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Q: I'm Getting a German Shepherd any advice or tips?

July 23, 2010 | By Anonymous | 7 answers | Expired: 1508 days ago

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Getting a German Shepherd soon any advice?

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Stephanie  C.
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Jul 24, 2010

Don't forget hair! Lots and lots of hair. GSD have a double coat. They shed their undercoat twice a year and it can get everywhere. Buy a brush called a 'slicker'. It pulls the hair out really well. Careful- it can be rough on them.

Good luck!

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Jillian
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Jul 26, 2010

research, research, research - before you adopt! dogbreedinfo.com is a good site to start. know the breed so you know how to train them, otherwise you can easily have a problem dog on your hands. also be sure to know what they need work on, as far as socializing. gsd usually needs a little extra work in the dogs and other animals department, as well as keeping them from being territorial. start training your new addition while they're young and take them everywhere you can - on a leash, not being held if they're small enough. do some hand feeding and gentle toy playing throughout their life so they don't get possessive. other than that, just train them w/a firm but calm voice and be sure to praise them after they complete each command.

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Dogz37
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Jul 31, 2010

I have a german shepard rottwieler mix, she is a great dog. But one thing to consider is the energy, also German Sheperds have a few genetic defects that are pretty common. But as long as you take good care of your dog 99.9% of the time (especially with loyal breeds like the german shepard) you will get it back and some. Just one mare thing, find out as much as you can about the dog before you get it, if your getting it from a breeder then be sure to meet the parents. And if buying from a shelter then don't be afraid to ask questions.

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