Anyone who owns a dog knows that they can be a handful right from the time they are a few weeks old. “I thought this would be joy” expressed Loraine when she brought home her German Shepherd dog for the first time. But to her utter dismay, she walks in every day to newspaper half- chewed lying carelessly in the corner, rugs scratched all over, sofa pillows torn, dog poop on the carpet, and a snarling dog waiting to pounce on her. No one likes to see a dishevelled home that has descended into utter chaos, thanks to a beautiful loving German dog who unfortunately has not been trained!
Owning a dog is more work than joy – fact or fiction?
This is Fiction purely because we choose to own a dog to provide for him, to play with him, and not to keep him bound in the house. This naturally strong breed of dogs is exceptionally athletic when it comes to outdoor physical activities, and their energy cannot be contained inside your home. Moreover, these dogs also need challenges that exercise their mental agility. Ensure you give plentiful physical activity to your dog and take him out for walks on cue as they thrive on exercising on a regular basis. Without sufficient activities, they can often showcase destructive behaviour causing mayhem inside the house.
They cannot be tamed – fact or fiction?
This is a gray area between Fact and Fiction as this stern looking breed have a substantial temperament that can range anywhere from mellow to hyper. There is no ideal way to tame them except present them ample opportunities to socialize from a very young age. Surprisingly, they can be trained to be very cordial towards other family pets. They are smart and obedient and at the same time intimidating and aggressive. Choosing the right puppy from the right breeder can negate such negative traits and bring about a positive outlook right from the start. Studies show their aggressive behaviour comes inherited and lack of proper training can lead to several behavioural problems.
German Shepherds can be trained very easily – fact or fiction?
This one is a fact for more reasons than you can imagine. Many people are not always aware, but this smart breed of dogs have existed as pets for centuries and have been prominent guard dogs for emperors and kings alike and guide dogs for those who have disabilities such as blindness, down syndrome or dementia. They are wonderful companions for little kids and older people as they are extremely loyal and can be trained with specific skills that set them apart from the rest of the dog breeds. With care and proper guidance from professional trainers, they can often become more than just a casual pet. There are several tricks and secrets for each breed and understanding them and utilizing positive reinforcement techniques will help you become a better owner to your dog.
Training your dog as a responsible owner can not only keep up peace and quiet in your home but also in your neighbourhood. Nobody wants to scorn neighbours in their doorstep every other day asking one to keep their dog chained or inside the fence. We have seen relationships get tested due to lack of training of dogs, like the case with the movie Marley and Me. God forbid, should we find our beloved dog about to pounce and bite our very own little ones, we get annoyed and even angry. But, who do you think you should be rightfully angry at? Have you to your best ability worked hard in ensuring your dog received the proper training? Just scolding him, calling him ‘bad dog’ and punishing him does not account for training. More than the dog many times it is the owner who lacks the ability to maintain his composure and temperament.
Taking care of a dog is like taking care of another human being. They deserve the same love, patience, and compassion that you would show another family member. Teaching your dog right from wrong was never meant to be an easy ride, it has always been about embarking on an exciting memorable journey together. The next time you walk into a scene of chaos with your dog like Loraine did, ask yourself, will you blame him, or will you train him?