I downloaded a training session video, and saw that the two germans they were showing are very obedient and focussed, but, i felt that there were not dogs..they have become semi-robots.they obey every command to the word, they are always looking the trainer,eagerly waiting for him to utter the next command.. as soon as he commands,at that instant, they both hurry to obey that whther it be 'sit','stay',crawl,run,fetch,jump hurdles,do hurdle track..anything they have been trained in..
this video was not a k9 or a police training session.
i appreciate such methods of training for working dogs-search and rescue,to help people with disability,army/police dogs.. where they will be mentally and physically working to the 99% efficiency. other that these working dog scenarios, i dont think a dog must be trained to be like a robot. the dog must be left to be himself, be a dog, use his brain instead of obeying the word his trainer says.
i dont know how it is with others. but, with me, i have had two GSD,and i have a 2.5month old male GSD puppy now. (ill not talk bout the puppy now as he s still in his learning phase. lets talk bout the older ones) my older GSDs came to my house as puppys, done a lot of destruction(landshark), been socialised extremely well, and they both (even my current puppy) is taught only two commands - sit, no.
sit is the first command which i teach.its not like a command, we do that word casually, and let him understand that we(i and my mom) are the controllers of anything - playtime,water fun,..anything at all..later on, i never have to use sit command, he knows.ive always wondered how they know..
no is the only command i use to control my dog. 'no' means = stop doing what he s doing. whther it be barking,diggin,biting,fighting,tugging,chewing...
both my elder dogs were socialised well, and are great with kids(i have lot of kids staying nearby who come to our house to play - we are the one with a german
) the dogs, both were protective of our territory and more protective when the kids are here. they both played continuously with the kids but ALWAYS had an eye on the kids, and the world outside. i felt very safe bout leaving the kids with my dogs outside playing while i am inside. our property is fenced - so no one will go out. anything other than that, my dogs knew how to take care. they can be submissive, and commandeering at the same time.
they both were all that a german shepherd needs to be(these are the certain subtle things which awed me.. the more i think bout them, the more i love geman shepherds). and i hope my current puppy will grow up to be like them.
i dont know how they understood all those small things..i never taught them much..they were left to learn on their own. and thats why i never like those dogs who are eagerly looking at the lips of their master waiting to obey anything his master says..
i have read that 'positive reinforcement'(i dont remember whether this is the right name) is a good method - appreciate and encourage good behaviour. i came to know that this is what i actually unknowingly did with my dogs. its not actually a command-obey thing.. its somthing what we unknowingly do with our children. never command, but, whenever the dog does an act that is expected of him, praise him. then the dog will try to do the same if the same situation arises anytime later.
im sorry to have made this long..
i certainly would love to know what others think on this matter and how you have trained your german. please comment and educate me..i might be able to train my current puppy better
thanks for reading