Just like a human child, puppies of German shepherds are full of life and require a lot of attention from their masters. Taking care for a puppy is an important role in your four-legged best friend’s upbringing and is a basis for the entire dog’s life ahead. And it is much more than just waking up at 6 am to get outside for a walk. With dog industry developing significantly each dog breed has their own steps and guides on how to care for a dog of certain breed: from puppies to older doggies. Although each dog or puppy is unique and require special approach, the following universal steps are suggested.
Rule #1: even though your puppy will constantly ask you to feed him, maintain a daily ration and increase it as your puppy grows up. German shepherds are described as strong, healthy and well-muscled animals, but building their body requires food. However just because a puppy is an animal rather than a human being, it does not necessarily mean the dog knows its eating norm. Kind of like refusing your child in giving a candy for the better good of their teeth, you should refuse to give excessive food to your beloved puppy to avoid overweight problems as it may result in future health problems.
Rule #2: personal hygiene is important. Be prepared to brush your dog pretty often. If possible, do it daily as German shepherds shed throughout the year and at least twice a year heavily. And it does not apply to older dogs only, but starting in the early age. Brushing will not only help your dog feel freer, but will also save you from tiring vacuuming of all the fur spreading throughout your house. German shepherd puppies also require being bathed at least two times a month to avoid the chance of fleas and nasty smell. Comparatively to other dog breeds, two times per month is not as bad for German shepherds plus these dogs can be just bathed at home without special grooming. Personal hygiene does not end on just brushing and bathing though. Fast-growing nails is another issue that is common amongst German shepherd puppies. It is advised that you trim the nails regularly, about a couple of times a month, otherwise it may result in feet problems.
Rule #3: German shepherds from early age are very social creatures and will require a lot of your attention. If you work 9 am through 5 pm and live alone – getting a German shepherd would not be the best idea of all. First of all, someone has to spend time playing and exercising with your puppy at least an hour every day. Secondly, especially younger dogs, German shepherds require to be walked at least 3 times a day. If it is a puppy you have, then it also needs to be potty-trained and taught basic commands. German shepherds are very intelligent and eager to please, however they will not be able to do that on their own: spending time with your puppy is important.
Just following all of the above simple, but sometimes tiring steps of caring for your German shepherd puppy, and you will build yourself a strong basis for a beautiful and wonderful friendship for the next 10-13 years of your dog’s life. Want your dog to be a friend to you? Be a friend to your dog.