Posts Tagged ‘German Shepherd Puppy’
Friday, October 29th, 2010
As dog trainers ourselves, it is easy for us to figure out what to look for when finding a good dog trainer. We will tell you the secrets in finding the best dog trainer for you and your puppy. Since here are a huge number of dog trainers out there it is hard to tell which one is right for your puppy, we will do our best to help you figure out what to look for and what to stay away from.
First be aware that there technically isn’t a certification required to be a trainer. Anyone with a sense of entrepreneurship and money to put an ad in the paper can become a “dog trainer”. So we recommend asking for references, as it helps to know somebody that had a good experience with this trainer. Ask about his or her qualifications, what type of training they focus on (obedience training, house training, etc.), their knowledge of dog health, and knowledge of breed characteristics. It is important for your trainer to know about your breed as no two breeds are alike. You would not want to take your German Shepherd puppy to someone that has only trained say a Pomeranian before. Just as you wouldn’t want to go see a foot doctor for a heart problem.
Remember the saying that you get what you pay for doesn’t always apply. We are not saying that the dog trainer with the highest price isn’t the best, we just want you to be aware that there are a lot of dog trainers out there that have lower rates and that are extremely qualified to train your German Shepherd puppy.
Lastly trust your own instincts, if you are not comfortable with the dog trainer there is a good chance your dog won’t be either.
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
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.
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
Canines are, by nature, very social animals. They often enjoy the company of other dogs, and are able to establish a social structure between themselves without human interference. However, your resident canine may not be used to having other dogs as house-mates. If this is the case, introducing a new puppy into the home may be problematic.
Preparation is the most important step in introducing a new puppy into the home. The first impressions between your new pup, and your resident dog can mean the difference between a smooth transition or the start of a long series of headaches. Resident dogs being over-protective of the home or their belongings can be one of the biggest problems in introducing any new dog into the home. In order to avoid this, it is a good idea to introduce the dog to your new puppy in a neutral environment, such as a park. Be careful not to use a park where you frequently take your dog for walks, as it may feel territorial over this area as well. Be sure to have a second handler with you, as holding both leashes yourself will make the dogs feel forced upon each other. Do not hold the puppy during the initial meeting, as this may make it feel trapped. Let the dogs approach each other at their own pace. It is also extremely important to purchase separate food bowls and arrange separate sleeping areas in advance. Forcing your dogs to share food bowls or beds is simply asking for disaster.
When it comes time to bring the new puppy into the home, make sure you’ve prepared the space where they will meet for the smoothest possible introduction. Clean up the area so that the dogs do not feel anxious by excess clutter in the home. The area where they meet inside the home should not contain any food bowls or toys that the resident dog may feel protective over. It is also best to avoid putting the two in small or confined areas where they may feel trapped. Providing that the initial meeting in the park has gone well, you may walk both dogs into the home as if it were a regular routine. Let your resident dog off its lead first, and let the puppy explore the area while still on lead.
If, at any time, you notice signs of aggression, you should separate your dog and the new puppy immediately. Do not, under any circumstances, let your dogs fight. Be aware that your resident dog may show behavior similar to that of dogs in a parental role, such as nipping at the puppy’s neck. This is very different from aggressive behavior, and should be permitted.
Whether you have a new Belgian Malinois puppy, Dutch Shepherd puppy, or German Shepherd puppy, taking the proper precautions and ensuring a smooth introduction will help your new puppy and your resident dog from a positive relationship that will last for years to come.
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Healthy growing pups normally have incredible appetites for their size, so when your puppy stops eating, it can be cause for great concern. Knowing what to look for and how to respond is the first step in ensuring a strong and healthy German Shepherd puppy with a strong appetite.
As a general preventative measure, it is good to maintain a strict feeding schedule and build proper eating habits with your pup. Try to feed your puppy at consistent times from day to day, don’t feed it scraps from the table, always place the food in your pup’s dish, and remove the dish after 20 or 30 minutes have passed in order to help condition your puppy to eat at the proper times.
Assuming you’ve been maintaining a good schedule, and your puppy has been eating regularly, there are a number of reasons why your puppy may suddenly stop eating. One of the most common reasons is due to teething. Do what you can to reduce the discomfort from teething and ensure meals are eaten.
Unfortunately, other reasons your pup may stop eating could much more severe. Digestive illness, injury to the abdomen or parasites may all prevent your puppy from eating properly. As well, regardless of the cause, lack of food for extended periods of time can be fatal. Whether you have a German Shepherd puppy, Dutch Shepherd puppy, or Belgian Malinois puppy, you should always consult the expertise of your veterinarian if your puppy has gone more than 24 hours without eating, or shows any symptoms of illness.
Monday, December 28th, 2009
Caring for puppies is a rewarding experience, but can also be a difficult one. The health of your puppy can be fragile, especially in their first weeks. One of the most common health problems that can appear in puppies is diarrhea. Diarrhea is, of course, strongly connected to your puppy’s diet, but can also be indicative of other health problems. Although it is not always cause for alarm, it should be taken seriously, as it may mean that your puppy is not getting or not able to properly digest the nutrients it needs to grow up strong and healthy.
The first thing to consider is that your puppy’s stool can vary in appearance from completely liquid to completely solid, and anywhere in between. If the stool is simply soft, but not watery, it may not be a serious. This can occur from improper digestion caused by poor diet, change in diet, stress or over-feeding. While it is most commonly not serious, you should monitor your puppy closely until it’s stool returns to normal consistency.
If the stool is liquid and quite watery, it is a much more serious problem. Firstly, watery diarrhea can cause dehydration. In puppies, dehydration can become life-threatening in as little as 24 hours. A puppy can survive a day without solid food, which may be beneficial in that it helps give the digestive track a rest, but it is absolutely imperative that you give your puppy lots of water. If your puppy will not drink, or has had continued diarrhea for more then 24 hours, you must take it to the vet. Be sure to monitor any diarrhea for signs of blood, as blood is a key indicator that your puppy could be very sick. Do not hesitate for a second to take your puppy to the vet if you see even a tiny drop of blood in the stool. Watery diarrhea and blood in the stool can both be caused by intestinal parasites, or other serious digestive problems. This should not, under any circumstances, be taken lightly.
The majority of dogs will experience some kind of diarrhea at least once in their lives. It’s up to you to know what to do, and when to take your puppy to the vet. Keeping a close eye on your puppy’s health is necessary to ensure that your German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd or Belgian Malinois will grow up to be both strong and healthy.
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