THE GERMAN PINSCHER
yield a far higher level of exhaustion than simply letting them outside to run around for a few min- utes; hence, the reason active households bare far better for this breed. That being said, an area of training that is often overlooked is “quiet time.” Many owners of high energy breeds tend to focus more on how to exercise a dog to expel its energy. While being active certainly comes more naturally to a German Pinscher than being calm and relaxed, having an “off switch” is one of the most important skills to conquer for a Working Dog such the German Pinscher. Commands such as, “done,” “enough,” “place,” and “go to sleep” are all just as impor- tant as the basic, “sit” and “stay.” A comfortable crate, bed or mat provides a place for the dog to decompress and rest. For those who have children, it’s nice to encourage “story time” where the child reads to the dog in a calm and quiet environment. “Massage” is also a great way to promote peace and release the naturally occurring chemicals within the body that encourage relaxation. Despite how it may seem, the German Pinscher, like many dogs, does spend a significant amount of time sleeping. You will oftentimes hear that this breed is not suitable for the first-time dog owner. As with any dog, especially an energetic Working Dog with a high prey drive such as the German Pinscher, a strong commitment to training, combined with a stable temperament and a stable household, is one of the most important factors that contributes to a well-rounded and enjoyable dog. Any level of dog owner is capable of understanding the importance of this. Success has more to do with the level of commitment and consistency than with the level of experience. Overall, the German Pinscher is a very loyal and protective breed. They are quick to develop a strong bond with their caretakers, and that bond is further strengthened by completing activities such as training and other fun adventures. German Pin- schers demand to be included as part of the family and are best-suited for the interactive dog owner. As you can tell, a commitment to training is a necessity for this bold breed. Their size and their low maintenance coat are definitely a bonus. Their level of intelligence and their way of thinking will amaze you, and their silly antics will keep you laughing (or shaking your head) on a daily basis.
“While being active certainly comes more naturally to a German Pinscher than being calm and relaxed, having an ‘off switch’ is one of the most important skills to conquer for a Working Dog such the German Pinscher.”
BIO Allison Chappo is a critical care nurse practitioner in Cleveland, Ohio. She and her significant other of 14 years, Dale Bainbridge, live in Wakeman, Ohio, on a peaceful 18-acre farm with their four horses, two German Pinschers, and a Golden Retriever. Allison has been owned by German Pinschers since 2008. She breeds under the kennel name Greystone German Pinschers. Allison enjoys showing her German Pinschers, Ava and Falcon, in conformation as well as in barn hunt and dock diving. She is a member of the German Pinscher Club of America and serves on the Board of Directors. Allison also enjoys riding and showing her American Quarter Horses and visiting local hospitals with her Golden Retriever therapy dog, Oliver.
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