Can I train my German Shepherd to protect me?

Personal protection training for your GSD If you are interested in protection training for your German Shepherd, here’s what you need to know before you start. Know your GSD’s temperament If you are purchasing a puppy, question the breeder carefully about protection titles in the pedigree, whether the breeder personally knows any of the dogs […]

When can I stop training my German Shepherd?

You’re helping your German Shepherd learn a few new behaviors, and you’re starting to think of ways to reward your dog for polite behavior. This is great! It means the more new cues and tricks your GSD learns, the more freedom you have to enjoy each other’s company, instead of constantly battling for the responses you each want. […]

Teach your German Shepherd a great recall

Do you dream of having a dog who comes running the second you call? There are several ways to teach your German Shepherd a great recall cue. Below are the rules you must follow to have a German Shepherd who joyfully returns when you call: Rule 1: Only use your recall word while you’re teaching it (and later, when […]

Teach your GSD with lure-reward training

Want to teach your German Shepherd a new trick? The easiest way to get started teaching a dog a new behavior is to use lure-reward training. You’ll need your dog and a big handful of tasty treats to get started. Start training in a quiet location, away from people and other animals. Step 1: Use food […]

Stop bad behavior before it starts

One of the first tools in every dog trainer’s toolbox is what we call “management,” or managing your dog’s environment, so he or she cannot practice the unwanted behavior. In fact, many behavior problems can be eliminated using management alone. So, what do we mean by “management”? And why is it such an important concept […]

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