Trim nails once a week while still puppies and at least once a month as an adult.
Clean inside the ears with clean cotton balls or a clean, damp washcloth as needed, but at least once a month.
Bathe as needed if your dog gets dirty, but do not bathe if not dirty. Some people bathe too often and cause dry skin problems. Regular brushing often will keep the coat quite clean so that the dog only needs a bath 4-6 times a year.
Apply fly repellent to ears in the summer months.
Before making the purchase of your new family friend and companion, it is important to carefully consider the traits and attributes of the animal to make sure it is the right fit for you and your family. Below are a few suggested points taken from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America website for you to consider, but it is always best to remember to listen to your own instincts and ask questions or wait a bit before making your final decision. My hope is that you get a lifetime of happiness in whatever choices you make!
Expect your German Shepherd to consume approximately 3-4 cups of dry food per day while growing up. This is usually split into 2 meals – morning and evening. We do not recommend feeding table scraps.
After all puppy inoculations have been completed, most healthy dogs see the vet for heartworm testing, booster shots, and general checkup once a year. You should establish a close relationship with your vet early on so that you and your dog can feel confident in his/her ability to treat your pet for anything else that may arise as a health issue.
A German Shepherd dog is one of the most intelligent, versatile, and trainable of all breeds. Their high trainability and extreme loyalty and commitment make them an excellent choice for police dogs, agility dogs, conformation animals, and obedience competitors.
The German Shepherd dog is an active, athletic breed that will greatly enjoy any sport you share with it.
A well-bred German Shepherd dog has a steady, even temperament, and many learn to look upon children as their special charges. However, keep in mind that the German Shepherd is a large breed, and an adolescent dog could easily knock down a very small child without intending to cause it harm. As with all dogs, care should be taken to supervise them around children, and at the same time, children should always be taught to be considerate of dogs.