Working Line DDR German Shepherd Training

"The First Steps to Training Your Working Line DDR German Shepherd: A Day in the Life of Max"

If you've ever owned a German Shepherd, you know that they are intelligent, loyal, and incredibly versatile dogs. But not all German Shepherds are created equal - meet Max, a seven-month-old working line DDR German Shepherd with a pedigree that sets him apart from your average GSD.


Max is the newest addition to the American Standard K9 family, and we're excited to share his journey with you. In this blog post, we'll take you through a day in the life of Max as we begin his training. From his impressive features to his first training session, you'll get an inside look at what it takes to train a working line DDR German Shepherd.

So let's start with the basics - what exactly sets Max apart from other German Shepherds? Max's bloodlines can be traced back to the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) or East Germany, which was known for its strict breeding program for working dogs. These dogs were bred specifically for their intelligence, agility, courage, and loyalty, making them ideal for tasks such as protection work and search and rescue.

Now let's get to know Max a little better. At just seven months old, he's already showing signs of the impressive characteristics that come with his bloodline. His build and features are noticeably different from your typical American or Western German Shepherd. His muscular frame and powerful jawline make it clear that he is meant for more than just lounging on the couch.

But before Max can fulfill his potential, he needs proper training. And that's where American Standard K9 comes in. As expert trainers of working line German Shepherds, we know that it's important to start from the very beginning when training these dogs - even with their impressive pedigrees.

Max's first training session begins with a simple goal - to see what he's good at and what he needs to work on. We know that every dog is different, and it's important to assess each one individually. This allows us to tailor our training techniques to their specific needs and abilities.

To begin, we introduce Max to the fundamentals of our training system. This includes building a foundation of trust and confidence between us and the dog. We use a balanced training approach that focuses on positive reinforcement, but also incorporates other techniques such as mark charging and food reward. This method has proven to be effective in developing well-rounded, well-behaved dogs that are able to excel in various tasks.


As we test Max's abilities, we discover that his natural inclination is not to go into a down position. This could be due to a lack of training or perhaps a lack of trust in his new handlers. But with patience and positive reinforcement, Max quickly learns to go into a down position on command. This is just one example of the progress that can be made in just one session with these intelligent dogs.

Next, we move on to some more advanced tasks such as healing. Again, Max has never been trained in this before, but with our guidance, he starts to develop the mechanics of walking calmly on a leash by our side. It takes some time and a lot of treats, but eventually, Max begins to understand what is expected of him.

One impressive skill that working line German Shepherds possess is their ability to jump onto elevated surfaces such as tables or platforms with confidence and ease. We put Max's skills to the test by introducing him to a table and seeing how he reacts. To our delight, he immediately jumps up onto the table without hesitation - a testament to his natural abilities and confidence.

But as important as it is for these dogs to excel in physical tasks, it's just as important for them to have mental stimulation as well. So we finish off Max's first training session by introducing him to a "place board". This is a simple yet effective way to teach dogs to have a designated spot where they can relax and feel comfortable. Max takes to this task with ease, showcasing his impressive intelligence and eagerness to learn.

Max's first day of training may have been short, but it was packed with progress and potential. And this is just the beginning. In future sessions, we will continue to challenge Max and build his skills and confidence, preparing him for whatever tasks he may need to undertake in the future.

At American Standard K9, we are proud to train these remarkable dogs and share their journey with others. We hope that Max's story has shown you just how incredible working line DDR German Shepherds can be - and maybe even inspired you to pursue training with your own four-legged friend.


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