Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Duncansville, PA
The merits of informal training
I've been thinking about this, how much canine behavior is shaped just through day-to-day living together. Not through formal obedience and training classes, not intentional training ... but training that happens without us really even being aware of how we're doing it and without really trying to.
My golden retriever is 12 years old. She went through a couple of basic training classes when she was a puppy, up til her first year. All the other training she's received has just been the informal day-to-day training. She is so well behaved. She listens to me, we're like an old married couple now, seriously. I tell her to do something and she does, tell her not to do it and she stops, tell her to move, get down, leave it, be quiet, come here, down ... I can't even begin to list all that she understands and knows.
Is it possible to have a well-behaved German shepherd with this type of informal training? Can I expect the same behavior to develop over time with Spirit that I now enjoy with Daisy?
How absolutely mandatory is formal training for German shepherds?