mixed German Shepherd breeds) I used a simple reward system to let them know what is considered acceptable behavior.
If you manage to get your dog young then you are in luck for some serious effective training. I was able to train my German Shepherd Puppy how to sit when she was three months old. Just like any other animal, dogs really love food, so rewarding them when they have completed your command is a good way of getting them to obey you and your commands.
When it comes down to German Shepherd training, it is important to get the basics from the start or you will end up with one confused dog. For basic Dog Obedience Training you want to have a hand signal and a verbal command for your dog.
Having a hand signal makes it easier for you to communicate to your dog at a distance. My hand signal for the command 'sit' is a closed fist, with fingers facing the sky, motioning upwards.
If you have more than one dog, then training them individually is better than in a group. You want to focus on your dog and what he/she is doing.
At the beginning they will not understand what you are telling them. Stand in front of your dog and tell him to sit followed by your chosen hand command. If the dog does not move, then physically make him sit, by holding his collar and grabbing his/her fur and tug downwards.
Once this task is completed praise your dog and give him a treat. Repeat until he/she gets the idea and starts doing it on his on.
In the beginning I would train my German Shepherd Dog Training an hour to two a day, followed by play time, until they got it right. Follow up training is important and it helps keep the dog's mind active. Consistency is the key or else it will all be a waste of time.
After you have gotten all the basics down, then the rest of your German Shepherd training should be a breeze.
More advanced steps are harder on older dogs like teaching them not to eat food from strangers or food that has been lying on the ground, especially if they came from a shelter or from the street.
I adopted my oldest dog from a shelter and it was very difficult to break this habit. My oldest is 14 years old and despite all the training in regards to food, I still cannot prevent her from eating poisonous animals when they invade her territory.
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