Getting to Know your German Shepherd


In 1899, Captain Max von Stephanitz, the founder of the dog breed, said that German Shepherds are bright. They can follow instructions. Due to their intelligence, they’re chosen to assist military and police authorities with different Search and Rescue missions.

He adds that provided you raise and train them well, they’ll give justice to their reputation as courageous and reliable service dogs worldwide. Previously known as the Alsatian Wolf Dogs, the German Shepherd or GSD breed is among the top favorites of dog-breeders. They’re known to be strong, and obedient. With the loyalty they tend to show, they’re lovable. Thus, before training your German Shepherd pup, it’s best to be familiar with his nature.

How does he usually behave and what can you expect from him? It may be helpful to figure out what you wish to achieve in the training sessions, too. The Typical ShepherdWhile most have black or tan coats with black body marks, your German Shepherd puppy may be among those that come in a variety of colors. If you’re training him for proper decorum at home, it won’t matter if he’s sporting a coat in the unique colors including blue and liver, pure white, and sable. On the other hand, if you plan on training him professionally, however, be aware that your pup’s rare coat may be grounds for instant rejection. When conforming to the qualifications of the majority of showing competitions (e.g. all-breed shows, sports Olympics, specialty events), he needs to get by with the standards.

 A common description:  

  • Big, standing ears
  • Black nose
  • Box-sized muzzle
  • Domed forehead
  • Heavy (male typically around 75 lbs.; female typically weighs around 65 lbs.)
  • The long, bushy tail
  • Long neck
  • Medium brown eyes
  • Strong jaws
  • Tall (male is typically around 25 inches; the female is typically 23 inches) Goals To avoid having a difficult time before training a GSD puppy, identifying the goal of dog training is best. Why do you feel the need to make him act a certain way? What do you want to get at the end of his lessons? Are you willing to train him even if sessions can get heated at times? By being familiar with your reason, you can educate your puppy properly.

Types of dog training:  

  • Agility training – training a German Shepherd to excel in different sports competitions; he is subject to advanced lessons that can hone his athletic abilities.
  • Behavioral and obedience training – the aim is to teach a German Shepherd to stay behaved and be as obedient as possible to his owner.
  • Vocational training – training that focuses on letting getting a German Shepherd a wide array of skills; he is taught how to sniff for explosive substances, hunt, assist the elderly and disabled; can be time-consuming and stressful for both the dog and owner.


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