To help you build the BEST relationship with your German Shepherd Dog!
==> Small children or large children? - At home or on the street?
Better safe than sorry!
GSD and Children - Best Practice
I cannot stress enough the importance of learning ever more how to build the BEST relationship with your GSD. All the more if you have children at home or particularly if you are expecting a baby, and you have a German Shepherd, then you certainly need to consider the subsequent points in order to be safe! For your kids, your dog, and you.
Your German Shepherd can be a completely delightful caretaker of your kids and your family, protecting, guarding and guiding at all times. But for this it is necessary that your GSD is trained to the BEST.
Understanding your GSD's temperament, knowing its behaviours and maintaining a healthy relationship with your GSD is needed to help your GSD bond well with your children, grandchildren, and other people's children.
In a family, best is to take Gesture Eating in turns, and when everyone has done it, start again with the first family member the next week or whenever. If you have a baby, hold your baby in front of you in a baby sling or baby carrier while performing the entire Feeding Routine.
Re-listen to what the Top dog expert says above - and indeed he said much more on this essential topic.
Do you want your children, grandchildren, and other people's children to be SAFE with your German Shepherd, or do you want them to possibly become another statistic? It's really odd: People insure themselves, their house, their car, and often their dog and their iphone too, but they fail to insure their children through simple training of the right kind!
I fail to understand such people, I just can't! Paying tons of insurance premiums although the best insurance always is what you do yourself: right. And what you teach your children to do: right.
Training the dog and the kids when having both, this also includes other points than involving your kids in the Feeding Routine: Involve the kids in the washing of your GSD, dog grooming, toothbrushing etc, show them how to safely dog walk off-leash etc. All this helps to establish all family members as accepted Pack leader for your German Shepherd.
Only if your dog KNOWS its position in the house (that is, after all family members), your children are SAFE - and everyone (including the dog) is happier too! Dog-Child aggression or even biting only happens in households where the children have not been established as accepted Pack leader.
Conversely, if the roles are well defined through the right training approach (both dog training and kids training), your dog will follow your and your children's clear behavior (and commands) without being stubborn or angry or 'bossy'.
2) Ideally: Start immediately!
The best time to start developing the right bonding between the children and your GSD is immediately.
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Disclaimer: Always apply your own common sense when you follow anyone's suggestions. As much as your dog is special (s)he may react different too.
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