Kaiser The Shepherd

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Kaiser has a baby sister! :D

Kaiser barking his “German Shepherd” bark. Bonus Shepherd hackles! c:

I have a 5 month GSD, Bair, but i don know how to teach him tricks... we're working on potty training, hasn't had an accident in about a week now. he knows sit. but anything other than that, i don't know how to teach. He has a lot of energy and i know he can do it. i want my baby to reach full potential :D

Anonymous

Hi! c: For potty training, try taking him to the same spot in the yard on leash every time, bring treats, and throw a “puppy party” when he does his business. Make a big deal about him in a high excited voice, give him treats and pets, and pretend he just pooped gold for you. The neighbors should think you’re insane if you’re doing it right. He’ll catch on pretty quickly where and when he’s supposed to potty. It’s also handy to put peeing/pooing on command. We just told Kaiser “go pee pee” every time we took him out, and he picked up on what we wanted. He pees on command every time now, and will poop if he needs to go.

We teach all of our tricks with a clicker and positive reinforcement. Clickers are a dollar at Walmart and Petco, or you can use a marker word like “yes!” when your dog does the correct behavior. YouTube channels Training Positive and Kikopup have good, easy to understand instructional videos for teaching tricks with clickers.

Most obedience classes start accepting older puppies at six to eight months old, and I’d start looking into trainers in my area. Group classes add another whole dimension to training, mostly lots of distraction, which is important for your dog to learn to work around if you’ll be taking him out in public!

Shepherd puppies absolutely want to learn and work with you and make you happy during training! Good luck! c:

Got a video of this big mouth doing his “German Shepherd” bark, instead of his yappy play bark. c:

Got a video of this big mouth doing his “German Shepherd” bark, instead of his yappy play bark. c:

Breakfast tug!! c:

Breakfast tug!! c:

I just bought a 9 month old GSD. the first day we got him he slipped out of his collar and ran away. Since he is new to our area he won't come for anybody. The whole neighborhood knows and I am really worried about him. It's going to be night 3 in the woods and I'm looking everywhere. People have seen him, I get about 5 calls a day. He just won't come not even for treats! Any advice?

Anonymous

Oh no! :c If his previous owner or breeder live within driving distance, maybe ask them to come help you get him back! You could try calling animal control or a local rescue group; they have experience catching loose pets. If your Shepherd came to you with any kind of comfort item from his old home, try taking that into the woods with you to look; he might come to a familiar scent. I know sometimes hunters use scent items placed in a kennel outside to find lost hunting dogs. Good luck!

Don’t mind me, just writing my mom two pages of instructions about how to take care of Kaiser. I’m actually revising the two pages we’ve used since he was a puppy.

It doesn’t seem to matter that she’s been dog sitting for us for the past two years. I absolutely must leave her super detailed instructions, along with six emergency numbers. c:

"What do you mean, ‘pick up my toys’?"

The dog toys stayed in the toy bag for approximately half an hour. Our house is never really clean. c:

"What do you mean, ‘pick up my toys’?"

The dog toys stayed in the toy bag for approximately half an hour. Our house is never really clean. c:

Running errands! We went to the bank, gas station, post office, and Kaiser’s favorite, Sonic. c: He found himself a girlfriend while we waited for our food. There was a mama dog wandering the parking lot and he’d wiggle and turn circles every time she came close to our car. XD

Kaiser is a happy camper this morning! We found six forgotten dog toys and three half-eaten bully sticks while we were cleaning yesterday. c:

Kaiser is a happy camper this morning! We found six forgotten dog toys and three half-eaten bully sticks while we were cleaning yesterday. c: