Different Categories Require Different Grooming Techniques
- The German Shepherd is divided into three categories including the stiff haired, the long staff and the long haired.
- coat needs regular brushing and grooming more so, when it is shedding, which is often, and close attention should be paid to its tail as well as neck region.
- learning to choose the ideal brush
- electric buzzers, hair dryers etc., to groom the German Shepherd may frighten the dog.
- dog tweezers in order to pull out long hairs that may have grown inside the ears since such long hairs may cause hearing problems in the dog.
- Drying the hair is important for German Shepherd care
- German Shepherds are usually wary of strangers so don't overwhelm him with fuss and attention when you first take him home.
- Do not invite friends, relatives or neighborhoods around to meet your new dog until he has had at least a few days to settle in.
- lead around the garden and let him have a sniff and maybe go to the toilet. He will be naturally curious.
- Take him into the house and make sure that all external doors and low windows (possible escape routes) are shut.
- Leave his lead on but drop it on the floor so that he is free to wander around and have a look at his new home.
- Put a bowl of clean cold water down for him where you will normally be placing it.
- GSD's need more exercise than just about any other breed but for the first 1-2 weeks you should concentrate on regular lead walking exercise.
- Do not let him off his lead for the first 2 weeks or until you are sure that he will come back when called. Encourage your dog to toilet whilst out walking and ensure you pick up any solid waste and take it home with you.
- Don't chastise your dog if he has the odd accident in the house, he will soon learn where he should be going to do it.
- Do not buy fancy foods to try and tempt him to eat, stick to what you want him to have as his normal diet.
- Large breeds like GSD's should have their food allowance split into 2 meals a day.
- Put his food down, and leave it for 15 minutes. If he doesn't eat it, lift the dish and cover.
It is advisable not to allow your German Shepherd dog into the bedroom but let him sleep in the kitchen or other suitable room where he should have his own bed or blanket to lie on. If he whines, do not give into him. He needs to learn that he has his own place to sleep.
- GSD's are naturally protective and territorial so when new people visit your house, he will need to be introduced to them properly so that he accepts them being there.
- You may need to put your dog into another room, let your guests into the house and then introduce your dog to your guests.
This can be achieved with most dogs if the owner is consistent in their approach. There are exceptions, some dogs will never take to cats and will always be a danger to cats in your home.