Cody and Athena in advanced obedience classes.
German Shepherds are working dogs. They are active, highly intelligent, fiercely loyal, and enjoy hanging out with their humans. It is for that reason that they do not do well in kennels away from humans. They were bred to work closely with humans as herding dogs
Because these dogs are active, they need to live in a household where their minds and bodies will be kept active. They need exercise such as walking, swimming, jogging (check with your vet before jogging with your dog). Training will do wonders for keeping your dog mentally active. Now, you don’t need to train your dog to do Search and Rescue, or to do police work. Teaching a few simple tricks will suffice. It will give the dog something to do, allow you to bond with your dog during the training process, and entertain your guests.
An active German Shepherd dog is a happy one.