German shepherds that are not stimulated will find their own entertainment, such as shredding shoes or consuming cupboards.

Their potential for destruction is immense and without a solution to their boredom, a household is at risk and likely to become the playground for a calamitous canine.

German shepherds have a tendency to be fiercely strong willed and in need of constant mental stimulation, at times to the detriment of those living in the same house, so you need to keep them busy.

Using a Household Item like a Dog Puzzle

A solution to the German shepherd ‘s intense need to be mentally stimulated and entertained is to use a common household product to create dog puzzles or toys.

These items can become the mental maze or labyrinth of the mind that this breed of dog requires.

Use an empty two litre bottle and place five or six treats inside the bottle.

Leave the lid off so the German shepherd has to manipulate the bottle to get the treats to spill out.

For a dog keenly motivated by food and desire for treats, these puppy puzzles become a tremendously useful solution to keeping a dog busy and not being a household nuisance.

Engaging the Brain

Typically the treats will spill out one at a time as the dog rolls the bottle around the room.

German shepherds appreciate the mental challenge and will not simply rip and bite the bottle apart.

By employing the bottle-and-treats trick, you can save a family from the destructive nature of the German shepherd, and it is generally good to keep their brain active and engaged in problem solving.

A happy German shepherd is a busy German shepherd; look around your house and consider what else can be used to entertain and engage this most stately breed of dog.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.