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

July 23, 2010 | By Anonymous | 7 answers | Expired: 1352 days ago

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Getting a German Shepherd soon any advice?

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Kym C.
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Aug 06, 2010

I too have a white german shepherd dog. First of all, make sure you socialize your dog,they can be quite protective! My dog is VERY friendly,however, she would protect me if she thought it were nessesary. As far as shedding goes,and dog hair,there are a few things that can help. Regular brushing,and after a bath,blow your dog out with a blow dryer or kennel dryer.This will blow out most of the dead,and loose hair. Also,feed a good quality fish oil. This is great for skin,and coat.It brings out a beautiful shine,and makes the coat feel soft without compromising the quality. I personally buy 'Sea Pet' fish oil I squirt on her food everyday. You can also buy fish oil in gell caps(like vit.E) human grade is fine. You will notice a huge difference. BTW-it's also great for joints.Hope this helps.Good luck with your new dog!

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Rwhite5
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Aug 01, 2010

Lots of great advice here. I have a white German Shepard. They are a great breed. And I have also been raised around them my whole life. German Shepards tend to have alot of hip issues as they get older, typically hip dysplasia, but that does not seem to stop them. My shepard, Diamond, just saved my life a few months ago. It was late in the evening and I was out in the yard. She growled, which she has never done in the nine years I have had her. I looked up as she was jumping our 6ft fence and took off after a bobcat that was about 15ft or so from me and coming in my direction!! She took off after this cat and chased it out into the woods in our back yard. Thankfully, she was not injured. The point I am trying to make is that they will risk their own life to save the ones they love. They need lots of love, training and exercise, but they are worth every bit of it. You have chosen a great breed.

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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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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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daryl b.
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Jul 24, 2010

if you are getting a puppy do not play with it's ears. if you do they will not stand up right. have fun

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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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TerraMatris
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Jul 24, 2010

...I grew up with this breed...love them...but the big thing is: training, training and more training...and then add some patience in there.

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