Meet The German Shepherd Of The Week
This is Bella. She’s a new mom of 2 little pupps and a momma's girl herself. Her owner, Miranda, has wanted a GSD for years, so she’s extra special to her! She had a bit of a rough start but she’s definitely making progress, and will be 2 years old in November.
We'd like to extend a big thank you to Miranda for sharing this, best of luck to you and your beautiful German Shepherd Bella!
Article of the Week
Dutch Shepherd Vs. Belgian Malinois: Both Brave, Smart – But Which Is Right for You
When comparing the Dutch Shepherd vs. Belgian Malinois, you are comparing two working dog breeds. This means that you are likely to see more similarities than differences. For example, both dog breeds are energetic and do best when they have lots of daily activities or a job to do. They're both large dog breeds that will have longer puppyhoods, and both will bond closely with their owners.
Dutch Shepherd vs. Belgian Malinois - Which dog breed is right for you?
Featured Video of the Week
How Fast Can German Shepherds Run? How they stack up against the fastest in the world
Since we’re so accustomed to seeing clips of German Shepherds taking down ‘suspects’ and scaling walls during police training, we’re probably more likely to think about their biting power and overall versatility as working dogs, and may not consider how fast these incredible athletes can actually run.
You may be surprised to learn they’re among the fastest canines, and can reach speeds of up to 32 miles per hour.
In this video, we break down the different types of speed, and take a look at how the GSD stacks up against the fastest animals in the world.
Cool Paw Story of the Week
German Shepherd Saves 7 Year-Old Owner From Rattlesnake
A rescued German shepherd is being hailed a hero after saving his 7-year-old owner from a rattlesnake behind the family's home in Tampa, Florida.
The DeLuca family had rescued 2-year-old Haus just two months prior to the incident, and already he risked his life to stand between Molly and an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, which is considered the most venomous snake species in North America.
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Training Tip of The Week
For Dog Owners
Building on last week's tip, which discussed getting your dog to listen to you, no matter where you are - we're now going to shift our attention to the best ways of putting this plan into action:
A structured training plan that includes different environments can significantly improve your ability to control your dog outdoors in open spaces.
Begin by gradually adding in more and more distractions to your training sessions. Also, keep in mind that this doesn't mean that everything needs to take place outdoors!
It's not as simple as taking your dog to busy parks - proofing includes the way we interact with our dog (at all times!) and the responses we're asking our dog to make - inside or outside!
But we also need to consider other variables like time and space i.e. how far the dog is from you, and how long you want it to continue performing the thing you asked it to do.
This should not be overlooked!
The key here is to slowly add more and more duration to the task you're asking your dog to do.
A classic example is teaching your dog to sit - of course your puppy doesn't want to sit still for very long! Getting it to sit for 10 seconds, or more, to begin with is asking too much.
Begin with sitting for 3 seconds, then 4, and then 5, and so on.
When it comes to space - imagine the difference between asking your dog to come from 3 feet away versus 30 feet away.
Start by asking your dog to come from a couple feet away, and then 5, and so on. The key is to gradually increase the difficulty level.
During these foundational levels of training, we are aiming to capture and maintain our dog's attention.
We want to focus on teaching our dog to pay attention before moving on to actually teaching it tricks in order to build a better relationship together.
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