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If you have a dog that seems to think that the world is his own personal toilet bowl, you better start some training and fast. It is typically easier for dog owners to teach their pooches their proper potty manners if they are still puppies, but no matter how old your dog is, if he’s not potty trained, he needs to be. Chances are you’ll have more difficulty teaching your older dogs new (potty) tricks, but keep at it, and you’ll soon see some results, no matter how long it may take you.

You also need a considerable amount of patience and understanding when it comes to puppies. Very young puppies, like babies, most often do not have complete control of their bladders yet, so it’s your job to keep your pock off the couch or the carpet if you do not want to keep cleaning up every time your lovable little canine makes a booboo.

For an easier clean up you can keep your puppy in rooms with tiled or other type of washable flooring. You can expect your puppies to commit a few ‘accidents’ the first few months, so exercise a lot of patience and understanding. When he does pees and poops where he’s not supposed to, quietly clean up the mess. Punishing your puppy each time he poops or pees will give him the impression that this is activity is punishable and he’ll equate this with something painful or unpleasant. On the other hand if he does his thing in the right place, praise him in a cheery voice, or better yet, reward him with a treat.

You can help your puppy get used to doing his business on a set time of the day by keeping a regular training schedule yourself. You can take him out right after he takes his breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or right after his nap. You can also use this time to do a little bit of brisk walking, that way both you and your dog get to do a bit of exercise at the same time.

An important thing to remember when it comes to potty training your pup is the IN and OUT. Puppies usually pee or poop 15 minutes after drinking water or eating, so you already have a pretty good idea of when to get your puppy to a place where he can properly do his business. Luckily, dogs send out unmistakable signals when they’re about to pee, like circling a place over and over again while sniffing or arching their backs. When you see these signs scoop him up and take him out.

When you are potty training outside it is better to choose a particular landmark, preferably a tree, where he can freely do this business. That way he’ll get used to the idea that the tree is where he’s supposed to do this thing, and once he gets used to this, making him go every time you take him to the tree will be a cinch.

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German Shepherd care does not require a whole lot of bathing but regular brushing is essential and with a good diet one should be able to see the nobleness and intelligence in the demeanor of the dog. The coat would shine if given a proper diet and also prevents it from contracting skin problems.

The German Shepherd grooming profile is that it requires moderate grooming which should be continued for eight to twelve weeks and maintained fortnightly. One would expect a well groomed German Shepherd to look and feel happy and for the purpose of grooming one would require tools and blades such as slicker brushes, pin brushes, natural bristle brushes, shedding blades, metal rakes, metal combs as well as a pair of scissors.

Grooming Tips and Use of Tools

For German Shepherd grooming, one would need to regularly brush and comb the dog twice a week so that the double coat is well managed. One should remove wooly hairs from the undercoat as well as the outer coarse guard coat. Mostly, the German Shepherd is known to shed all year round and for this one may use shedding blades during the German Shepherd shedding season.

Hair Cuts

One may also want to give groom the German Shepherd by giving him a hair cut and for this one may use a pair of scissors to cut away long hairs such as those found under the feet as well as other stray hairs around the feet. However, the German Shepherd must not be clipped for cosmetic looks since it may lead to serious faults. Instead, to make it look fluffier or fuller of coat, one may brush the hair in the opposite direction to its hair growth and follow it with light brushing in the direction of the hair growth.

In case one does want to give the German Shepherd a hair cut one can use thinning shears to make its overall appearance look neater. Also, selective thinning may help in making the German Shepherd look heavier boned. Remember to cut the nails on the feet of the German Shepherd regularly. The toenails, ears as well as teeth need your attention and one should check the nails every week while brushing and thus help avert it getting split or broken nails that may be left unattended and grow too long.

One may also groom the German Shepherd by cleaning the ear wax every week and an ear solution would do well for this purpose. Check the teeth of the German Shepherd every month as well as when it goes for its check up at the vet’s. Hard cookies may be a good idea to keep the teeth and gums in optimum health. Once the owner understands the importance of grooming, he would also need to know what you need to groom your German Shepherd.

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German Shepherd care should be taken seriously and the owner may need to start with having an identification tag ready that should contain the contact information which can be used in case the dog gets lost. Also, the owner should ensure that the German Shepherd is wormed regularly and gets its annual vaccinations on time and also is given good quality food and it always has fresh water available for drinking. One should also never leave the German Shepherd unattended in a car as it can easily die in less than ten minutes if left in a hot car.

Build on its Good Qualities

Remember that if one takes good general care of the German Shepherd, it will also pay back in kind and serve you well throughout its lifetime. To build on its good qualities the owner of the German Shepherd needs to get it trained from a young age. In case an owner does not feel capable enough of training the German Shepherd him or herself, he or she can always enroll it in a dog obedience school. One should combine basic obedience training, exercise, challenging tasks as well as give it a balanced diet and leave the rest to the German Shepherd which will happily serve the owner faithfully and obediently.

German Shepherd Grooming

The German Shepherd has two coats of hair and the outer coats shed periodically while the inner coat sheds twice yearly. To take good care of your German Shepherd you will need to brush it daily and thus remove dead hairs as well as massage to its skin. One does not need to bathe it very often and spraying water on the outer coat to splash away the mud and dirt should be sufficient.

As part of general German Shepherd care, its nails should be trimmed every three months and for removing parasites such as fleas, the owner may use dust powders or other anti-flea aids like tick-collars. The dense coat of a German Shepherd warrants that the owner stays very vigilant and eliminates the fleas before the dog becomes infested.

Diet

The German Shepherd needs a good and balanced diet and it should be served dry food which will help to prevent tooth decay. Commercially sold meals or kibble foods are also recommended as such foods have the required nutrients as well as added vitamins and minerals that help to keep the German Shepherd healthy. Water should always be available for the pet and one should ensure that it remains fresh by changing it frequently and thus prevent insects and mosquitoes from using the water.

Another aspect of general German Shepherd care is that it needs a cool and shady area where it should be housed and as a breed that loves exercise, the owner may need to take it out for walks daily and if possible, in the cool of the evening. The dog should be kept on a leash since they are very protective of their masters and may attack others whom they think are posing a threat.

German Shepherds are always in need of both physical and mental health exercising and should thus be given both in ample measure. To keep the coat of the German Shepherd shining it should be given healthy diet. Its ears should be checked as well as cleaned every week and using an ear solution may help remove wax from the ears. One should also check its teeth every month as well as during its annual vet check-up and feeding it hard cookies will help keep the teeth and gums in good health. Having attended to the general German Shepherd care, the owner will then be faced with health concerns facing the German Shepherd.