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Here are some commonly asked questions about taking care of German Shepherds and their respective answers.

1) What is the first thing you need to consider before getting a German Shepherd?

The first thing you have to do is to do a lifestyle check. You need to ask yourself the basic question of whether or not you are ready to have a German Shepherd, given the way you live your life, of course. Consider, for instance, your experience with dogs. hYou see, a German Shepherd will require a large degree of commitment from you, and to be able to commit that much also means having the experience to back it up. If you’ve never taken care of a dog before, then maybe a German Shepherd isn’t such a good idea.

2) Do you need to have a big house?

Yes, if you’re talking about making the German Shepherd a part of your family. German Shepherds need a lot of exercise, and as such they love wide open spaces for them to run around in. On the other hand, if you live in a small, cramped space, then you might want to reconsider getting this animal for a companion.

3) What financial considerations do you have to think of if you’d like a German Shepherd?

One of the most common considerations is the need for good training. Good training is something you obviously have to pay for. You see, as soon as your German Shepherd is old enough to train (which is around eight weeks), you will need to begin obedience training. You also need to continue this training throughout its adult life.

4) Do you have to spay or neuter your German Shepherd?

Also called ‘fixing’, spaying or neutering your German Shepherd is important as it helps to keep pet populations under control. Of course, if you are planning on breeding your dog, then don’t have it spayed. Nevertheless, if you plan to become more responsible as a parent, then this is one good choice to make. Usually the spaying is done between the ages of 6 months and 1 1/2 years old.

5) How will regular vet visits be good for your German Shepherd?

This visit to the veterinarian will help to see if your dog is undergoing or experiencing certain problems which you would not have seen or discovered without the help of your vet. Also, your vet will help in basic grooming like trimming nails, as well as for the more complex stuff such as checking for worms.

6) Can you take your German Shepherd on a run right after eating?

No, primarily because German Shepherds are prone to bloating. A leisurely and relaxed walk is okay, but a full run will just result to bloating and other possible stomach problems.