Hello German Shepherd Puppies lovers:
I wrote this short helpful top 7 list for you, our Banffy Haus clients and other German shepherd puppies lovers regarding dog behavior. I hope it is helpful. Here are the first three. The next blog will have the last four. Please note that these are general rules and one must understand ones own dog to properly determine levels of reward and punishment, duration of training as well as the proper rewards and punishments for your specific dog.
The Seven Simple R’s for Dog Behavioral Integration
R’S FOR A HAPPY HOME
By Dr. Peter Banfe
- Rules: Dogs thrive on simple understandable social structure and articulated rules. Set up rules for the dog and enforce them. Set these with the family (not on the couch, no rough-housing inside, certain rooms off limit) and enforce them and your dog and you will have a happier dog and family. Example: Feeding at the table is improper. It will motivate salivation and begging. Certain dominance behaviors should be shunned. For example, excessive licking and jumping up, surging ahead when walking all can be dominance behaviors.
- Repetition: Repeat every day the behavioral rules a number of times. Dogs learn by repetition. A good time is before a meal, or during a walk. It is better to focus on one behavior (sitting) multiple times in a session than a number of behaviors once in a session. And it is a good thing, if you have laid off the training for a while, to refresh the obedience relationship by repeated the repetition ritual. Always focus one behavior and repeat it many times in a session. Demand perfection and excellence. If she is not sitting completely, she is not obeying. Do it over and over. And after it is correct once, repeat and repeat.
- Reward: Dogs are best rewarded not with human style affection (kisses and hugs), but with your time and company. It is a privilege to spend time with the Alpha. Of course, you can use food or toys, a praise. But reward must be connected to obedience. Give nothing for nothing. It is so important to distinguish between negative and positive reinforcement. When praising exaggerate profusely. Use higher pitched vocal tone to simulate excitement. Also use body language to convey your satisfaction.