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I have an absolutely lovely eight-month-old male puppy here at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels for training. I received a call from the wife of the owner of this puppy threatening to give him away because he jumps on her every time he see her. This is a very nice family and the lady was dealing with a lot of personal and family tragedies. Her husband, the main owner of the shepherd puppy was out-of-town on business and this lady’s patience was just worn out. She called and asked if I could help, and Bear is now here for two weeks for training.
Upon our first training session, yesterday morning it was obvious that Bear while leash broke, he had no idea how to heal on lead. We spent 45 minutes just trying to teach Bear how to walk on the left side and to walk on a loose lead. While only 85 degrees because the training was done at 8:30 AM, I was drenched in sweat from the humidity and from fighting Bear from dragging him, and from him dragging me. Bear also wanted to consistently go to my right side as if he was incorrectly trained to be on the right side.
During this exercise, I was thinking about how much easier it would be to work with Bear when he was younger and weighed 35 pounds rather than 80 pounds. We spent the entire session working on heeling and never got to jumping, which is the main reason Bear is out here for training. Normally, I can get my younger puppies to heel on a loose lead within 15 minutes, but due to bad reinforced habits, I will likely have to spend three sessions just to get Bear to heel on a loose lead.
The main lesson to be learned is take the time to work with your new German Shepherd Dog puppy, when they are young because it is a lot easier on them and you to train them in the basic obedience when they are under 5-months-old. In addition, to be easier for both the owner and the dog, it establishes dominance and expectations of certain level of obedience and control, thus adverting behavioral problems such as jumping on you or others. Even if the German Shepherd Dog needs additional training or behavioral modifications requiring the services of a professional trainer at a later date, it will save you a lot of money if your German Shepherd Dog puppy has an understanding of the basic obedience commands.
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