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You are now the proud owner of a German Shepherd dog and, no matter where you live, it’s your job to follow the community standards on responsible dog ownership with regards to you and your neighbors.
Although we call it serving your community, most of these tips are meant to ensure a healthy relationship between you and your German shepherd. Things like exercise and training you would want to do regardless of the situation, but they are there nonetheless.
Important Responsible German Shepherd Ownership Tips
So training doesn’t come as a surprise. All puppies need training, and German shepherds are no exception. There’s actually an AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and when your dog is ready to be tested, you can search for an evaluator in your area.
Make sure you always have a plastic bag when you walk your dog and make sure you dispose of any waste he leaves properly. Picking up after your German Shepherd is important and not doing it is disrespectful to your neighbors and against many city laws.
Preventing excessive barking is a biggie. There are many cases where neighbors file complaints because of a dog that doesn’t stop barking all day long. Some buildings don’t even allow dog ownership because of reasons like this. Once again, training and exercise can help prevent barking.
An ID tag is necessary with your name, address and phone number. In addition, you should get a microchip implanted when the veterinarian suggests. It’s a small thing; roughly the size of a grain of rice and it’s usually implanted between the dogs shoulders.
The German Shepherd is quite a loyal dog, unlike a Siberian Husky for example. While for a Husky it’s imperative that he has a microchip, even for a German shepherd it’s an important bonus that will make finding him a lot easier; should he decide to run away.
In almost any city you will need to have a license for your dog. Not only that, but it needs to be renewed annually. Having a licensed dog can help you in many situations that involve authorities and will save you a lot of headaches and pocket hassles.
If you're hoping to regularly observe your pet, take their activity level into consideration. There are some very cool-looking reptiles out there that kind of just...hide. I ran into this issue with a cane toad. He was huge and very docile. After I brought him home, though, I only saw him at feeding time. He'd hide under a log all day and night, only venturing out briefly to capture a cricket or two.
Last but not least, always use a leash. Of course, some exceptions include designated areas in city parks. But, in general, your German Shepherd should be on a leash no longer than 6 feet whenever he’s out in public.
Almost everything is common sense, and any sensible dog owner wouldn’t even consider any other behavior anyway. Perhaps the most important is training your dog. Not only does the community benefit from it, but the biggest benefit comes to you.