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Choosing toys for your German Shepherd

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:00:41 +0000

Most German Shepherds take their play seriously — so it’s up to us to find toys that satisfy this powerful play drive, are safe, and last more than 20 seconds once the dog starts using them! My German Shepherds love fetch above all games, so toys that feed this frenzy are the ones I gravitate […]

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When can I stop training my German Shepherd?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:30:27 +0000

You’re helping your German Shepherd learn a few new behaviors, and you’re starting to think of ways to reward your dog for polite behavior. This is great! It means the more new cues and tricks your GSD learns, the more freedom you have to enjoy each other’s company, instead of constantly battling for the responses you each want. […]

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5 rules for teaching your GSD a great recall

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:51:25 +0000

Below are the rules you must follow to have a German Shepherd who joyfully returns when you call: Rule 1: Don’t use your recall word anytime except when you’re teaching it (and later, when you’re 99 percent certain your dog will come to you). Using your recall phrase over and over while your dog fails to respond only teaches him that […]

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Teach your GSD to lay down

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:26:49 +0000

Being able to put your German Shepherd into a down-stay is incredibly useful. I like to teach what’s called a “fold-back” down, where the dog folds his hind legs and drops his front legs into a down, from a standing position. If you’re competing, your dog can get into this position quickly from motion, and you don’t risk him […]

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Teach your GSD with lure-reward training

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:45:13 +0000

Want to teach your German Shepherd a new trick? The easiest way to get started teaching a dog a new behavior is to use lure-reward training. You’ll need your dog and a big handful of tasty treats to get started. Start training in a quiet location, away from people and other animals. Step 1: Use food […]

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Stop bad behavior before it starts

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:14:46 +0000

One of the first tools in every dog trainer’s toolbox is what we call “management,” or managing your dog’s environment, so he or she cannot practice the unwanted behavior. In fact, many behavior problems can be eliminated using management alone. So, what do we mean by “management”? And why is it such an important concept […]

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Video Q&A: Bad manners with other dogs, strangers and at home

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:41:15 +0000

Here’s a video answering a couple of burning questions about 1-year-old GSDs: When is biting other dogs while playing OK? And what to do with a 1-year-old German shepherd that barks at strangers, and jumps up at home?

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How much does a German Shepherd puppy cost?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:11:36 +0000

As of this writing, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 US dollars for a quality-bred German Shepherd puppy. Why are German Shepherd puppies so expensive? The main reason German Shepherd puppies cost so much is that the cost of breeding German Shepherds and raising the puppies is not cheap. Below is a […]

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Teach your German Shepherd how to jump

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:21:32 +0000

Whether for agility, obedience, rally, dock diving, search and rescue, Schutzhund, IPO, hiking or for fun, teaching your German Shepherd to jump is an important part of his foundational training. You can start training your German Shepherd the basics of jumping as a young puppy, using poles on the ground, or uprights with no poles. […]

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Teach your German Shepherd to stand still for grooming

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:19:43 +0000

Is your German Shepherd difficult to brush? Above is a video of Jabber the wooly mammoth, demonstrating a grooming trick you can try, along with a training strategy for teaching your dog to stand for brushing. German Shepherds blow their coats twice per year: in the spring and again in the fall. First, note whether your dog has any […]

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