The Importance of Love and Attention for your German Shepherd
One final element – too often overlooked in scientific studies – is just plain love and attention; something your German Shepherd truly needs, and every day! Remember, dogs are social creatures – don't forget that wolves are pack animals, after all – and need loving contact with other creatures in order to be happy and fulfilled. A stressed or lonely dog is never a healthy dog, and you might find that psychological maladies in your pet give way to physical ones. So remember to spend time with your dog. It's one thing to leave him or her five days a week while you're at work, but be sure that when you're at home, you're paying as much attention to your dog's social and emotional needs as you are to his or her biological ones. A hug, a kiss, a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears all contribute to making your German Shepherd healthy – just as regular trips to the veterinarian or a strong protein-based diet do. So next time your German Shepherd comes over sniffing and looking for attention, don't just brush him or her off – spend time with them. Dogs are very intuitive animals, able to read and feel many of our emotions and moods. As such, it’s important to give them as much love and attention as you can because they’ll give it right back to you. There’s nothing better than giving your German Shepherd a big hug around that furry neck or belly scratch just to let them now special they are to you and your family.
They don't call dogs “man's best friend” for no reason – the interactions will benefit both of you – body and soul!