If you own a German shepherd then you know how much of a loyal and lovable companion they are. You also have an idea of the amount of work that goes into their care. While worth the effort, German shepherds can take quite a bit of work. Here are some facts that every German shepherd owner understands.
1. Forget about alone time
One thing that every owner knows about owning a German shepherd is their need for companionship. But what dog is not like that? If allowed, they will occupy a lot of your time. But can you blame them, being as full of energy as they are?
2. People are afraid to come to your door
A German shepherd can be a very intimidating dog. So, expect to have to walk down to your gate for a package. And forget about Girl Scout cookies. There is no way you are getting them to come to your door after they see your large dog.
3. Cleaning windows is now a part of your life
Naturally inquisitive, German shepherds love to look out the windows of your home to see what is going on. Of course, this means that they leave behind nose art on your glass surfaces. Just make sure you have some Windex handy and plenty of paper towels.
4. They have so much energy
Few are prepared for the energy level of a German shepherd. They love to run and jump, so be ready to take them out every day, whether you are feeling well or not. The words “Sick Day” are not in the vocabulary of a German shepherd.
5. People assume your German shepherd is a service or police dog
Just because they look like a police dog does not mean a German shepherd is in that line of work. Sure, they could have done that formally, but chances are they are no longer in that line of work. Otherwise, why would they be out in public or at home when they should be out working as a police dog?
6. They’ll let you know when it is time for them to eat
It never fails, when dinner time rolls around, your German shepherd will be sure to let you know it is time to eat. These reminders are often in the form of them playing with their bowl as if to say, “Why is this empty?”
7. You’ll have a friend for life
German shepherds are some of the most loyal dogs out there. They will stay by your side through thick and thin. They make great guard dogs and protectors and are as smart as they come. And while they are a handful at times, they are worth all of the effort.
8. Teeth marks are their signature
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Not only are teeth marks their signature, they like to chew on everything. So, if you have something you don’t want to be chewed on, keep it put away. This includes pillows, clothes, and shoes, amongst other chewable items.
K9 partner adorably ruins staff photo – just can’t resist giving handler snuggles and love
As a part of their duties, law enforcement officers must have their official photo taken to go on the official department page. This also includes the K9 officers who work for the department. In these photos, the dogs are in the same picture as their handlers. But one dog, named Kenobi, had a different idea when it came time for to him and his handler, Officer Levi Knach, to have their picture taken together.
Kenobi and Knach work with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
The two officers work with the department of natural resources in Indiana. Their normal duties include locating ginseng and venison, amongst other things. Officers Knach and Kenobi are usually the only thing that stands between animals and poachers, or plants and the people who want to collect them even though they shouldn’t.
Kenobi’s unique set of skills allows him to easily track offenders or to find contraband. His sense of smell, which is roughly 40 times greater than a human, allows him to easily sniff out a dead animal, hunter, or people who are out looking for ginseng and other endangered plants in the forests of Indiana.
“Make no mistake — he is a trained working officer and can track people and locate a variety of objects ranging from venison to ginseng,” Knach said.
The two go about their duty every day, with Kenobi having to receive a lot of obedience training before he could perform his current job. Police K9s often rely on their training to help them follow orders reliably and perform their duties quickly and efficiently.
But, off the job, according to Knach, the two are a little more relaxed. At home, Kenobi is like any other dog and just loves the attention when he is hugged or petted. Kenobi also likes to give Knach lots of doggie kisses when not on the job.
So, it was kind of understandable with how the usually serious Kenobi acted on the day he and Knach were called in to get their official photo taken. Things on that day went a lot different than either Knach or the photographer could have predicted.
A hilarious photoshoot ensues
It started when the two first got there. Dressed up and ready to get their photo taken, Kenobi couldn’t help but nuzzle up to his handler. Knach sat by stoically as Kenobi cuddled, licked, and was generally silly. By the end of the photoshoot, the photographer was left with a bunch of cute photos of the dog and his handler.
The photographer can finally get a good picture of the two
It just goes to show that a police K9 is like any other dog – truly caring for the one they trust the most: their handlers. The photographer was at a loss, hoping to get at least one photo he could use as the pair’s official picture for the department. Fortunately, he was eventually to get a good picture of the two.
Kenobi and Knach share a strong bond
The department posted the hilarious photos to its Facebook page. The photos just go to show the amount of love between Kenobi and Knach, and goes to show that police officers and their K9 units aren’t always about the job that they do. Here is a video of the cute photoshoot between Kenobi and Knach.
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