We have all seen the guy standing at the street corner holding the sign “Vietnam vet”, even though that war ended when he was 5-years-old or my favorite, “Will Work for Food”, although, they will not work for food or anything else.
Well the good news is your German Shepherd Dog, puppy or adult will work for food and they will work hard. Therefore, we should use food treats as rewards while training our German Shepherd Dog, puppy or adult. However, we should not give them a treat without having them earn it.
German Shepherd Dogs are a lot like people and if you give them rewards without earning them, like people, they can become lazy and spoiled. Even though, I know it is not good for my German Shepherd Dogs to be given snacks without earning them, I am guilty of giving out free treats. I should stop being lazy, and if I want to give them a treat, I should ask my German Shepherd Dog to work for it.
So the next time you want to treat your German Shepherd Dog to a snack, ask them to sit and stay or lay down, it does not matter what, just ask them to earn the snack. You will find by doing so that your German shepherd will be more engaged and will bond much closer to you.
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