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Why German Shepherds Are The Easiest Dogs To Train

It may seem like German Shepherd Dogs are the easiest dogs to train, but it’s not as simple as that. Sure, the German Shepherd has a lot going for it when it comes to training, but they are also very independent dogs and some can be extremely difficult to train, especially the walking on a leash part as they do like to pull.

 

The main reason people think German Shepherds are the easiest to train is because they usually see them alert and sitting by the side of a police officer.  However, they are a great candidate for  training thanks to their history, because they were originally bred to herd cattle. They are extremely alert, agile and more than willing to learn, and they do need constant stimulation or they can become a house wrecker.

 

Most German Shepherd Dogs are pretty easy to train, they are up there with the most intelligent dogs and most of them will learn a new trick within 30 repetitions.  If you’re going to own a GSD, you should start training as soon as you get him home, as a puppy, don’t wait. Start with basic training, and if you’re not planning on him being a working dog, think about advance obedient training, because he’ll need a lot of commands to remember just to keep his brain stimulated.

 

They are originally working dogs, and still are, you find them in the police force, search and rescue, army and even guide dogs. Yes they can be easy to train but training for any dog isn’t easy, you have to be patient, persistent and continue training throughout their whole life. Always be prepared to teach him something new, as he’s always willing to learn something new.

 

German Shepherd Dogs can learn over 300 commands, and their energy levels and intelligence means you’re not going to have  a couch potato. Keep him stimulated with plenty of training, enter obedience competitions, or at the least, take him on long walks and runs, he needs the exercise. If you can’t give a German Shepherd Dog plenty of exercise and training, don’t get one, get a lapdog.

How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

I recently wrote an article about this very question, and I have often been asked the same question so I thought I would post the answer here. Having said that, it’s not just a simple answer that will cover every breed of dog, because some dogs do have skin conditions which means they have to bathe more frequently.  However, for the purpose of this article I will be giving some general guidelines, although you should always consult your vet if you are concerned.

Basically if I can smell my dog when he enters the room, I know it’s time for his bath, either Shadow or Wolf, sometimes they both just stink, depending on what they have been rolling around in.  However, the be more informative, it is said that your average dog should have a bath about once every 3 months, yet many people bathe their dog more than is needed.  Moreover, you can bathe them too much, which will strip their coat of its natural oils and their coats will start to become dull looking.

If you have a dog that has a skin condition, then he may need bathing once a week or more with special shampoo from your vet, if this is the case, always follow your vets guidelines to the letter.  Moreover, always use a dog shampoo, as human shampoo may irritate them, and it may have fragrances that could be an issue for your pet.  Finally, brushing your dog causes no harm at all, and does in fact benefit them greatly, and you can brush them every day, it prevents tangles and matting and spreads their natural oils leaving their coat nice and silky.

 

Tony

The Importance Of Taking A Shelter Dog

Hello,

For my first post here at the megasite I wanted to talk about the importance of getting a dog from a shelter.  Shelters are often full with both dogs and cats, and it’s a shame that so many good pets are killed because they can’t find a good home, it’s also unnecessary.

Many people looking for a family pet often go to expensive breeders and do not even consider a shelter dog. This is ok if you are looking for a show dog but for a family pet, a shelter is an excellent place to start looking. There are many different breeds of dog and cat at your local shelter, and it is inexpensive, compared to buying from a breeder.

Moreover, checking out the local shelters in your area will also give you a chance of saving a dogs life, or a cats life. Having said that, your new pet will automatically have its inoculations and be neutered or spayed, preventing more unwanted cats and dogs. Shelters almost always have a qualified vet that will give you sound advice and answer any questions you may have.

Finally, if you’re thinking of getting a dog or cat for the first time, please consider visiting your local shelter first. Moreover, even if they don’t have the pet you are looking for, you can give them your details and explain what you are looking for and they will often give you a call when they get what you want. It makes so much more sense to adopt an unwanted pet than to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on a pure bred breeder when you may just be able to get exactly what you’re looking for locally and for a fraction of the cost.