German Shepherd Obedience Training

After Purchasing a Puppy, you can choose to have your dog trained here or you can Purchase a Trained Puppy, one already finished with Obedience from the Beginning Training Programs. We offer training to previously purchased Kraftwerk K9 puppies only.

The training skills we teach are the basic fundamentals every puppy should know. Each program is custom tailored to suit each dog and family’s needs. All commands are taught in German unless otherwise specified. All dog training is conducted here at our location in Rochester, Washington served by PDX airport in Portland Oregon and SEA Seattle Washington State.

Training Programs
Obedience from the Beginning Part 1 – Imprinting & Socializing

(30 Days)
Minimum Age: 8 weeks
We call this “Obedience from the Beginning”. This is the perfect age to lay down a solid foundation on which future training can be built. We introduce the puppies to a reward system using food to reinforce the correct behavior.

Week 1:
a. Learn how to respond to collar and leash
b. Follow handler on leash
c. Name Association

Week 2:
a. Come and sit in the front position
b. Sit on command
c. Down on command
d. Teaching the meaning of no

Week 3:
a. Introduced to house-training with indoor environment
b. Crate Trained
c. Vehicle familiarization
d. Drive Building – Encourage chasing and biting of approved toys

Week 4:
a. Introduction to stairs
b. Exposure to slippery stairs
c. Bathing trimming of nails, and ear cleaning on elevated table

Obedience from the Beginning Part 2 – Manners & Obedience

(30 Days)
Minimum Age: 12 weeks
Kraftwerk’s obedience level two is where the rubber meets road for the puppies. We transition them from food rewards to play objects, such as tugs or balls, to build drive. Drive is a term describing the emotional and physical energy that motivates the dogs to act.

Week 1:
a. Introduction of training collar as positive experience
b. Stop mouthing, inappropriate biting, and biting with stronger corrections
c. Recall & Sit in front of handler from a distance

Week 2:
a. Sit & Stay (One minute)
b. Sit & Stay under distraction
c. Sit & Stay at a distance

Week 3:
a. Down & Stay (Three minutes)
b. Down & Stay under distraction
c. Down & Stay at a distance

Week 4:
a. Fetch (Promoting retrieving instincts)
b. Drive building – proofing behavior under different distractions and strange environments
c. Continued house-training

READ MORE For additional information about Obedience from the Beginning part 2.

Obedience from the Beginning Part 3 – Boost Performance Levels

(30 Days)
Minimum Age: 16 weeks
Once we develop optimum drive in the puppies, we can take their training to the next level. This is a vital step in their training development. We help them begin to transition from puppies into confident and capable young adults. Once they have a solid foundation in their home-field, they have to learn how to perform everywhere.

Week 1:
a. Fuss – Heel (Walk on loose lead in the heel position without pulling)
b. Automatically sits when handler stops
c. Finished Fuss – Get into heel position from the here front sit

Week 2:
a. Formal German obedience commands as well as informal English house commands
b. Introduction to obedience hand signals
c. Obedience commands at a distance

Week 3:
a. Increased duration of sit and down stays
b. Extending the area of influence of the handler has from six feet to thirty with long line
c. Introduction to off-leash obedience

Week 4:
a. Promotion of off-leash response to commands
b. Create a positive expectationbased on quickness of performance of behaviors
c. Proofing already learned behaviors around distrations: Dogs, people, vehicles, in home & office environments

READ MORE For additional information about Obedience from the Beginning part 3.

German Shepherd Protection Training

Kraftwerkk9 is dedicated to offering superior dogs to combat would-be assailants. A security guard may only be on shift for 12 hours with the ability to stay prime for only 8 of those hours. A German Shepherd is vigilant even when their owners are resting. The first goal of a trained dog is to provide a deterrent. This obstacle alone will combat a large percentage of burglaries and home invasions. “Bad guys” would much rather take on an empty home than one with a barking German Shepherd. Our Practical Protection Program was created to aggressively engage these criminals and take the fight to them if necessary. READ MORE