Posted : 8/19/2007 8:13:37 AM
Absolutely get him into obedience classes.
I often say that German Shepherds are too smart for OUR own good. And yes, they get bored VERY easily.
Re: boredom, give him a job to do. Teach him to gather up laundry or put his toys away in a box....something to keep his mind as well as his body occupied. Tricky treat balls or stuffed frozen kongs are great because they require some thinking to get the goodies out.
Re: Walks.....you might try the Easy Walk Harness. Because the ring to attach the lead is in the FRONT, it changes the balance and makes it near impossible to pull. One thing I found VERY helpful when I had made a major mistake with my oldest male, was to start working with him on a long line...about 50 foot long, in a safe and quiet area. Thor wasn't used to that much freedom on lead and wasn't real sure of himself, so he paid VERY close attention to me. Now, I can walk him off lead at a perfect heal if I want to. But, YOU have to become far more fascinating than the small dogs, or the cats, or anything else he might encounter on a walk. If people think I'm nuts when I walk my dogs in town, oh well. I keep up a constant stream of chatter with them and can walk three at a time without breaking a sweat. All six makes me nervous, but I can do it.
It's going to be a bit harder work for you now than it would have been at 8 WEEKS, so I strongly do suggest a training class. Try to attend a session first tho before you sign up and pay your money. You want a positive reinforcement trainer, especially with shepherds, and not someone who slaps on a choker and teaches you to jerk the dog around by the leash.