how to train german shepherd at home
As you probably already know, a German shepherd dog (GSD) is a financial and emotional investment as well. Just like any other emotional investment, German shepherds need your time and attention to grow into well brought-up adult dogs. Hence, you need to devote a part of your time to train your German Shepherd puppy to become sharp, confident, obedient and sociable as well.
German Shepherd puppies are a lovely lot, but they can also be mischievous at times; play on your couch, hiding’ your favorite socks and tearing your expensive sofa or even soiling it. But I do not intend to alarm you for now! You can teach your puppy the right habits by training him or her right from the first few months after birth. In this article, we focus on giving you general German shepherd puppies training tips to help you raise your canine friend acceptably. Keep reading on find out more.
German Shepherd Puppy Training Tips
Whether you buy your puppy from a renowned breeder or take up a German shepherd from an orphanage, you will need at least the first two to three weeks for adjustment with your dog. If you acquire your dog from another owner, he might get stressed due to change of environment hence you will need to do certain things during this transition moment. Be sure to keep a closer attention on him or her and feed him on the same foods the previous owner gave him and slowly introduce him to the diets you want to use.
German shepherd training age
Also, ensure to keep him or her away or separated from other dogs and children as he might become overwhelmed with the changes. Once two weeks are over after introducing him to your family, he will start to adjust to the new surroundings, and he will soon begin to be cheerful. This means that your dog is now ready for training so you can start to introduce him to the basic rules of engagement. You can either train him at home or introduce him to outside training classes.
One of the most important rules in training your German Shepherd puppy is socialization as this process is critical to their overall development. Initially, German shepherd dogs were raised as police or working dog so letting them socialize is an important part of their growth. When your dog is still young enough, ensure to show him or her as many dogs and people as possible by taking him/her out occasionally. Before you take them, ensure they are vaccinated so that they don’t pick up any infection out there.
Be sure to watch the people and dogs that socialize with your puppy and never allow little kids to play with him as he can get a negative experience about children. Try to be consistent during socialization and don’t let new people take him or her out.
2. Crate Training
Crate training will help a great deal to stop disruptive behaviors such as chewing the carpet, clothes, couch and other valuable items especially during times when you have to leave your puppy unattended in the house to go to work or run other errands such as cooking and cleaning.
On top of that, crate training is also helpful when you have to take him to the vet where he may be put in a cage. This means your dog will quickly adjust to crate training in other places. Dogs that have never been crate trained before tend to have a difficult time at the vet because they will get stressed in a cage. On the other hand, those that have learned crate training will even feel safer in a crate.
When you are not busy in the house, preferably every day after work, release your canine friend from the cage and play with him shortly in the room as you watch and return him to his cage and feed him there. With time, he will learn that his cage generates some fun! But be sure to get him a bigger, spacious crate to create enough fun for him in there.
However, you should be careful not to leave him in the cage alone for more than two or three hours especially when he is eight months old or younger as puppies gain bladder control at different times. When it’s time to go out, lead him out on a leash and give him time to relieve himself.
Occasionally, your German Shepherd puppy will scream in the cage, wanting to meet other dogs or people because they are a friendly lot. However, don’t let them dictate’ you. These puppies will grow into huge and intelligent dogs which will need a smart leader to take charge of them from time to time.
4. Behavioral Training
Some dogs especially German shepherds may try to get offensive, using their teeth to defend themselves and resist compulsion training. But you must always be kind to them and train them in a consistent and positive manner. You should always know at the back of your mind that these are not ordinary dogs: they were raised specifically for catching criminals and taking on gun shots. For this reason, your training must always be accommodating.
With a consistent and positive training, you will have a German shepherd that is confident and obedient. When you want to teach your German shepherd a new trick, you can try the clicker training method. This technique allows you to teach healthy behaviors and get rid of those that you don’t like such as nuisance barking and jumping.
As you may already know, German Shepherd dogs have a double coat, so you should groom your dog from time to time to stop the skin from getting dry. Start grooming GSD early enough to keep him calm when it finally develops into an adult dog.
The following are grooming tips you can use;
- Use a soft brush to comb the hair coat
- Gently hold the dog to make it as comfortable as possible
- Allow your dog to stand or lay on flat ground, preferably in a quiet environment
- Don’t allow your dog to play with your grooming tools
- Utter sweet words softly to make him relax as you brush his hair
To conclude, you should start training your German Shepherd puppy early enough, preferably in a good puppy class where he or she can socialize and train as well. There are scores of great puppy classes out there you can try where your puppy will meet all breeds of dogs you can imagine.