Clean water bottles or milk jugs are inexpensive mind exercise toys.
Another simple and easy to put together game is a candy bottle dispenser.
German Shepherd Exercise Needs
While we’re on the subject of dog toys for your German Shepherd, it’s important to know a little about his exercise needs. German Shepherds are extremely active large dogs. They need lots of exercise to be happy and prevent boredom.
They have a reputation for being quite nervous, and without much activity to keep them busy, may resort to destructive behavior to get your attention. That’s why you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of fun toys to occupy your GSD’s time.
What do German Shepherd puppies like to play with?
The best toys for young German Shepherds are interactive ones that stimulate their senses. Particularly exciting are the treat dispensers and squeaky toys, while the teething toys offer a lot of comfort. They also love balls that they can grab and chase.
But GSD puppies don’t just love toys and things. They also love to play with people and other animals. It’s best to start socializing your puppy as early as possible so he can enjoy playing with others.
I’m adopting a German Shepherd puppy and I have another dog at home
If you’re looking to adopt a GSD puppy and already have a dog at home, you’re in luck. German Shepherds are intelligent and receptive to training. Remember, they have the strength to herd livestock, but have historically helped feed and protect them. Some people deny their role in raising a poorly socialized GSD and spread the myth of their «beast nature».
As the second most popular breed in the United States, we can safely assume that many German Shepherds live with families, including children. If they are gentle enough to be compatible with families, they are safe enough to accompany other dogs. The non-negotiable aspect of this is proper socialization.
History of the German Shepherd Breed
The history of the German Shepherd begins in earnest in 1889 at a dog show in Germany, where cavalry officer and dog breeder Max von Stephanitz saw a medium-sized wolf-like dog. I admired the dog’s primal canine nature and sporty physique, and especially how adept he was at herding sheep with little to no direction. Von Stephanitz bought the dog and named him Horand von Grafrath, which is considered to be the first registered Deutsche Schäferhund, or German Shepherd.
From there, the breeder founded the first German Shepherd club and honored the standard, always keeping in mind its motto «usefulness and intelligence». In 1907, North America welcomed its first German Shepherd at a Philadelphia dog show. The onset of World War I and its contamination of all things German stalled the breed’s success in America and England, where it was renamed the Alsatian. Two world wars, however, demonstrated the German Shepherd’s capabilities on the battlefield and beyond the farm work for which it was bred. When peace struck, Hollywood turned Rin Tin Tin and others into international stars, and the breed’s popularity has remained strong ever since.