The first few months of living with a German Shepherd puppy are crucial to integrating your dog into your home. It’s important to ensure that your German Shepherd puppy is getting the training it needs during this period. German Shepherds are pack animals—in order to gain their trust, you have to position yourself as the leader of the pack through guidance and authority. Every puppy is different and there is no one-size-fits-all training method, but here are a few general puppy train tips from the canine specialists at Ulvilden German Shepherds.
Response to Positive and Negative Behaviors
One of the most important things to remember when training your German Shepherd puppy is to give the right response to positive and negative behaviors. Your German Shepherd won’t be able to tell right from wrong if you don’t give them any indication. Positive reinforcement helps to encourage good behaviour in the future. When your puppy does something good or responds to your commands or directions, let them know with a “good dog/boy/girl.” You can also implement a treat reward system if you want. Use your vocal tone to discourage negative behaviour as well.
Do’s and Don’ts of Puppy Training
- Give a command only once. Show them – again – if they doesn’t get it right.
- Use a normal tone of voice when you give a command. Your dog’s hearing is quite acute.
- Be consistent in your actions and expectations.
- Don’t nag your dog by repeating commands — nagging teaches your puppy to ignore you.
- Don’t expect your dog to know what the word “no” means.
- Don’t expect your dog to obey a command you haven’t taught him.
- Don’t isolate your dog — German Shepherds are a social animal.
With the right care and commitment, training your German Shepherd puppy can be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. If you’re thinking about adopting a German Shepherd puppy, contact us at Ulvilden German Shepherds and bring a new member of the family home today.