Your Large Dog Breed Needs Special Attention
Your pets are just like your children, you want the very
best for them.
Are you giving the dog table scraps? Are you giving them the
stimulation and exercise they crave?
Sometimes, in the hurry and stress of our lives, we forget
our precious pets who rely on us - totally - for their very
Large Breed Dogs Have Special Nutritional Needs
The larger the dog, the more problems they are going
to have with hip joints and their hearts. Overweight dogs don't
live as long as healthy dogs. If you cannot afford a quality
dog food (big dogs will eat 4-6 cups of dry food a day)
consider a smaller breed. Since the smaller breed will eat
less, you can afford a high quality dog food.
You will need to set up a food station that allows your
large and extra large dog to eat without putting their head to
the floor. You don't want the dog to end up with a twisted
39" x 30" travel bed
The large dog is sometimes neglected when it comes to
love and training.
The large breed and extra large breed dog comes from a
working class and unless he or she is given "chores" to do, you
are going to end up with a bored and destructive dog.
I can always tell when I have been neglecting my German
Shepherds, they start to dig holes in the yard. I grew up with
German Shepherds and know that they are working dogs. They are
gentle giants unless called to protect their family or
territory. This is my grand daughter who thinks the dogs are
Duchess Willamina Elizabeth, better known as Bess is very
gentle with the babies unless she is very excited and then she
tends to just step on them. That tail has knocked them down
more than once.
Bess is the smaller of my two Shepherds. You can see that
her ears are not erect in the photograph. She is tolerating the
baby sitting on her but she is not really happy about the whole
thing. Bess is 5 years old now.
The babies came to live with us 2 years ago. Bess had to
learn to tolerate babies that had not grown up in this house.
She has done quite well but has not formed any bond with them.
Kelsey, my older Shepherd just ignores the babies as best as
They have not been allowed in the house very much for the
last year. The youngest baby - Jaylan - is now walking and the
dogs are allowed in more often. They are having to be reminded
of proper house manners.
It is never a good idea to have large breed dogs around
crawling babies. Sometimes the instincts just come out in the
dog with tragic results. In ancient times, a small crawling
whinny thing was food. Neither dog has ever attempted to harm
the babies, but we are always in the same room with them and
monitor what ever is going on.