The most important thing to remember when choosing a dog training school for your German shepherd puppy is that not everyone you come across is reliable or completely qualified. When you start looking for a trainer, look around and ask for recommendations from your vet, the ASPCA or even your breeder.
Once you find a possible candidate, ask them questions. Ask about their background, years of training, techniques and if they are certified as a business. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you’d like, you deserve to have your questions answered. It is always good to see what you’re getting yourself into before you make any kind of commitments. So once you find a training school, ask to attend a class first, if they do not let you, keep looking! When you attend a class observe as much as possible, watch to see how the trainer gives instructions and how your German Shepherd responds to them. Watch to see what kinds of equipment they are using and also how they are handling the dogs.
Reputable trainers prioritize the welfare of the dogs and will not use harsh or abusive handling methods. This is completely unnecessary and can also be counter-productive. Be wary if the trainer promises that a specific problem will be resolved, because they should not guarantee complete results. Instead, they should promise to try their very best to help you and your German Shepherd dog to the best of their abilities. Also pay close attention and make the judgement if the trainers main priority is training dogs or making money. More than anything the trainer you choose should have a genuine love and devotion to dogs.