Jan 112014

We are currently planning and organizing my (Tim's) first World Concert Tour/ World Blog Tour 2014, and while doing so I got this cool idea that we can establish at MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG too. (I thought why give it to the world if we can give it to you too?)

(getting excited?? Good!! :-)

tatata!!! >> Beginning this month (January, and counting), you can win great prizes every month throughout the year 2014! Did I mention you can win something? Gosh!! Must be your lucky day.

Here are the T&C:

At the end of each month we will use the service of random.org to draw a ... random number (yep!) and the commenter with that number wins what we declared as the prize at the beginning of the month! (Every member's comment in every month has a system number from 1 to x (with x depending on how many comments there are), and every published comment/question/feedback/whatever on any page counts (Periodical or public), except spam of course (but that won't get published anyway, ha!). Any member/subscriber who has filled in the dog's details (under 'update subscription preferences') can win!

To comply with giveaway/contest laws, the lucky winner must agree to post a reply/"thank you" under the notification post (only a simple message, no personal details, unless you wish), so that we can prove that we actually hand out the declared prizes to a site member/subscriber (in case we get an inspection).


To start with, let's say the first prize is one of my own books, but then throughout the year you can win other items too - basically from wherever my blog tour leads me to, whatever they have to offer. Or alternatively an Amazon voucher if they have nothing great to offer. Can be anything really, but I'll make sure that it's something valuable to have for a dog lover/German Shepherd owner (it won't be a Porsche Cayenne though where you could transport your GSD in the back, sorry). Rather something I or the inviting blogger can afford to give away without going personally bankrupt, ha!

Repeat: Every month a prize, yes!! Plus, in addition a super prize at the end of the year 2014 for the best comment (this can't be random, it will be subjective). If the inviting partner is well off, we may sometimes even draw several prize winners - both monthly and at year end. Will see.

Now, for January (half gone) and February (starting soon) let's start this way: Since no one but you knows if you own one of my books already, the prize drawn at the end of this month (31 Jan midnight) shall be... one of my books at your choice (see on the left), yeah! This month an ebook (so that I can get used to the procedure, it's all new for me too, knees are wobbly).

So, you may be facing a dog problem and you post a question, and ... you get even rewarded for that!! What more could we wish for on this planet, hm?

Update: What do we do if the winner doesn't claim the prize within ONE WEEK? We will draw a new winner, shall we? Yes.

Questions? Comments? Please post below. Yep, this page counts as well, every page.

Thanks and good luck!!!


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    Is there an age when I might expect the "lightbulb" to go off with my GSD puppy's potty training..he is 13 weeks today and still not going to the door when he has to potty.


    This is exciting news for Sonny and I. And as always... I get excited every time I get my new weekly email updates! Thank you


    I am looking for a good girl to breed my GSD with. Moose has champion blood line both his mother and dad. Moose is a great looking GSD that loves kids, he is black and red. We live around Pittsburgh Pa.


    Hi Tim;

    My bi-color GSD is now 9.5 moths old, non-neutered. He is great with all people but appears to be aggressive with (some) other dogs (usually large). We are working to get him titled Schutzhund I (at least) so neutering is not an option. I saw your comment about neuticles but that would be purposely deceptive (a yellow card offence).

    What else can we do?

    Regards, Stuart


      Stuart, in this case I've often been struggling to get agreement with the dog owner. Here's why: I personally would not want to subject our dogs to a process of any kind (training, class, performance, test, championship,...) that is a) incanine/inhumane in my view, or b) harming the dog and/or our relationship more than my pride to participate in that "process"(!), or c) supporting/promoting a "process" that I would like to see changed before I would participate (or banned).

      The two most common problem areas in this regard are a) breeding, and b) titles/performances. Personally, I would never support a breeder who breeds "dogs" like these (ie I wouldn't buy them, I wouldn't recommend that breeder, I would totally ignore that breeder, and I would try to educate others why they better ignore that breeder too).

      Equally, personally I would never support a title/performance scheme that is a) incanine/inhumane in my view, or b) harming the dog and/or our relationship more than my pride to participate in that title/performance(!), or c) supporting/promoting "rules" that I would like to see changed before I would participate (or banned).

      In other words, I would not allow some daft functionaries to ruin my dog or our relationship(!) with their "rules" - that are not aimed at promoting healthy, well-behaved, and well-trained dogs, but at ... yes, what? The functionaries' or breeders' pride? Influence? "Sport"? Way to waste their lifetime, my lifetime, and my dog's for THEIR goals? What is it that attracts people to follow "rules" of others that are bad for themselves and their dog? I don't know. I don't live the functionary's life (or my neighbor's life), I live mine and my dog's.

      Some people seem to not mind to follow "rules" they can't agree with, when they start thinking about them. I do mind. And you know what: If just more people "stood up" to incanine/inhumane practices (incl. training, breeding, and titles), they wouldn't be offered that way, they would disappear. Certain trainers, breeders, and titles/performances ONLY exist if - while - and because they find enough dog owners who support them (even pay them!). MANY dog problems (health and behavior!) ONLY exist for this reason.

      You asked me. And as said, in this case I've often been struggling to get agreement with the dog owner. You need to decide for yourself if you want to have some trophys, plates, and medals on the cabinet and in front of it a dog say with behavior problems and/or health problems that resulted solely for the "benefit" of certain breeders and functionaries. Champions? or Trial and error?


    How do i keep my gsd from chasing the cat??


      Pat, unless a GSD is traumatized or trained to chase cats, (s)he will only "chase" a cat to collect it for the herd. The cat may not like being chased though. So, we need to disassociate your dog from: "seeing the cat" - "feeling the desire to chase it down". The "cat" could be anything else too (motorbiker, other dog, squirrel,...).

      Obviously, when your dog is gone (chasing) it's too late. So, you need to anticipate such moments when there could be a chance for the cat to appear on scene (and then to be chased). If you can't anticipate that, say because it isn't your own cat, then you need to set up training scenes with a neighbor's cat. Now, next time before the cat even appears on scene, make sure you are very calm and that your GSD is very calm too. Gently take hold of the collar to perform the Collar Freeze.

      Now the cat appears on scene, and your dog may still start pulling towards the cat (or your dog may not, if you've calmed down your dog enough). If (s)he still pulls towards the cat, you need to extend the calming sessions before presenting the cat next time. I'd be calmer with the dog in general, and use SSCD as well.


    Thank you!!!!


    Yippee, I need some help with my high energy adolescent!


      Okay Sharon. Since dogs are "energy recipients" the first thing to do is to reflect on your own energy level when you interact with your dog. Being super-excited is fantastic, it just won't help a high energy dog. Being calm transmits to the dog to become calmer too. Then the rest is varied exercise (not plain dog walking, we have a Shepherd).


    This is great info for a new GSD puppy owner. Mine Jäger is 11 weeks old. So far nothing but Great info for new owner. Thank You


    Good idea man. Huge PLUS. There is still effort to have excited members but noone is willing to share their experiences with each other... maybe now is the right moment. Thanks andgood luck to everyone...


      Yes David, agreed. Dog owners frequently do share their experiences in "forums" (which we don't have), the problem with that is that what they share often really shoudln't be shared, because when more do the same it doesn't get any better for the dog. Just because a hundred forum members support one case doesn't necessarily make it right/helpful. "Even if you are a minority of one, it doesn't make you wrong" (George Orwell) ;-)


    What dog brush is best?


    Hi I have a 5month GSD female, she is great but when anyone calls to the house or when my partner and I come home she goes crazy, jumping around the house and on the person who has arrived (Knocking anything in her way). Any tips on how to get her out of this? I am afraid she will hurt someone or my niece and nephew when they call. She also goes mental when anyone leaves, she cries at the door for several minutes when they are gone. I love her to bits and don't want to have to put her out every time someone calls especially when the weather is bad (I live in Ireland, a lot of bad weather :) )


    Having a random draw each month sounds great.
    Keep up the good work


    Hi Tim,

    Loved your reply to Stuey. Amen to that.
    And why was it again that we have GSDs, or any pets????????
    I am always wary of those who have pets for any other reasons than love, companionship friendship and sheer fun. For those who enjoy living vicariously, I'm sure there are some movie stars, Royals and world class athletes just waiting for adoption.

    Great to see you calling a spade, a spade!


      Hey Rod! Thanks, took me a while to see who you meant, diplomatic as you are changing the name slightly ;-)
      Thought you were gone (did you get to see the 100 pages long Periodical that wrecked my nerves?)


    I have a GSD he's about 8 months old. I also have a pit bull mix. Sometimes when my son is in the back yard running and playing with the dogs my GSD starts a fight with my pitbull by jumping/ lunging at her. He puts his front paws on her back and bites her at the base of her neck just above the collar. Which she in turn snaps to make him stop and then the brawl begins. And it ONLY happens when my son is outside with them. Is there a way to prevent the fight from happening. I haven't been able to determine if it's both dogs trying to protect my son from the other. Or if it's from being extremely excited. Also when the fight gets broken up by me and my husband my GSD is still trying to attack. He tries lunging, pulling, twisting, nipping at me, jumping to try and get me to let go of his collar. While my pit bull will follow commands once they are no longer within reach of each other.


      Casey, what you write makes clear that your GSD has not accepted anyone of you as Pack leader. Your son, your husband, and you, everyone must be established as accepted Pack leader. I am repeating myself here, I know, I have extensively explained in many places WHY this acceptance is so crucial. If you don't follow that advice now, give it a few more months and you will be struggling to control your GSD (and may end up being one of the MANY who give an adult GSD to a shelter because they haven't learned to handle the dog when (s)he was young).

      Also, from what you write, it appears that your pit bull has not fully, but more, accepted you as Pack leader. But NONE of the dogs has accepted your son. This is DANGEROUS. Particularly with a GSD and a pitbull.

      Mark my words = heed my advice ;-)


    I have a 6 week old GSD and I now realize that we got her before we needed to. But what is done is done. I've tried to research training but haven't found a lot on training this young. Right now she is chewing on everything, including us, which I know is what puppies do. Can I effectively train her to chew only on her approved toys and if so, how do I do this?
    My research led me to you!


      Christy, yes you can. GSDs at 6 weeks are way more developed than many other breeds. The reasons why puppies shouldn't be placed into a human family so early are of a different nature, and are explained in the Puppy Development Guide.

      So yes, you can (and should) start training your pup exactly as described in the Puppy Training Essentials (if you don't have one of my books). Just yesterday I actually added something there: The Puppy Training Essentials can now also be downloaded as a narrated document (my first one, hope it's okay).

      If you have that young a pup, I'd even URGE you to start the right training approach TODAY. Rectifying wrong training later is much harder than sitting down today to study how to behave with the pup right.


    We have a 4 month old GSD. He tears up his toys almost immediately. Can you suggest toys that can stand up to Maximus' teeth. Thank you


      Rosa, on Amazon too many dog owners complain that "toys don't hold up" to the tough play of their dog. However, there are several points to consider with this:

      1) The dog has too much energy = a clear lack of heavy exercise! All the more important for German Shepherds, it's not a Chihuahua. ;-)

      2) The dog owner did not train the dog how to play. Controlled Play should have been part of proper socialization (normally at puppy age, hence fully explained in the Puppy 101.

      3) The dog is stressed (yes, really)! Rough play indeed can signal stress - which results from a Pack conflict experienced by the dog (see the Prime Secret about dogs).

      4) Or, the toy really isn't tough enough? Top toys are here. More toys are here.


      My 2 GSD have such strong jaws they were chewing through every toy we bought them. We tried baseballs and basketballs and every chew proof toy we could find to no luck, our GSDs would chew through whatever we would bring home for them. We finally heard about Kong toys and tried them. It was like magic! They chew and chew their toys but they don't destroy them any more. We went with the black toys, as each color has their own thickness and strength with black being the top of the line. They are available on Amazon with about 5 different toys, including a ball they cannot chew up and a frisbee they won't stop chasing. Good luck.


    Hi Tim! Thanks for all the helpful GSD tips. This isn't my first Shepherd but unfortunately my first one didn't live long enough to experience what I am going through now with my 8 month old Roxy. I know its true that GSDS have the loyal, protective instinct over their main caretaker and I'm starting to see it now. For example, when a repair man came by she smelt him, stood by me and barked at the man the whole time he was here and never left my aside. I just assumed she smelt something she didnt like about the man. She has also never done that before. I don't know if there is another explanation for that behavior other than this is her house and this is her human. I just want to know of there are signs i should look out to see if it will turn into agression? I don't want her to hurt anyone (she has never though) I would hate for her to fall into that category that GSDS are "vicious" if she is just protecting what is hers because Roxy is a flipping sweetheart! Everyone loves her and I love her. I just wanted to know how to explain this behavior. Thank you!


      Gabby, there are different views about this, but you ask me: I would not tolerate if our dogs or the rescue dogs show the behavior you describe. I would not consider that "protective", but stressed and (for me) unacceptable. I would want the dog to stay alert but calm, controlled.

      An alert but calm dog is a MUCH better protection dog than a stressed (or even aggressive) dog. Many GSD owners get this wrong and think their dog needs to be aggressive to be a good protection dog. The opposite is true.


        I think that 8 month old Roxy was nervous about the stranger and barking and staying by you so YOU could protect HER. A confident dog would carefully watch and wait once she was told to calm down.


    Nice idea.


    What a wonderful gesture! Not only are you sharing your expertise, but also prizes, how exciting!!! Free is always good, especially when it is for the GSD in the family!! Thanks for the great advice and tips. I look forward to each periodical.


    I think this is a great idea. It will certainly get people to comment, and you will see that there are many more people who love your periodicals but just never commented. Good luck.


    Tim, I enjoy receiving your entertaining and informative emails. They have been very helpful with any questions I have had about my GSD, Sasha. Thank you again and keep up the great work!! Sincerely, George Perry


    I was wondering what is recommended for my gsd during the day while I'm at work. Typically someone is home but on the days we can't be is a cage recommended? Stay out in the yard? Free in the house?


      Amanda, that is a good question. Views differ. In my view it is not okay for a German Shepherd (and I think, for any dog) to have to stay in the crate for hours on end (while you are at work) - and certainly not in a cage crate. A GSD will go nuts in that. Consider that even our modern GSDs still are herding dogs by their nature (herding as in "run around all day")!

      In the yard? Depends on where you live (climate, time of year, exposure to sun). Neither winter cold nor permanent direct exposure to sunrays, both will harm your dog! (I don't remember at the moment which one, but we have a Periodical where I explain the impact of sunrays on dogs, you will get it as well)

      Free in the house? You ask me, and I say: By all means, yes! If you have House Training Dogs to Behave Well then you see how easy it is to make your dog behave well in the house. However, without that kind of house training I would not leave the dog alone at home with free run of the house. Only if trained accordingly.


    Hi Tim. Trooper and I are glad to see that you continue to share good info in this new year.


    I am really enjoying the first periodicals I have received. It is great new information for someone with a young GSD. Sasha is 10 weeks and we are just loving her so much!


      10 weeks? Family Socialization period! Please make sure that before it ends you are consistent with the Puppy Training Essentials, and have ticked off the majority of socialization situations and environments, okay Britt?


    Tim,Thank you for your interesting periodicals. Cant wait for the next one. Good luck with your book.


    Hey Tim, my little guy Rocky is 9 weeks. Thanks for all the info on GSD's. I love all the updates. I'm so excited for the drawings, thanks again.


    Hi Tim, Max is 13 months old now, when is a GSD considered full grown?
    I would like to get him "fixed", is there a good age to do that and will it calm him down?
    Thanks Tim....I really enjoy your periodicals!!


      Trish, Max is full-grown in terms of height, but he will fill out more (becoming wider :-) possibly until 3 years of age (but typically rather until 2), depending on feeding and exercise.

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