West German Shepherds

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Food Items

Chocolate, Coffee, Grapes / Rasins, Nuts Walnuts, Macadamia nuts, Onions / Garlic, Tomatoes, Avocados, Fruits & Veggies with large seeds, 


Small bones - chicken, pork etc

Cooked bones - cooked bones will splinter into sharp shards when chewed. 

Medicines - yes various OTC & prescription drugs including vitamins & suppliments  If unsure contact your vet or Pet Poison Helpline. 

This I believe  - the way to a dogs heart is thru their nose. I treat my crew by giving small samples of things I am cooking/eating, but with 2 very important points in mind, 1) always set aside the dogs portion before you add spices & flavorings. 2) less is more, only allow them a very small portion. If you want to make their enjoyment last longer - hold the food item in your closed hand & let them savor the smell for about 5-10 seconds, then open your hand to deliver the new food sample. 


Herbicides, Rodenticides, Insecticides, Household Cleaning products, Fertilizer, Detergents

Antifreeze - this smells sweet to dogs but it is deadly

De-icer for sidewalks can be absorbed into the pads on their paws and they will lick them and ingest the contaminant. 

Just like baby proofing for an infant, do the same for your pets; there are many hazardous chemicals in every home, under the sink, in the garage, basement or utility shed. You wouldn’t leave your 6 month old baby outdoors while the pest control tech sprays for termites, please ensure that Rover is not exposed either. 

Miscellaneous Items

Metals: lead, zinc, copper

Batteries, cell phones, remote controls, keys & electronic key fobs, 

Childrens' toys

Household plants, shrubs & garden varieties

Clothing items - these can block off the stomach

Anything you drop or leave lying around is a target for a puppy, if it can be found - then it is a potential hazard. Develop good habits of being tidy. Dogs are often attracted to bizarre items such as electronics or clothing because they carry the unique scent of family members. Socks & underwear prove to be a common theme we hear about frequently.

5 month old zoey loads up for an outing

5 month old zoey loads up for an outing



Pet Poison Helpline (Health) www.petpoisonhelpline.com

BringFido (Travel / Socialization) www.bringfido.com  Its like Yelp but for dogs, find dog friendly restaurants, hotels, dog parks etc

VetStreet (Health) www.vetstreet.com

PetMD (Health)  www.petmd.com

CanisMajor (On-Line Magazine) www.canismajor.com/dog/

Leerburg (Training) www.leerburg.com

Pedigree Database (Pedigree Research) www.pedigreedatabase.com

American Kennel Club (AKC Registration) www.akc.org

The Daily Shep (On-line Forum) www.thedailyshep.com

Total German Shepherd (On-line forum) www.total-german-shepherd.com

German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) www.gsdca.org

German Shepherd Dog Club of America - Working Dog Association (GSDCA-WDA) www.gsdca-wda.org


canine quotes 

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.

— Christopher Morley
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

— Roger Caras
I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.

— Gilda Radner
I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.

— John Steinbeck
If there was any petting to be done...he chose to do it. Often he would sit looking at me, and then, moved by a delicate affection, come and pull at my coat and sleeve until he could touch my face with his nose, and then go away contented.

— Charles Dudley Warner
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

— Bernard Williams
The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.

— Patrick Demarchelier
I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.

— Doris Day
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

— Anon.
There are three faithful friends an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
— Benjamin Franklin
Every dog is a lion at home.

— Henry George Bohn
When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.

— Eckhart Tolle
When you adopt a dog, you have a lot of very good days and one very bad day.

— W. Bruce Cameron
Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.

— Franklin P. Jones