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Shepherd Guide, Issue #002 -- May 09
May 19, 2009


Welcome to another issue of the Shepherd Guide!

Thank you for subscribing. I know we're all busy. So, in respect for your time, I will keep these monthly updates short and to the point.

May 2009

In this Issue:

  1. In the News - Your Dog Stories
  2. GSD Hero of the Month - Shepherd Mix Protects Injured Mother
  3. Training - eCollar Training Update
  4. Health Issue - Pancreatic Insufficiency
  5. What's On Your Mind?

1. In The News

Last month, Hope, a four year old piano-playing German Shepherd was profiled. That's hard to follow, but I know my readers have very special dogs.

I want to hear about your amazing German Shepherd. What makes your dog unique?

Share your dog stories here.

Read more stories about German Shepherds in the news.

2. GSD Hero of the Month

A frantic shepherd mix valiantly and successfully kept vehicles and authorities from reaching his injured mother who had been struck by a car. As "Chili" lay motionless and bleeding, her son, "Husky", protected her from passing cars and officials on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, New York.

See the video and read more on my German Shepherd Blog.

3. Training

The eCollar my dog trainer recommended is having an amazing effect on my year old Shepherd. I wish I'd hired her months ago.

My dog is a different dog. She still has strong owner attachment issues, evidenced by the way she performed beautifully when the trainer took her out without me for a full day. She did amazingly well at the park (with many distractions) and walked down a busy street without any complications.

The trainer told me that her issues stemmed with me. Not exactly what I wanted to hear. But, I'm glad that Renee is training my dog while correcting me.

If you want to use an eCollar on your dog, I highly recommend working with someone who has a lot of experience in using it correctly as a training tool. Otherwise, there will be much un-training to do.

Look for the full story on the site soon.

4. Health Issue

I just heard about this very serious, but treatable disease that occurs in large breed dogs, particularly German Shepherds. Pancreatic Insufficiency, or PI, is also known as maldigestion syndrome.

Learn more about pancreatic insufficiency.

5. What's On Your Mind?

As a fellow German Shepherd lover, I want to hear what you may have questions or concerns about.

What would you like to read about in future issues? Reply to this email and let me know.

Until next month,

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