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Three Necessary German Shepherd Training Guidelines to Help You Have a Good Dog

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German shepherd training is absolutely vital if you want to raise a well-behaved and loyal dog who obediently follows your commands without question.  With effective training, you can have a german shepherd who doesn’t jump on your furniture or bed, won’t bark at strangers, claws at the rugs and scratches up your belongings, or goes to the potty when and where he shouldn’t.  Contrary to what many dog owners believe, not much of this is dependent on the dog’s personality; training is something that can be done with any dog, and german shepherds are dogs that are very responsive to training because of their breeding.

If you genuinely want to avoid the frustration of a dog that chews up all your furniture and poops all over the place, it’s very important to follow these german shepherd training recommendations.

1. Begin the training from your first day

Do not waste any time with thinking your puppy is so cute and adorable that he does not need to be corrected when he jumps on you or your furniture.  Recognize that this is the temptation, but it must be avoided or else your puppy will have a hard time with training down the line.  If you only correct him some of the time, how will he know when he should or shouldn’t do something?

2. Understand how important positive feedback is

A lot of dog owners think that dog training means telling the dog “NO” constantly and slapping them around or being abusive to the dog.  That is very much not the case; in actuality, negative enforcement doesn’t work as well as positive reinforcement.  This is very important in german shepherd training.  When you see your german shepherd doing something you want to encourage, give him praise and a treat – and you will see much better results when you encourage this good behavior in your german shepherd puppy.

3. Socialize your puppy

This is one of the most vital of german shepherd training strategies.  By ensuring that your dog is constantly in contact with other people and dogs, you are ensuring that he won’t be confused or startled when new people or dogs enter your house, and won’t feel the need to jump up on them or bark at them.  Your german shepherd puppy needs to get used to seeing new dogs and people all the time.  You can sign up for a training class or simply start taking walks to the park (preferably a dog park if you have one).  Your dog will love this, as dogs are naturally social animals.

Training a german shepherd puppy might seem like a lot of work, but remember you signed up for this when you got the puppy to begin with.  Having a well behaved dog is a lot of work – at least at first.  Eventually, as days pass, your training process will become easier both for you and the dog, as these good training habits will be second nature to you and your dog, and he will recognize you as the pack leader.

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robbie on August 10th 2010 in Dog Ownership, Working Dogs

What To Expect From Your Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders

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Good Bernese Mountain Dog breeders with a good reputation will provide you with the information required to raise your puppy and  may organize an informational session that runs an hour or to familiorize you with animals bonding habits, nutritional needs, exercise requirements, vet checkups (such as vaccinations) and give you a tour of their facilities so you’ll be able to see how the parents and puppies are treated.

Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders are a special breed of individual (no pun intended), since they need to be familiar with the history from the breed and how you can care for them from birth via the weaning stage to supply you using the healthiest “Berner” they can.

Service after sale is also a fundamental needs of any Bernese Mountain Dog Breeders, as the Bernese is really a unique animal with costs ranging from just under $1000 to upwards of $2000. In most cases cost ought to reflect the breeders confidence in you being happy with the initial health of the dog, together with their capability to confirm your Bernese is purebred with correct pet health care paperwork.

Most good pet breeders will also make themselves obtainable for you and ask you to call them if any difficulties arise. They can direct you on how to correct improper behavior, identify dietary difficulties and generally assist you and your family with training tips for your Bernese before it becomes too protective in your  home.

The last major requirement ought to be that the breeder belongs to an accredited “Breeders Club” that requires their members to adhere to a strict code of standards to maintain their membership. This will involve other club breeders inspecting the facilities frequently to make certain the club breeding standards are upheld to preserve its reputation.

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robbie on August 9th 2010 in Working Dogs

Working Group Breed Overview

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If you want a dog to perform such jobs as guarding your property, performing water rescues, pulling sleds you will need to consider dogs in the working group.  The group comprises of over 50 different breed i.e. Doberman Pinscher, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Giant Schnauzer, Newfoundland, Great Dane to name of few.

Huskys working

Huskys working

They are intelligent, quick to learn and have been aiding humans in many walks of life.  Without a doubt the Working Group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world i.e. war dogs, sea and mountain rescues etc.

With such a variation of breeds within this group their function in life differs considerably; they can work as guard-dogs (in the past they even have been used as fighting dogs), as rescue dogs (sea and land) or they can herd cattle or get involved in heavy haulage work.

However, nowadays many of the dogs are used for exhibition purposes and as companions rather than work as was originally intended.  Careful handling and training is a must due to their considerable strength and size.  They are powerful in every way so it is of the utmost importance that they know who is their boss and therefore might not be suitable as pets for average families.

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Claudie on March 16th 2010 in Working Dogs