With Your German Shepherd Dog
Playing Games with your dog
Playing games with your German
Shepherd Dog has some great benefits to both you
as the dog owner,
and your dog benefits as well because you are building a relationship together.
This is essential,
especially if you are starting out with a young German Shepherd puppy. Bonding is vital
to your dog's development, building trust and working together and getting
enjoyment out of whatever you are doing, being either exercising or
playing games with your dog.
Your dog will look
forward to this playtime and will be eager to participate - so make sure that you spend time
developing his character and inter-acting with your dog.
will find this
relaxing and entertaining!
Dogs will get
bored if they are inactive and left alone for long periods, and this is where the problems start.
If your dog has
any anxiety problems, then playing games with your dog will soon settle him down. He will be busy
enjoying himself, it will not only keep him busy - but it will give him something
else to think about, and reduce all that excess energy.
Games to Play
with your dog
'Hide and Seek'-
This is a great game to play with your
dog and it's so easy and it doesn't matter what age your dog is.
When your dog is not paying attention to you, hide away from him but
him in view (but
make sure he can't see you)
then the moment he sees
that you're not there, wait a second or two before he goes
into 'panic mode' (if
a young puppy)
then call him to you. When your
dog finds you make sure you are excited and make a big fuss of him to
let him know how clever he was to find you!
As your dog gets out
of the puppy stage, you can make it a little more difficult for him to
find you, he will then have to follow his 'tracker instinct' and follow
your scent in order to find you. No matter what age your dog, they
always get great pleasure in seeking you out.
I remember years ago with one of
my German Shepherds, we were in an orchard and I
up into an apple tree and sat there waiting for him. He had his nose to
the ground following the scent, ran around the base of the tree for a
minute, then started barking, but I stayed quiet until he looked up
into the tree and found me.
Shepherd Dogs are very
intelligent, and if you take the time and trouble to form a great
relationship with them - you can have a lot of fun together.
Dogs love this kind of inter-action and it helps in character building
dogs and bonding together.It also makes your dog think he's important-
remember your German
Shepherd is always anxious to please and you must
reward him in some way to show he has performed the task well i.e
praise or a 'doggies treat'.
* 'Hunt for Treasure'
- This will make your dog think and stretch his mental
Hide toys or 'dog treats 'around your back yard or in or around your
home, or even treats inside the actual toys themselves.
Then encourage your dog to go and find them!
You can have great fun with this, give him some advice or directions (or
clues) to help him find them if necessary - don't let him
get bored and give up - make your dog work for his treats!
Ball Games - The dogs
love this activity and when you are playing games with them like this, they never want
Throw the ball
then tell them to "go and fetch" - the secret here is to teach them the command 'Drop' when
they bring it back to you. A 'treat' is required to get over this if dealing with a
young puppy. Get their attention on the 'treat' and they will soon learn that
they have to 'drop' the ball before they can have the treat' as their reward.
You can do the
same sort of exercise when playing 'catch'.
Shepherd Dogs just love these activities.
We use the ball
when in the park, and find wooden sticks when in the forest
Some dog owners
don't like using sticks in case they splinter, if that's you then use a toy instead.
thing to bear in mind is that German Shepherds are 'working' dogs and
even if I don't give my German Shepherd a stick - they will find one
for themselves and carry it in their mouth (this
is an hereditary instinct and to your dog, by carrying something - he
owned German Shepherds for over 40 years and none of my dogs has ever
problem with splinters or cut mouths from using sticks - but use a toy
if you like.
* 'Tug of War'
- An old favorite but dogs get a real kick out of this,
use a rope toy
just for this purpose and make sure you remain in total control of this
Your dog must
understand that he must 'Drop it' upon your command.
If he does not
drop when you tell him to (or
become aggressive) then you must stop the game immediately.
* 'Wrestling with your
dog' - This is good for inter-acting with
your German Shepherd
but you must not allow his enthusiasm to get the better of him!
He should remain
'playful' at all times, but you must retain control and not get him too excited whereas he might
become a little 'aggressive' or agitated. Make sure you stop if necessary in
order to avoid any unwanted behavior issues.
have been warned! - keep it friendly and fun!
with your dog should be part of your daily routine and
helps to build
confidence in your dog. Always be consistent in the commands that you
always praise your dog when he has carried out the tasks that you have
(reward 'treats' work well)
above all, remember 'playtime' is a vital part of bonding
with your German Shepherd Dog.
your dog inside your home is just as important to his
find some time to let your dog know that you know he is there, and be willing to devote time to give
him attention. It could be just a few minutes playing with a toy, but to your
dog that means everything to him.
with your German Shepherd puppy is crucial in his early days, it helps
to build his confidence, keeps him agile and gives him the exercise
that he needs.
for your dog is so important for his wellbeing,keep him fit, healthy, and agile at all times
and enjoy the benefits that it will bring.
your German Shepherd Dog should be a daily part of your
life, you can
never give him too much time, he will love every minute of his playtime
and you will reap the benefits of a long lasting relationship with your
But don't forget
with your dog should be FUN!
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