German Shepherd Dogs – Trained to Love and Protect
Isn’t it cool to have a well-mannered dog that can be protective and loving at the same time? German Shepherds are certainly what you want. These dogs when bred and properly trained can really bring harmony into a family’s world. They can also be trained for more than that.
Because they were original bred for herding and later bred for protection lines, many times they have more energy than many other breeds and other German Shepherd dog lines. Sometimes, as you may already know their natural genetics of running and chasing or herding people in your family, especially the children can lead to frustration; Germans Shepherd puppies love to chase pant legs or anything that moves sudden, it is in their genetics from initially being bred to herd sheep.
Add, a ton of pent up energy from not being properly engaged in mental and physical activity and coupled with their genetics can be nightmarish to many children and adults as well – Dedicated Dog Training will show you how to lessen and eventually alleviate those behaviors.
That said, energy that is not channeled correctly can also lead to a dominant German Shepherd or even an aggressive one. Some signs of dominance are: nipping and mouthing (this does not have to be the reason all of the time), but a mouthy puppy or dog is usually telling you that they have no problem putting teeth on you. Another trait is a dog that likes to push into you while you are sitting or relaxing on the sofa. Excessive barking in front of your face while you are resting is also, yet another sign; if you have more than a few of these, that’s probably why you are reading this.
Proper German shepherd dog training requires that you begin by carefully selecting a dog trainer that has a lot of knowledge and an abundance of patience. First, find out if they are familiar with the characteristics of the breed, because once you understand their composition, you will know what training methods work best and what training methods don’t.
Dedicated Dog Training has a lot of experience with this breed, as it is the Mascot of our company. You must also ascertain the reasons and what type of training you want for this kind of breed, your dog training objectives are very important and must be defined prior to the commencement of a training program, because training a pet and working dog are two (2) very different training regimens.
Our Long Island dog training school has helped many German Shepherd Dog owners in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as the surrounding boroughs, including Queens Dog Training and Manhattan Dog Training in identifying what they want and what they need. Our Long Island dog trainers and our trainers in the (5) boroughs are experienced and dedicated to bringing success and harmony into your everyday.
Working Line German Shepherd Dogs Need a Job
Many pet owners that we serve on Long Island acquire their GSD but fail to realize the energy and tenacity that many of these dogs bring to the table. Especially, the working line breeds. If you get a dog that wants to work, you may have to supply him with a job; Schutzhund, PSA, or one of the Ring sports, or agility, something to at least keep him mentally and physical engaged to prevent un-channelled pent up frustration from becoming destructive and aggressive; now this is not the case with all German Shepherd Dogs, but it very well could be. Lastly, but most importantly, you must know the basic needs of your dog. Not fulfilling these needs is irresponsible and all the training in the world would not make it fair to the dog, or the breed.
The Value of Training
Why would you train German Shepherds? First of all, not all dogs need training, not all German Shepherd Dogs require training either, but if there is a dog that will need it, it probably would be among others, a German Shepherd. if not for learning commands, but to ensure that a bond, one of which identifies you as the pack leader in the relationship is formed; this bond is formed by you giving the command and your Germans Shepherd obeying.
Daily training maintains this hierarchy. The flip-side could be a GSD that does not know his place and can become dangerous. Other than that, German Shepherds serve as excellent work dogs and with proper training can be excellent family dogs or both a working and family dog! Dedicated Dog Training provides you with on and off-leash dog training to strengthen your bond with your dog even further. Our off-leash dog training program provides many benefits, especially to our Long Island members and their dogs.
Training and Must-dos
To train a German Shepherd, one needs to be authoritative. The dog must feel that the trainer is the leader. Dedicated Dog Training will train you, how to become a pack leader to your dog. If you aren’t representative of an authoritative figure, your German Shepherd will most likely pick up on that; may feel that he or she needs to take on that role, a role in which they do not really want to.
Dedicated Dog Training has had the experience of observing way too many times a German Shepherd that knew how to perform commands but chose not to for certain individuals in the home. The trainer must express firmness in a calm manner. Using threats would only trigger the dog’s instincts to defend itself after building stress and resistance. The dog would consider such a trainer as an enemy instead of a leader.
GSD’s only follow who they think is their leader. Therefore, trust must be established instead of fear. Correct German Shepherd dog training but must be firm, fair and consistent.
German Shepherd Characteristics
These dogs were generally characterized by their high intelligence and strong physique. Their appearance is unique from other dogs. GSD’s usually have a red or tan main color with black markings at the back and on the muzzle. Their front-facing erect ears and the bushy tail are also distinct to them. GSD’s are very muscular, making them fit as work dogs. They have two fur coats: a longer, water-resistant upper coat, and a shorter, wooly undercoat.
Nipping Separation Anxiety in the Butt
As puppies, German Shepherds must be trained to sleep in their crate, crate training, for a myriad of reasons is so important.
One of the most important reasons is to stave off the unpleasantness of separation anxiety (SA) in dogs; puppies that sleep in your bed or are even crated in your bedroom are much more likely to acquire SA. GSD’s have a strong sense of belongingness but they should be raised in a fashion that makes them a confident dog; it all begins when they are a puppy, a puppy that was not trained to sleep alone would probably develop separation anxiety, even if left for just a short period of time. <br/.
Separation Anxiety (SA) is much easier to prevent than to cure.
German Shepherd Activities
Strenuous activities are good to use for German Shepherd dog training. They want to be always busy and to have a sense of purpose. They are not the type of dog that can be left to slack off at home. They need constant exercise; otherwise, they would become restless.
GSD’s also love to chew on things; restless Germans Shepherd puppy will chew a lot more. The most likely victims are slippers and shoes. This mannerism of GSD’s could be harmful to both the owner and the dog. Chewing could damage furniture and the dog might chew on something toxic.
To avoid this, you must give your dog safe chew toys to satisfy its need. By-the-way, there is a right and wrong way to dole out toys, bones and other chew things, let one of dog trainers on Long Island or in the city show you how to this from the start.
German Shepherd Dog Trainers and Owners
It is our job as German Shepherd dog trainers and owners to ensure that they receive this level of activity. Because these dogs give it all they have, even when training, it is very important, that we remain cognizant of their hydration level, because they will keep going, it is in their bood; German Shepherd dog trainers are well aware of this and will provide plenty of liquid (water) during a training session.
Other than exercise, the dog’s diet must also be given attention. The best dose is to give the dog two meals a day, a raw diet in our opinion is the best, sometimes not the most feasible though. If that is the case, dry food is way better than wet food.
German Shepherd dog training requires consistency. Dedicated Dog Training will show you how to be consistent without you even knowing it; we show you how to include your dog training into your daily routine.
Teaching the basic commands are faster since German Shepherds are intelligent, but proofing (adding levels of distractions) is where you may have some challenges if you do not assert your pack leadership. Knowing a command or a host of commands is one thing, doing them is another. Let Dedicated Dog Training show you how to achieve both.
A bit of History on the GSD
German Shepherd Dogs otherwise referred to as GSD is a breed that originated from working lines which are popular in the military. Others refer to them as police dogs primarily because they are used in police work. In the United Kingdom, this breed is also called Alsatian Wolf Dog or simply Alsatian. This name dropped the “German” title because of the anti-German mentality after World War II.
German Shepherd Dogs, as suggested by their name, came from Germany. They’re originally worked to herd sheep. They prevent sheep from destroying vegetation and also protect them from predators. In 1899, Captain Max von Stephanitz, a former student of the Berlin Veterinary College, was in search of a perfect working dog.
The native sheepdogs of Germany did not satisfy him until he was present at a dog show. There, he saw Hektor, a well-trained and very talented sheepdog. Von Stephanitz, out of delight, immediately bought this dog and renamed him Horand von Grafrath. The captain, then, named the breed as Deutscher Schäferhund, which means German Shepherd Dog. Breeding societies, then, used Horand as a standard for breeding work dogs. This intensifies the breed’s popularity.
Different individuals became attracted to German Shepherd Dogs primarily because of the breed’s popularity. Due to their high mental and physical capacities, they fit perfectly as military dogs. Their versatility and loyalty also made them easy to train. After the war, crews brought some of these dogs home. Fascinating talents made this breed popular.
However, this popularity was tainted because of some negative feedback regarding some observed aggression and biting tendencies of this dog. This today unfortunately, remains true with some GSD’s. Breeding plays an important part of this, more than training; it’s best to do your homework and research while selecting a German Shepherd Breeder.
Completion of a good German Shepherd dog training program should prove that these dogs can be gentle and well-mannered in public. Their protective nature needs to be handled properly or else it may make the dog aggressive. GSD’s are usually suspicious of strangers so they must be trained to know that you make the decisions to engage and they do not decide to bite people.
Being aloof is common for this breed and they must not be forcefully agitated, but they must know that you exercise full control over them because you are top dog in the relationship.
Other characteristics of this breed are very positive: self-confidence, nobility, keenness, courage, and obedient. They are always eager to learn, thus, they seek the guidance of their master. In addition to training for the military German Shepherd dog training is also used to aid persons with disabilities. German Shepherds, with their characteristic of adaptability, can be trained to guide blind people. They can also be trained to let a deaf person know that there is someone at the doorbell.
GSD’s fit well as family dogs because they love protecting their family. Their loyalty and obedience make them valuable family pets. GSD’s are also known to be friendly to children, especially toddlers. However, GSD puppies have the tendency to bite their playmates. Thus, toddlers might get injured while playing with the puppies.
Moreover, children’s playfulness might irritate these dogs leading to unwanted accidents, this is why properly training your children are MOST important; children should be trained not to touch the puppy unless you are present. We strongly encourage you to enroll in a dog training program if children are around.>br/>
However, GSD’s can be trained to get used to the playfulness of children. As the dogs grow, they would get accustomed to the constant poking or pulling of hair. Being a part of the family, they would consider it as an act of love.
This breed, physically sturdy as they may be, is still prone to certain infirmities. The most common ailment of this breed is the hip dysplasia. It refers to the abnormal development of the hip socket that can result to painful arthritis at the very least. As puppies, GSD’s have unusually soft bones. Malformation is most likely to happen as puppies grow.
Brilliant Pups, Brilliant Masters
German Shepherd dog training is a task that requires a lot of tolerance. The trainer must be skillful enough to handle the training program for the dog. German Shepherds are brilliant dogs but they also need brilliant owners. Their versatility makes them suitable for almost any kind of work. They can be used in the police force. They can also be trained as family pets that protect their owners. Lastly, they can learn how to love their family through mutual trust that they could earn in dog training.