German Shorthaired Pointer Training Guide
German Shorthaired Pointer Training Guidehe German Shorthaired Pointer is an energetic breed with a short, tight coat. Bred specifically as a hunting dog, this pointer also makes a great companion that should be very good as part of the family. However, German Shorthaired Pointers were originally bred for hunting and field competition, so this dog is not considered a good choice for apartment living or for small homes unless there is a large yard available for outside exercise.
Now, if you plan to bring home a German Shorthaired Pointer, you want to spend regular time outside allowing the dog to run.
How to Train German Shorthaired Pointer
While this breed is not a common choice as only a family pet, it is good-natured and enjoys the company of people. In fact, the German Shorthaired Pointer is naturally quite affectionate with a playful nature, especially when outdoors where there is room to run and opportunity for exploration.
Because dogs from a top breeder are intelligent and accustomed to people and other animals, the German Shorthaired Pointer is easy to train. Some obedience training might be good, though with this hunting breed you may also want to enlist the help of a professional instructor for formal training.
Hunters who have experience with training German Shorthaired Pointers have found that this is one of the most popular and successful hunting dogs in the U.S. both for live hunting and in field competition. The breed possesses a desire to please its owner and to be a part of any successful trip to the field.
You will find that as your dog grows, he will move with an easy grace and should not appear to be nervous or skittish when confronted with obstacles or other animals outdoors.
It is highly recommended that you begin any training of a puppy at the earliest possible time, even to the point of continuing the same habits and system your breeder began when the pups were born. Most dogs will respond well to positive reinforcement during training and love being praised for good behavior with the German Shorthaired Pointer being no different. If you make the training fun and challenging at the same time, you should see excellent results.
Many people have concern about the issue of housebreaking a dog that will spend some, if not significant time indoors. The intelligence and good nature of the German Shorthaired Pointer should make this task a bit easier.
We recommend crate training because it gives the dog a safe haven for the times it needs to be alone, while also teaching the dog to be responsible for an area where it would spend time. Prevention is always a key in this training, so you should plan to take your dog outside early in the morning and again at night before you go to sleep.
If you do choose a professional trainer for any part of training your German Shorthaired Pointer, it would be best if you choose a person that will allow you to stay involved to some degree.
This should make the transition back to the home much easier and help to establish a bond between you and your dog that should last for many years.
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