Rita Wagener
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.
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German Shepherd Training Tips – 5 Simple Ways To Train Your Dog

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Rita Wagener
Mar 19 ·

If you have an untrained German Shepherd, you may know the frustration that comes along with your adorable pup. Having a well-trained dog around is definitely much better, that is where our German Shepherd Training tips come in handy.

5 Simple German Shepherd Training Tips

Dog training may seem overly complicated and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Training your German Shepherd can be fun and will build a lifelong bond between you and your dog. To get you started, here are 5 simple German Shepherd training tips for your dog:

1. Socialization

Socialization is always one of the most important aspects of training a dog. You can start socialization from day one when your puppy comes home, the sooner you start, the better for your dog.

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2. Learn To Speak Dog

German Shepherds are born with an innate need to work. By learning what your dog responds to best, you can train much more successfully. This means either using toys, treats, friendly pats, or a combination of all 3 to train your pooch.

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3. Start German Shepherd Training Early

Puppies are designed to take in as much information as they can to learn how to survive. This means they learn much faster in the period between 4 weeks and 6 months old than older dogs do. After 6 months learning slows down dramatically, but it’s still possible to teach new tricks to an old dog.

4. Use Positive Reinforcement

German Shepherds are excellent sniffing dogs. Using treats will get their attention quickly and improve your bond. They will work harder for a treat than they ever would to avoid punishment.

5. Start With The Basics For German Shepherd Training

German Shepherds may be smart dogs, but they still need to start somewhere. Starting with the absolute basics will set your dog up for success and make you glow with pride.

Remember training is something that gets easier over time so don’t expect your pup to know everything in 2 days. If you have an older dog, don’t despair they can still learn new tricks! Remember that a GSD is a big commitment and they might not be for everybody.

Here’s a little extra help to start your puppy training:

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Rita Wagener
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.
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