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The Importance of Training a Black German Shepherd from a Puppy

The Black German Shepherd is similar to typically colored ones in many ways, but the gene mutation that causes their coloring can result in them growing an inch or two bigger and therefore they’ll weigh 10 to 20 pounds more than a regular GSD. This extra size makes training essential so that you will train your Black German Shepherd, particularly from a puppy when they’re smaller and will learn quicker. The good news is that they’re an intelligent breed that’s eager to please, which makes training fairly easy.

Start Young

Old dogs can learn new tricks, but puppies certainly do pick up things quicker, which is why training should always start as young as possible. Black German Shepherds will quickly grow into their grand size, so establishing yourself as the alpha dog early on will help you to have control over them as they become bigger and more powerful. Understanding obedience at a young age will make it easier for them to learn tricks as they get older because they’ll be used to listening to you, especially if there’s a tasty reward involved.

Don’t Struggle Alone

If you’re new to training dogs or you’re not quite sure where to start with your Black German Shepherd, it’s best to ask for help rather than struggle and end up with an untrained and disobedient dog. If you get your dog as a pup, take them to a certified trainer as soon as possible. This will usually make the whole process shorter, easier and cheaper, which is better for both you and your dog. Begin with getting help for house training, such as toileting and not chewing things they shouldn’t, and follow onto obedience training. If you’ve adopted your Black German Shepherd at an older age and need some help with training, a professional can help to get them out of bad habits and into good ones, making their transition to a new home a smooth and happy one.

Let Your Black German Shepherd Socialize

It’s important for all dogs to socialize with other people, dogs, and animals. Doing this from a pup will help them to learn appropriate ways to behave, which can make their training easier. People who bring a puppy into a home that already has a dog often find it’s easier to train the pup as they’ll copy the older dog who is already trained. Introduce your Black German Shepherd to as many different people and animals as possible so that they learn not to be scared of others, but also not to intimidate others when they get to a big size. Socialization is harder as your Shepherd ages and will often require the help of a trainer.

Training a Black German Shepherd doesn’t differ too much from training a normal colored German Shepherd, but their additional size and weight do mean it’s of paramount importance to train them from an early age. When in doubt, always consult with a professional trainer who can help your Black German Shepherd to settle into their life with you as stress-free as possible.

 

Train Your Dog To Enjoy Children’s Company

Children who grow up with dogs are more active than those without, with one study finding they do an average of 360 steps more every day. Some dogs will naturally like being around children and enjoy their company, while others can find them too loud and overwhelming, which could lead to aggressive behavior, often due to fear. When introducing dogs to children for the first time make sure the experience is positive. With some basic training and rules in place, children and dogs get on brilliantly together and form relationships that can’t be beaten, making dogs a good addition to any family.

Training a Pup

Bringing a puppy into your home can be a joyful experience. Whether you’re expecting your first child or your pooch is moving into a home with children, you’ll need to teach them how they should behave. Between the ages of 8-16 weeks, your puppy will be able to learn and comfortably accept a variety of new situations, so it’s a critical time to introduce them to everything they’ll encounter daily. If you don’t have children, ask a family or friend if you can introduce them to their children. Make sure the child is comfortable with your dog and is happy to pet them and offer treats so that your dog associates children with positive things.

Training an Older Dog 

If you’ve rescued or adopted an adult dog that isn’t familiar with children, then training may take a little bit longer and you might need them to unlearn old habits. Adult dogs should be introduced to children gradually, starting with older children who will be calmer around them, and then work towards younger children, who are usually more playful and noisy, once your dog is comfortable. Children’s games and toys can be loud and scary for dogs, so introduce these to dogs without children around so that they become familiar with the sounds. Alternatively, there are some games that children like to play, such as charades, that dogs may want to get involved in. When kids are acting movies out keep an eye on your dog to make sure they don’t become excitable and jump up. You should also teach them not to play with toys that aren’t their own with the ‘leave’ and ‘stay’ commands.

Rules for All Dogs

Dogs of any age should be trained to listen to their owner and treat them as the leader of the pack. Taking them to an obedience class and doing regular training at home with them will form a strong bond between you and your dog where they will trust you and listen to you. You should teach dogs not to jump up on people, so that they don’t excitedly welcome a child and accidentally push them over. This is regardless of your dog’s size as even smaller breeds can jump up with force and it can scare the child. Teach your dog to associate good things with all four paws being on the floor, so tell them to sit when they jump up and then give them lots of attention and treats for the good behavior.

Training your dog how to behave around children is essential as they will encounter them at some point, whether it’s out on a walk, at family gatherings or your own children. It’s important that children are also taught rules on how to behave around dogs, such as to pet them gently, not to pull their fur or tail and not to chase them as this will all make your dog feel negatively towards children.

 

What Your Dog’s Sleeping Position Means

While unfortunately your dream of owning a talking dog may never come true, there are still plenty of ways for you and Fido to communicate. Your pup can recognize different tones, volumes, and even words that you speak — with proper training. In turn, you have developed a way of understanding them.

Most pet owners have developed their own way of communicating with their dogs. Your furry friend can often tell by the tone of your voice when you’re praising or reprimanding them, and you know by those big puppy-dog eyes that they want their share of tonight’s dinner. Even without words, you and your four-legged friend have an implicit understanding of each other. In fact, a well-trained dog who has learned commands by a professional trainer is the best way to enjoy Fido.

But how often do you pay attention to your dog while they sleep? Aside from noticing from their cute sleep-running, many pet owners don’t look to their dog’s sleeping position for insights. However, there is much to be learned from how your pooch sleeps. Here are a few of the most important positions to watch for.

Curled Up

If your dog is sleeping curled up with their nose tucked in, they may be cold or anxious. Each dog breed will have a different preferred temperature, depending on their size and coat. In general, dogs prefer temperatures between 68 and 78 degrees. Keep an eye on your pooch to make sure they aren’t too cold in the AC or during winter months.

On Their Paws

If your dog sleeps on their paws or belly rather than on their side, this could be a sign that they aren’t fully comfortable in their environment. Dog’s muscles cannot fully relax with their paws underneath them, so this is a way for them to rest while remaining able to jump away from danger at a moment’s notice. While your pup may only be in for a light doze, if they’re sleeping mainly like this, it may be time to clear animals or kids from their area and help them feel more comfortable.

Belly Up

If your dog sleeps with their belly in the air, this is a great sign. Their bellies are vulnerable areas, so this means they trust you completely. You’ve done a great job as a pet owner in loving and training them. Keep an eye out if they’re sleeping like this on a hot day outside or while panting, as they may also be sleeping like this to cool off. The pads of their paws contain sweat glands that allow them to regulate body temperature.

It’s important to pay attention to how your pet is sleeping so that you can give them all the care they need and deserve. Check out this infographic below by Sleep Advisor for more insights into what your pet’s sleeping position means about them.

 

 

How to Ease up Your Dog’s Grooming Anxiety

You want your dog groomed, but how do you deal with his anxiety? Your canine family member can’t comprehend the grooming tool revving sounds and often find the touch of the tools on his body, including the sensitive areas, to be very eerie. All these noises are normal to us, yet weird and a potentially threatening situation for a canine that can cause anxiety. Many dog owners avoid groomers, saying “My dog just freaks out when I take her to the groomer.”

Some dogs like or at least tolerate grooming sessions. But not all dogs. If you have tried everything, from introducing him to grooming tools to desensitizing him at home, and anxiety for the groomer is still a major issue, there are some clever ways to help ease the tension for your beloved Fido.

Take the Stress Out of the Car Ride

Car rides can provoke anxiety in some dogs. However, there are some reasons you need to look into that make him nervous and also scared sometimes. One of the main reasons for the anxiety is that he associates the car ride with trips to places he doesn’t like, such as a veterinary office or a groomer. Moreover, motion sickness can add to his fear of riding in cars.

Many people choose to should talk to their vet for preventive measures to cure anxiety issues and to see if any anti-nausea medication can rectify motion sickness. This is warranted for some canines. However, keep in mind that a well-trained dog can manage anxiety through behavior modification and other savvy dog training techniques. In fact, a good canine behaviorist, like Pro-Train, could be a very good option to help make this transition possible. Just remember that a veterinarian is not always the best professional to ease anxiety (a behavioral issue) and the vet may just be inclined to use medication. This is not the best option in our opinion.

Make Your Dog Accustomed to being Handled

Grooming also includes handling of several sensitive areas like his muzzle, eyes, ear, groin, jaw, paws, and rear. You should make your pooch get used to being handled by his groomer. Training plays an important role in making him stay calm throughout the grooming session, especially when he is being touched in his sensitive areas.

A good way to make your dog accustomed to touch in sensitive areas is by desensitizing them to the grooming tools. Introduce the tool as her new toy. Slowly approach her with it and reward each touch with a highly valued treat. Doing so will make her like, or at least bear, with each of your small attempts to desensitize. If your Fifi doesn’t let you touch in sensitive areas like ears, you can start desensitizing from comparatively less sensitive areas followed by treats and gradually moving towards more sensitive areas.

Keeping things familiar to them is another way to keep anxiety at bay. For example, use the same brush for your dog to brush him every time you attempt to brush her fur.

Once your dog senses a new normal with being handled, stays calm, and receptive, she should be good-to-go for a professional grooming session. Remember, you need to imitate your groomer the way he would handle your dog so that every touch and handling will be familiar for him.

Make a Grooming Facility Familiar and Fun

Ask your grooming facility if it allows pets to visit its place, so that your dog can associate happy moments with the place. When you arrive, give your dog treats. Stay in your car in the parking lot for a while and then take him on a walk nearby. Let him do some sniffing around and eat some delicious treats.

You can ask groomer and the staff to perform the same training and desensitization you did with your Fido at home with some more treats. In addition, make him accustomed to lifting and putting down on the floor from a table. This will help your dog to associate his happy memories (treats) with grooming sounds and activities.

Behavior Modification Training Before Sedatives and Medication

As previously mentioned, we believe strongly in the power of behavior modification training. According to Mark Castillero, founder of Pro-Train and author of More than a Dog Whisperer, most dogs can be trained to effectively handle a trip to the groomer with tried and proven behavior modification techniques. He suggests always making training your dog, even before grooming, a top priority.

Of course, there are some instances when your dog is just in need of sedatives. However, this should be the last option on your list and sedatives should only be considered when all other options have been exhausted. Ask yourself the following questions, and the answers will give you a good insight in deciding whether your pooch really needs sedatives or not.

Has your dog always been like this? If not, you may want to consult a vet to check what may have happened. It can be some kind of ear infection or some other pain that makes him extra anxious. Or you might have changed his groomer and he is simply not okay with it.

Have you tried different groomers? Some groomers are more patient than others or they have a different level of expertise that may lead to a smoother grooming session for your dog and have some extra ideas to calm your pooch.

Have you tried to groom your dog yourself? Some canine buddies are less fearful and anxious in their home and comfortable being touched by their parents than a complete stranger. If you have some hands-on experience with grooming, you should give it a shot. Obviously, it is quite better than giving your buddy sedatives, right?

Have you ever observed any aggression in your dog when being groomed? Try to find reasons for it.

Does your dog belong to the breed that has frequent grooming needs?

Does your pooch often get incredibly anxious?

The End Note

An anxious dog makes his parents feel guilty. And it is our duty to make them believe it is all good and there’s nothing to worry about. Anxiety in dogs is real and as complex as much as it is in humans. Here’s hoping that these tips help make the grooming experience a positive one for both you, and your beloved canine.

About the Contributor

Clara Lou is Co-founder and the Head of Marketing at Petlovesbest.com. Pet Loves Best is a one-stop solution for all your pet supplies shopping and pet-related queries.

 

 

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