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Dog Problem Consultation

It is here where you find actual help with your dog. Not merely addressing symptoms like elsewhere: from veterinarian to dog behaviorist to dog trainer... doh!

Instead here, we actually aim to solving the cause of the issue!

help-with-dogBecause only this prevents reoccurence or after-effects that are related - despite that most professionals do not see nor understand the scope of interrelations. sad

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Because only this allows a genuine dog expert to efficiently and effectively help SOLVE YOUR DOG PROBLEM based on the comprehensive information you provide.


Be aware that any genuine dog expert will enquire similar detail as in our questionnaire below. The problem however is:

  • you have no access to genuine dog experts (maybe unless you click this link)
  • and already a mediocre vet or local wannabe dog trainer you have to pay a minimum of $120 for this level of detail in a consultation
  • and that although mediocre professionals cannot act on it, even if you give them a detailed questionnaire like ours below.

But please feel free to try first getting actual help elsewhere: You may even use our questions to help your chosen professional become professional - only that then you are helping him/her, instead of being helped! idea

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Your dog problem in as few words as possible

Indicate your level of discomfort

How much is it worth to you to solve your dog problem?

Think: If it isn't important to you, why should it be to others?!

Will you give back a bit to help dog owners like you when I spend time on your case? YesNo

Dog Details - Basics

1.1 Dog age? (estimate for rescue dog) monthsyears

1.2 Since what age with you? monthsyears

1.3 Gender? malefemale

1.4 Altered (spayed or neutered)? YesNo

  At what age? monthsyears

1.5 What breed or mix of breeds?

  IF MIX: of what two main breeds (if you know)?

1.6 Dog sleeps in your house or outdoors? indoorsoutdoors

1.7 Dog has free run or is locked up? free runlocked up

1.8 The ONLY dog, or what other pets? only doganother GSDanother dogwith cat(s)


2.1 What do you feed MOST OFTEN?

2.2 What Diet?

2.3 How many MEALS a day?

2.4 How much drinking water a day? (here metric: Milliliter ml) (conversion help)


3.1 Minutes per Day of exercise OTHER THAN plain dog walks?

3.2 Dog's level of exhaustion at END OF EXERCISE? (1: totally calm; 10: heat shock) minmax

3.3 Types of REGULAR exercise? (use CTRL to select multiple)

  IF OTHER: What?


4.1 Any known HEREDITARY defects or disorders?

4.2 Any CURRENTLY PRESENT disorders or diseases?

4.3 What SYMPTOMS are you aware of?

4.4 Any signs of PAIN? YesNo

  What signs? (keywords only)

4.5 Define the dog's BEHAVIOR with THREE ADJECTIVES? (word help)

4.6 Dog Weight? (here metric: Kilogram kg) (conversion help)


5.1 What PAST TREATMENTS? (include names of medicaments if any)

5.2 CURRENT treatment since when? (number of weeks)

5.3 WHICH vaccinations or "boosters"? (use CTRL to select multiple)

  The FIRST vaccination AT WHAT AGE? (in months)

5.4 Ever received any antibiotics? YesNo

  Number of courses (distinct treatments over time)?

  Last antibiotics HOW LONG AGO? (number of weeks)

  Can you look up the NAME of the antibiotics?

5.5 Ever received any steroids or NSAIDs? YesNoWhat is that?

  Number of courses (distinct treatments over time)?

  Last steroids or NSAIDs HOW LONG AGO? (number of weeks)

  Can you look up the NAME of the steroids or NSAIDs?

5.6 Ever done an x-ray on the dog? YesNo

  Number of times?

  Dog age at FIRST X-RAY? monthsyears

  Which body part got x-rayed at that time?


6.1 Precisely what does the dog DO that you don't like?

6.2 What happens immediately BEFORE the dog does that?

6.3 How do you REACT when the dog does that?

6.4 How does the dog behave AFTER you reacted that way?


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    I have a 1 year old shepherd. When we feed him he goes nuts like he never ate before spinning in circles. We make him sit first then he swallows his food. Also when we go to let him out he does circles at the door then he has to be the first one out the door. Last but not least when we walk him he drags you. I bought a harness to help control it but he still pulls. Is there any tips on what we can do to help with these questions. Thank you


    I was up late last night reading alittle from both books, great information!! You are brilliant, I tested my energy level today on our walk....yeap Im part of the problem 🙁

    We have had this issue with her since we rescued her three years ago! She has gotten alittle better since the beginning but not much, today's walk was simply wonderful!!! She didn't drag me, we didn't walk fast, we didn't act a fool when we saw another dog walking with its owner. Now it was not perfect, but time and patience will get her (and me) there.

    Confession time: I'm not on any social media and also have never typed on someone's web page before. Except to review a purchase to help others. So when I filled out the consulation page, I did it fast and honestly thinking it was a scam... Forgive me please??!!! Yes Isabelle's health is my number one concern, that is why I rescued her from our neighbor. The water answer wasn't correct, but honestly I have no idea how much she drinks. Yes horrible mom. I have a bowl that holds two gallons and our 13 year old german shepherd and 10 year old greyhound ( all rescues) drink from it. I fill it up once to twice daily depending on how much they drink. Yes I know-no help for you to help me.

    I feed blue buffalo "wilderness" to them and have for five years, well Isabelle three years. What you feed them does matter, since they have been on it no trips to vets for anything besides annual shots. Healthy happy dogs! Two years ago we moved to another state and that's when Isabelle got bad allergies and me too! Tried Claritin, Benadryl and now on Allegra. Changed her food to blue buffalo basics, the limited ingredient and grain free kind. It's been two months and haven't notice any change, thought it was a gluten allergy. I read your health page and I checked in my town and surrounding towns, we do not have a holistic vet.

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      "annual shots" - What? Pl read Vaccinations, Eva. wink
      "I read your health page" - which one? We have >100 health pages smile

      "Healthy happy dogs!" - Yes, immune system disorders are an inevitable outcome of vaccinations, steroids, antibiotics, and industrial "dog food" - they all impair all 12 body systems, and the disorders are slowly creeping in. Disorders never emerge with a BANG.

      Subject to a number of circumstances specific to the individual dog, some dogs on the surface seem to remain fairly healthy for years. Seem, because ultimately ALL such dogs are diagnosed with severe issues (unless they die early for other reasons): infections, arthritis, kidney failure, cancer, etc. sad

      When dog owners feed "dry food" - which has just 6 - 10% water content MAX and thus is no food anyway, even if we ignore the toxicity of industrial "dog food"! - they must compensate for a LOT LOT LOT of bodily fluid needs:
      - Dog ~65% water, diet must match that.
      - Fresh homemade food: ~65% water.
      - Food fluids are absorbed one-to-one. Conversely, the water you provide?
      - Say 25% the dog splashes on the floor, right?
      - 15% evaporates
      - say 50% ends in the bladder
      - so only 10% or so is absorbed into the body cells!
      Right? Hence why body absorption of drunk fluids is small.

      So pl weigh how much you feed your dog (lb/kg) and then do the math to see how much more fluids your dog needs.


    I just bought two of your books on my kindle, the puppy 101 and the dog training tool kit. I wasn't sure where to get information on how to exactly become the pack leader. Hopefully I will find it in one of these books 🙂

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      Oh Eva, thanks so much!
      You have a 5yr old rescue GSD, right? I'd suggest have a quick look through the CONTENT pages in both books, and apply what you need for your adult dog. I say this because:
      - Puppy 101 DOES hold a lot of content useful for adult dogs too (INCL. acceptance, pack conflict, etc, yes!), nonetheless you don't have a puppy.
      - Dog Training Toolkit MAY be a bit advanced/not suit your liking, subject to how much you know about dog training techniques. It can't get "higher up" than that, the Toolkit is the pinnacle of dog training insight. So, NOT suitable for "newbies" (Amazon writes that clearly on the book page since the day that one newbie left a harsh review)

      Please note that your dog's two health issues are FAR more important than your tiny training issue. Please attend to both health issues first. Thanks again smile


    First - I thought the level of discomfort was a scale 10 being the worst, not dollars. Sorry. Thank you for taking the time to tell me what and why my girl is acting the way she is on a walk. I onced thought that but after every week at the classes I thought it wasn't. I appreciate the insight! You have a great website for everyone.

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    Great Eva, that gave some essential insight (although you answered some questions confusing, eg "Past treatments?" - "Dog social classes").

    Also what's hugely irritating is: You "feel helpless", but you say your level of discomfort with the situation is just $10. question
    Look, if it's such a negligible thing, why do you want me to waste my precious life time with your negligible issue? That's like saying "You're worth nothing, Tim". - Hmm, that doesn't make me feel like I want to solve someone's problems. Right?

    Anyway, you rescued that poor dog, and that was lovely of you! And several answers indicate that you treat her really well, that's wonderful, thank you!

    Apart from two things that you say you do, and those are a MUCH BIGGER problem than the negligible $10 one you asked about:
    - you say she has "Bad skin allergies"
    - you're "feeding kibble"
    - drinking water "300 ml/day"
    - exercise other than dog walks sums up to "45 min/day"
    - dog's level of exhaustion at end of exercise is "9" (out of 10)
    - your dog had both multiple antibiotics and steroids treatments (those are "treatments" by the way)

    The two BIG problems arising from all of that:

    • The "Bad skin allergies". I am sure these already cost you many multiples of $10, and they are caused by "feeding kibble" and dehydrating the dog! Remember here our life-saving Periodical on GSD fluid needs.
      In fact, thanks to your precise figures I could calculate the daily UNDERprovisioning of fluids that results from daily exercise + level of exhaustion + drinking water + feeding kibble. Be aware, you'd pay $120++ for this at the vet, not $10. wink
    • The systematic dehydration actually puts your dog at life risk! Kidney failure is just one of them. See Dehydration in the MyGermanShepherd Health Manual.
      Don't say now "but my vet says she is healthy" - your vet also prescribes antibiotics and steroids treatments and hasn't helped with the "Bad skin allergies" of your dog, so I give nothing on your vet, sorry. If you do, it's your choice. wink

    Oh, and for the (negligible) issue of leash aggression pl see the menu: Dog Aggression. In your case the CAUSE is: She wants to protect you, and being constrained to a leash agitates her even more in such situations. Thus, you need to work on becoming the accepted Pack leader, such that she ultimately learns that she may only interfere when you want that.


    Im excited to join this site for helpful information and to be better informed about my GSD! Looking to help anyway I can!

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