We all want what’s best for our dogs but the problem is figuring out what exactly “best” means. What is “best” and how do you provide it to your German Shepherd Dog? We have figured out 5 awesome ways to give a shepherd the most fulfilling life possible.
This one might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s a little more complex than just feeding your shepherd food. The key is to feed them quality food and in moderation. You don’t have to opt for the most expensive stuff on the market, but do your research and get the best quality food you can afford. Work with your vet to find the right amount to actually feed your dog. Often times the amounts suggested on the dog food bags can be more than your dog really needs so if your vet says your fur kid is a little overweight, find out how you can adjust their food and activity to help. Keeping the extra pounds off can do wonders and make for a happier, more comfortable life.
Work That Brain
If you share your home with a shepherd, you probably already know they are one of the smartest breeds around. All that brain power needs a good outlet. Involve your shepherd in whatever you are doing and give them a job like bringing in the groceries or help loading the washing machine. Being able to put their minds to use and “work” will help them feel more satisfied. Get them a good puzzle to provide extra mental stimulation too (this is one of my favorites). The more they have fun, positive outlets to use their smarts, the better they will feel (and it will help keep them out of trouble too).
Find some time each day to stop what you are doing and just play with your shepherd. Play fetch in the backyard, have a game of hide and seek, or take them to a local dog park to have a good run. Whatever it is, find something your shepherd likes and make it part of your daily routine. It doesn’t need to be for hours on end, but just finding even 20 mins a day to play and have fun will make a difference. They’ll feel more at peace knowing they can always count on some quality time with you and taking the time to enjoy your best friend will strengthen your bond.
This is an easy one! Take the time to cuddle your shepherd. Once they get all their wiggles out, make it a habit to end each day with some snuggle time. As puppies, dogs naturally snuggle up with their family when it’s nap time and enjoy feeling the presence of their littermates all around them. It’s comforting. It’s cozy. When they grow up, they may not have a whole litter of siblings to cuddle with anymore, but that’s where you come in! Give them those snuggles while you watch your favorite show or curl up with a good book. They don’t care what you are doing, so long as you are there, giving them love.
We all enjoy a little change of scenery every now and then. The same goes for our dogs! While your fur kid surely enjoys your regular walk paths, changing things up can be a lot of fun! Walk them somewhere new – even if it’s just the next street over. It will be filled with new sights, smells, and plenty of things to stimulate their doggie brains and satisfy that need for exploring with their pack (that’s you).