If German Shepherds are socialised from being puppies, they will grow up to be loyal, confident and cheerful dogs. They are serious, confident, calm and very eager to learn. This makes them ideal working dogs and one reason why they are so often employed by the police.
German Shepherds will not hesitate to risk their lives for the pack and love to be near their owners. However, they are wary of strangers so must be handled carefully as they can be intimidating.
A point worth keeping in mind is that German Shepherds are socially close to the people with whom they live and do not enjoy being left alone for long. Any aggression is usually down to mishandling and lack of training.
Unfortunately, it's very difficult to find an ideal German Shepherd today. Nowadays, this breed is all over the map in temperament. Lines that are bred for protection work and the sport of schutzhund tend to be "hard-tempered" and businesslike. Show lines range from mild and mellow, to hyperactive and skittish, to downright dumb and dopey. And many German Shepherds bred by backyard breeders have risky temperaments and suffer from a host of health problems.
German Shepherds may be targeted for "banning" in certain areas, or refusal of homeowner insurance policies. In this day and age, the legal liabilities of owning any breed that looks intimidating and has a history as a guard dog should be considered. People are quicker to sue if such a dog does anything even remotely questionable.
Most German Shepherds are good with other dogs and cats in their own family. But some German Shepherds are quite dominant, or even aggressive, toward other dogs of the same sex. And some German Shepherds show strong predatory behavior toward cats and other animals that run.
The German shepherd is a breed that has found its place in just about every niche from schutzhund to service dog work. Just what is it that makes the German Shepherd such a good candidate for so many varied activities? Below we will take a look at the characteristics that make this breed so popular from physical characteristics to smarts.
We have a 5 month old male & a 4 year old female, both are great with are grandson. The pup is a little more socialable, the female has working a generation of working K-9 in her. They due require a little more care and work, such as grooming, exercise, and training. You do need to deal with a reputable breeder who watches the genetics and does selective breeding, the extra cost is worth it.
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I need help and I can’t afford a trainer. My dog is a mixed dog, specifically German Shepherd and pug. He’s a saint around my boyfriend but will not listen to me at all. He jumps on me, whines, “talks back”, barks and throws temper tantrums. He’s incredibly smart, I have trained him to sit, stay, go potty on command, roll over and more. I don’t give him attention when he acts up and give him treats when he acts right. I’ve even tried a shock collar to no avail. It’s causing problems in my relationship because he acts up so much and it’s gotten to the point where we’ve even considered taking him back to the pound. I really don’t want to have to do that and I’m just so sad over the whole situation. I don’t know what to do.
I have a German Shepherd and its 3 years old!
Generally speaking, German Shepherds are not good starter dogs. Like all dogs, they need to be trained but because of their temperament and such, great training is extremely important. However, some people can manage it alright even as a first time dog owner. Take your dog to be professionally trained. However, it shouldn't just be your dog getting trained but yourself as well. You will need to learn how to properly train your dog. I also suggest introducing him to a lot of new people. A couple of my friends' German Shepherds are extremely protective of their family. One of my friends got sued since a kid approached them and the dog bit the kid. Seriously, don't underestimate the importance of training. This goes for any dog but some breeds need a firmer hand.
Some good advice so far.
Training. Very important. As stated, this is more about you than the dog.
Socialization: Very important. Get all the shots first though. Very bad germs lurk for puppies.
Play with their paws, a lot. Trimming nails as an adult who hates to have paws touched is bad news. Trust me.
BE CONSISTENT with rules.
Do NOT reward bad behavior. Do not foster unwanted behavior by petting or consoling.
Love on your dog. She/he's beautiful and as a fellow GSD owner, you made a fantastic choice. You have other friends. Your dog only has you.
Invest in a good dog bed. I bought Jake a Armarkat Pet Bed Mat from Amazon and he loves it. LOVES it.
We have a German Shepherd and he is our first dog (as adults) and he is absolutely the love of our lives. Granted we got him when he was 2 so he was fully trained.
One thing I wish we had done better about when we first got him was keeping him socialized with other dogs. He gets very protective of me when other dogs approach us but when we take him to doggie day care he does great. (Although they call him the Fun Police) We are still working on our manners but with continued training he is improving quickly!
Also find good food! I hear GSDs are prone to sensitive stomachs, and ours definitely has one.
Give him the right food Shepard have finicky stomachs so no bad or chip dog food and lots of things to do and exercise. They love to be challenged.
Shepherds can be very difficult to train if you are not a strong handler. They are highly intelligent but stubborn and very headstrong. They have a high prey drive and need to properly socialized ideally before 6 months. They need to be around dogs, cats, kids, etc. They also require quite an extensive exercise routine. They literally need hours of daily exercise. They have to have a job to do be it guarding the cat or guarding cattle. They are prone to boredom and boredom leads to destructive behavior. I never recommend a Shepherd for a first time dog owner
There are many reasons why German Shepherds stand in the front rank of canine royalty, but experts say their defining attribute is character: loyalty, courage, confidence, the ability to learn commands for many tasks, and the willingness to put their life on the line in defense of loved ones. German Shepherds will be gentle family pets and steadfast guardians, but, the breed standard says, there’s a “certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships.”