Choosing toys for your German Shepherd

Most German Shepherds take their play seriously — so it’s up to us to find toys that satisfy this powerful play drive, are safe, and last more than 20 seconds once the dog starts using them! My German Shepherds love fetch above all games, so toys that feed this frenzy are the ones I gravitate […]

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 […]

How to socialize your German shepherd puppy

When does socialization begin? The socialization process for German Shepherd puppies begins the day they are born! An educated breeder will have plan for daily neonatal handling of the litter, and by eight weeks of age, Dr. Ian Dunbar recommends that puppies have been handled by at least 100 people! You must continue to socialize your puppy after you […]

When should I start training my German Shepherd puppy?

“How old does my puppy have to be before I can begin training?” This is a question I am asked often. The German Shepherd puppy in this video is 10 weeks old; but you don’t even have to wait that long! “Training” starts the day you bring your new dog or puppy home to live […]

How to teach your dog a rock-solid stay

Your dog’s first reinforceable stays will probably be about 1-billionth of a second long. Training your German Shepherd to perform a reliable stay is not as difficult as it might seem. You only need two things: Really yummy treats or some other desirable reinforcer. Patience. The easiest way to envision stay training is to think of […]

Stop Your German Shepherd From Stealing Food

(Or, ‘Hey, Who Stole My #*%(@ Sandwich?!’) If you’ve been a victim of the disappearing roast trick, you will identify with a recent episode at my house. I left a sandwich unattended on the table to answer the phone. The conversation was short — less than a minute — but alas, it was too long. […]

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