Do I always have to reward my dog

Do I always have to reward my dog in Training? This question about when to reward your dog is a very common concern. Just as much as dog owners/ trainers wonder when to stop rewarding the dog. Most common argument against food motivated training is also the concern that the dog is not responding in absence of the food reward. Therefor arguing that it does not work! So let’s shine… continue reading

Vet Visits always difficult

Cairn Terrier vom Zauberberg

Vet Visits always difficult Why is it that most of the dogs being taken to the vet are so hard to handle, and therefore in some cases not even receive treatment? The answer really lies in their negative prior experience going for a vet visit- or even lack of it all together. We see dogs being scared of the whole scenario. The place itself, the vet, the staff and maybe… continue reading

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Effectiveness

What you should know about Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Effectiveness? Let’s shine a light on how it is typically conducted and how strongly it can prevent the dog from getting bit! Typically all dog owners attending training for snake avoidance meet at a certain place that a trainer has picked for a gathering. The snake (hopefully freshly defanged) is put in a mash basket or is free on the ground. The dog… continue reading

How to teach my dog a command

How to teach my dog a command The process of teaching a dog a command is misunderstood by most dog owners. They think the dog is born with a response to a spoken word. They are so very wrong. The dog can’t speak….how can he understand? Calling the title of this article a ” command” has really been a decision intending of the title getting more interest. Normally we would like… continue reading

How to introduce my dog to the cat

Sylvia B. asked: How should I introduce my dog to the cat? Dear Silvia, As with all animal to animal introduction, it is most important to be absolutely safe. A good way is to put the cat in a wire crate where they can’t physically interact. The are “introduced”. Now you can observe how they act toward each other without taking a chance of chasing- and perhaps hurting each other.… continue reading

Update Zauberberg Puppy

This update about a Zauberberg puppy just reached us from Steven I. in Tucson:   Hi Andreas. The black German shepherd we got from you is really amazing. He’s huge – he’s over 75 pounds and only six months old. His paws are massive, he looks like a bear. He also has a great temperament. We are thinking of having him neutered but are wondering if maybe we should hold… continue reading

Nadja vom Zauberberg update

Sable German Shepherd vom Zauberberg

This message from Divya J: Hi Andreas, Hope all is well with you and your canines. Nadja is now 8.5 years old and super fit.Excellent energy levels and learning new things.Due to her 2-4 miles daily walks, she has built muscles on her trunk and feels solid. No more running, too hot in FL.She never is in the crate anymore either, so life is good.Not one day goes by without… continue reading

German Shepherd Breeder System

Michelle S. asked: What does H’Litter mean? Zauberberg Team answers: If you have ever bought a German Shepherd puppy from a German breeder, you might have wondered how they name their puppies. The German registration system with the German Shepherd breed club in Germany (Verein fuer Deutche Schaeferhunde, SV) requires breeders to operate by the following rule for their breeding kennel: After a German breeder has applied and was granted… continue reading