All About Training Your German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherds are one of my favorite dogs, but they are not for everyone though.
If you want a dog that does not shed much, then you probably do not want to own a German Shepherd.
Of course, you could always brush and groom your German Shepherd to reduce the amount of shedding hair, but that would require a few minutes of work.
It may seem silly to you thinking of brushing your dog as work, but some people who own dogs do not want to do any work.
A lot of German Shepherds like to chase cats.
A lot of people tell me, “Be careful Dave, he is a cat killer,” but actually, most are cat chasers, not cat killers.
Someone forgot to tell my cats that they are supposed to be afraid of dogs and they do not run away, so dogs do not chase them.
You should not allow your dog to fixate and obsess on cats, or other small animals. Allowing this behavior just makes them crazy and promotes not listening and being crazy.
A lot of people say German Shepherds are the best dogs.
However, the point of this website is ‘you don’t need a German Shepherd.’ I can train other breeds just as well.
For example, a Chihuahua can be trained to be just as fabulously off-leash obedient as any German Shepherd, or just as aggressive.
Chihuahuas are very protective and can be trained to bite intruders too. Not that many people are afraid of Chihuahuas though.
Both Pit Bulls and Tibetan Mastiffs like “Belle” and “Mister Puppy,” on the left, can be very protective too, but with a German Shepherd it is easier to go from being aggressive to not aggressive.
For example, a German Shepherd police dog can drag a suspect out of an attic, then an hour later go to an elementary school for a show-and-tell. On the contrary, a Pit Bull once made aggressive generally will be aggressive to most everyone except close family members or friends.
A Tibetan Mastiff owner would not want to take their aggressive dog to an elementary school in a million years.
A lot of people hire me because they wanted a dog that was protective, but they failed to train their dog and instead their dog is aggressive to everyone, including friends, family members and neighbors.
The problem is that most peoples’ friends, family members and neighbors are not the ones robbing their house. That, and aggressive dogs are not fun to be around.
A lot of my clients friends quit coming over to their houses a long time ago because their dogs make people worry that they are going to get bit.
If you own a German Shepherd, or any dog really, you may want to hire a professional dog behavior expert to teach you how to have a dog that is protective, but can turn the aggressiveness and protectiveness off when around “friends.”
I am a Behavioral trainer and focus on training for temperament and quality-of-interactions.
I can help you to have a dog that is protective, but not a jerk to your friends, family and neighbors.
A lot of dog trainers focus on getting dogs to do commands like “Sit.”
Teaching “Sit” is kind of a waste of time in my opinion if the dog is aggressive because there is not going to be a whole lot of “Sit” when a dog is aggressive because they are so focused on being aggressive.
The distinction here is that there is a difference between a trained dog taught to be aggressive and one taught to stop being aggressive on command. Again, the difference is a trained dogs versus a dog that is crazy and just being protective and/or aggressive solely out of instinct or fear.
With a trained dog you can turn off the aggression like flipping a switch.
99% of the dog training being sold to the public does not work and is a waste of money.
That is why NONE of my competitors has 1000′s of photos and videos of trained dogs to substantiate that their training actually works.
No one would hire a home improvement contractor with no photos of kitchens, bathrooms and roofs. Everyone has a camera on their cellphone. There are no excuses Either a dog trainer can show you 100′s of different dogs they trained or you cannot. There is no in-between.
References from well-meaning people and friends is not the same thing as showing prospective clients 100′s of dogs they trained.
LOVE, AFFECTION, FRIENDSHIP, RESPECT, TRUST
I like my training because there is a lot of petting, affection, friendship and hanging out together.
Everyone says they can train dogs, but that is not the case or everyone would have photos like I do to prove it and substantiate their claims of efficacy.
Better to hire the best dog trainer the first time and not waste money on something that is not going to work.
A dog trainer’s website is their best foot forward. What does it say when the website does not show many dogs off-leash trained? It says someone thinks you are stupid and do not know any better. They collect your money up-front and then when you complain they say it is your fault or that your dog can’t be trained and should be euthanized.
Again, 99% of dog training is a waste of money and the trainers are basically taking dog owners’ money without delivering much of anything in exchange.
I made this website so prospective clients would not need to believe me or trust me that the training actually works.
The level of obedience you see in my photos and videos are typical results that you can expect if you hire me or one of my trainers.
Good dog training is one of the best investments one can make in their family and home life.
Dogs are much happier trained and so are their owners.
Whether you own a German Shepherd of a scruffy little dog or other breed, training will make you and your dog much happier.
Sometimes you get lucky in life and things turn out better than you ever could have imagined, and ultimately the the price you pay is small compared to the alternatives.
Better to hire the best dog trainer the first time.
Even if you live in an apartment and just own one dog, I will teach you to get the same results as I do.