The best place for your puppy - is next to you on a couch Everything your puppy ever wants - is to be with you, wherever you go or do.
Crate is a good thing to keep your puppy out of trouble when you are not home, but it would be ok for 2-3 hours. Dogs are trying to go potty as far as possible from
the place they eat and sleep and if you leave your pup locked up for too long, they have no choice! and crate becomes a real tourture for them.
If you have a backyard, you may consider putting an outside kennel with a doggy house in it. Kennel should be rather long and narrow, than square. Make
doghouse on one side and a potty place on the opposite side. Dogs are also like sitting on wooden pads, about 1 ft above the ground. Floor in a kennel might be either
concrete, garden tiles or wood chips. Doghous is better if made from wood than plastic. The best bed for the doghouse is hay. It keeps them warm, easy to add
fresh butch from time to time. If you have to leave your pup "home alone" for the day, outside kennels works really good. Plenty of water, bones to chew -
and your doggie is safe and sound for a day.
Puppies explore a lot and sleep a lot. If you are at home, just follow your puppy schedule: Play/Eat/Sleep. When puppy wakes up, take him outside really quick,
make sure he goes potty. Spend 10-25 minutes walking, playing, training, then take home for more playing and socialising, feed him and then happy, tired pup will take
a long nap. Very important DO NOT swich the order to: Feed/Play/Sleep. We don't want gastric bloat or torsion to happen!
"DO" AND "DON’TS"
There is a long list of "Do" and "Don’ts" for raising a puppy. Since German Shepherd puppies are heavy boned and grow really fast, just do what seems logical
and obvious to you. For example: Don’t let your pup jump on a slippery kitchen floor, in and out of your car or take him for a 10 miles walk.
But some things are not so obvious, like: Why can't I share pizza with my best friend Waylon? Check complete "DO and DON’TS" list on
GSDCA webpage, after you've done with my list
1. Sensitive stomach. German shepherds known for sensitive stomach. Very important to be conservative and not experiment with all kinds of different foods.
2. Balanced food. Right balance of vitamins and minerals is extremely important for fast growing puppy.
I raise my puppies on
Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy Formula.
It is an exelent, right balanced kibble. If you feed them with this formula, no needs to give any other supplements.
You may like other brand, just make sure it is Premium quality. I like to give my pups raw soup bones every other day, it is always seems to be right.
3. Excess/Lack of minerals. In my opinion, excess of minerals and vitamins is even worse than lack of it. We love our puppies so much! and very often we tend to
overdo! Excess calcium can lead to abnormal skeletal and teeth development, bladder or
kidney stones, and puppy ears might never get up!
By Mary Straus: "Giving an inappropriate amount of calcium (either too much or too little) can cause orthopedic problems in growing puppies,
especially large-breed puppies during the first six months when they are growing the fastest. But giving too little calcium can lead
to bone disease and more in adult dogs, too. Never add calcium to commercial diets that are "complete and balanced" – these already contain
the right amount of calcium! Adding calcium to a "complete and balanced" diet would be particularly dangerous for large-breed puppies"
If you prefer homemade diets, just make sure you give your doggie at least 25 to 30 percent of raw meaty bones. And we are talking about really good,
small cut, marrow soup bones. Not just smoked "nothing to eat" toys. We want bones that our doggies can crush almost completely.
I give my growing puppies a nice bone every other day and it always seems to be right.
4. Doggie Treats. For the same reason in the above paragraph, I do not give my puppies commercial treats because most of them are designed to be vitmin and mineral supplements
and too much of a new thing can upset their little tummies!
I use homemade cooked meats and livers to train and spoil my pups. However I give all kind of treats to my adult dogs.
5. Raw Foods. As I mentioned, I raise my puppies on "Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy Formula" and as puppies grow, I start giving them raw meat, eggs,
veggies, goat cheese and yogurt. To kill bacterias on raw meat, I put meat in boiling water,
cover pot with the lead, turn off the stove and let it stay for about 20 minutes. Keeping meat in a freezer for two/three weeks is also helps to get read of bacterias.
Eggs should be boiled, otherwise it might cause diarrhea. I also like to give my dogs all kinds of greens and veggies. My favorite: alfalfa, kale,
spinach and carrots but not cabich or potato. I mix greens in a bowl together with meat, eggs, kibble and add plain meat/chicken broth.
That's how my adult doggie's plate is made of. Plus raw soup bones, often!
6. No fat! You should take off all fat from the broth. Cooked fat seems to be the worth for our shepherds. They still can digest raw fat, but not cooked.
7. Right amount of food. I feed my pups three times a day up to three month old and then switch to two times. Very important DO NOT to overfeed
your pup. It is kind of cute when pup is rolling like a furry ball, but it is not what we really want to see!!!! What we WANT to see in a growing
German Shepherd - is two last ribs showing when the puppy is playing. You don't want your beautiful shepherd to end up with cow hocks,
bended wrists, sagging toplines or displaced hips. Don’t look much at "puppy weight charts" or "feeding instructions", just look at those two ribs.
If you can find them, then your pup is OK.
8. Diagestive enzimes. Do you ever wonder why some dogs eat poop? The answer is - not enoght diagestive enzimes in doggies guts.
After food traveled through intestin and being partiallly diagested, it get some enzimes, that dog is trying to get back. I give my dogs goat yougurt,
kefir and cattagecheese. Some dogs can diagest milk products but some don’t. The best supplement for all my animals I found is
Large Animal Probiotic ,
made by Equerry's. You can get it in a feed store.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
In my methods, I emphasize natural and holistic health care of our animals.
Flea and Tick Prevention:
Diatomaceous Earth is one of nature’s greatest solutions for all-around pet health: coat, appetite, metabolism and digestion and
it a simple way to control parasites. It can kill fleas, ticks, lice or mites on your dog. Diatomaceous earth is deadly to any insect, yet completely harmless to animals.
DERMagic Flea Shampoo Bar
is one of the great natural products for dogs, made by Greenpet
If you’re thinking about using Frontline, Isoxazoline, Bravecto, Nexgard, Simparica or Credelio on your dog for flea and tick prevention,
you’re going to want to read this first:
Facebook Public Group: "Does Nexgard Kill Dogs?" and
article from Dogs Naturally Magazine:
"Is Frontline Harmful To Your Dog?"
I give my pups 4 shots: two 5-way
Solo-Jec 5 and two 9-way
Solo-Jec 9, starting at 6 weeks of age with an interval of 3 weeks.
Rabies should be done when the puppy reaches 4 month old.
I would recommend
PetVet mobile vet clinics.
They are very convenient for you to get your pet the preventive care.
Services include: Vaccinations (including Rabies), Microchipping,
Fecal Test and Nail Trim. Clinics are held at Tractor Supply stores, no appointment is necessary. Prices are great too!
Ideally it is all health care, you will ever need!
VIRUSES, PARASITES, WORMS
Viruses are here to kill, but we do not let that happen! Vaccination is the must! Parasites and worms are not that bad, this guys just looking for a free ride
For puppies I use "Nemex-2", you can get it on Amazon. I found it very safe and efficient. For my adult dogs I use either "Pyrantel Pamoate" or
Herbal Deworming. Our worms eat healthy
Current research says you should only deworm when they need it - not because you think they might need it.
How do you know when they need it? You should do "poop patrol" regularly and check for signs
of parasites or take stool sample to your vet for fecal exem. If you notice your dog is very skinny, coat is pale and dull - it's might be time for deworming.
However we should be aware of Dewormer Resistance. Here is what I learned from my goat breeding practices:
By Deborah Niemann: "You have probably heard of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which resulted from the overuse of antibiotics. A similar phenomenon has occurred with
chemical dewormers and internal parasites.. Using a dewormer when
it isn’t needed means you have just taken one more step towards dewormer resistance and the day when a dewormer will be needed and it no longer works.
Unfortunately, no dewormer kills 100 percent of worms. This means that every survived worm is resistant to the dewormer that you just gave them.
The more often you use a dewormer, the faster you are breeding the parasites to be resistant to the dewormer you are using."
Please continue to read an article from an excerpt by Deborah Niemann:
Giardia is a simple one-celled parasitic species that causes diarrhea in puppies. The parasites are found worldwide in streams, lakes, municipal water
supplies, swimming pools, wells, basically everywhere in water and damp environments. Adult animals with strong immune systems most of the time are not
affected. Giardia follows youth with an immature immune system: puppies, baby goats and other. Parasites can be killed with chlorine, but It is not
realistic to disinfect all your property unless it is one giant concrete slub. We cannot and don't have to create totally sterile environment to raise our puppies.
Giardia will croll back anyway, because it is what this parasite is doing for a living. Mostly we can rely on our puppie's strong immune system
and in a worst case - antibiotics.
Majority of adult dogs and puppies can carry a few Giardia parasites (not active Giardia) in their systems and do not have diarrhea, vomiting, or any other
signs of illness. However, some changes in a diet, stress from traveling or moving to new home may lead to Giardia start multiplying, causing bad diarrhea.
Do not wait too long, take a stool sample and go to see your vet. Giardia can be treated with antibiotics fenbendazole and metronidazole.
These drugs are normally given for three to ten days to treat giardiasis. Make sure you are
giving a right Metronidazole Dosage
SPAY / NEUTER
Early Spay Neuter your dog (before 2 years old) can result in health problems such as Hip Dysplasia, Cruciate Ligament Tears, Osteosarcoma ( Bone Cancer)
and behavior disorders. "When a dog’s reproductive organs are surgically removed, the sex hormones they produce also disappear. The sex hormones are responsible for more
than just sexual behaviors and one of their responsibilities is regulating growth.
Breeders can readily spot the difference between an intact dog and a neutered dog: neutered dogs have longer limbs, narrower heads and bodies,
and they are lighter in bone. When the sex hormones are removed, the growth hormones are missing important regulatory input and the bones continue
to grow longer than they ought to. Studies have proven this to be true (Salmeri et al, JAVMA 1991)"
Please continue to read articles from Dogs Naturally Magazine:
Early Spay Neuter: 3 Reasons To Reconsider
and Risk of early Spay and Neuter
I would recommend microchipping your pup. Get microchip before you register your pup in AKC.
This way you will have a microchip number to be printed on pedigree.
Register your dog in
AKC Reunite website in case your pet go missing.
Make a Name Tag, it works too!
WHEN GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY EARS STAND UP?
German shepherd puppy ears get up at 6 -7 month old , if not earlier. Most of the time purebred puppies will catch up sooner or later. New German Shepherd owners often become stressed
about their puppy’s ears way too soon. When their pups are only 4 or 5 months old they’re already flustered about their pup’s ears. It was me.
When I got my first german shepherd I was worried way too much about ears going up. I was waiting and waiting.. and finally ears went up!!!
Now I stop worrying, I just wait and wait, and finally.. ears go up!!!
Few tips: Most importantly - right balance of minerals in puppy's food. I would recommend Premium Quality (complete nutrition) food.
I give my pups raw soup bones every other day, so they can straighten Temporalis and other jaw and head
muscles. Chewing bones is great for teething too. Don't give them extra calcium and glucosamine.
It gives a totally opposite result!!! Shame, I tried.
Don't glue your puppy's ears yet. This is a hard truth: Messing around with your dog's ears too soon can cause long term damage and you would not be able to
fix it! When you play with your pup, keep your hands off your puppy's ears. Parasites steal the nutrients from your puppy's food. Deworm your pup at
about 6 month old.
Taping German Shepherd's Ears
If your puppy's ears have not stood up at around 7 months you may consider taping.
You will need: "Dog Ear Support forms"
and "Montreal Osto-Bond Skin Bond Medical Latex Adhesive"
Coat the Ear Form outside with Skin Adhesive, let it fully dry. Put the second coat, wait for 20 second and carefully place the form into the
ear far enough down to the base, make sure the ear stands up without flopping. Hold in place for at least 45 seconds. The form should stay in
place for about a week. If the ear does not stand up after the form falls out, repeat again in a day or two,
but clean the ear with the adhesive remover first.
SOCIALISING AND TRAINING
First 6 month give a puppy the foundation for living harmoniously in your family and society. Take your puppy everywhere with you as soon as vaccinations are done.
Socialise, Socialise, Socialise!
Take your puppy for a walk in Downtown, parks, stores like Home Depot, Feed stores or Tractor supply. Let people talk and pet your pup. Invite family and
friends and let them play with him. Make your pup social as early as possible, because the last thing you want is to have an aggressive or skittish shepherd.
Start training your pup, every single day, just 5-10 minutes, better before mealtime. Do some basic obedience: sit, down, stand, hand signals and most
importantly make your puppy focus on you. Training is a "programming your puppy" by multiple repetition and positive rewording
Yes, lots of positive!
If you're starting to become frustrated for any reason, stop the session. Start fresh again the next day. Training should be fun, happy time together.
Try to build confidence in your pup. Reward the smallest effort and always try to end the section on a positive note.
Go to puppy classes. I highly recommend it. Puppies usually looking forward going with you, see new places,
people and other doggies. Just one course will make a big difference in your puppy's future development.
Do not over exercise your puppy. Don’t push him for advanced obedience training or adgility ralley.
Let your puppy grow!
Bath. Give your puppy bath with anti flea shampoo from time to time. Adult shepherd doesn't really need to take a bath,
but regular brushing is the must. I brush them, I brush them and I brush them! A lot of work! especially in springtime. "Sponge Bath" is plenty good.
I add shampoo and vinegar to the warm water. It makes the coat shiny and smells good.
Nails clipping. Take your dog for a couple hours walk somewhere in town, and hey!! nails are trimmed perfectly! Just don’t do it on a hot day when asphalt is awfully hot.
Young puppies cannot do that much walk, so you can clip the nails or make a "spa day" and take your doggie to a professional dog groomer
ENJOY YOUR PUPPY
Make tons of pictures, introduce your puppy to your family and friends, spend some quality time together.
Puppies grow so fast! Don’t blink, you'll miss it! Love your pup as is, nobody is perfect, don't get too hung up on the details,
love and appreciate, just like your puppy does!!
I hope the information I shared on this page will help you to be the best and the only owner to your awesome German Shepherd Pup.
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