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I am thinking of buying a puppy, and I know I want a German Shepherd for their personality and their obedience skills, also their association with security. How do I train a puppy (6 weeks old) to be like a police dog, but still loving and caring?
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You need to figure out what you mean by "police dog." As you learn and research, your idea of what a police dog is will change. Just focus on a happy puppy with "purely positive" training and you'll be happy too. Read http://www.amazon.com/Purely-Positive-Training-Companion-Competition/dp/0966302001
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First look for a pup with good temperament.

Go to a recommended breeder.

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And if the breeder is letting them leave at 6 weeks keep looking.

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I am thinking of buying a puppy, and I know I want a German Shepherd for their personality and their obedience skills, also their association with security. How do I train a puppy (6 weeks old) to be like a police dog, but still loving and caring?

I'll assume that when you say "police dog" you are referring to a PPD (personal protection dog) only the police train police dogs. Many web sites claim to train police dogs but in reality they are training "green dogs" police dog candidates.

Whether you are looking for a puppy to eventually do Sport or PP work, or just a family guardian it is important to do your research. Don't be fooled by fancy web sites that are filled with fluff.

Ask to see the videos they have of their puppy imprinting, in my opinion this is the most crucial time to carefully and skillfully build and prepare a puppy for the real world.

We start our pups within hours of birth, gradually working them up to be able to climb obstacles, run through tunnels in smoke, zip line in a harness and remain calm around gunfire and fireworks by the age of 5 weeks. I have the videos in case anyone doubts me.

There are a number of very good breeders out there that do this as well. One Breeder does this with Airedale's, awesome work.

They understand the importance of imprinting........beyond "banging pots and pans".

Raising a puppy is no different than raising a child, you provide them with safe and obtainable goals that challenge them. Your with them the whole time as their confidence builds and they begin to challenge themselves.

Fight or flight, animals and people are interchangeable. In times of stress we instantly revert back to our comfort zone- what do we normally do in times of stress? Run or stand our ground.

A properly imprinted puppy will stand it's ground because that is what it was taught from the time it was a puppy.

Do your research, if you can it is always best to travel to and see the kennel or breeder yourself in person, prior to doing so ask to see their videos.

Research, it's a wonderful concept that few exercise.

Good luck in your search

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