Your German Shepherd dog does tell you things all the time. And you tell them things too. GSDs are acutely aware of your body language, and will respond to you in the same way. But if this is your first German Shepherd, you may not know what signs to look for.
So, if your dog could speak, here are 3 things they would definitely tell you.
“I Never Misbehave or Act Out of Spite”
You might think your GSD chose your shoes to mangle out of spite for getting mad at them yesterday. That isn’t how things work.
Yes, if you’re too angry or forceful (or violent) with your dog, that’s only going to lead to emotional distance between the two of you. But they’re never going to try to “get you back.”
If they act out it’s because they haven’t learned the proper behavior yet. And sometimes, your shoes are in the wrong place at the wrong time. But there’s certainly no malice there.
“I am Ready to Go Right Now!”
If you get a purebred German Shepherd puppy, you may not be ready for the sheer amount of energy they will have. Especially if this is your first foray into this breed.
They are explosive bundles of energy and they cannot wait to show you how fast they can run and how high they can jump.
So exercise is crucial. An understimulated GSD is a misbehaved GSD. They need to put that energy somewhere. And if they’re cooped up, that somewhere may be wreaking havoc inside your home.
So you won’t have to ask them twice for a walk or a bit of backyard time. Make sure you make the time for them.
“If I Do Something Right, Reward Me! I Will Do it Again”
When you’re training your German Shepherd puppy there definitely needs to be a focus on rewarding good behaviour, instead of punishing the bad. This is how they learn.
So if your dog wanders away during a walk, but comes back and sits with you while you both regroup, tell him he’s a good boy for coming back. Because that’s the good behaviour you’re trying to teach, make sure it’s being rewarded with love.
We Have Dogs That Say, “I’m ready For You to Take Me Home!”
If you are thinking about getting a German Shepherd puppy, we hope this blog has helped prepare you a little bit. And if you’re ready to bring one into your home, we can help with that too!
We are committed to the rules and regulations set out by the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) in Germany. The SV established guidelines for good breeding over 100 years ago, standards we believe are essential to healthy and happy German Shepherd puppies.
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