Thursday, May 25, 2017

GSD Looses Popularity as Working Dog


The iconic breed German Shepherd gained an unswerving popularity (especially as one of the most perfect working breed) across the globe especially after the World Wars. Max Von Stephanitz (the father of GSD breed) had high hopes and big dreams with his breed, the World Wars had cast a deep impact on the GSD popularity world wide. Germany was a single country, as we all know, before the beginning of the Cold War. Here's the history in a nut shell of what made the popularity of GSD as a working dog aggressively decline.

Both World Wars I and II had imparted exceptional impact to the working breeds and German Shepherd Dog played the leading part in the world of working dogs. During the World War II, the 4 countries Great Britain, the USA, the UK and the Soviet Union joined hands to occupy the city of Berlin. Berlin was conquered by these four super powers and was split into 4 parts, but it finally bred fresh disputes across the borders. Cold War was written on the card and Germany was divided into two separate countries West Germany and East Germany (Deutsches Demokratische Republik the DDR). Rules of communism had always been worst of its kind in all parts of the world. Communist government used practice strong dominance over the common mass and people could make free trade and share things freely with with the world outside their community. The GSD breeders of East Germany (Deutsches Demokratische Republik the DDR) that is widely known as DDR Line GSD, was victimized by the insane whims of the communist dominance. The DDRL GSD is still considered to have the best working abilities. The DDR Line German Shepherd breeders were compelled to keep their inspirational breeding program within their boundaries, separated from the foreign influence. Gradually a steep decline in the popularity of the GSD as working breed was experienced, as the bloodline was not allowed to be spread out globally. The West German Blood Line is more of show dogs than hardcore working specimens.

Another most significant factor responsible for the popularity of working GSD has been bad breeding. Bad breeding here refers to unscientific breeding, without properly understanding the breed from its within. Breeders have been noticed to be more inclined towards earning money buy breeding show dogs, which are way different from the specimens that are scientifically bred for working. Many novice, yet ardent lovers of this magnificent breed (including me and many I know of) have always ended up with getting in touch with breeders who breeds dogs with head turner beauty, angulated structure, expressive rich tan markings, BUT i no way these dogs can be compared with an original working specimens. We have forgotten that the German Shepherd Dog was bred for working and not exhibiting. Show enthusiasts are found arguing with that shows are for filtering the bad from the breedable stock, and breedable stock comprises dogs that have perfect body structure, angulations, gait, propulsion, size and colors that are looked for in a working GSD. I have agree! I don't deny this fact, but simultaneously I cannot find close resemblance between a real working GSD and those that comprise the breedable stock.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Trademark Traits of German Shepherd Dog




German Shepherd is one of the most acclaimed dog breed with a rich working heritage. It is the unparalleled working ability and degree of intelligence that fetched the dog the highest popularity across the globe.

German Shepherds are known for their utility, but the  gorgeous appearance with soundness of nerves and unswerving confidence are the main criterion of a well bred specimen. the character traits of German Shepherds can be segregated under 3 broad groups:

However, as an overview the trademark traits of GSD are as follows:

  • Handsome and well-built structure
  • Royal and smart gait
  • Loyalty and Obedience
  • Strong from within (innate strength) and Powerful
  • Protective and Natural guard
  • Appearance gives an indication of confident
  • Intelligence
  • Eager to go now attitude
  • Hard-working
  • Steady of nerve
  • Fearless and Courageous
  • Easy to train because of high intelligence level
  • Friendly with kids
  • Best as a companion dog
Another significant read in relation to GSD character traits: 5 Basic Instincts of German Shepherd Dog.

However, baseline is: GSD is a courageous, assertive, protective, agile and intelligent working breed that has worked with humans for many years in the war fields, police, medical sectors security and as seeing eye dogs. Although most of strong traits in a breed is genetically ingrained, many are still environmentally engineered. Since German Shepherd, as already said, is one of the most intelligent breeds, the influence of lifestyle and behavior of human pack members on a GSD that lives closely with humans is more pronounced and prominent than it is on other breeds like Rottweilers, Collie, Siberian Husky, English Bulldog, Jack Russel Terrier, Shar-Pei, Akita, Tibetan Mastiff etc. Due to its intelligence GSD learns fast and grabs and follow his human partner more efficiently. These environmental traits can vary from dog to dog due to the variation in family types. 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Puppy Socialization Checklist For your German Shepherd



Socialization is an inseparable component when it comes to raising your German shepherd puppy and should be started as early as possible preferably at an age of 4 to 12 weeks. Proper socialization can make your dogs life balanced and calm, because through an extensive process of exposing your dog to a wide range of situations, sights and sounds your dog gains experiences and learn to consider such situations as harmless and not frightening. Socialization is not just for puppies. A dog can be socialized to different situations throughout its life. By socializing your GSD puppy you will help him/ her to respond to the entire range of unusual situations in a friendly manner with a calm temperament.


Why Socializing your GSD puppy?

The main purpose of socialization is to teach your dog how to accept and respond to certain situation that he may or may not come across to frequently in his day to day life. The aim is to develop confidence in your dog so that S(he) doesn't react fearfully in specific situations.

How to socialize your puppy?

Applying force to put your puppy in a situation that daunts him/her is a big NO! Force can only worsen up the thing. If your puppy has already reached the adolescent stage or even over, and yet not been properly socialized you need to technically put him/her into a rehabilitating session to help develop confidence. Very importantly, the process of socializing your dog should be consistent and spontaneous, and it is all about helping him gain confidence not forcing him to stay in situation which s(he) doesn't like or is scared of. It is about exposing your puppy to a wider range of situations. There's not limit wider the range of situations, better it will be for your puppy to lead a balanced life. Socialization is a strategic process to help your dog gain confidence.

Here is a checklist for socializing your German Shepherd puppy

Known and Unknown People
  • People (new born, toddlers, children, teens, adults and senior citizens)
  • People (males, females and children with umbrellas, helmets, masks, hats, glasses, strollers, wagons, parcels, sack)
  • People with disabilities (people on wheelchairs and crutches)
  • Men with mustaches and/ or beards
  • Bikers, cyclists, skateboarders
  • People with unusual movement (drunk and people with disabilities)
  • Men, women, teenagers and older children in uniform
  • Children playing and running around
  • People whom your dog have to meet quite frequently (friends, relatives, family doctors, veterinarians, gardeners, plumbers, electricians, tutors etc.)
  • People from different races and ethnic groups
Social and environmental situations
  • Huge crowds and gatherings
  • Automatic gates and Elevators
  • Crowd dancing
  • Jammed traffic
  • Moving vehicles
  • Falling things (broken branches of trees, dried coconut leaves etc.)
  • Other animals (other pets, livestock, fowl)
  • Water mass (pools, ponds and rivers)

Sound
  • Thunder claps and sound of storm and heavy rain
  • Huge crowd making noise
  • Sound high fidelity speakers
  • Honking vehicle horns
  • Noise from vehicle engines
  • Noise from machines
  • Sounds of cracker
  • Noise of other animals (larger dogs, cows and buffaloes)

Others
  • Stairs
  • Terrace
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Hair dryers
  • Movable electronic toys

These are just a few common situations, sights and sounds, which you should consider socializing your puppy for. There is actually no end to the list. You may consider exposing your dog to as wider range of situations as possible to develop confidence. Socialization is essentially important for many reasons and one of them is dog-bite prevention. Many incidences of dog attacks and bites have been critically scrutinized by canine behaviorists. Lack of socialization has been found to be one very common reason behind most of the unpredictable attacks and bites.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hydrotherapy Treatment for GSD



Since the ancient times hydrotherapy is considered as an effective treatment for human beings. Documentations have proved that several attempts had been made to formalize the practice of hydrotherapy as a treatment during 18th century.

Until recent times canine experts did not spare thoughts over hydrotherapy as an effective treatment for a number of conditions in dogs especially in the medium to large dogs such German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweillers, Mastiffs etc. Certain conditions in canines - especially in GSD may worsen or may show almost no improvement with exercises that was once considered to be useful. As a good alternative to general treatment through medicines and exercises, "hydrotherapy" is now considered as one of the most effective treatment of such conditions like hip and/or elbow displasia, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy (CDRM) etc. Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), which is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs especially found in medium to large breeds can be effectively treated by hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy treatment has also proved to be quite effective in small breed of dogs having Luxating Patella or floating kneecaps. Modern veterinary science also recommends hydrotherapy treatment to dogs having ligament injuries, obesity problems and any other mobility issues. Significant development can be noticed with this treatment method by employing a professional canine hydro therapist.

Veterinarians and experts considers that swimming or moving in water has favorable therapeutic effects in pre and post surgical rehabilitation, increasing body awareness, developing mental and physical balance and last but not the least, for maintaining general fitness and developing muscle tone.

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