How to take care of your German Shepherd puppies?
How to take care of your German Shepherd
Taking Care Of Your German Shepherd
German Shepherds are very active and intelligent dogs. This dog breed learns very fast and may be easily trained. German Shepherds have a loyal and affectionate nature to their owners, which often leads to the over-protection of their families and territory if they are not trained properly. Also, they do not tend to make friends with strangers at first sight. What follows will help you in finding out more about this breed and below find some useful tips for taking care of your German Shepherd.
Although German Shepherds are nice and fluffy when puppies, one should not forget that they are going to become large dogs. That is why they should be treated like adult dog from the beginning in order to prevent an unwanted behaviour. It might be a good idea to provide your German Shepherd puppies a basic obedience training so you manage to control your dog when he becomes adult.
It is amazing how quick German Shepherds become large dogs (click here to see this hilarious video about a 1-year-old German Shepherd). However, they remain puppies for a longer period than most dog breeds do and their appearance might be deceptive. It is believed that German Shepherds do not reach full physical and mental maturity until they are 3 years old.
For a proper diet you should consult your vet so your puppy can have all the necessary ingredients it needs for further growth. You should remember however to provide your dog with fresh water at all times.
German Shepherds puppies might experience some health problems as hip or elbow dysplasia that might cause some more serious issues, including arthritis, when the dog is adult. Although they need it, do not over exercise your German Shepherd due to the possibility of suffering from joint injuries. Of course, your German Shepherd can play and jump but should not be taken for too long walks or jump too high obstacles.
If you have any doubts related to bringing up your puppies, you can always contact your vet or consult our advice.
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