Getting back to training....
I just cannot stress enough how important it is to train your dog. I am not perfect and yes I could be accused of spoiling my Shepherds. At times I have not been as consistent as I should be but I try to get right back on track.
All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader and some will continuously test you. You must learn how to master leadership.
The important areas to take control in are the following:
Training should be a time to bond and have great fun together. It is crucial that your Shepherd obeys all basic commands from you. You as his Alpha must have the confidence and trust in your friend that your German Shepherd will obey you on command. Obeying your commands could mean your good friend’s life in a critical situation.
If you do not take the time for your German Shepherd to learn his or her commands you only have yourself to blame if your Shepherd becomes out of control. Should this happen he or she could end up spending a big part of his or her life alone and miserable. Even worse your dog could end up in a shelter, parking lot or even be put to sleep.
GERMAN SHEPHERD CANINE
I have shared some personal photos of Max, Ryker, Lex and Lex II here along with other photos .
As with all our kids German Shepherds need to be ‘puppies’ as well. They must have that puppy time and they do not come with all of their training and behaviour degrees.
This is up to you.
The German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds and from their beginnings to the present day this breed is the ultimate and superior working dog.
Most German Shepherds are at heart good dogs and there usually is no question of their intelligence.
All it takes though is one bad decision on the Dog's part and it could mean the end of the dog's life.
How To Stop Dog Aggression
Do YOU start the aggression with your dog by simply joining in?
Is your dog listening to you just before he or she behaves aggressively?
When your dog starts to become aggressive he is taking no notice at all of you?
Your dog may be making his own decisions and will not listen to you if you try to show him a different way to behave. What he is doing is just too important to him and in your dog's mind he believes he is doing the right thing.
Dog aggression is usually done in order to protect, their pack and themselves.
Firstly there is of course a whole range of different types of aggression from dominant to fearful and everything in between. Then there is aggression that occurs the whole time and other aggression, which is very erratic, and random depending on a number of differing factors. We could also look at what your dog is aggressive towards; it could be people, animals, other dogs or objects.
The cause of the problem is the same. Your dog thinks that he or she is the pack leader, becomes fearful and attacks to protect, you and himself. Dominant dogs will be more proactive, often attacking when they still have the option of running away, fearful dogs will only attack if they have no place to run.
The most important concept if you want to understand how to stop dog aggression is that your dog must first look to you as the pack leader and therefore you must master the art of Leadership. Only then can you convince him that you are the pack leader on the walk.
Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader outside then upon reaching the point where he usually is aggressive you will find that he will actually start to take notice of how you are behaving!
Just remember, dogs are pack animals and they follow the pack leader being alpha..
In the introduction of "The Good Shepherd", by Mordecai Siegal & Matthew Margolis
( Little Brown & co; 1996) the authors characterizes the breed: " the German Shepherd is more like a person then a dog, but more like a person we always hoped to be. He is smart, hard working and completely loyal. German Shepherds are like no other dogs because of their distinctive personalities...Their presence in any family is dynamic and stirs the deepest emotions, The German Shepherd experience is the dog event of a lifetime."