UK Vets Remove Six Golf Balls Lodged In German Shepherd Dog’s Stomach For Months!

In England, veterinarians removed six golf balls that had been lodged in a German Shepherd dog’s stomach for several months!

Murphy, a 7-year-old German Shepherd,had emergency surgery in July 2015 at the Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle to save his life after x-rays revealed unidentified objects inside him.

David Larson, the dog’s owner, was shocked when he found out that Murphy had golf balls in his stomach. Larson said he had not walked Murphy near a golf course in the 18 months since he got him from a home.

 

 

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard he had swallowed six golf balls. I’ve only had him for 18 months and he has never come into contact with golf balls during that time, so they must have been lodged inside him for a long time,” he said.

The problem was revealed when Murphy became sick after eating a bone.

“It only became apparent when he swallowed a bone, which made him poorly as he had diarrhea and was being sick, Larson said.

Now, the German Shepherd is recovering and starting to be the playful dog Larson and his family know once again.

“Having the golf balls inside him must have affected him because I’ve noticed since the operation he is much brighter and much more playful,” Larson said. “He has made an excellent recovery since the operation – and I’m going to make sure he is never given bones or allowed anywhere near a golf course in future.”

 

German Shepherd Marine Dog Handler Shares What It’s Like To Protect The US President!

In this video a German Shepherd Marine dog handler hares what like to be military partners helping to protect the US President!

Cpl. Christopher Vogt works as a canine handler and trains Kepie, a longhaired German Shepherd military dog. The pair help protect the president of the United States.

“Once you pick up a military working dog, you first build rapport. You go out there; you walk with them; you play with them,” he says. “That dog needs to learn you. He needs to trust everything you say, so he needs to be able to know your voice and be able to know what you do and how you’re going to react.”

Every day, Christopher trains the German Shepherd in obedience and patrol work. The dog also needs to learn how to interact with civilians who may get friendly toward him, while being wary of those who may be engaging in suspicious behavior.

Just like their handlers, Kepie and his fellow military working dogs also go through physical training.

“The dogs are just as much Marines as we are, so they PT every day just like us. If we go on a run, they go on a run with us,” Vogt says.

The duo is stationed at Marine Corps Air Facility in Quantico, Va., with Helicopter Squadron One. Vogt and Kepie travel ahead of the president, and arrive at a location before the president.

“In HMX-1, Marine Helicopter Squadron, we are in direct support of the president of the United States. We protect the helicopters and all assets that are involved with the movement of the president. There are only six dogs in the squadron,” Vogt says.

They work together to make sure there isn’t any danger for the president – sweeping the area and maintaining security.

“Working with a dog … there’s nothing else like it. The love they have for you and how they’ll protect you in any case – it’s unbelievable,” Vogt says.

Desperate German Shepherd Chews Off His Paw In An Attempt To Escape His Owner

In Middleboro, Massachusetts, a desperate German Shepherd chewed off his paw in an attempt to escape his owner.

Maverick’s life had been so horrible that he decided to chew off his right rear paw to escape, officials said. The emaciated German Shepherd was seized on July 12 by MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Chelsea Weiand after an animal control officer found him and took him to a nearby veterinarian. Maverick had to be sedated so the veterinarian and the clinic staff could clean the German Shepherd’s wound.

“This is one of the most egregious cases of neglect we’ve seen and our first priority is to gather the resources necessary to treat him – then we will do all we can to find the caring home he deserves,” said MSPCA adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger told The Enterprise.

The German Shepherd was later taken to the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston for further treatment and surgery. Weiand noted that Maverick’s other legs were also covered in rope burns and scars that had healed over. Officials believe the German Shepherd had been tethered and left unattended for at least a whole day before he had been trapped and tried to free himself from the tether that was twisted around his leg for days – or even weeks.

“Clearly he had been entangled by his own leash many times in the past; unfortunately he was unable to free himself this last time,” said Weiand.

On July 27, the German Shepherd underwent surgery to repair his right foot, the MSPCA shared.

The German Shepherd dog’s former owner, Kevin Kennedy, is now facing a charge of animal cruelty for neglect and failure to pursue necessary veterinary care. Kennedy is expected to be arraigned in Wareham District Court on Aug. 18. If found guilty, Kennedy could face up to 7 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

If you wish to donate to help care for Maverick, click www.mspca.org/helpmaverick.

Maverick is expected to recover in the hospital for up to 10 days. He will stay under the MSPCA’s care for weeks before he is placed for adoption.

If you’re interested in adopting Maverick, please send an e-mail to adoption@mspca.org.

False Pregnancy in German Shepherds: What You Need To Know

Have you ever heard of false pregnancy in German Shepherds? Your unspayed female pet is likely to exhibit signs of pregnancy even though she is not pregnant. While such a condition is largely harmless, it can cause temporary changes in your German Shepherd’s body and behavior.

False pregnancy is sometimes called “pseudo-pregnancy” or “phantom pregnancy.” It is characterized by physical and psychological changes in a female that make her feel and look as if she is pregnant. However, there is no fertilization of her eggs and it passes off without any real pregnancy.

False Pregnancy in German Shepherds: The Signs

A German Shepherd displays following signs if she is having a false pregnancy:

  • Enlargement of the belly
  • Increase in the size of already swollen breasts
  • Lactating breasts
  • Appetite-loss
  • Nesting or digging in dark and quiet spaces
  • Affection and protectiveness towards any toy or object
  • Nursing and being protective of inanimate objects
  • Maternal aggression
  • Anxiety

False Pregnancy in German Shepherds: Why Do Signs Appear

Hormonal changes happen in your German Shepherd’s body when she undergoes her heat cycle. During the first three stages – proestrus, estrus, and diestrus – the dog experiences active heat marked by changes in the body and behavior. These changes are first seen during the proestrus stage and by the estrus stage, her vulva and breasts become swollen. Your German Shepherd can only become pregnant if she mates during the estrus stage, which usually lasts for 5 to 9 days.

This “fertile stage” is followed by the “pregnancy maintaining stage,” which is the diestrus. Anestrus is the last stage of the heat cycle.

Sometimes, the body believes that it got pregnant during the estrus stage. This causes physical and behavioral changes akin to the presence of the embryo in the womb – even if there is no real pregnancy.

False Pregnancy in German Shepherds: How It Happens

You are probably wondering why and how false pregnancy occurs in dogs. The ovary contains follicles, which are sacs filled with fluid and immature eggs. When these eggs mature, the follicles release them and stop producing estrogen.

After the eggs are released, a part called corpus luteum remains inside the follicle. As the diestrus stage sets in, the corpus luteum starts producing high levels of progesterone, the hormone that helps prepare your German Shepherd for pregnancy. This hormone also assists in maintaining pregnancy by supporting the development of the embryo. Your German Shepherd becomes “hormonally pregnant” at this stage whether her eggs were fertilized or not.

When your German Shepherd becomes pregnant, other hormones take over and keep the corpus luteum intact throughout the pregnancy. The corpus luteum withers quickly after the puppies are born. However, when there is false pregnancy in German Shepherds, the corpus remains intact before slowly fading away in 60 to 70 days. With no other hormones to take over, the body believes it is pregnant until the corpus luteum finally fades.

Diagnosing False Pregnancy in German Shepherds

If your German Shepherd is showing signs of pregnancy despite not mating, you need to consult your vet to confirm her condition. The veterinarian may check for the clinical signs your pet is showing and ask about any changes in her behavior.

The list of common tests made to determine whether your German Shepherd is pregnant may include:

  • blood tests
  • radiography tests (x-rays)
  • ultrasounds

Treatment of False Pregnancy

False pregnancy in German Shepherds usually resolves on its own. But if you are bothered with the physical and behavioral signs your dog is showing, talk to the veterinarian about how you can ease these symptoms.

If an episode of false pregnancy takes a long time to end, veterinary intervention should be considered. Administering bromocriptine and decreasing food and water intake minimize the lactation. Diuretics and mild sedatives may also speed up the affected dog’s recovery.

If your German Shepherd has experienced multiple false pregnancies, spaying is highly recommended to prevent the recurrence in the future. You may also take her out for a walk to keep her preoccupied and lessen her worries about her “puppies.”

 

These German Shepherd Puppies Tilting Their Heads Will Make Your Day!

What’s cuter than German Shepherd puppies? German Shepherd puppies tilting their heads, of course!

Don’t you just love it when German Shepherd pups tilt their heads? These two 10-week-old cuties are hanging out with their human inside the house. And just like us, the owner of these cuties just cannot help but giggle at their cutesy innocence so he or she most likely made unusual sounds to make the German Shepherds tilt their heads.

Tilting to the left, tilting to the right; these little fluffballs cannot help but be curious about what they’re hearing. Their ears are already standing up but the tips cannot help but slightly flop from one side to the other.

Awww. These two German Shepherd cuties sure are melting our hearts!

Super cute!

Firefighter Adopts German Shepherd He Posed With For Charity Calendar

A firefighter has adopted the German Shepherd he posed with for Charleston Animal Society’s 2017 Calendar.

Yearly, the Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina produces calendars to raise funds for the animals under their care. During the photo shoot for the 2017 calendar, two of their models – a dog and a human – have formed a special bond. Rob Tackett met Kimber, a 16-month-old German Shepherd the day he posed topless for the Charleston Firefighter 2017 calendar. The partners posed for the March page, where in the German Shepherd nestles comfortably in Tackett’s arms.

“She was a little skittish at first, but once I petted and picked her up, she just fell into my arms,” Tackett told The Dodo. “Right there, I was like, ‘I love this dog.’ It was instantaneous.”

Kimber’s owner Steve Hall and his wife were present during the shoot. The couple watched endearingly as their beloved pooch makes her debut in front of the camera. They could hardly believe their eyes, seeing the connection between Kimber and Rob.

In February 2016, their furry bundle of joy was picked up off the streets and brought to the Charleston Animal Society. She was so malnourished, mangy, and shay. Poor Kimber was so small and thin that they could not figure out what dog breed she was. They said Kimber is also unsually wary of men.  They assumed something could have happened in her past that made her feel afraid of males. That’s why the couple was surprised to see that Kimber was not scared of Rob.

“Before I even met her, [Hall’s] wife came up and met me outside of where we were doing the calendar,” Rob told The Dodo. “And she said, ‘Just to warn you, she was very badly abused by her previous owners, and she’s very skittish of men. She usually doesn’t even let men come near her.’ I said, ‘That’s fine. I understand completely.’ But that didn’t seem to be the case with me. Kimber just fell into my arms, and let me carry her around like a baby the entire day.”

Since the photoshoot, Steve and Rob — both war veterans — stayed in touch.

“We were both deployed at the same time, so we bonded over that,” Rob said. “We hung out with the family, went to the beach together and went out to lunch a lot.”

Steve suffers from PTSD and he was actually having Kimber trained to become his service dog. Sadly. Steve had a serious back injury, which needed surgery. Knowing how at ease Kimber feels with Rob, Steve asked the firefighter to watch Kimber.  Rob didn’t let the chance to get closer to Kimber pass and went on to take care of his new buddy.

Just when everyone thought Steve would get better, he sadly got worse after the surgery. He had to make a heartbreaking decision to give up Kimber – but he did not have to look further. Steve asked Rob if he could permanently adopt Kimber and of course, how could he say no?

“He didn’t want to give her up, but he knew it was best for Kimber,” Rob said. “To me that’s the bravest thing he could have done, because it’s his service dog for his comfort, and he knew he couldn’t take care of her the way she deserved.”

The German Shepherd has been enjoying his life with Rob since October last year and their bond has grown a lot stronger since they first met. The once shy and timid dog has become more confident and sociable.

“It’s amazing to see her transformation over the last couple of months — how she is with other guys, and other people in general,” Rob told The Dodo. “She is an incredibly calm dog, but when it’s time for her to play, she’s so much fun. When you see her play with other dogs, you see her real personality come out. She’s such a loving dog.”

Not only is Kimber a fun-loving dog, she also likes being a diva.

“If you do something she does not agree with, she will purposely turn away from you and look away,” Rob shared. “A lot of times she’ll ride up on the front seat with me on my truck, but when my girlfriend comes in town, she goes into the back seat. Kimber doesn’t agree with that at all. She will turn and face the back window so she doesn’t have to look at me. It’s hilarious.”

While Steve is still recovering from his injuries, he makes sure to visit his beloved German Shepherd whenever he can. While it’s unfortunate that Steve had to go through a hard time, Rob and Kimber are happy to be in each other’s lives.

“I love coming home to that little dog,” Rob said. “She’s awesome. She’s a very special dog.”

The Charleston Firefighter Calendar is still available and if you wish to support the Charleston Animal Society and buy one, you may do so here.

German Shepherd Behavior: How to Make Your Pet Canine Loyal and Responsible

Understanding German Shepherd behavior is a must before deciding to get one. While German Shepherds are genuinely gentle and friendly dogs, they are known to exhibit certain behavior problems. Rest assured, with proper training and attention, your German shepherd will learn to become obedient and responsible with time. Here are a few tips on how to train your dog:

Become a Responsible Dog Owner

First off, as a pet owner, it is your job to ensure your dog is happy and has everything they need. Feed your pet high quality and low caloric dog food to keep them healthy. Additionally, make sure your German shepherd gets plenty of exercise. These dogs are active and can easily get bored around the house.

Dogs do no not possess a sense of morality and are not able to differentiate between what is “right” and “wrong.” Sometimes, even the most well behaved dogs act out if they are deprived of their needs or are experiencing pain. If your dog is acting in an unusual manner, take them to the vet and have them checked.

Chewing

Dog and especially young puppies love to chew. While this may keep them calm and composed, it can cause them to ruin cushions and bedding around the house. Chewing is a nature behavior in dogs, hence it is advised you purchase your German shepherd tons of chew toys. This will prevent them from damaging expensive furniture and basically tearing the house down. However, purchase high quality chew toys and not the ones made from inexpensive plastics. These toys can be detrimental to your dog’s health and may result in health problems in the future.

It is important your dog’s chewing needs are satisfied because these German Shepherds have sharp teeth and can destroy most materials. If your dog chews into something sharp, they can break their teeth or even choke. Purchase safe chew toys for your dog. If you spend hours away from home, consider crate training your dog and confine him to chew toys to satisfy their chewing needs.

Train Them

Training is an exciting yet challenging process that is an integral part of any dog’s lifestyle. Additionally, it will help you control them when they are indulging in disruptive behavior. Obedience training provides your dog the necessary skills to become a responsible canine. These classes will prevent your dog from leaping or barking at strangers. Offer your pet compelling rewards that will encourage them to remain well-behaved, offer them edible and bite sized treats or persuade them to remain well behaved by letting them play with their favorite toys.

If you do not have time or are finding it difficult to train your dog at home, consider enrolling them in formal puppy classes. Most young dogs enjoy the experience so much that you may have to enroll them over and over again. Some sessions include the dog owners too, allowing you to spend quality time with your pet.

Begging

This is a habit which needs to be discouraged and controlled immediately. Dogs that are fed from the table are likely to beg. Never give your dog food from the table while you are eating with your family. Human food can result in a number of health concerns in dogs. In fact, some foods, such as avocadoes and grapes are toxic for canines. If you start feeding your dog scraps from the table, they will learn to beg for more food, hence they will develop this habit from the beginning. If your dog starts to whine and cry, confine them during human meal times.

Leash Training

Eventually, you will have to teach your dog to walk properly on a leash. There is nothing worse than having to run after a pet on the street when you are unable to control them. Leashing training can be quite challenging because dogs tend to get excited once they step outdoors and are eager to explore their surroundings. Teach your dog to walk on a leash without pulling. Try to be stern and gentle at the same time. If your dog is misbehaving or won’t stop pulling, become still. Eventually they will learn that pulling their leash will not get them anywhere.
These are some key tips you can follow to improve your German Shepherd’s behavior and make him more loyal and responsible.

 

The Different Types of German Shepherds: Which One Should You Get?

Knowing how to break up a dog fight is a must for every dog owner – especially a German Shepherd owner.

Seeing dogs get into a fight is one of the scariest things you’ll experience as a dog owner. Whenever your dog interacts with another dog, there is always a chance that you will experience a dog fight. So how does one break a dog fight?

Know the Signs of a Brewing Dog Fight

German Shepherds can be very protective of their owners and their property. Their protective instincts may kick in and may attack when strange dogs, animals, or even humans enter their property or get too near their loved ones.

But do remember that no dog is violent in nature and being involved in a dog fight doesn’t make a dog bad. In fact, most dogs don’t like violence. Dogs communicate in different ways and sociable dogs will often show warning signs when things get heated.

Here are some the warning signs dogs show when they feel they or their property and loved ones are being threatened:

  • Growling,
  • Whale eyes,
  • Lowered ears,
  • Panting,
  • Baring teeth,
  • Cowering and looking away,
  • Licking lips and nose,
  • Yawning,
  • Flickering, straight, or tucked tail.

In the dog world, these actions basically mean “Please back away or I’ll bite.”

Things You Can Use To Break Up A Dog Fight

Once you see the warning signs, there are some objects you can use to prevent the dogs from getting into a fight. Remember that the main goal is stop a fight with no one getting hurt.

You can use the following items to stop dog fights from progressing:

  • Water spray,
  • Citronella spray,
  • Air horn,
  • Blanket,
  • Parting stick.

Break Up A Dog Fight With The Help Of Another Person

If the items above did not work or if the two dogs are already engaging in a fight, then the situation has come to a point where the physical intervention of a human must be done – as fast as possible.

It is ideal to have the fighting dogs be broken up by two people and the technique called “wheelbarrow” is the safest to use. With this technique, each person grabs the back legs of the fighting dogs and picks them up like wheelbarrow. With the dogs’ hind legs up, each person pulls the dogs apart to keep them away from each other.

Here’s how to do the wheelbarrow technique to stop dog fights.

Go behind your dog, grab his hind legs, and raise them up into the air. Your dog will be forced to stand on his front legs and will not be able to continue fighting.

Then you and your partner must separate the dogs as you back away slowly. Make sure to hold the dog’s feet as firmly as you can while you carefully pull and walk away in a smooth backward arc. By doing this technique, the dog you are holding won’t be able to turn and reach around to bite you. Since the dog will only be relying on his front legs, he’ll have a difficult time maneuvering with any agility.

When you and the dog you are holding reach a safe distance from the other dog, secure the dog and hold him until he calms down. Make sure he focuses on you by turning him away or distracting him so he doesn’t see the other dog.

Break Up A Dog Fight When You Are Alone

It is extremely dangerous to attempt to stop a dog fight on your own. But if it is really needed, you can move forward carefully with the steps below.

Get a leash if you don’t already have one with you. The dogs may continue to fight while you search for a leash but you have to take the necessary precautions for your own safety.

Approach one of the dogs – though it’s better to pick the aggressor. When you’re close enough, loop the leash around the dog’s belly — just at the front of the hind legs.

Slide the end of the leash through the looped handle and pull it tight so it holds the dog’s hips. Immediately walk back as you pull the dog until you reach something you can fasten and secure the dog to – like a post, a telephone pole or anything alike.

Then move towards the second dog, grab him by his hind legs and pull him away using the wheelbarrow method mentioned above.

Pull the dog at least 25 ft away from the other dog, and find a way to hold him down until help arrives.

 

 

 

Keep your German Shepherd Dog Safe This Halloween

While Halloween is a holiday most of us look forward to every year, celebrating it with precaution is a must – especially if you have dogs and little ones. Here are some tips to keep your German Shepherd Dog safe this Halloween.

Consider where to put candles and jack-o-lanterns

It’s best to place candles and jack-o-lanterns out of your German Shepherd’s reach. Your GSD might knock these decorations over and even start a fire.

Never leave your German Shepherd outside on Halloween

There will be a lot of pranksters during Halloween and your dog could be randomly targeted. Strangers may also want to feed and offer your dog treats and candy – and this could be bad for his health.

Keep your German Shepherd in a safe and secure room

Most German Shepherds are smart and obedient but they can be very suspicious of strangers coming in your property. Also, since you’ll be expecting youngsters coming in your property, you will probably choose to leave the gate open.

To be on the safe side, it’s best to keep your German Shepherd in a safe and secure room to avoid any accidents like your German Shepherd escaping your property or biting somebody.

Put your German Shepherd on a leash

In case you want your German Shepherd to join the Halloween fun, we suggest putting him on a leash. That way, it will be easier to control any situation.

But if your German Shepherd has an awesome temperament, you can forget the leash. But make sure to keep a watchful eye on him throughout the celebration.

Should you decide to put on a costume on your German Shepherd, make sure it’s safe

In case you decide to put on a costume on your GS, make sure it fits properly and is making it difficult for him to move. Inspect his costume and make sure that there isn’t any decorative item that he could chew and swallow as some of these items could cause obstructions in their intestine.

Walk your German Shepherd early

It’s best to walk your German Shepherd early when the sun is still shining. Most likely, chocolates and candy wrappers will be scattered along the streets when the kids start trick or treating. Your GS might find some during walk and eat them. People in costumes can be scary for dogs as well.

Make sure your German Shepherd has proper identifications

It’s always better to be prepared for worst case scenarios so it’s best to put on a collar and tag on your German Shepherd. It’s also a good idea to have his microchip updated. That way, people and authorities can easily contact you in case he dashes out and gets lost.

Halloween is a fun holiday to spend with your German Shepherd. Just make sure to keep it fun yet safe for you, your German Shepherd, and everyone!

 

Why are Dog Noses Wet? Is Your German Shepherd’s Nose Always Wet?

Why are dog noses wet? Sometimes we cannot help but wonder about so many things about or dogs and being curious about their nose is only one of those things. If your love dogs in general, then you probably find dog noses cute and you are probably wondering why they are wet.

 

The reason why dog noses are always wet has been so asked any times that dog behavior expert and researcher Dr. Stanley Coren penned a tale about it. According to Dr. Coren:

“During the great flood, Noah tasked the dogs to patrol the ark to keep everyone safe. One day, while the dogs were patrolling, they found a small hole – the size of coin – in the ark.

One dog immediately plugged the hole with his little nose while the other one ran back to Noah to alert him and ask for help. When Noah arrived, he patched the hole in time –saving everybody in the ark.

So as a reward, God made dog noses cold and wet.”

Legends and tales aside, there are different explanations behind the wetness of dog noses and here are some.

Your German Shepherd Dog’s nose is wet because it’s how he or she cools down

Unlike humans, our dogs’ bodies do not have sweat glands so they cool down in some ways different. Just like other dogs, German Shepherds cool their bodies down by:

  • Sweating through their paws,
  • Panting,
  • And letting their body’s heat evaporate through their wet noses.

Inside their noses, dogs have special mucous glands, more specifically in their nostrils. These glands produce that clear fluid coming from your German Shepherd’s nose and this watery fluid helps the body cool down faster.

Your German Shepherd Dog’s nose is wet because he or she licks it all the time

Yep, dogs do lick their noses a lot. Since dogs mostly rely on their sense of smell, it is expected for them to put their noses wherever it leads them, whether it is under the table, into the dirt, inside the bushes, and even in your shoes. You German Shepherd will lick his or her nose to keep it clean.

 

Your German Shepherd Dog’s nose gets moist and wet on its own to help gather scent

A dog’s nose is very powerful for a reason. The anatomy of our doggies’ noses do contribute in their exceptional talent. Dog noses produce mucus to help them smell scents better. Dog experts believe that the moisture produced by the nose helps our dogs absorb tiny water droplets in the air that carry scents. The fluid their noses produce makes the slightest hint of a scent easier to detect.