House Training German Shepherd Puppy
Puppy Training for German Shepherds
Here are some ways to train your German shepherd puppy (or any other puppy), from housebreaking to basic obedience.
Puppy Basic Training
Not knowing where to go to the bathroom is one of the most important lessons a puppy can learn. Some experts say that not housebreaking a dog is one of the most common reasons why people give their dogs up to shelters.This isn’t surprising, because while housetraining isn’t a difficult process, the consequences of a failed housebreaking attempt can be revolting.
Dogs, like children, must be taught how to eliminate in the proper place. Surprisingly, some people believe that dogs automatically know when it’s time to go potty outside. Rather than hoping that your dog will be one of the lucky ones who gets it right on the first try, there are a few simple steps you can take to get your puppy’s training off to a good start and keep your floors and furniture clean.
House Puppy Training or Housebreaking in Two Steps
When you bring a new puppy into your home, you are essentially transporting him to another country. He has no understanding of your language, habits, or expectations. If he had the ability, he would probably just ask where the restroom is. He most likely did ask, but you didn’t notice.
The lack of two simple ingredients, scheduling and supervision, is almost always the cause of house training failures. You can housebreak your puppy if you keep him in sight and take him out at regular, predictable intervals. It helps if you have realistic expectations, patience, and a sense of humor. Isn’t it simple?
Unfortunately, what appears to be simple is frequently not. We’re all busy, and waiting for a puppy to need to go to the bathroom all day and night isn’t why we got him in the first place. We’ve got jobs to go to, meals to prepare, and movies to watch. Isn’t it possible for the dog to just let us know when he needs to go outside? If you show him how, he can do it. It takes some time and work, but it’s preferable to years of unpleasant cleanup.
Potty Breaks Should Be Scheduled During Puppy Training
When a meeting is called at your place of work, you are usually told where to meet, what the meeting’s topic will be, and when it will end. With this knowledge, you can stop by the restroom on your way to the meeting and rest assured that everything is in order. How long could you “hold it” if you were called to an urgent meeting with no opportunity to take a break and no idea when the meeting would end?
If you don’t set up a schedule for your puppy, you’ll put him in this position every time he needs to go out. Obviously, you’ll have to take him out before the scheduled time, especially at first, but once he knows he can count on you to take him out to go potty at certain times or after certain events, he’ll work on holding it until the appointed time. Take your puppy out first thing in the morning, not after coffee, not after checking your email, not after chatting with your Facebook friends. Take him out right away.
After he’s finished eating, take him outside. Don’t forget that puppies need to go out after every meal, so don’t disappoint them. He also needs to get out after being left at home alone for an extended period of time. If you have to leave the house for work, school, or shopping, take him out as soon as you return. If you don’t, you’ll end up cleaning up instead of walking. When your puppy understands that he has the right to go out as soon as you wake up, after every meal, and as soon as you get home, he will know that you will not leave him hanging and hurting while he tries to figure out when the next potty break is.
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You will increase the speed of your puppy’s success by reducing the number of accidents until your puppy’s training is complete and he is reliably house trained. This means you must keep a constant eye on him because you must be ready to act when it is time for him to leave. You already know that you need to keep him on a regular schedule, but the clock can not dictate every potty break. If you see your puppy sniffing the floor, circling, arching his back, lifting his tail, or just whining for no reason, you should take him outside.
You must confine him during the times when you are unable to watch him. You have to. You can’t just let him roam around your house and use it as a toilet. You can place him in a crate, lock him in a safe room, or use a playpen, but you must confine him. It’s also fine if you have a secure yard where he can roam freely. Just don’t give him unrestricted access to your home.
Success Equals Consistency
The majority of failures in house training are not due to the dog’s fault. We get busy, we have unrealistic expectations, and we expect dogs to read our minds and know our desires without any training. But, in the end, it’s all about scheduling and supervision. You can housebreak your dog if you remember these two simple things. To learn more, click on the image below.
All young animals, whether puppies, ponies, or children, require training. This isn’t breaking news. Before we consider our children trained, we send them to school for a long time. Dogs, on the other hand, do not take as long.
Puppy training is not difficult in and of itself. Dogs are smart creatures. We have bred German shepherds to be independent thinkers, so they are especially smart. They love puzzles as much as they love their jobs. This means that training can be either easy or frustrating. It can be aggravating if your dog appears to be smarter than you, as evidenced by his bored body language and short attention span. It’s easy if you know the key to truly effective training.
When we think of puppy training, we imagine teaching the dog commands such as sit, down, stay, walk on the leash, and so on. It’s true that teaching each discrete command one at a time works, and you’ll get satisfactory results if you do it this way, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could teach your dog to train himself? Great dog trainers have figured out how to ignite that deep-seated desire to learn that dogs possess. Prepare to step into a new world of possibilities.
From the outside, enlightened training appears to be similar to any other training at first. Your puppy must first learn the concept. You start with small steps and progress from there.
You must first gain your puppy’s attention before any learning can take place.
How to Attract Your Puppy’s Attention
This puppy training exercise is designed to teach your puppy to always look at you when you call his name. Obtain a selection of healthy treats that your puppy enjoys. Approach your puppy and call his name in a quiet area with few distractions. Say “Yes!” and give him a treat if he looks at you. If he doesn’t look at you, wave your hand in front of his nose to allow him to smell the treats, then repeat his name. Say “Yes!” and give him the treat if he is focused on the treat but is looking in your direction. For two days, do this five times in a row, several times a day. If your puppy is a genius, and chances are he is if he is a German shepherd, do the exercise as directed several times per day. The point is to create a conditioned response in your puppy so that every time you say his name, he is trained to look for a reward. You can eventually transition from using treats to simply praising him when he gets it right, but for now, stick with treats.
To be clear, your puppy does not come to you speaking English. You can use any word to let him know when he has completed the task you have assigned to him. In place of “Yes!” you could say “Good!” or “Awesome!” It is the meaning of the word that matters. This is the marker you’ll use to know him when he’s performed on cue correctly throughout his life. Consistency is key. Your dog will hear “Maybe!” if you say “Good!” one time and “Yes!” the next.
When your puppy has learned to expect a treat when you call his name, it’s time to introduce the final step of this exercise: getting him to look you in the eyes instead of looking at your hand for a treat when you call his name. Initially, you do this by luring his gaze to your eyes with the treats in your hand. Call his name, bring your treat hand to your face, and reward him as soon as your puppy makes the slightest eye contact. Do this a few times, then move your hand away from your face a few inches. When he comes to you for a treat, call his name, but don’t give it to him. He’ll become perplexed, and he’ll eventually look you in the eyes for clarification. Reward him right away.
For a few days, practice this several times a day, gradually moving your hand away from your face until it is in a normal, relaxed position by your side, and your puppy looks at you when you call him. You’re ready to move on once you’ve mastered this exercise.
The Magic of Learning in Puppy Training
If teaching your puppy to look you in the eyes when you call his name didn’t seem magical enough, it’s about to get a whole lot more magical. While you thought your puppy was learning to respond to his name, he was actually learning a lot more. He learned that your words have meaning for him as well as for you. He discovered that responding to your words is satisfying and that he can earn those rewards by attempting new tasks until he succeeds. You’ve just opened up a whole new world for German shepherds and other intrinsically motivated dogs.
Teaching How to Sit
You can now use something as simple as teaching your puppy to sit on command to accelerate his love of learning. You’ll first lure him into position by bringing his eyes to your face, then transition to having him sit when no treat is offered.
Call your puppy’s name while standing next to him. When he looks at you, praise him, but don’t give him a treat. Instead, place your hand in front of his nose with the treat and lift it directly over his head. Say “Sit!” at the same time. To position your puppy, do not touch him. Do not use his leash to pull his head up, and do not force him to sit by pushing his butt down.
Allow him to work it out on his own. He has no idea what this new game is about, and he has no idea what the word “sit” means, but he will eventually tire of staring up at the treat and sit on his own. Say “Yes!” and give him the treat right away. Remove yourself from the situation, call him to you, and repeat. He’ll drop his butt to the floor on cue and proudly accept his reward faster than you expect.
Give your puppy the cue but keep your hand at his side until he reliably sits when you give him the cue and lifts your hand over his head. Don’t assist him. Wait for him to work it out on his own. Show him the treat if he becomes frustrated and loses interest, and try again. He will eventually sit without your assistance, at which point you will lavishly praise him and move on to the next lesson.
Teaching at all levels
Show your puppy the treat while he is sitting, then slowly lower your hand to the floor and out in front of him while saying “Down!” Do not pull his front legs out from under him or push him down. Wait for him to fall asleep on his own. If he gets up to get the treat, have him sit down and start the process. He will eventually lower his front end to the floor. Praise him right away and give him the treat.
Give him the cue and wait for him to lie down without showing him the treat. Once your puppy will consistently lie down when you cue him and lure him with the treat, You may have to entice him a few more times, but because you taught him how to learn on his own, he will eventually grasp it.
Puppy training techniques can be applied to any behavior you want to teach your dog.