Your German Shepherd puppy is among the top five of smartest dog breeds. He is eager to learn and highly energetic. Everything you say to him is absorbed, quickly processed, and remembered. Your German Shepherd can learn up to 200 words with time, practice, and training.
Training your German Shepherd puppy to walk on a leash will not only encourage and challenge his skills but as your dog grows older and bigger, it will also give you an opportunity to maintain control over your adult German Shepherd, who will be very strong. Training your puppy to walk on a leash will give him leash manners that will last an entire lifetime. Once your Shepherd is full grown, it will be imperative that he respects you and uses his leash manners while on walks. This will protect you, your dog, and any other critter along your path as you walk together.
Training your German Shepherd puppy leash manners will require you get him used to wearing a leash early on and then will move to training your puppy how to walk beside you, how to keep a loose leash so he's not pulling you along, and how to avoid distractions while on the leash. When you train your puppy how to walk on a leash, you will be conditioning him with repetitive training and positive behavior rewards. Leash training starts slow and increases in length of time for each session as well as the length of walks and distractions on your walks. Starting in a distraction-free area will ensure that you have your puppy’s attention, but as he becomes more used to your expectations while on the leash, increasing his distractions will give him the challenges he needs to continue learning.
In order to start training your German Shepherd how to use a leash and leash manners, you are going to need the appropriate size leash for your puppy. Consider the length of the leash as well as the strength of the leash. Remember your German Shepherd will be much larger and stronger when he's an adult dog. You may also consider a harness instead of a collar for your puppy, but this is personal preference. Be sure you carry lots of high-value treats such as dried liver, beef jerky, hot dogs, or cheese while you are walking and training. Your German Shepherd doesn't require large treats. Just cut them up into small pieces--he will work just as hard.