Finally, let’s briefly look at dog bite training, because the German Shepherd is a protection dog – even if you didn’t get him/her for this reason. In order for the dog to be able to fulfil its role as protection dog for your family and/or your house, it must be trained accordingly. Part of this is German Shepherd bite training.
German Shepherd bite training
First of all, unless you are a studied and experienced dog bite trainer, you should not attempt to undertake your own German Shepherd bite training. The reason is, it is too dangerous if things go wrong.
We don’t even mean the moment of the dog bite training itself (that will hurt but you will survive), we mean what your GSD takes away from it for the future. Because if your intimate session of German Shepherd bite training in the garden sets the wrong environment, gives the wrong stimulus, etc then you may unknowingly have sowed the seeds of German Shepherd aggression and future destructive behavior and danger.
Dog bite training should always be left to professionals. If you can’t afford that, don’t do it. We don’t get paid for saying so, it’s just common sense. Even if you think you’ve watched 20 hours of dog bite training video and read 5 books on the topic, you are far from being a professional dog bite trainer, really. So, don’t even consider it.
When your German Shepherd is being bite trained, the professional dog trainers will use protective armour and repeatedly simulate a controlled attack with a stick in an observed environment. The dog is then gradually being trained to bite with force into the (protected) forearm of the handler’s deputy, to hold on to its targeted attacker even when the attacker tries to shake off the dog, and not to loosen the bite until the handler shouts “Out!”.
Any such training will not start before your German Shepherd hasn’t continually proven to fully and instantly obey all relevant obedience commands during prior German Shepherd dog training sessions or, more specifically, German Shepherd obedience training classes. To read more, make sure you are subscribed to the free MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL.
Did you notice above that we used specific terms?
- “controlled attack”
- “with a stick”
- “in an observed environment”
- “(protected) forearm”
- “until the handler shouts ‘Out!'”
All these terms clearly mark the enormous differences to German Shepherd Protection Training.