Packed with full-color photographs, this fun and practical guide gives you everything you need to make your relationship with your German Shepherd even better. Inside, you'll find: Characteristics to look for when choosing a German Shepherd; a list of supplies you'll need; advice on grooming, feeding, and training; a chart to keep track of important information. In addition, a bonus DVD shows you how to teach your furry friend basic commands and tricks, correct inappropriate behaviors, and understand his or her unique personality.
About the Author
Table of ContentsPart I: The World of the German Shepherd Dog.
Chapter 1: What Is a German Shepherd Dog?
The Herding Breeds.
The GSD’s Physical Appearance.
The GSD’s Character.
The Stuff of Legends.
Chapter 2: The GSD Yesterday and Today.
The First GSDs.
The Changing German Shepherd Dog.
The GSD in the USA.
The GSD Today.
Chapter 3: Why Choose a German Shepherd Dog?
Are You Ready for a Dog?.
The GSD as a Pet.
The Working GSD.
If GSDs Could Choose Their Owners.
Chapter 4: Choosing Your German Shepherd Dog.
Breeder, Rescue, Shelter, or Free?
Finding the Right GSD.
Choosing the GSD for You.
Puppy Temperament Test.
Choosing an Adult GSD.
Part II: Caring for Your German Shepherd.
Chapter 5: Getting Ready for Your GSD.
When Your Dog First Comes Home.
Puppy-Proofing Your Home.
Chapter 6: Feeding Your German Shepherd Dog.
The Importance of Good Nutrition.
Commercial Dog Foods.
Reading Dog Food Labels.
Feeding Your Dog.
Seven Mistakes to Avoid.
Chapter 7: Grooming Your German Shepherd Dog.
Making Your Environment Flea Free.
Chapter 8: Keeping Your GSD Healthy.
The Daily Check.
Problems that Affect the GSD.
Emergency First Aid.
When to Call the Veterinarian.
How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit.
Medicating Your Dog.
As Your GSD Grows Older.
Part III: Enjoying Your German Shepherd.
Chapter 9: Training Your German Shepherd Dog.
Understanding Builds the Bond.
Practical Commands for Family Pets.
Training for Attention.
Chapter 10: Housetraining Your GSD.
Your Housetraining Shopping List.
The First Day.
Confine Your Pup.
Watch Your Pup.
Appendix: Learning More About Your German Shepherd Dog.
Some Good Books.
Clubs and Registries.