One of the most basic behaviors that every dog should learn is to come when called. Professional dog trainers call this skill “recall.”
German Shepherds, given their long breeding history focused on their value as working dogs, are a breed that can learn to have a very reliable recall. As you probably already know, your German Shepherd is smart and eager to please. All you need is the know-how and some patience to practice recall with your GSD.
GSDs are powerful dogs who need strong leadership in their pack. Teaching your dog to come promptly when called, every time, could even save her life. However, to get recall to be reliable in a pinch, you will need to put some time in with regular practice and proofing in a variety of distracting environments.
Read on to find out how!
Training a good recall is not done in a few quick sessions. Although your German Shepherd will learn the basic command very quickly, getting their recall to the point that you can always count on it will take a great deal of practice both in and out of formal training sessions.
Here are some tips to make your recall command strong, and keep it that way:
Think about what motivates your German Shepherd before beginning your recall training with her. It is important to use a variety of different rewards when working on recall, although starting with high value food rewards is probably easiest. After she has the basics down, you will want to “switch it up” for fun with a game of tug, plenty of praise, or a toss of her favorite ball.
Keep your training sessions short enough that your GSD stays engaged and excited to learn. Cutting a session short before she gets frustrated is worth more than spending three times as long working beyond his focus limit. Also, be sure to keep things positive by rewarding success whenever you can.
The only equipment you need for recall training is a long line. You can use a leash or a rope for this job, as long as it is 25’ or longer and is strong enough to reel your dog in so that it is safe to work outside in non-secure environments.
He will not pay attention (obey orders). Just roughly biting (playing). He will not "shake hands.
Hello Oresta, First, work on teaching him to pay better attention to you. Practice saying puppy's name, then tossing him a treat. As he improves at looking when you say his name, wait until he comes over to you when you say his name - then reward. Also, practice walking around outside with pup on a 30 foot training leash. Let pup wander around in a safe area, randomly walk away from puppy and let the end of the leash catch him if he doesn't come on his own - without saying anything. When he catches up after feeling the tug, give a treat. After practicing this a lot, pup should begin coming over to you looking for a treat every once in a while - whenever pup comes over without being called - give a treat. Whenever pup chooses to follow you on his own - give a treat. You are rewarding pup for choosing to focus on you on his own. Also, practice the reel In method for teaching come. Practice rewarding following on his own and practicing the Reel In method when you tell him Come. Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall As far as the biting, check out the Leave It method from the article linked below - it will take him a bit to build up the self-control to obey Leave It, so practice often and stay consistent: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite All of what you mentioned is normal for this age and just a matter of working with pup consistently to help him develop the skills needed - like self-control and focus, so I suggest working on the above training first. If things get worse as he gets older, check out the video linked below and consider hiring a trainer who specializes in both obedience and behavior issues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcwvUOf5oOg Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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