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TRAINING the German Pinscher
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German Pinschers need to be trained at a young age to be acceptable companions in the family. I begin early to train my puppies not to pee/poop in my house, accept crating (without fussing in the house or when traveling in the car) -- live in the house with us (without destroying its contents) -- walk on a leash (without acting like a bucking-bronco). I have gotten 5 AKC Canine Good Citizen titles on my dogs, and all of them can go out, in public, as ambassadors for their breed. The German Pinschers are so very intelligent, that some require more work than others to avoid or correct problem behavior.

Dogs are "pack" animals, and look up to the "alpha" dog/bitch/human in their pack. German Pinschers tend to be a little stronger-willed than a Lab or a border-collie -- and if you aren't the "boss," they will willingly and quickly take over that role. Even if you haven't gotten that cute little furbaby yet, I would highly recommend reading some of the following URLs on how to raise a puppy, or even an older dog.

I am adding a bibliography of good training books. All of us respond to external stimulus or "cues" in our environment. All you have to do, is find the appropriate reinforcements to encourage repetition of the response or behavior you want. Remember, positive training is always easier than trying to correct problem behavior. Dogs can be loving, loyal, and obedient companions. All it takes is love, patience, timing, and consistency in molding the desired behavior. Read some of the following sources... and enjoy your companions.

If you have any good training books or other URL links, that I've missed, please notify me at webmaster@germanpinschers.com.
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Caring for & Raising a Puppy or Dog

ART of Raising a Puppy - by the Monks of New Skete
How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With - by Clarice Rutherford and David Neil
The Perfect Puppy : How to Raise a Well-Behaved Dog - by Gwen Bailey
Puppies For Dummies® - by Sarah Hodgson

API: Protecting Companion Animals During the Winter & Holiday Season
API: Safeguarding Companion Animals from Summer Heat and Pests
API: Traveling with a Companion Animal
Council of Docked Breeds
Crate Training (in Norwegian, and English)
Dog Crates I - Dog Owner's Guide
Housetraining - Dog Owner's Guide
Puppy chewing - Dog Owner's Guide
Early Spay/Neuter -- CritterHaven
Early Spay/Neuter -- Winn Foundation Report
Raising &Training Puppies Leerburg Questions & Answers

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Positive Training Techniques
AKC Canine Good Citizen -- for ALL obedient dogs
American Dog Trainers Network
Arizona Canine Academy -- Rocky Boatman, NADOI #473/IACP/APDT 4248P
BehavioRx -- Pet Behavior Resources
Camp Dances With Dogs -- Hosted by Suzanne Clothier
Click-l = email list - behavior modification - Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog!"
Karen Pryor's "Don't Shoot the Dog!" - the Center for Clicker Training
ClickTrain -- FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions
ClickTrain -- The Well Mannered Dog KEEPER PAGES
Dog Play - Behavior, Socialization, and Training
Dog Owner's Guide: Dog Crates I
Dog Owner's Guide: Housetraining
Dog Owner's Guide: Puppy chewing
Flying Dog Press Articles by Suzanne Clothier
How Dogs Think - by William E. Campbell [HomeVet© Natural Health Care Center]
"Movie Dog Tricks - fun things to do with your dog" by Pat Saito and Tasha
ONE GREAT DOG-TRAINER, INC. - George Velez - Orlando, FL
Top Dog Training School -- Jack and Wendy Volhard
Training: Leerburg Articles - Puppies to Schutzhund
of Training Canine Behavior
"Dealing with your Dog's Aggressive Behavior" = 66 page book put out by Cornell University.
To order, contact "DogWatch - The Newsletter for Dog People," P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235 - or call 1-800-829-5574. They take Visa, Master Card, and Aerican Express. If you give them "Source Code 20EJIW8", it is $18.95 including shipping. Without the sourse code, the price is $22.95.

Don't Shoot The Dog! - by Karen Prior
"Mother Knows Best" by Carol Lea Benjamin, Stephen Lennard (Illustrator)
Training: Leerburg Dog Training Books - Puppies to Schutzhund
Training: Leerburg Videos - Puppies to Schutzhund

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