Hello German Shepherd puppies lovers:
My father used to tell me that military academy was good for me because the structure would keep me out of trouble. Indeed it did and it was good for me. I developed patterns of behavior, respect and cleanliness, integrity and discipline, which have helped me during all of my life.
This is the same for your German shepherd. You need to create a consistent and well thought out ordered living structure for your shepherd. And you need to stick with it without relenting and breaking the structure. You may think that your dog has been so good, or is so darling that just this once you will feed him/her at the table while you are eating. But this relenting just makes you happy and is not in the best interests of the dog.
We all marvel at superbly trained German shepherds, police or military trained. Most of us would like a dog like that. In fact I will tell you that those noble beasts are at peace, knowing exactly what to do and when to do it. They are creatures of structure, and very comfortable within it.
So, it is kind for us to create structure. Dogs are creatures of habit and order. And we love it when they are obedient and loyal. We need to create environments of structure for them so that they can become the dogs they could be and that we would prefer.
So, when you get the urge to break ranks and to encourage your dog to do so, don’t be surprised or angry at them when they continue the behavior you began. Don’t blame them if they jump up on your mother and ruin her new dress when yesterday you decided to pat your chest and encourage them to jump up. Don’t get angry at them if you have friends over and they salivate and beg for food when just last week you rewarded Otto with a big piece of meat at dinner.
In the next article I will carefully detail how to create a surefire structure to get the most out of your amazing German shepherd and raise your German shepherd puppies in an environment that helps them to be all they can be.