Black German shepherds are beautiful animals and loyal companions with a life span of around 13 years. Caring for your Shepherd is essential to your dog living a long, healthy, and happy life with you and your family. These care tips should start you off on the right track.
Health and Grooming Needs
The first priority in caring for your black German Shepherd is seeing to his health and grooming needs. Regular vet check -ups and proper inoculations are paramount to maintain your dogs health. You should also do some reading and familiarize yourself with the common health problems of this breed and know the signs and symptoms to get them the care they need as soon as possible.
Proper grooming will also help your Shepherd to feel as good and healthy as possible. Daily brushing is recommended as German Shepherds shed heavily. Also, daily brushing your black German Shepherd's coat will keep it glowing and give it the lacquered look that is so becoming to this color of dog. Although Shepherds need to be brushed daily, they only need to be bathed occasionally as their skin will dry out if they are over bathed. You should also clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis as well as make sure that they are treated for fleas.
Your black German Shepherd is a breed of dog that has been developed to be active both mentally and physically. Therefore it is essential that you take the time to exercise your dog daily. He will require between 30 minutes and an hour of daily exercise to feel his best and keep him from becoming bored and destructive. Combining playtime with exercise is a great way to give this dog the attention he needs with the exercise he craves.
Due to their intelligence shepherds can be taught a number of tricks so playing catch with a Frisbee, fetch and other active games will help to exercise both your dogs mind and body.
Proper Training and Socialization
Black German Shepherd's are very powerful dogs and can become aggressive if not trained correctly. Proper training of your dog is there before important to both his being and for the safety of those around him. Begin by teaching him to obey simple commands like "sit, stay, and come"; then either purchase an obedience training book or enroll him in a class. Crate training may also be beneficial.
Along with proper training it is paramount that you socialize your black shepherd. Shepherds tend to mistrust people and situations that are new to them and if they become anxious enough in a new situation they may become aggressive when faced with such a situation. Introducing them to a variety of different people and situations from the moment you get your dog will help him to be more confident and relaxed in new situations.
A confident dog is more likely to take things in his stride. Training and socialization will also help to exercise his active mind and make him feel happier and more content. Having a well trained, exercised and healthy black German Shepherd will make owning him all the more joyful.