- Start your training the moment your puppy comes
- Always give your dog a treat when you call him
- Train before meals or when your dog is relaxed
- Your german shepherd puppy was bred for extreme
trainability so limit your training to under 5 minutes
(short and sweet).
- A daily routine builds good learning habits.
- Always end on a high note, when the puppy has done
what you asked right.
- Do not overtrain. Your puppy will lose interest
and not retain what it did learn.
- Praise, praise, praise.
- Training up until a year of age is all motivational.
We start with food. Vienna hot dogs cut in little
pieces. There are lost of training treats available
at pet markets. Just make sure that whatever you do
get it must be in tiny pieces for the training or
your dog will be so busy eating the biscuit that you
won’t have time for the training. You want your
puppy to quickly eat the treat and immediately after
look at you for more.
- Hold your treat up by your face so that the puppy
will learn to look you in the eye. If you don’t
have your puppies attention your puppy will not learn.
- Always use a quiet area with few distraction or
- Only one person at a time should train. Children
should always be supervised by a knowledgeable adult.
- Consistancy counts. I will spend 2 weeks alone
on sit. Twice a day for a few minutes. After the puppy
is good with the sit, I will turn my back, call the
pup and generally the puppy will come around to my
front and sit directly infront of me.
- Stay and down are negative commands and I generally
don’t work on them until the dog is older. However
you can teach the down easily with food so it is not
associated with negative training.
- Heeling can be taught by holding a treat/toy infront
of the dogs face as he walks on the left side of you.
The dog will associate you with food and keep his
eyes on you instead of everything else that is out
- Never hit or shout at your dog for not obeying
- Harsh corrections can result in fear and aggression
– both are counter productive to learning.
- If your dog misbehaves, he should be reprimanded
consistenly and immediately. A firm, verbal rebuke
is enough. Don’t rebuke your dog for doing something
you didn’t see at the moment.
Hold the treat so the dog looks up to get it. As the
dog tips its head up it will they will automatically
sit. Consistency of working this way with the sit will
produce the response on command.
Command your dog to ‘sit’, then sit down
in front of him. Hold a small piece of food in front
of his nose. As you command ‘down’, move
the food down to the ground so his nose follows it.
If he need help, put.
Your hand on his shoulders and guide them down. When
he is lying down, praise him and give him the treat.
You can also push the treat between your puppy’s
front legs, as he tried to follow it his back end will
slide into a down position. Praise him and give him
Teaching (hear) come:
From the very first day you bring your puppy into the
house he should be given a treat every time you call
him to you. After your puppy learns the sit you can
combine the ‘come’ with the ‘sit’
and then give the treat/reward. And always lots of praise
and excitement when your dog comes to you. Never, never
call your dog to you for punishment. Never use his name
negatively. If you instill in your dogs from day one
that it is exciting and rewarding to come to you he
will sail through his teenage stage eagerly wanting
to please you. This could also save your dogs life to
know that he is 100% on the recall.
I recommend once you have these commands working smoothly
with your dog that you join a local obedience club and
work on putting all of this together in a routine so
you can be a team. This is usually after the teenage
stay and about 13 – 14 months of age.
We create train all puppies from the day that they
are weaned. My advice to you when you start is to put
the puppy in the crate and then take the whole family
to the movies so you won’t have to listen to him
throw a temper tantrum. They get use to it quickly.
Do not take the puppy out if he is throwing fit. Once
your puppy gets use to it you will be able to tell when
he has to go to the bathroom…his cry will be much