German Shepherd Nails

German Shepherds – Nail Care

Depending on where your German Shepherd walks the most, nail care may be needed often or only very rarely. Long walks on city sidewalks can slowly wear down a dog’s nails to an acceptable level. But if you live in the country, or the dog spends almost all its time in the house or the…

German Shepherd Eating from Bowl

German Shepherds – Feeding Options

German Shepherds, like all dogs, are primarily carnivores. Their digestive systems are relatively straight and some parts are shorter than even other large breeds. That makes digesting vegetable or plant matter more difficult. As a result, the German Shepherd’s diet should be chiefly meat-based. That doesn’t mean German Shepherds have to be fed nothing but…

German Shepherd Rescue Dog

German Shepherds – The Dual Personality

As with any breed, individual behavior will vary. But, also as with any breed, there are common characteristics that are typically shared by all members. Among German Shepherds those behaviors revolve around their ‘instinctive’ patterns, patterns that reveal a dual personality. Bred at the end of the 19th century to serve, as the name suggests,…

German Shepherd Scratching

German Shepherds – Skin Problems

German Shepherds can suffer from any number of common skin problems, often lumped under the title ‘Pyoderma’, which is technically a skin infection. Those infections are usually the result of a bacteria (often some kind of staphylococcus). The infection can be limited primarily to the outer skin layer, or may penetrate deeper into the subcutaneous…

German Shepherd Puppy with Kittens

German Shepherds – Socialization

Socialization involves getting your dog familiar and comfortable with other dogs, pets and people in their environment. As natural pack animals it’s often easy to do, and sometimes even harder to keep them from interacting at inappropriate times. Most dogs benefit from socialization. The people around them do too. But German Shepherds and a few…