Kate

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Date registered: November 15, 2013

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  1. German Shepherds – The Noble Shepherd — May 4, 2014
  2. German Shepherds – The Working Dog — May 4, 2014
  3. German Shepherd Socialization — May 4, 2014
  4. German Shepherd Behavior – The Dual Personality — May 4, 2014
  5. German Shepherd Food — May 4, 2014

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May 04

German Shepherds – The Noble Shepherd

German Shepherds

The breed is only just over 100 years ago, the deliberate product of a breeding program began by ‘The Father of the German Shepherd’, Rittmeister Max von Stephanitz. First gaining fame as working dogs in the German Army during WWI, the breed became truly famous with the introduction of Rin Tin Tin in the movies …

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May 04

German Shepherds – The Working Dog

German Shepherd Working Dog

German Shepherds were bred over 100 years ago specifically to work at herding sheep. They’ve been earning their keep ever since. Shepherds have served as guide dogs, bomb or drug sniffing dogs and more. They’re the very image of a police dog. They’ve proven themselves in these roles and many more. Training begins early in …

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May 04

German Shepherd Socialization

German Shepherds

Socialization involves getting your dog familiar and comfortable with other dogs, pets and people in their environment. As natural pack animals it’s often easy to do, and sometimes even harder to keep them from interacting at inappropriate times. Most dogs benefit from socialization. The people around them do too. But German Shepherds and a few …

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May 04

German Shepherd Behavior – The Dual Personality

forest walk

As with any breed, individual behavior will vary. But, also as with any breed, there are common characteristics that are typically shared by all members. Among German Shepherds those behaviors revolve around their ‘instinctive’ patterns, patterns that reveal a dual personality. Bred at the end of the 19th century to serve, as the name suggests, …

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May 04

German Shepherd Food

dinner time

German Shepherds – Feeding Options For Your Shepherd German Shepherds, like all dogs, are primarily carnivores. Their digestive systems are relatively straight and some parts are shorter than even other large breeds. That makes digesting vegetable or plant matter more difficult. As a result, the German Shepherd’s diet should be chiefly meat-based. That doesn’t mean …

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May 04

Exercise and Training Tips For Your German Shepherd

German shepherd dog running on beach

The German Shepherd breed was developed over 100 years ago, as the name suggests, for herding sheep. That activity is less common in the world today, but the basic skills are still much in demand. GSDs, as they’re sometimes known, will patrol a border for hours, keeping strangers at bay and protecting those within. Seeing …

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May 04

German Shepherd Ear Inflammations and How To Treat Them

German shepherd dog

German Shepherds by and large are very healthy, no more prone to illness than any other breed and healthier than many. But there are certain conditions that tend to occur among some breeds more often than others. Ear inflammations are a case in point. As a long-eared breed a condition called Otitis Externa, an inflammation …

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May 04

Caring For Your German Shepherd’s Nails

German Shepherd Puppy

Depending on where your German Shepherd walks the most, nail care may be needed often or only very rarely. Long walks on city sidewalks can slowly wear down a dog’s nails to an acceptable level. But if you live in the country, or the dog spends almost all its time in the house or the …

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May 04

Caring For Your German Shepherd’s Coat

German Shepherds require only modest grooming effort. They have a double layered coat, with the outer layer composed of medium-length, coarse hair and an undercoat that is soft and dense. The outer section provides protection against bushes and ground while the inner layer keeps the dog warm and protected from sunlight. Proper care for a …

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May 02

German Shepherd Skin Problems and How To Treat Them

German Shepherds can suffer from any number of common skin problems, often lumped under the title ‘Pyoderma’, which is technically a skin infection. Those infections are usually the result of a bacteria (often some kind of staphylococcus). The infection can be limited primarily to the outer skin layer, or may penetrate deeper into the subcutaneous …

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