This is Dr. Banfe from Banffy Haus German Shepherds with some advice for you German Shepherds owners. My parents told me that military academy was good for me because the structure would keep me out of trouble. Remarkably, it did and it was excellent for me. I was able to develop patterns of behavior, respect and integrity, cleanliness and discipline that have helped me during all of my life.
That is similar for your German shepherd. You need to create a 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 respect a superbly trained German shepherd, 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. That’s how we like to see them at Banffy Haus German Shepherds.
So, it is kind for us to create structure. Canines are creatures of habit and order. And we love them 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.
When you get the urge to break ranks and to encourage your dog to do so, don’t be surprised or angry with them when they continue or ramp-up the behavior you began. Don’t blame them if they jump up on your neighbor and ruin her new dress when yesterday you decided to pat your chest and encourage them to jump up. Don’t get angry with 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 from Banffy Haus German Shepherds we 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.
I hope these are helpful hints for understanding the behavior of your German Shepherd puppies.