As a relatively new breed, the German shepherd is prone to a variety of health problems, some of which are considered to be hereditary. Others are considered to be inherited; the breed has a predisposition towards some disorders. However, the way to determining if there is inheritance towards a certain disease is often times inconclusive.
The list of possible disorders quite possibly numbers 40 to 50 different disorders, however most of those can appear in any breed, and the German shepherd has not shown special [...] More about: Hemophilia and Other Inherited German Shepherd Disorders
The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed, nearly fully developed in the 20th century. As such, it’s prone to a variety of health problems, such as orthopedic disorders, heart diseases and gastric torsion.
In this article we’re going to take a look at the most common orthopedic problems along with a few others. Before we get started, a word of advice. While there are many possible problems, it doesn’t serve to anticipate that your German Shepherd will have any of them. After all, humans [...] More about: Most Common Inherent Disorders in German Shepherd Dogs
Once your Golden retriever is comfortable with the sit, down and stay commands you can start teaching him some of the more complicated commands. Note that it’s not the commands in themselves that are complicated, it’s that he’s going to face a lot of distraction. In this article we’ll go through how to teach your dog to come.
Before we start on the “come” command let’s talk a bit about using food treats. The purpose of food treats is to teach a new behavior. At [...] More about: How to Teach Your Golden Retriever the Come Command
Training is crucial for any dog, and even more so, for a larger breed such as the Golden Retriever. There is no reason not to do this, especially because Golden Retrievers are incredibly intelligent and they’re very eager to please.
Without any training, your dog would be left to do as he pleases, and most of the time you’ll find that this is different than what you had in mind. Remember that it’s impossible to learn how to train a dog perfectly just by reading; [...] More about: How to Teach Your Golden Retriever to Stay
Teaching your Golden retriever the basic commands of sit and down is the first step into making your relationship with your dog everything you wanted it to be. But before you get started on that you need to get the dog’s attention. Surprisingly he can’t learn anything if he’s not paying attention to you.
In order to convey to the dog that you’re going to begin training ask him a question. Ask a short question that you’re not going to repeat in a normal conversation. [...] More about: How to Teach Your Golden Retriever The Sit and Down Commands
Now obviously disciplining, rewarding and punishing your Golden Retriever has to do with training him. Before we delve any deeper into any of those three let’s talk a bit about a play deprived Golden retriever.
Golden retrievers thrive on playtime and interaction with their owners and other animals. You have to realize that he was originally a gundog and that he has a lot of energy. Burning that energy is essential to getting the dog to focus.
Training a hyper dog is close to impossible. [...] More about: Why Golden Retrievers Need Discipline, Reward and Punishment
One thing most people don’t realize about Golden Retriever ownership is that they are responsible for how the dog lives his life. In reality, the puppy’s view of the world is dictated by what his owners teach him he can and can’t do.
Most people either don’t take the time or don’t know how to tell the puppy what he can and can’t do. Therefore whether or not his behavioral pattern is compatible with those of his owners is left to chance.
This probably happens [...] More about: How and Why to Crate Train Your Golden Retriever
You might have heard about English Golden Retrievers and maybe even about Canadian Golden Retrievers. If you have, then you’re probably wondering what’s this all about. Officially, they are not classified as separate breeds, they’re not even classified as varieties of the same breed.
Nevertheless, there are three types of Golden Retrievers; the two already mentioned and American Golden retrievers. Next you might be wondering if there is any difference between them, after all they are not classified separately.
Rest assured all types of Golden [...] More about: Types of Golden Retriever Dogs – The English Cream Golden Retriever
Adopting a Golden Retriever is a great idea, and after you’ve taken the time to figure out if the Golden Retriever is truly right for you, you can’t wait for your new buddy to come home. But the question remains, should you get a puppy or an adult dog?
Granted, puppies are really cute, but they’re only puppies for only so long. If you have your heart set out on one you still need a decent amount of research into available puppies, you need to [...] More about: Adopting a Golden Retriever