I some questions regarding my 9 month old, 83 pound, male GSD and I know this is a great place to get advice.
First I will state that I was one of those arrogant people who thought she knew enough to handle a GSD after not having a dog in 30 years. Please don't judge me harshly, because I now acknowledge how arrogant and wrong I was.
Anyway, to my questions regarding Luka:
Currently feeding 6 cups of Fromm's large breed puppy food mixed with 1/3 can of puppy canned food (because he won't eat straight dry food) a day. Recently he seems to have lost interest in his food. We have to coax him to eat breakfast. Tonight I was curious and before mixing his supper, I offered him some of his Fromm's kibble. He was uninterested. He did eat his supper, so I'm wondering if he has decided he doesn't like the Fromm's. Suggestions?
This is a tough question: how much exercise is a good daily amount for him? I would say he is a medium to high activity level GSD. In the mornings he either spends and hour to two hours at the dog park or he goes to the park and walks about 1.5 miles and then in the evenings he gets. 30 minutes to one hour of walking. I am trying to build myself up to 2 miles but I've got some health issues and sometimes walking is painful. We are working on adding a backpack with about 10% of his weight in it, that doesn't phase him at all. Please know that he has had inflamed growth plates in the past so we ae trying to balance his activity with the possibility of the inflammation reoccurring. Once he stops growing, that will know longer be a concern.
I have read suggestions for doing "nose work" but nobody has explained how to do nose work with him. I have tried playing hide the treats, but he doesn't seem to use his nose, he just plows through the plastic containers used to hide the treat until he finds it.how do I teach him to use his nose?