From its origination, the German Shepherd has been widely considered to be one of the most intelligent and versatile breeds. Dating back to the late 19th century, the breed is recognized around the world as a skilled, athletic canine that can excel in any role. One of the more popular breeds in the United States today, German Shepherds are clever, hard-working dogs, and are the breed most often used by the police and military because of their incredible bravery and ability to learn quickly.
These good-natured, devoted dogs make excellent pets for individuals and families, and tend to be protective of their family. While they can be reserved at first, German Shepherds warm up quickly and are extremely loyal and approachable once they do. These dogs do best with plenty of exercise and stimulation, and are happiest when given a job to do.
German Shepherds are called Alsatian dogs in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe.
One of the original thirteen colonies, New York is the 4th most populous state in the U.S. New York City, the fourth largest city in the world, is known for its multiculturalism and offers much in the way of entertainment. The capital of New York is Albany, and other well-known cities in New York are Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. New York is in the far Northeast of the United States, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean with Canada directly to the North. The state has a humid climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters. New York's landscape is very diverse with green hills and river valleys, numerous lakes and tremendous mountains. The Adirondack Mountains make up twenty-five percent of the landscape of New York. The most popular spots for tourism, which include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and Central Park, are all located in New York City. The spectacular Niagara Falls, which has been a popular destination for honeymooners for many years, is located in upstate New York on the border of Canada and is one of the most well known natural wonders of the world.
New York state law mandates that all dogs/puppies be vaccinated against rabies by the time they are four months old (three months in New York City) and they must receive booster shots either annually or every three years, depending on the duration of the particular type of shot. The DHP vaccine which protects against distemper, hepatitis and Parvo is also highly recommended for all dogs, along with the Kennel Cough/Bordetella (KC) vaccine for those who come in contact with other dogs. Other less common shots are vaccines against Lyme disease, leptospirosis and giardia, which may or may not be necessary depending on where you take your dog and where you live in the state. No one in New York has an excuse for not having their dog vaccinated against rabies. Most shots, other than the rabies shot, are given at one year with boosters every one to three years.
New York state requires that all dogs be restrained when off their owner's property; however, the laws do differ from city to city. For the past twenty years New York City has allowed puppies and dogs to be off their leashes during certain hours at designated parks. Dogs are not allowed on playgrounds, swimming pools, fountains, zoos, ball fields, basketball, handball or tennis courts; and many beaches. In 1978, New York was the first state to pass a "pooper scooper" law which required owners to pick up after their dogs. Disobeying the law can result in a $50 fine.
All dogs in New York must be licensed and the tag must be attached to the dog's collar whenever the dog is in a public place. In New York City, the fee for a license is $8.50 for a dog that is spayed or neutered and $34 for a dog that is not. Owners whose dogs are not licensed may be subject to a fine. If your dog gets lost and is not wearing a tag and/or microchip, recovery of the dog will be nearly impossible. For the past few years, New York has considered making it mandatory for all dogs to have microchips implanted. This would not take the place of licensing, but the chip would include all licensing and contact information.
New York is one of fourteen states that prohibit leaving your dog confined in a vehicle; however, this only applies if conditions are such that the dog's life is in danger, such as extreme weather conditions or lack of ventilation. Violation can result in a fine up to $250. Most states do not have laws against transporting pets in open vehicles. New York is no exception, but it should be noted that hundreds of puppies and adult dogs all over the country are injured or killed every year because of this unsafe practice.
There are at least 52 off-leash dog parks in New York City alone, and countless others all over the state. Most are open from dawn until dusk and have restrooms, poop bags, water fountains and plenty of shade trees and benches available for owners to relax while supervising their dogs. Some even offer wading pools so dogs can cool off in the hot summers and canine-agility playgrounds for added fun. Some dog parks are private and charge a fee but many are run by the parks department and are free of charge. Generally, only sociable, neutered dogs who know how to get along with others are allowed--no vicious or aggressive dogs. Owners are legally responsible for any injuries or damages caused by their dog. Keep in mind that each park has different rules which apply.
There are over 250 restaurants in the Big Apple that allow dogs at their outdoor tables. If you are eating on the go, there are not only food carts for humans, but now there are even a few that cater to dogs. For the dog who loves to be pampered, New York Dog Spa and Hotel has Red Carpet Champagne Parties for you and your dog and up to twenty friends, complete with photos, off-leash dog play, music and doggy punch. Balloons and a DJ are optional. With all that eating, your dog may need some exercise. "Crunch Fitness" in Manhattan offers a weekly "doga" (yoga) class for dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes. For the more typical dog lover, there's the annual "My Dog Loves Central Park County Fair." Here you'll find celebrities, games, agility contests, competitions for good dog behavior, giveaways, demonstrations, tips and advice for dog lovers--all in the most famous park in New York. Beautiful Finger Lakes in upstate New York, with its rolling hills and hiking trails, has many dog-friendly hotels and nature preserves that allow your leashed dog and you to enjoy the great outdoors. All these great activities and events will have you and your dog saying, "I love New York" in no time at all.