The German Shepherd is not considered a high maintenance dog; however, grooming does require some effort to maintain a beautiful coat, properly trimmed toenails, and white shinny teeth. The shepherd’s double coat, with coarse outer guard hair and a thick, softer undercoat, helps make it a versatile working dog, able to function in just about any climate. This coat does have a drawback though. It sheds!
German Shepherd puppies have a fuzzy coat that will shed and be replaced by an adult coat around the age of four months. Additionally, you can expect that the adult shepherd will shed heavily twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall, although the exact time depends upon your climate and the German Shepherd’s living conditions.
So in conclusion if you don’t like hair DONT GET A SHEPHERD.
German Shepherds are an intelligent active breed that needs to be mentally stimulated. The more exercise they get the less destructive they will be which is normal for most breeds. Daily walking and mental stimulation such as puzzles and games for dogs provide enough stimulation to keep a German Shepherd a happy and content family member.
German Shepherds love the challenge and mental stimulation they receive from obedience training. From German Shepherd toilet training right through to advanced obedience training your GSD will prove to be a great student. There are heaps of things the intelligent GSD can do from herding to tracking, agility and showing. You’ll find that time spent training your German Shepherd is the prime time where you will build and strengthen a strong lifelong bond with your dog.
German Shepherds grow to be big, strong dogs who can be fairly stubborn and will display dominance if allowed to get away with it. They require a consistent and always fair leader to guide them, and set them up for success. German Shepherd training provides the ideal constructive outlet for all of your GSD’s energy and focus. German Shepherd training establishes the boundaries which will help your dog to be a reliable and well respected member of society.
We prefer to use positive reinforcement with our shepherds as they are intelligent and learn so quickly. Contact us now to learn more about positive reinforcement and clicker training as it is beneficial for animal handler bonding. It makes training fun and rewarding, not a chore for your dog!!