Character and temperament of the breed German Shepherd
A complex of clearly defined mental qualities that are easy to assess are vivacity, firmness, obedience, militancy, sensitivity, loyalty and other equally important qualities.
Their presence in the necessary measure and in the idealProportions creates the mental poise that we talked about. Let's consider some qualities. Liveliness is the speed of a dog's reaction to external stimuli: positive or negative. The faster the reaction, the more lively Dog temperament. This quality is formed by the genotype, that is, it is inherited from the parents.
Other traits of the character of the German shepherd can be largely created by man. Let's say a German shepherd must be obedient. To be obedient to a person means to recognize him as the leader of a pack. Shepherd has an innate desire to obey the leader, to learn from him, to rely on him. But there will be no obedience if the animal does not have a sense of community, that is, the dog's desire to regard man as a being of one kind with it.
The German Shepherd must perfectly feelCommunity with man. Develop this feeling - the task of the breeder. From the 4th to the 8th week of the puppy's life, he should iron them, give them a sniff, play with them. This process is called imprinting. He is vital. A dog that has not undergone imprinting will be uncommunicative and will not give in to training. Without curiosity, the dog is apathetic and unable to learn.
German Shepherd Puppyand Inquisitive from nature, but the master can developHis curiosity, offering the puppy every time a new incentive. If the dog is forced to lead a boring, monotonous life, her curiosity will fade. Let us turn to aggressiveness and militancy - the necessary qualities of a service dog.
Aggression Is the reaction of the dog to a threat to herself, forHer territory and for the people she loves. By itself, aggression is not bad and not good, it is only an impulse. He can cause both struggle and flight. The dog will choose the fight only if it has militancy, that is, the ability to fight the threat, and not run away from it. Aggressiveness is an important genetically determined quality. The person can not greatly influence him. Violence - on the contrary, can be increased or decreased by a person.
To develop this quality in a dogAllow the puppy to always win in the game of tug-of-war. Then an adult German shepherd must be given to win in fights with a dummy criminals and give her as a reward her armpit, like a trophy. If a person playing the role of a criminal makes a mistake: he will not give in to the dog or hurt her at the first lesson, even a dog who is pugnacious by nature will convince that escape is preferable to fighting.
Enough slip to spoilGerman shepherd, especially young. Therefore, training should always be conducted under the guidance of specialists. It should be noted that training is necessary even for companion dogs. Not a trained dog - not full. Her mind is closed to improve and expand her mental abilities.
Of course, the companion dogs should notTo achieve the same records as from dogs, participants of competitions. Enough simple course of training for the pet and the owner, in order to better understand the psychology of the animal and give it to show their abilities.
Recall that the ability is great. After all, the German Shepherd is the most versatile dog in the world. It is ideal almost in any role: starting from the role of guide for the blind, which requires a huge self-control, and ending with the role of a fighter against thieves, which will cope with the most sensitive and spiteful dog.