Meet The German Shepherd Of The Week
Hey, FURents! Our German Shepherd of the Week is a truly BRAVE one. His name is Hixsie. He’s adopted from a group of volunteers in Bangkok just in May this year. Since he’s adopted, his furents didn’t seem to know his exact birthday but they can tell he’s around 3 years old. He has been transported from the Government’s shelter by PickaPet4Home to the rescue home for re-homing.
Now, he serves as a sweet gentleman at home, and sometimes is a baby in a big suit. He loves following his dearest furents around and is super funny! He fills their home with so much joy and happiness.
Article of the Week
How Many Bones Does A German Shepherd Have?
Have you ever wondered how many bones a German Shepherd has? They actually have 320 bones, and although the number of bones a German Shepherd has is not unique among dogs, the way their bones and muscles work together does.
The GSD's composition produces a fine companion that has served people in various occupations for generations.
In this article, we discuss how various attributes, health concerns, and the number of bones are related in the German Shepherd.
Featured Video of the Week
Golden Retriever German Shepherd Mix: Meet The Golden Shepherd!
Combining two striking breeds like the Golden Retriever and German Shepherd can truly produce the ultimate dog.
The size of a German Shepherd Golden Retriever mix, or Golden Shepherd, will vary depending on a number of factors, but on average will be around 20 to 27 inches in height and weigh around 60 to 95 pounds, putting them into the large category of dog.
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Cool Paw Story of the Week
Rescued German shepherd helps save owner's life during stroke
A special dog in New Jersey is being hailed a hero for saving her owner's life.
Sadie, a 6-year-old German shepherd, stayed by her owner's side when he collapsed after suffering a stroke. She wouldn't leave him alone and even licked his face to keep him awake. Sadie also dragged him across the room to his cellphone so he could call for help.
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Training Tip of The Week
For Dog Owners
Our Top 10 Training Tips (Part 1 of 2)
1. Set the house rules. This is ideally done before welcoming the dog into your home, and remember that training a younger dog is much easier than an older one.
Here are some things to consider when laying down the law:
- Are they allowed on the furniture? The bed?
- Are parts of the home restricted for the dog?
- How are they expected to behave at dinnertime?
- Where are they supposed to go potty?
- Who is responsible for the dog in the family?
You’ll need to do a little more if you have kids in the home too:
- Teach kids to treat dogs as animals, not toys.
- Teach everybody to refrain from yelling or hitting the dog.
- Teach everybody to leave the dog alone when it’s eating, to avoid food aggression.
2. Help your dog relax. Make sure your home is somewhere where your dog feels relaxed and ready to learn. Warmth always helps to make mammals comfortable, so a hot water bottle or a warm blanket can go a long way to making them feel safe.
Organize their sleep area with comfort in mind and allow them to explore safe areas while they are awake. A great tip is to place a ticking clock nearby as the sound mimics the heartbeat of fellow pups. You can get special comforters that are built inside stuffed animals to serve this purpose.
When a dog is relaxed in the home, it also takes the edge off everybody else in the house. Nobody wants their dog to be alert and pacing around the home as if there’s a threat looming around every corner.
3. Reward good behavior. While we love to talk to our dogs, they understand our sentiment more than the words themselves. They learn through different contexts, so rewarding them for good behavior is the way to get them to do what they want. Head pats and cuddles only go so far, however, so you should stock their favorite treats to give them extra encouragement. Never give treats after bad behavior because it will confuse them.
4. Don’t punish your dog. Scolding your pet is a great way to give them an attitude problem. A dog that gets scolded will become frustrated with you, especially since dogs naturally want to please their owners and gain their approval.
If the punishment is too extreme, you could even harm your dog’s mental health. A classic example is being too tough on dogs when you’re teaching them to urinate in a certain place. If the dog is struck or scolded too harshly, they’ll become scared and unable to control their urination.
That’s why it’s important to treat your dog properly. If your canine nips you or acts in a way that’s directly disruptive or harmful, a short yell will suffice. This is enough to startle the dog without causing any long-term harm and without making them feel too bad, it’s more of a distraction from the negative behavior. If that doesn’t work, try giving them a toy or something else to capture their attention.
5. Begin by training your dog in a quiet environment. Dogs are very excitable, especially when they’re young and undergoing training. Part of the training process is taming their curiosity so that their attention can be controlled, which is half the battle when raising a well-mannered animal. This can’t be done in busy places.
Try a backyard with a wall or fence that keeps you both in, or a local field where there isn’t much wildlife or urban bustle. A clutter-free room in your own home can even do the trick.
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