Nobody told you quite how much energy your German Shepherd would have. Whatever you seem to do, he never seems to tire. It’s not all bad, it means your kids are definitely ready for bed by the time Buddy has chased them around the house all evening. He also keeps you in good shape as you have to give him a long walk each day. However, because his energy seems to be endless, it means it starts to spill out at home, by chewing your rugs, for example. You want to be able to relax when you’re out the house, safe in the knowledge that he’s lying there peacefully napping.
Training Buddy to retrieve may well be able to help you with your problem. The constant short sprinting will quickly tire him out. Furthermore, this type of training is ideal if you’re going to train him to be a working hunting dog. It will ensure you can have him drop his quarry.
Training Buddy to retrieve isn’t going to be as complicated as you might think. This is because German Shepherds are intelligent and quick learners. You need to break training down into two parts. Firstly, you need to teach him to chase down an object. Secondly, you need to teach him to return the object. Once he understands what you want him to do, you just need to reinforce training with the right incentive. Both toys and food will help to this end.
If he’s a puppy, Buddy should be particularly receptive and keen to please. As a result, he could be consistently retrieving in just a week or so. If your German Shepherd is older and less interested in learning, then it may take a couple of weeks. Get this training right and you’ll have a fantastically effective way to exercise him.
Before you start work, you will need to collect a few bits. Stock up on tasty treats or his favorite food. If you’re not sure what to use, German Shepherds are often prepared to do pretty much anything for cheese. A couple of toys or tennis balls will also be required.
You need a spacious place to practice in, such as a large yard or local field. Then set aside 15 minutes each day for training.
Apart from that, just bring enthusiasm and patience, then work can begin!