Stand is a helpful command that can get your German shepherd off of something you do not want him to be sitting in or that can get him to stand still if he is excited about something (food, for example).
Because German shepherds grow to be so large, boisterous, and strong, teaching him this command when he is a puppy can make him much more manageable as an adult. If you are just starting training German shepherds, here’s what you need to know about this command:
Start with your dog in the sitting position. While this might not always be his starting position when you actually use this command, it is the best for training German shepherds to stand. Tell him to sit and give him a treat when he does what he’s asked.
Using a Treat
Then, place the treat in front of his face, and while pulling it forward, so that he has to stand up in order to follow it, say “stand” or “up” or whichever word you have selected for this command. Give him the treat and verbal praise.
Move and Repeat
Move him to another part of the yard or house and ask him to sit again. Give him a trait and praise, and then follow step two to get him stand while you say the command.
Use Different Starting Positions
As you continue to work on this command, start him from different positions. If he knows a “lie down” command, start him lying down, and then ask him to stand up, using the same motion to get him into a standing position.
This command can be mixed with a “Wait” or “Stay” command in order to calm your German shepherd down during a high energy or high tension situation.
“Stand” is a great way to get his attention if he is playing with something you do not want him to play with, or if you simply want him to stand and wait while you get his food ready or put him on his leash, two actions which can make a dog very excited.
German shepherds love to be trained. They are intelligent, even at a young age, and want nothing more than to please you. Don’t hesitate to take your puppy outside and start training him!