Basic Obedience Canine Good Citizen Class for Your German Shepherd Puppy

Basic Obedience Canine Good Citizen Class for Your German Shepherd Puppy

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Hi Everyone,

We have a started a new series of Basic Obedience Classes at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels taught primarily by Dean Heckathorn.  Our Class takes place on Saturday morning at 10:30 am and runs about an hour. The class location is at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels located in Mannford, Oklahoma by Keystone Lake.  The only requirements and cost for the class is a dog of any age and breed and a good attitude.

Obedience and Canine Good Citizen Class at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels

Obedience and Canine Good Citizen Class at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels

I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club and; therefore, my obedience classes focus on socialization of our students to strange dogs and people.  After attending my classes for 4 to 5 times with a lot of work at home most of our students should be able to pass the Canine Good Citizen test and earn their Canine Good Citizen Certificates, which is the first step towards becoming a Therapy or Service Dog.

Obedience and Canine Good Citizen Class at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels

Obedience and Canine Good Citizen Class at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels

Classes are held every Saturday unless we are traveling to a dog show or unless temperatures are below freezing.  To find out if we are having a class you can go to http://keystonegermanshepherds.com/ and click on ‘Show Info’ or click on: http://keystonegermanshepherds.com/show_info.htm.

Well socialized male Heidelberg's German Shepherd Dogs

Please come out attend one of classes. If you plan on coming for the first time please call me at (918) 261-4729 to get you signed up.

If you are considering getting a German shepherd puppy consider getting one of our older puppies and save a little money on some very high quality shepherds.

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We have several wonderful puppies that that are ready to go home.

Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

Basic Obedience Canine Good Citizen Class for Your German Shepherd Puppy

German Shepherd Dogs (Start of a New Training Class)

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Hi Everyone,

This is a quick post today to remind and encourage everyone about the start of our new Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Basic Obedience Class at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10:30 am. There is no charge for this class and all breeds and ages are invited.  The only requirement is that your dogs must be up to date on all their vaccinations.

We concluded our summer training session in August with several owners and dogs passing the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Class.  Since the conclusion of that class AKC has announced a new advanced level for Canine Good Citizen.  With the introduction of AKC Community Canine, the AKC’s CGC program now provides a comprehensive three- level training program for dogs and their owners. Beginning with AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, progressing to Canine Good Citizen and now to AKC Community Canine, the CGC program trains dogs through all stages of life to be well behaved in society.  We are excited about the new program and will match our training class exercises to meet the qualifications of this advanced level of training.

We Cannot Wait to go to School

We Cannot Wait to go to School

We look forwards to seeing new faces and old friends.  Please make it out for our free training.  The more participants that we have makes for a better class and training opportunities for all.

AKC Community Canine expands on CGC skills and lays the beginning foundation for obedience, rally and therapy dog work.  Many of you with young dogs are planning on moving through to bigger and better things for your puppy, and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of this journey.

Slow School is Open

Slow School is Open

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We have several wonderful puppies that we are accepting deposits on, and these puppies will be ready to go to their new homes on September 9, 2011.

Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

Basic Obedience Canine Good Citizen Class for Your German Shepherd Puppy

Please Train Your German Shepherd Dog the Basic Obedience

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 Hi Everyone,

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.

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

Basic Obedience Canine Good Citizen Class for Your German Shepherd Puppy

Training Tips for German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies – Conclusion: Stop Jumping

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Conclusion: How to Stop Your German Shepherd Dog, Adult and Puppy to Stop Jumping on You

Hi Everyone,

Today we conclude our 3 part training tip on how to stop your German Shepherd Dog adult or puppy from jumping on you and other people.

This last method that I recommend for your German Shepherd Dog to stop jumping on people requires two people.  This method is mainly for those German Shepherd Dogs that only jump after an extended absence by the owner or family members.

This exercise can be accomplished at the door that the family uses to enter the house.  First a family Member that is home must be contacted by the arriving owner that they are a few minutes from coming home.  The person that is home gets the German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult on a leash and choke chain.  Place the German Shepherd Dog on a sit and stay command in front of the door.  Then the arriving owner opens the door and provides verbal commands for the German Shepherd dog to remain in a sit and stay.  The person on the leash gives choke chain corrections (in silence) for the arriving family member.

The arriving family member does not approach the German Shepherd Dog until they are are in the sit and stay position.  If the dog moves as you approach give verbal commands while the leash is operated by the silent family member.  Continue with this exercise until you can approach your German Shepherd Dog while they remain in the sit and stay position.  Once approached give your German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult love and praise.  Repeat this exercise every time you return home until your German Shepherd Dog will remain in a sit and stay position until greeted.  Then try it without the leash and choke chain.  Repeat training exercise if your German Shepherd Dog reverts back to jumping.

The above method can be transferred to the yard or kennel.  Try utilizing the outside door to the backyard or a gate for the arriving family member.

Lastly, I do not advocate kneeing your German Shepherd Dog when they jump because your dog does not understand this correction and they are also in a very vulnerable position and can be seriously and/or permanently injured if kneed, which can cause them to land awkwardly.  In addition, I do not advocate hitting your German Shepherd dog with a slap or with your fist on the muzzle.  Again, they do not understand this correction and you can seriously injure your hand on their teeth since the German shepherd Dog’s mouth will usually be open while jumping up to give you a kiss.  Also, you may injure your German Shepherds Dog’s eye if you start flailing with your hand.

With patience and persistence you can use the above exercises to train your German Shepherd Dog puppy, adolescent, or adult not to jump on you and others.  Your German Shepherd Dog will love you more if they are well mannered and they will show you their appreciation with lots of kisses without jumping.

Puppy Kisses

Puppy Kisses

Ask me a question and I will provide my opinion.

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

 

Basic Obedience Canine Good Citizen Class for Your German Shepherd Puppy

Training Tip for German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies – Continuation: Stop Jumping

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Continuation: How to Stop Your German Shepherd Dog, Adult and Puppy to Stop Jumping on You

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday’s discussion focused on how to keep your German Shepherd Dog puppy from jumping on you.  More specifically how not to inadvertently train your puppy to jump on you.

Today we will discuss how to stop your German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult to not jump on you or other people.  This will not be easy and will require patience and persistence.  There are several methods to re-train your German Shepherd Dog from jumping on you and most require a certain level of physical strength and mobility by the owner.  I will provide the methods that I found to be effective.  For all these methods, you must be persistent and never allow your German shepherd Dog to jump on you without applying one of these methods.  In addition, these methods can be combined or each specific method can be used to fit the situation.

The first method requires the most physical ability by the owner and the most effort. When your German Shepherd Dog jumps on you immediately give the correction “OFF” then take your German Shepherd Dog to the ground laying on top of your German Shepherd Dog until he stops struggling.  This is the ultimate show of dominance and reinforces that the owner is the Alpha Dog or Pack Leader.  Once the German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult stops struggling release them and provide praise and love.  This is done for two reasons, to reassure your German Shepherd Dog and to incite excitement that may cause them to jump on you again.  If you can get them to jump on you again then repeat the exercise.  For the more stubborn German shepherd Dog, you may have to repeat several times.  If you have small children or other family members that are not physically able to hold the German Shepherd Dog down, but nevertheless are a target of the German Shepherd Dog’s jumping include them in the exercise with you taking the dog down to the ground.  Once the German Shepherd Dog is released allow the child or other person to reassure the dog and possibly entice the jumping behavior to repeat the exercise.

Note: that the above method is not for German Shepherd Dog adolescents or adults that have aggressive behavior problems due to the chance of the owner or other participants being bit.  Consult your professional trainer if you are unsure about your German Shepherd Dog’s behavior problems or aggressiveness.

Another method that requires less physical ability of the owner is for the owner to grab the front feet of the German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult when the dog jumps.  Immediately, use the command “OFF” while walking the German Shepherd Dog backwards.  Repeat the OFF command several times while you are doing this exercise. Again, if you have family members that are not capable of doing this exercise then do it for them by grabbing the feet and walking the dog backwards for three or four yards (9 to 12 feet) before releasing the dog back to the ground.  Once the exercise is complete reassure the German Shepherd Dog by using praise and love.  Repeat as necessary. You may also squeeze the front feet, thus increasing the discomfort to your German Shepherd Dog.

All methods can be combined, for example you may start the retraining exercise by laying on top off your German Shepherd Dog on Saturday when you are not wearing your best clothes and then the following morning on your way to church you may want to grab the German Shepherd Dog’s feet and walk backwards to keep your clothes from being soiled. The main point is no matter what method(s) you use, you must use a corrective exercise every time your German Shepherd Dog jumps on you or another person.  Persistence in these exercises will achieve the fastest and lasting results.

Tomorrow I conclude this discussion by providing another effective method to stop your German Shepherd Dog adolescent or adult from jumping on you and other people.

Ask me a question and I will provide my opinion.

Sincerely,

 

KeystoneGermanShepherds