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German Shepherd Training: 10 Tips

German Shepherds are among the smartest dog breeds in the world. They are also eager to work and especially eager to please. Because of this, it is relatively easy for them to pick up new commands. However, GSDs are also confident and headstrong dogs. Without proper training and leadership, they could develop some unwanted behaviors.…

14 Jobs For German Shepherds At Home

People rely on German Shepherds for various types of work. This is not only because these dogs are easily trained to work but also because they thrive best when they have a job to do. But what about companion dogs? Should family GSDs also have jobs to do at home? This article will list 14…

How To Teach A Dog To Army Crawl

The army crawl is a more advanced trick that you can teach your dog once they have already mastered the down command. Before learning how to teach a dog to army crawl, you should understand what it is and how your dog can benefit from learning it. What is the Army Crawl Dog Trick? Army…

How To Teach A Dog To Hug

Some people are huggers and others aren’t.  However, most dog owners will take a hug from their furry friend any day.  If you ever wanted to learn how to teach your dog to hug, this article will provide step by step instructions for teaching his sweet trick. Why Teach your Dog the Hug Command? Outside…

Mental Exercises For German Shepherd

Like all working breeds, German Shepherds have both physical and mental capacities that need stimulation. Otherwise, they find their own ways to put their faculties to work. People with German Shepherds are generally familiar with how to meet the breed’s nutritional and exercise requirements. Owners know to take them on walks and engage them in tons…

Are German Shepherds Easy To Train?

The American Kennel Club has always listed the German Shepherd as one of the smartest breeds of dogs.  However, just because a certain breed is known for their intelligence, it doesn’t always mean they’re easily trainable. This article will answer the question of “are German Shepherds easy to train” as well as look at what makes…

What Is Dock Diving

Dock diving is a canine sport wherein dogs compete for either distance or height as they jump from a dock into a body of water. In competition, each dog takes its turn to run for momentum and then leap into the water. The farther out your dog goes, the better they perform. Judges measure the…

Agility Training For German Shepherds

Dog agility is a canine sport where dogs navigate and complete obstacle courses with direction from their handlers. They compete against other dog-and-handler teams for both time and accuracy. If you are looking to get into agility training for German Shepherds this ultimate guide will tell you everything you need to know about that sport…

What is Flyball For Dogs?

Flyball for dogs is a canine sport where teams of dogs compete against each other in a relay race. Each member must run through hurdles towards a spring-loaded box that releases a ball. Dogs must take the ball, run back through the hurdles, and cross the start/finish line before the next dog in the team…

Biking With Your German Shepherd

Biking with your dog could be a good activity for you both to bond and get exercise at the same time. This is especially advantageous if you have a high-energy dog breed like a German Shepherd. However, cycling with a dog isn’t for everybody. *This article may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase…

Teaching Your German Shepherd To Roll Over

Once your dog has learned the basic sit, down, and stay commands, teaching your German Shepherd to roll over will be nothing more than a few treats away!  Training your dog new commands may seem like a bit of a mission, but with some patience and perseverance, you can teach your dog complex commands with…

Training Your Dog To Speak And Quiet

If you own a dog, training your dog to speak and quiet are very useful commands that are easy to teach any dog. For vocal dog breeds like the German Shepherd, training your dog to speak, actually helps in teaching them how to be quiet. Teaching your dog the watch me command is also useful…

Rollerblading With Your German Shepherd

Rollerblading with your German Shepherd could be a fun activity to add to your dog’s exercise routine. While German Shepherds are built very well for this activity, other dogs of all sizes can engage in this activity too. Just be sure you’re well prepared for the safety of your dog, yourself, and those around you.…

Watch Me Command For Dogs

A very important part of dog training is to be able to get your dog’s attention and getting eye contact is a great start.  The watch me command for dogs helps your pooch focus just on you and is useful in distractive environments or in training sessions. What is the watch me command? The watch…

How To Teach The “Paw” Command

Teaching your dog the paw command is a fun trick to add to your dog’s skill set. Even though it’s quite simple, it’s a real crowd pleaser and teaching your dog tricks is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. What is the “paw” command? The “paw” command is teaching…

Help! My Dog Lunges At Cars!

Dogs have a tendency to chase fast moving things.  German Shepherds and other high drive dogs can easily get excited and want to lunge at a car that passes at a high speed. Even though this is a natural impulse, it is a very dangerous behavior that can hurt your dog and cause serious injury.…

What Is Schutzhund Training?

Schutzhund training is a rigorous canine sport that involves training and evaluating dogs in three main areas: (1) Tracking,  (2) Obedience, and (3) Protection. Schutzhund aims to foster and develop specific, desirable traits in dogs. These traits include intelligence, trainability, and ability to develop strong bonds with their handlers. Further, Schutzhund training seeks to develop…

Teaching Your German Shepherd The Place Command

Teaching your German Shepherd the place command is extremely helpful for when you want your dog to stay in one spot for a short amount of time. This command is easy to teach your dog, but your GSD should already know basic commands (like “down” and “stay”) before attempting the place command.  Remember that dog training won’t happen…

How To Teach A Dog To Fetch

You and your dog head outside. You’re excited. This is going to be great. You show your dog a bright, bouncy new rubber ball, and then chunk it across the yard. Your dog looks at the ball, looks at you, and then ambles off in the opposite direction to investigate some awesome smell. Wait –…

How To Train Your German Shepherd NOT To Pull On Leash

It’s inevitable that your German Shepherd is going to pull on leash when he or she first comes home.  Whether you have a puppy or an older GSD you are most likely going to have to train your German Shepherd not to pull on leash. Walking any dog that pulls is not enjoyable but it…

How To Teach A Dog Its Name

As a new dog owner, teaching your dog its name is extremely important. You will be using your dog’s name over the course of its life, so teaching name recognition is setting the foundation for your life with your dog.  However, you should only use your dog’s name in one particular way and everyone in…

Guide to Crate Training a German Shepherd Puppy

We’ve all heard stories about the dreaded “puppy stage”, the stressful rite of passage all new puppy parents must go through (and hopefully survive). I have a few horror stories of my own from Allie’s days as a youngster. Don’t get me wrong – Allie was an adorable little ball of wonderful when I brought…

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