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Caring for Your German Shepherd 7 Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Don’t feed your dog chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, or any highly spiced, greasy, or salty foods. The first five can be toxic, and spicy or junk foods can lead to an upset stomach.
  1. Don’t believe all the dog food advertising you see and hear. Keep in mind that advertising has one goal: to get you to buy that product.
  1. If you change foods for any reason, don’t do it all at once. Mix the foods so the dog has 25 percent new food and 75 percent old food for a week. Then feed half and half for a week. Finally, offer 75 percent new food and 25 percent old food for a week. This will decrease the chances of an upset stomach.
  1. Nutritional changes are slow, so don’t keep switching every few weeks. Feed the new food for at least six weeks before evaluating the results and making any other changes.
  1. Don’t feed your dog from the table. This will lead to begging and even stealing.
  1. Be careful about giving your GSD any bones, except raw beef knucklebones. GSDs have powerful jaws and could crack, splinter, and swallow smaller bones, which can cause choking and damage the gastrointestinal system.
  1. Don’t assume your dog will be fine drinking the local tap water. On a trip, bring food and water from home to limit any digestive upsets.

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