We recommend specific trainers and methods with good reason. In the course of running a rescue we see and know what problems result in frustrated and less than happy dogs and owners. And in some cases, potentially dangerous behaviors. All too often the dog is surrendered thus made someone else's problem, when all that was needed was training.

The one common thread most often seen, particularly in our breed, is lack of handling skills and lack of socialization, which is why we advocate what I call "real world training."

And while all dogs need to be well socialized to the real (human) world (they are born just knowing how to be dogs), the naturally protective and territorial characteristics of the GSD leaves far less margin for error. That is to say, with breeds that do not have this protective proclivity, intelligence and size, one might get by with less work.

Following instruction in the basics and after each handler is taught how to properly respond to their dogs inappropriate behavior, participants advance to more social and real world situations; they visit Starbucks, alternate training settings so that the training location does not become too familiar. They walk down busy streets in close proximity to strangers and other dogs. Classes are kept small for individual handler attenion.

Pictured below is an obedience training session held adjacent to a dog park just feet from many strange dogs engaged in high activity play. There was also a trip to a shopping mall; the entire class was conducted at Scottsdale Fashion Park surrounded by both stimulating and common distractions.

It is our fondest wish that owners reach the point at which they are comfortable taking their dog anywhere they wish. And it is the German Shepherd Dog's greatest desire to 'be with,' 'go with' and 'do with' their human companions whenever possible.

No one is born with the knowledge of how to best go about accomplishing this; they are acquired skills which is why there are dog training professionals and formal classes.

Proper training for both dog and owner is an investment; one that often costs money and/or time...it's a commitment to your furry friend and an investment that pays big dividends for all. And given the current economy, a wise investment indeed. ESTABLISHING A WORKING BOND AND LEADERSHIP ROLE WITH YOUR four footed family member is rewarding for both. So put down the DVDs or training manuals and just DO IT! Have fun....

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Yours in the breed,
Steff Smith
Founder/Director
SOUTHWEST GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE
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VOICE CONTROL RIGHT NEXT TO THE BUSY DOG PARK


MOST LOCAL DOGS HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED STEPS BEFORE!


HEELING NEAR TRAFFIC


DOWN-STAY WITH OWNER OUT OF SIGHT


EAGER "COME!"


DOG AGGRESSIVE DOGS LEARNING TO IGNORE DOGS & FOCUS ON HANDLER


PROPER CORRECTIONS


RECALL


LONG DOWN-STAY


DOG AGGRESSION

SO, YOU THINK YOU WANT AHIGH DRIVE PUPPY