Training Basics for German Shepherd Dogs

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Most trainers will tell you that the greatest challenge to your German Shepherd Dog’s training success is you. The owner. The human.

Your German Shepherd Dog needs its training. They are an energetic breed, and they love the outdoors.

It’s often you who needs to get some tools under your belt and some awareness of how your behavior and mood affects your German Shepherd.

Read through this article and get a firm foundation of the basics. This will instantly make you aware of what to do and what not do with your furry bundle of joy.

A German Shepherd makes a great student, a student who’s born to be taught, for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, the German Shepherd is an intelligent breed of dog. Right out the gate, you’ve got yourself a furry Einstein.

Secondly, this breed responds well to training, routine, and disciple.

This is why German Shepherds are the breed used by police, security guards, and rescue teams.

After you’ve accepted your role in the success of training your German Shepherd, you can focus on your dog.

So read on and get the foundation to train and achieve the life you want with your German Shepherd Dog.


Why Your German Shepherd Puppies Excitement Is to Your Benefit

The German Shepherd puppy is playful which can cause distractions to the training. Remember you want to begin your training immediately.

So know this information before you purchase your German Shepherd Dog.

German Shepherd Puppies love to be close by, and they love to get there snouts into everything. This can be used to your benefit as you train your German Shepherd Dog.

The biggest difference between wolves and K9’s are that k9’s interact and enjoy for the most part their interactions with people.

So using wolf based training techniques as a foundation or benchmark is not a great idea; the wolf and the K9 are different.

The great thing about dogs and The German Shepherd Dog is they give you feedback and ample warning if they’re not feeling it.

Remember dogs have a complex social structure and behavior which I don’t want to simplify or misrepresent. But the flip side is that a dogs social structure and behavior can have little to do with training.

Three Types of German Shepherd Characteristics To Look Out For
  • Subservient.
  • Whimpering.
  • Ultra-mega, alpha-dominant.
Your Proven Basic Ways of German Shepherd Dog Training
  • Frequency Training: This training involves increasing the frequency of the behavior, commanding to sit, stay, etc.
  • Decreasing the frequency of behavior: In this training, you teach your German Shepherd dogs to bark less, for example.
  • Cue Behavior: You are training your dog to respond reliably on cue, such as always sitting when requested.
  • No-Response Behavior Training: You are training a dog to stop responding on cue, such as always to stop barking when requested.
Finding Training Goals for Your German Shepherd Dogs

Let’s look at basic German Shepherd training from a simple point of view.

Ask yourself, “How would I like my German Shepherd to behave?”

Once you have that in mind, then train and motivate the dog to want to act that way. There’s no need for a battle.

  • If your German Shepherd dogs jump up, teach them to sit when greeting people.
  • If your German Shepherd dogs pee in the house, house-train them.
  • If your German Shepherd dogs bark excessively, teach them to quiet down on command.
  • If your German Shepherd dogs pull on the leash, teach them to walk on a loose leash.
  • If your German Shepherd dogs want to eat before you, That’s fine as long as you want that.
  • If your German Shepherd Dogs wants to sleep on the couch or your bed, cool, only if you and your family or partner agree in advance. Your German Shepherd should also climb off the bed when you no longer want them on the bed.


What To Do If You Don’t Know How to Train Your German Shepherd Dogs

There are six things to keep in mind if you don’t know anything about training your German Shepherd Dogs;

  1. Don’t assume that it’s all the dog’s fault.
  2. Don’t blame your dog.
  3. Don’t call your dog names or swear or talk negatively to your dog.
  4. Don’t assume that your dog is an alpha leader.
  5. Don’t use harsh or hurtful training techniques on your German Shepherd Dogs.
  6. Give your fur baby an education by taking them through the exercises found in this article.  Armed with this basic knowledge along with obedience school and further home training your on your way.
How To Start Training Your German Shepherd Dogs

So where do you start with dog obedience training?

You could take a class, but it’s not necessary. You can do it yourself. With the right information training, your German Shepherd Dogs can be fun for you both.

But please make this assessment with your judgment and always consult your veterinarian or a local professional.

Your German Shepherd Dogs love exercise. Use these tips to get valuable exercise with your German Shepherd Dogs. 

The Easy Way to Teaching Your German Shepherd to “Sit”

The easiest of all commands is to sit. ‘Sit’ is one of the most basic dog commands that allow you to have control over your dog. When you teach your dog to sit, you are making it calmer.

  • Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose.
  • Sit your dog in front of you. Move your hand up, and your German Shepherd’s head will follow the treat which causes their rear to lower into the sitting position. Bring your hand above your dog’s nose and let them taste the treat.
  • Once there in the sitting position, say “Sit,” and give your German Shepherd Dog the treat, along with some love and affection.
  • Repeat this sequence a few times every day until your German Shepherd Dog feels comfortable. Consistently complete the command.
  • Once the sit command is mastered, get your German Shepherd Dogs to sit before mealtime. While getting there leash on, and other situations you will want your German Shepherd Dog to sit.
  • If you have trained your dog to follow your “sit” command, you will be able to calm the dog down during times of aggression or bad behavior.
  • Make sure you use the command “sit” in a calm and easy way. And don’t forget to lavish your German Shepherd puppy with praise. They’ll love it. They’ll respond to it, and so will you.
How To Teach Your German Shepherd the “Come” Command

Teaching your dog to come back and return to you is super important if you need to bring your German Shepherd dog back to you or if you lose grip on your leash.

  • Put the leash on your dog and bend down to your dog’s level and say, “Come” while gently pulling on the leash.
  • Once they come to you, reward them with affection and a treat.
  • After some time, your German Shepherd Dog will get used to the leash and the command.
  • Next, go to an area which is enclosed, safe, and away from other dogs and people. Once you feel you’re ready to remove the leash, go ahead and practice the command.
  • Observe how your German Shepherd is getting the command and make adjustments accordingly.
How to Get Your German Shepherd Dogs to “Lay”

Getting your German Shepherd or any dog for that matter to lay down places them in a submissive position. This is not ideal for your dog, but there are ways to success with this command.

Being positive, relaxed and patient is the path to getting your dog to lay down.

Here’s a Quick and Easy Way to Get Your German Shepherd Dog to Lay Down
  • Grab one of your favorite treats. Place it into your hands and closed your fist. You now have your German Shepherd’s favorite treat in your closed hand. They can smell it, but they can’t see it.
  • Extend your close hand with the treat in it to your dog’s snout.
  • Your German Shepherd Dog will sniff at it. Move your hand to the floor, and your German Shepherd’s body will drop to the ground.
  • Slide your hand along the ground in front of your German Shepherd Dog to encourage their body to follow the direction of their head.
  • With your German Shepherd Dog in the down position, say “Down,” give them the treat. Always follow the treat with positive, affectionate praise.
  • Repeat the above steps every day until your German Shepherd Dog understands and completes the command.  Consistently and successfully.


Pro Tip: If your German Shepherd tries to sit up or lunge toward your hand, say “No” and take your hand away.

Do not push your German Shepherd into a down position. Keep up the positive comments and be enthusiastic, patient and encouraging. Every time your German Shepherd Dogs complete your command praise them.

A Quick Way to Get Your German Shepherd Dog to “Stay”

Say for example you bring your food to the table, and your pup starts to jump in excitement, and sometimes it barks. So, what do you do to avoid this behavior?

Dogs love food, and if you haven’t trained your dog to behave, it will bark, cry, and jump at you whenever you bring food in front of it.

‘Stay’ is another verbal command that tells your dog to be calm and behave. This is essential if you have family members over or work colleagues or a social function at your home.

The stay command works only when your German Shepherd Dogs have mastered the “SIT” command.

  • First, get your German Shepherd Dog to “Sit.”
  • Open the palm of your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”
  • Next take five steps back away from your German Shepherd Dog.
  • If your dog stays, reward it with a treat, positive reinforcement, and praise.
  • Once successful, rinse and repeat. Take another two steps back and ask you to “Stay.”
  • Reward your German Shepherd puppy or dog when it “STAYS.” A few seconds of sitting is still great, and this is all it takes. Like all training techniques, you keep building.
  • Repeat this activity for 5 to 10 minutes or until your dog learns the “stay” command.

Make sure you have enough treats for you so that your dog makes a connection between the treat and “stay.”

It will take some time before your German Shepherd stays for more than a few seconds. That’s okay and normal. Know that you’re making positive steps forward. Just stay patient, and before you know it, your German Shepherd will be a zen master.


How to Teach Your German Shepherd Dog to “Leave it”

Curiosity killed the cat, but what about your dog?

German Shepherd dogs are curious by nature. They get their snouts into things, which they shouldn’t. Their nose and sense of smell are acute and sensitive.

The trick to teaching your German Shepherd dog to “LEAVE IT” is to give it something better than the thing you want it to ignore.

  • Place your Germans Shepherd Dogs favorite treat with both hands and call your dog’s name.
  • Show your dog one enclosed fist with the treat inside, and say, “LEAVE IT.”
  • Let your German Shepherd lick, sniff, mouth, paw, and bark to try to get it. You will try and ignore their behavior.
  • Once your German Shepherd is calm and not trying to get a treat give your dog their favorite, juicy treat with the other hand.
  • Rinse and Repeat until your dog stays clear of the treat in your other hand when you say, “Leave it.”
  • Give your dog their treat when they have successfully left the other treat alone.

Remember not to push your dog because this kind of training taxes them both physically and mentally. Just be patient and kind with your German Shepherd Dogs and if your pup isn’t ready just yet, no worries, just take it back to basics.

The basic’s outlined in this article will always be a bedrock when you’re out at sea with the success of your training.

The Easy Way to Introducing Your German Shepherd to Your Household

When you bring your new German Shepherd Dog home, it’s critical that you begin to train the pup immediately. And this doesn’t mean that it’s drill sergeant time, just that you’re now a mindful owner, a conscientious owner who understand more about how your behavior affects your pup.

Simple Tips for Housetraining Your German Shepherd Dog

Leave your other pets behind when you pick up your pup in the car.

Leave all your other pets at home when you pick up your German Shepherd puppy. It should just be you and your family in the car.

Bring a Blanket – Bring a small baby blanket and use it to handle your German Shepherd pup. Wrap the blanket around your pup and rub his fur gently. The blanket will absorb his scent and other familiar things that your German Shepherd puppy will come to call home.

The Easy Way to Arrive Home with Your German Shepherd Puppy
  • Once you arrive home, have someone sit in the car with the pup while you go into your home with only the blanket.
  • Greet your other dogs with a treat and allow them to smell the blanket to get used to the scent of the new puppy.
  • Put leashes on your dogs and take them outdoors to the front of your home or apartment building.
  • This allows them to meet in a mutual territory.


Easy Way to Have Your Other Dog Meet Your New German Shepherd Dog

Let your German Shepherd dog and your other dog meet. With your new puppy on a leash, bring him to meet your dog.

  • Allow them to sniff each other and adjust.
  • Walk both of them at the same time. One leash in each hand.
  • Bring both your first dog and your new German Shepherd dog inside the home.
  • When all is peaceful with your other pets and your new German Shepherd, bring both of them inside the house. They’ll play and figure out their space and each other.
  • Always keep your focus and attention on your German Shepherd dog and be close by and ready to jump in if it gets aggressive.
Two Ways to Establish Boundaries at Home For Your German Shepherd Dogs

A great way to establish boundaries is to set up a special place for your new pup’s toys, food, and bowl away from your first dog’s personal space and bed.

Patience is a virtue, and it especially applies to your German Shepherd dog.

Don’t lose your cool. Your German Shepherd dog is trying hard and is doing great. Just maybe your other pets will take time to accept your new German Shepherd Dog. That’s o.k. And you’ll get there.

If you have aggressive behavior from your pets to new German Shepherd Dog seep help from a trainer or specialist in dog behavior.

How to Train Your German Shepherd Dogs To Not Chew Your Furniture

Five easy steps to train your pup not to chew on furniture.

  1. Keep a close eye on your pup at all times.
  2. When you catch your German Shepherd Dog chewing on your stuff, take their favorite toy and encourage him to chew on the toy instead of the furniture.
  3. Reward your German shepherd Puppy with positive words and a gentle pat on the head.
  4. Repeat these quick and easy steps until your pup learns that his toys are the only items that he should be chewing on.
  5. If your pup is teething, it is wise to purchase specialty teething toys for dogs. They are highly beneficial during the teething process.


Socialize Your German Shepherd Dog From the Start for Proven Results

Right from the get-go, socialize your German Shepherd puppy.

Take an obedience class and look for local resources. Take your German Shepherd Puppy through basic obedience at a minimum. Further training both at home and with classes will ensure a positive experience with your dog.

Never Train Your German Shepherd Dog to Bite or Attack

It may be illegal in some states to train your German Shepherd to attack without a permit or license. You place yourself at risk because you will be liable for injuries that result from an attack.

Basic’s to Consider for Your German Shepherd Dogs

Here are a few things to bear in mind.

Don’t allow the dog to go places you don’t want it to go, like your sofa or bed.

Ask yourself if you want to have your German Shepherd on the couch or sofa. Your dog could get a sense of ownership from it, but that’s up to you.

Only invite your German Shepherd Dog to be where you want them to be.

Let Your German Shepherd Dog Play With Toys When It’s A Puppy

There’s a training idea in which you lease or lend your German Shepherd Dog their toys. Your dog could get possessive about their toys.

It’s considered the leader of the pack to have the toys and food. So let your puppy play with the toys and then collect them and put them away for the next play session.

How to Get Your German Shepherd to Accept Grooming

Daily grooming is a must. The earlier you get your German Shepherd dog used to the brush and grooming, the better. Many dogs don’t like to be touched around the back or the back of their shoulders. Be sure to groom the neck and head area.

When you begin actual training and you use treats, don’t give your dog a treat to entice it to do something. A treat is a reward for the successful completion of the command. Your dog has done something you wanted it to do. Make your German Shepherd earn the treat. You’ll both feel better about it.

Five words Your German Shepherd Dogs Need for Their Training
  • Sit.
  • Stay.
  • Down.
  • Come.
  • Heel.


Tips For Training Your German Shepherd Puppy

Ideally, if you can, try not to use treats in teaching these basic commands. There are times when this will not be possible. That’s o.k. Just keep making small little spurts of growth.

Praise is Far Better than Treats and giving your canine pet plenty of praise is critical.

Most German Shepherd Dogs love positive praise, and it’s better to have them go for positive praise than treats.

Show Your German Shepherd Dog What You Want to Happen

Most German Shepherd Dogs learn to sit and lay down easily.

The stay command may require a bit more patience and constant work. Stick with it, this one takes some time for your dog, and you will get the hang of it.

Apply a little pressure to your German Shepherd Dog. When you teach a dog the sit command, for example, you apply pressure in the places that make it easier for the dog to lower its rear end to the floor. This makes it more difficult for the dog to remain standing.

German Shepherd Dog Training Phases

The general path to German Shepherd Dogs being trained and doing what you want them to do.

Start with the basics.

  • Get your German Shepherd puppy housebroken.
  • Go to obedience school.
  • From here, you should have a well-behaved and happy dog with no further training needed.
  • Most German Shepherds don’t require lots of obedience training, but the more training, the better for this breed, and you’ll both reap the benefits.


If you have specific issues such as disobedience or aggression toward your other dogs, bring a professional to your home.

Much of the training at the obedience level has to do with socializing your German Shepherds. Make sure that they don’t get territorial and that they learn to accept other dogs.

Just like with us humans, there’s always one who needs some extra help. A little extra guidance doesn’t mean that you have a bad dog. This could actually be a good sign.

Most of the great companions just need extra early training to become that well-behaved lifetime buddy by your side.

Some Signs That Your German Shepherd Dogs Needs Obedience School
  • They are aggressive toward you and others.
  • They are aggressive toward other dogs.
  • They are inattentive.
  • They are afraid of their own shadows.
  • Easy Verbal Commands For Your German Shepherd Dogs

German Shepherds pick up on voice signals and different frequencies. They know the difference between a stern “Drop it” and a nice “Here Buddy.”

Your vocal and visual signals are critical to the success of training of your German Shepherd Pups.

Remember an older German Shepherd dog may have a hearing impairment or their eyes may be going, and they can’t see as well. Keep these in mind and work with your dog.

Why Hand Signals Are Critical to Train Your German Shepherd Dogs

Reasons why hand signals are an effective learning tool for your German Shepherd Dogs.

Hand signals make sure your German Shepherd Dogs attention.

Your German Shepherd Dog can see signals from a distance.

Remember aggressive movements, making fists, and waving your hands in front of your German Shepherd Dog will cause anxiety.  This kind of behavior will create hostility between you and your dog.

11 Common German Shepherd Dog Commands You Should Know
  1. Heel.
  2. Down.
  3. Come here.
  4. Jump.
  5. Stand.
  6. Stop.
  7. Go Out.
  8. Fetch.
  9. Good.
  10. Stand Still.
  11. Quiet.

Be consistent. This is critical. If you don’t establish a routine with your German Shepherd Dogs no of the training will have effective results.

Cut back on the training treats you feed your German Shepherd Dogs.

Don’t let your dog get bored during your training; it’ll challenge your commands.

Training your German Shepherd Dogs takes patience and perseverance. Although German Shepherds are known as one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world, each dog learns at his or her own pace.

As a dog owner, you will want to focus, praise and reward only the good things that your German Shepherd does.

It’s not easy to ignore all the mistakes, but it is essential that you completely ignore them. German Shepherds seek attention from their owners, and whether you give them positive or negative attention, it is all the same to them.

They are still getting attention.

However, the behavior that does not get attention is most likely not going to get repeated.

Just these five simple commands can help keep your dog safer and improve your communication together.

It’s well worth the investment of your time and effort. Remember, the process takes time. Only start a dog obedience training session if you’re in the right mindset to practice calm-assertive energy and patience.

It’s important for you to understand that, from a behavioral point of view, learning commands and learning obedience are not quite the same things.

Take it slow and be patient. All great things take a little effort and a little time.




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