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We need to get this out of the way. It is a promotion, but nothing is more important than a HEALTHY German Shepherd. A GSD with health issues can require frequent vet visits that go in the thousands of dollars, not to mention the related emotional stress. For both your dog and yourself! I assume we all agree on this, right?

To us humans it happens that we may not notice a problem with our health, or that we cannot determine the underlying cause of a health issue that we do notice. And that is us, people. Although we can feel our body, we can see changes in the mirror, we can discuss with a friend, we can research on the internet, we can buy a medicine, and we can visit the doc!

So, imagine how much more difficult this is for our dog? We cannot feel our GSD's body! We can however see changes if we consciously observe our dog, and we can discuss with a friend, we can research on the internet, we can buy a remedy, and we can visit the vet.

But only for things we see or notice when we observe our dog. And not all ailments manifest in outwardly visible symptoms. So, we may not even notice a certain ailment. And what we don't notice, we won't discuss with a friend, we won't research on the internet, we won't buy a remedy for, and we won't visit the vet.

Aiming for 'no more' has a point - one point

You know what? In the majority of situations it's probably good that we don't pay attention to every frailty we notice! There's some interesting fact about doctors-to-be:

Students that train to become a doctor learn about so many ailments (as well as the more severe illnesses) that, in the first years of their studies, they commonly come up with all those health problems they might have - but do not actually have. They get excessively preoccupied with health worries, not health issues. They almost all become hypochondriac (imagining illnesses, not having them).

Of course this is entirely normal: Once we learn that certain symptoms may be caused by a certain illness, naturally we'll be wondering:

"Does the fact that I have these symptoms myself mean that I have this illness myself??"

Not to worry: The doctors-to-be get through this period without spotting any real health issue, and after the first couple of years of studying medicine their sensitivity to symptoms reverts to more normal levels.

But the real point is

They didn't give up! They didn't stop learning, thinking:

"I must have this xyz illness, it doesn't make sense for me to continue to learn about more health issues, I have enough already!"

No, they continue to learn more. And this allows them within a fairly short amount of time to balance the observation of symptoms with the identification of real health issues. This is why their assessment is of a higher quality than ours who haven't studied medicine all the way through.

In other words: While it's probably good that we don't pay attention to every frailty we notice, it's even better that we continue to learn more. Only this allows us a better assessment too.

Aiming for MORE has a point too - several!

Another legitimate objection is that we might be thinking:

"Still, it's not worth that I learn more about dog health, because I better leave the ultimate assessment of my dog's health to the vet anyway".

The ultimate assessment? To which vet? One vet only?

The reasons why I ask these questions when I get this objection I have mentioned in The MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual - which you received as a welcome present some time ago. The crucial bit:

"Only an experienced vet can make the right examinations, determine the real cause of any symptoms, and decide on a suitable treatment. Of course, the vet should ultimately have the last word.

However, if you have enough life experience you will know that in a not insignificant number of cases one vet's diagnosis and recommended treatment differ from those of the next vet.

When you have your vet's diagnosis, always consider their suggested treatment carefully."

Extract from:
Important Introductory Notes to

Now, here comes the point: You can only CONSIDER the vet's diagnosis and suggested treatment carefully, if you have LEARNED about German Shepherd health yourself. Right?

The more we learn from different sources about German Shepherd health, the better our own assessment of any symptoms will be! And likewise, the better our assessment will be when we don't see any symptoms - because, as mentioned before, some ailments manifest internal only, without visible symptoms at all.

Medical lingo made easy

Another legitimate objection is that we might try to excuse ourselves:

"I can't read an entire book about dog health, I wouldn't understand the medical lingo!"

A 'complaint' we sometimes get when we suggest the Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook because its authors 'boast' throughout with their knowledge of the medical term of 'every fart'.

But: Not all dog health books are like that! You don't need to understand medical language to understand medical issues, right? Right.

I titled this 'GSD Health Reform' because there is a simple Health Handbook alternative that everyone can understand (with loads of pictures too). A dog health handbook in plain English. Not a book you would read page by page like the Veterinary Handbook, but a comprehensive dog health guide that you would use to LOOK UP a specific topic you need to know about. At that moment. For your dog.

This is what a Top dog expert says:
Find out more: Click to save vet cost, training cost, and your nerves!

You'd LOOK at the pictures, and see the accompanying notes. Thus, very different to reading a medical book.

An easy-to-understand and illustrated dog health guide that we can suggest to any loving dog owner is called The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health. It could literally save your dog's life!

If you read this edition of the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL right after I compiled it and sent it to you (ie if you are quick), then you may still get the special discount and bonuses they had on offer when I looked most recently.

So, even if you don't want an easy-to-understand health guide for your German Shepherd right now, I suggest that you check this one out at least:

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Because, knowing when you have no way to get around to fork out $100 or so and take your GSD to the vet(!) ... and when it's better (and cheaper!) to let your dog self-regulate, this isn't an easy call without a guide like this.

When it concerns yourself, you can notice when you feel it's better to pay a visit to the doc, but when it concerns your GSD, how will you notice how your GSD feels?

A further difficulty is that a dog doesn't have our human common sense thinking:

"I now really need to pay a visit to the doc, although I fear going there"

No, not even our intelligent German Shepherds think that way. But even if your GSD may fear going to the vet, you will have the common sense thinking required here, right?

Dog stress at the vet

Personally, from observing dogs at the vet I'd reckon that a visit to the vet generally puts as much stress on a dog as a visit to the dentist puts stress on myself - which is MASSIVE, I've sometimes been close to a heart attack when I was at the dentist! How about you?

How to reduce stress for your dog upon vet visits will be the topic of another MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL.

If you haven't yet had a chance to learn how to reduce the stress level of your GSD to a minimum when visiting the vet, isn't it then all the more important for your dog's well-being that you conduct all possible health assessments of your German Shepherd in a relaxed atmosphere at home?

I'm sure you will do just that, once you have this popular health guide:

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If you get this now, you are prepared when something does happen or appears to happen to your GSD's health. Better safe than sorry.


Checklist * (see note at the bottom)

  • Not all ailments manifest in outwardly visible symptoms
  • To always learn more about dog health is crucial! Only this allows us to balance the observation of symptoms with the identification of real health issues
  • But I accept that many dog owners find the Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook "too difficult" or "boring"
  • Then you may find the easy-to-understand and illustrated Ultimate Guide to Dog Health perfect for you!
  • With real health issues visit the vet!
  • With mere symptoms that you identified as harmless when you quickly checked the Ultimate Guide to Dog Health, you can save the visit to the vet (and your dog's nerves!)
  • Always consider the vet's diagnosis and suggested treatment carefully!


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    my shepard has started to limp today what should i do for her


    Bruno is 4 months and 10 days old. He is suffering from from ticks in his body and has also suffered temperature and loose motion for almost 4-5 days in the last week. Shown to the Vet, fever is off and he has regained. Now tell me what is the best possible ways to get rid of these ticks from his body? Suggest his preferable daily diet, keeping in mind the hot & humid climate of India. Looking forward for your valuable suggestions and tips.
    Regards - Abhijit.


      I am happy to help, but not in this tone. We say "please". This is not a charity, you don't donate, do you? We rarely even get a "thank you" after replying. Or will you, Abhijit?

      Now to Bruno: The fever suggests he contracted one or more bacterial infections from the tick bites. Tick-mediated infections can easily affect the immune system and wreck havoc in the nervous system. In your case it did, as suggested by his mobility problem. Note that fever is only a symptom. The fact that the vet has stopped the fever with medicaments doesn't mean he has stopped the underlying cause.

      So this is serious! All the more since you suggest Bruno suffers/suffered more like a tick infestation than a single bite.

      Individual anecdotal evidence seems to have convinced you that the right diet could eliminate the tick bite risk. It cannot. At least I haven't heard of/seen a diet that could.

      So no, personally I'd rather vaccinate my dog in this case (India) for the locally common diseases, and I'd also research NATURAL coat treatments that can help to deter ticks in your area (is stem specific, ticks vary across the globe). NATURAL, because I wouldn't want to continuously give my dogs chemicals. Continuously, because that's what Bruno likely needs in your particular region of India.

      Edit: We are now 9 months later, and no, as expected he didn't thank me either. So why waste my time on replying? Tsss.


    My 11 year old male GSD had been having anal gland infections once a year the last 4 years. After back to back infections, I decided to research a cause. This was his 4th time on antibiotics this year, due to some other issues. His feces were soft ,small and somewhat undigested. Did some diet changes, but the miracle was probiotics from mercola.com. Within 4 days a major change. The fistula healed and his appetite returned. Have since learned of tendency for pancreatic insufficiency. So now am doing a a maintain dose of probiotics M/W/F and digestive enzymes the other 4 days. He is looking and acting like a 7 year old. By monitoring his feces I figure I can up or adjust the probiotics when necessary. Wish the vet had discussed the details and causes of anal gland infections. But glad I was able to research on my own.


    Thank you for all the insightful information. my gsd is now 10 1/2 weeks old, Lucie. we also have a 3 yr old male named Ransum. Lucie is new and I'm having a hard time with her eating her puppy food not adult food & disipline! any comments would be gratefully accepted!


      Miesha, several issues there:
      - no extra puppy food needed
      - you don't apply our Feeding Routine
      - you are focused on obedience training, you don't make use of Behavior Training her

      The latter two will soon result in severe dog behavior issues. I'd suggest to re-focus now.


    First of all, thank you for all of the valuable information you provide. I wish I had found your site sooner. I have been subscribed to your periodicals for 2 or 3 weeks now, and have recently started your feeding routine with our 2 year old GSD, Luna.
    Now to the problem. Up until approximately 2 months ago Luna has been a pretty well behaved and adjusted family dog. She is now becoming mildly aggressive/territorial towards our kids (4 year old daughter and 21 month old son). The problem appears to only exist inside the house. If the kids get too close, especially to her when crated, she often growls or curls her lips and attempts to nip. The nips have been successful a handful of times, but have not broken their skin. My wife and I are obviously concerned and unsure of the appropriate way to handle the issue.
    Prior to finding your site, I read that we need to start "claiming" our kids by standing in between them and Luna until she submits. I've also been taking her on more long walks, but now that the weather is getting warmer (we live in Iowa), the whole family will be more involved in the walks. Because we have not found a solution to the problem yet Luna has been more isolated in another room of our house via a baby gate because we feel like we need to monitor every moment she is around our kids.
    Any information/advice would be more than greatly appreciated. We love Luna and want her to be apart of our family again!
    Thanks again,


      Hello Zach,
      You have a serious issue there, with two small kids and increasing aggression towards them! So I thought I better reply right away (I normally aim to keep my weekend free).

      So, what facts do we have?
      - Luna, female, 2yr
      - increasing aggression, but only indoors
      - you started to isolate her because of this.
      The rest I don't know, or is unclear.

      From what you wrote, I suspect that:
      1) She gets more upset that the kids may run around freely in the house, while she's crated (lead: "If the kids get too close, especially to her when crated, she often growls or curls her lips and attempts to nip") => She's jealous.
      2) What exactly do you do when she behaves like that? How do you behave then?
      3) How do the kids behave just before that happens?
      4) How do they behave after that?
      5) "and have recently started your feeding routine" - when? Have you performed it exactly as described? And have you involved each child? Is the 4yr old performing it alone? And the 21m old in front of you?
      6) If you were "to start "claiming" our kids by standing in between them and Luna until she submits" it will increase the aggression towards the kids - when you aren't there! Don't go down that route!
      7) Subject to your answers not revealing any new keys, I'd proceed like this:

      a) Make sure each kid performs the Feeding Routine, to the letter, and the 4yr old alone (while you seemingly do sth else nearby). Currently, let each kid perform it twice for you parents performing it once (because the acceptance problem is with the kids).
      b) Make sure that your kids learn to behave well with the dog: No screaming, no shouting, no teasing! You'll have to control their play for a while until you feel confident.
      c) Set up controlled play-fighting sessions with your dog (for yourself only!). If you don't have the Puppy 101, see Ian Dunbar's book After you get your puppy (he told me it's free - you may need to subscribe, have a look; if you live in his area, consider joining his classes).
      d) To further enhance Bite Inhibition training right now, when you perform the Feeding Routine, interrupt the Feeding like I described in the Puppy 101 (it's all in the Puppy 101 because frankly, had you applied all that from puppy age, there wouldn't be the problem now). No criticism, just fact (you couldn't know of it, it wasn't even out when you got your pup, sorry!)
      e) Also, to further enhance Bite Inhibition training right now, make sure that you provide any toy only the way I described. Your kids may not provide any toy for now.
      f) Make sure that IF the kids call your dog, that they don't do it "for fun", but instead that they provide a GREAT experience, each time (see Reward Types).
      g) Make sure that when your dog seeks your kids' attention, that they gently and calmly ignore the dog (even when you are close by - as you should always be for now). Part of your kids' authority (in Luna's view) will stem from the Feeding Routine, part from Ignoring Attention-Seeking, part from not getting any toy from them, part from dog-appropriate behavior (b).

      Note that the more you visibly "protect" the kids from the dog, the more Luna will learn the difference between "daddy is there to protect" and "daddy isn't there". That's bad. The above is much better. Safer.


        Thanks for being so prompt with your reply. Before I answer your questions, I just wanted to mention that we don't crate her while we are at home. We crate her when we leave and the growling, lip curling, and nipping from the crate happens as the kids walk by on our way out or back in the house.
        We live in a 4 level split and are able to keep her on the level a few steps below the family room. This is our isolation method when home.

        In reply to your questions, when Luna is aggressive we were sending her away to her crate or isolating her downstairs. If we are able to immediately intervene, Luna will get a swat on the nose or my wife has tugged on her ear while saying "no", and then she gets sent to her crate.

        Recently after I read about the "claiming" method we started doing that for about a week now without any improvement. Before it happens, normally our 4 year old is being calm, talking to Luna, and tries to pet her and that is when Luna curls her lips back. The only other time this has happened is when I was going up the stairs first with my daughter following me when Luna nipped her elbow (sort of like she wanted to be in between my daughter and I). After a growl or lip curl, my daughter has never acted fearful or ran from Luna. After a nip, which has happened 2 or 3 times my daughter cries and comes to tell us what happened (no skin is ever broken, but it is still very upsetting for us).

        We have been doing your feeding routine exactly as described for 4 days now with our 4 year old feeding most of the time, but not alone, we have always been close behind. Our 21m old just wants to play and touch Luna while eating so we have been holding him while feeding.
        We have immediately stopped "claiming" after reading your reply. It is very frustrating knowing that we have been doing something to make the problem worse.

        We will follow all of your advice outlined in the response.

        We do have one other thing to add since our first post. An hour ago we went on a family walk with the dogs (I'm pretty sure I have failed to mention our other dog Watson who is a german wire haired pointer/beagle mix), and I read that the kids and my wife should be ahead of Luna so she can see that she is not in charge of the pack. The walk went worse than expected. We only walked for 4 blocks because Luna was very distressed the whole time. She was barking, whining, and occasionally nipping at my pant leg. When I walk her and Watson by myself she is very well behaved and always heels. Should we continue to use this approach on walks? Also, how should we react if and when Luna is aggressive in any way to the kids again?

        Thank you again! We look forward to your reply and appreciate the time you have taken for our family.



        Like you say Zach "without any improvement" - I wouldn't do that if it yields nothing positive. Just because it is from the most famous "dog psychologist" (who is nothing other than a trainer) doesn't mean it's helpful. Literally every serious dog expert I ever got to know (you will at some point too if you want: I have interviewed many already) fret about him (and that's the diplomatic word from a non-native speaker like me). Someone said: "Only dumb people follow Cesar's way" - I won't comment on that, and that's off record, just for you to know.

        The behavior you learned (like swat on nose, tug on ear, saying "no", send to crate, etc) is all taken from (the worst of) Obedience Training. The common results of such form of Obedience Training are exactly like what you are experiencing now - all the time, we get so many of these problem reports, I could plaster our premises with them. And it wastes MY lifetime!

        No need to explain yourself, I am not criticising you, but the "dog trainers" who teach such methods.

        No, there should be NO touch and NO play during feeding. I thought I made that very clear in our Feeding Routine. It is detailed, pl study it again (ideally the complete version from the Puppy 101, House Training Dogs, or Dog Training Toolkit - all linked on the left on the site). If you don't like just to read about everything, Dan shows it live in his videos (I cannot shoot videos).

        I would proceed like I wrote in the long list before.

        "how should we react if and when Luna is aggressive in any way to the kids again?"
        If you start immediately (ie now) with the above, this shouldn't happen. But if it does: Immediate Isolation. Not the way you do at the moment, but the way I described in the books, or how Dan shows in his videos (we wholeheartedly endorse him because, unlike others, his approach does not result in later problems, like the ones you are experiencing now). As far as I know, Dan is the only trainer worldwide that is endorsed by the ASPCA. That he is, says a lot.

        But note: Dan isn't entirely free. No one is as "stupid" as I am. We will have to change that soon anyway, as I can no longer subsidise MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG so much.


    Dear Tim and folks, I have recently joined your happy and knowledgable bunch as I have a 10 month old GSD I have been having problems training, and some of her behaviour has been bordering on the aggressive. I even called in a local ‘dog whisperer’ to help – basically (because of my life history) I am a bit of a doormat and the dog doesn’t see me as pack leader material. I suffer from a condition that involves losing my speech occasionally and so of course have taught Penny (my GSD) signs for commands as well as spoken ones. The current bout of speech loss has really brought home how important body language is to communication with a dog and is is now responding much better towards me – willing to do as I ask, and rather conciliatory (I don’t know if she sees me as a wounded pack leader or a sick puppy LOL). I have been wondering if I have been sending her mixed messages with the vocal message saying one thing and body language another? I would appreciate your opinion on this.


      A new Aussie fellow, nice! Mirka, your comment here would have fitted perfectly(!) on a different page, the Periodicals on Behavior Training, which you'd normally get much later (after the "basics" are out of the way). Since you seem to be ready/or need it now, feel free to jump ahead and see this Periodical. Though, if you have my books, you'll know much more about it already.

      For others, in short: Yes, use body language (that's dog language anyway). If you want, only body language. Vocal commands aren't needed for dog training at all. (Huh, surprise!!)


    Thanks for replying, Tim :-) and I'm sorry I put it in the wrong section - I had been looking for answers to why she was so itchy all the time and forgot this was the 'Health' section. I figured that as she had only become itchy a couple of months ago it probably wasn't the environment (we don't really have seasons here in Brisbane) so put her back on the diet she was having before the itch and over a few days it disappeared. Now reintroducing foods one at a time to see what the culprit is, and I bet it is those faux-rawhide bones full of preservatives and colourings ;-)


    Thanks for the post! After working in a sled dog kennel for many years, I am well aware of the benefits (cost, dog health, human mental health!) of having an idea of what needs immediate treatment, what you can treat yourself (with the right knowledge and experience) and what will heal with the passage of time and a few simple adjustments to your dogs life (ie wearing a bucket on his head to stop licking etc). We were lucky to have a vet who was not only a maestro with the dogs, but was willing to educate us on basic dog first aid and how to decide whether injuries/illnesses needed his attention. So much value to be gained from educating yourself about your dogs health and wellbeing!


      Claire, I couldn't agree more! Incl. how lucky you were with your open-minded vet - which is oh so rare!


    Hello Tim,
    I'm a new subscriber and I really appreciate ALL that you do for the GSD owners and dogs!!.... Do you have a DONATE button? I would like to send some money to help you to maintain this site, I can't afford the subscriptions right now but I am buying your books and trying to help as much as I can, and maybe by the new year I will be able to afford the subscriptions. Thanks again for everything you do here, Best Wishes


      No problem, you are welcome Michael. There are so many free ways to participate. Like commenting, as you did now. Thanks :-)

      No, we don't have a donate button, sorry, paypal is difficult and expensive. Instead, we have a great consideration for any "donation": The Dog Expert Interview Series.
      If $6.50/m is too much of an investment in the best relationship with a family member, then I don't know. I doubt we'll ever have any product below that price, the processing cost would eat it up already.


    Thank you for all the work you put into this periodical, Tim. I am rather amused that you have been getting medical questions. Still, I do have a request. Kara will be visiting the vet with me for the first time on May 4 (several days shy of 9 weeks). I would like this visit to be stress-free as possible and you mentioned a future periodical would cover that. Will I receive it in time (just received this one)? I don't remember you covering it in any of your books I've read.
    Thank you,


    Thank you, Tim. I'll be sure to talk to her about a titer rather than a shot. My first (Kara is the second) puppy loved the vet. Since I worked, I would drop her off in the morning and pick her up after office hours. While I paid the bill, the vet sat in the waiting room feeding Loki dog candy. [Warning to other dog owners: if somebody tells you your dog is pudgy and your vet says it is fine, check the vet's dog before you believe him. My vet's father, also a vet, was always on him about not treating his dogs right. Years later I found out the problem: his dogs were obese! His father's 11 year old, of the same breed, looked younger and had more energy than his 3 year old.] As a result, Loki was never afraid of him and always considered him a friend. She never even got pet-pudgy because I knew weight would be bad for her hips.

    Different vet, different century, different pup. I do hope, with the help of your information, she can look on the vet as her friend.

    Thanks again,


    Excellent site full of information. I have a quick question , or looking for a second opinion. I have a 9 week old female GSD and she has had diarrhea for the last two weeks. We took her to the vet the first week and they put her and a bland diet along with oral and liquid medication. Also we took along a stool sample. Everything came back normal. After a week on the medication, Gabby still has diarrhea. So we took her back to the vet again. They still suggested the bland diet. When I say bland it's food from the vet in a can. So this time they changed the medication again. We are now approaching the final couple days of medication and food and Gabby still has diarrhea. At this point not sure what to do, but one thing for sure , not in favor of taking her back to the vet. Any suggestions. Thanks


      Roy, "along with oral and liquid medication" - which? "bland diet" - why?
      What is the CAUSE of the diarrhea? If the vets don't know, how can they dare to "put her and a bland diet along with oral and liquid medication"??
      I'd change the vet immediately, see How to find the right veterinarian! Or if you wish, in more detail: My New Puppy Diary.

      Two weeks Diarrhea is serious! I would give her a dewormer like Drontal or Milbemax and cooked homemade foods. It goes without saying, NO antibiotics and NO steroids, I trust you know that.

      If after two/three such meals she still has Diarrhea, I'd get a comprehensive blood test. If so, and you have that, let me know.


    Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure, they did mention that some puppies have worms. That why they wanted a stool sample. They put her on the first visit, Loperamide oral solution and Metronidazole 250 mgs. Second visit Diphenoxylate 250mgs. Said this should take care of it. Other then the diarrhea. She in good spirits.


      Roy, show me a puppy without worms. Every puppy has worms, unless before birth the mother has been dewormed regularly - which is unlikely (hopefully), as it is not safe during pregnancy.
      One stool sample to test for worms?? See Worms in Dogs.

      Loperamide is a synthetic narcotic that only treats the SYMPTOM of Diarrhea! What's that gonna do to help your puppy? Nothing.
      Diphenoxylate is the same, synthetic narcotic. Offers nothing but symptomatic treatment.
      Metronidazole is an antibiotic(!) with widespread resistance(!), thus the vets harmed your young puppy without any benefit whatsoever.
      => You HAVE an average, ordinary allopathic vet! Only solution: see the Periodical linked earlier.
      Think, and make them think: What is the CAUSE of the Diarrhea?
      That's the only thing that matters!


    Thanx again for a great article.


    Thanks for another great book recommendation! I have to admit that I didn't think I would need so many books to properly raise a dog, but at the same time, I really do want to do it right. You make it much easier to buy the right ones. Thanks for your time!


    hi! my gsd has something on his foot and other body parts,i dont know what it is. its causing itchiness and hair loss on the affected part.i am treating it with madre de cacao but it does'nt heal the wounds.can you help me please. thankyou.i will appreciate any reply :)


      Rika, I am not Jesus, thus I cannot possibly know what it is: "my gsd has something on his foot and other body parts".
      Though, I bet when you only USE the books linked above you will know.
      If not, the last option is to consult a holistic vet.


    My female GSD is now a little over 3 months old, very healthy and more energy than anyone at home was ever prepared for. She's on a raw diet and has been since I got her at 9 weeks old. Initially she started becoming aggressive and stressed and we thought it was due to the bloody diet but soon figured out it was because she wasn't getting enough play. She now runs and plays freely in the half acre bahind the house and walks right in when she's tired. No more aggression, much less teeth. (Although bones help tremendously) I'm a firm believer that dogs are meant to eat what nature intended for them and play outdoors like nature intended. I am no expert so any advice is more than welcomed, especially about the raw diet and any future implementation. Would really love to hear from someone who has raised a GSD on a raw diet and what their observations were over the years; both in behavior and health.


      "Would really love to hear from someone who has raised a GSD on a raw diet and what their observations were over the years; both in behavior and health." - For this bit you need to wait until another reader replies, because we have never, and will never "raise a GSD on a raw diet" (you may have to wait long for such reply though because this is not a "forum", thus readers here don't have that "reply mentality" it seems).

      "I am no expert so any advice is more than welcomed, especially about the raw diet" and "I'm a firm believer that dogs are meant to eat what nature intended for them and play outdoors like nature intended" - Well Ejona, your intentions are well-meaning, so don't fall for the current "feed raw" fad (it is that, a fad). We do not feed a raw diet for the reasons mentioned earlier on this website, they have not changed.

      Those reasons aside, I too am "a firm believer that dogs are meant to eat what nature intended for them and play outdoors like nature intended", so the question is: What does "nature intend" for dogs?

      As written before, today's domesticated dogs only exist because they developed as scavengers of human food leftovers. 'Domesticated' means 'raised for the house', and domesticated dogs have at no point in history lived on a raw diet. You fall for the currently so popular misperception.

      Also note that NONE of the top dog experts I have ever spoken to recommend a raw diet for domesticated dogs (for wolves, yes). And they give many reasons, most of which ordinarily uninformed dog owners never even think about. If YOU really want to think things through ("any advice is more than welcomed") then you may learn a LOT from the Dog Expert Interview Series with Reviews. Here's a paragraph of the Review of one of the Dog Expert Interviews:

      There you have another reason why mygermanshepherd.org doesn't ride the current fashion wave to feed your dog raw. When dog owners publicly celebrate the "amazing benefits of raw food", they seem to be comparing it to the cheap kibble the were feeding their dog before. Then of course, feeding raw must give heavenly results health-wise and behavior-wise. But when you compare raw with home-cooked, home-cooked seems to be clearly superior.

      As said, MUCH MORE is in the Dog Expert Interview Series with Reviews for those who are truly interested.


    Thank you for the swift reply Tim. I will definitely read the interview and continue the research.


      Well, the Dog Expert Interviews with Reviews, for once, are not free Ejona, something has to keep the lights on if you want that. But even without learning from the two Interviews and Reviews that discuss the raw diet, you can find a lot of arguments on the topic here. Starting with the fact that two people have two different understandings of "raw diet", some buy kibble bags where the label mentions "raw", and whoop they say "we are feeding raw too!". :lol:

      When I have time, I will make a summary post on the topic.

      Go cooked homemade like this. Nothing beats this.

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