Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
All dogs have different personalities. A training method that works well with one dog may not work as well with another.
I know some trainers never vary in their methods, but I think variations or different methods altogether for different dogs makes life easier on the dog and the owner/trainer.
I think it is very important to get inside your dogs head and try to think as she/he thinks and find out what motivates her/him, and what they will respond to. This is as important to me as the training itself.
That is a part of getting to know your dog, and they getting to know you.
I'm not directing this at you, but too many people buy a dog thinking it will train and practically take care of itself and they won't have to do hardly anything. They then become disappointed when (if) they learn that a GSD is more like adopting a new family member that MUST be trained, and have time spent with it just like a small child.
People with busy lifestyles and many outside activities are not ready for this level of commitment it takes to raise and train these dogs, or any dog for that matter. The worst part of all of it is that it's the dog that suffers.
Bear, Anna, Molly, Ossie, and The Countess Lisl von Schlaf
An Unhappy German is a Sour Kraut!