Everybody thinks they know the German Shepherd. Many of us grew up with Rin Tin Tin, or we saw German Shepherds in nightly news reports breaking up riots, or we saw them in neighbors backyards protecting children. But that only scratches the surface of one of the most fascinating and confusing breeds on earth. Whether its selection, nutrition, routine health care, training, competition, or just having fun, theres more to it with a German Shepherd than with other breeds. And if youre thinking about adding one to your family, or you already have one, you need to know all you can about this breed. Which is where German Shepherds For Dummies comes in.Is this noble and intelligent breed the right dog for you and your family? German Shepherds For Dummies provides the answer to this and all your questions about getting, caring for, and living with this loveable breed. Lifelong German Shepherd owner and longtime German Shepherd breeder, trainer, and exhibitor, Carline Coile, PhD ,gets you up and running with what you need to know to:Find and communicate with reputable breedersChoose the right German Shepherd for youHousebreak and socialize your new puppyEducate yourself and your dogHandle behavioral problemsParticipate in competitionsDr. Coile provides insights into the German Shepherd temperament and loads of sensible, easy-to-follow advice, along with fun facts and Shepherd trivia, amusing and informative anecdotes, and tips on how to have a great time with your dog. Discover how to:Understand how to communicate with your German Shepherd Train your German ShepherdFind a good trainer and attend classesDeal with hereditary health problemsFeed and exercise your German ShepherdRecognize, prevent and treat common health problemsHave loyal friend for lifeThe indispensable guide for you and your German Shepherd, German Shepherds For Dummies is the only book youll need to help you have the best possible experience with this handsome and sensitive breed of dog.