Bringing Home a New Puppy Checklist

Many people would love to have dogs at home, but some of them worry if they can afford it. Pets need space, walking in the fresh air, special food, accessories, and grooming products. Dogs are all about companionship. Plus, they are really playful. So before bringing a puppy home, ask yourself:

  • Do I have enough time to give to my new four-legged friend?
  • Do I have enough space for him?
  • Do I have enough energy for a pet?

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Dogs aren’t just for fun, they’ll keep you active. It’s essential to give them at least a 30-minute walk twice a day. Do you have enough time for him? Dogs are very active creatures, and they need to spend energy. Otherwise, say “goodbye” to your shoes and furniture as your pooch will totally ruin them. The bigger the pet, the more space it needs. Prepare special spaces for your fluffy companion in advance considering its size. Also, mind that it will require a lot of your energy as well. If you come home late exhausted after work, having a pet isn’t the best choice.

Prepare Your Home

You will need to get several essential supplies and canine accessories to give your pup a hearty welcome, such as:

  • Bowls for food and water
  • A collar
  • An ID tag with its owner address and phone number
  • A special shampoo and conditioner
  • Food (canned or dry – you can offer both types of food to the pet and then later identify which one is favorite)
  • 4-6 leashes
  • A bed or a soft home for pets
  • Nail clippers
  • A toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste
  • Plastic poop baggies
  • Toys
  • First-aid set
  • A brush or a comb
  • Absorbent pads
  • Treats
  • Baby gates

Now, when you bought all the necessary items, it’s time to finalize the preparations and talk to your family. At this stage, you will need to do the following:

Get rid of dangerous and fragile items as your dog may unintentionally damage them or get hurt
Assign your family members the roles regarding your pup’s upbringing
Find a book about your pet’s breed to get more information regarding your pet’s diet and the required amount of physical activity
Create a dog-friendly space, the pooch feels safe and at home

Introduction to the Home

  • Show your dog where its toilet area is
  • Give it a tour around the apartment
  • At first, limit its interactions with your family members as excessive communication may cause stress
  • Enforce potty training through a reward system
  • Show your dog his place and give him a treat

Now enjoy time with your new friend!

 

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Pet Friendly RV Tips for Dog Owners

Is there anything better than going on vacation with your four-legged best friend? Often, people need to leave their furry friends at home with a friend or at a doggie kennel when they go out of town. But, taking a trip in an RV allows you to bring your pup along with you. This way, you can have your fun getaway with your best friend at your side. It’ll allow you a change of scenery and getting to go on an adventure together.

In preparation for this trip, there are several steps an owner can take to keep their furry friends safe, comfortable, and happy while on the road. From the necessary RV maintenance to making a pet-friendly itinerary, there are plenty of tips you can use to make this the best RV trip ever!

Choose Your Destination

The first item on your agenda is to choose your destination. A popular destination for many RV travelers with pets is a national forest. Many of them allow dogs in at least some areas, though leash restrictions do apply.

According to the Travel Channel, here is a list of the most pet-friendly national parks in the U.S.:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • The Grand Canyon (Dogs are only allowed to hike the perimeter, not the canyon itself.)
  • The Appalachian Trail (There are three restricted areas for dogs.)
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Their list also includes national parks that may not be ideal destinations for people with pups. While dogs are permitted to enter most of these parks, restrictions may cause you headaches. Some of these parks only allow dogs in campgrounds, parking lots, and roads, and some entirely ban unruly pets. This means that you may want to avoid these destinations so that you can bring your dog on the trail with you and won’t have to worry about excessive restrictions.

National parks that are not recommended for pets include:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Zion National Park (except the Pa’rus trail)
  • Arches National Park
  • Mt. Rainier National Park (except the Pacific Crest Trail)
  • Yosemite (except the Wawona Meadow Loop)

If you are looking for a more festive trip, you can consider taking your pup to a festival or other event. Mardi Gras, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival are popular RV events for many travelers in America. They may be the perfect festivals for both of you to go to. Keep in mind, however, that while it’s okay to leave your dog in your RV for a short while — with permitting conditions — you may need to reserve a spot for them in a local kennel if you plan to go on a longer event. Leaving them in the RV while you go out for dinner is sometimes okay, but leaving them alone while you attend a festival is not.

You can also check out pet-friendly cities Phoenix, AZ and Portland, OR. However, do research first, especially in regards to weather. While Phoenix offers pet-friendly places to visit, the heat may be too hot for your pup to handle. On the other hand, Portland may be rainy, which may result in muddy, if not closed, trails.

Plan Out Your Trip

Once you have chosen your destination, you can start planning out the details of your trip. Before you start planning out your activities, you need to plan out your route. Not only is it important for you to know which exits to take, how long the drive will take, and other key details, you also need to know how often you need to stop for your pet. This includes walks and bathroom breaks.

A great tip is to look at your route and mark all the rest stops, towns, and other opportunities for your pup to get out of the RV. You may not need to stop on all of these places on your drive. By looking at your map ahead of your trip can save you some trouble. For example, depending on where you are starting and ending, there may be a long stretch of the freeway without towns or rest stops — aka safe places to walk your dog. Taking them out to do their business on the side of the highway is less than ideal and can be dangerous.

Stay safe on the road!

Additionally, take a look at the map beforehand can help you have a better idea of what the road will be like. Driving in unfamiliar places is not easy, and driving an RV only adds to the challenge. It’ll give you a better feel for what the drive will be like and can help you avoid accidents.

Once you have a good idea of what the road will be like, you can plan out your activities. This may be a simple task if you are planning a simple trip out in nature at a pet-friendly national park. However, if you are planning on going to a festival or long event, you should know that in advance. This way, you can look for a dog kennel in your area and make reservations so your furry friend is safe and happy while you’re out.

If you are visiting a city, you can do some research to find pet-friendly places. Some restaurants, cafes, and bars may allow you to bring your dog along if you sit at the patio. You can bring Fido to find pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, activities, and events that you and your dog can enjoy.

Make a Doggie Space in Your RV

Now that you know where you’re going and what you will be doing, you can make sure your RV is pet-friendly. If you have your own RV, you can do this a few days in advance to make sure you have everything your pet needs. If you are renting one, you should know in advance what the model looks like and make a list of items that you will need in your RV.

Of course, for the safety of your animal, you should not let them roam around while you are driving. However, your pup should have a comfy area to sleep in at night or to rest in during non-driving hours in the daytime. Make sure to bring a bed, toys, food, treats, towels, and bowls for the RV. You should also have a travel pack where you can bring extra food, water, treats, bowls, and toys for your dog when you venture out.

Making a doggie space for your pooch in the RV can also help relieve their anxiety if they have nervous tendencies. A familiar blanket from home or their favorite toy can make them more comfortable in the RV while they’re away from home. This may also help to minimize barking and other disruptive behavior that may not be appreciated by neighbors.

RV Pet Safety

In addition to their relaxing doggie space, your dog will also need a designated traveling space where they can buckle up. Here are some additional safety tips for you and your dog:

  • Get a harness or pet carrier to properly secure your pet to their seat.
  • Avoid eye injuries by not rolling the windows down all the way.
  • Never hold your pet in your lap while driving. It’s illegal in some states and may cause an accident with serious injuries to everyone in the vehicle.
  • Keep your pup inside if the weather gets extreme.

Additionally, you should make sure that your RV is clean and well maintained before hitting the road. This includes typical RV maintenance, like checking the plumbing, gas system, tires, and more. It also includes making sure to have emergency cleaning supplies on hand in case of any accidents. You don’t want to be confined in a small space after your dog relieves himself without the ability to clean up.

Prep your RV accordingly

You should also look for emergency vets in the area you will be traveling to. Ideally, you can print out a map of them before you head out on vacation in case you need to find a vet and you don’t have service. Having a resource on hand can make a stressful situation a little easier to get through.

You also need to remember to pack your dog’s ID tags and make sure they are wearing them. Remember his leash at all times!

You never know how comfortable your pup will be in the RV, and you don’t want them to bolt suddenly without being able to find them. It’s even better if they are microchipped. Keep in mind that while your dog may like to roam, it’s always best to keep them leashed. In unfamiliar territory, you don’t want your best friend to run after a wild animal and get lost suddenly. It’s better to be safe than sorry in these situations.

Planning the perfect puppy vacation is easier than you think! By taking the time to research locations, plan out the road, and look into pet-friendly activities, you can make sure you and your doggie have a trip to remember forever. Always prioritize safety to make sure you and your pet both get home safely. By following this advice, you are guaranteed to have an amazing vacation with your best friend at your side.

About the Author
Frankie Wallace writes about a wide variety of different topics, from environmental issues to politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho

 

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7 Ways to Support Your Local Animal Shelter

According to the ASPCA, more than 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters in the United States each year. This includes roughly 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. While the number of animals euthanized annually is on the decline, there are still roughly 1.5 million every year. Adopting a shelter pet is one of the kindest things you can do to help the homeless pet population and your local animal shelter. Unfortunately, many people are unable to do so and, of course, no one can save every animal.

The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to help–even if you are unable to adopt. Here are a few great ways to support your local animal shelter.

Foster

If you can’t adopt, consider fostering. As a foster pet parent, you will provide a warm, loving home for a fur baby while the shelter is looking for their forever home. Fostering allows you to enjoy the companionship of an animal without committing to adopting, and it can make a huge difference in that creature’s life. It will also get them ready for their future home and reduce the anxiety they have when the time to join a new family finally comes.

Donate

Your local shelter is always in need. Whether you can afford to donate $10 per month, an occasional bag of dog food or several hundred (or thousand!) dollars per year, your donation will be greatly appreciated. Contact your local shelter to request a list of the supplies they use and need. From pet food and cat litter to trash bags and cleaning supplies, it takes a lot to run a shelter. Your local facility may even accept your old towels and blankets that are bound for the trash. Most places are always accepting of food and supplies donations so they can keep their animals well-fed and avoid the dangers of an unhealthy living environment.

When making monetary donations, be sure to send them directly to your local shelter. National organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) do great work, but they do not provide funding to local animal organizations.

Volunteer

In addition to a lot of supplies, shelters need a lot of manpower. While they are staffed by teams of employees, they also rely on help from volunteers. Talk to your local shelter about volunteer opportunities. Chances are, they would love to have you come visit and spend some time with the animals. Being in a shelter is extremely stressful for animals, and the employees are usually so busy with day-to-day operations that they are unable to do much to help mitigate the anxiety. By volunteering to take dogs for walks or spend some time socializing with cats, you can make the shelter a much less scary place for an animal in need.

If you have a special skill or provide a service that a shelter might need, volunteer to do it in your time off. Shelters have limited budgets, and they are extremely grateful when locals volunteer to provide plumbing, painting, construction and other types of services.

Fundraise

You can make a huge contribution to your local animal shelter even if you do not have a lot of money to donate personally. By hosting a fundraising event, you can help bring in much-needed funds and supplies for the homeless pets in your area. Partner with local businesses, or ask your friends and family members to donate to the shelter in lieu of sending you gifts for your birthday, Christmas, etc.

Make Toys

Whether you are a crafting expert or a novice, making toys for shelter dogs and cats is a fun way to make a meaningful contribution. Creating toys out of t-shirts is easy enough for anyone, and it’s a great project to involve the entire family in. If you don’t have a ton of old shirts around the house, consider ordering shirts in bulk to save money and pick your desired color scheme.

To get started:

1. Gather several shirts and cut them into strips measuring roughly 1 inch wide by 20 inches long.
— If you don’t have a bunch of old shirts, buying inexpensive wholesale t-shirts works well, too.
2. Lay the cut strips together in two sections of 10.
3. Twist the sections together and tie a large knot at each end. Make sure the knot is secure.

You can also make cat toys using old shirts!
Cut out 2 small pieces and then stitch together and fill with catnip for a fast and fun toy. You can also tie several small pieces of t-shirt fabric together to create pom-poms that cats will enjoy batting around.

Take Pictures

Animal shelters are increasingly using the Internet to find pets for homes rather than relying on hopeful adopters coming into the shelter and meeting animals. They share photos on sites like Facebook in hopes of sparking the interest of a loving pet parent. If you have a decent camera, volunteering to take pictures that shelter staff can share online is immensely helpful.

Spay and Neuter

If you have pets at home, have them spayed and neutered. In doing so, you are doing your part to fight pet overpopulation and keep unwanted animals out of shelters that are already overflowing.

Spaying/neutering is also good for your pets’ health and can eliminate many behavioral problems. Take responsibility for your own fur babies and encourage your friends and family members to do the same. If more people do their part to prevent unwanted litters, millions of animals can be kept out of shelters and off the streets.

Wrap Up

Supporting your local animal shelter is easy, and even a small contribution can make a huge difference. Cities are becoming more and more pet-friendly, providing even more opportunities for you to help! Whether you donate, volunteer, foster animals who are looking for homes or help in any other way, your efforts will go a long way toward improving the lives of animals in need and assisting the people who care for them.

About the Author
Brenda Kimble is a freelance writer and also a mother of three kids, two cats, and a new cocker spaniel puppy named Duke! She loves blogging, crafting, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys strolling the streets of her quaint neighborhood in Austin, Texas and finding the trendiest hotspots for fashion, food, and live music.

 

 

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How To Create A Space Just For Your Dog

Getting a new pooch or thinking about freshening up your living space because you are tired of repeatedly tripping over his water dish, or endlessly searching for the leash, then we have it all listed for you. Pet stuff is not always pretty and might not suit the aesthetics of your room. Read on for ways to strategically design a cozy space for your dog so you both live in synergy and thrive together.

Items You’ll Need

A cozy, comfortable bed that will fit your pooch well
A modish crate, if you are crate training or house training your puppy or adult dog
A bowl made from nontoxic, animal-friendly material
Some affordable dog toys that he can play with
A box or bin to store all his toys

Once you have all the bare necessities covered you can now move forward to creating a separate space for your pooch.
So here are 7 Simple Steps to Creating a Room for Fido.

STEP 1

The Room

Depending upon the size and nature of your dog, decide a room that’s spacious enough for your pet. It needn’t be a huge one, but just enough for your dog. Some dogs prefer tiny spaces to sleep and rest, while some dogs like Saint Bernard require more space and room to stay.
If you don’t have a spare room for your dog, don’t worry, the walk- in-closet or the space under the staircase works just fine.

STEP 2

Dog-proofing the space

As the owner, it is your responsibility to secure the surroundings by covering any electrical cords with tape.
Make sure there are no trash cans nearby.
Keep away the shoe rack, or any clothing item that you wouldn’t want your dog to put in his mouth.

Set a thermostat to check on the temperature and manage it keeping the room comfortable. Avoid any dangerous room heaters.

STEP 3

Opt for Dog-Friendly Material

Choose pet-friendly fabrics. Avoid fabrics like silk and velvet and instead opt for stain, smell and bacteria resistant fabric like Crypton. If you’re not a fan of synthetic material, then you could choose leather instead. It’s durable and easy to clean.

Rugs made from materials like sisal, jute, or seagrass will let you not sacrifice on the style and still decorate the space. These natural fiber rugs are easy to clean and are very durable.

Toys that don’t shed or are made from nontoxic materials should be used.

STEP 4

The Bed

Once you have decided the space you want to make as a room for your pooch, it’s time to decorate and organize it.
Dogs spend 50% of their daytime sleeping, so a comfortable bed is a must. A complacent bed with a soft blanket should be the focal point of the space.
If you are using a crate make sure you add enough bedding to make it comfy.
Choose a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of the house. Make sure that it is not close to a vent, window, or anywhere in which they’ll get hit by a draft or heat. It’s essential to place their crate, or designated area, out of direct sunlight to prevent it from heating up and be uncomfortable for your pooch.

STEP 5

Play Area

Fido needs mental exercise as much as physical, and just because you’re not home doesn’t mean you can’t challenge their brains. These puzzle and activity toys are a great addition to your dog’s room.

KONG toys are a classic when it comes to doggo toys. Fill them with breakfast kibble or treats. A seek-a-treat puzzle toy challenges which will require your dog to use his nose and paws.
You could also look for a number of DIY ideas on YouTube and Google and create your own puzzle or toy for your baby.

STEP 6

Surveillance gear

If you are someone that goes to the office or require leaving the dog at home alone, then a nice surveillance camera is suggested. It will help you check on your pup at all times and give you the assurance that he’s safe. A basic webcam won’t cost too much.

STEP 7

Room Decor

Decorating the room for your dog is a strategic task that requires planning and creativity. Make a list of things that belong exclusively to your dog. These involve your mutt’s clothing, toys, dog collars, leashes, and costumes.

Once you have prepared the list, look for suitable furniture that can store all the stuff. It could be a miniature armoire or cabinet.

Add some photo frames on the wall with your photos with her/him together.
You add fairy lights to make the ambiance more cozy and lit.

You could also follow a theme or a color palette for the furniture and bedding.

A hanger or hook to hang the dog collar and leashes will organize things so next time you’ll not run around the house looking for the leash.

Wrap Up

With just a little planning and organizing, you can decorate or create a whole new space for your dog. Make sure to keep it simple, less cluttered and organized. A less cluttered space will be easy to clean and maintain. Clean the space as frequently as you can. If your dog isn’t potty trained, you could use pads till they get trained.
A good rule to follow is to keep a food bowl on the other side of their space, away from bedding. Because dogs are messy eaters, you could use a tray or placemat under the bowls to keep their area clean.

Remember that your pet won’t know how much you’re spending on them so they’ll be happy with whatever space you give them. It’s how much love you dedicate to that place that will make him wag his tail.

About the Author

Harsh Arora is a Content Consultant at leopard-gecko and an Animal Assisted Social Worker in the USA. Harsh is passionate about the start-up ecosystem, social work, animal welfare, latest tech innovations, and all that makes this world better for animals. When he is not writing, he loves to play animals, cook and go on drives. Prior to this, he was working for a Pet Tech company based in Norwalk as a content contributor and petcare advisor.

 

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Homemade Chicken Veggie Oatmeal Dog Recipe

As the owner of an adorable Clumberdoodle named Bentley, I know that I only want the very best for my furry friend. Often, I simply cannot be sure what goes into meals and treats that you can buy in the supermarket.

I decided to start looking at ways of making healthy meals and treats for Bentley and have gathered a nice collection of his favorite recipes.

Why make their meals yourself?

Well, there is an awful lack of adequate regulation when it comes to the pet industry. While human food is well regulated, it seems that pet food is sadly lacking here. The bottom line is that you can never be sure who to trust when it comes to buying food for your pet, and neither can you be 100% sure of what goes into those meals.

Making Bentley’s meals and treats myself means that I can control what he eats. I know that there are no preservatives and flavorings in his meals, and I also know that there are no added chemicals which may harm him. Additionally, cooking Bentley’s meals for him means that I can omit anything that he does not like and only add those he enjoys eating.

I am also in control of portion size and calorie counts so Bentley will never be overweight because of hidden sugars. There are never any added fillers to pad out the meal, and it pleases me that the only things in his meals are those that I would eat myself.

By saving all my small containers and use them to freeze portions of foods for Bentley, in fact he has his own shelf in the freezer. If I set aside an hour on a Saturday I can make a whole week worth of meals for him. I know what he’s eating, and he loves them! A small container will hold about 1/3 cup although they will vary depending on what type you can get hold of.

What You’ll Need

I would only use the best ingredients for my pooch, and although Bentley is not what I would call a fussy eater, there are some things he does not like so I just leave them out.

As far as meat goes, you could do this with turkey or beef as well. Bentley doesn’t get any chicken or turkey other than breast. This prevents getting any bones stuck in his throat. Better to be safe than sorry, so it’s only chicken breast for my boy!

Here’s Bentley’s favorite cooked meal. I add half a small container to his dry food, and he cannot wait for meal times!

Healthy Chicken Veggie Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

1 chicken breast
1 cup of fresh vegetables (use whatever your pooch enjoys)
1 cup oats (you can use either instant or regular)
1 teaspoon gravy mix (this is really just to give the dish some color)

Directions

For the veggies, Bentley likes broccoli carrots, beans, and sweet potato. He loves them! 

Chop the chicken and veggies up into 1 cm cubes. Place in a medium sized pot with enough water to cover them, add the gravy mix and boil until the vegetables are almost cooked.

Add the oats and stir to mix. Let the mixture simmer until the vegetables and chicken are tender and the oats cooked.

The mixture should thicken nicely with the oats. It will also thicken a little more as it cools.

When cool, scoop into small containers, chill, label, and freeze. Make sure you keep one container out for the meal that day.

Tips

An alternative to oats is to add rice, and I have done this. Bentley loves it just as much as the oats, and I cook it the same way until the rice is done. It will thicken up as it cools, and then I freeze it the same way.

One thing I am careful not to use is any leftover gravy unless I am sure that there is no onion in it. Onion is not good for dogs and you should not add it to any meals you cook for your pooch. If there is no onion in my gravy leftovers, there is no reason why you can’t add this to the meal for a little extra flavor.

I’ve also used up any leftover vegetables that Bentley likes, I just don’t add them with the chicken as they are already cooked.

I never add any salt to this meal, or any other seasonings although you can add what your dog likes to boost the flavor. Bentley is quite happy to eat it as it is, in fact, he will gladly eat more of it. Mind you, at least I know exactly what is going into this dish and there is nothing that will harm him.

golden retriever puppy lying down near empty feeding bowl

Wrap Up

I hope your dog enjoys this meal as much as Bentley does. It’s easy to make and if you have never made a meal for your dog before, this is a great way to start. There is nothing in it that will harm your pet and quite honestly, I think it tastes delicious!

About the Author

My name is Valerie. I am the proud owner of Bentley, who is a Clumberdoodle. That’s a mix of Clumber Spaniel and Standard Poodle. Writing is my passion and writing about dogs gives me a chance to share our experiences with Bentley. I write about him in articles for officiallypets.com!

 

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How To Create a Pet-Friendly Backyard

Getting a dog is a great way to round out a family. They’re fun, loveable, and can even improve your health. But before you bring your new little girl or fella home you need to make sure your home is ready. Your backyard can be a wonderful hangout spot for your new pup. Not all backyards are created equal, though; some will need a bit of work to be puppy friendly. So how do you get your yard ready for a dog? How do you ensure your yard is the right place for his safety and happiness?

Safety

The first item on your list when introducing a dog to your yard will always be safety. Dogs have different outdoor safety needs, and it’s important to make sure that nothing is lying around or landscaped that can cause your new pup harm.

First things first: Give your yard a good look over to make sure nothing is lying around that can cause harm. You want to look for anything sharp that could harm your dog’s paws or anything that could hurt them if chewed on or swallowed. If you’ve done any kind of DIY work on your home, watch out for leftover scraps of building materials. If your yard is dense, it might be helpful to use a tool of some kind to search out glass or metal, like a metal detector. Metal detectors can help you find potentially dangerous items you might not be able to see. Check for any potentially toxic plants growing around your yard. Always assume that if it’s growing, your dog might just try and eat it.

Some common plants that are toxic to dogs include:

  • Aloe
  • Branching Ivy
  • Calla Lily
  • Chamomile
  • Carnation
  • Daisy
  • Monkshood
  • Peony
  • Azaleas
  • Gardenias
  • Hydrangea

Your dog needs a fenced area to keep him closed in and safe from any dangers outside your lawn, like cars or other dogs. Some owners have fenced in their entire yard, or a smaller space specifically for their pet called a dog run. Whatever fencing option you choose, you need to make sure your fence is tall enough to prevent your dog from jumping over — at least six feet. Higher, if your dog is particularly bouncy or a climber. Look for any potential escape routes. Screen off crawl spaces under your porch and look for low spots around the fence or spots where your dog might be able to dig or has begun digging. Consider lining your fence with shrubs or sinking wire mesh into the ground under the fence if the breed is prone to digging.

Pools can be a tricky thing for pet owners. While some pets avoid water like the plague, a pool is still an opportunity for accidents or, at worst, death. Make sure to cover or close off all sources of standing water, like pools or hot tubs. If you treat your pool with any chemicals, make sure not to leave them lying around in reach of your dog. And make sure to keep any cleaning devices from lying around where your dog can get them, especially if your dog is a chewer.

Your yard might feature other things that could present a danger to your dog. If you store your trash bins in the yard, make sure they are weighed down and untippable. Keep any kind of temptation out of the mulch pile if you mulch — anything that smells tempting or foods your dog might like. If that’s not an option, consider walling or fencing off your mulch pile. If your pooch doesn’t like strangers, consider posting notices so anyone who might wander into your backyard (repairmen, lawn care, utility workers) are aware.

With all of your careful planning, it’s still possible that an accident might happen. Some pet owners keep pet insurance to help mitigate any costs associated with their medical care, which can be costly.

Landscaping

Even though you’ve stripped every potentially toxic thing out of your yard, there’s still plenty of room to landscape your lawn into the prettiest thing on the block. When landscaping, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you keep it dog-friendly.

Use non-toxic fertilizers to keep everything lush and green. Check ingredient lists, and if needed, do a little investigation to make sure it can’t harm your dog. When in doubt, double check.

When building walkways or flower beds, keep away from metal materials for boundaries or edges. Your dog could harm himself on corners. Use something that won’t harm him if he starts digging around it.

If your dog is wearing paths in your grass, put pathways along those spots. You can turn an eyesore of dead or beaten-down grass into a feature. And it’ll help your dog keep up his patrolling, which keep him occupied.

Plant dog-friendly plants. Now that you’ve gotten all the potentially toxic plants out of the way, your lawn needs plants that won’t harm your pup. Windmill palms, African daisies, creeping rosemary, and snapdragons are all excellent dog-friendly plants.

Water features can bring class and elegance to your lawn. They can also provide fresh running water for your dog. Some dogs enjoy fresh running water over water in a bowl. During warmer days, they might use the water feature to keep cool.

Use landscaping materials that won’t hurt their paws. Any kind of gravel or rocks that are sharp and might lodge in their paws are off limits. Anything that gets really hot in the sun can burn their paws in the hotter months. And no cocoa mulch — it has the same stuff as chocolate, this is toxic for dogs.

Make It Cozy

You want your dog not just to be safe but to be comfortable and happy as well. Consider things to keep your dog cozy. Dog houses are traditional. You definitely want to give your dog a place to rest out of the sun. A dog house not only provides necessary shade, but you can make it as comfortable and extravagant as you like. These homes can have bedding, and even climate control like a fan, air conditioner, or heater (depending on your climate). Without a dog house, it’s still important to make sure Fido has a shaded spot to rest, like a porch or a full tree.

Water features aren’t for every lawn, but every dog needs water. If you leave a bowl out, make sure to check it frequently to ensure your dog has water. Some people leave water faucets dripping to keep a bowl full, though that can be wasteful. For his food source, make sure you keep any food out of reach of ants or other bugs. Be sure to keep his food in a dry place, safe from any inclement weather.

In addition to comfort, your pup will need something to keep him occupied so he’s less likely to dig his way out of your yard or eat your snapdragons. Toys are a classic choice. Balls can give them something to chase, while chew toys provide busy work for dogs. Tunnels can be fun for your furry pal to run through and around — a perfect toy when the zoomies hit. For pups who like to patrol, patrolling paths along their dog run or your yard can keep them occupied. If they’re not big barkers or prone to going crazy at the sight of other people/animals, you can even install fence windows or viewing bubbles so they can watch the neighborhood go about their day. It’s a lot of entertainment for some dogs, and your neighbors might enjoy it, too.

Dog pools are a lot of fun on hot days and can help dogs that run warm or have heavy coats keep cool and happy. It also provides exercise for your pup. If you adopted an older dog, pools are especially beneficial. Letting them splash around in a dog pool offers low impact, so it’s good for elderly dog joints. Make sure to bring home something big enough and durable enough for your dog. If you have a high-energy dog, it might take a beating.

Adapt

Not every plan is perfect, so you might need to adapt as potential problems arise. Your dog digs out of your fence? Line it with river rocks or mesh. Planted flower beds on one of his favorite digging spots and he dug it up? That one might be a lost cause. Whatever happens, your dog will probably keep you on your toes. Part of it, you will be working to overcome your dog’s bad habits, but other times, you are navigating your dog’s needs.

After all, with any pet, half of the time you’re training them, and they’re training you the other half. It might be challenging, but the love of a dog and the happiness pets bring your family are ultimately well worth it.

About the Author

Frankie Wallace writes about a wide variety of different topics, from environmental issues to politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho.

 

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10 Ways Your Dog Benefits From Doggy Daycare

Doggy Daycares are all the rage these days among pet owners.

The idea is pretty tantalizing to dog owners who are constantly strapped for time. They get to drop off their pooch for a day to a trusted daycare. Their pup will get to run around and play with others all day while their owners are running errands or spend long days at work. When leaving your puppers at home isn’t an option, dog daycares are becoming an obvious go-to solution.

However, there are still people that have concerns and are a bit apprehensive around the idea. Questions arise concerning reliability and trust. Also, a lot of people are simply not willing to leave their four-legged best friends under the supervision of strangers. While these concerns are understandable, there are more positives to gain out of the experience than negatives.

The objective of this article is to try and put to bed any negative preconceived notions that you may have around the idea of using a dog daycare.

These are the 10 interesting ways that your furry pal can benefit from doggy daycare.

1.The Opportunity To Socialize With Other Dogs

I think that people often forget just how similar animals and humans truly are. Dogs, just like humans, need a certain degree of socialization in order to develop properly. Keeping Fido entirely walled off from other dogs isn’t a great idea, especially if you have a young puppy. I mean think about it. A human would not be able to correctly recognize social cues within society if he/she spent the overwhelming majority of their lives cooped up inside solitary, right? Neither will dogs!

Doggy Daycares provide an excellent opportunity to get your pooch out and socializing. With this socialization comes a boost in confidence and general comfort when around other furry pals and humans.

2. Non-Stop Play and Exercise

As dog owners, we know just how active dogs can be. With a seemingly bottomless pit of energy to draw from, Fido can have you on your feet most hours of the day tossing a ball or frisbee around with very few breaks in between. This is where dog daycares come in. They provide a much-needed respite against fatigue brought upon by excessive play and allow you to go about your day doing other important things.

Also, with play, they get to exercise! According to petmd, your dog needs about 30 minutes to 2 hours of activity per day (depending on the breed). If you are strapped for time, this simply isn’t doable and will be hard to maintain on a consistent basis. Dropping your dog off at a doggy daycare will give your pup the essentials to live happily and you the freedom to do important errands.

3. Networking Opportunities With Other Dog Owners

This correlates to the benefits of socialization previously mentioned but more so involving humans. Joining a doggy daycares provides a golden opportunity to not only get Fido socializing with others, but also get yourself socializing with other pet parents. Dog daycares provide an excellent environment to meet and connect with other dog owners. You can never know too many people, especially if your chief point of contact has to do with your furry companion. You can obtain a wealth of information that will benefit your pupper previously not known by tapping into these social circles. From the best dog food brands to all natural flea remedies, you can learn a lot by conversing with other dog owners who share similar interest.

4. The Safety That Comes With Supervised Watch

Safety is among the most salient of concerns when it’s time to part ways temporarily with our pets. We can usually think of 101 ways our dogs can get themselves into trouble throughout the day unsupervised. When they are left alone all day, those reasons permeate our minds, leading to a stressful situation.

Dog daycares provide peace of mind from that stress. Knowing that your dog will be watched over by presumably competent, highly experienced individuals will allow you to go about your day worry free. I say “presumably”, because like everything else in life, dog daycares aren’t perfect. It is your job as an owner to seek out and adequately vet the dog daycare that you ultimately decide to settle down on.

  • What do their reviews look like?
  • How experienced are the dog handlers there?
  • What is the handler to dog ratio?
  • What type of insurance does the daycare have?

These are all questions that need to be asked before entrusting the well-being of your dog to daycare. So do your due diligence and start asking questions!

5. Additional Human Interaction

Dog daycares provide an excellent opportunity to get your dog interacting with other human beings on a routine basis. Some dogs may be timid when it comes to other humans. They may need a certain degree of reassurance when it comes to interacting with other humans. By being left with an experienced handler at a dog daycare is a great way to really break it out of its shell.
Know your dog’s personality and behavior around other humans.
If your dog exhibits a large degree of apprehension when it comes to interacting with other humans, then getting it acclimated inside of a dog daycare can be highly beneficial.

6. Creates A Daily Routine

Most owners know how their pooch thrives on routines. Routines also provide great training, establishing a daily pattern to look forward to and provides a great way of passively training your dog. Every day Fido can expect to wake up, go for a walk, and eat around a certain time. Using a doggy daycare establishes a routine in which your pup can anticipate with excitement every day.

7. Grooming Opportunities

We all know how torturous grooming our dogs can get, especially when we simply don’t have enough time in the day. Nobody likes an un-groomed pet, as that falls badly on the owner. Depending on what petcare center you choose, some even have the option to your puppy while staying with them.

8. Supplemental Dog Training

Every dog can use some extra training. Owners may be too strapped for time and not necessarily have the bandwidth required. Dog daycare’s present an excellent opportunity to get some supplemental training in. Some dog daycares will pick up the slack and offer to provide a certain degree of training to your pooch. This allows you to go about your day without having to worry about when or where you are going to fit some extra training in.

9. Helps Prevent Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a serious problem when it comes to dogs. If it’s routine for you to spend all day with your pooch, sometimes a disrupt in routine can cause anxiety, leading to all sorts of problems in behavior and overall health. Utilizing a dog daycare will go a long way towards helping to cure that anxiety. Your dog will get acclimated to the presence of others on a routine basis. Gradually, this should help to cure any anxiety brought upon by separation.

10. More Bang For Your Buck

Affordability is a great concern when it comes to choosing a dog daycare. Many pet owners are a bit apprehensive to dive into the world of dog daycares due to perceptions (often false) that they are expensive.

Believe it or not, but dog daycares are affordable and you may actually be getting more bang for your buck by choosing a dog daycare over some of the other go-to options out there. For example, the neighborhood kid you task with watching and walking your puppy when you aren’t available may run you about $20 “x” amount of times per week. While that may come across as affordable to many, it belies the fact that your dog won’t be getting a lot of value. Your furry pal will most likely miss out on all of the benefits previously mentioned thus far. Your dog stands to benefit more from a dog daycare than any simple “dog sitting” situation you set up.

Wrap Up

While there are certainly other benefits of dog daycares that can be conjured up, these are among the most prominent and attractive to prospective dog daycare facility users. Petcare centers provide some amazing benefits to those who wish to take advantage of them. So take the plunge and give them a try. Your puppers will thank you for it!

About the Author
Mike Griffin is an writer at Pawsplaygrounds. He has interest in canine behavior, nutrition, and training. He also owns a corgi named Destiny.

 

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50 Best Names For German Shepherds

Germans Shepherds are strong, confident guard dogs. They are extremely intelligent and highly protective of their family and loved ones. Because of this, they are commonly crossed with other breeds.

They are loyal, curious and obedient and so most owners want a name to reflect this.

Some dog parents have a name in mind long before they set eye on their first dog, whereas others prefer to get there German Shepherd home, spend a few days with him and then decide on a name based on their personality.

Most German Shepherds follow the standard breed temperament and require a very strong and noble name, whereas others turn out to be a little cheeky and perhaps need a more fun name.

Whatever name you do decide on, make sure it’s one you’re happy to shout out across as playing field if you need to recall them quickly.

Whilst a fun name might be lots of fun at home – it can quickly become embarrassing having to yell Justin Bieber across a busy park.

One last thing to keep in mind is if you plan on registering your pup with a certain club such as the Kennel Club, you’ll need to read their rules and guidance on choosing names.

They can be quite strict with the amount of characters you’re allowed, and won’t allow a repeat name if another registered dog already has that name.

There are some names which are unisex and suitable for either a male or a female, and others which are much more suited to one of the sexes.

According to Tesco Pet Insurance, the five most popular German Shepherd names are currently Max, Bella, Shadow, Kaiser and Ruby.

They come in colors such as tan, silver, red and black so you may want to choose a name which reflects the color, such as Blackie, Biscuit, Autumn, etc.
If none of these are taking your fancy, let’s take a look at the best names for your German Shepherd and help you find one to match your pup perfectly.

Female German Shepherd Names

If you’re looking for a name for your lady GSD, you might want something which reflects her strong personality, or maybe her beautiful feminine appearance.
We’ve listed plenty of names below, some of which reflect strong women, some of which reflect beauty and others are just plain great names!

Amy – French for dearly loved
Amelia – Short for Amelia Earhart
Angel – Greek for messenger
Annabelle – Meaning graceful or favor
Ashley – Meaning lives in the ash tree grove
Annie – Hebrew for Prayer
Amber – The name of a jewel
Autumn – Sounds better than fall
Blondie – Nickname for someone with blonde
hair
Bonnie – Scottish for pretty or attractive
Bella – Latin for beautiful
Brownie – Name for a chocolate colored dog
Candy – Latin for dazzling white
Caramel – Hebrew for garden
Chloe – Greek for fertility goddess
Chrissie – Follower of Christ
Cassie – Unheeded prophetess
Coco – Abbreviation for “Socorro” meaning help
Daisy – Derived from the flower
Diamond – Greek for invincible and untamed
Diana – Roman goddess
Dixie – French for ten
Dawn – First appearance of light, daybreak
Destiny – Fortune and fate
Dora – Greek origin meaning gift
Ella – Short for Eleanor Roosevelt
Eloise – Meaning healthy
Elsa – Meaning consecrated to God
Erika – Sole ruler or eternal ruler
Eve – Hebrew for living
Faith – Unquestioning belief
Fiona – Meaning fair
Flower – Delicate yet strong
Gabby – Women of God
Gloria – Feminine version of glory
Grace – Latin for God’s favor
Gretel – German for pearl
Heidi – Nobility or of noble birth
Hermione – Granger from Harry Potter

 

Honey – Meaning sweet
Isabelle – Spanish variant of Elisabeth
Jamie – Hebrew meaning supplanter
Jasmine – The name of a flower
Jewel – A precious stone
Julie – Latin for youthful and vivacious
June – Latin for young
Katniss – the lead character from the Hunger Games
Krissy – Derivative of Kristen
Laila – Arabic meaning dark beauty
Lady – Ladylike or head of the household
Lizzie – Derivative of the name Elizabeth
Lucy – Latin meaning of light
Lola – A derivative from a Spanish word
meaning sorrow
Maya – Meaning spring or brook
Maxi – Short for Maxine
Millie – Latin for free-born
Minnie – Hebrew for wished-for child
Missy – Greek for Bee
Meadow – Meaning mowed field
Mya – Derived from Egyptian meaning beloved
Nancy – Hebrew for grace
Nikita – Greek for people victory
Neena – Russian diminutive of Anne, meaning
gracious
Pearl – Latin for precious
Princess – A royal daughter
Queen – A female ruler
Rita – Spanish name meaning pearl
River – Literally meaning river
Rosie – Variant of Rose, meaning flower
Roxy – Persian name for dawn or bright
Sara – Hebrew meaning princess
Sandy – Greek for protector of mankind
Sheeba – Meaning style
Sky- A nature name
Trixie – Latin for “brings joy”
Ursula – Meaning little bear
Violet – As in the flower
Val – Meaning strong
Xena – Xena the Warrior Princess
Zelda – Meaning blessed or happy
Zola – Latin for Earth

Male German Shepherd Names

Your male German Shepherd will need a name which reflects his strength of character and his loyalty.
If you’re looking for a strong and courageous name to suit your dog, any of these names would be perfect for your GSD.

Ace – Someone who excels
Alpha – The top dog
Albert – As in Albert Einstein
Augustus – Latin for majestic
Apollo – Greek god of sunlight and prophecy
Alex – Greek meaning, protector of mankind
Ben – Good solid dog’s name
Beethoven – Popular large dog breed name
Blade – Unconventional yet macho
Boris – Russian for fighter
Branson – German word ‘brand’ means sword
Bruiser – Large and strong
Buddy – A good friend
Captain – The one who’s in charge
Caesar – As in Julius Caesar
Casanova – A seducer
Champ – Short for champion/winner
Charlie – From old English ‘ceorl’ meaning man
Dizzy – Stems from Latin word meaning desired
Duke – A prince or noble man
Ernie – Derived from Germanic ‘eornost’ meaning serious
Eric – Old Norse name “Eirikr” deriving the words “ever, always” and “ruler
Fletch – Or ‘fletcher’ meaning arrow maker
Freddy – Peaceful ruler
Frodo – Wise by experience
Goliath – The name of a giant from the Bible
Horatio – Timekeeper
Hudson – Heart, mind spirit
Hugo – German origin meaning mind
Hunter – Rugged yet cute name
Hercules – Latin for glorious gift
Jack – God is gracious
James – One who follows
Jango – Strong and amazing
Jason – Derived from a Greek word meaning to heal
Jeff – Peaceful pledge
Jerry – Courageous, honest and determined
Jim – Hebrew for supplanter
Kaiser – German for “emperor”
Keanu – Cool breeze over the mountains
King – Ruler or leader
Kobi – Form of the Hebrew name Jacob
Leo – Latin for lion
Lucas – Bright or shining
Max – The greatest
Mac – Scottish origin meaning son
Major – Latin meaning, greater
Milo –German origin, mild, peaceful and calm


Napoleon – Lion of Naples
Nero – Strong and energetic
Newton – intelligent, as in Isaac Newton
Oakley – Strong like an oak tree
Oscar – Also known as God’s spear
Otto – Wealth and fortune
Polo – Variant of Paolo
Pluto – God of the underworld
Popeye – As in the cartoon
Raga – Meaning harmonious
Romeo – Romantic lover from Romeo and Juliet
Rocky – Nickname for a tough person
Robin – Famed, bright and shining
Roger – German for famous spear
Rex – Latin for king
Sam – Referring to “God has heard”
Skipper – English origin for captain
Shadow – Shakespearean name
Sherlock – Lock of hair
Tarzan – Lord of the jungle
Thor – Norse God of strength
Toby – Referring to “Good is God”
Tyson – Derived from a French word meaning
firebrand (fiery temperament)
Victor – Conqueror in Latin
Wilson – German origin, meaning desire
Wolfie – Teutonic meaning wolf strife
Yoda – One who knows
Zeus – The name of a Greek God
Zeno – Derived from Zeus

Unisex German Shepherd Names

If you’re not really interested in having a feminine or a masculine name, you could choose a more fun name which reflects the personality of your German Shepherd. Try one of these:

Bounce
Cookie
Comet
Cosmo
Chocolate
Doughnut
Fluffy
Fudge
Flash
Furball
Gypsy
Happy
Miracle

Messy
Monkey
Nugget
Oreo
Power
Pup
Ruff
Sunny
Shiny
Smarty
Sting
Tango
Uno

Happy name choosing for your new arrival! May it reflect the wonderfully strong and courageous nature of German Shepherds.

Author bio:

John Woods is a dog lover, enthusiast and author at All Things Dogs. He has studied animal behaviour and welfare and is on a mission to educate 40M dog owners on how to care for dogs.

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What to Expect When Owning a Horse

Owning a horse can be a gratifying experience, and maybe we’re a little crazy for owning these 2,000-pound animals, but sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with.
Here are a few things to consider before buying your first horse:

Horses Cause Injury

Horses break pinky toes when they step on you, bruise our cheekbones when they headbutt you, sprain our ankles when they throw us off their backs, and yet we couldn’t live without these beloved animals.

Horses are Injury Prone

Chances are high that owning one horse is more like keeping the number of your vet on speed dial. They don’t get sick too often, but when they do, it turns out to be a big of a deal! Horses are huge animals but with fragile systems. So, even a simple illness like a stomach infection can prove to be life-threatening. Owning a horse definitely feels like owning a child that you have to take care of 24/7. Just like a child, always make sure you have enough free time to care for them properly or you can hire someone to take care of your horse.

Don’t Refer to Them as “Pets”

In some parts of the world, especially in some parts of the US, calling a horse your pet is a very derogatory comment. It is not the way in which anyone would like to address this animal. In some areas, horses are mainly termed as livestock. Horse ownership is quite a complex endeavor and very specific to the species in question. So, people must treat them as livestock and partners, but not a pet.

Transporting Your Horse

When transporting horses, don’t power through the trip. Give a rest stop each 3-4 hours, and plan ahead for medium-term breaks. Offer water and roughage amid these rest periods, and enable your horse to pick at grass in case you’re in an area that will let them do their business freely.
Enabling the steed to touch with its head down in the common brushing position will enable the horse to deplete their sinuses, diminishing the possibility of respiratory diseases. In the event that you are on a more extended adventure and unfit to empty the horse for a break, you should bring down their chestrail to enable the horse to drop its head every now and then.
Amid your journey, it is very typical for steeds to diminish their admission of feed. This isn’t an issue for trips of 3 hours or less. Be that as it may, going over 3 hours without eating can build the danger of colic, particularly when joined with lack of hydration. Therefore, it is imperative to attempt and urge them to eat and drink something en-route.

Part of the Team

Horses are crowd creatures. In the event that there are various horses in a field together, they’ll stay within the realms of the herd. It is typical for horses to nibble one another and kick sometimes; however, in the event that one horse is singling out the others excessively, he should be isolated.

Horses will for the most part travel around the field in a gathering. They will accept turns without a fight with others standing keeping watch.
On the off chance that the horses are eating grass in a field, they should all have the capacity to eat at the same time without an issue. On the off chance that you are sustaining roughage, it is a smart thought to spread it out or have a few feeders to guarantee that each horse is getting enough nourishment.
Horses don’t care aboutleaving their team so they’ll be hesitant to leave the field or horse shelter when you go riding.

Before Riding

Just because you have the horse, doesn’t mean they’re suitable to be ridden just yet.
Worm and inoculate your steed against equine flu and lockjaw routinely. You may likewise think about immunizing against equine herpes infection.
Figure out how to perceive weakness. On the off chance that your horse ends up weak it ought not to be ridden and consult your vet.

Assess their shoes every day, including the underside of the foot. Congested or uneven shoes can create great discomfort and harm the interior structure of the feet, legs, and back.

Horses as Part of the Family

Horses are beautiful creatures and look great, and serve as inspiration in many works of art. They can be utilized for a variety of reasons like pulling furrows, hustling for game, and transportation that is sans gas. Steed farmers ordinarily take great care of their creatures with uncommon sustenance and exercise.
Horses build a bond with their owners who treat them well, unlike any other “pet” you may have. Horses are known to be faithful to their proprietors regardless of whether now and again the proprietor can be unforgiving and pernicious to his steed. At times, regardless of whether the horse is exhausted, this flawless creature still remains with his owner. Steeds are known to be steadfast in light of the fact that in the wild they are basically defensive of the individuals from their group.

About the Author

Sujain Thomas is a freelance content writer. She has written unique, informative articles on various categories and currently associated as a blogger with https://www.tvg.com/promos/breeders-cup/

 

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The German Shepherd: Courageous, Faithful and Loyal

The German shepherd is a medium-sized dog with a standard height of around 60-65cms in males and 55-60cms in females. According to the American Kennel club, German shepherds have ranked 2 of 194 as the most popular purebred dogs in the United States. Their forehead is dome-shaped with a square-cut jaw and a small and black nose. They have large ears and medium-sized brown color eyes. They have a bushy tail and a long neck.
They have a very dense and close undercoat, covered with a light outer coat. The variant in coat defies the two different species of German shepherds: long and medium. As a recessive gene, the long hair coat species is very rare. Most commonly, the color of a German shepherd is either tan and black or black and red. And most of them have a black head and body with saddle pattern on their back.

German shepherds are specifically known for their cleverness and intelligence. They are able to understand and learn a task quickly and they are very obedient towards their owner. Their strength and intelligence make this breed suitable for police and military search & rescue teams because they pick things up quickly and obey every command. Their natural curiosity and willingness to learn makes this breed extremely appropriate for search and rescue.

In general, German shepherds are considered to be very self-assured. They are very protective of their family. They do not have friendly behavior towards strangers in the first meeting.

History of the German shepherd

In the 18th century, there was a continental shepherd who protected homes and herded ships in northwest Europe. All these dogs were similar in looks but in the year 1890, three different breeds of dogs were found, now better known as the German shepherd, Belgian shepherd, and Dutch shepherd.
In the year 1850, a number of attempts were done to standardize the breed of dogs. The main aim behind breeding was to maintain the traits of dogs in their particular work of protecting and herding. When this was practiced in Germany with locals, German shepherds and Bred dogs got selected. It was found that these types of dogs had all the required skills for herding livestock such as speed, strength, intelligence, and alertness. In 1891, because these two dog breeds were different in appearance and ability, a new society is formed with the aim to create a standardized development plan for all dog breeds in Germany.

However, due to some internal conflicts regarding the traits which society needed to promote, the society was dis-banned 3 years later. There were clashes between the members of society because some people were saying that the dogs should be categorized by skill-level and the others were saying that dogs should be categorized by appearance.

The German shepherd is named this because of their original purpose of helping shepherds in herding their sheep and protecting them. However, in World War I, due to anti-German sentiment in the era, it was believed that the word “German” would harm the breed popularity. Because of this, the UK Kennel Club officially renamed the name of this breed as “Alsatian Wolf Dog” and this name was adopted by the International Kennel Club too.

German shepherd: Working Dog

The German shepherd is the first choice for people for a working dog. Their ability to perform tasks easily and follow all commands make them the perfect breed for police work such as detections, search and rescue, criminal tracking and more. They are used as military dogs and trained as scout dogs.
During WWII, German Shepherds worked as messenger dogs, and due to their impressive performance, many soldiers took them to their own homes.
In Germany, people are still using German shepherds for herding sheep grazing in the crop fields.

The Health of German Shepherds
Just like humans have the potential to inherit diseases from their parents or forefathers. Similarly, dogs have the potential to create genetic health issues.

A German shepherd is easily prone to have a genetic disease called hip dysplasia. However, breeders are working to reduce the occurrence of this genetic malformation. If any dog is suffering from hip dysplasia, then the thigh bone of the dog does not fit properly into the hip socket. As time passes, the gap between the thigh bone and hip socket starts increasing which leads to having painful arthritis. However, severe hip dysplasia conditions can be cured with medicines or hips can be replaced through surgery. German shepherds may suffer from the most crucial disease known as Degenerative myelopathy. Degenerative myelopathy is a neurological disease and it is quite similar to sclerosis in humans. This neurological disease leads to paralysis in the dog and is untreatable. Watch your dog’s movement and be alert of any discomfort he may be feeling. German shepherds may also suffer from a variety of heart diseases like valve disease, murmurs, and an enlarged heart. Other health issues include vision problems, bleeding disorders, epilepsy, gastric disorder and more.

By keeping up to date with vet visits and watching out for any abnormalities in your dog’s behavior, these health problems can be caught early and preventative measures taken before its too late.

How to train a German shepherd

Puppies

Training can start as early as 8 weeks with puppies because that’s the age when dogs are most receptive to learn new tricks.
Start with some gentle handling with your puppy such as cleaning his ears, visit veterinary, nail trimming etc.

  • Practice basic commands like sit and stay
  • Always praise your puppy when he follows your command with treats!
  • Always address his food aggression by taking away his bowl
  • Keep to a feeding schedule to keep track of when they poop and pee
  • Never create fear in your puppy, and always encourage them.

Adults

  • Train your dog with some basic commands
  • Always praise your dog with treats as motivators
  • Do not take more than 20-minute training sessions without a break

Author Bio
Ashley Angus enjoys writing articles about German Shepherds and how to treat them.