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Is your pet becoming less active, less playful, or desiring shorter walks? The following symptoms could be early signs of OCD, Arthritis or Hip Dysplasia.

  • Moving more slowly
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Weight shift to another leg
  • Personality change
  • Reluctant to walk, jump or play
  • Refuses using stairs or the car
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
  • Yelping when touched
  • Limping
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Posts Tagged ‘German Shepherd’

Best Dog Breeds For Children

Monday, January 12th, 2015

When choosing a pet dog for the entire family to enjoy it’s helpful to know the best dog breeds for children.
Some dogs are considered to be safe for families with children, especially smaller children. Other dogs are not recommended for children because their breed is known for being too aggressive towards humans and other dogs.

An ideal family dog you can count on to be friendly to children should be smart with a medium energy level. Very large dogs and breeds who are always active and boisterous are not recommended for families with toddlers.

Large, active dogs can easily overrun a small toddler or play rough without realizing their behavior is wrong. If possible, look for an adult dog that has been trained to play with children. Puppies are cute and small but require a lot of training before being allowed to play with small children.

Some of the best breeds for children include:
Golden Retriever
If ever a breed was affectionate to a fault, it’s the Golden Retriever. They are people dogs, pure and simple. If you’ve owned one like I have, there’s never any doubt that you’re the center of its universe. Golden owners and their dogs perfected the mutual admiration society.

They can sometimes be intimidating to small children because they greet everyone with lots of enthusiasm. Smaller children may not be too pleased about getting their faces licked all the time by this friendly breed of dog.

Labrador Retriever
Labradors are also larger dogs, similar in size to a Golden Retriever. The breed is known to be intelligent and friendly making them very suitable for families with children in spite of their larger size.

Labradors have a high energy level that is ideal for families with older children, but they are quite adaptable to a family with toddlers also. The Labrador breed is very affectionate and protective of the entire family.

English Bulldog
The English Bulldog is a medium sized dog that is ideal for families with children. These Bulldogs are very easy to train and are docile and playful around children. They are intelligent and affectionate pets.

Boxers are a friendly dog breed that’s always happy to be around children. They aren’t aggressive with children of any age. Boxers require a good amount of exercise so it’s more suitable for families with older children or teenagers.

Collies are attentive and friendly dogs for children of any age. They are easy dogs to train and are able to adapt to a household with many children. The Collie has a medium energy level and doesn’t require too much exercise.

Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a small sized dog that makes a great companion for children and the whole family. Bichons don’t require a lot of exercise and behave well around babies and toddlers.

Weimaraners are smaller in size with great personalities and get along well with children. This breed is friendly and usually not aggressive when playing with children.

Beagles are gentle and affectionate dogs and a very safe breed for families with children. Beagles can be stubborn little rascals but when trained properly they are faithful companions.

English Settler
Like a Labrador, English Settlers are affectionate pets and ideal for children of any age, despite their larger size. Settlers easily adapt to indoor life and don’t require as much exercise as other large dogs.

The English settler has a cheerful personality and makes a great play companion for children of any age.

German Shepherd
German Shepherds are large dogs but can be easily trained and they make great companions for children. This breed is known for its loyalty and playfulness.

No matter which dog breed you choose for your children, your kids must also be trained to play with their new pet appropriately. Any breed of dog can become aggressive if mistreated or if it feels threatened.

Safest Dogs For Children

Monday, June 16th, 2014

When selecting a family pet, it’s important to choose the safest dog for children as well as the cutest, most lovable and friendliest one. Some breeds of dogs are not safe for children because they are known for their aggressive, and sometimes violent behavior.

Dogs that are ideal for families with children are breeds that are smart and have a medium energy level rather than a boisterous temperament. Larger dogs are usually not a good choice for families with toddlers, because a larger dog may pose a danger to smaller tots.

There are several breeds recommended by breeders and veterinarians for families with children. They include some of the best known breeds as well as lesser known ones. The list includes Collies, Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Bichon Frise, English Bulldog, Beagles, and German Shepherds.

Collies are attentive and friendly dogs that are safe for kids of all ages. They are easy to train and easily adapt to being around children. Collies have a medium energy level and don’t require a lot of exercise. If the children don’t pay attention to them at times, they don’t resent being ignored and won’t act up and cause a fuss.

Boxers are a friendly dog breed that is not aggressive and enjoys being around children. Boxers usually need a fair amount of exercise, so they fit better into families with older children or teenagers.

Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are intelligent and friendly dogs that are suitable for families with children of any age. Both breeds have a high energy level that is ideal for families with older children, but they can easily adapt to a family with toddlers. Both the Lab and the Golden are very affectionate and protective of their family.

The Bichon Frise is a small sized dog that makes a great companion for children. These dogs don’t require much exercise and behave well around babies and toddlers.

The English Bulldog is a medium sized dog that is ideal for families with children. Bulldogs are easy to train and are known for their friendly, happy personalities. They love to play with kids. They are intelligent and affectionate.

Beagles are gentle and affectionate dogs that are safe for families with children of all ages. Beagles are known to be stubborn dogs but if they are trained properly they become faithful companions to the whole family.

German Shepherds are large dogs but are easily trained and will make great companions for kids. They are loyal, playful, and very protective of the entire family.

No matter which breed of dog you eventually choose for your family, your children will have to be taught how to play with dogs and how to properly treat a pet.

Weight Loss For Fat Dogs

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Weight loss for fat dogs seems like a no-brainer. The easiest way to tell if your pet needs to shed a few pounds is to feel around its ribs and spine. You should be able to feel both, with only a thin layer of fat separating the skin from the bones. If you can’t find its ribcage, you definitely have an overweight dog.

Ask your veterinarian to evaluate your dog’s weight at the point when it reaches maturity. As a rule of thumb 15% above the ideal weight is obese, whereas 10% to 15% is considered overweight. If your dog weighs more than it should, don’t be discouraged. In industrialized nations more than 20% of all dogs are overweight or obese.

Keeping track of your dog’s weight can be a relatively easy task. Your vet will weigh your dog every visit and you’ll then be able to determine whether you’re overfeeding your dog or not.

Some breeds of dogs are naturally prone to obesity, while others like Greyhounds and German Shepherds are characteristically slim.

Small and medium size breeds are just as likely to be overweight or obese as are larger dogs. Some of the smaller and medium size dogs with a tendency to put on excess weight are Dachshunds, Scottish Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, and Basset Hounds.

Among larger breeds, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Rottweilers tend to be the most susceptible breeds for weight gain.

Although not as common, giant breeds like the Bernese Mountain Dog, Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards can easily put on extra weight and you may not even notice until the dog becomes obese.

If you are serious about weight loss for your fat dog, you should begin feeding it a daily regimen of Winston’s Digest All to speed up weight loss. Overweight dogs usually lose an average of five pounds within the first two to three months of a daily regimen of Digest All.

Dog Trainers: How to Choose One

Monday, April 8th, 2013

So you’ve adopted a new dog or puppy and don’t have the time or patience to train your new friend, but you realize that proper training will make a major difference in how you and your new pet relate to each other.

It can be difficult choosing the right trainer, one that you can trust to train your dog the right way and who can also connect with your dog on a level where the training quickly becomes embedded in your dog’s mind. You don’t want training sessions that stretch out over weeks; this is a clear indication that the trainer is not very adept at the task of training animals.

There are several important things to consider when choosing a trainer for your new dog:

(1) The reputation of the trainer. First, ask a prospective trainer for references from owners of other dogs he or she has trained. Some veterinarians will keep a file on trainers they can recommend. You may also have friends who have used the services of a dog trainer. Talk to them about their experience with their trainer and observe whether their dog appears well-trained.

(2) Ask the trainer how long he or she has been training dogs and what breeds of dogs they have worked with. Someone who has only trained small dogs like a Shih Tzu or Miniature Schnauzer may not be able to handle large dogs like Great Danes or more aggressive dogs like German Shepherds.

(3) You’ll want to choose a trainer that has experience training dogs similar to yours as well as other breeds. If the trainer owns a dog or dogs, ask to have them brought to your home or go to the trainer’s home and carefully observe how those dogs behave and obey commands. If the trainer’s dogs are not well-behaved, jump on people and bark, even when commanded to stop, the trainer is obviously not the person you want training your dog.

(4) You should have a clear idea of what you want your dog’s training to accomplish. Is your goal to have a well-mannered dog who respects your home and doesn’t chew on your furniture or shoes? One who swiftly obeys your commands? Do you want a dog you can enter in local dog shows? Perhaps you want an outdoor dog who will be comfortable and secure in such a situation, and who will not be barking and growling at every human who passes by.

(5) The communication skills of the trainer are vitally important. Can the trainer communicate well with both your dog and you? Does the trainer answer your questions clearly and in terms you can understand?

(6) Ask the trainer if they use positive reinforcement for correcting bad behavior in a dog, or does he or she discipline and reprimand a dog who is not learning as quickly as the trainer would like?

(7) Will your dog be taught individually or in a class setting? If the training will take place in a class with other dogs, how much individual attention will be given to any dog who is having trouble learning or accepting the training?

It’s important to understand that the training methods trainers generally use will vary, and your dog may not respond to a particular method but will respond well to another. If during the training routines, the trainer discovers that your dog is not responding to a specific method, is the trainer willing to use other methods for training your dog?

There are different types of dog classes a dog can be enrolled in. There are puppy classes geared to pups between two and five months old that include housebreaking, chewing or gnawing on things, biting, digging holes, how to walk on a leash without pulling, how to ‘come’ and’ sit’ on command, and barking uncontrollably. This type of class will teach a puppy to respond to commands at all times, even if there are distractions from other dogs or people.

A second type of training is basic obedience class. These classes are for dogs older than five months and are geared to dogs who have never been trained properly or have attended puppy training classes but need reinforcement of the basic training commands like ‘heel’, ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘down’, and ‘come’.

One additional class a dog owner may want to enroll their dog in is an agility class where dogs are taught how to go over, under, and through various obstacles. It’s a good way to train your dog to play fetch, catch a Frisbee, or learn how to play other outdoor games for fun and exercise.

Choosing the right dog trainer requires the owner take the time to thoroughly check out any potential trainers. All dogs need to learn basic commands and good behavior. Your choice to have your dog trained by a competent, professional trainer, or in a training class with other dogs will become evident when your well-mannered dog is always invited to accompany you when visiting family and friends.

Hip Dysplasia in German Shepherds

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Hip dysplasia in German Shepherds is, sadly, a pretty common health issue. According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, approximately 15 percent of all German Shepherds born between 2000 and 2002 were diagnosed as suffering from hip dysplasia.

Hip Dysplasia in German Shepherds

What hip dysplasia in German Shepherds means

To better understand what it means when your veterinarian diagnoses hip dysplasia in your German Shepherd, it helps to have at least a cursory knowledge of the basics of this debilitating condition.

Hip dysplasia is caused whenever a looseness occurs in the joint between the femur and pelvis. Over time this looseness causes damage to the femoral head and to the socket and they no longer fit together properly.

⇒ Learn more about canine hip dysplasia: “What Is Hip Dysplasia In Dogs – Causes & Symptoms

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease (DJD), often accompanies hip dysplasia, causing additional pain and disability. This damage then causes arthritic changes in the joint which reduces the range of motion and causes pain and inflammation.

Some of the symptoms and signs of hip dysplasia in German Shepherds:

  • Moving more slowly
  • Difficulty getting up and/or lying down
  • Weight shift to another leg
  • Limping
  • Personality, behavior and/or appetite changes
  • Reluctance to walk, jump or play
  • Refusing to use stairs or get in the car
  • Yelping when touched
  • Muscle atrophy

Hip dysplasia is considered to be the most common inherited orthopedic disease in large dog breeds and millions of dogs are affected by it. Currently there is no genetic test for hip dysplasia due to its complex genetic nature.

German Shepherds with almost identical genetic makeups may have a wide range of differences in what degree of hip dysplasia they display as adults.

This fact can be attributed to the differences of environmental influences on the development of the hip joint, and especially the effect of diet on puppies and young German Shepherds.

Proper nutrition is essential for the development of a strong healthy dog. However, poor or excessive nutrition can exacerbate genetic tendencies to develop hip dysplasia.


Although there is no actual cure for canine hip dysplasia, arthritis, or osteochondrosis (OCD), regular treatment with Winston’s Joint System will give immediate and long-term relief without drugs.

Winston’s is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no side-effects because it’s just good whole food. In addition, there are no dosage problems because the dog’s body uses only what it needs.

⇒ Learn more about surgical, medical and natural treatments: “Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hip Dysplasia


Although canine hip dysplasia (CHD) may remain unseen in some dogs, early detection is critical.

The first step to determining whether a German Shepherd has hip dysplasia is through a careful physical examination by a veterinarian who will observe the dog as it sits, stands, and walks.

This is the first measure to check for characteristic signs of hip dysplasia such as a side-to-side swinging gait, lameness, and arched back which is caused by shifting weight forward, or the presence of overdeveloped front-leg and shoulder muscles.

X-rays are the easiest way to diagnose hip dysplasia. A vet will evaluate the joints and take into consideration any symptoms like those listed above because sometimes an x-ray won’t reveal the full extent of the dog’s pain. The vet will also consider the dog’s movements and any evidence of lameness before making a diagnosis.

The veterinarian will move the dog’s hip joint to assess its range of motion and check for pain with the joint extended. The vet will also listen for the “click” of the hip popping out of joint and for any grating sound of bone on bone that indicates cartilage loss.

At the first signs of hip dysplasia, make an appointment with your veterinarian and discuss with him or her the symptoms you have been noticing in your dog.
The sooner you can begin treatment, the less pain your beloved dog will experience and you may be lucky enough to extend the life of your friend and companion.

Since 1990, Winston’s Joint System and Winston’s Pain Formula have helped heal over twenty thousand dogs from all over the world. Our staff specializes in hip dysplasia, arthritis and all joint, pain and mobility issues.
There is an excellent chance we can help your dog, so please contact us at: www.dogshealth.com or call our toll free number at 888-901-5557.

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