However, it's some time since you last had a puppy and obedience training has moved on. Whereas in the past you used a choke chain and dominated the dog, you now understand this is frowned upon. This is a little bit of a puzzle as it certainly seemed to get results and pandering to a powerful dog like a German shepherd seems a bad idea to you. But you're open-minded and the ultimate aim is what's best for the dog, so you decide to find out more about these newer ways of puppy training.
Unfortunately, for decades or even centuries, harsh methods that involve punishment and dominance have been in vogue. Although these methods appear to get results, this is because the dog is fearful of the owner and anxious lest he is punished.
Happily, there are better ways to motivate a puppy so that he behaves beautifully but not at the price of being fearful of his owner. We will look at how to do this in the following guide. The German shepherd dog will thrive using reward-based methods, as it builds his confidence and gives this clever canine a satisfying mental challenge.
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