When Should My GERMAN SHEPHERD Get Their Vaccination

When Should My GERMAN SHEPHERD Get Their Vaccination

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Taking your dog for the vaccination is very important and not something you want to forget and today you can learn when this should happen.

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BULLMASTIFF VS GERMAN SHEPHERD

BULLMASTIFF VS GERMAN SHEPHERD

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HISTORY Let’s look at the history of each of these breeds a bit so we can see how their early jobs still affect their temperament today.  Developed about 200 years ago, in the mid-1800s, the Bullmastiff is the result of crossing the English Mastiff and the now-extinct Old English Bulldog. The original role of the breed was as an assistant to English gamekeepers in protecting large estates from poachers. They primarily did this by running off the poachers or by running down and pinning a too-slow poacher until the gamekeepers could catch up. They are a large and powerful breed that makes still makes an impressive deterrent today but has a mellow enough temperament to do well as part of the family.  The German Shepherd dog was bred and developed in Germany bred to protect farms and herds of sheep. They originally were not thought of as companions or brought into the house and stayed with the livestock all the time. That being said, they have excelled off the farm and in protection work for decades since the railways negated a large part of their job. APPEARANCE Now let’s get into their different appearances. Both breeds are solid muscle and have a boxy build to go along with square heads and jaws, but the Bullmastiff can be a heavy drooler thanks to their large joules. Bullmastiffs are part of the mastiff family as you can guess and are quite imposing in their size and general facial expression. They have a short double coat that comes in a variety of colors, and brindle variations are common among the breed. They can be graceful and light movers when they want to be, but generally have a slow steady gait. Like most canines in the mastiff family, which include the Great Dane and Cane Corso, they are very joule-y and you can expect plenty of drool around the house and on you. The German Shepherd, also considered a large-size canine, usually appears as focused and light on its feet sporting a thick, fluffy coat that hides their sleek body. The Bullmastiff is obviously a large breed of the mastiff variety, and thanks to their loose skin and low energy, don’t appear as agile as the German Shepherd. Make no mistake, a Bullmastiff with the proper motivation has a huge stride and can execute the most complex of agility manoeuvres as flawlessly as the German Shepherd.  TRAINABILITY  Their temperaments are both suited to family life but for different reasons. The Bullmastiff is loyal and protective of its family, but their low energy level means they are more of a cuddler than a player. They love to be with their family and keep an eye on them for as long as possible without moving from their favorite comfy spot. Their willingness to please is tempered by their energy which can make them stubborn and wilful when they aren’t in the mood to do anything. They are incredibly loyal to their family, even new babies, and take their role as a protector very seriously, and this instinct overrides their laziness when it comes to guarding the family. The German Shepherd is highly intelligent and will make decisions for themselves without clear guidance from their leader. That being said, they are incredibly willing to please but can be bored easily and become stubborn if not given the proper mental stimulation. The German Shepherd is very eager to please and intelligent but will not become stubborn or wilful out of boredom so much as they will if they don't see you as their calm, consistent canine leader. TEMPERAMENT Both are wonderful family dogs though their temperaments and motivations are very different. German Shepherds are well known for the police and military work they've done in both protection and scent detection as well as being service dogs to those with disabilities. The German Shepherd is also good with all children, and once they've matured and have a good sense of when they need to be gentle. The German Shepherd is very protective and known for its excellent guardian and protection instincts. The Bullmastiff is a wonderful family dog and their guarding instincts are more of a watch than a guard dog, but they have all the power and dedication needed to defend their home physically. As far as being part of the family, Bullmastiff’s are exceptionally gentle and affectionate canines with children. They are typically friendly with strangers while maintaining close bonds with everyone in their immediate family. This is another breed that is Velcroed to their people and will follow you from room to room. WRAP UP Experienced canine leaders will find excellent guardians and family companions in both the German Shepherd and Bullmastiff. Those looking for a top-notch home guardian will love the Bullmastiff if their frequent drooling isn't an issue. Families looking for an active canine partner for agility or running will find the German Shepherd a playful and enthusiastic canine always up for an adventure. Before bringing either breed into your home, though, consider your level of leadership and the time you'll be able to devote to these loyal breeds.

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How Do I Introduce My GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY To My Family

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Brining a puppy home is an overwhelming day for them as they find themselves in new surroundings and today we will teach you how to introduce your puppy to your family.

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HOW ADAPTABLE ARE GERMAN SHEPHERD

HOW ADAPTABLE ARE GERMAN SHEPHERD

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Our canine companions have little say in some of the changes that happen in our life like having a baby, moving to a new home, or taking a job with longer working hours. We should of course consider the needs of our canines when making decisions that will impact them, but we’re often put in those same situations at a moments notice too. So how adaptable is the German Shepherd when it comes to the changes in our lives? Let’s find out.  ENERGY We’ll dive right in a look at a key factor in adaptability; energy. The German Shepherd reaches maturity around 3 years of age, and with their puppy and teenage years coming to a close, their energy level drops a bit. They are generally a pretty high-energy breed, but they will range closer to very high-energy for their first three years of life. They need several hours of exercise each day so having a larger fenced yard, and larger home, is ideal. Should your home and yard decrease in size then you’re going to have to be more creative and dedicated to working off their energy. This could mean more walks around the neighbourhood or brain games in the home, but you’ll generally find the GSD to be quite happy as long as they are with you and their family.  TRAINABILITY/INTELLIGENCE The German Shepherd is very trainable and willing to please their calm, consistent leader which can come in handy when their life is uprooted. Obedience work is a great way to focus their mind and energy in new places where they need to ignore the new distractions. Remember, your GSD’s ancestors herded cattle around the German countryside long before they were a family guardian so they’ll adapt pretty quickly to new surroundings. Keeping their routines as familiar as possible will help to transition them into their new life whether that be a new home, a new baby, or less time with you.  FAMILY & SOCIAL The German Shepherd is a devoted family canine that thrives when someone is with them but they can learn to be okay alone. It’s critical that you work on their confidence alone from an early age and build up the time they are left alone rather than jump in. GSD’s are capable (and more than willing) to destroy their kennel, chew the drywall next to the door, pace their paws raw, and any number of other destructive things when they aren’t trained to accept being alone. Loads of exercise, bonding, and crate training are going to be key in keeping your GSD from developing separation anxiety. Since you never know when you might suddenly start working more or be home later, it’s crucial that you teach this acceptance early on and keep this training maintained throughout the life of your GSD. It will make many of life changes easier for both your canine and you to adapt to at a moments notice. AFFECTION/INDEPENDENCE GSD’s are incredibly devoted and affectionate with their whole family so changes in their life that result in less time with you, or the rest of the family, are going to be the hardest for them to adjust to. If you’ve taken a job with longer hours and don’t have a family member that can be there, you’ll need to work extra hard when exercising and bonding with them in the morning and evening. If you or someone your GSD trusts can be there for an hour or two in the middle of the day to give them some extra exercise and cuddles then they’ll adapt much more easily. As with most things, it’s easiest to make the adjustment in stages if possible and get creative when making accommodations if it’s not. Keep in mind that if you know a life change that will directly impact the amount of time you can spend with GSD is coming, start adjusting to the new routine as early as possible. WRAP UP Overall, the German Shepherd is a fairly balanced breed when it comes to their adaptability, but you’ll want to train them in and for a variety of situations since it’s impossible to know what changes you’ll experience in their life. Separation anxiety and exercise are going to be two of your biggest factors when considering the overall adaptability of the GSD so start working on those early and then often throughout their life to make changes as easy on them, and you, as possible.

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Are GERMAN SHEPHERD Playful?!

Are GERMAN SHEPHERD Playful?!

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Almost every canine breed on the planet will be quite playful through their first year, and many will continue to behave like puppies in some ways for up to their first two to four years of life. The age that a dog reaches maturity varies from breed to breed, and many other influences impact this on an individual level. Like people, some individuals are more introverted than others, even if the breed is generally outgoing. So with that in mind, we're going to be looking at the German Shepherd breed's general playfulness, but remember, each canine is unique. ENERGY Alright, with all that out of the way, let's dig right in and look at one of the most significant factors in a breeds playfulness; their energy level. The German Shepherd reaches maturity around two to three years of age, and with their puppy and teenage years coming to a close, their energy level drops a fraction. They are generally a pretty high-energy breed, but they will range closer to the top of that energy scale for their first three years of life. When motivated, and no matter their age, be prepared to see this large regal canine companion turn into the swift and agile athlete they were bred to be. Remember, this breed has been used for everything from herding cattle, to service canines, to modern protection work. Teaching them a game like hide and seek in a controlled environment could be one way to work their mind and instincts while still playing with your German Shepherd. Make sure their reward for finding you or the hidden object is worthy of their effort to keep it an interesting game for their razor sharp minds. TRAINABILITY/INTELLIGENCE The German Shepherd is incredibly trainable and willing to please their calm, consistent leader. If your idea of a playful canine is one who loves to play with a tug toy and run after a ball, or run obstacle courses then the German Shepherd could be a great fit. They are high achievers who need a good bit of exercise several times a day. They will settle in and chew on a bone or toy but prepared for them to fling it around if they're feeling particularly energized and take this as a sign that you need to interact with them in a way that works their mind and body. Obedience drills can be a great solution to this since they can be done in the home or outside on a walk and the German Shepherd excels at this kind of work. FAMILY & SOCIAL Canines typically play a bit more with children and feed off their energy, and the German Shepherd is no exception. This is one area where their high energy can cause problems if you have children even though they are typically very tolerant and gentle breed around children. When raised together, many families never have a problem worse than accidently knocking a child over or getting swatted by a wagging tail. Their family will see the playful side of the German Shepherd that few others ever will. This is partly because they are watchful of strangers on instinct, and play requires them to let that guard down a bit. Some might prefer a long walk or run, while others might prefer hide and seek games, and still others might think playing with a tug is the best game ever. You'll need to try different things to see what your German Shepherd likes and adapt as they age or get bored. Most German Shepherds enjoy some wrestling and light roughhousing with the adults in the family since they get a lot of direct attention that isn’t as structured as obedience drills.  AFFECTION/INDEPENDENCE Speaking of attention, let's look at how inclined the German Shepherd is towards affection versus independence. Like most working breeds, they are happiest when their whole family is home, but they can do quite well alone too. Give them a few toys to play with during the day and a good solid bit of exercise in the morning, and you might come home to find your German Shepherd hasn't moved from their post at all once they reached their maturity age. Before that age, they are prone to the same mischief of all young canines when their energy collides with boredom, and they find a (usually destructive) way to entertain themselves. When you're home, they'll track you from room to room and come snuggle up as close as they can get. Several long walks or runs and some playtime on the floor and lots of positive attention are the favorite activities for this breed once they've grown up. 

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How Soon Should My GERMAN SHEPHERD Go To The VET

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Taking your German Shepherd to the vet is extremely important as you don't want to miss their vaccinations and make sure they are healthy.

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GERMAN SHEPHERD APPEARANCE DEEPDIVE

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The German Shepherd is a beautiful looking dog and very recognisable so today we talk all about their appearance.

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Where Should My GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY Sleep?

Where Should My GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY Sleep?

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Deciding the place you puppy sleeps at night might be something you have not thought about but it can be incredibly helpful especially for their training and routine.

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How Intelligent Are GERMAN SHEPHERD

How Intelligent Are GERMAN SHEPHERD

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Today we do a deep dive on the intelligence and trainability of the German Shepherd.

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NEVER LET YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD EAT THIS!!!!

NEVER LET YOUR GERMAN SHEPHERD EAT THIS!!!!

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Watching what your dog eats is very important as there are many poisonous things to dogs and today you can learn what to foods to keep your dog away from.

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GERMAN SHEPHERD VS VISZLA

GERMAN SHEPHERD VS VISZLA

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HISTORY Let's dig right into each breed's history to get a better sense of how our cherished, modern canines were developed. The German Shepherd dog was bred and developed in Germany bred to protect farms and herds of sheep. They originally were not thought of as companions or brought into the house and stayed with the livestock all the time. That being said, they have excelled off the farm and in protection work for decades since the railways negated a large part of their job. The Vizsla is the modern version of the Magyar empire that trampled through Europe in the 800s before settling in the region of Hungary. The Magar people were known for their impressive calvary and bred the same speed, agility, and durability into their canines. The breed was refined over the following centuries by warlords and nobles alike resulting in the sleek gundog we know today. The breed was nearly extinxt after World War I but was brought back from the brink by faciers, then brought to the US in the 1950’s where they’ve gained stead popularity every since. APPEARANCE Moving right along to their appearance, you'll notice that the two breeds look nothing alike. We see the biggest contrast between the breeds in their coats and grooming requirements since the German Shepherd is known for its very long, dense, fluffy coat and undercoat. The German Shepherd will require brushing daily and quite a bit of care in the grooming department compared to the Vizsla. They are also bigger and range from 75 - 95 pounds, and of course, the bigger the dog, the more fur they have to shed all over your house. The Vizsla is smaller, ranging from 45 pounds to 60 pounds and have a sleek coat that shows off their lithe body. They shed seasonally like most canines but they have no undercoat which reduces shedding greatly year-round. That being said, they don’t have any insulation since they don’t have a double coat so you made need provide them with a coat or jacket if you live in a colder region. Their short coat can also make them prone to skin irritations so it’s important to check them for any rashes or bug bites. TRAINABILITY This brings us right into the trainability of each breed. The German Shepherd is highly intelligent and will make decisions for themselves without clear guidance from their leader. That being said, they are incredibly willing to please but can be bored easily and become stubborn if not given the proper mental stimulation. The German Shepherd is very eager to please and intelligent but will not become stubborn or wilful out of boredom so much as they will if they don't see you as their calm, consistent canine leader. The Vizsla is curious about everything and is as highly intelligent as they are energetic so a poorly trained canine can be a handful. Luckily, they love treats and affection so training them is quite easy for the experienced canine leader who can’t be easily manipulated. They have a soft personality and do best with a calm, consistent leader who will set clear boundaries and not waffle about them. The Vizsla is a combination of a pointer and retriever so they are excellent hunting companions and those characteristics are part of what makes them so easy to train. TEMPERAMENT Both are wonderful family dogs though their temperaments and motivations are very different. German Shepherds are well known for the police and military work they've done in both protection and scent detection as well as being service dogs to those with disabilities. The German Shepherd is also good with all children, and once they've matured and have a good sense of when they need to be gentle. The German Shepherd is very protective and known for its excellent guardian and protection instincts. The Vizla is a wonderful family dog but their guarding instincts are average leading them to be more of a watch than a guard dog. As far as being part of the family, Vizsla’s are exceptionally gentle and affectionate canines with children. They are typically very happy and friendly with strangers while maintaining close bonds with everyone in their immediate family. This is another breed that is Velcroed to their people and will follow you from room to room without a fuss. WRAP UP Experienced canine leaders will find excellent guardians and family companions in both the German Shepherd and Vizsla. Both dogs will thrive in active homes where they can get plenty of exercise and affection each day. Those looking for a top-notch home guardian will love the German Shepherd if their frequent shedding isn't an issue. Families looking for an active canine partner for agility or running will find the Boxer a playful and enthusiastic canine always up for an adventure. Before bringing either breed into your home, though, consider your level of leadership and the time you'll be able to devote to these loyal breeds.

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When Should My GERMAN SHEPHERD Be HOUSE TRAINED
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