The Best Way to Train a German Shepherd Puppy

German Shepherds are smart, almost universal dogs. They work as guards, bodyguards, searchers, rescuers, and guides for the blind. Their high level of intelligence makes them extremely well suited to a variety of training. So, how to start training a German Shepherd puppy?

German Shepherd puppy training: essential commands

The first thing that a puppy should learn is their name. 

In 2-4 months a German Shepherd puppy can be taught the “Come” command with the help of luring. At this time a forbidding “Leave it” command can be introduced to the puppy as well.

As soon as the puppy learns to perform commands at home, you can move on to practicing them outside. Don’t call the puppy if you are not sure that their recall is reliable, though. This could leave the impression that a command can be ignored.

Next, you can move on to teaching the “Wait”, “Sit”, “Down” and “Heel” commands. Each command should be performed until you give the release command. Gradually increase the time between when your puppy performs the command and you release it. 

A four-month-old puppy can be taught to leap over some small barriers. Please do it carefully as the puppy’s bones and joints are not completely formed yet. 

Teach your puppy to fetch a stick and reward them for bringing it to you. 

We advise spending some time training your German Shepherd puppy daily.

Once, you have succeeded in individual training, you can move on to group training where you can master the commands in more complicated conditions. 

It is important to make sure that a puppy doesn’t get tired and doesn’t lose interest in training. 

Until the age of 6 months, a German Shepherd puppy should be taught through playing. In the beginning, choose places where nothing distracts you and your puppy. Don’t let your puppy chase other animals, birds, or transport. Don’t let them fight or play too rough with other dogs. 

Gradually move on from training on quiet streets to training on busy ones. This way you’ll teach your puppy to react to the street and car noises without fear. 

At the age of 8 months, you can start a complete basic obedience course with your puppy.

Always remember that a German Shepherd should only be trained using punishment-free and force-free methods.

November 12, 2021

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