Standard Georgian Shepherd Care Tips

Posted by on Mar 5, 2008 in Dogs, Georgian Shepherd, Pets | Comments Off on Standard Georgian Shepherd Care Tips

georgian shepherd care tipsOwning dogs, in particular providing care for the georgian shepherd, is a specialty of humans across the globe. Some zoologists theorize that dogs were first domesticated sometime between 12,000 and twenty five thousand years ago—and that canines evolved from wolves. Since then, we have selectively bred more than four hundred different breeds, which vary in size from four-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, whose 3-ft stature has earned them the title of the tallest canine. However, the most popular canines are non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The georgian shepherd is another popular pick with dog owners. Many owners are misinformed, however, of some of the most important georgian shepherd care tips.

Typical health care cost of your georgian shepherd

The annual cost of taking care of the georgian shepherd—which includes everything from nutrition, to doctor bills, toys and license—can range between $420 and $780. This doesn’t even consider capital costs for spay/neuter procedures, a collar and leash, a dog carrier and dog crate. Note: Be positive you have procured all your supplies before bringing your georgian shepherd home for the first time.

Typical georgian shepherd Care

georgian shepherd Feeding Routine

  • georgian shepherd puppies between eight and 12 weeks need 4 bowls of food per day.
  • georgian shepherd puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals in a 24 hour period.
  • Feed puppies six months old to one year old two times in a day.
  • When your georgian shepherd makes his 1st birthday, 1 meal in a 24 hour period is all that’s required.
  • Some adult georgian shepherds might prefer two smaller meals. It is your responsibility to learn your georgian shepherd’s eating schedule.

Premium-quality dry dogfood ensures balanced nutrition to grown georgian shepherds and can mix with broth, canned food, or water. Your georgian shepherd may like cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables, but these additions shouldn’t total more than ten pct of his or her daily allowance. georgian shepherd puppies should probably be given premium-quality, name brand puppy food. You should limit “people food”, however, because it can result in mineral and vitamin deficiencies, bone and teeth issues, and may create some extremely picky food choices and obesity. Clean, potable water should be available exclusively, and make certain to wash food and water dishes daily.

georgian shepherd Care Tips: Make sure your georgian shepherd does plenty of daily physical activity

georgian shepherds need physical activity so they can stay healthy, recharge their minds, and remain in good health. Daily exercise also tends to help georgian shepherds avoid boredom, which has the potential to lead to naughty behavior. Supervised fun and games would cure most of your georgian shepherd’s desires to chase, retrieve, chew, dig and herd. Individual exercise needs depend on your georgian shepherd’s level of health and her age—but just a couple of walks around the block every day and ten minutes outside probably will not do. If your georgian shepherd is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, her requirements will probably be a little more.

georgian shepherd Grooming

You can help reduce shedding and keep your georgian shepherd clean with brushing. Inspect for fleas and ticks every day during warm weather. Many georgian shepherds don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Prior to bathing, cut out or comb any mats from the georgian shepherd’s coat. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap.

georgian shepherd Handling

Pups are obviously easier to handle. To carry the georgian shepherd pup, take 1 of your hands and place it under the dog’s chest, either with your forearm or other hand supporting his or her hind legs and rump. Never attempt to lift or grab your pup by the front legs, tail or back of the neck. When you need to lift a larger, full-grown georgian shepherd, pick it up from underneath, bracing her chest with 1 of your arms and rear end with your other.

Housing your georgian shepherd

georgian shepherds need a warm peaceful spot to sleep away from all breezes and away from the ground or floor. You may wish to think about purchasing a doggie bed, or think about making one out of a wooden box. Put a clean comforter, sheet, blanket, or pillow inside the bed. Wash your georgian shepherd’s bed covering often. If the georgian shepherd will be spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure she has access to plenty of cool water and shade in hot weather, and a covered, dry, warm shelter during the winter.

georgian shepherd Licensing and Identification

There are licensing rules to follow in your area. You should attach the license to your georgian shepherd’s collar. The license, together with an identification tag or tattoo, can help you recover your georgian shepherd should he go missing.

georgian shepherd Temperament Information

georgian shepherd Training

A well-behaved, companion georgian shepherd can be a blessing to raise. But when untrained, your dog will most likely be a pain. Teaching your georgian shepherd the basics—”Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, and “Leave it”—will bolster your relationship with both the dog as well as the friends. If you’re the owner of a puppy, start teaching her the appropriate behavior immediately! Use food as incentive and recognition. Pups should begin obedience courses when they are adequately vaccinated. Call the community humane society or SPCA for training courses. It is best to keep your georgian shepherd leashed in public, even as a puppy. Just be sure your doggie will come to you whenever you say. A disobedient or aggressive georgian shepherd shouldn’t play with others.

Your georgian shepherd’s Health

georgian shepherds should see the vet for a full exam, innoculations and a heartworm screening annualy, and ASAP when she is hurt or ill.

georgian shepherd Oral Health

Although we may simply dislike our georgian shepherd’s halitosis, we must pay attention to what it might represent. Bad breath is a symptom that your georgian shepherd needs an oral exam. Plaque triggered by unhealthy bacteria results in a terrible odor that can only be cured by professional treatment. After a professional dental cleaning, the teeth and gums can be maintained in a healthy state by feeding a special diet focused on dental health, eliminating table food, and regular brushing. Your vet can provide you with more information for reducing oral diseases as well as stinky breath. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your georgian shepherd’s teeth. You can brush them with a gauze pad, a piece of nylon stocking stretched across the finger, or a soft, child’s toothbrush. Periodontal disease,which is an infection between the teeth and gums, sometimes affects georgian shepherds. This painful condition can possibly result in loss of teeth as well as spread disease to the body. The doctor will clean the georgian shepherd’s teeth while performing his typical health exam.

Bad georgian shepherd Breath

While bad breath caused by oral disease might not be that serious if detected early, some halitosis may indicate fairly serious, persistent issues. A pleasant, even fruity smell may sometimes be a sign of diabetes, while diseases of the intestines or liver may cause foul breath. When your georgian shepherd’s breath smells of ammonia or urine, kidney disease is a possible reason. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your georgian shepherd has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.

Tick and Fleas in georgian shepherds

Regular, daily checks of your georgian shepherd for ticks and fleas throughout the warm seasons are of utmost importance. Find and remove fleas using a flea comb. There are numerous new technologies of flea control. Refer to your georgian shepherd’s doctor about these and other options.

Heartworm problems in georgian shepherds

The heartworm is a parasite that resides in the heart and is passed from a contaminated dog to your georgian shepherd by mosquitoes. Heartworm infestations are potentially deadly. It’s very critical you make sure your georgian shepherd takes a blood screening for heartworms annually in the spring. It is also good to give your georgian shepherd a once-a-month tablet throughout the course of mosquito season in order to protect her from heartworms. Your georgian shepherd should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some places, usually the areas with warmer climates, where the veterinarians recommend heartworm pills be used throughout the year.

Medications and Poisons

If you’re thinking about giving your georgian shepherd tablets that was not prescribed for her by his doctor, don’t even think about it. As little as one ibuprofen tablet can cause stomach ulcers in georgian shepherds. Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your georgian shepherd. When you think your pooch has eaten a poisonous substance, notify your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 twenty-four hrs. per day for information.

Neutering and Spaying georgian shepherds

It is recommended that female georgian shepherds be spayed—which is the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—removal of the testicles—by 6 months old. You will greatly diminish your female georgian shepherd’s chance of breast cancer by spaying prior to maturity. Spaying also eliminates the risk of a sick uterus, a very serious condition in older females that requires intensive medical care. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, some hernias and certain types of aggressions are all preventable by neutering males.

georgian shepherd Immunizing

  • georgian shepherd puppies should be vaccinated with a combination immunization (called the “5-in-1”) at 2, three and four months old, and again once yearly. This innoculation immunizes your puppy from hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and distemper. The georgian shepherd puppy’s immunization program cannot be completed before 4 months old.
  • If your georgian shepherd has not been vaccinated and is older than 4 months, he will need to be given two vaccinations asap, 2 or three weeks apart. After that you must vaccinate every year.
  • Your georgian shepherd puppy’s socialization should coincide with her vaccination program. Most veterinarians recommend that new owners bring their georgian shepherd puppies to socialization classes, as early as eight to nine weeks of age. They should have received their first innoculations by then.

Regulations are so varied around the country, the best thing is to contact your neighborhood vet to get rabies immunization details. For instance, New York City rules state that pets older than three months must be immunized for rabies. The first rabies immunization must be followed by a subsequent shot a year later, and then every 3 years. There are several immunizations, many of which are effective for your georgian shepherd. Others, however, are not. Your vet can tell you about them. Please be aware, if your georgian shepherd happens to get ill because he is not innoculated, the immunization ought to be given once your companion animal has recovered.

Roundworms in georgian shepherds

georgian shepherds are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—even in urban areas. Microscopic eggs made by roundworms are transmitted through an infested dog’s stool. Most pups, even from healthy mothers in good homes, carry hookworms or roundworms. The key to effective treatment is early diagnosis. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed treatment will be highly effective against your georgian shepherd’s worms. A dewormer that eliminates hookworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your vet can best figure out the culprit—and decide the right medication.

Miscellaneous georgian shepherd Care Tips

georgian shepherd Supply Checklist

  • High-quality dog food and snacks designed for georgian shepherds and similarly-sized dogs
  • Food dish
  • Water dish
  • Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
  • Brush and comb for grooming, including flea comb
  • Collar with identification tag and license
  • Leash
  • Dog carrier (for puppies)
  • Training crate
  • Box or dog bed with blanket or towel
  • Doggie toothbrush

The no-no list

Never feed your georgian shepherd the following:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chocoloate or any food with caffeine
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Moldy or spoiled food
  • Onions, chives & garlic
  • Poultry bones
  • Salt or salty foods
  • Tomato leaves, stems and unripe fruit
  • Dough

The “Bottom” Line

Unless you are at home, or in a fenced-in, secured spot, keep your georgian shepherd on a leash at all times. And please, when your georgian shepherd defecates on your neighbor’s yard, dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about georgian shepherds

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