Which videos should I order to begin training with my puppy? Also, in regards to training with food and the e-collar, do you do one or the other or can you combine the two?
My name is Mark, I have a wife and two girls (9 and 14) and I want to purchase another German Shepherd towards the end of 2013. My last Shepherd was killed some 12 years ago and it was hard to recover from that but it is now time to get a son back in my life. My last Shepherd had some basic command obedience schooling but now I want more training and protection skills for my future boy now that I have a new wife and step children. I want them to understand the rules and role of a dog. So I have enough money to purchase probably five or six DVDs and would like to know your opinion on the ones that I should start with that are the backbone of the beginnings of training a puppy. Also on question in regards to training with food or training with E-Collar, do you do one or the other or can you combine the two?
First of all, we do all preliminary training with food regardless of our goals. The ecollar can be introduced later, once the dog has a vocabulary of commands he completely understands. I would say for most dogs this is when they are at least a year old, maybe older (depends on the dog and level of training).
For a puppy that you wish to raise as a family dog with protection skills I’d recommend the following to get you going.