How to Build the BEST Relationship with Your Dog


Again, welcome! Welcome to the meanwhile world-renowned MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL: class A information to benefit a class A dog, the German Shepherd Dog.

We've got to cover a LOT of content in the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL over the coming years:

  • Dog Food and Dog Health
  • Dog Care
  • Dog Training
  • Relationship Building with your dog
  • GSD as Family Companion
  • GSD as Protection Dog
  • Dog Play and Together-time
  • Dog Toys to play alone with
  • FUN with your dog
  • Buying a German Shepherd
  • Rescue GSD
  • GSD Puppy
  • Senior GSD
  • GSD Breeders
  • Differences between GSDs from different countries
  • Multiple GSDs in the house
  • GSD and other dogs living together
  • GSD and children
  • German Shepherd Dog Rescue
  • GSD as Guide Dog
  • GSD as Working Dog
  • GSD as Show Dog
  • You ask - We answer
  • and so much more!

So that's the OUTLINE of what we will share with you! - Getting excited? You should be! You can't get this depth and breadth and quality of information anywhere else. - How I know? I've looked everywhere else. The German Shepherd websites out there fall in two main groups:

  • Forums - set up by "internet marketers" who know they have no clue, and so they offer what's easiest: let dog owners chat with dog owners. That's it.
  • Dog owner sites - a few of the many websites set up by GSD owners share some quality information about the topics the dog owner feels familiar with based on individual experience. That's good, and that's it. How much of that relates to your dog, you have to find out.

Where you subscribed to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL you may have selected your Key Interest Area and that's great, just note that we will cover all the above topics over time. - Why is that? Why not restrict the Periodical emails that you will receive to those that match your chosen Key Interest Area only?

Because again and again, past Periodical subscribers have said how glad they are that we did not limit the Periodicals to what they thought they wanted to know about. They have said that many of our Periodical topics came as a surprise, and they wouldn't even have thought that they need to know the topics, but how excited they got that we sent them those topics nonetheless.

So, be open-minded, and open each email even though you will sometimes be thinking "I have no interest in that", or "I know all about that". - THINK: If you don't read it, you will never know what you missed because you thought you know.

Example, the first topic (which you will receive in three days) is the seemingly no-brainer topic Dog Toys:

open-minded and can read uber-confident and cannot read
"Thanks for the good advice. I now know what to look for in a play toy, a very helpful bit of information. My dog loves all these type of toys. I didn’t realize you should put a time limit on any of them or to present them one at a time. I usually give my dog her choice."vs."I have had many dogs over the years. To have to endure Doggie101 simply because this is my first GSD is bullcrap!"

Beth: "I wish I had known your Periodicals earlier!"

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Note that this is the website of a non-profit organization, no one here gets paid to move your comments around and onto a page that fits! Thus that won't happen anymore. I am sure you understand.


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    Hi! How do I get past periodicals if I just joined?


    Hearty Welcome! You get them all in order, no worries :-)
    Although I admit already: Retrospectively I would have liked them in a different order. But hey, afterwards we are always smarter, no?


    Dear Tim.

    This may sound a strange request, but it is open and honest, when I first joined your site, I was going through treatment for my esophagus cancer, prior to having the operation I was going to have, I was getting your mails as you sent them to me, and since then I have had the huge operation, and now out of hospital, and back home again, but as you can imagine, at the moment I am no good to man nor beast, with this dramatic weight loss, but it will not beat me.
    What my request is Tim, is it possible to resend all your periodical,s in one mail, then I can download them all at one go, as I am sure that my partner, who was checking my mails for me, has not saved everything, as other mails sent to me from other people and the company I work for, she is trying her best, bless her, and also looking after Benji and Carla, who is her German Shepherd, she has her hands full, and I really would like to have your down loads, so I can start from the beginning and read everything you have sent, as I,m a shepherd nut, the more I can read and learn, the better.
    I hope you can help me out in this request Tim, but as I mentioned earlier, it is a honest and truthful request.

    Yours Faithfully.



    Hi David,

    First of all, I hope you will have a quick and full recovery!!!

    Your email is confusing: It looks like you are already subscribed with this email, and that you tried to subscribe once more, with the same email address?
    This is technically not possible.

    Also, we don't actually have the Periodicals for download. Instead, they are all on the site, in a members-only area.

    If I understand this bit right: You want to read all Periodicals, from the beginning?

    Then the solution is easy: You can unsubscribe (or we can do that for you), and then you CAN newly subscribe with this email address, and you WILL get all Periodicals from the beginning.

    Do you want me to unsubscribe you?


    We've had Bentley since he was 7 weeks old, and he is now 2 yrs 9 months. There's a picture of him below … he's huge … he was huge at 7 weeks. Only 2 pups were born in the litter, so each pup got a lot of time at the 'milk bar' from the get-go. No competition except which nipple to suckle. He's a medium coat GSD, black-red, weighs 115#, has had puppy training and three other obedience classes. He is food-driven. The thing he may love more than food is to go swimming. He is an active swimmer - retrieving his rubberized buoy or a stick - the bigger the better. He has no time for "twigs." He is a companion dog - he is OVERLY protective (which we do NOT like but cannot seem to break this habit). His great-grandmother's DNA caused her to be expelled from Germany because she attacked two judges in the show ring, etc. We have every reason to believe he's got a lot of her temperament in him, sad to say. He was bred for looks/color instead of temperament we have been told by a local trainer who knew his great-grandmother well, and eventually go this name off the papers so he would not be liable - which tells you something. Bentley is SMART and he is greatly loved (and knows it).

    We fed him a raw diet for his first 2 years (just short of 2 years) and he now eats a non-grain kibble (a local product called Grandma Z's lamb blend or Taste of the Wild Salmon). We feed him 2x a day, 2 cups each feeding - with treats during the day as a reward for "finding" what we hide, or when he obeys a verbal command.

    Our problems with him are: 1) he does not like the looks of small people, or kids on plastic big-wheels, or anything he deems "wrong." He was tested with the test given by the Monks of New Skeet ("The Art of Raising a Puppy") and was mid-range on every item except he recognizes and is upset by anything he somehow knows does not belong on a human, i.e. a broom, a big hat, a small plastic bicycle, or a miniature person). And he is extremely vocal (scary actually) when he sees anything out of his ordinary. He accepts a broom now, but he doesn't like it. He doesn't attack it anymore, but he'll walk a wide swath around it if it's leaning against the wall. It appears to be fear of the unknown but I'm only guessing. He will NOT accept the vacuum cleaner, and we've left it out of the closet, have "hidden" treats on it (which he's taken an run) but he has never gotten over the fact it's just plain wrong. It almost appears he's afraid of it, and yet he wants to kill it.

    The last thing … he has skin allergies, and we moved to a dry climate (from coastal range w/ 101" rain annally) in hopes they'd clear. They are MUCH better in the dry, Idaho climate … but he still itches, scratches, bites himself to try to relieve it. He's been put on steroids with antihistamines by to vets, and it gets him out of the acute phase, but he always … pretty much … has itchy skin.

    I don't know what else I can say about him, but he's a liability and we are VERY circumspect with who is able to be around him. If he loves you, he loves you to death. If he doesn't - watch out. There doesn't seem to be anything in-between. We are limited by where we can go, and with whom, because of him, and we've accepted this fact (reluctantly) because there is no other choice.

    If you've got suggestions, we're all ears …

    Thank you for what you do and for your love of the GSD breed.

    Helen Little


    Hi Helen, Thanks for your enquiry.
    Puuh, there's a LOT! Let me number my response to help myself and you:

    Note that nothing I *suggest* below is critique, only attempting to HELP, okay?

    1) There seems to be a HUGE deficit in socialisation while he was a puppy. 7/8 weeks to 3 months is the critical phase for socialisation. If it's missed, it's hard work later. Like you see now. (you should really have studied my puppy development guide at that time, it's there for a reason, ha!)

    2) I would get him leaner, less treats! Has beneficial behavior impact!

    3) I would now intensely desensitize him (hoover, broom, and a million other things you haven't mentioned). Eg. hoover: Have you watched Dan's videos? Eg he desensitizes a dog successfully from a hoover within 60 minutes or so.

    4) I would NOT give in an inch. Else I'd make it only worse. He trusts you, use that.

    5) Currently, clearly you are NOT accepted Pack leader. I would urgently establish myself as accepted Pack leader! See, as a minimum, my adult dog training essentials, and follow it to the letter. Particularly every point revolving around Pack leadership!

    6) I would get him off kibble. If I can, I'd home-feed him. Has behavior impact!

    7) I would follow my barking advice to the letter!

    8) Skin Allergies: Because of kibble! Change diet systematically, keep diary of diet and skin condition.

    9) I would STOP him from scratching by all means. See Periodical Say Goodbye to skin allergies, plus my Health Manual that you got as well, chapter skin allergies, and skin infections. So use the products, they work!

    10) Steroids and antihistamines? OMG!! Have you not read anything from me? I'd get him off that instantly!

    Diplomatically: You asked at the last moment. The situation sounds severe! I fear if you don't do all this right now, you may face significant issues, most likely incl. some that have legal consequences. That's the diplomatic wording, yes. Sorry.

    If you have any questions re/ any of the 10 points above, do ask me again please, okay?

    Lots of love,




    Are you a vet or what are your credentials? I asked because some of you advice on ear infections really hit home. I wanted an antibiotic for Jessica (two days later, from previous experience - her ears would be fine), but the vet put her on a steroid (I believe the steroid inflamed her hip dysplasia). Your advice was an antibiotic. Which is why I ask you the question concerning your credentials. Your advice seems to out distance my Vets experience with GSDs.



    > Your advice was an antibiotic.

    Certainly not Peter. I never advise towards antibiotics. The longer you study our Periodicals the more you will see why.

    I am not a vet, but a scientist. We have vets in our group though, and psychologists, shelter managers, solicitor, etc.

    For ear infections? Why don't you simply read the MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual? It's all in there. No need to pay a vet on these trivial things.

    Best wishes - Tim


    I would like to thank you for all the information your site has provided me with already and look forward to learning more.



    I have tried several times to leave positive feedback through Amazon. So far I have been unsuccessful in even getting to that area of your page1111

    I see all the books I have ... I click the stars to rate (nothing happens); I try to find the feedback tab (can't be found); I have even tried to contact you through Amazon's 'contact the seller' (nothing happens).


    Any suggestions?

    P.S. We think you are AWESOME!!!!


    I am so sorry to hear this! Particularly if, finally(!), someone is so nice and wants to leave a review!! Really embarassing, I have forwarded your questions to Amazon, Theresa.

    This is what Amazon replied, does it shed light?

    Hello Tim,

    Further to your email, I suggest that you ask your readers to contact us that we can investigate why they are having issues with submitting reviews.

    Also, please bear in mind that to write a Customer Review, they must have used their account to purchase an item from (Free digital downloads don't count toward this purchase requirement.)

    If they have not purchased anything from, they will need to place an order and wait 48 hours after the order has been shipped or downloaded. At that point, they will be able to post a review.

    We look forward to seeing you again soon.



    My German Shepherd Faith has developed left rear hip displaced at the age of only 7 & 1/2 is there anything else I can do for her as I have purchased a boot to stop her damaging her left foot by dragging it and it seems to help a li8ttle. She is a bit young for this type of problem!

    Thanking you

    Les Bradley


    Yes, there is! - although not every dog owner wants to go that route (can afford to).

    Please study the MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual that you received, particularly the chapter on Hip Dysplasia.


    I just wanted to say thank you. I am eager to learn all I can in order to give my newly adopted 2yr old the best and healthiest life possible.


    In my opinion there is too much to read in this e-mail. I would prefer it to be concise and focused on the necessary information.
    Many thanks,



    Last week we picked up our 15month rescue GSD. Given that we never thought we'd fall hook line & sinker for a GSD we didn't do a great deal of research into the breed however he is amazing and are reaping our training efforts. I'm looking forward to you steering us (as humans) in the right direction.
    Thank you!


      Julie I'll send you the Puppy Training Essentials, you need them now, not later. Puppy, yes.


    Wow. That is my initial impression. In a good way. I have owned several different breeds but never realized gsd are so how should I say complex. I had aBelgian sheepdog that I brought home when she was four months old and she was so easy. I got Sophie last month as a rescue after my 13 y/o chow mix lost her battle with bone cancer that metastatized to her lungs. She was not easy all the time but was a joy and a very special dog. Anyway I will try to stop rambling. Sophie is gsd mix spayed and was terribly malnourished when I got her. She has gained at least ten lbs and is now so strong. I am looking forward to learning how to handle her but must admit I am terribly overwhelmed and hoping I can survive this learning process. I happened on your website and am so glad I did. Please be patient with me as I am sure I will have plenty of questions.
    Thank you so much for all your information. It is clearyou have a passion for gsd.


    Hi Tim, We read multiple GSD related books before bringing our puppy and none of them seemed as helpful as your puppy training in nutshell. Your puppy 101 paperback is on its way.We got our GSD eight weeks puppy 5 days ago. The first few days has been very stressful, theoretical knowledge is so different from practicing the techniques. She must have picked up our stress. She is mouthing and biting a lot. We never expected a 8 week puppy to test us so much. Can we use isolation technique for 8 weeks puppy?


      Hey Rajani, first congratulations on your new GSD! And sorry that she is stressful at the moment.
      And thanks for the compliments! Much appreciated.

      Yes, you can, you must, use Isolation for her right from the start. Be consistent. HOWEVER, based on your description I am unsure whether that is the right response: Puppies that age don't "bite", for them it's playful mouthing or nipping (and later testing the Pack position).

      Since you'll be getting the Puppy 101, you'll soon know why you must not limit mouthing and nipping (eg via Isolation), and how to redirect it to dedicated play sessions. It is crucial that she learns from the beginning the difference! So I would really react as described in the chapter on Puppy Play.

      One cannot practice techniques without theorectical knowledge (because then we don't know whether we practice nonsense or not), so don't despise your studies, the more you learn before getting a dog the better - like you now see ;-)

      You hinted another point: Once you get the routine with the right practice (behavior/ training), the stress will subside. This is why it is crucial that you get used to a behavior and training routine ASAP, because your pup will only calm down when you calm down. The right behavior is comprehensively shown in my Toolkit but I will not link to it here because it is way too advanced at the moment, you only need to focus on the basics now, ASAP.

      Until you get the Puppy 101, please apply just these two pages (2 pages, yes, easy! :-) ). It's our Puppy Training Essentials (which you would normally get in a few weeks with a Periodical). The best on two pages you can get anywhere!

      Edit: Oh one more thing Rajani, since you say you ordered the paperback, createspace (who print it) aren't as fast as kindle (but both are amazon), so the paperback edition you got doesn't yet have the completely new chapter on puppy vaccinations. So, please send me an email when you've got "head space" again for this crucial but somewhat difficult (and highly controversial) topic, then you get it too.


    Hi Tim,
    I just subscribed yesterday and am very eager to learn all I can for Max and myself. I've never had a GSD, but needless to say, there is never a dull moment around our house! Thank you for your help and advice!!
    Patricia (Trish)


      Fine Trish, it is A LOT. I hardly can believe it myself when I see what I've produced for our members over the years! And continuing...
      If you have any urgent problem, let me know ;-)

      Okay now I have to get back to the Periodical I'm working on right now, a HEAVY one, OMG...


    How do we get our 11 month GS to stop barking when we have company that she doesn't know. We are trying to get her to better listen to our commands with "quiet" as the key word for guests.


      Audrey, that will require more than one quick answer, and most likely any simple answer I could give now right here would not allow you to implement it as you haven't got the "background", if you know what I mean?
      What I mean is just above (see Training Essentials document). I posted it here in reply to someone else's query. And it will help you as well - and everyone else.

      Later on you will get a specific "Barking" Periodical though. But without the Training Essentials, NOTHING will work. That's why I call it "Essentials".

      Pl start implementing them, and if you face a problem, let me know.


    I am anxious to start on the periodicals, however, either I am blind or just blonde, but I cannot find where to start:(



      Not sure what you mean. The first Periodical comes three days after this one (cause this one doesn't count), then one Periodical each week. (I have to stay ahead with preparing them cause many take me longer than a week...)


        OK, got it...thanks Tim!! One quick question, why won't my 11 month old just lay down. Seems like he always wants to play fetch. Is it because he's still a puppy?? That would be my guess.



        Sounds like he's a true Shepherd! :-) I'd be glad to have a dog that LOVES to exercise. You know why?
        Cause an exhausted dog is a balanced dog. A dog without behavior issues.

        Seem's yours is trying to tell you: "Hey Pack buddy, let me run around more, okay? Throw that chuckit ball or whatever you have for me!"

        Find out here how much exercise is good for your dog's age


    I have only had my GSD Tia for 3 weeks. She is 14 months and I am already in love with her. She has a wonderful disposition and is eager to please. I also have a small mixed breed rescue dog named Sam. I rescued him 5 years ago. Tia is very good with him other than she gets a little rowdy with him and he has to put her in her place (which he does). I worry she may unintentionally hurt him because she is so much bigger than he is. Tia is already showing signs of accepting me as the pack leader. I want to do my best by her and was looking online for some tips on training when I stumbled onto your site. I am thrilled to have found you! This is exactly what I was needing and more than I expected to find! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with me. I am looking forward to each periodical and am feeling very fortunate already in receiving the Health Manual. I have already learned so much from you and I am eager to learn more. I can't believe I get all of this for free! I intend to hold up my end of the deal! Thank you Again!



      You are very welcome Estella. As to becoming the accepted Pack leader (and much more) pl see the link to the Training Essentials I posted in a prior reply. You would get it in some weeks anyway, but now it can help you immediately.
      As regards GSD info, over time you will get SO MUCH that it stuns myself what I have already produced. We only ever notice how much we know when we force us to sit down and share it.



    Hi there I just had a couple of questions I was hoping you could help me answer. We have a 9 month old GSD and we have been unsuccessful in breaking him of the habit of jumping on other people. It seems to be only when he is excited and is first introduced but it isn't just with new people it is with everyone except me and my husband. Do you have any tips on what we can do to prevent this? I have thought of maybe putting him on a leash to teach him to not jump but I would sure appreciate you input. My other concern is he tends to "whimper/whine" an awful lot almost like he is in pain. We give him attention and it subsides until we stop and then it starts again. We have tried to ignore it hoping that if we didn't reward him for it by giving him the attention he would stop, but it doesn't seem to help any. Do you think there could be something wrong with him or is he just bored and seeking something more than just attention?
    Thanks so much!!


      Francis, how much of the Puppy Training Essentials (see above) have you applied yet?
      Based on your notes, I am sure you left sth out - what?

      > we have been unsuccessful in breaking him of the habit of jumping on other people
      What have you tried?

      Your notes leave me unsure if you are your dog's accepted Pack leader yet, what do you feel?
      However, there is no doubt that your dog suffers severe Separation Anxiety. And not just when you leave house!

      After applying the Training Essentials for a week, both problems should subside. However, if not, let me know. Later you will get comprehensive Periodicals on Stop jumping and Separation Anxiety anyway.

      All what you are asking is also dealt with in the Complete House Training Guide (not yet visible on the left, I had no time).


    This is the first time I have seen and read through the Puppy Training Essentials, I can see several things we have been doing wrong and no I do not think either me nor my husband have been accepted as the pack leader. As far as trying to break him of jumping, we were given the advice to lift a knee into his chest to push him down when he jumps to teach him not to, but unfortunately that isn't possible with strangers or smaller children. Our GSD is rarely left alone and goes to work with my husband everyday and he was having difficulties controlling him from jumping on people so he was given a shock collar to try to correct the behavior. This too was unsuccessful mainly because we couldn't stomach the thought of using it on him. I am going to try to do some clicker training with him and see if that helps and also try to start working with him on a leash. Seeing as how he is hardly ever left alone do you know what could be causing his separation anxiety? After today and reading your advice we are definitely going to start incorporating the Training Essentials. Thank you for your help.


      OMG Francis! I am glad you came here now! What grotesk advice have you been given, "lift the knee against the dog", "shock collar"?!? How ancient!
      For a fraction of the cost of the shock collar you could have gotten the Complete House Training Guide, which I told you about. Everything is in there that you need! And: You would save the relationship - which a shock collar ruins! And using a knee against the dog won't exactly help the relationship building either.
      I suggest once you've successfully applied what we teach here, go back to those "dog trainers" and tell them how bad their advice was. Maybe they learn sth from it!?


    Could you give me a link to the Adult Dog Training Essentials you mention in one of your replies above? I've subscribed to your periodical but quite frankly there is so much information everywhere its a bit difficult to know where to start and which book would be best for a potential new GSD owner. We are learning while we are looking. Thanks.


      Hi Brian, no I mention the Puppy Training Essentials. The link is somewhere above here on this page. You'd get them in a few weeks anyway (so you have a break then when you study it now ;-)

      >there is so much information everywhere its a bit difficult to know where to start
      True, but on our site it's all structured: It comes per weekly Periodical, easy. :-)

      >We are learning while we are looking
      Aha! Okay, then you made a great choice Brian, subscribing BEFORE you get the GSD! This gives you time to get familiar with various aspects of a life with a German Shepherd dog. (ideally, one year ahead seems best ;-)

      Book? You are still looking for a dog? Nothing fits better than the Puppy 101 I'd say!

      Any problem with deciding over the dog, let me know (and once you have the dog, too)


    I just signed up and am excited about learning as much as I can about GSDs BEFORE I get my pup in a couple of months. I want to get smart as quickly as I can but have a couple questions.... Looks like I need to get Puppy 101, which I will do. Your House Training book looks great, but is it only available in Kindle format (I don't have a Kindle)? Also, how can I get the Puppy Training Essentials you've referred to?
    Congrats on your incredibly useful and informative website!


      Virgel, that was smart, to subscribe before you get a GSD! :-)
      Sadly, too few people do that.

      No, the House Training guide too is available in print, not just kindle (pl see on the left on every page). In addition, very soon (namely when it gets out of Amazon exclusivity contract), the House Training guide too will be available at Apple ibook store, B&N, WHSmith, *everywhere* - thanks to the international distributor Smashwords, see this page (where the Dog Training Toolkit is already linked as available on Smashwords).

      Besides, you DON'T need a kindle to read kindle books. I am repeating myself (and Amazon do too): On every book page you can download a free reading app for any device on the planet!

      The Training Essentials you will get at the right time ;-)


    I have a male German Shepherd he is about a year and a half he lives outside with my other dog who is a female lab/pit mix. I have them on chains because we have a four foot fence and neighbors that have dogs and four wheelers and dirt bikes. When all of this is going on it drives my dogs crazy. I am looking into getting a better fence so that I can let them run. What kind of fence would be good for my dogs? Also, my German Shepherd has this habit when I let my dogs run he likes to grab them by the back of the neck and slam them to the ground. Sometimes he shakes them like they were a toy and growls at them. What can I do?


      Anna: You may not appreciate my advice, but in your situation this is the best you will get:
      - UNchain the dogs today. If you need more to convince you:,
      Chains drive dogs MAD, they would drive me mad too, and you as well. Think about it. "Don't do onto others what you don't want to be done to yourself"//
      - See in the House Training Guide (on the left) how to safely transition outdoor kennel dogs to indoor dogs.
      - NONE of your "dog problems" will be resolved by a higher fence. Remember, most "dog problems" are human problems.


    I have just signed up for your newsletters. How often will we get them? Is there a section on your website that we can all those that are available or do we have to wait to receive them in our email?

    Thank you. I am really looking forward to learning from you.


      Hi Linda, we do not have "newsletters", you joined a Periodical, pl see again here: "What you can expect to get"
      and here (the page you are on)


    hi , i have a 3 year old GSD, she is really skinny and does nt like to eat the same thing for more than two days . i don t understand what i can give her on a regular basis and i can t afford meat every day ..and she is very fussy when it comes to food. She might eat raw egg today liking it , but the next day she would 'nt even get close to it!
    Is there a simple but rich diet i can provide for her


      Hi Thaniya. Well:

      - Her not liking today what she liked yesterday means one thing only: She merely shows you that she considers herself as Pack leader! Go ahead and download the Training Essentials document I linked further above (you'd normally get it a bit later, but hey, you need it now and I am generous anyway!)

      To be clear, once again: Do NOT give in (in this case). You literally seed a whole bunch of 'dog problems' (which really are human behavior problems!). Apply the Feeding Routine TO THE LETTER. It works MIRACLES on every dog!! It is the absolutely BEST dog training tool of all! And you really need to apply this urgently. ;-)

      - "not afford meat every day": It is a common misperception that domesticated dogs would need meat everyday. Our dogs are NOT carnivores, but omnivores. You will learn here over time that a LOT is wrong what you find elsewhere.

      - "Is there a simple but rich diet i can provide for her": No, there is no magic in food. But what you can/should do is: "Befriend" your local butcher, show him your GSD (or photos at least, yes really, helps a lot!), and tell him nicely what you just told me. I almost guarantee he will be happy to reserve some meat byproducts for you at very low (sometimes no) cost! - Many meat byproducts (particularly the supermarket) butchers would normally throw away (they can't sell them).

      It actually is the meat byproducts that are super-nutritious and healthy for dogs, not the filet-style pieces of meat!

      Mix half these and half (brown) rice - very cheap as well! You could feed this meal everyday, however your dog will welcome a bit of variety, no question! Add a different type of veg and fruit everyday - voila! Supreme dog cuisine a la carte! :-)

      This may well be the magic you were looking for: It is the cheapest way (and exceptionally healthy) to feed a German Shepherd - who respond extremely well to this diet!

      PS: Don't forget: Don't give in to her signals of Pack leadership!!


    Hello Mr.Carter ,
    thanku soo much for your advise . i will try my best to befriend the butcher . But i still don t see the training essentials document


    Hey Tim,

    I was wondering if you can help me out with my GsD puppy. He is approaching 4 months old and has been "chasing his tail" the last few weeks. He has all of the interesting toys you suggest in the puppy guide and I rotate them so he won't get bored. I am not sure if it really is boredom because he pounces on it in the midst of playing fetch or other activities. I have never had a dog who chased his tail before, so I'm not sure what to do or change if I'm doing something wrong. Some people have told me he will grow out of it or think better of continuing once he gets a good bite on it. I just don't want him doing it in the house when he is 80 lbs and can more easily knock things over.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


      Hi Angela, sure!
      >I have never had a dog who chased his tail before, so I’m not sure what to do or change if I’m doing something wrong.

      You aren't doing anything wrong Angela, it's not your fault. Tail chasing like your pup does (more than when it itches, ie obsessive) is a hereditary fault in the genes.

      Where did you get Bosco, from a 'backyard breeder'? If from a 'professional breeder', then that breeder MUST have known that the dam or sire shouldn't have been bred at all! Conversely, a backyard breeder wouldn't be guilty, as they can't know the history of the mating partner (they get them literally "from the street").

      Now, what can you do?
      1. Make sure that you can rule out underlying health issues (worms, allergies, infections, an neurological disorders), speak to the vet.
      2. Don’t cry over spilt milk, it won't help either of you.
      3. Do tell the breeder in harsh words, it will help others.
      4. Alter Bosco immediately, it's late for him already anyway.

      Is obsessive tail chasing curable?
      No. HOWEVER: You can limit the impact it has on your dog's life (and on your own!).

      Why? How?
      1. Because every compulsive behavior is triggered by stress. Thus, remove the stress. Both, stressful situations (analyze when your dog does it!) and the overall stress level that your dog is experiencing in its Pack (see the Prime Secret about dogs).

      2. Feed Bosco a natural balanced diet, NOT kibble/processed food. Why? Because all processed is by definition not balanced (plus most processed food is full of artificial fillers). If you balance out everything in your dog's life (incl food) then the nerves will not transmit extreme impulses (one of which is tail-chasing).

      3. Provide the most exercise to your dog you can. Anytime you have a free minute, 'exhaust' your GSD. Ideally outdoors, but no one can do that. For indoor exercise use sth like the Tail Teaser (sorry for the pun).

      4. Avoid excessive chewing (providing chew toys too often), as the mental stimulus for chewing also triggers the stimulus for tail chasing. Play, and toys like puzzle games, are much better - but they require that you have time.

      5. When you don't have time, avoid your dog's boredom and stress with whatever you identify to do that (eg calming music like you learn with Through a dog's ear, Thundershirt, or Varsity Ball).

      If you do any or all of this, going forward Bosco will rarely chase it's tail.


    I have read your "Puppy Development Guide" from cover to cover. Great information and approach! My question relates to our now 8 month old GSD, Jack. We got him at 5 months mucked it up for 2 months, hired a dog trainer for a month and found you. I can see how starting these techniques at 3 months would raise a perfect dog. Can using these techniques now modify his behavior successfully? We also have been avoiding having people come over due to his barking and lunging. Is there anything we can do to train him not to? Next question relates to cats. We have 2 cats. One established his status the first day-by just walking away! The other is aggressive and behaves in a way to wind Jack up! Any suggestions about what to do with the cat? He has a sweet playful side and I think we are quite close to having a good relationship. btw. somedays we struggle and then the next day he is the best behaved dog ever. Does this mean that on the days of struggle I may have done something right so that he thinks I am pack leader for a day?


      Hi Leslie, yes they will definitely help. Indeed, since you have the Puppy 101 anyway, I'd urge you to apply it asap to avoid problems! At 8 months, without comprehensive socialization yet, Jack is in adolescence - a difficult time for him! And for you, yes.

      However, since he's already 8 months, if it was me getting him, I would now immediately use lots of Behavior Training elements. If at his age and current behavior you were to focus on Obedience Training, you'd create a disaster (it really is similar to adolescent children: to get what you want, don't force them, lead by example).

      I am surprised you haven't started applying the Puppy 101 straight away. I would have, because barking and lunging is dealt with as well. Based on what you write, in JACK's view, no one is the accepted Pack leader at the moment. This creates enormous stress for the poor dog. The cats' behavior further exacerbates his stress (he wasn't introduced the right way, now he suffers probably a lot, given what you write).

      >Does this mean that on the days of struggle I may have done something right so that he thinks I am pack leader for a day?
      No, I wouldn't struggle, really. Rather become the accepted Pack leader as explained in the book. That's the only way to develop a great relationship with a domesticated dog.

      After a week of applying it, let me know how it goes, okay?


    My GSD, Matt, is 6 months old now. and for the last few weeks, he seems to have a tantrum at about 6 pm every night. He runs violently through the house, over furniture, and is not controllable. He usually ends up abruptly stopping, lying down and calms down. He either just rests, or goes to sleep. Through the most part of the day, he seems to be fine and calm. Occasionally he does this in the middle of the day also, but not too often. I live in Wisconsin and with the ice and cold temperatures, it's hard to give him long walks to burn energy, but I take him on at least two 30 minutes walks around the neighborhood. He has had three treatments for Giardia and just completed the last dose last week, and is now being medicated for Coccilia. (don't know how to spell it, so hopefully close enough) During these "spells", he nips at me when I try the freeze collar method, so I have to herd him to the sun room to isolate him. After 15 or 20 minutes in the sun room, he then calms down and goes to his bed and rests. I just recently purchased your house training, and puppy training books and find them very helpful. I wonder if the medication for these parasites aren't affecting him and causing these outbursts. I am at my wits end as to the cause, and my wife is afraid of his nipping and biting when I try to calm him down.
    I have seriously thought about returning him to the shelter, as we are afraid he will lose control and seriously bite one of us, but I know they would put him down, and could not live with that on my mind.
    Hope you can shed some light as to how I should handle him. I have been reading your books and applying the methods as best I can for the last few days, and hope I can have the dog I wanted when I adopted him from the rescue center. He is a shepherd mix. Don't know what the mix is though. I have been using a puppy training method, through other books I have purchased, using treats, and he has learned the basic commands, like sit, lay leave it, etc, but does not recognize me as a solid pack leader, and I feel that your program seems to be the best logic to me.

    Thank you


      Okay Pat, let's break this down:
      - GSD mix named Matt, male, 6m old thus adolescent puppy, neutered?
      - was on Giardia treatment, which?
      It may have been nitazoxanide or furazolidone or (probably) an antibiotic? Note that medications to treat Giardiasis may interact strongly not only with other medicaments but with foods too, yes unfortunately! :-(
      Also, these medicaments often cause severe stomach pain and/or headache. I suspect that Matt is in severe pain when you feel he has a 'tantrum'.

      - is now on Coccidia treatment, which?
      Unfortunately, these treatments cause similar problems to the ones just mentioned.

      When do you feed him, and what? No need to answer, but think for yourself: Could the 'tantrums' be related time-wise? I bet they are. Possibly even food-triggered. During such severe medical ventures I'd always feed the most GI-gentle diet (cooked lamb with brown rice), when everything cleared up you can return to feed what you 'want' (what he digests well).

      Another necessary consideration is: Was he independently diagnosed, are the treatments necessary? Don't laugh, I know of too many cases where 100% unnecessary medications have been prescribed over YEARS.

      I am asking because both diseases result from lack of hygiene (most likely infected water, but infected soil possible too). Hence crucial is to ensure Matt has no access to such.

      No, don't return him to the shelter! It will work out nicely, stay calm. Speaking of calm: When you perform the Collar Freeze, you must be calm yourself.
      When I hear he tries to nip you, it's obvious: 1) You are not the accepted Pack leader (even in severe pain a dog will not nip its accepted Pack leader - but may nip any other person, yes), and 2) You are not calm (when the dog has learned from earlier times that the Collar Freeze calms him down (dogs love to be calm!) he will appreciate it when you do it (yes!), even if he's in severe pain - because stress increases the pain, he doesn't want that at all).
      Again: The Collar Freeze never causes nipping - where it does, it's done wrong, for sure.

      Note that I am not criticizing anything you do (why would I?!), I am merely trying to pinpoint your attention to where I think it's helpful to be, okay? I know from the past that some people misunderstand my attempt to HELP as being "rude" or such thing. I am never. Maybe I just don't communicate as well as those who claim that...

      Finally, regarding the prior use of treats: Your observation is 100% right: It does help dogs to learn basic commands (of course, why wouldn't it, most dogs LOVE foods :-), but you also say: "but does not recognize me as a solid pack leader" - yes, that's correct too: Food treats never allow the owner or handler (or trainer!) to become the solid pack leader (accepted Pack leader), I haven't seen a single case where a dog accepted the owner or handler or trainer based on foods. I'd almost say "sorry" (because I know how many people love to give their dog food treats...). Sadly, it doesn't work. Dogs are not machines that could be fooled so easily...


    Good day Tim,
    I appreciate your response more than you could imagine. I so much want to have Matt be my companion as I am retired and need a friend.
    As I stated, after reading your books on Puppy 101, and house training a GSD, (not finished with them yet), I see a whole new understanding of dogs and how to live with them. The previous books from another trainer, (psycoligist) was not working and confusing to me.
    Matt was neutered when I adopted him, He came from Alabama and I was told that Giradia was common in dogs from the south. I adopted him Dec 26th, and man he has grown since then. Looks very healthy.
    I feed him 3 cups of Fromms dog food a day and break it down to 1 cup, three times daily on a pretty firm schedule. 8am, 12:30 pm and 6pm, and occasionally some can food just for a change. I supplement some carrots, bannanas, or maybe a tablespoon of dog peanut butter in his Kong. Very few treats now and hide them in his blanket so he can find them. I am using your advice in you books as much to the letter as possible. My first pup, so this is all new to me, and yes, I have been stressed out about all this and he feels it for sure. But I would never take him back to the shelter. We are going to be the best of friends, no matter what it takes.
    The meds he was on for the giardia was 250 mg tablets of Metronidazole, and Panacur powder once a day. (Dosage?) 5 days on the Panacur, and 2 tabs daily for 7 days on the tablets. After these meds ran out, I then started him on Albon for 10 days, which his last dosage will be tomorrow. it was 1.5, 250mg tabs a day
    Last night, after writing you, I had a sense the out of control running in the house was due to pain. He was scratching around this ears and whinning. I looked in his ears, but didn't see anything wrong, like inflammation or wax. They looked clean, I then started wondering what all these meds were actually doing to him. I argued with the vet about this being the third treatment for giardia, and was not working, and asked about necci free herbal meds, or even garlic, or some of the herbal treatments I read about on line, and, of course, she recommended I stay away from them.
    His home is in the house, or for relief, I take him to the back yard. I pick up his feces as fast as it hits the ground. It starts out firm and solid in the am, and progressively gets softer and by bed time, it's runny.
    Last thing, You could not offend me or me take whatever you say or advise as being rude. Just so we're clear there. Tell me my mistakes and I will follow your advice to the letter.
    Thank you so much for helping me make Matts life better.


    By the way, I do think that his hyper energy, and times when he is unruly and disobedient seems to be after meals. Will watch closer to his behavior before the after meals. I will also put him on the lamb and rice for a while. Should I introduce this a little at a time, or just switch him over all at once?
    Thanks again,


      Pat, given his pain, as an exception I'd introduce the new diet ad hoc (this diet cannot do harm, unless the antibiotics have already destroyed his GI tract).
      I am not surprised that the vet doesn't want you to leave those meds on her desk (from vets they are pricey, but on Amazon Panacur is cheap). As you can see on our remedies page, we gave Panacur a "green flag", meaning it is okay to give. "Okay to give" means: Benefits typically outweigh the risks (but it does not mean it's harmless).

      I'd give LOTS of water with the Fromms and medicine, and leave the can food (can food is the worst, for manufacturing reasons, you'll learn more later). Fromm: Looks posh, but I can't see the ingredients? Can you shoot a photo? Or look for yourself: Are ALL ingredients natural? Apparent imbalances to what? Shelf-life how long? (the longer, the more artificial preservatives, do not need to be mentioned).

      The Metronidazole will ruin his GI tract (has?) - I'd not given that.
      On the third treatment?? Why? Has he been tested positive between them? Are symptoms noticeable? Were they ever?
      The thing is this: I don't know how common Giardiasis is in Alabama/the South, but if it is truly common like they tell you, it may well be that the dogs in Alabama/the South have built up some resistance, no? Look at some local sources there, what they say.
      Because, the next thing is this: The more medicaments you give, the weaker overall will become his immune system (it will already be weaker now).
      There are certain diseases that can't be healed with healthy diet, exercise, and stressless lifestyle, yes, but there are many more that can - if we just let the immune system do its work (instead of ruining it).
      Personally, before I'd subject my dog to a lengthy therapy like that, I'd get a second opinion (but that costs extra, I know).

      The rest you do sounds perfect. You're good on your way!


    Hi tim, have only been a member 1 week but just want to say thankyou, we have a 3 month old pup Sally and whilst we did months of research before we bought her I wish we came across your site a whole lot earlier as it would have made certain things a whole lot easier to understand! Every aspect and question I could ever imagine Having is answered (quite frustrating reading comments when the answers are right here!) every night we jump into bed and read another section together! Then have more patience and persistence with Sally, because we have more of an understanding of why she's doing things etc... So sorry for the novel but thankyou so much were very appreciative for what you do :)


    The following are the ingredients copied from a review website. Supposed to be rated as one of the better foods for dogs. ...??

    By damaging his GI tract, could it be permanent damage, or will he, over time recover again and heal?
    The shelter recommended I have him tested for giardia two weeks after in took him home. First test showed negative, then about 3 weeks later, when he was getting his innoculations, the vet had his feces tested again, and he showed postitve, and again after that. Three treatments with very little time between.
    I agree with the 2nd opinion, and money is a concern, but not an obstacle for the health of my dog. I intend on having him checked again, but with a different vet.
    He always has an open bowl of water, and cleaned and changed twice daily. Always has access to fresh water. (filtered water in fact)
    Hopefully not over reacting, but I feel I am done with his meds, including the albon tabs tomorrow. I will start with his new, temporary diet immediately, ( cooked lamb and brown rice) Is there any particular kind of brown rice? Like arsenic free, or something of that nature?
    Again, I think you for your help with this. I feel somewhat comfortable, as I have had similar thoughts about this treatment he is undergoing, but did not know where to turn for advice and/or help.
    I have not had the opportunity yet to see and interact with my dog yet when he was free of medication. Am looking forward to it.
    Thanks again Tim,

    Ingredients: Duck, duck meal, pearled barley, sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, white rice, whole dried egg, millet, dried tomato pomace, safflower oil, Wisconsin cheese, flaxseed, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, green beans, chicken cartilage, potassium chloride, cranberries, blueberries, salt, monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, chicory root extract, alfalfa sprouts, Yucca schidigera extract, sodium selenite, folic acid, taurine, parsley, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous sulfate, magnesium sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, sorbic acid (preservative), ferrous proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

    Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%


      Hi Pat, so then yes, I'd definitely swap to the GSD diet for a week (or more). Will calm things down (as much as possible through food).
      Antibiotic GI tract damage is permanent, yes. It's because oral antibiotics impair the lining of the intestinal wall (for humans too), and this can't be replaced (certainly not without surgery, and I am not sure I've read of such surgery, but things develop all the time).

      Before any next round of medicine, I'd get Matt tested. You can combine it with a titer test for the relevant vaccinations, then you know which ones he won't need (any vaccination would negatively affect the immune system further, thus what you can avoid, you better avoid, he's had enough damage done for a life now). If you have the Puppy 101 edition 10 you have the newest vaccination info, pl see there.

      I'd mix one garlic clove per kilogram of lamb and rice into the food (evenly), helps cleaning the GI. Wait, with him being affected, better start with half. Increase when taken on well. Give NO milk for now. Every other day I'd add some brussels sprouts (for same reason), plus, gives him some variety. :-)

      Okay that's done. Now focus on Feeding Routine, and Attention-Seeking. Not too much exercise yet. Let him recover.
      Best of luck/care!


    Thank you so much for your time and advice. I will let you know how he's doing after his next vet visit in a couple weeks. a little relaxation, dieting, and healing first.
    Again, thanks and I am so glad I found your site.



    Hi tim,I just signed up for your periodical and am looking forward to reading them.Ihave had 3GSD'S and just love them.Wouldn't have any other dog.What i wanted to know is, I am looking into getting a 1year old GSD and was wondering if it harder to 0bedience it train than a puppy.I always had puppies and trained them but never an older dog. Thanks!


      Hi Gaet,
      >What i wanted to know is, I am looking into getting a 1year old GSD and was wondering if it harder to 0bedience it train than a puppy.I always had puppies and trained them but never an older dog. Thanks!

      A 1yr old dog shouldn't need Obedience Training anymore, only Behavior Training (you'll learn about the difference later). Training a 1yr old dog is easier than a puppy, don't worry. I find even problematic shelter adult dogs train easier than a puppy. If you have the chance to adopt a shelter dog, by all means, go ahead! If you then face a problem, let me know.


    Hello. I have an 8 month old Black German Shepherd. She heels very well on a harness, doesn't pull unless she sees other dogs or people. Not all dogs and people, but most encounters. I always walk to the other side a street when I see someone on the same side to give distance. This still doesn't work. She jumps, pulls, and barks incessantly until they pass.

    At that point I am usually stopped and am holding her on a tight leash just trying to get through the terrible moment. She is very strong and 65 pounds and still growing. This is an impossible situation as she gets stronger.

    What can I do to work on this behavior?

    Thank you.


      Alisa, pl download the New Puppy Checklist for free from Smashwords, or the New Dog Checklist, both will help. Look for the Collar Freeze, that's what you will do. Plus turning around, and staying totally calm yourself - because dogs are energy recipients.

      If you are looking for ALL dog training tools, they are in the Dog Training Toolkit (obviously not free, and not suitable for beginners, it's the master class of dog training).


    e have 2 other dogs in the house, one male and one female. The female is an older border collie and can't get around as easily. Cali has attacked her on several occasions without any provocation on Queenie's part. The intensity has gotten 10 times worse in the past week. This morning Queenie got hurt during the attack. We have kenneled Cali during the day when we go to work but she has figured out a way to get out of her crate - every single time. When we aren't here, I don't think she bothers Queenie but when we're here, we can't leave them alone. I am so afraid I'm going to come home to a dead dog (Queenie!). Please help!


    Jan Kaiser


      I had to read it several times, if correct, Cali is a female GSD.
      > When we aren’t here, I don’t think she bothers Queenie
      What makes you think so?

      I fear the contrary! You are late to take action: Pl read my prior reply above to Alisa, and do the same. The books are free, so no excuse.

      But in addition to the Collar Freeze, you will need to focus foremost on our Feeding Routine, yes!
      2nd, on ignoring Attention-Seeking.
      3rd, when she shows the slightest sign of aggression, do the Collar Freeze, once. If unsuccessful when you are calm (you must be!) and held her for two minutes, then lead her into Isolation. For as long as it takes, and the way I described in all my books.

      For you particularly important: When you let her out of Isolation, ignore her for at least another HOUR. Then call her, and only if she comes immediately when called, act normally (nice). If not, ignore her even when she comes later.

      Remember: Feeding Routine. EVERY meal, for you. And the way I described - or if you prefer watching over reading, the way Dan shows.

      Note that her aggression is not her fault. I am not saying it is your fault, instead it is the wayyyy too common result of inadequate dog training literature (of likely incompetent dog trainers) who taught you wrong how to behave with dogs. :-(

      Eg you should have been told that kenneling a dog during your work day is one of the worst things you can do to a domesticated dog. If you don't believe me, get Q&A 3 and read my reply to the owner's question: "Is leaving our pup in a cage while we are at work wrong?"...

      If you do the above, she will normalize, I am confident, yes. However, if you don't, then my experience from other cases tells me: We have another shelter dog! And because of her current aggression, she would end up in a high-kill kennel. So, pl take the right action now, see above.


    Tim, I just subscribed to your periodical a few days ago. My question is , if the 7 years to 1 year is a myth in determining the GSD age. Can you tell me how to figure out my Caspers age. He will be 10 years old on Nov. 11 of this year. Any info you have will be greatly appreciated. I'm so happy to have found your web site as I was doing research for the dreaded D.M. Disease. Degenerative Myelopathy. The info you have is giving my family so much hope that we will have Casper around for a few more years, instead of putting him down. Keep up the great work you are doing for all GSD owners around the world. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts......... Tarevio (Toby) Dominguez III and family.


    Do you guys have anything on GSD herding?


    Our 11 week old female German Shepherd puppy eats her poop. After taking GNC Ultra Mega "Stool-No!" for 3 days, she still wants to eat her poop. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you.


      First, hello Bleu! I fully understand that your only thought is: "I've got a dog problem and need a solution!", yes sure.
      My second thought though is: Who will find my reply here on this totally irrelevant page?
      No one but you (maybe you, if you come back here). So here's the answer.

      Note that eating own feces and other animals' feces, and even human feces, is 'pretty' normal behavior for many dogs when they get a chance (coprophagia) - although we don't exactly find it 'pretty', ha!
      Is it this that you tried?

      Then please note that deterrent remedies like dietary supplements are always a trial & error approach, because they depend on the individual dog. Plus, if at all, they may cure the symptom (here poop-eating), but they cannot cure the cause. Hence why relief remedies are always much better.

      More where your question belongs.


    Hey there,
    I recently subscribed to the periodicals and I have been receiving the emails but I am a little confused. The periodical topic was how to build and retain the best relationship with your dog but I don't see anything pertaining to the topic. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place, please let me know, thanks.


      On the subscribe page it says: What you can expect to get: A weekly email with a LINK to a members-only area of MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG.

      At the top of this page it says: Introduction to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL

      At the end of this page it says: Now, in three days we will start with the real content: ==> In our first edition: Where German Shepherds and Children are alike!? < ==

      // Nothing is left unclear here //


    Hi Tim,

    I just signed up a couple days ago to your website as I was looking for some data on my GSD. Well, not exactly mine and it looks will not be mine for a long time either. I work at an organization where she is a guard dog. She was a trained police dog, then a guard dog with a family that very much neglected her. Fast forward to our organization. When she arrived short time before I did, she did not even know what meat was. Was on kibble her whole life. She was very skinny, very downtone, couldn't be bothered with humans at all. I never even had a dog before her, and I was unprepared, but started to flow love to her. And changed her kibble, slowly, to raw food. We just love each other and she is so smart that she totally adapted to my soft touch, ie probabaly very bad leadership. However, her body is not doing well. Her entire digestive track is deteriorated, itching a lot. I moved back to cooked beef as she seems to handle cooked food better. Gets digestive enzymes, kefir grains, alfalfa, etc. and I am gently detoxing her as her body is rather weak. In the last few months her stamina has deteriorated. She does look better, she enjoys going outside, her coat is gorgeously lush. But she is still itching a lot, she is exhausted by it, and frequently in discomfort or in pain. A few days ago her hind legs collapsed under her, so like a new dog owner, I went on the net and found out that most likely she has DM. Earlier the vet told us that she probably had hip dysplasia or arthritis, so it made sense to me. I have been crying on and off for a couple days and will not stop her treatments and trying to handle the inflammation in her body and just make her days as enjoyable as possible. But I think that she will be ready to go soon, especially because she already has discomfort from the high level of toxicity and degeneration. I have learned a lot in these few months, I love her very much and wish I met her earlier. I am very much natural-treatment bent and myself got out of an auto-immune desease before. I know what it takes to do it and it is a lot of knowledge and work and a lot of ups and downs, and I also know the limitations and I think that I am late to get her body recovered. I am trying to get myself to the point where I can let her go when she wants it.
    I got so much from her, I never thought a dog can give you this. She is the other half of my heart and I am very grateful for her. I normally don't write this much - or at all, but I see you have the respect and love for this magnificent breed and would understand my ramblings.
    ML, Bea


      Hi Bea, yes I do, and it's just sad that the prior owners were that negligent! How old is she now? Pl see on our site that DM, HD, Arthritis, and Gastrointestinal upsets are very different diseases and challenges. Based on what you write it is impossible to diagnose her issue(s). But I wouldn't be easily giving up on her, certainly not if she's younger than 10yrs, regardless how hard her prior life was. Because I've seen old, ill and weak GSDs happily jumping around again when given the right treatment and care.

      You mentioned the words treatment and toxicity - which worries me. But then you mentioned you are natural treatment bent - which gives me relief. And certainly your dog too! :-)


    I am enjoying your comments immensely. Bea's situation is like mine. My lovely GSD is blond and beautiful--has arthritis. One person told me to put her down. I love this dog like a family member. I have cried and cried. We changed vets, who took her off so much meds. She was on many steroids by one vet. At my friend's request, I took her to another vet. He removed all those steroids and kept her on denosyl and doxycyline until it was all used. She's on Rimadyl and some MSM. She endured more bloodwork, which all came back negative. Just those back legs. Therefore, I walk her, a friend made a covered ramp, which she goes up/down for her eliminations. At this point, I will not get another dog, I love this smart one who has had much socialization, obedience training (Cum Laude), and private training.

    I just happen to come across your website, and I couldn't be happier.

    Many thanks :)


    Hello Tim,
    I wasn't able to finish my sign in information regarding Abby's measurments. I was wondering how I can complete this information as I have already submitted for the periodicals.
    After reading and learning the proper way to measure my girls, my husband and I did it last night and I would really like to add the information. Should I delete my information and start over? Or is there an "edit profile" option?
    Also, I have another GSD that I wasn't able to add to the sign up. Her name is Ava and she will be 3 in August, she is new to our family and more so the reason I'm here.
    I am looking forward to your periodicals and am confident I can help learn more about my girls by helping myself to understand there behaviors better.
    As I said previously, Ava is new to our family and came with a few problems we weren't aware of, that I am determined to help her with. The girls (Abby 5, Ava 3), as we call them, get along great. Playing together, swimming together, eating together.
    The trouble is with Ave and men... she becomes very agitated and then aggressive towards them. She has never showed any aggression towards my husband.
    My observations have brought me to this conclusion.. She doesn't like soft spoken, slow moving men. Expesically if they make eye contact and talk directly to her. She begins to pace, then barks a few times.. then, charges them. I have stopped her twice in mid-charge by luck! First time with my body (as she shocked me) second time verbally called her name and it seem to break her train of thought, giving me time to get to her. I am determined to help her. I believe she becomes fearful.
    She has been apart of our family for 7 months and has been a wonderful dog in every other way.
    (both men have visited our home after these confrontations and she no longer seems fearful of them.)
    As long as she can meet them on her time she does fine but, if they try to initiate the hello it doesnt turn out well.
    Again, looking very forward to your website and periodicals! I can use all the help I can get. I don't want anyone to be affraid. Our guests nor my Ava...
    Do you think she may be affraid or would you need more information to decide? Thank you for any comment you may have for me.
    Have a great day!


      Kim, under every email there will be a link saying sth like "Update subscription preferences". Click that to change anything you want, thanks.
      Re/ Ava, I have to be fair to our (few) paying site members who have booked the Interview Series, and I'm afraid that will take up all my time till the end of the year, apart from preparing the Periodicals you booked. One quick note though: Fear aggression - desensitize - men must ignore - she must make first approach - Q&A 1 could be ideal.


    Hi Tim,

    I recently adopted a GSD from a local shelter, Ruger, and had some basic questions to ask. He is our first GSD and since we weren't looking for a specific breed when looking to adopt I admit we didn't do any advance reading. We have a 11 year old female Golden Retriever named Abby, and she was also a shelter adoption at age 5; they get along just fine so no issues there. My question is about the Periodicals, I know they will come in order and seem to start with Puppy 101. Should I try applying any of the techniques in the Puppy section to him or wait until another periodical which deals with older dogs? We're unsure of his training history so have enrolled in a local training basics course just to cover our bases. He's been fabulous so far, gained back lost weight from poor food (he weighed a mere 82 pounds when we adopted him!), and gotten his spark back in the month we've had him; running and playing and just acting like a dog should instead of laying on his bed looking depressed. He obeys 'sit' or 'come' when given verbal commands and stays within about 30-40 feet of us when off leash and just running about the property. Even when we just turn our backs and walk away! Our only real concern with him, which we hope the periodicals will address is his desire to chase our cat outside. He's fine with her inside, cuddles up with her on his bed or ignores her...but if outside in the yard together he will chase her if she starts to walk away. He doesn't seem to want to hurt her, but we'd love some advice on how to prevent the behavior before it becomes a large issue. So far we've just been making sure they aren't outside at the same time.


      Thanks so much for adopting a shelter GSD, Raquel!

      No, the Periodicals don't start with puppy stuff:
      1) GSD top toys
      2) GSD psychology
      3) GSD health (basically a reminder or add-on to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual you received for free upon subscription)
      4) GSD top treats
      5) GSD communication secrets
      6) GSD traveling
      7) Dog training made super easy

      Specific puppy stuff? The first will be the GSD Puppy Training Essentials in week 11 (which was my first attempt at that, since then it is available as short book, Puppy Training In A Nutshell, which already is in its fifth edition).
      In the same week you can also download the Adult Dog Training Essentials (for which the same note as above applies, only it has already six editions).

      You asked ME, so: I personally would not enrol a dog (and certainly not a GSD, all the less a rescued GSD!) "in a local dog training class". Why, becomes exceedingly clear in the first Interview Review of the Interview Series, but that would be another matter (as it's not free).

      Cat chasing outdoors is a symptom, it's not the cause. You need to address the cause. The differences become very clear the more Periodicals you've seen.

      Continuing with free: Download the exceedingly insightful (really!), helpful and comprehensive New Dog Checklist and (because you have a rescue dog) New Puppy Checklist. Both are free but should really cost $100 so pinpointed helpful they are! :-)

      (Though, you might complain about the brevity then. It's not possible to make everyone happy with everything; hence why I have longer books too)


    My female GSD is 8 months old and was spayed about 2 weeks ago. We got her from a backyard breeder when she was 7 weeks old. She is showing signs of severe aggression and I am not sure how to handle her. She shows signs of aggression when we try to stop her from barking and when she wants to play. I am ready to get rid of her but we love her and want to train her. I live with my husband and 5 kids (age from 10-19) in our home and I am concerned she is going to hurt one of us. My 3 grandchildren (age 4, 2, 8 mo) come over quite often and I would hate it if something were to happen to them. She also barks quite often and the neighbors are getting angry with us. We try to take her for walks but she will only go to the corner (about 3 -4 houses away) and then wants to bolt back home. When we get back home she won’t come in the house. It seems like really odd behavior to me. What can we do? Where should we start? Is it possible to train her and calm her ourselves or should we seek help from a professional trainer/behaviorist?
    Your advise would be greatly appreciated.


      Thanks for your comment Julie, indeed it fits on this starter page, and your situation is severe (and oh so common!).
      Your questions at the end indicate that you still would like to change your situation - that's key!
      Rest assured, a GSD can be the best family dog you could imagine, for you two and the five kids and the three grandchildren.
      BUT you must start doing things right, and right now. At 8 months, these issues show that you've waited far too long (which is oh so common too!)

      > Where should we start?
      If I were you, I would take a day off and immerse in the Puppy Development Guide, because you need to change your entire dog training understanding to tackle your situation, and that's in there, but I found it nowhere else like that. Even if you get say Ian Dunbar's "After you get your puppy" (linked in some earlier comments), you'd only be scratching the surface. A crucial surface (socialization), yet only the surface. The issues you mention go so much deeper already.

      On the evening of that day (today?) you've immersed in the PDG, I would immediately start to regularly perform the described Feeding Routine - as this is the key to everything. It is the core technique to become the dog's accepted Pack leader. - Not to be confused with Cesar Millan's forced Pack leader concept, which is the completely wrong (and dangerous) approach!

      I wish we had here all in videos for you to see how to do things right. Until we have, following all my research I must say there is nothing better in the world than Dan Abdelnoor's videos. He is a professional Master dog trainer, but he charges for full access to his site only 1/24th of what the next quality trainer charges (I have a list of them). Meaning, the next top trainer with online access costs 24 times as much as Dan costs! Hence personally I would always go for Dan.

      So why don't I suggest my own Dog Expert Interview Reviews to you? Because they would stretch you too much at this time where you have urgent issues to deal with.

      Other than the above, it is frustrating to see that you arrived so late, our site existed long before you got your puppy, and I wrote in many places: "Ideal would be to consume our Periodicals for at least a year before you consider getting a GSD puppy."
      Yet I understand that you didn't know of MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG.


        Thank you Tim for your response. I just saw it yesterday. I am hoping to dig into your book Puppy Development Guide this weekend.
        Although, I had subscribed and began reading your periodicals, Puppy Checklist, Training essentials, and Dog Behavior & Owner Behavior Q&A. I have gained a lot of information so far. I also have implemented the Feeding Routine beginning last week. I have already seen a huge improvement in her behavior. But we still have A LOT of work to do. Coco has calmed down so much since instituting it. My problem now is that she won't eat. For the last two days she goes through the motions of being with me to get her food ready, sitting patiently while I eat and serve her food. Then when she's allowed to eat she smells it and walks away. We feed her Iams Puppy kibble. In the past I have occasionally mixed her food with cooked chicken or bacon grease and she usually will eat that. But I am trying to get her to eat without that. Is this wrong to mix food with her kibble? Is it causing her to not eat the kibble? How long can she go without eating her food?
        Is that covered in your Puppy Development Guide?
        I am learning so much, but sometimes feel like my brain is going to explode. I just don't know how to keep it all straight.
        I wish I had known about your site before we got the puppy. But like you said, No one told me.
        I will be sure to tell others I know about your site.

        Your advise, again, would be so much appreciated.


        Julie, just quickly:
        >Is that covered in your Puppy Development Guide? - Yes.
        >I am learning so much, but sometimes feel like my brain is going to explode. I just don’t know how to keep it all straight. - By doing one thing after the other, not mixing them while learning them!

        Same with the food: I'd bet that she walks away to demonstrate "I am still the Pack leader, regardless how you spoon that food into my bowl!!" - but I can't be sure, because you have mixed two approaches:
        - the Feeding Routine
        - and changing her meals!

        No, continue feeding her the same as before, but now with the Feeding Routine. If she's still walking away,... see above! ;-)


    Hi Tim,
    I’m really impressed by your advises and the knowledge shared. Further it is nice to see your ambition to keep all GSDs and their guardians happy. I believe that I can learn alot in the future and keep my Marsha happy (my wife, son -11 yrs and our daughter -9 yrs always love Marsha as one of our family member)

    Thank you Tim.


    Tim, you are obviously a very good man and a dedicated GSD lover! Good on you! I have paid express postage to get your books to me in Australia ASAP as I am frothing (excuse the pun :)) to find out more! I have taken your advice given so far and have noticed a change in my 2yr (adopted 2 weeks ago) GSD already. It's so easy to dote over your adorable dog but if you're not careful it'll hurt in the long run. I'll be sure to let you know how I go with Jemmas aggression towards other dogs both outside & in the home. I feel I have conquered the pack leader position but I need to fully read your books to ensure I carry it all out properly.
    I will also ensure I spread the word about your site as I find it sad that I know TWO friends who had to put down their GSDs due to aggression issues :( to think those dogs probably could've been saved ...
    I'll let you know how I go!
    Thanks again - you're a champion


    I am glad am one of your subscriber


    This is the only website I have joined about info for my 1.5 year old gsd boy Saxon. And I ha e only been on for 1 day and all I can say is the info is brilliant and I tried a few commands with Saxon yesterday and he can now speak on command and also stay and leave. Thank you so much and I can't wait for more info to come through :)


      You are most welcome Lisa :-) By now we have many years worth of Periodicals, most of which with content that I still can't find anywhere else on the internet (but is has been, and still is, a LOT of work :shock: )



    We just adopted a 7 week GSD. She only weighs 7 pounds but came from a litter of 13. Is this still within range? What can we do to ensure her successful development? I'd love to see your puppy training tips! She's a bit of a land shark, but improving quickly!!! Thanks for all you do!


      Mike, 7 wks is too early, she'll miss crucial litter socialization. But maybe the breeder noticed she's the disadvantaged at the milk bar, then better so. 13 is so massive that, without you telling it, I know you got her from a backyard breeder. Pl fill all her details in the database and comment frequently when you have no question, then a question once a while without being a member is okay. We are too big now to have time for everyone who doesn't understand reciprocity. To ensure her successful development you've hopefully already started to apply the New Puppy Checklist as it's free anyway now. Remember that the first 4 weeks are the most essential to get it right! :shock:


    Hi there, Tim. I´m a newbie, though I did a lot of reading on your site. I´m already subscribed to the periodicals, but I am eager to get some specific infos! Maybe you can direct me to a book to buy or perhaps some periodicals on the subject.

    My GSD is 6 months old, she´s been with my family since she was 2 - 3 weeks old. We were moving by the exact time and so she is, like my family, seeing our new house become a home. We are slowly building our and her things (crates, kanell, garden etc).

    There´s me, my wife (pregnant), two adolescents, and most important, a baby to come!! We are expecting him on the 12th of february.

    So, this is my main goal! Teaching Dilma (our GSD) to interact properly with a baby. I heard the GSDs are great with children, but I have some concerns, beyond biting, since it´s a powerful, heavy and fast animal.

    I have no hurry going through the periodicals on other issues, but this baby thing is a top priority!!!
    Can you direct me to something?

    Apart from that, Dilma is being fed two times a day (what is the best timing to feed them? Which hour and interval betweem feeding?) with dry PROPLAN, goes walking everyday (half an hour) and, 2-3 days a week, goes to a lake with me. I go with my bike, so she runs and swims. Already learned some basic commands through click training.

    Thank you very much for your work and if you ever consider translating some of your work to good old portuguese, drop me a line! :)



      Oi Rafael (that's my first word of Portuguese),
      your top priority, and your others, are solved here. May it serve you well - because you need it now, not in a year when you would get it. ;-)

      >if you ever consider translating some of your work to good old portuguese, drop me a line!
      I actually currently live in Portugal, and if you want to translate something drop me a line :-)

      Ate mais (this is almost all of my Portuguese, yet) :-(


    Hey, thanks for the fast answer. I´ll check it out now. I actually found the periodical with info about feeding. I´m worried cause, as long as Dilma is doing fine with ProPlan, it´s all genetically modified. It scares me. As soon as I can (will have to learn to cook healthy for the baby) I´ll make some changes in her diet.

    I have some cousins in Portugal.
    How can we talk about the translation?



      Homemade meals for the puppy (and adult dog alike) is really easy, like you cook for yourself. I have yet to upload the material for site members but I have already taken lots of photos and videos, and have lists of all the foods my pup was getting from the day I got him: all fresh, healthy homemade food, and the pup is blossoming, strong immune system, zero vaccinations. Like it should be.
      Those who haven't got the Dog Expert Interview Series, Intvw 4, will probably raise their eyebrows upon the last sentence. :cool:


    Just like to send a big thank you , I have been a regular viewer to your site long before getting Molly , she is now 20 weeks old and so glad I have finally signed up for your periodicals. Just ordered a couple of your books from Amazon and can't wait for them to arrive , do you have any recommended reading on feeding a raw diet , Molly is kibble fed 3 times per day at the moment.
    Thank you again , brilliant site
    Barbara (UK)


      Thank you Barbara, very kind. This is such an unrewarding role here that a thank-you from you is like $100! :-)

      Re/ your question: We are not in favor of feeding raw (we includes every interviewed top dog expert, and they explain why). Getting away from kibble is a great aim though, 1. health-wise, and 2. cost-wise as well (see my recent post Recurring cost for German Shepherd Dog), unless someone is feeding the cheapest kibble.
      Deleted: then all the more! Because the cheaper the kibble you feed (the worse), the higher the medical cost will be! We have tons of proof for that.

      My new puppy again is on homemade-only diet. My plan is to offer a product on that topic soon (making it easy for everyone to switch), but I can already say, feeding homemade is so much easier - and nicer - than people think! (those who feed kibble for convenience). My pup basically gets what I eat (few exceptions/changes), but as I am lazy/time-stressed, I cook twice a week and freeze it for three days each (don't have bigger pots/pans). Taking it out each day, into fridge, from there into microwave, medium, then finger-check that it's not too warm/hot (crucial, microwave heats different items to different temperatures!). Dog LOVES every meal. :-)
      And dog is in top health, was just at the vet, vet said with that food vet visits will be minimal. I said, I know. ;-)


    Hi Tim l just wanted to say thank you for such an informative and sensible site. I am only beginning to look into getting a GSD and was googling for information and of course found you. I read a few of your articles and your logic and reasoning struck a chord. When l found your article on feeding commercial food l just wanted to shout 'Yes!'. I previously owned a cat that l took off commercial food for all the reasons that you give and know the benefits of doing so (including cost). I am considering getting an adult rescue dog (not being inclined to encourage breeding when too many dogs are needlessly being euthanized ). However, l do not intend to do anything without being sure that l can handle, train and commit to all that is involved. I feel that you give a very balanced view and sensible advice. Thank you for the extraordinary amount of time you must put in to this site. It is so nice not to have flashing banners for commercial food and doggy 'treats'. I am truly looking forward to reading all of the periodicals and would really like to know which books you would recommend that l purchase first for information on choosing and training an adult rescue dog.
    I shall be thoroughly reading the free health care information that you sent today. I am sure that l will find good sensible advice here too. Thank you.


      Welcome Sally, and thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, it is an insane workload to uphold and further extend this site. Sadly very few people have a feeling/understanding for this. Realizing the difference between the copy-and-paste texts on other sites and actual research work here seems too much for most people. That copy-and-paste is typically wrong information, they don't notice at all.

      Now, pl be aware that it is a huge jump from cat ownership to GSD ownership. If you want an easy transition towards your first dog I could suggest a breed like French Bulldog. Can't guarantee it, but all the ones I know are immensely calm and cute at the same time. GSDs are only calm if very well exercised, and most would argue only cute as a puppy (while French Bulldogs always look like a puppy). As adult you could call them handsome. ;-)
      Certainly don't start with a Cocker Spaniel, Chihuahua or such breed - they are a handful as well, despite size. For active and confident owners though, a GSD can't be beaten.

      IF you choose a GSD, then definitely an adult rescue dog, yes. Is much easier (less stressful) than a GSD puppy. I currently have a young puppy for the first time, and he drives me nuts (but then, I am easily stressed myself, without him).

      Whether you get a puppy or a rescue dog, the Puppy 101 would serve very well, I am sure. Note that rescue dogs are initially in many ways like a puppy, because all is new - but they are not as stressful.


    Thank you for your very fast reply and helpful advice.
    The reason l am reading so hard is that l am only too aware of the jump from cat to dog and that GSD is one massive leap!
    Well, l am not really after cute and am an exercise nut myself so can happily and easily 'walk' (my pace is near jogging speed) a dog for two hours a day seven days a week, plus any other exercise they want. The exercise part l have no worries on. But l am very concerned as to whether l can handle and train a large dog. Also choosing a healthy one seems like it could be a minefield. (I am currently reading through your health care guide - wow! 85 pages! And once again it is excellent, sensible and well balanced.). But it is best to be informed first.
    I will look up puppy 101 and also do some research into the French Bulldog.
    I do appreciate you taking the time to reply and your advice. I will read very carefully everything l can find on here before making a final decision.
    Thank you again.


    Tim, new to the site and learning a lot already. One question. I just picked up Maxximus and he is younger than most. He is only 4 weeks old. I picked him up early because the mother was not interested in feeding 9 pups with sharp teeth. I went to the local vet and purchased puppy formula to mix with his kibble. The eating in no issue, however the biting and chewing is. I have tried the method of yelping, pinching the scruff of his neck and saying no. This seems to just aggravate him to a growling match. What should I do to curb this? Thanks for your info, lots to learn. Be well


      Welcome to the club of missed-litter-socialization-puppy owners, Joel! I was in your situation just 9 weeks ago, got a puppy that same age (no rescue GSDs available here), for same reason (which really is, owner doesn't want to have the workload with all the pups!), and same troubles. Unless you are luckier (likely), you could be facing similar despair to me. For another 8 weeks. It will take a lot of nerves/effort to make up for missed litter socialization. :-(

      My advice (ie you do what you want):
      Get him OFF the kibble immediately, get him OFF "puppy formula" immediately. Replace with homemade food only. Reason 1. Health, 2. Cost (see Recurring cost for German Shepherd Dog?).

      You might be very interested in "My New Puppy Diary" which is now offered to site members (ie not free Periodical subscribers, they are getting more than enough already // new membership options are planned, but got no time yet to implement). Extra benefit: The diary links to all relevant Periodicals as and when I describe the issues with "my new puppy" in the diary. So, it's more than a diary, it is direct access to ALL as I go along trying to solve my own pup's issues (health, behavior, care, training, incompetent vets!, etc).


    Looking forward to learn from this site.


    Two weeks before the new puppy comes home. I have loved all the information and I am pressing to read and learn all I can befor Czar gets here. I have printed the essentials 2 pages for all pack members to read and commit to memory. Along with pouring out info on all that I read, trying not to bog them down to much. I will train the humans along the way. ???? Thank you so much!!!!!


    Hi there, Tim!
    I just wanted to thank you, so: "THANK YOU!" for all those guides here... We will take home our future German Shepherd dog by the end of the week (he is a "found in the wild" rescued dog, about two years old or less...) and the things I'm going to read here would be so much of a help to all of our pack ( me, my boyfriend and a beast of a cat).. So yeah, 10x again and sorry for my english, it suc*s i know ... :) Greetings from Bulgaria, btw!


      Thank you Antonia, and your English is better than mine. Be confident. ;-)


    Thanks for the warm welcome Tim! Looking forward to be enlightened by these valuable periodicals!!


    Hello! Thanks for conducting this website! We just adopted our first GSD on Saturday an are very eager to read and learn about him. He is 4 years old and was a very well taken family dog. For some random reason, he bit one of the family members that was visiting (not that bad) and for that reason he was scheduled to put to sleep. He was an inside, crateless dog who only listed to his alfa leader; the man of the house. He bit the grown daughter (not a kid). Anyways, someone kind enough put the word out for the adoption and we called immediatly. He was with his owner at the vet to be put to sleep. We told him we would like to meet him and see if we could take care of him. We didnt think it was necesary to put him to sleep for just one random nip. We think it was a terretory issue. The story is his owner (the wife) has been sick in bed for the last two years. The dog would watch over her at the feet of her bed. The daughter came to visit and was bit in the mothers bedroom. Where he slept and watched over her. Anyhow, he is now home. We took the risk in order to let him live. We have never owned a GSD before but own other dogs, so we are not novice owners. We've been working on he adapting first in order to start training. Youre periodicals will be of huge help! Thanks so much!


      Interesting story. Welcome. And great that you showed the owner, how shall I say, that there is a smarter way to deal with it...

      As for the case: The daughter should have been established as accepted Pack leader too, since she certainly acted as leader when she visited (she ignored the dog's feelings).


        Yes, thats what we think. For a dog that never related with other dogs or kids he's been doing pretty well at home. Still not really eating much but he has established a nice bond with my husband and gets very excited when he arrives home from work. I am taking him on long walks and socializing him with the surroundings. I hope this will help him.


    So sorry if my comment has been addressed previously. I'm new to this site. The vet believes our 9 year old male has Dysfunctional Myleopathy. So far all indications are pointing to it. We are waiting for results of DNA test. I know the only absolute diagnosis is by autopsy. My question is why is there so little public knowledge about this horrible disease? Why is testing of sire and dam only optional and not mandatory? GSDS are certainly not the only breeds affected but they are one of the top breeds. It's heartbreaking to watch a loved dog go through this.


    We are 2 weeks away from collecting our puppy. I have ordered puppy 101 and am now scouring.
    In the suggested things we should have is a Kong extreme.
    Am I better off not buying puppy versions of these? (Book is ordered from US. I am in Australia)


      Welcome Michelle! How old is the pup going to be?

      I am asking because most likely I wouldn't bother with a puppy kong, and with Miguel, I didn't either. GSDs grow SO FAST, I'd find that waste of money. I can't remember now when I introduced the (adult) kong extreme to him (a VERY durable version that seems to last forever), but I reckon he was older than 10 weeks by then, and I guess any kong swamps a pup under say 8 weeks?
      Don't worry about the kong extreme being too hard for older puppy teeth: there isn't much teeth to use so small is the hole. It's all tongue work.


    She will be 8 weeks when we get her I believe.
    Thanks for the reply.
    Given that she is expensive herself, I want to ensure the things I get for her will last maximum time. ?


    Hi Tim,
    Thank you for all the great information you make available for your subscribers. You are truly a blessing!
    When I adopted my 3month old GS, Aleyna-Nani, a week ago she was thin. I am finishing up a bag of Nutra brand puppy kibble. I also cooked up some skinless, boneless chicken breasts that I shredded up for her, included some cooked beans in her food.
    My husband's full grown boxer is on Gentle Giants kibble. He was a rescue, we adopted a year ago. He has done well on that brand. I am open to learning a better feeding plan for my GS.


      Thank you Cherie. :-) "I am open to learning a better feeding plan for my GS." And for the boxer too, please: In the menu under CARE > DOG FOOD you'll find a LOT, but if you're short on time to learn the background to our food suggestions then maybe just look at these: Daily Dog Meal Suggestions (the start page to all of them).

      As I know all too well... boxers are prone to mouth cancer and other cancer, and so - regardless how "well" currently he seems to be doing on kibble - I would strongly suggest to give him real food, like the GSD too. ;-) Admittedly it's a big shift in life, to share real foods again with the dogs, like it was throughout history, but there's no way around that, given how wasteful toxic the heavily marketed industrial stuff is. And given that food determines ... health and survival, yes.

      I can add, you'll get used to sharing real foods: within a month or so it is second nature, we do it habitually then. :mrgreen:


    I only just subscribed so I have not received the periodical yet but I want to say thank you thank you thank you
    because I have been following along without subscribing (normally I do not subscribe anywhere, so it is) and so I already know that what you write and do and how tireless you help us dog owners is like, I would like to be looked after in heaven, yes.

    I am sure I will go to heaven (sure, yes) and you will anyway, and I tell you if there is an angel in heaven that cares just half as much for me as you do down here on earth I will be eternally happy there. I am sure I will meet you one day. Maybe we can meet our dogs there too. I mean think about it, that would be, well, heaven, right. It is great to have something to look forward to.

    I will be 85 in November. I have had 5 dogs (first a miniature pinscher then an alsatian/gsd everytime). I am too old now for that, but I learn here for my son who has - our sixth' you could say - gsd right now. And he is making many errors - in my view - how he trains and treats the dog - I would argue. But I do not argue with him directly (anymore), I only give some pointers, and he is very intelligent, my son, he understands right away what I point out (nicely). I found this way is much better. I see other mothers struggle with their children, all the way to old age. Has no benefit, I say. Children want to be treated with respect too. Like dogs really. Like dogs, right.

    Anyway I don't want to bother you with a long essay (we will make friends in heaven I am sure), I just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you, right. You are an angel on earth. People do not write that here, but I am sure many feel the same way. Good luck!

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