More tips on the road to a happy dog-and-owner leadership relationship also include:
No Dogs Allowed - Don't let your German Shepherd on the furniture with you. By letting dogs share your couch or your bed with you, you're telling them they're equal to you in the pack. No Pulling - When out on walks, your dog must not pull you down the road. Train your German Shepherd to walk nicely by your side by practicing the heel command. Me First - Don't let your German Shepherd charge out of the door in front of you. Don't let your German Shepherd eat before you. Allow your dog to watch you eat, then feed him/her. This puts you in charge of the dog's biggest resource. No, You Move - Don't step over a sleeping or lounging German Shepherd blocking a doorway or hallway. Gently yet firmly make him/her move. Say It Like You Mean it - Use your voice to summon respect. Be firm and confident when you speak to your German Shepherd. Stand Tall - Use body language to convey your message. When you give your dog a command, stand up straight with you shoulders back and head held high.
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