German Shepherd Training Tips

Rules for Dog Training

Rules for dog training are put inplace to ensure that the owner and the dog are not taken advantage of or hurt during the dog training procedure.


As with most things in life, there are rules. This also applies to dog training. These rules are very important and they need to be adhered to.

1.) Be consistent:
If you forbid something today you cannot allow it to be done the next day.

2.) Work with your dog every day. Training sessions should be no more than ten to fifteen minutes long. You do not want to push your dog or by asking it to do too much. Training sessions can be made longer at a later stage.

3.) If your dog does something correctly - no matter how small it is, the dog must be praised for this achievement and the praise should be instant. This will ensure that the dog learns to associate obeying a command with pleasant results. By praising the dog the owner will make it willing and eager to earn further praise.

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As with humans, dogs can get tired of something and this will show in the dogs behaviour. If you or the dog get tired, take a break.

4.) Do not reward good performance with frequent treats as you will be exceeding your dog's food requirements.

5.) Always use clear vocal commands and only practice one concept in a single training session.

6.) Punishment and reprimands must be instant if your dog has done something wrong. If you do not punish or reprimand the dog instantly it will not grasp the connection.

7.) Reprimand with words or punish the dog with a folded newspaper.

8.) Observe and pay attention to your dogs actions. You should not begin a new training concept until it has completely mastered the previous concept.

9.) If you are feeling irritable or tired, skip the lesson or if you become angry during training take a break or stop the session.

10.) It is wrong to shout and scream at your dog. It will not understand your behavior and this will cause the dog to fear you. Fear makes a poor basis for successful dog training.

11.) The tone in which the owner speaks is very important as dogs have sensitive ears. Dog training commands should be given in a firm tone, reprimands given with a sharp tone and praise must be given in a friendly tone.


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