He’s bright, intelligent and loyal to a fault. You’d be simply lost without your German Shepherd. However, you welcomed him into your home for more than his good nature and evening cuddles. You would like to train him to be able to find things for you. Perhaps you need him to find prey, perhaps you want to train him to be a working dog who can find cash, drugs, and weapons.
Whatever the motivation, this type of training can bring with it a long list of benefits. Firstly, you could save serious time and money if you can train him to find things for you. This type of training is also an effective way to channel his energy into something productive. It will also make training him to do a number of other things easier too.
You’d be surprised at how straightforward it is to train your German Shepherd to find things for you. But you will first need to get him familiar with the item in question. You will then need to turn training into a game. German Shepherds learn best when they think they are playing a game. Positive reinforcement and tasty treats will be required to motivate him throughout.
If he’s a puppy he should be eager to please and receptive. This means you could see results in just a few weeks. However, if he’s older, stubborn and not so good at following instructions anymore, then you may need several months. Succeed and you’ll have a fantastic way of tracking down and identifying things that humans simply cannot. In addition, it’s a great way to bond with your canine pal.
Before you start training, you will need to get your hands on a few things. You will need the items you want to train him to find. You will also need to stock up on tasty treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. A tracking leash and body harness may also be required.
Set aside 15 minutes for training each day. You will start off training in the house, but you will then upgrade to a yard and local fields.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!