Even though German shepherds are more aggressive than most other breeds, they can still be trained to be obedient if done correctly. Training them to be obedient is a process that requires patience and calmness on the part of the owner/trainer. Here is the method for how to stop a German Shepherd puppy from biting.
Tone of Voice
Of course dogs can be trained to respond to verbal commands. However, by nature they communicate by the tone of their barks, growls, and grunts. In order to successfully train your German Shepherd puppy not to bite things it is not supposed to, you need to master the correct tones before you start the training process. Most dog owners when researching how to stop a German Shepherd puppy from biting completely overlook this.
The Tone for Praise
Your German Shepherd puppy is going to know that you approve of behavior by the use of a high-pitched, positive tone of voice. Whenever your dog is exhibiting positive behavior that you approve of, praise him or her in a high-pitched tones using positive vocabulary, such as “good” and “that a boy”.
The Tone for Disapproval
When your German Shepherd puppy is exhibiting behavior that you disapprove of, the only verbal response should be a low pitch, guttural one using words such as “no” and “stop”.
The Tone to Avoid At ALL Costs
Never respond to your puppy’s behavior with anger or yelling. Being prone to aggressiveness, your dog will only interpret your behavior as aggression and therefore return in kind. In other words, the more aggressive and angry you are towards your puppy, the more aggressive they will become themselves. Any dog owner that uses anger or yelling to “train” does NOT know the first thing about how to stop a German Shepherd puppy from biting, or dog training in general.
Never become angry or aggressive toward your German Shepherd.
Your German Shepherd needs to bite stuff. It’s in his or her nature. Make sure that you have plenty of chew toys around.
How to Stop a German Shepherd Puppy From Biting
Now that you have all the tools and principles for training let’s get started. Keep in mind that the process and timeline for training your puppy not to bite will likely be longer than you expect. Training takes time and patience. More importantly, training is a process made up of successes and failures, and then more failures and then finally more success until the training is ultimately completed.
Step one, obviously, is to identify what things are okay for your puppy to bite and what things are not okay. If there are any objects or situations that fall into a gray area, you need to move them immediately into the “can bite” or “can’t bite” column. Your dog is not going to understand gray areas. Being inconsistent, unclear and confusing to your dog will result in failure to successfully train.
You are ready to train once you have clearly identified what is okay to bite and not okay to bite.
The Training Process
Assume that successful training is going to take about two weeks. Also assume that you are going to meet many failures along the way until your dog finally learns what he or she can bite and not bite. This understanding will help you be more patient and less likely to lose your temper and get angry at your dog.
To get started, be sure to have a couple objects on hand at all times that your dog is allowed to bite. Then, every time your dog attempts to bite something it should not, use the low pitched, guttural “no” or “stop” and encourage your dog not to bite. Then, present your dog with the toy that he or she is allowed to bite. As soon as he or she starts biting the toy, respond immediately with high pitched, and positive praise.
It’s just as simple as that. If you can follow this simple method consistently for the next week or two, without losing your patience or getting angry at your dog, then you will have successfully trained your puppy not to bite things it’s not supposed to.
Once you have successfully learned how to stop a German Shepherd puppy from biting and have had success with the process yourself, it is time to spread the knowledge with others.