Puppy Obedience For German Shepherds

Do you want your German Shepherd to heel predictably, sit motionlessly or stay on your direction? Obedience training for your German Shepherd puppy lets you to control your pet verbally instead of by force. When you obedience train, you will also be able to end your dogs unwanted but typical habits such as biting, chewing, jumping or barking. You can attend an obedience training class or do your training at home with a training DVD.

Note that these outcomes depend on you. How you act will drive the changes in your puppy’s behavior. Your puppy’s natural disposition has a role too, but you are the most important participant in successful obedience training.

There are specific training phrases you need to learn to train your puppy. When you’re training your puppy, your instruction must to be consistent. Your dog will learn to respond to simple instructions. Treats are a good motivator.

Besides using the same directions each time, you must learn to respond to inappropriate behavior. With young dogs, correction is done by restating the instruction. Not giving the puppy a treat can be correction enough. Do not be aggressive when teaching a young dog in obedience.

This is what your German Shepherd puppy ought to learn in obedience training. You can start obedience training as soon as your pet is weaned. These commands are appropriate for puppies between two and four months old.

“Focus” – Make eye contact and keep watching you
“Sit” – The puppy’s bottom is on the ground and its eyes are on you
“Stand” – Standing on the ground and not up on its hind legs
“Stay” – Being still in the current pose until released verbally
“Down” – Laying down with head up and paying attention
“Come” – Move immediately to the trainer
“OK” – Relax
“No” – Cease doing what it is doing

This is a lot to be taught so do not try to teach your dog too many commands at once. Teach your pet a couple of commands at a time. It is best to master each instruction before trying to add more.

When your puppy has learned the basic instructions, it is time to go on to the next level. These commands are not as simple to teach. It will be far easier if you get instruction on how to teach these skills to your pet.

* “Go” – Walk in the direction where you point
* “Stop” – Stop and wait
* “Off” – Get down from jumping
* “Back” – Move back
* “Heel” – Stand at and walk at the trainers heel

You can teach your pup the commands below during house training a puppy or crate training, and when you are correcting puppy biting.

* “Potty” – Go potty here
* “Kennel up” – Get in the crate
* “Gentle” – Pick up something in its mouth without nipping the person holding it
* “No bite” – Do not bite
* “Drop” – Let go of an object and step away
* “Leave it” – Move the dogs attention back to you from another dog, person or object.

Your dog should continue to learn new skills. Puppies are naturally active and curious, and they enjoy the attention you give them when training. You can continue beyond obedience training your dog. Your pup can learn tricks like how to play dead, how to speak, and more. If you focus on obedience training a puppy, your puppy will have fun, and you can be proud of your well trained dog.

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This post was written by Noel DCosta on April 30, 2011

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