German Shepherd Puppies Training: Psychological Tips and Techniques

Dog Obedience Training

Being one of the most loyal, obedient and friendly breeds known to humanity, GSD (the German Shepherd dog) is a real family dog: it loves all members of the family equally.

To raise the German Shepherd is like to raise a baby. You should spend time with your dog, encouraging and motivating while training.

Of course, to create a program of the training for the dog is not an easy as a pie: it depends on its mentality, health, behavior, temper and so on. However, here you can find some tips that will help you to understand where to start.

Training for Protection

One of them is that puppies from the early age should not just see who the leader is, but also to develop some protective instincts. They feel fearful, so the purpose of the owner is to encourage its natural protectiveness while it is growing.

Recommendation: do not extend the time of the start of your training. There are some reasons for this.

Besides, being mentally immature and not ready to make adults decisions makes the dog playful and giddy. However, it should learn the discipline from the early age: when the time for games and where the time for training is.

Moreover, puppies of the German Shepherd are very energetic, so they can study with great pleasure and learn new techniques very quickly. Isn’t it a good reason to follow this advice?

Psychological Tips and Techniques

If the German Shepherd has lots of active exercises, it is calm and easy to live with. But if your dog is always kept inside the flat, it is noisy, snappy and very agitated. That is why it is important to be sure that you have enough time for daily training with your dog.

Nevertheless, it does not matter how good your program is: the beginning of the training should start with something more important – friendship and trust between the owner and the dog:

  • Never scream at your dog, showing anger and irritation: a fearful animal will never be happy and loyal. Just consistency in your behavior will lead to obedience.
  • Motivate your dog: it should not just get something tasty after doing its exercises, but also your pats and kind words.
  • Do not be scared to use unconventional techniques – if it will help you to unlock your dog’s potential, you both will be happy.
Advice: use psychology rather than force. If you want to have your dog as the best friend, learn how to be a good owner first.

Training to Attack

Establishing an environment of trust is very important, however, it should be done alongside the process of providing the clear structure and guidance. You have to be the leader in this two-headed pack, the leader who has a best friend to support, protect and follow in any situation.

So, where do we start:

  • Start the process of teaching with a housebreaking process – GSDs are very smart so it will not take plenty of time to teach them to pee in the right place.
  • Socialize with your dog – if your puppy meets plenty of new people while it is more receptive and young, it will not have any phobias in the future.
  • Work on bite prohibition.
  • Warning! It is natural for puppies to bite each other during the game, but it is dangerous and abnormal for an adult-dog to attack and bite people.
  • Find your dog’s incentives – any dog will be ready to do everything if there is something to motivate it (for example, food or a toy). You have to find your GSD’s incentives. However, be careful: encouraging does not mean indulging.
  • Have diversity in trainings – train your German Shepherd in different settings.


The German Shepherd can be your defender and the most devoted friend as caring and loving as possible. But as a feedback it needs love and devotion back along with advertence, right grooming and attention.

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Written by Silvia Brown
Glad to see you, my friends! I started this blog several years ago as a hobby and continue to write articles about dogs.
I'm a dog lover and the proud owner of two wonderful dogs: French Bulldog Maya and Beagle Tom. It's been more than 10 years since I had a dogs and worked closely with them. I've raised four dogs throughout my life and have experience assisting in the births of two dogs. At least once a week, I volunteer with friends at a dog shelter AMA Animal Rescue and Animal Care Centers of NYC in NY.

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