Dear Friends-

German Shepherd Dogs are excellent companions whose training requires patience and skill. Below please find a list of most commonly asked questions, requests and procedures. If there is anything else you need to know, please do not hesitate to contact me at Petr@k-9Specialists.com

Sincerely,

Petr

Q: MY FEMALE GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY OF 5 MONTHS LISTENED GREAT, WAS QUICKLY LEARNING ALL OF THE BASIC COMMANDS AND RESPONDING GREATLY. SUDDENLY SHE WON’T LISTEN AT ALL, JUMPS ON EVERYBODY SHE SEES, AND NO MATTER WHAT SHE WON’T STAY DOWN. SHE CHASES OTHER DOG AROUND THE HOUSE AND WON’T LISTEN TO ANY COMMANDS AT ALL ANYMORE. HELP!

A: Your problem is a very typical issue that most of people run into. Training dogs just like teaching kids or people is a process and it must come in deliberate phases. We all get a puppy and/or a dog and for some reason, we want it to be a perfect dog as soon as possible…Well, think of a toddler…it takes months of breast feeding and fairly boring stage of him being milk sucking little baby before he starts to crawl, etc…and it takes up a whole year before he will start to walk…and it takes up another year before he will be potty trained…simply it is a process where the kid needs to mature to certain point before getting to next level…at the end of a day, it takes approximately 18years for him to become a man!!!

Now going back to your puppy issues, well, you may be getting my point…you simply went too far too fast…one thing is “training”, but whole different subject is dog’s way of thinking and understanding. Without knowing you, your dog and the whole scenario, all I can tell you is that everything needs time and the right approach. For example, just because we want our dog to sit does not mean that by making him to sit and saying “good boy” he will understand and furthermore it does not mean he will enjoy doing it for us…

In my opinion, training dogs is a psychological process where you teach them (in very positive way without forcing the task) to do certain thing and THEN, once dog knows it (takes approximately 5000 repeated cycles before creating muscle memory), we can call that a name (for example sit)….and then after another several thousands of repeated cycles of doing so, the dog may completely understand that sit means sit and he’ll always do it because it’s fun not because you said so.

This is just an example of how we approach this training at K-9 Specialists. On top of that, there is another part of it where you want to make sure the dog is properly exposed to things and last, but not least, YOU MUST BE A PACK LEADER…where you dictate the way of getting things done, setting up an order, etc. That is very important and very touchy subject at the same time because if you are too harsh, you may destroy dog’s soul, if you are not strict enough, dog will take up your place of being a pack leader. You have to earn their respect.

Please, watch our videos to see it in action and feel free to call to set up an appointment as you may need it regardless. Well, good luck to you.
Q: MY DOG DOES NOT RESPOND TO RECALL COMMAND, EVEN THOU, WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP.
A: In most cases, it is lack of motivation. People like to demand dogs to do stuff, but they don’t give a dog a reason to do such thing. Try to look at it from the other side (dog’s point of view); “why would I go to my handler (where he/she will probably put me on the leash, etc.) if I can have fun here”… You have to convince your dog that YOU are the center of the Universe, the ultimate source of fun, etc. Make sure, you establish relationship, where WHENEVER your dog comes to you, you make it worth it (give him a treat, play with him, etc.) and don’t EVER yell at him when he comes to you, even thou you may be mad at him! Don’t you forget, that he is out there because YOU DID NOT PREVENT this situation…Feel free to email with further question or call please

Q: MY DOG DOES NOT RESPOND TO MY COMMANDS AND DOES THINGS HIS WAY.
A: Just like in previous situation and in most of other “disobedient” situations, we should think before actions; “why he doesn’t want to obey?” In dog’s training, you always should be a step ahead of them, meaning that you can’t let dog dictate you what and when will be done.(please, see our philosophy). So, in my world, dogs should have only one toy (ball, tug) what comes only from the handler when he wants to play/work with dog. That toy SHOULD NOT be accessible for the dog other than from you and ONLY when you decide to. This way, you are the one initiating the game, etc. Letting dog to bring you his toy, demanding you play with him when he decides to (in worst situation playing by himself only) or having dog playing with another dogs at dog park will cause development of dog’s independence-in another words, dog will figure out that he basically does not need you to have fun..Why would he? You feed him regardless, and he can play by himself or with other dogs. ABSOLUTELY NOT- you should always have a minute or two to get the toy out and play with the dog…

Q: I LOVE MY DOG WITH ALL OF MY HEART BUT HE’S BEING A “RASCAL”..WHY?
A: I call that problem “humanizing” a dog. A lot of people see dog as their equal partner and treat him that way. That is very wrong approach! There is no doubt that we should love our dog, BUT at the same time, we want to make sure that our dog also understands what we want from him. So, in other words, make sure that EVERYTHING in your communication comes out always the same way and also, what is very important fact, that you re CONSISTENT at it!! So if you call your dog”come”, you make sure he comes to you and don’t let him get away with not responding “oh, that is ok, you’re my good boy”..VERY WRONG-you’re giving him unclear message and confusing him at the same time! If you call him and he does not come, make him come (in form of game, walking opposite direction, etc., depending on dog’s level of training) , but make sure you get the task done! When he does it, make him feel it (play with him, etc.). AGAIN, don’t punish dog for not doing things the way you want them, but praise him when he does it, so you motivate him. At the same time, don’t serve dog (treats, food, play time) for no reason..You sure keep it fun, but create schedule, discipline and clear communication and you’ll see that your dog will love you endlessly because he will UNDERSTAND you.

Q: MY DOG IS FOOD AGGRESSIVE. HOW DO I STOP THAT?

A: I don’t you, nor your dog, so more info would help…but regardless… in most of these cases it is us handlers who create this problem..and or allowing dog become having hobbies or doing bad things..Please, visit my website and read about us, our philosophy…got to understand dog’s mentality and know bit of psychology in order to solve problems easily or prevent them (even better) from happening. No none sense tools needed! 🙂

Well, with your “food aggression”, what you got to do is to make your dog understand that you are a pack leader and you also are an ultimate food source!.. So, skip day or two of feeding completely and then, take dog’s daily portion of food and hand feed him (few kibbles at the time until you feed him the whole daily portion). Make sure that no other animals are in presence. After several days of doing so (absolutely no other source of food allowed-backyard, other family members, etc.), you’ll bring your hand feeding to “his” bowl and while still hand feeding, you keep your hand in the bowl and start dropping kibbles in it, so he can get them (while your hand is there-in his way). If he is doing fine, next thing is that you put the daily portion of food in the bowl and with your hand in it, let him eat..You should be able to do so without a problem …problem solved.. Usually this happens because dog does not trust you and/or he is simply guarding his food. You want to make sure he understand that you decide when and how much he will eat…DO NOT HUMANIZE DOGS.. They are animals and you MUST follow nature’s rules, not THOSE CREATED BY OUR STUPID, MIND TWISTED SOCIETY! The whole dog training is based on these pillars-make it very clear, always black and white only, no grey areas and your dog will understand you without getting confusing massage..

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