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Contents:
1. German Shepherd FAQs

2. Facts You Need to Know About German Shepherd Dogs

3. Getting a German Shepherd Pup

4. Training German Shepherd Puppies - Tips and Tricks to a Better Behaved


GSD

5. Training Your German Shepherd

6. German Shepherd Training - 7 Steps to a Well Trained GSD

7. Grooming Your German Shepherd the Way the Professionals Do, Part 1

8. Grooming Your German Shepherd the Way the Professionals Do, Part 2

9. German Shepherd Dog Food Recipes

10. German Shepherd Dog Health Issues

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1. German Shepherd FAQs
What are the common health problems for German Shepherd dogs? German
Shepherds are prone to elbow and hip dysplasia and are also prone to bloating. There
is also a considerable number of them who develop Von Willebrand's disease and skin
allergies. The average life span for the German Shepherd dog is 12 years.

Is the German Shepherd a dangerous breed?

The perception that German Shepherds are a dangerous breed may come form the fact
that they are largely used as police or military dogs, giving them a "bad" reputation.
Their strong jaw and large teeth can also look scary. Although German Shepherd are
largely loyal and obedient to their owners, they can be trained to attack upon
command. When not trained properly, they can be aggressive. They also have short
temperaments. They are also a target for Breed Specific Legislation in some countries
and are perceived as inherently dangerous. Many people are working to outlaw BSL,
as it unfairly targets larger dogs who are quite docile and well behaved when trained
by responsible owners. So long as you are a responsible dog owner, a German
Shepherd is not an inherently dangerous dog.

Who are some of the famous/infamous German Shepherds?

German Shepherds have become one of man's most favorite dogs throughout history.
Some of the more famous of them include movie and TV stars like Bullet, the Wonder
Dog, Charlie from the movie All Dogs Go To Heaven, and Jerry-Lee a sidekick police
dog for the films K-9 and K-911. Some are pets of famous people and have shared in
the limelight of their owners. These include Clipper, JFK's dog and Major, the pet of
Franklin D. Roosevelt.

What are the disqualifying faults in German Shepherd dog shows?

Standards for shows vary widely in country and governing bodies. The most common
disqualifying factors however include floppy ears that never stand up completely, also
called the "friendly-tipped" dogs. This fault is caused by ear cartilage damage usually
occurring in pups under 12 months, but is not genetic. Another disqualifying fault is
when the tail stands vertically and exposes the anus. A German Shepherd is also
disqualified when its muzzle is not predominantly black. In a lot of shows, white fur
in German Shepherds is disqualified, but is admitted in some.

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2. Facts You Need to Know About German Shepherd Dogs
For active families who are looking for a versatile pet, German shepherd dogs must be
on top of your choices. They can be a house pet and at the same time they can also be
a working dog as guard or police dog. It is known to all that German shepherd dogs
are popular police dogs and rescuers. However, their gentle character is one of the
reasons why they can be great pets to kids, too. With the right training, they can blend
well with people in a household and even perform the duties of a guard dog at the
same time.

This is quite contrary to the common impression that German shepherds are fierce
dogs. The characters of a German shepherd dog would generally say that this breed is
extremely intelligent, quick to learn, and loyal to his master. If you are well-versed
about this breed, you can maximize this dog's potentials to your benefit. Choosing a
German shepherd as your family pet may depend on the type of lifestyle that you live
and your purpose of getting a pet. They need ample of daily exercise to release their
energies. If they are not given enough time to exercise outdoors, they tend to be
overexcited and restless.

Thus, you need to ensure that you have the time to accompany your pet outdoors.
They need special attention for trainings and exercise that is why owners of this breed
must be aware of their obligations. Otherwise, having this pet may just be a pain in
the head. These important facts about German shepherds you have to know prior to
owning one. Do not be an irresponsible owner because you might cause problems not
only to your household but to other people as well. Training a German shepherd is not
too complicated since their breed is basically easily trainable. They are quick learners
and smart, so don't worry about their capacity to cope with the training.

However, you need to at least have enough knowledge in training this particular dog
breed if you intend to handle the training yourself. Training must start while the dog is
still young. If it's too late, there is a greater tendency that German shepherd dogs will
be difficult to handle. A Guide to German shepherds would often recommend that you
need to implement a firm training on this breed. It is important that they learn proper
behavior while they are young so that they can be easily handled when they mature.
Like training any other dog breed, positive reinforcement through compliments and
rewards are highly recommended for German shepherd dogs, too.

Having a healthy and well-trained dog could bring in a lot of joy and pride to you and
your family. They are considered to be as one of the best dogs in the world to own. If
you plan to own this type of breed, then stuff yourself with enough information on
raising German shepherd dogs. It may not be too easy at first but as you dedicate
more time and effort to raising this breed, it would be more rewarding.

The author of this article Alex De La Cruz is a Dog Trainer who has been successful
with several dog training courses for many years. Alex decided to share his
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3. Getting a German Shepherd Pup
So....you've decided to take the plunge and get a German Shepherd pup. First of all,
congratulations, GSs are my absolute favourite breed, noted for their loyalty,
intelligence and protectiveness. I read once that they exhibit all the traits of the ideal
human!!

So where do you go for a GS pup?

I suggest finding a quality breeder in your area, this can be done by scanning the ads
in your local paper, a quick Google search or ideally by word of mouth. Referrals
from friends are often better than going to someone unknown and its certainly the
case here: there are excellent breeders out there but there are also some not-so-
excellent ones.

From the breeder you should pick out a pup that is healthy and make sure you find out
about the health of the parents. There are various scores and ways of measuring the
health of GS and a good breeder should have records of these for the parents.

To get the most out of your GS it should be treated well, given a good diet and well
trained. GSs have high intelligence and are noted for their ability to learn even
complicated tricks. At a very minimum they should be trained the basic, 'sit', 'come'
and 'heel' commands, which anyone should be able to teach with an even basic
knowledge of training. Whilst training there are some noted 'old school' ways of
training that are definitely best avoided. A general rule of thumb on this is to never
train in an oppressive or cruel way; this is more than likely going to develop negative
behaviour in the GS which could be life-long. It's important for the dog to know who
the leader is from an early age though and never to lose sight of this. It's the nature of
a pack animal to either be a leader or a follower and the dog will assume whichever
role seems to be more open.

The saying 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks' whilst not 100% true is at the same
time worth noting; really the earlier a dog is trained the easier and better.

Finally, it has been said that a dogs personality comes to be similar to that of the
owner and there's definitely some truth in this. So bearing this in mind, ALWAYS
treat your GS with love and affection and they'll return it in spades.

Jordan Kelly has had a love for German Shepherds his whole life and enjoys sharing
tips and stories about them with fellow enthusiasts. He offers a free newsletter on his
site at http://www.GermanShepherdOwner.com

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4. Training German Shepherd Puppies - Tips and Tricks to a Better
Behaved GSD

When training German Shepherd puppies you want to ensure you do it right. You may
have the basics, but are missing some of the tips and tricks that could make a real
difference. Being a highly intelligent breed makes them easier in some ways to train,
listed here are some tips to make the process even smoother.

1) Session Length:

Keeping sessions to a reasonable length, it is important thing to remember to keep the


session enjoyable for both trainer and trainee. As well as a session is going, you never
want to press it past the point where you are going to lose their concentration.

2) Cleanliness is next to Dogliness:

German Shepherds shed a large amount of hair. To relieve yourself of a large amount
stress and avoid the chases around the yard with a brush you should get your GSD use
to being groomed at a young age.

3) Look em in the Eyes:

Your Shepherd will often try to get your attention first by looking you in the eyes.
This form of communication is very important to a Shepherd. You will make your
training a whole lot easier if you incorporate this from the start of training.

4) Hands Up:

When training, it is always suggested to train hand signals along with the verbal
commands. This will come in useful in various situations, the dog is a bit of a distance
away and they may not hear you clearly, as well in situations where you don't or are
unable to speak or yell.

5) The Early Trainer gets the Best Behaviour:

The old adage of you can't teach an old dog new tricks is no true but does suggest a
good point. The younger they are when you start training the easier it will be on you
both. Starting at about the age of 4 months you can start training and taking them to
obedience/socialization classes.

The actual process of training German Shepherd puppies is far more in depth than the
few tips listed here, these are merely some suggestions to make the process easier. Do
your research and possibly invest in a dog training program.

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issues visit my site The Obedient K-9.

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5. Training Your German Shepherd
One of the best ways to keep your German Shepherd healthy is by training them. This
breed is well-known for its intelligence and hard work so it is easier to train them
unlike poodles or pugs. Not only does training your German shepherd keep it healthy
but it also allows your dog to attain its full potential as a great companion and family
member. This article will give some ideas what you should train your German
shepherd.

Train them as early as you can

You can not teach an old dog new tricks, that is why it is best to train your dog as
early as possible. The recommended age for a German shepherd to start training is
around four months onwards. As young puppies, these dogs are usually rowdy and
may easily create a mess in your home. So it is always a good idea to enroll your pet
in a dog club where professional trainers can train your dog not to make a huge mess
in your home. Not only do these clubs discipline your dogs, they also make them
socialize with other dogs.

Keep them tidy and neat

Training your dog to be regularly groomed is also important. German shepherds


usually shed huge amounts of hair. Getting your dog used to being groomed can
relieve you of the stress of chasing him all around the house or yard to simply get him
cleaned up. Though you may get to groom your dog at a regular basis, it is also best to
keep a good vacuum cleaner in order to get rid of scattered hair.

Training your dog can be very fun and exciting and it should be done everyday. This
will lead to a better companionship between you and your dog.

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6. German Shepherd Training - 7 Steps to a Well Trained GSD

When looking German Shepherd Training it is important to remember that you do this
not only for yourself but for the welling but you GSD as well. Being large dogs with
active minds they require something to occupy their body and mind, this is what
training does for them. For you it provides a pet that is under control, well behaved
and trustworthy. Read below for 7 steps to a well trained GSD.

1. Your Shepherd must know that you are in control. Being pack dogs they require
and Alpha leader, this must be you. If you do not take up this role your dog will.

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2. Shepherds are eager learners but to be able to learn they must be able to focus on
you. Conduct your training is an area free of distraction for both your GSD and
yourself.

3. Consistency is key. You must provide consistent training with consistent rules; you
can not change them as you go. Your Dog is eager to please but they must know how
to do that, they will get confused and frustrated if you change the hows on them.

4. At 8 weeks your German Shepherd is old to start some informal training. House
training and teaching them not to bite and jump are appropriate at this age to teach.

5. Your GSD is going to be very large when full grown, you must have them properly
leash trained to avoid a sore arm on your daily walks, 10 weeks of age is an
appropriate to start this.

6. It is important for your Shepherd to learn basic obedience commands such as sit,
stay, come and down, for these you may want to attend an obedience class once your
puppy reaches 4 months old.

7. An old dog CAN learn new tricks; it is never too late to begin training a Shepherd.
German Shepherds are highly intelligent dogs and able to learn at any stage of life.

There you go, 7 basic steps to German Shepherd training. These steps, along with
professional training in the form of classes or study at home courses will help you to
raise a loyal, loving and protective companion.

For more information on Basic Obedience or to learn how to deal with behavioral
issues visit my site The Obedient K-9.

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7. Grooming Your German Shepherd the Way the Professionals Do,


Part 1
Taking care of the basic health and grooming needs of your pet can be expensive if
taken to a professional, but most of the things a professional does you can do yourself.
For this example we're using the same type of dog that I have, a German Shepherd
Dog.

It's important to remember that most unique breeds will have very different grooming
and health requirements. Doing grooming yourself will cause much less stress to your
dog, and in some cases they will even learn to enjoy it.

My German Shepherd looks forward to grooming (She knows that it is time for plenty
of rub downs, playing, and treats.) You want to make sure you praise and reward your

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dog for being good while being groomed - you want to make it an experience that
they look forward to.

It is true that German Shepherds have a "double coat". This means they have that nice
thick layer of outer fur that's longer and more coarse and a softer fluffy, downy layer
of fur beneath.

Flying Fur

While German Shepherds shed year round, shedding becomes really noticeable
twice a year when they "blow their coat". This is where they basically shed most of
the summer, (then later on winter) coat over the course of a week or so.

To keep this from being a complete mess, you can groom more frequently and make
sure that when grooming you get deep into the undercoat as well. Getting into the
undercoat with a standard brush proves very challenging, it's better to get something
that's specifically designed to clear up the undercoat like an Undercoat Rake.

Grooming Like a Pro

When grooming, you should begin at the head of your German Shepherd and brush
back to the coat & tail with a slicker brush. You should then comb through the coat
with a metal comb to remove any other loose hair. If you want you can go over the
entire coat with a rubber curry brush. (This will help make the coat shinier and also
give your dog a good rubdown)

If it's shedding season, you will also want to use a shedding blade, (With this tool you
groom from the rear to the front). It is very important to know the proper use of a
shedding blade, and your groomer can help you with tips for proper use and safety.
You should never use a shedding blade if you're not 100% sure of the proper
technique.

Grooming tips for your German Shepherds include many different steps, all of which
are very important. And grooming is much more important than many people believe
it to be. It's true, German Shepherds are relatively maintenance free compared to
many dog breeds but your GSD will need a little grooming TLC occasionally as well.
Please do not neglect this area of German Shepherd ownership.

Debbie Ray, owner of http://www.total-german-shepherd.com and


http://www.pedigreedpups.com, is a lifelong animal lover and dog enthusiast.
Interested in more dog information? Training and health tips? Check out
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German Shepherd ebook filled with loads of GSD goodness) for more information.

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8. Grooming Your German Shepherd the Way the Professionals Do,
Part 2

Doing grooming yourself is a great way to bond with your German Shepherd Dog.
Praise and reward your dog for being good while being groomed and many GSD's
will even learn to enjoy the entire process with practice. Here are a few more basic
grooming procedures to practice with your own German Shepherd dog or puppy.

Bath Time

Barring any encounters with foul smelling stuff, German Shepherds only need baths
about twice a year. While this doesn't sound like much, you have to remember that
your dogs hair is a barrier that is constantly keeping dirt out and keeping essential
skin oils in.

Over bathing your dog will strip these natural oils and lead to dry skin and possibly
skin issues and irritation. A dogs skin has a pH balance that is very different from
humans, and as such requires a different type of shampoo to keep from disrupting that
balance. When bathing your dog, remember to place cotton in their ears to prevent
water from getting in the ear canal. (Water in the ear can lead to ear infections)

Nailing Those Nails

If your dog gets a lot of activity on hard surfaces their nails should wear down
naturally, but if they're too long, or if they become chipped or broken, trimming will
help keep your dogs feet healthy. The center of a dogs toenail is a very sensitive
living tissue called the quick, and you want to avoid clipping into and/or too near the
quick as this will cause your dog great discomfort, bleeding, and could lead to other
more serious issues.

To ensure you don't trim into the quick it's best to remove very small amounts of nail
at a time. Pet shops now offer nail "filing" tools that remove paper thin layers of the
nail at a time and help round the surface as they do so. This is a great option for your
pet and will help with nails that are too long and/or nails that are chipped or broken.

Ear Ye, Ear Ye!

Checking your dogs ears is very important and should be done weekly, and cleaned as
needed. Some signs that your dog may have ear issues are: Ears that are sensitive,
Swelling and/or redness of the skin in or around the ear, Head shaking and/or ear
scratching, Discharges or odors coming from the ear, Hematomas (blood blisters) on
the ear flap, or Melanomas (tumors).

If you think that your dog has any ear problems you should consult your vet
immediately. One common issue is wax buildup. If your dog has wax buildup, your
vet can give you liquid drops that will dissolve the wax and allow you to wipe it out.

Another common issue is ear mites. If your dog is doing a lot of head shaking and
scratching at it's ears, it may have ear mites and you should see your vet to get

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medication to remove the ear mites. If your dog has ear mites, you may also notice the
mites though they are small white specks in your dogs ear or earwax.

Say Cheese

To keep your dogs teeth healthy you'll want to make sure that brushing their teeth is
part of your regular grooming schedule as well.

Remember to follow these grooming tips for your German Shepherd, all of which are
very important. Grooming is much more important than many GSD owners believe it
to be. Remember that even though German Shepherds are relatively maintenance free
compared to many dog breeds your GSD will need a little grooming TLC
occasionally as well. Please do not neglect this important aspect of German Shepherd
Dog ownership.

Interested in more GSD information? Training and health tips? Thinking about getting
a German Shepherd puppy? Check out http://www.total-german-shepherd.com or
http://total-german-shepherd.net for more information.

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9. German Shepherd Dog Food Recipes


German shepherds live a very active life. Most of the time, it pays for a dog to have
his doggone days to be filled with gourmet meals! Here are some german shepherd
dog food recipes that your dog will truly love.

Recipe One

Ingredients:

2.5 kilograms of beef (ground)

1.25 kilograms of chicken (ground)

1.25 kilograms of turkey (ground)

2.5 kilograms of baby carrots

2 baking potatoes

3 cups of brown rice

3 pieces of eggs

3 cups chicken broth

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2 cups water

First, mix beef, chicken and turkey together. Place it in the oven.

Then, mix rice chicken broth and water. Cook for 30 minutes in medium heat.

Beat the eggs slightly. Never overdo it. Then, add potatoes and carrots. Cook for
another 20 to 30 minutes.

After everything is done, place it in a container and finally in the freezer.

Recipe Two

Ingredients:

7.5 kilograms of chicken meat

2.5 kilograms of organ meats

2 cups of peas

2 cups of rice (brown)

1 cup of lentils

4 cloves of garlic

3 cups vegetables of any kind (according to your preference)

Cook first the chicken meat. Then, bake all meats with dry vegetables (e.g. split peas).

Scrape all the meat from the bones and rip the meat into smaller pieces. Place it in the
food processor and grind up the raw meats.

Then, with lentils, mix in brown rice and cook. Place it in the food processor all the
vegetables plus garlic.

Toss all together and place it into containers and freeze.

When serving, take a concentrated stew and place some water then heat it in the
microwave until it is warm.

If your dog feels that pang for your goody treats, just mix it with some of these
german shepherd dog food recipes. Make sure that it is dry or it will alter the taste.

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10. German Shepherd Dog Health Issues

The German Shepherd breed is an excellent choice for a canine companion. However,
just like many other popular breeds, there are certain health problems that you need to
be aware of. Here are a few of the most prevalent German Shepherd dog health issues
to look out for:

Developmental bone and joint disease is a problem common to many large dog
breeds, affecting the younger animals. If your dog is affected, he may show no
symptoms at all, or he may demonstrate pain or lameness, and seem cautious about
movement. Hip dysplasia may cause leg muscles to actually waste.

Many German Shepherds also suffer from Hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of the cells of
the interior lining of the blood vessels. This condition can affect the skin, heart, liver,
and spleen, as well as other organs. If you dog has Hemangiosarcoma, he may display
weakness, light-colored gums, a distended abdomen, or even physical collapse.

Another German Shepherd dog health problem is weakness in the hind legs. This can
also include wobbliness or a lack of coordination in the affected limbs. Multiple
factors can cause this, including bone or spinal degeneration or possibly a slipped disc
in the dog's back.

Another problem to look out for is a diseased thyroid gland which will cause either
over or under-production of thyroid hormones in some dogs. If your dog is
experiencing skin infections, lethargy, hair loss, or cold intolerance it could indicate a
thyroid problem.

Keep a keen eye on the eyes of your German Shepherd, especially if you notice
apparent squinting, excess tearing or discharge, redness, or rubbing of the eyes. You
should also be alert for any growths over the eye, regardless of the color. A condition
called Pannus, an inflammation of the dog's cornea, could cause any of these
problems and be detrimental to your dog's optical health.

A bacterial infection of the skin, sometimes accompanied by puss, is known as


Pyoderma and can be a problem in German Shepherds. It is unknown what causes this

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condition, but it may be due to an immune deficiency. Your dog may have this if he
displays pimples or sores, hair loss, redness or other abnormal skin conditions. Some
dogs also become lethargic, or lose their interest in food.

A first step to avoiding these German Shepherd dog health issues is to make sure that
your dog does not come from a breeder where other dogs had these issues. Watch
your dog carefully, and be sure to consult your Vet if your dog displays any
symptoms, or behavior out of the ordinary.

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