German Shepherd Training

Welcome to German Shepherd Training Authority!

We have everything you need to make your life easier as you begin to train your German Shepherd. Recommended training aids, step-by-step directions, useful resources and interviews to help you and your German Shepherd along the way are just some of the helpful things you’ll find here.

We’ve put together a short list of the top dog training books written specifically for German Shepherd owners.

In addition, we’ve compiled a list of over 500 of the best dog trainers and training facilities across the United States. If you’re looking for professional training for your German Shepherd, please select your state below to find one near you so you and your dog can quickly get started.


German Shepherds can be stubborn dogs and can exert dominance as the pack leader if allowed to get a way with it. The best way to train a German Shepherd is through firm, consistent, commands and rules. They enjoy a sense of purpose and relish the mental stimulation that proper positive training provides.

Again, consistency is key. It is important to do some sort of training every day to keep your German Shepherd’s energy and focus on what you want him/her to learn. Once a particular skill is learned, potty training, for example, you should begin training the next skill as soon as possible so that the training is continuous.

Consistent training will not only challenge and stimulate your dog mentally, but it will also help you build a lifelong lasting relationship with each other. Hiring a professional dog trainer can be an excellent choice when training your German Shepherd. Make sure to check out our article on what to look for in a trainer.

Why German Shepherds?

German Shepherds are one of the most widely recognized breeds in the world. Their ability to respond to training makes German Shepherds especially popular as a watch, guard or other type of working dog. Police departments worldwide use the German Shepherd in their K-9 units. While they are well known for being police dogs, they are versatile enough to be a great family pet as well.

Below is a list of pros and cons to consider when deciding if a German Shepherd is right for you.


German Shepherds are an extremely intelligent and highly trainable breed.

German Shepherds are excellent companions.

The natural alertness and protective spirit of German Shepherds make them great guard dogs.

Their even temper (after training) makes them great guide dogs.


German Shepherds thrive on activity and need plenty of exercise. This can be considered a negative trait if you are not the active type.

If a German Shepherd is not socialized and trained properly, their protective nature may become aggression.

German Shepherds, like many large breeds, need to be monitored for several health risks. Frequent trips to the vet may be necessary.

German Shepherds are not always welcoming of other animals and pets. Once again, proper training will be paramount in order to ensure they get along with other pets.

Good luck to you and your best friend!

Because of their strong desire to please their owners, German Shepherds are an extremely trainable breed. Even without proper training, they will  often take action to try to make their owners happy. This, along with their high level of intelligence, makes German Shepherds ideal for anyone willing to put in the time to train and discipline their pets.

The amount of training can often feel intimidating for new dog owners. Once again, consistency is the key word. Owners don’t need to be focused on training the dog every minute of the day. Simply having some form of training every day to help shape behavior can be enough.

While German Shepherds are indeed popular, there can be drawbacks to owning them. When owners don’t do their due diligence and adequately research and learn more about their dog and how to train it, it can lead to an unhappy marriage. But with proper training and discipline, you and your family will not find a more loyal and protective friend.

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