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Is a German Shepherd the Best Dog to Keep Forever?

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These friendly, loyal, authentic, and cheeky dog breeds are ideal for any household. Their long bushy tail, shiny and hairy coat, and pointed ears make them even lovely. They have a unique way of learning new skills and retaining them. However, they were originally preferred for military and police units, German shepherds make the best pet for any family.

When it comes to protecting their masters, these canines are the best. Their main intent is to make their keepers happy and can go to any length to keep their home safe. Their fierce loyalty to their family is amazing. Their friendly nature fits any family including children.

Curiosity, intelligence, alertness, confidence, and watchfulness are some of the few traits these giant dogs possess. They are friendlier than most of the dog breeds and they require lots of attention. When you give them love, they love you unconditionally.

What their diet is all about

For a healthy German shepherd, you need to feed them with a proper diet. That does not mean you need to overfeed them. When they become overweight or obese, their growth is tremendously affected by increased disease chances and shortened life span. I believe any dog keeper wants to spend lots of time with their pet.

The best food for the German shepherd should consist of large breed dog food that supports and strengthens their joints and bones for larger dogs as well as nourishes and keeps their coat shiny and healthy. For those who keepers who prefer cooking for their dogs, meat and bones can do calcium wonders. For our friendlier and cute troy, cooked food and healthy yet balanced dog food is all the way. (Troy image below)

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To keep German shepherds in shape

German shepherds routine should include lots of activities. It is essential for keeping it in shape. Am sure you don’t wish to see your pet sluggish, lazy, and frequent trips to the veterinary. They mostly crave for attention. To ensure they are mentally fulfilled, ensure you walk, run, play games, or talk to them for at least 30 minutes daily. 

For their general physical health, fly ball and agility training top the list. You can also try anything that keeps your canine engaged like; hide & seek games, swimming, throw-catch activities, or ball games. They are intelligent and know how to impress their keeper. They easily make decisions and get solutions. It is funny how they keenly observe situations and make conclusions. Why not give them challenges?

For puppies, less strenuous activities are highly recommended for their growth.

Your canine grooming

These great guard dogs need a makeover once in a while. Their coat needs some brushing. When they shed their fur, brushing is mostly recommended to reduce too much shedding. Washing them is essential more so if they soil too much. However, veterinarians recommend washing them once a month.  For those who like playing and digging soil like Troy, 2-3 times a month is ideal. Ensure you wash you use a cleaning product that is effective and less sensitive for their coat.

Teaching your dog new skills

Training a German shepherd is fun and easy. With their easy grasp technique, they learn new skills fast and retain them for a long. However, you may need to engage them and re-teach the skills every time. Being creative thinkers, they need something to keep them active and busy lest they learn and adapt to destructive behavior.

Veterinarians recommend consistent training to engage their minds. Games such as search-rescue, ‘catch this when you can’, or ‘find this’ are some of the best. You can teach them on the strategic place or time for poop at a puppy stage for easier retaining. What makes them amazing and loveable is their adherence to commands.  They know how to differentiate your moods and know what you need from companionship to leaning on the shoulder. They are cheeky too.

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