Dutch Shepherd dog breed info. We all know German and Belgium Shepherds. But have you ever heard about Dutch Shepherds? As you can probably guess, Dutch Shepherd is a dog from Netherlands. They were used here as sheepdogs. They were not only herding sheeps, they also had to protect and guard them. Which means, that they are very versitale breed. Today, they are mostly used as obedient and smart companion dogs.
Those dogs are impressively intelligent and they definitely love to work. Important thing to know is, that they are high energy. It will not be easy to keep your dog entertain, you will need to make long walks, different types of plays, you can play fetch with them, go jogging, také them on long hikes, give them interactive food puzzle toys.. This is the most important part of having Dutch shepherd – keep their body and mind stimulated – if you will do this, than you will have happy dog in your home.
This breed is especially good at obedience and discipline. Its because of their love to work and high intelligence. They love to work with you and they get all the possible commands. Those dogs definitely have strong character and good owner can achieve a lot with them.
Its harder to recognize them from Belgian Shepherd – because just like Dutch shepherd, they can have short, long and wire coat, they have similar personality, similar energy level and they are both healthy and loyal dogs. The similarity is again in their size – Dutch shepherd is little bit smaller and they dont have typical squared shape body like Belgian Shepherd. Belgian Malinois are also available in many different colors.
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Dogs and puppies generaly dont like b aths and they do not sea reason to take it. They dont mind if they are little stinky, they might actually even like that. Because of that, you want to associate bathing with something positive, like treats or toys. Show your dog empty bath at first, give him some treats or toys into it and after he is not that scared add water and start with shampooing and showering.
Be very carefull and dont let the water get into dogs eyes and nose - it is can be dangerous for dogs and it definitely is not pleasant for them.
My last tip is about drying. I always use towels only and after that i let the dogs and puppies dry themself. But if you use blow dryer, be very carefull so you avoid burning puppy skin. Dogs also dont like sound of blow dryers, so i really think, that towels are the best options.
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People loves getting massage. And guess what, dogs like that too. It have lot of benefits for them, it can reduce anxiety and stress level, it can help healing your dog after injury, improves their body functions and it will make better human to dog bond.
It is important, that you will be doing massage on place without distractions. It can be on your garden or in your home, but i would not give my dog massage in a park full of people and other dogs. The massage must be very gentle. The human like massage might be too rough for a dog and he would not like it.
Watch our full guide on How to massage your dog here:
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Lie down is one of the few basic commands every dog – no matter what breed it is – must know. You should train your dog how to sit, before you start with lie down, if you dont know hot to do that, i am giving you link to my How to Sit video in description. But back to the lie down command – after you get your dog to sitting position and get his favourite treat close to his nose. Slowly lure the dog into lie down position and always say clearly the command „Lie down“.
Watch our full guide how to teach a puppy to lie down here: