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German Shepherd Puppy Training


How to Train a German Shepherd Puppy

German Shepherd puppy training should consider this breed's genetic nature: GSDs originate as a german dog breed for herding and guarding sheep. In addition, training german shepherd puppies should reflect the strength and loyalty of the german shepherd dog breed.

In other respects, german shepherd puppies training can be fairly similar to the dog training techniques of many other breeds. This article provides some specific german shepherd puppy training tips.

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How to Train German Shepherd Puppies

Firstly, how to train a german shepherd puppy should reflect its genetic preposition: You must consider the dog's intelligence, loyalty, strength, courage and protective nature when you plan to perform your own german shepherd puppy training - or you will face problems.

Training a german shepherd puppy should start as soon as you bring your puppy home, but only if your german shepherd puppy is old enough to be socialized with people and other dogs. If your puppy's behavior doesn't seem to provide sufficient indication, then 10 weeks is usually the age where you would expect that a german shepherd puppy is ready for gsd training, although it may be a bit earlier or later in some cases.

At this point, start with basic house training a puppy. Untrained German Shepherds can be quite stubborn at a young age, so it is recommended you use puppy crate training and are at home as much as possible to observe your pups and to establish familiarity. House training a puppy can take slightly longer if you have a german shepherd, but once they are broken a german shepherd puppy is extremely careful not to violate its home. When you have established these basics, start creating an environment in which you are the clear alpha leader.

You may also want to consider Clicker dog training because it works particularly well for training German Shepherd puppies too.

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Training a German Shepherd Puppy

Training german shepherd puppies not to bite or nip is easier using suitable german shepherd toys and a noticeable whining sound to demonstrate that it hurts. Don't allow your puppy to jump on the couch and never let it sleep in your bed. From early onwards a suitable german shepherd crate should be used as much as possible so that you stretch out how long your german shepherd puppy can stay alone while you are away. You do not need to change the crate as your gsd ages. Indeed, most professional dog trainers recommend to keep the same crate your german shepherd puppy is used to from an early age on.

German Shepherd puppy training should slowly move into the obedience phase between month 3 and 6, focusing on basic dog commands like lying down, sitting, staying, focusing on you, coming when called, waiting inside doors and on the street, and not pulling on the leash. More details on the more advanced German Shepherd puppy training tips can be found in the outstanding DIY dog training online course The Online Dog Trainer.

You will find that in general a German Shepherd puppy is very adept at picking up on these cues, but may not initially want to follow your lead due to its slightly stubborn nature. An upbeat attitude and consistency on your side is key, and you will have more fun with your dog than you can currently imagine!

Training German Shepherd Puppies

Because of their innate curiosity, strength and courageous nature, a German Shepherd pups will try to explore as much as possible from an early age on. Gently teach them to stop at the curb on the street, and not to chase moving objects or animals. Make sure he or she does not run away from you in public. Never take a German Shepherd pups off its leash until you are sure it will return upon being called and not run off or too far away from you.

The risks with strong dogs like GSD puppies are naturally higher than with many other and smaller breeds. Therefore, make sure your German Shepherd pups is ensured for third party damages.

Effective German Shepherd puppy training may seem a little more difficult or take longer than normal when you first get your new little friend. However, ultimately you will appreciate that a German Shepherd is among the most loyal, versatile, protective and attentive dogs you could possibly own!

If trained well, German Shepherds will loyally stay by your side no matter what happens. And they will follow your instructions like clockwork. I said, if trained well. Also, unlike some other breeds, GSD puppies have the benefit of being clean indoors from early on, see House training a puppy. Of course, House Training too is much more comprehensive in the Puppy Development Guide - Puppy 101 f f f f f f f f.

However, to realize all these benefits and pleasures of owning a German Shepherd puppy, you must lay down the rules early and consistently to ensure your GSD puppies follow your instructions in the future without that daily struggle.

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  17 Responses to “German Shepherd Puppy Training”


    I appreciate all the written info, and the online training, but I need a specific program we both can attend with professional GSD training. Please advise.
    Thank you~ Elisa Abete and Noli (4 months)


      How can I? I have no clue where you are, who you are, and what you are looking for.
      Be careful with advice that you may get (elsewhere) if you ask with so much imprecision, Elisa.
      Directories of dog trainers you find here on the site as well. But always check yourself before you choose one, assuming you don’t want your dog to end up as an emotional wreck!? LOADS of “dog trainers” have little clue WHAT they are doing (to the dog, and the owner). I could even show you where some professional dog trainers admit this themselves! Arguing they had to “learn a lot recently”. Ha! Tsss

      Then rather learn sth that makes sense to you and meets your expectations, and then apply it yourself.


    Thank you so much for your site and wonderful advice! This gsd puppy has been a particularly stubborn and aggressive little guy. You have been a lifesaver!


    I have a two year old shepherd. He knows the property lines and almost always comes on command. However, when he is on a sniffing ordeal, he is not listening and this time he has run off doing this and I cannot find him. If he comes back, I am not sure how to stop this behavior. I take him ut on two mile walks every morning. He goes to daycare once a week. I spend time with him on lunch hour and quality time on evenings. Not sure what I am doing wrong.


      Ken, I am not going to tell you what you’re doing wrong, cause I can’t know. But a few questions that may help anyway ;-)
      – Is he neutered?
      – Any idea where he’s usually going?
      – You mention “he almost always comes on command” – Do you have any idea of Behavior Training, and why your problem then would likely disappear?
      – Are you treat training him?
      – Is he your first dog?
      – Dogs in the neighborhood?
      – And what’s the exact situation the moment before he disappears?



    Do you have a chart that shows how many minutes per day we should exercise GSD based on the dog’s age?



    I guess I should have asked your opinion about how many minutes per day should I run my dog before 12 month of age and after 12 month. I have heard too much running can cause health problem for the GSD under 12 month old. Some say if you have 8 weeks old puppy you should walk them 5*8=40 minutes a day and for 9 weeks 5*9 and so forth. Do you think that is right?


      Allen, I think that is nonsense someone made up on a dull day and published it. As always, the herd then copies it…

      Didn’t you see my earlier reply?
      … we have something better, I think: GSD online health assessment

      Have you tried it? You will notice, it draws the line at 9 months of age (below: “be careful”, above: “good”).

      So, yes, puppies shouldn’t be subjected to heavy exercise, and not to excessive jumping either. However, as you know, we understand exercise not as “dog walking” – that’s exercising a Chihuahua but NOT a GSD.

      I think best is to gently stimulate a GSD with increasing age, and when you notice (s)he is too exhausted, do less. If you feel, as a GSD, (s)he’s too soon exhausted, see the vet for an exam (or first, cheaper, use the linked tool! Enter all data you can, and you will see it gives a LOT of results). And the more people use it with full data entered, the sooner I can gauge it further. :-)


    Hi Tim. I wanna ask one question.. i have german shepherd dog puppy, Jarvis, and he is still eating stones/small rocks. Hot to stop this behaviour? He is 13 weeks old and now he lives with us inside because we have winter here in Slovaia andas soon as we go for walk or he is outside he eats everything what is made of stones/rocks :( but, of course his stomach can deal with rocks and he doesnt sleep all the night and he throws it out… help if u have any advice. thanks


      That is a huge health risk that must be stopped TODAY! There are several possible reasons, the most likely (but NOT in this order):

      1) Your dog is severely stressed. See the Prime Secret about dogs, the Pack conflict, as I explained it in the Puppy 101 and I think, also in the House Training Guide. Intense stress can lead to all sorts of behavior (and health) issues, incl. 2)

      2) Your dog may have what’s called pica, which is an OCD (some people leave out the “O” because they think dogs can’t think, but obviously I disagree there). So, Jarvis may indeed have an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Pica is rare with GSDs. It means that your dog – well you know that – compulsively mouths objects and sometimes even eats them (in your case). This can be caused by stress (see 1) but may alternatively be a hereditary disorder. To rule this out, can you please check with the breeder/shelter/prior owner if the dog’s parents show any form of OCD?

      3) Your dog may merely seek your attention! To rule this out, observe if Jarvis only does that when you or another family member is around, or also does it when alone?

      Irrespective of the reason discussed above, do seek a vet immediately to ensure there are no objects left in his body.
      (The vet will likely not be able to cure the OCD though, if that’s the case)


    my dad just got a german shepherd male dog 2 weeks ago and the dog is presently 8weeks old. i have been trying to train him to be obedient and he obeys some instructions like sit,get up,shake me, come.. i also learnt that i should introduce him to outsiders but am afraid it will make him not to guard the house properly especially when we are not around or in case of burglars..our house is highly fenced, do u think i should?. i also have another dog a mix of boer boar and alsatian, it always barks and whinnes towards any visitors esp.. children so that they would play with him..pls what can i do to stop it


      I’d urgently study the Puppy 101 you see BIG on the left, everything you need is in there, hence called Puppy 101.


    Hi Tim! We got a female German shepherd puppy when she was 2 months old. She used to bite the family members. She is now 4 months old and is still biting us. Is it teething? When is it going to finish? We are really worried…


      Hasshir, here come’s the truth that – at the moment – you won’t believe (but it’s the truth nonetheless):

      If you don’t take a VERY different approach ASAP, your dog too will end up in a shelter.
      Why? Because, a GSD puppy that hasn’t learned from its owner at age 4 months when, and how much nipping(!) is allowed, and with whom, exhibits by the age of 6 months and older a bite force(!) that you won’t want to bear anymore (cannot bear).

      As I’ve written on this site MANY times: If you don’t want to fork out $9 for a Puppy 101 to prevent these exact problems that you complain about now, at least fork out $0 (zero dollar) and click on Ian Dunbar’s site to download his book After you get your puppy. For free, yes.

      Otherwise, my own Puppy 101 you see on this very page (every page) on the left, hence I can’t understand why you ask?
      If you can read this reply, you certainly can read the book. It’s very easy to understand. :-)


    Hi, my gsd is 12 weeks. He is basically house trained crate trained and knows basic commands, sit, laydown, “paw”, and doing great learning to roll over, all just at the snap of a finger. Occassionally, when we are outside walking he is complete opposite and won’t listen to anything constantly tugging at his leash. And when I try to correct him by removing the leash from his mouth he snaps at me. What might cause this and how can I correct the issue?

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