German Shepherd Dog

November 11, 2017

The use of a behavior test for the selection of dogs for service and breeding

Behavior tests were used to categorize different characteristics that indicated future suitability as a service dog for German Shepherds and Labrador retrievers, highlighting differences between the breeds and between sexes.

Historically, the process of selecting dogs suitable for service work was based on behavioral testing.

November 5, 2017

Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioral effects

German Shepherd dogs performed various exercises and tasks typical of police work. Dogs who were shocked with a shock collar during their training consistently showed more stressed and more fearful reactions than those who were not.

Many methods of dog training exist, ranging from friendlier forms, such as clicker training, to much harsher practices, like physical beatings.

October 27, 2017

Direct genetic, maternal and litter effects on behavior in German shepherd dogs in Sweden

Direct heritability traits in German Shepherds were measured by a series of tests, and it was concluded that the litter has a greater effect on the behavior than maternal effect.

Most puppies live with their mother and their siblings for the first 8 weeks of their lives, which is when a development of some of their “adult” behaviors is developed.