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Are You Ready for a Shiloh Shepherd?

 

Dog ownership can be fun and rewarding – but it can also be confusing and frustrating, especially when you get a new puppy home and you’re not sure exactly how to raise and train it. Different breeds have specific needs, and in The Beginner’s Guide for I.S.S.R. Shiloh Shepherd Owners, Steve Mekkelsen Madden generously shares the wealth of knowledge he has acquired from owning and showing these exceptional dogs. You’ll find answers to these questions and more: • What is the best type of food for the Shiloh Shepherd? • How do I teach basic commands to my new puppy? • How should I handle my Shiloh Shepherd with other dogs in a show ring? • How can I adjust to respond to my dog’s particular temperament? • What are common medical issues with this breed? The product of years of hands-on experience, and countless conversations with the breed founder, other breeders, and many Shiloh Shepherd owners, this book gives you the A-Z of how to be the best dog owner you can be. While many of the tips and tricks in this book are useful for any breed, this is an invaluable resource for Shiloh Shepherd owners, who may find it difficult to find breed-specific information when they need it. The Beginner’s Guide for I.S.S.R. Shiloh Shepherd Owners puts you a step ahead, and will remain a trusted source of information for years to come.

 

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Paperback Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 126 pages

Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 23, 2011)

ISBN10: 1432778722

ISBN13: 9781432778729

Genre: PETS / Dogs / Training

 

Author Information...

Steve Mekkelsen Madden is currently a systems engineer and database administrator in Pegasystems Global Customer Service department. Steve has worked for Pegasystems for the past fifteen years and brings passion and dedication to his work, and in his spare time he enjoys building websites and running an online store with his wife, Sherri. He is also a pastor in the Universal Life Church. Steve’s writing experience includes many technical articles, as well as recognition from the International Poetry Society and recognized by the American Honor's Society. Steve and Sherri live in North Carolina, on five acres in the foothills, where they enjoy their Shiloh Shepherds, as well as their seven children and five grandchildren.

 

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Comment by Kay Elizabeth on September 28, 2011 at 7:17pm

Steve, I have a question. I like German Shepherds but to my knowledge (and I could be wrong here!), they aren't good around strangers. I guess that's why many use them as guard dogs. That always made me feel a little apprehensive of the breed much as I think they are beautiful and very smart dogs.

 

What's the difference between them and Shiloh Shepherds and does the Shiloh Shepherd have that kind of temperament? I worry about aggression in dogs generally. 

 

Comment by Steve Mekkelsen Madden on September 28, 2011 at 8:14pm

Hi Kay, I posted on your other comment, but there are a few differences.

1. Intelligence of a 3 yr old child

2. Less than 1% Hip Dysplasia compared to German Shepherds 50%+

3. Bred for Companion and Service, not for guard and attack

4. Little to no aggression (we have a zero tolerance for any aggression) and all ours are taught that from a puppy and we "require" training for the puppy and human owner.

5. They make excellent watch dogs as they are very alert and learn very quickly

6. Training is much faster as they are an intelligent breed

7. They are much larger.  Our smallest female is 27" at the withers and that's generally larger than the male German Shepherd.  Females 26-30" and 90-110 pounds, Males 30-34" and 110-140 pounds.

 

Hope that helps.  One thing I try to educate people on is about aggression.  Aggression can be virtually eliminated if the dog is properly socialized as a puppy and adult.  Without the socializing, they will be afraid and can appear to be aggressive when they are just scared which can result in biting.  So we always say, SOCIALIZE...SOCIALIZE...SOCIALIZE.  You can never socialize your dog enough!  :-)

Comment by Steve Mekkelsen Madden on November 19, 2011 at 2:48pm

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