Training the German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer Training

Loyalty knows no bounds like a German Shorthaired Pointer. This stunning breed of dog is best known for its intelligence, athleticism, and hunting prowess. Their beautiful coats and compact build make for an incredibly attractive companion in the woods, and with fidelity and purpose, owners will find that training this impressive breed of dog results in a devoted, obedient lifelong family member.

Starting Young

It is absolutely essential that owners begin their German Shorthaired Pointer Training regimen the moment they assume ownership of their new pet. Ideally, the breeders have already begun working with the puppies as they prepare them for adoption, but naturally, this will not always be the case. Working with young puppies need not be either complicated, or time-consuming. Positively reinforcing desired behaviors can be as easy as utilizing verbal praise (“Good job” or “Very good boy”) or even non-verbal praise like a pat on the head.


Another critical component of a successful German Shorthaired Pointer Training program relates to consistency. To truly learn, or come to understand and reach mastery of a desired behavior, your Pointer has to understand what is expected of him or her. Consider this example: Some of you might have friends that allow their dogs to beg for food. Maybe their dog is allowed to sit near the dinner table and watch her owner or other guests expectantly. Further, if her owner is easting a snack while watching t.v., she may plant herself next to him and exhibit the same behavior. If this is something her owner permits, the dog will reach an understanding that this is acceptable behavior. But if the same owner will sometimes speak sweetly to the dog while she is begging, and other times will redirect or negatively reinforce the behavior, the Pointer won’t know how to respond.

In the aforementioned example, the Pointer is never able to establish any consistent meaning; she does not reach an understanding of what behavior is expected of her, due to the owner’s sporadic responses and inconsistency in her response to behavior, and as a result, her German Shorthaired Pointer is unable to exhibit, or demonstrate the desired behavior. That’s where consistency comes in. Rewards and praise, instantaneous feedback, and both positive as well as negative reinforcement all work together to train a Pointer desired behaviors, and for the dog to reach the mastery level, this has to be done with consistency.

Having Purpose

Not wholly unlike humans, the German Shorthaired Pointer has to have a purpose in life. But this purpose can look like many things. For some Pointers, their job relates to hunting, or working livestock. Others may be their owner’s loyal running companion, or beach buddy, and still others are assigned the purpose of watching their families children. Of playing with them, entertaining them, and ensuring that always, their children are kept safe and out of harm’s way. Of these different assignments, not a single one is greater than the other in terms of value, importance, or the overall sense of satisfaction brought to the animal, but the one thing they all share in common is providing that dog with a specific purpose in life that they can focus their attention upon. They know that they have a job to do, and that job allows them to focus their energies; their mental abilities upon. Without such a directive, owners may find that their shorthairs are channeling their massive stores of energies upon more destructive behaviors, and may develop destructive behaviors. Again, this can all be avoided with a little bit of one-on-one training, consistency, and purpose.

Worth their Weight in Gold

The power of a dog’s love, the unconditional limits of loyalty, are what make the species such integral parts of the human experience. They are the friends that ask for nothing but to love you, and that is a rare, spectacular thing, indeed. German Shorthaired Pointers are no different. Their playful, gregarious nature, their incredible stores of energy and their natural desire to please those around them are what make them such incredible canine companions. As owners of this brilliant breed of dog, it is then our responsibility to provide them with the means to be able to make us happy–responding to behaviors with consistency and fidelity, giving them the personal time with us to provide that love. Strive always to take care of your Pointer the way they take care of you. Provide them with an approach to German Shorthaired Pointer Training that will prove successful to both dog and owner, and remember always that you have one of the best friends a man could ever ask for.

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