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German Shepherd Problems To Watch Out For

Sep 16, 2008
A German Shepherd is an intelligent dog that wants only to be part of a family and have its own job to do everyday. If you do not have a lot of time to dedicate to training your German Shepherd then you will start to experience German Shepherd problems almost right away. A loved and properly trained German Shepherd is not a threat to anyone as it is under control but an improperly trained German Shepherd can come with its fair share of problems.

German Shepherds first started appearing as domesticated animals over one hundred years ago in Europe and they were initially breed to help herd animals, which is where they get their name. Every German Shepherd has a herding instinct and if the dog is not properly trained then it will use that herding instinct sometimes in unpredictable and violent ways. A properly trained German Shepherd should not display this instinct as much.

German Shepherds are social animals and socialization with other animals and with people as well should begin at a very young age and be continued throughout the dog's life. German Shepherd problems can arise when you do not teach your dog how to socialize with people and animals because they will not know what they are supposed to do and will resort to their natural hunting and herding instincts, which can lead to improper and possibly dangerous behavior.

Your German Shepherd will need a lot of exercise, it will want to constantly be in motion and it needs a job to do. That job can be as simple as to be in training to be the family dog but that requires hours of attention each day from everyone in the family and also a lot of empty outside space for your dog to run in. A bored German Shepherd will resort to its natural instinct to hunt and herd and that can lead to nothing but a lot of trouble.

Another of the German Shepherd problems that people are not usually told about is that this breed of dog sheds a lot. If you do not want to have to groom your pet everyday and then also deal with hair all over the place then maybe a German Shepherd is not for you.

If you do not like the thought of having to clean up dog fur all the time, or you think you may be allergic to standing dog hair, then you probably should avoid getting a German Shepherd breed of dog.

German Shepherds are extremely intelligent animals that get very attached to their human families and can make the most loyal and dedicated pet you have ever owned.

It may also help you to know that they want to be trained as much as you want to train them so don't be afraid to try and teach your German Shepherd something new as it will probably love you for it.
About the Author
Jan Ryan is a passionate lover of the German Shepherd and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved German Shepherd. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about German Shepherd Problems To Expect plus a whole lot more.
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