German Shepherd Dog ownership is a privilege which comes with loads of responsibilities. Your four-legged best friend is dependent on you to make the right choices to ensure that he or she lives a long and healthy life.
Following is a list of ways to ensure that the puppy you fell in love with at first sight provides you with many years of mutual enjoyment.
1. Find a dog which suits your home and your lifestyle and by all means remember that this is easily a 7 to 15 year commitment - not to be taken lightly. If you have a small studio apartment, a Mastiff is probably not the best type of dog for you.
If you are a couch potato, a bouncy Australian Shepherd might not be the best companion. Likewise, read up on the dog breed you desire, for example, in this case, the German Shepherd Dog and speak with the experts in that breed. Even a mixed dog breed needs to be a good match for you and your home life.
2. Good nutrition is key to a GSD puppies development and one of the most important parts of German Shepherd Dog ownership. Seek the advice of the GSD breeder or your veterinarian on the best food to give your dog throughout the various stages of his or her life.
Read the ingredients on the bag and follow the suggested servings. Avoid excessive treats or table foods which add calories and unnecessary weight.
3. Exercise is very important to your dog's physical and mental well-being. German Shepherd's can do well with a house having a fenced in yard or as an apartment dweller. But in either case a GSD needs to go outdoors from time to time - not only to relieve himself but also to burn calories, socialize and ward off boredom.
Any dog who is deprived of exercise is bound to get bored and act up or to gain weight which can lead to a variety of health issues much as it does in humans. Your German Shepherd will probably enjoy daily walks or play sessions with you most of all. Dogs should be provided with a variety of toys . Chews are particularly important for teething puppies but will also help control tartar as the dog ages.
4. Regular visits to a veterinarian are essential to your dog's health. This is a very important part of German Shepherd Dog ownership! Annual Vaccinations as recommended by your vet will prevent potentially fatal illnesses. Heart worm medications, flea treatment and dental hygiene are areas where you vet will guide you to do what's best for your pet. It can get expensive so be sure you have the resources to maintain your pet's health needs before acquiring a dog.
5. You need to have the time to invest in training a German Shepherd. Much like a child, a puppy needs to be taught right from wrong in an authoritative manner or things can quickly get out of hand. Be sure you are willing to have the patience to take on the dog training!
"He has every attribute of a dog except loyalty. - Senator Thomas P. Gore
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