Things you must know before you train your German Shepherd


Young German shepherd puppies are usually so cute that they wrap you around their giant paws and tend to make you do whatever they want. However, this can spoil them in the long run and make them develop some undesirable traits. It is therefore, very important, to make clear to them at the very onset that you are the boss. The best way to get this message home is to train them properly.

Thankfully there are certain traits of German shepherds that make them great learners.

Things You Must Know Before You Train Your German Shepherd

How good a student is a German shepherd?

By nature, German shepherds love the mental stimulation and challenge that they derive from obedience training.

You should not impose any Spartan training schedule on your little pup from day 1 of your training. Instead, try to train it bit by bit. Practice makes perfect.

Initial steps of training

First of all, you should not delay training German Shepherds.  Optimally, you should start training it when it is as young as 8 weeks.

  • You can begin by introducing your pup to new things, people and places. Socialization will help your dog to determine what is dangerous for it and what is not.

  • Start teaching it the basic and necessary commands such as “sit down”, “stay” and “come”.

  • Use a clicker to teach it the basic commands. The clicker can be something as simple as the noise made by a closed can containing some pebbles or coins or a snap of the fingers.

  • Make home rules for your dog to teach it discipline. Include “good” house rules like no jumping on people and staying off your furniture.

  • You can also hire a professional trainer or sign up your pet for dog training classes with a certified instructor.

However, do not confuse your pet with too many “lessons” at a time. Choose one, like “sit”, and work on it till he learns it and then move on to the next. And a typical German shepherd is likely to have short attention spans, so you should be patient with it. 

Things You Must Know Before You Train Your German Shepherd

Things You Must Know Before You Train Your German Shepherd

Once your dog gets used to basic obedience, you can move on to house training.

House training your dog

Basically, dog house training comprises:

  • House breaking or potty training.

  • Crate training

  • Preparing a feeding routine

  • Leash training

  • Dog behavior training.


Equipping yourself with certain things will make housetraining your pup easier.

What to equip yourself with to housetrain your German shepherd?

The things that will come handy while you housetrain your puppy include:

  • A small crate that has a latching door. You can use it to limit the puppy when you are not training it.

  • A bag of small biscuits to offer your dog as a reward.

  • Plenty of dog urine and stain removing liquid

  • Hang a bell (Christmas type will do) from the knob of the door which your puppy will use to go out.

  • Keep a long leash to be attached to your pup’s collar.

  • You may need a radio or MP3 when you wait your pup to go for potty.

You can also find some good books on training German shepherds in the market. They can be of great help to you.

There is a book called Training Your German Shepherd Dog (Training Your Dog) [Paperback] that can provide you valuable information on bringing up your German shepherd. The author, Dan Rice has many books on dogs to his credit, and in this book, you will find:

  • Many useful comments on the temperament and versatility of German shepherd.

  • Many aspects of dog training, including walking the dog on a leash, hand signals and retrieving.

  • It also covers gentle methods of breaking the bad habits that your dog might inculcate like begging, nipping and unnecessary barking.

  • The book is written in a lucid language.

  • Perfect guide for first time German shepherd owners.
Things You Must Know Before You Train Your German Shepherd

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The book has received rave reviews from all quarters and at, it gains an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. You may be curious to know about what the customers have mentioned about the book. In that case, why don’t you visit the Amazon website?

Training your German shepherd can be fun, and the time you spend to train your German shepherd can be the prime time to build a strong, permanent bond with your pet.

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