It’s been my observation that there are two trigger points that can get owners of German Shepherds, and other canines with substantial coats, to contemplate the merits of shaving their dog! The first is where an owner considers the solution to having a thick fur coat in warm weather is to take it off! The second trigger point can be exasperation at the amount of hair getting deposited all over a home during their dog’s shedding.
Other than the less-than-wonderful appearance resulting from a complete dog shave, you cannot blame well-intentioned owners in either situation. But well-intentioned is not enough, for we need also to be well-informed!Continue Reading→
Training a dog well has two principal benefits: First, owning the dog becomes a more pleasant, rewarding experience; and second, trained properly, a dog often becomes much more contented and peaceful.
Good training results in benefits that extend beyond the basics of obedience, to the point of impacting the entire quality of life of the dog, and consequently, the whole family. By “good training” I refer to an intuitive, commonsense approach to conditioning a dog that takes into account basic dog psychology.
Calcium deficiency is a big problem with commercially-fed dogs; one that contributes to health problems like hip and elbow dysplasia.
A nursing pup gets a good and balanced supply of calcium from his mother’s milk. But once weaned, he depends on his humans to provide it in a form that is easily assimilated and provides nutritional balance.
Commercial food claims to provide sufficient calcium, yet cases of hip and elbow dysplasia, common to domesticated dogs, are not known to wolves in the wild. The difference points to diet. Raw and unprocessed bones are nature’s perfect dietary calcium source. Plus, the meat that comes with them gives the potassium needed to metabolize the calcium. Continue Reading→
We recently heard from a Canadian visitor, Des (we have no last name – see Note 1) who wrote us through our Comment box. The first of his two “comments” comprised 700 words. Clearly, Des was passionate about what he had to share! As I read it, It was clear that what he was recounting called for more coverage than the Comment section would afford. From my knowledge of our readers, it would be of interest to many of them.
So was born today’s article; Des’ words along with with some reduction and a few edits; but preserving the essence of what he wrote. The headings and bracketed items are ours.
Observations Before and After Feeding Raw Food to German Shepherd
In the last post I shared a human-interest story which, predictably given we are German Shepherd Place, included animals! Today, we’ll continue in a similar vein. If you read the June article you’ll recall we followed a vet’s journey from South Africa to the US, with stops along the way. Today we’re going to parachute into the county of Cornwall in rural South West England.
Bolventor is a hamlet on Bodmin Moor (a moor is a tract of open, uncultivated upland), located near the adjoining county of Devon to the east, and centered on the 25 mile stretch between Cornwall’s north and south coasts. Here Jane and her husband, Michael Talbot-Smith – the subjects of our narrative – have carved out a vibrant life which they share with two horses, two dogs, a cat, ducks, hens and Jane’s home-grown saddlery business.
Photo: Jane rides her trap, pulled by home-bred horse Izarra. Her dog Leanyka, an Hungarian Visla, with red-brown coat illuminated with shafts of sunlight, rides in her favorite spot, nestled behind Jane’s feet.Continue Reading→
Today I’d like you to meet our friend and consulting vet, Dr Paul Kritzinger.
I got to know Dr Kritzinger as the vet for our rescued Lab-mix, Beauty. Moving with my family to North Carolina in 2006, we needed to find a local vet for Beauty’s regular care, and happily, we came across Dr Kritzinger.
After I launched GermanShepherdPlace.com in 2012, Dr Paul agreed to be our go-to professional for the website. Among other things, he fact-checks our health-related content, making sure it’s up to the high standards we set for ourselves (e.g. Healthcare for Your German Shepherd ), and helps me your humble publisher not make a fool of himself when expertise is required beyond my capacities! Continue Reading→
Positive Reinforcement, a Better Way of Dog Training
Thankfully, on the matter of training dogs, more and more professionals are using one form or another of positive reinforcement. Their methods revolve around rewarding good behaviors and ignoring undesirable ones. Rewards typically consist of one or more of the following: Food treats, words of praise and affection, or playing of favorite games.
Various methods of training that were prevalent at one time used punishment as a standard component – good behavior was rewarded and bad behavior punished. Continue Reading→
Today I’m bringing you simple guidance on a method for clipping your dog’s nails for great professional-looking results. Your dog will be happier and you’ll be proud of his or her well-manicured look.
Trimming nails, for the great majority of dogs, is not optional – the rare exceptions being those in rural areas that log enough foot-mileage to keep the nails worn down. Failing to maintain your dog’s nails can result in problems that range from mere discomfort to serious physical conditions. Overly long claws cause pain by pressing up into the foot or twisting to the side. Another negative result of excessively long nails in a dog may be less obvious but is just as real: Continue Reading→
The quick answer is that if you are not breeding your dog, he or she should be neutered.
However, to do justice to the question we must consider a number of factors before saying a definitive “yea” or “nay”.
Positive Reasons for Neutering
The foremost reason for neutering with both male and female dogs is to avoid unwanted pregnancies. According to the Humane Society, 3-4 million dogs are put down each year in the United States alone. This represents all the dogs without a home who have not been adopted. Two actions that clearly help this situation are, first, to neuter your dog, and second, to consider adopting from an animal shelter or rescue, when next looking for a dog. Continue Reading→
I’m writing today’s blog post with one objective: To provide you with the information you need in order to make good food choices for your dog. You’ll read about the different types of dog food, ingredients and cost considerations. In addition, you’ll get links to good resources for further reading. Continue Reading→