The German Shepherd is a great dog. We are attracted to the German Shepherd for its beauty and strength. There is a sense of protection and security that accompanies the thinking of a German Shepherd. When I think of a German Shepherd I also think of loyalty.
Yes, loyal is definitely a good word to describe a German Shepherd. My husband and I share the same love for the German Shepherd breed. When we moved to Germany, we had decided that we would buy this wonderful breed directly from the place where they get their name. So after only a month of living there we bought a 4 month old German Shepherd puppy.
We fell in love with her right away, but I’m not going to lie to you, we soon found out that she was a handful. German Shepherds are dogs that need a lot of room to run and a lot of attention. If you are considering purchasing or adopting this wonderful breed, consider the amount of time and training these dogs need.
We had a problem with her bites when we first brought her home. Play biting to be exact and with two small children this was not good. We realized that if we said ouch in a high, shrill voice and ignored it until it calmed down, it would stop biting. My two year old daughter liked to say no to him and that worked too. Well, I have to say it worked like a charm. We had no more problems with his bite after a very short time.
It didn’t take long for her to grow up a lot. When I was one year old, I could crawl wherever I wanted. I weighed only 115 pounds back then and she weighed 99 pounds herself. He once dragged me on my knees in front of some men who were working in a building near where we lived. I was so embarrassed and very angry at my faithful friend.
It became clear that this wonderful bitch was more than I could handle, but I have to be honest and it never crossed my mind to get rid of her. She needed to have some control, even though she knew she had to be trained. Oh, he could sit and talk, but that was not enough.
I bought a book and started training my dog. I was at a huge disadvantage because I had waited until my dog was fully grown to start training. It is very important that you start training your German Shepherd or any large breed at the age of six months. It will make training much easier for you.
Well it took some time and patients but I was able to train my German Shepherd and what a great dog he turned out to be. I put in a lot of work and it was worth it. She could be with me everywhere. Even without a leash, he would obey all my orders. Oh, and I was never ashamed of being dragged back.
Consider training your dog, whatever the breed, you will have a much more pleasant relationship with him if you train him. For free information on training, visit my blog.