How to Stop a German Shepherd From Barking at Home

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How to Stop a German Shepherd From Barking at Home

All dogs bark as it is their way to communicate. Dogs bark for various reasons: to greet, to alert, out of boredom, to attract attention, or when they've been excited. When you happen to share the house with neighbors, training your dog not to bark is a top priority.

Though some forms of barking are acceptable, a lot of barking is, undoubtedly, irritating. Especially for your neighbors and it may eventually cause complaints. The easiest and fastest way to stop a problematic barker is to control their barking while you are at home.

So how to stop a German Shepherd from barking?

It takes only following these three steps.

  1. Set a situation up where your dog will constantly bark. For example, ask someone to ring your doorbell or knock on your door.
  1. When your dog charges towards the door and begin to bark loudly, approach your dog, grab their collar, and provide the command “quiet.” Do not yell, however as it doesn’t help.
  1. If they stops barking, reward and praise them. They are a genius and deserve it.

If they continue barking however, close your hand over their mouth by wrapping your fingers around their muzzle (use both hands if needed), and give command for them to keep quiet. Then, praise them if they stop. Be careful when doing it.

Most dogs would be able to learn the command, “quiet,“ with consistent training like all other commands. Create similar situations that force your dog to bark and duplicate training whenever possible.

Use these methods below if you have a serious barker.

  1. Vinegar-water solution: Mix a solution that is 7/8 water & 1/8 vinegar together. Then, pour the mixture into a water pistol or what kids call a “super soaker” for longer distance shooting.
  1. Aim and shoot at your dog’s chest whenever they continue barking even after your command(s). Dogs hate the scent of vinegar and will generally cool off and / or stop barking if you use this technique. They may even sneeze a few times, but it’s harmless so you don’t need to worry.
  1. As always, praise them once they stop barking.

For your information, your German Shepherd might, nevertheless, bark noisily, disrupting your neighborhood once you are not at home. For this instance, a training gear known as a “bark collar” can be used to help train them in their case if you decide it is something that is needed.

There are several kinds of bark collars on the market. Some of which send an electric surprise (shock collar) to your dog when they bark. Some create a high pitched sound, or emit a squirt of citronella which is annoying, but safe for your dog. Usually, these collars will help you train a problematic barker.

We recommend the high pitched collar or the citronella collars. They're not only helpful, but offer a more humane solution for your dog.

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German Shepherd Harness Which to Choose

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German Shepherd Harness - Which To Choose?

There are three main types of German Shepherd harness to choose from. All three are functional, versatile, and meet most dogs needs.

Every dog, not only German Shepherds, needs to be harness trained. In this short article we'll focus on the three most common harnesses for a German Shepherd, whose role is to be the best family pet.

No Pull German Shepherd Harness

The "no pull' type of German Shepherd harness helps to teach your dog not to pull. It cradles around it's chest and shoulders to prevent choking when pulling. Because it supports the shoulders and chest rather than the neck, you can better control your dog.

Due to it not choking the dog you will get a better reaction from your dog using this type of harness. The leash is usually attached to a ring at top of the shoulders. This placement also takes away the strain on pet owners arms and shoulders from a dog who pulls. It's especially important to easily control a bigger dog like a German Shepherd.

Car German Shepherd Harness

If you plan to take your dog on outings having a car harness will help keep him put while you drive.

There are few potentially greater distraction to a driver than a large dog jumping around in the car.

Using a car harness keeps your pet safe when traveling and lets the driver keep focus on driving. Some no pull harnesses can also double as a car harness. Make sure the harness you choose for car usage is meant for that purpose. Using an incompatible harness for the car can lead to serious injury for your pet.

Gentle Leader German Shepherd Harness

The gentle leader type of German Shepherd harness is an option for GSD owners. It fits around the muzzle of the dog and tightens up if your dog pulls away. This type of German Shepherd harness is meant to teach the dog to walk naturally next to you without having full body control. Some dogs prefer this type as it doesn't feel as confining to them.

Another reason dog owners like this type of harness is that some German Shepherds may snap or bite. The way the gentle leader is fitted can give you the ability to interrupt your pet as it goes to snap. It pulls around the muzzle to prevent a big bite. It is used in place of a muzzle but shouldn't totally be depended on to prevent biting. The gentle leader is meant for use as a training and safety harness much like the others.

Harnesses for German Shepherds come in many popular forms. If you do a lot of night time walking or running with your pet you might look for a harness that is reflective for safety and visibility.

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How To Stop German Shepherd From Biting

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How To Stop German Shepherd From Biting

German Shepherds grow big and strong. Having an unruly dog in your home can leave your home in chaos.

Proper training can help you fix most if not all behavior problems in dogs.

It's common for German Shepherds to bite and nip, especially in the puppy stage. If biting isn't properly modified with training your dog could hurt someone very badly. This can lead to fines, injury, lawsuits, and potentially your dog losing it's life if biting frequently.

Why German Shepherds Bite and Nip

In the puppy stage dogs playfully bite and nip at litter mates. This is the time when dogs learn boundaries and social interaction with familiar dogs.

If puppies are adopted too early they may not have fully learned what is or isn't proper behavior in regards to biting and nipping. Teething puppies should be given plenty of chew toys to dissuade chewing on inappropriate items.

It's during this time you want to start to assert your authority when training your dog. There will be play biting that needs to be given a command of no before the biting gets out of hand.

You teach your dog what is acceptable by what you allow. Play biting and rough play may seem fun at first until you realize biting of any kind can lead to dangerous habits.

Setting The Rules For German Shepherds That Bite

When playing with your dog and it goes to bite you simply tell it NO or ouch. They will push your boundaries yet it's up to you to establish the rule.

You must stay consistent with correcting the dog at the same time letting it no biting is not okay. Using positive reinforcement, "Good boy" when your dog listens to your command helps him to understand he did a good job of listening.

Some German Shepherds will bite out of fear or from provocation. Make sure your dog is not being taunted by others through a fence or other barrier.

This can lead to unwanted aggression toward humans.

If your dog is biting people who are new to him it may be because of fear. Let your dog get to know new people by frequently getting him around them. This is called socializing.

New situations can cause fear and your sensitive German Shepherd may react by biting. You don't want to push your dog into uncomfortable situations, you want to read his reactions to sort out what is causing it, and work to correct it.

So how to stop German Shepherd from biting? There are several ways to teach your German Shepherd not to bite or nip.

You could start with self training at home, while in puppy stage.

Another alternative is professional training which is done by someone with solid knowledge of your dogs breed. They would take into consideration it's innate characteristics and their own training skills to correct the biting issue.

German Shepherds Lifespan and Other Characteristics

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German Shepherds Lifespan and More

There are many reasons why the German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Despite the fact that he is capable, working, and intelligent, his courage and devotion are huge. 

If there's something the German Shepherd Dog has, it’s versatility which allows him to play different roles in people's lives. He can be trained to do military and police service, serve as a guide and assistant to handicapped, participate in drug detection, search and rescue, and herding. 

In addition to all of this, he is a very obedient and faithful companion.

German Shepherds Lifespan, Weight and Height

German Shepherds lifespan is, on average, 10 to 13 years.

Their weight varies between 75 and 95 pounds and they are usually between 1 foot and 10 inches, and 2 feet and 2 inches tall at the shoulder.

German Shepherds belong to the group of herding dogs.

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The German Shepherd, also known in Great Britain and some parts of Europe as the Alsatian, is one of the 10 most popular breeds in the United States. In addition, it is also one of the most recognizable breeds in the world.

The name, “German Shepherd” comes from World War I and  was given by Corporal Lee Duncan when a small puppy received a bullet and was then bomb-riddled in France. When the war was over, Duncan brought the puppy with him back to Los Angeles and he learned how to train him and referred to him as a German Shepherd. After this, he managed to turn him in one of the most famous dogs in show business.

You might have already heard about Rin Tin Tin, as he appeared in multiple movies. At the height of his career, he got about 10,000 letters from fans on a weekly basis.

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Rin Tin Tin in the film Frozen River (1929) (wikipedia)

However, the German Shepherd is able to do a lot more than simply be a movie star. He is also sweet and kind, and is perfectly capable of leading the blind or visiting sick people. When it comes to law enforcement, German Shepherds can chase down criminals, serve in the military, and sniff out illegal substances.

Many people tend to think of the German Shepherd as a national hero; this is partially because after the 9 / 11 terrorist attacks, they were the breed selected for search and rescue throughout the ruins of the World Trade Center. They were not only looking for survivors, but they were also comforting families and rescue workers.

Even though the German Shepherd is versatile, this doesn't mean that this is a dog for everyone. Because they are very energetic, they need to have a lot of exercise and activity. When someone is unable to provide them with that, they will become frustrated and bored, and the outcome is generally very unpleasant. One such side effect is that they usually start chewing and barking.

Another main characteristic of the German Shepherd is that although they can be very kind and affectionate, they don’t particularly like strangers. Given this fact, they are usually better as a watchdog than as a family dog. There are always exceptions to all the rules however, and if you can make sure that while they are a puppy they have a lot of contact with different people and different situations, they can learn to be a family dog.

If you're looking to buy a puppy, you'll need to choose between the German and the American breeders. While they are similar, there are some key differences that you need to be aware of.

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In most cases, American breeders tend to rely more on the looks than on the talents. In other words, they are looking for a German Shepherd that can be a dog show champion, yet they couldn't just care less about what they can actually do.

Because of this, some critics say that the American-bred German Shepherd is a lot calmer because, during the breeding process, they lost all their natural abilities. However, they may be a lot more prone to separation anxiety problems.

In contrast, German breeders tend to look for both aspects - their innate talents as well as their traditional look(s). You probably have no idea, but after a German Shepherd is bred in Germany, they will need to pass different tests to ensure that their mental and physical skills are up to the benchmarks the breed is usually known for.

Because of these tests, German Shepherds that are bred in Germany tend to have a more driven personality and a lot more energy.

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German Shepherd Traits

German Shepherds need regular exercise to release all the energy they have. With this knowledge, keep in mind that if you tend to travel a lot and are away from home for several days in a row, this might not be the perfect dog for you. They will simply get bored, frustrated, and will start barking, digging, and chewing.

An Alsatian is a very intelligent and active dog, and you need to make sure that you keep them busy. You need to ensure that you can devote the time necessary to your dog with physical activities like running, playing Frisbee, jogging. Along with mental exercises through training sessions.

These dogs can behave quite irrationally with strangers, and you never know what to expect. So, while your beloved German Shepherd is still a puppy, make sure that you expose them to as many different people, places, and experiences as you can; this will also aid in obedience training which is an absolute must. Both things will make sure that he will know how to behave among everyone, no matter where he is.

German Shepherds have a funny little nickname… the German Shedder. This is because throughout the year, they just keep shedding. So, make sure that you're ready to brush him several times during the week and, if you do not already have one, it might be time to invest in a vacuum cleaner as well.

Alsatians also experience separation anxiety to a high degree when they are left alone. Knowing that this is a part of their personality, you still have ways to teach them that whenever you're not around, it's not the end of the world and they can still be happy and calm. A great way to go about doing this is through crate training.

These dogs have a great reputation as watchdogs. However, a couple of things that you should never do is tether or chain them. If you do, they will become extremely frustrated and that's the first thing that might lead to future aggression. Generally, the German Shepherd is a lot happier living indoors with the family with a nice, big backyard where they can release some of their energy.

Once you decide that you wish to adopt a German Shepherd, make sure that you contact a respected and responsible breeder to make sure that all the dogs are tested and healthy. These tests allow the breeder to know if the dogs have any genetic diseases; they also are great for determining their temperaments. It is generally wiser to avoid pet stores, puppy mills, or irresponsible breeders at all costs.

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German Shepherd History

German Shepherd History dates back to 1899. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed, owing its existence to Captain Max von Stephanitz, a German career captain.

He had only one goal: to create a German dog breed that would be the best when it came to herding.

A few centuries prior, European farmers, German included, had to rely on dogs not only to drive, but also to protect their herds. Some of these dogs were legendary due to their skills and sheepherders were willing to travel for days if they needed to, just to breed them with their female dogs.

What Stephanitz noted at the time, was that no one had taken the time to develop the herding dogs of the region into a more distinct breed.

In 1898, when Stephanitz was retired from the military, he decided to take on a second career, his goal being to create a superior German herding dog via dog breeding.

He studied different techniques used by the Britons at the time because they were known to have the best herding dogs. He also took the time to travel around Germany to observe the different German herding dogs and attended dog shows.

As you can imagine, he came across many good herding dogs; some were intelligent, others were athletic, and still, others were capable. However, one important thing was missing: there wasn't a single herding dog among all that he saw that possessed all three qualities.

Sometime during 1899, when Stephanitz was going to watch another dog show, his attention was caught by a wolfish-looking dog. He didn't think twice and simply bought the dog, naming him Hektor Linksrhein.

Later that year, he was renamed as Horand V. Grafeth and, due to the incredible intelligence and powerful physical strength he had, Stephanitz formed a society called the Verein fur deutsche Schaferhunde whose main goal was to create a dog breed from Horand’s descendants.

During this period, Germany was becoming more industrialized, and Stephanitz was obliged to change his goal. He was still going to work with his breed, but it simply didn’t make any sense to continue pursuing the best herding dogs. The need for this type of dogs was fading. Instead, he decided to turn this breed into one that would have a future in military service and police work.

Due to Stephanitz’s knowledge about how the military worked (after all, he was a former captain) and he still had a lot of connections inside, he was able to convince the German government to use his new breed.

Consequently, during World War I, the German Shepherd served as a Red Cross guard, a rescuer, a messenger, a sentry, and a supply carrier.

German Shepherds already existed in the United States before the war. However, when the American soldiers saw them in action overseas, many of them carried their own German Shepherds when the war was over; this was when the breeds popularity began to rise.

One of these dogs was just 5 years old when it had been plucked from a bomb-riddled kennel in France and was brought to US by an American corporal from Los Angeles.

The corporal took him home, trained him, and was able to turn him into one of the most famous dogs of Hollywood: Rin Tin Tin. Although this was not the sole reason, his appearance in 26 movies definitely helped make his breed very popular in America.

Even though the Allies were very happy and impressed with these German dogs, after the war was over, everything that was related to Germany became stigmatized. Because of this, in 1917, the AKC (American Kennel Club) changed the name of the breed to Shepherd Dog, and the same thing happened in England when the name was changed to the Alsatian Wolf Dog.

It was only in 1931 that the AKC reestablished the breed’s original name, though it took a lot longer for this to happen in England. Only in 1977 the British Kennel Club did the same.

Despite the success of the breed, Stephanitz continued to closely follow the developments of the breed. In 1922, he noticed that the breed had a pattern of tooth decay as well as to poor temperament, causing him to develop a tight quality control system.

From that moment on, before any German Shepherd was actually used for breeding, they needed to pass 4 different tests: temperament, good health, intelligence, and athleticism.

Across the ocean however, the American breeding of German Shepherds went almost unregulated. This was because the dogs were merely used to win dog shows, and breeders were more interested in how they looked than in how to properly train a German Shepherd.

We can see a clear distinction between the German and American bred German Shepherds most directly after World War II. This was most obvious when U.S. military and police departments began importing the German-bred dogs because the American ones were having many health problems and simply kept failing performance tests.

Within the past few years, we have found some American breeders that are putting a lot more attention to the natural talents of the German Shepherd and not only to the looks; they started doing this by importing the dogs from Germany and adding them to their own breeding program.

Due to this, you can now purchase and American-bred German Shepherd that can also be an able-bodied working dog.

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Size

In terms of size, German Shepherds are usually tall and heavy. Male dogs tend to be taller and can easily stand between 24 and 26 inches, whereas female German Shepherds usually average between 22 and 24 inches in height. The average German Shepherd will weigh between 75 and 95 pounds.

 

Personality

The personality of the German Shepherd is usually not very friendly but this does not mean that they are necessarily aggressive. The best way to look at him is as a reserved dog.

In the beginning of your relationship, the two of you will not be best friends, but once your German Shepherd knows you, they will be extremely loyal. Among their families, German Shepherds are completely approachable and easy going. However, if they feel threatened by anything or anyone, they can get quite protective and strong which makes German Shepherds great watchdogs.

German Shepherds just love to have something to do. Since they can be trained to do almost anything, along with the fact that they are extremely intelligent, you won't have difficulties in finding an activity for him.

One of the biggest things that German Shepherds hate is to be left home alone for a long period of time. Without anyone around to take them out for exercise or to make use of their intelligence, they will get bored and ultimately frustrated. When this happens, the German Shepherd will start to demonstrate their unhappiness by chewing and barking.

Just like any other dog, the German Shepherd needs to socialize, and it is better to begin socializing them when they are younger. By ensuring that your German Shepherd is in contact with different people, places, experiences, sounds, and sights, you are allowing him to grow up, becoming a well-rounded dog.

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Health

Although German Shepherds are mostly healthy, they are more prone to certain diseases, like elbow and hip dysplasia. This doesn't mean that all German Shepherds are going to suffer from them, but it is something that you should know before you adopt one.

In the case that you're going to buy a puppy, make sure that you find a respectable breeder who will show you the health clearances of the puppy's parents. In them, you can easily check the tests that were done to the dog, as well as if they were cleared for any specific condition(s).

You should expect to see different health clearances related to specific health problems including one from OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) for elbow dysplasia, von Willebrand's disease, hip dysplasia (with a score of “fair” or better), and hypothyroidism; another one from CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) to make sure that their eyes are normal.

Hip Dysplasia

This is a genetic condition that hits the joint. Simply put, the femur doesn't fit in into the pelvic socket. It is still unclear as to whether there are clinical signs, but some dogs will have lameness and / or pain on just one or on both hind legs. When the dog gets older, arthritis can start to develop. When this happens, in order to treat them the best way you can, you should see the vet.

Due to the seriousness of this health concern, dogs who have it shouldn't be bred, so you should ask the breeder for evidence showing that the parents were both tested and if they were found to be free of hip dysplasia.

Elbow Dysplasia

This is a very common, genetic condition to large breeds of dogs. Although not 100% certain, it is usually believed that elbow dysplasia is derived from the 3 bones tht German Shepherds have in their head that grow at different paces. This ultimately causes laxity and can lead to painful lameness. Make sure that you check with your vet to see what he recommends.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

This is also known as “bloat” and is a life-threatening condition for German Shepherd’s. This usually affects larger dogs, especially those with a deep chest like Golden Retrievers, and tends to happen more often if the dog is usually only fed once a day with a large meal, if he eats very fast, drinks a lot of water right after eating, and if they exercise vigorously right after meal time(s).

This condition occurs when the stomach is distended with either air or gas and then twists. In this case, the dog can't simply vomit or belch to release the air in its stomach, making the return of the blood to the heart impossible; their blood pressure will drop and the dog will go into shock. When this happens, you need to take your German Shepherd to the vet immediately. In the case that you notice your dog is salivating more than usual, if they have a distended abdomen, or are retching without being able to throw up, these can be signs of bloating.

Allergies

It's not uncommon to see German Shepherds suffering from different allergies which may range from food allergies to contact allergies. Since the symptoms in dogs are like the symptoms in humans, if you notice that your dog is licking its paws, is constantly rubbing its face, or scratching, take them to the vet to check it out.

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Care

Since German Shepherds were originally bred to herd flocks during the day, this means that they have a lot of energy that they need to burn with daily exercises.

In the case that you leave them without exercising for a few days, you can expect to have problems. This is because when they don’t release all that accumulated energy, they start to get bored and frustrated, causing different behavior problems like barking, digging, and chewing.

Keep in mind however, your German Shepherds exercise should not be limited to just physical exercises, they also need mental stimulation to make sure that they have the necessary obedience and agility.

One thing that German Shepherds have in common with other breeds is that they are barkers. In some cases, this may not be a problem unless it is motivated by boredom. As you can imagine, one of the command words that will need to be taught in any German Shepherds obedience training is "Quiet".

Another fact is that  German Shepherds like to chew, and they don't need to be bored to do it. However, they have very powerful jaws that will destroy most materials. Given this, you should consider giving them a lot of bones and safe chew toys so that they can entertain themselves without making a mess around your home.

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Feeding

It is recommended that a German Shepherd be fed 3 to 4 cups of high-quality food twice a day.

This may not always be the case as dogs are individuals who have their own size, age, metabolism, activity level, and build. So, just like humans, they don't all eat or need the same amount of food.

If you notice that your dog is gaining weight, make sure to control the amount of food you're giving them. Likewise, in case they are very thin, just add a bit more. It's easy to see if your German Shepherds is with the right weight or not, and you can do this by simply placing your hands on them with your thumbs along the spine. If you feel their ribs under the muscle, they are the perfect size. In contrast, if you can see the ribs, your dog is too thin, and if you can't feel thier ribs, you need to place your German Shepherd on a diet.

When your puppy is between 4 and 7 months, that is when you should pay the most attention to your dog’s feeding and / or eating habits. This is because, during this period, they are experiencing a very fast growth which makes them more susceptible to bone problems. So, make sure that you provide your puppy with a high-quality, but low-calorie diet.

It is perfectly fine for a puppy to play on the grass. However, don't let them play on hard surfaces until they are at least 2 years old. Before this age, their joints aren't fully formed and an accident can seriously injure your puppy.

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Coat Color and Grooming

Since the German Shepherd was bred to herd flocks in tough climates, their coat is perfect for those conditions. With a medium-length double coat, German Shepherds are protected from the snow and rain, making them more resistant to pick up dirt and burrs.

There are many different coats as well as there are many different colors. Although some German Shepherds are longhaired, the ideal one usually has a double coat with a medium length. While the outer coat is usually dense, the coat closest to the body tends to have straighter hair.

You can find German Shepherds with a variety of colors and color palettes including black and cream, black, black and silver, black and red, black and tan, silver, gray, blue, white, and sable.

When it comes to bathing your German Shepherd, make sure that you only do it when it actually needs to be done. They are usually very clean and odorless, and bathing them too often will strip their coats of oils that keep it healthy.

You should trim your dog’s nails once a month and check his ears once a week. During the ear inspection, remove the dirt and check for any bad odors or redness that may indicate an infection.

One thing that helps the German Shepherds to maintain clean teeth is chewing, so  make sure that you provide your German Shepherd with safe dental chew bones and toys. If you manage to brush their teeth with a doggie toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, this will help keep both teeth and gums in good shape.

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Children and Other Pets

If you know how to train a German Shepherd, and you expose them to a lot of children when they are still a puppy, your dog will be the best companion for them. Some people even compare them with a semi-cop for protection, as well as a semi-babysitter.

However, you need to keep in mind that this is a big dog and they might bump a small child or a toddler by mistake. Since German Shepherds are very reserved, don't expect to see their tails wagging when around other children that they don’t know. Despite this, the German Shepherd is usually trustworthy.

As long as you know how to train a German Shepherd when they are puppies to be around other dogs and other pets, they can live peacefully this way. In the case that you  bring home an adult German Shepherd who never had to share their space with other pets, you may need to hire a professional trainer to teach them how to behave properly.

Rescue Groups

Many people decide to buy a German Shepherd without knowing anything about them or how to treat them, and they eventually abandon them. The truth, however, is that there are many German Shepherds in need of fostering and are up for adoption. If you are interested, just contact a local breed club or the national breed club and they will tell you where you can find a German Shepherd shelter near you.

Training

When you are convinced that German Shepherd is THE dog for you, be prepared to put in effort that a good dog deserves.

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How To Stop German Shepherd From Digging

How To Stop German Shepherd From Digging

It's a normal behavior for dogs to dig yet there are ways to discourage this type of behavior. German Shepherds are known to dig due to boredom or lack of exercise. While digging is normal it can quickly get out of hand. There are some things you can do to prevent your German Shepherd from digging up your yard or under your fence.

 

What Causes German Shepherds To Dig and What You Can Do About It

 

German Shepherd dogs dig for a variety of reasons. Here are the top 5 reasons and fixes for German Shepherds who dig.

 

Not Enough Exercise and Social Stimulation

Lack of exercise and social stimulation is usually the main cause for digging. Walking your German Shepherd twice daily may cut down on the digging. German Shepherd Dogs need to feel purposeful and require your undivided attention daily. Spending social time with your dog makes it feel safe and purposeful in life.

 

Boredom and Anxiety

German Shepherds that are left unattended outdoors whether tied up or running loose will get bored. They need playmates or things to do. Anxious behavior would include panting, pacing, heavy drooling, and digging. Having chew toys, frisbees, or other things to occupy his time with will help keep the boredom and anxiety at minimum.

 

Changing Things Up

Introduce your dog to new environments frequently. German Shepherd dogs are highly intelligent and need mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. Change where you walk him to give him new things to experience.

 

Not Bonded With A Human

When we invite animals into our lives it's important to bond with them. Having a trusted relationship with your dog comes from spending quality time together. Your German Shepherd will look to the person he's bonded with for guidance and direction.

If your dog hasn't bonded with you he will not view you as the authority. If there is no bond it's hard to get your dog to do what you want. Spending quality time with your dog, like training, is crucial for bonding.

 

No Behavior Modification

Have you told your dog not to dig? Correcting instinctual behavior can be difficult. You have to catch your German Shepherd in the act of digging and firmly tell him no. This should not be in anger or rage. Reward your dog if he stops digging. This positive reinforcement after correction is important. In scenarios where your dog continues to dig up your yard or under your fence you might want to consider a professional trainer.

 

When All Else Fails How To Stop German Shepherds From Digging

If these tips didn't help and professional training seems too expensive there's still hope. There are training products created by professionals that can guide you to properly adjust the behaviors and get your German Shepherd to stop digging.

You can find more information on how to access this training series here.