German Shepherd Dogs
dog owners we all love our dogs and want what's best for them, we've
seen all the ads on TV and in magazines and we go down to our local
supermarket and choose what we are led to believe is
the food that offers the best value and nutritional
needs for your dog.
But do we read what's on the label or packaging?
How do we know if the commercial dog food we buy
is adequate and
gives the nutritional value your dog requires for a long and healthy
life, and is commercial dog food safe?
Problems like itching, scratching, hotspots, hair loss, bad breath,
dandruff and paw
licking are often clear signs that a lack of proper nutrition is having
a detrimental effect on your dog.
Feeding your dog the right food to give a healthy balanced diet is essential to
its wellbeing starting from being a puppy to adulthood and your choice
of dog food should reflect that.
German Shepherd Puppies
to 6 weeks of age, a puppy will need milk 5/7 times a day and should be
given some solid meat preferably fed by hand in the beginning, at about
4 weeks old, not too much at first, just really introduce your puppy to
solid food, and then gradually increase the portions. You will find
that at this early age, a puppy will eat and sleep most of the time.
Don't force feed your puppy under any circumstances, each puppy will be
different in their food needs and they will tell you when they are
If by any chance your puppy develops diarrhea, or is
sick, then this is mainly due to over-feeding which you should avoid at
all costs - their
little stomachs are unable to cope.
Feeding a German Shepherd puppy should be little and often in the early
stages and gradually increase the size of each meal, don't rush it
because you're building a dog for the long term, and you need to build
him up over a period of time so that he develops into a mature healthy
German Shepherd Dog.
that as the puppy gets older, water is readily available. At about 8
weeks old, your puppy should be feeding 3/4 times a day and after 12
weeks will begin to start 'teething'. Make certain that the food you give to
your puppy is 'puppy
food' and not ordinary dog food.
The reason for
this is that 'puppy food' has more protein, fat and carbohydrates,
nutrient-rich minerals are added (which a puppy will need to help
growth in it's early
stages of development) and are easily digestible. You want your puppy
to build muscle,have strong
bone structure, good teeth from calcium supplements and have a nice
So always make sure that your German Shepherd puppies diet is well
balanced, is 'puppy food', and is consistent in giving your puppy the
right mix of ingredients to help his growth - it's very important that
they are given the right food at the beginning.
food contains extra vitamins and proteins to build up
energy levels,and that's why 'puppy food' is essential for a young
growing dog to provide a healthy diet.
Feeding your German Shepherd Dog
How often should
I feed my dog?
your dog has reached 12 months of age, then you should introduce adult
dog food which should
be a complete, balanced nutritional diet for German Shepherds with the
right amount of proteins, vitamins and mineral supplements included
to help your dogs growth and dietary requirements.
German Shepherd should be twice a day and be at regular
times. Don't feed late at night and make sure your dog has plenty of
exercise and despite what others may tell you - always wait at least 30 minutes for your dog to
settle down after taking him out before feeding. That way he is perfectly relaxed and calm.
If you feed your dog as soon as you get back home, he will still be in an excitable state
and will no doubt 'rush his food' and end up with possible stomach problems, flatulence and
other digestive problems.
In adult human
terms - we would call this 'bolting your food' which leads to
indigestion and 'wind'
and 'upset tummy' so always
refrain from feeding after exercise,
playtime or walks, wait for a minimum time of 30 minutes.Always
remember to give your dog time to digest his food after eating, quietly and
calmly, and don't play with him or take him out, for at least an hour after eating.
This way he will digest his food properly and retain the benefits in
system and not have any food disorders that may effect his health.
A German Shepherd
does not reach maturity until about 2 years of age and prior to this
still growing, building muscle and body fat so a good dog diet is
essential with regular meal times, together with good
tend to eat their meals quickly - this is a good sign because it shows
are healthy (in the wild they would eat quickly because they wouldn't
know when they might
eat again). If a dog loses interest in their food, (or
seems to have lost his appetite) this might be a sign of poor
health such as worms or other parasites which could lead to intestinal problems. All dogs
should be wormed occasionally, worming tablets are the normal method.
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to when your German Shepherd is about 2 years old they ideally should
be fed twice a day. By this time having matured (and reached their
maximum growth) feeding should be reduced to once a day.
An older dog only
needs feeding once a day, (because they
need less energy from their food), together with just a
light breakfast, spoil
with a raw egg mixed up with some biscuit - they just love it.
I can never
understand why some dog owners always feed their dogs with the same
food - they need
variety as well, different meat flavors always work well like beef and
chicken (without the
bones),so your dog appreciates changes whilst still having a well
balanced nuitrinional diet.
chunks are best for keeping your dog's teeth clean, and keep their gums
healthy and also help to control tartar.
should also be
aware that the food you give your dog can effect your dog's behavior.
Too much protein
can make your dog restless and over excitable and may lead to dog
An unbalanced diet can lead to dog health problems, such as flaky skin
or your dog's coat
becoming 'mangy' so if you see your German Shepherd Dog is continuously
scratching or biting itself, this could be a symptom of poor
dietary control, mineral or vitamin deficiency, and you may need vetinary assistance.
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let your dog become lazy and obese, plenty of exercise and a good
are required to keep your dog in good shape.
If you have a
pregnant dog, then as the time for puppies gets closer, you will need
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would prefer canned food because there is not only a much greater
variety of flavors, but the canned food is approximately 70% to 80%
moisture, but in dry food it's only about 10% moisture. Dogs
prefer canned food because it's tastier!
from a food nutrients point of view, dry food contains nearly 90%
nutrients, with canned food being only approximately 1% and canned food
is usually soya based products that are made to look like meat. Some
are beef or chicken based and mineral and vitamin supplements are added
to improve your dog's health.
results in a dog eating more canned food than if on a dry food diet
which is made up normally of corn,soya bean and rice based. (Your
dog may think.... boring!)
dog food cost more than dry food and costs can vary widely depending on
quality and 'brand name'. However, the final decision tends to be left
to your own dog... what suits one dog may not suit another.
matter what type of food you get - if your dog won't eat it, then
forget it! Each
to their own, he likes it or not - no matter what it says on the label!
with larger dogs like German
Shepherds, they need a semi-moist diet and
I've found from many years experience that a combination of the two
i.e. dry food with the addition of a can of dog food mixed up together
has always been the solution for our German Shepherd Dogs.
dry food is the basis, the mix of canned food gives the added flavor
taste, vitamin and mineral supplements, thus resulting in the best of
So German Shepherd
dog food must be tasteful to him, be semi-moist (which
they prefer) and contain the right amount of vitamins,
proteins and nutrients and supplements to give your dog a
Home Made Dog
When you hear about 'Dog Food
it's not surprising to know that more and more
dog owners worried about their dog's health, are turning to Home Made Dog
Dog Foods have artificial coloring agents and flavoring agents that can
be harmful to your dog, and have preservatives added.
more control over the ingredients used in preparing home
made dog food
and can be more certain that your dog is getting the right balance of
vitamins and supplements that go into giving your dog a healthy
balanced diet with good nutritional values.
It's fairly easy to
prepare healthy dog food at home given the time, and the necessary
knowledge that you can get on line explaining how you can do this for
yourself, and it's very economical too!
Some dog owners are very keen to give their dog natural pet food which
can include vegetarian dog food and even organic dog food. Home-made
dog food prepared in your own kitchen at home can give you the
opportunity to provide holistic pet care of your own choosing to give
your dog a healthy food diet - which is perhaps (given the outcry with
commercial dog food recalls recently)
a good way for you
to provide a natural pet food diet for your own German Shepherd.
dog food ingredients
pulp, pasta, Soy bean oil, wheat middlings, calcium carbonate, fish
oil,magnesium oxide, copper sulphate, iron sulphate, zinc oxide,
choline chloride, etc. are some of the ingredients in a vegetarian
based diet for dogs.
Raw egg, freshly cut chicken pieces,
ground beef, mutton, fish etc. are often the preferred ingredients in
normal healthy dog diets. Taurine is one of the essential ingredients
Many premium type of dog food preparations
contain essential fatty acids, carbohydrates with adequate fiber
contents, vitamins like A, D, E and B complex vitamins.
such as zinc, are an essential ingredient for skin health care, and
calcium - which is an essential ingredient for bone growth, and
tonicity of muscles. They should be enriched in these food
However, the cost of those food preparations are usually more expensive
than the food preparations with general ingredients.But without any
doubt it may be better for your dog's health.
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are prone to gastro-intestinal problems so
foods such as scrambled eggs are ideal for their sensitive
stomachs. If ever you notice a change in your German Shepherd Dog's
behavior or dog's health, then check to see if you have made any
changes to your dog's diet because it can have an effect.. If
have added a new ingredient to your dog's diet, then remove it and see
if his behavior goes back to normal, or any changes to his
your dog grapes, tomatoes, raisins or any food containg wine (because
it could lead to renal
failure), neither should you give your dog onions, nuts or anything
that contains garlic.
give your dog any form of chocolate because it could kill him!
Feeding your German Shepherd the right
type of dog food, keeping him in top health and good
condition should remain your priority for your dog at all times.
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