The German Shepherd Dog, also referred to as the Alsatian or the Deutscher Schaferhund, is a German breed that was bred as a military service dog. This breed most likely descends from mountain sheepdogs.
Today these dogs are used as family pets, guard dogs, service dogs, and watch dogs. This breed is considered by many as one of the most versatile breeds in the world. They can just as easily excel at Schutzhund training as they can at agility or obedience or sheepherding.
They can be a fierce protector and a loyal companion. Today they serve the world over in police and military functions.
This breed is one of the most well known breeds in the world. They are a large dog breed. The males are slight larger than the females. They stand between 24 and 26 inches and the females stand between 22 and 24 inches tall. The weight limit for this breed ranges between 75 and 95 pounds.
They have a medium length coat that comes in colors of gold, white, black, tan, sable, and gray. Black masking and overlays on the back are common markings on this breed.
The German Shepherd takes well to training and should be trained from a young age.
Are you the owner of a new dog and you’ve been wondering how to train a German Shepherd? Training a German Shepherd can be a very fulfilling and enjoyable task.
While all dogs ‘speak’ the same language there are several key things that you should know about your German Shepherd to aid you in your training efforts: German Shepherds often have high ‘prey drive’. This means that they often like to chase and grab things.
These things may be the cuff of your pants, your children, or your cat. It is important to establish from a young age the boundaries regarding what your dog can chase and what he can’t.
Adult German Shepherds are often very territorial and want to act as a watchdog or protection dog when visitors come to the home. You must have high levels of obedience training with your German Shepherd if you are going to be able to trust your dog. It is especially important that your dog comes when called and stays when told.
When you are learning how to train a German Shepherd you will quickly find that this is an intelligent breed. This makes learning a fast process but it also means that you must be extra patient as many German Shepherds will attempt to find fun loopholes for getting out of obedience training.
Socialize your German Shepherd from a young age. German Shepherds can develop fear or aggression issues if they aren’t socialized properly as puppies. In your efforts to learn how to train a German Shepherd be prepared for a fun ride.