I get asked a lot1 about the differences I experience working with a shepherd. One thing I stress, whether your looking at a GSD for a potential guide dog or a family pet, is that shepherds are almost too smart for their own good. By this I mean that dog training is usually presented in a pretty linear fashion: teach a dog a thing. Dogs are eager to please and so this works out well. Shepherds, however, almost analyze a given task to the point that often it’s more accurate to say you teach them why they should do a thing. I, personally, enjoy the challenge that presents, but then I also have a shepherd who routinely stands on her head so, you know, I might be a bit cracked in the head.
Anyway, saw this on my Facebook feed, and it is possibly the best example of this that I have ever seen:
EDIT: Right after posting this, I saw a related video of another GSD:
My favorite part of this is when the shepherd looks over his shoulder, making sure he’s not being watched, before busting out his little buddy.
- I mean a lot. ↩