German shepherd is a favorite breed for many dog owners. As every breed dog German shepherd needs a lot of attention, love and care. Raising a puppy is the daily responsibility of the owner.
This article is about 6 month old puppies. You can find recommendations on how to take care of them in this period of their lifetime.
Changing of Character
A 6 month old German shepherds relate to the period of adolescence. It starts to assert itself and show increased independence. Your pet begins to show disobedience in cases where it gladly obeyed before. The owner should not let him behave so because it can to develop into a habit of willfulness.
Average Size, Weight and Height Puppies
In this period of life, puppies get their main growth. Pets are growing actively and their size becomes similar to an adult dog. The height increases in average by 10%, weight – 20-30%. The ears of a German shepherd are standing well. Also the change of teeth ends after 6 months.
The instinct of protection and defense is coming out at this time. So the owner needs to choose the system of training. Owners must remember that the key to the right training is practice, consistency and discipline. Then they will get the pet’s behavior as reward.
There are some recommendations how to train your pets:
- trainings must be conducted only by the owner;
- commands should be given only once. If a pet doesn’t understand the owner should show it;
- owners should use dog’s name to catch its attention;
- pets must be trained every day and an owner should spend more time for trainings;
- also you can practice playing games with your pet;
- you must reward each correct behaviour of your puppy.
Also it’s important to learn puppies to control biting. If your pet is going to bite you then give him a soft toy as an alternative.
Puppies’ feeding should be balanced to avoid problems with digestion. The diet should be varied. Eating includes meat, eggs, milk, vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, parsley etc.) and cereal. These products lead to the right formation of bones, systems and the whole body and is considered to be the best dog food.
Each puppy can be different, so it can be allergic to some kind of food. Your puppy will be healthy if you feed it at the same time each morning and evening.
Owners of German shepherd should be very attentive to their pets because there are some diseases that can lead to inhibited growth and even the death of puppies.
The most frequent ones are connected with unvaried diet or overfeeding and overstrain during trainings. Often puppies suffer from growth hormone deficiency. If you want to avoid such problems you need to visit the veterinarian and to pay more attention to your pets.
In summary, raising and training this breed of dog is a heavy burden, but if you manage to do it, you will get a loyal member of the family and best friend for a long time.