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Big Paws, Loyal Hearts & Noble; The Shepherd Breed
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Big Paws, Loyal Hearts & Noble; The Shepherd Breed

German Shepherds are a beautiful breed of dog! They are very loyal and protective of their family, learn quickly, and are eager to please, but they also grow to be very big and strong. They are a working dog by nature and because of their agility and strength are often given the job of search and rescue with the police, guide dogs for the blind and tasks in the military. The size, strength and power of a Shepherd can be intimidating to the people who don't know them making them good guard dogs.

Jake is our pure bred German Shepherd. He has grown big and strong quite fast. At 10 months old he is already 90 pounds of pure strength and muscle! His paws are the size of a bear cubs paws! It's truly amazing, especially when he starts playing like a puppy. He flops those big paws around like he is trying to squash every bug he sees! Jake is big, but has all of the other traits of a Shepherd as well. He loves his family and watches the kids closely.

Shepherds know no fear, but they are obedient to their masters. They are the third most intelligent dog (poodles and Border Collies are 1 & 2) and need owners who will have an authoritative position over them. When training, a shepherd should be treated as a dog that has natural animal instincts and not like a human. They are strong, and can show dominance over the owner if the owner doesn't show authority in a firm, but calm and consistent manner. A dog needs to know his boundaries, but it is important not to act harshly towards your pet or he may become stubborn, lose his trust in you and not listen! And always remember along with corrective action there should be lots if praise, hugs, and affection!

Jake has had a few negative habits that we have broke him of. We don't beat him or degrade him when he does wrong, but instead we say “no” in a firm voice. If needed we do give him a firm, but non aggressive slap on the nose (usually when he gets in trouble his nose is where it doesn't belong!).

Jake has an unusual attraction to socks. If the kids take their socks off or I'm folding laundry and a sock is lying around Jake will grab it. He will run around the house waiting for one of the kids to chase him. We have tried to teach the kids not to chase, but they find it as much of a game as Jake does! In this case, the kids haven't shown Jake they are the “alpha”. If they tell him no he doesn't always listen. He is playing a game with them, but if my husband or I tell him no in a stern, somewhat loud voice, most of the time he will drop the sock and come to us with his ears down like he is saying I'm sorry!

German shepherds are very obedient, noble, loving and loyal companions. They are quick learners and will be protectors of their family. It's important to show your dog affection and not aggression, but let him know you are the “alpha” and you will have a devoted and loyal friend for life!


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