The Root of the Behavior
This type of dog needs constant stimulation, exercise, and attention from those they are around. With these attributes, all German Shepherds have a tendency to want to excel, focus on their job, and follow orders from their owner. All canines come from the wolf and their ancestral roots will play an important role in how they interact with the world they live in. It is in their blood to follow through with training and organizational processes from herding to following the simple commands of sit, stay, and lay down. All dogs look up to their owners, but German Shepherds also are bred to be much more protective than other breeds. They will look up to their owners more than other breeds, follow what they learn, and use their high energy to complete what they need.
Encouraging the Behavior
German Shepherds were bred to follow directions and complete a task such as herding cattle. They love having training and they love following the rules. If you do not give your dog attention or a task to follow, you may find your puppy getting into things, chewing on anything that is in their sight, and even expending their energy through reckless habits such as urinating in the house or excessive barking. Encourage your dog through training, give him something to do, and let him show his loyalty to you as an owner through all of his actions.