Species group: Working Group dogs
Other name(s): Deutscher Pinscher
The German Pinscher was originally developed in Germany as a farm dog expected to kill vermin as part of its duties. Slightly bigger than the Miniature Pinscher but smaller than the Doberman, this once-common breed almost vanished in the aftermath of World War II. However, breeder Werner Jung risked his ife to smuggle dogs from East into West Germany to revive the breed. Today, its existence seems secure, and it was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003.
Like many other breeds that started as vermin hunters, the German Pinscher is tenacious, strong-willed, and energetic. To put it plainly, many individuals are downright bossy and will try to dominate the other pets-- or even the unconfident owner. If you don't know how to manage a strong-willed and tireless animal without losing your patience or just giving up, you should choose a less challenging breed. Because of this tireless determination, they can make fine watchdogs as well as jogging companions.
Appearance / health:
The German Pinscher is a medium-sized elegant dog with a strong square build and moderate body structure. The head is shaped like a blunt wedge. The oval eyes are of medium size. The ears are set high, symmetrical, and carried erect when cropped. If uncropped, they are V-shaped with a folding pleat. The skull is flat. The long muzzle is bluntly tipped with a medium-sized, black nose. The chest is moderately wide.
The German Pinscher is an average shedder requiring very little grooming. Occasional brushing to remove dead hair is sufficient.
German Pinscher needs daily exercise. They are happiest when they can run free in a supervised fenced yard. However, owners staying in apartments can take their dogs for long walks and jogs every day.
German Pinschers are a healthy breed. Common health issues such as allergies, eye and thyroid problems may occur in some dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
With strong protective and territorial instincts, German Pinschers make good watchdogs. They have a strong tendency to bark at strangers and are capable of biting. They are natural hunters and are excellent vermin killers. They love to chase smaller animals as they have a high prey drive. German Pinschers require a strong-willed dominant owner who has the time to train and exercise them. Owners, casual about training them, may experience several behavioral problems later. Bored dogs can be destructive, and may expend their energies digging holes or chewing household objects. They love to jump when greeting family and friends.
They are fast learners who are eager to learn. Firm, consistent training is necessary for this breed. They quickly housebreak and learn the house rules. They excel in obedience and agility, with enthusiasm and intelligence.
They are not excessive barkers.
cool tricks, loving companion, quick learner, intelligent
positive reinforcements, strong food drive, keen walkers, knee height
Steroids are old school
In my opinion, steroids such as dexamethasone for conditions that involve chronic pain and inflammation are ineffective. Steroids will help pain by reducing inflammation it is true. Steroids are great for those one time acute injuries that need a quick anti-inflammatory. If your pet is suffering from hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis then, steroids are not going to help without injuring another part in the body. If hip dysplasia is a chronic problem then steroids is not a chronic treatment. This is the reason. Steroids, if used over a long period of time, can suppress the own body's ability to produce its own hormones needed. If a patient will be having surgery soon then, use of steroids prior to surgery and after surgery for a short time is not a bad thing. Using steroids when surgery is not going to be an option can cause a side effect that could decrease your pet's quality of life. .
From JMalone CVT 38 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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