Those who have owned a German shepherd before know that they are an intelligent breed of dog, happiest when performing a job.
If you are a first time German shepherd owner, this is an important detail to take in – a busy Shepherd is a happy Shepherd.
How best to accomplish this? There are many ways to keep your German shepherd happy – one of the most important, and most obvious, is exercise.
But there are other ways, perhaps somewhat less apparent, to keep your dog content.
Engage your dog in a game of “Find it”. Toss kibble onto the ground and let your dog “find” the pieces. For many dogs, they will come to enjoy this method of consuming their meals over a boring bowl (my own Shepherd pup enjoys kibble from the floor over her bowl-in fact, some days she will not eat at all until the kibble is thrown across the living room floor).
Take the “Find it” game a step further. Once they know that “find” means that they are to go searching for something, play the game by hiding treats around the house and let your dog seek them out.
Another wonderful tool to keep your Shepherd’s mind engaged is a puzzle style toy that is designed to challenge your dog into getting treats from within.
You can find these types of dog toys at most any retail pet outlet. The toys are a fabulous way to make your dog use his mind to get to the desired object – the kibble or tasty treat. Some dog owners will utilize this type of toy to feed entire meals – essentially making the dog work for his food.
Along the same line, though not as mind challenging – is the ever popular Kong toy.
Fill the Kong with some type of tasty tidbit, freeze it, and then have your dog work to get the frozen morsels out. A simple activity – excellent at helping your Shepherd pass the time.
German shepherds are working dogs at heart. If they are kept idle for long stretches of time, without exercise and mental stimulation, they can become depressed and destructive.
Some dog owners will even encounter aggression issues if their dog lacks mental stimulation.
Try these fun, easy suggestions to help keep your companion occupied. You’ll both be happier in the long run.
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