How to train German short haired pointer puppies

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How to train German short haired pointer puppies
Start training your German short-haired pointer when she is a puppy. (WilleeCole/iStock/Getty Images)

Training German shorthaired pointer puppies requires energy, patience and persistence. This intelligent breed makes for good family dogs as they are outgoing, gentle and generally good with people. To achieve these quality characteristics, however, the puppy must be trained by someone who is willing to put the time, effort and dedication needed to mould this bouncy puppy into a well-behaved, well-mannered adult.

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    Exercise your German shorthaired puppy daily. This breed is known for its boundless energy. Training a puppy that cannot sit still or concentrate because it has so much energy running through its body is not only frustrating, but almost impossible. Walk your puppy daily and allow for lots of play time so your pup can exert that energy. Schedule training sessions for right after the pup has exercised, when it is calm and can focus.

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    Socialise your German shorthaired pointer puppy with other animals to prevent aggression and fear toward them. Although this breed is typically great with humans, it has tendencies to show aggression toward other animals. To prevent this inappropriate behaviour, encourage the pup to interact with other dogs so that it feels comfortable -- not intimidated by or fearful -- around them.

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    Place your German shorthaired pointer puppy in a cage when you are sleeping or away. This lovable breed has tendencies to develop separation anxiety, in which they become very anxious -- and often destructive -- when left alone. Cages often comfort affected dogs and can also prevent them from destroying your home and injuring themselves. Cage training can also assist in housebreaking your puppy. Placing your pup in the cage when you are not around will prevent it from eliminating, because it will have to lie in its waste if it does so -- a consequence that most dogs avoid.

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    Train using consistency. German shorthaired pointer puppies often have minds of their own and will exercise them at every chance they get. As hunters, this breed can become easily distracted and very interested in elements in the environment, such as sounds, sights and especially smells. If your German shorthaired pointer puppy becomes excited by the distractions and wants to run away to explore them, you must never let it do so. If you let it go just once, it will think it is always allowed to and will continue this behaviour.

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