Owners of large-breed dogs, like the Beauceron, need to take special care in regards to joint development the first year of life. It is very common for feet to flatten and pasterns to weaken during growth spurts. It is important that puppies stay lean and take supplements to decrease these effects. I recommend Ester C, Chondroitin, Calcium, and Vitamin D supplements every day for the first year, and Fish Oil for the entire life of the dog.
Beaucerons are a naturally protective breed and with that comes with varying degrees of aloofness toward unfamiliar people. To develop a socially tolerant beauceron, with situational awareness, new owners must make a dedicated effort to take them out of their comfort zone, to new environments, to physically interact with new people of all ages and ethnicities, several times each week for the first 6 months of its life. They must be taught at an early age to tolerate all people, unless given a valid reason not to. In my opinion, you cannot over-socialize your beauceron. Even the most social beauceron, without any protection training, will have the instinct to protect its people and property.
In the world of working dogs, Beaucerons have relatively medium-high prey drive. Dogs with a higher level of drive require consistent and ongoing mental stimulation to develop into pleasurable companions. Regular training helps build a strong bond and relationship of respect between the dog and handler. Some of the best-suited activities for Beaucerons, that are less time and training-intensive, are Herding, Lure Coursing, Dock Diving, and Barn Hunt. These activities are instinctual for most Beaucerons and very exciting for owners to watch and participate in. They make excellent weekend "dates" with your dog and also provide opportunities for socialization with other dogs and people with similar interests. Here is a list of facilities and clubs that we recommend: On the Lamb Herding Action K9 Sports So Cal Coursing North America Diving Dogs.com Las Vegas Dog Sports Feel free to recommend other trainers, clubs, or facilities!!