He may one day grow up to be strong and tough, but for now, your German Shepherd puppy is tiny and cute. He spends his days rolling around the floor and drooling all over your lap. He loves being the center of attention and he’s undoubtedly brought the family together. However, while you don’t mind that he spends his time having fun, you do want him to be well trained and capable of following instructions when he’s older. So you need to start teaching him basic commands.
Teaching him to ‘roll over’ is quick, easy and lays the foundation for other tricks later on. It’s also a fantastic way to channel his energy into something productive. Not to mention, it’s a great way for you both to bond. Lastly, this trick is guaranteed to get guests giggling when they come over.
Teaching German Shepherd puppies to do simple tricks like rolling over is a walk in the park. His brain will be like a sponge, so training will be straightforward. The hardest part will be initially conveying to him what it is you want him to do. However, once you’ve done that, you just need to reinforce training with the right incentive. Unsurprisingly, German Shepherds will be up for almost anything if it means they get to feast on a treat at the end.
If he’s eager to please, you could see results in just a couple of days. But if he’s not such a keen student and gets easily distracted, then training may take longer. It could be 10 days before you see consistent results. Succeed and you’ll have paved the way for teaching him a number of complex commands further down the line.
Before you get to work, you will need to get your hands on a few things. Stock up on tasty treats and have a toy and a clicker handy for one of the methods below.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Try and practice in a large room or yard, where there is less risk of anything valuable getting broken.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then get to work!