You hear it so often, people proclaiming their limitless love for their dogs. To be sure, the bond between a human and canine is special, and a wonderful thing, especially if the dog is particularly affectionate, like German Shepherds so often are.
One thing we humans have trouble with is expressing positive emotions; “I can’t express my gratitude to you”, “I cannot thank you enough”, “words are beyond my …”. We also have trouble expressing love towards our closest friends, be they people or German [...] More about: Are You Loving Your German Shepherd Too Much
When you first bring your new German Shepherd dog home you need to be aware of a critical adjustment period he is going to go through; which usually lasts about two weeks. Whether you’ve chosen a new puppy, or have adopted an adult German Shepherd, he’s going to go through this adjustment time.
Especially if you’ve adopted an adult dog, who has had a previous owner, this period will be very stressful for him. To ease this transition and make it a smooth ride for [...] More about: German Shepherd’s First Encounter With His New Home
You’re in the kitchen, your German Shepherd is eating peacefully, one of your friends approaches him and all of a sudden he starts mumbling and growling as if someone is going to take his food away. Your friend is not the only one who is startled.
And you’re probably wondering why this happens. A dog’s nature is to guard his food, any animal’s nature is to guard what is important to them. Dogs often have to fight for their food, so, the need to protect [...] More about: How to Stop Your German Shepherd From Food Guarding
A German shepherd can develop many health issues if he’s not being fed right. Overfeeding is a problem many dog owners face, and many natural instincts people have, with regards to what food they give their dog, are incorrect.
Overfeeding is a problem for people, so it’s somewhat logical why many dogs also have problems in this regard. Whatever the reason, excess weight is very dangerous for a German shepherd because it puts his internal organs at risk; he has an increasingly higher chance to [...] More about: How to Keep Your German Shepherd’s Diet Healthy And Prevent Food Related Health Problems
You are now the proud owner of a German Shepherd dog and, no matter where you live, it’s your job to follow the community standards on responsible dog ownership with regards to you and your neighbors.
Although we call it serving your community, most of these tips are meant to ensure a healthy relationship between you and your German shepherd. Things like exercise and training you would want to do regardless of the situation, but they are there nonetheless.
Important responsible German Shepherd ownership tips [...] More about: Community Standards On Responsible German Shepherd Dog Ownership
German shepherds are really smart folks. They are well known for their superior intelligence. Even so, there are many cases in which the dog completely ignores the person calling him. The “come” command is a difficult command because it requires your dog to shift his focus to you, and then comply with your command.
In essence, it is a command that competes for the German shepherd’s attention and whenever there are serious distractions it will probably not work. In addition, every time you say the [...] More about: Why Doesn’t Your German Shepherd Respond to Come Here
A lot of people think that when you’re walking your German shepherd dog you should let him sniff around and run with him wherever he wants to go. Somehow people feel pity towards their dogs and feel the need to empathize with what they think the dog wants.
The truth is there are lots of things that attract your German Shepherd’s attention, from people walking on the street to new smells and animals. He will try to go where he thinks he wants to go. [...] More about: Teach Your German Shepherd to Stop Pulling the Leash
Since the German Shepherd dog is prone to so many health problems, and most of which onset after a couple of years of age, it’s very reasonable to consider adopting an adult German Shepherd.
Raising a puppy all by yourself is not only time-consuming and frustrating, it’s also rather expensive. There are a lot of vaccines the German shepherds need and it’s quite hard to manage the chewing that will be going on.
Chewing takes place naturally for puppies because, as they grow up, their [...] More about: Adopting an Adult German Shepherd Dog
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