Having grown up with German Shepherd dogs as an integral part of our family, I learned at an early age to appreciate the companionship and loyalty dogs provide. As an adult, my wife and I have adopted stray adult German Shepherds from shelters and know how rewarding it is to give a dog a new lease on life. I also know the activity demands these dogs require to maintain a well-balanced behavioral state.
Daily activities involving mental and physical stimulation are integral requirements for developing and maintaining a well-balanced dog. The intensity of these requirements will vary by breed, genetics, and the dog’s history. For example, working and herding breeds tend to require very high levels of both while certain sporting breeds require extreme levels of physical activity.
Shelters can be stressful environments for dogs. The stress level in newly adopted dogs will subside over time as the dog adjusts to the new home. Activities involving mental and physical stimulation play a key role in alleviating stress.
A graduate of the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, SPCA volunteer, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, I provide training services that are geared to helping clients design and implement training and activity programs that fit into the demands of their personal and professional lives.