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, but 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 doghouse 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 1-2 ft above the ground. Floor in a kennel might be
made from either concrete, garden tiles or wood chips. Doghous is better if it is 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 to be logical
and obvious to you. For example: Don’t let your pup jump on a slippery kitchen floor 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? Well, just believe me, dogs do not digest it too well.
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, (2-3 times a day)
It is an exelent, right balanced kibble. If you feed them with this formula, no needs to give any other supplements.
I noticed that ears stand up better if you feed your pup with Royal Canine. My second best is
Dimond Naturals Large Breed Puppy . It is very good food, made here in US.
Even though I am all about natural food, I still eccomend to start feeding your puppy with Royal Canine kibble at least for a first few months until ears get up.
My adult dogs I feed 50% Diamond High Energy Formula and 50% home made food (meat, eggs, goat cheese, kale)
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"
Bones, bones, bones!!!
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. Everything is ever your dog wants - it's your love
and raw bones! Pregnant and lactating mamas, newborn puppies, growing puppies, adults and old doggies all of them need to chew raw bones!!
for the white teeth, good breath and overall health. None of "complete nutrition" doggie's food can be really complete without nice sliced,
femur bone. Get it in a supermarket, put in a freeze and give your pup one piece every other day, it is always seems to be right.
Please don't spend your money on plastic chew toys, just give them what mother nature recommended.
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 love to give all kind of treats to my adult dogs. Our favorite brand is
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 that I am making here on my farm. Well, I've got a goat farm :) You may try plain Greek yogurt. Some dogs can diagest milk products but some don’t.
You may also give enzimes and probiotic supplements. 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 or buy it online.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Two things you should be concerned about raising German Shepherd puppy: Sensitive stomach and joint health.
When you get your puppy, just stick with food your breeder recommended for at least one or two month. Do not try all doggie food on a market "until you find what your puppy likes".
Well, I hear that sometimes from my customers. If you have children, ask them not share their food with the pup. You can boil meat or chicken, cut into small pieces and use it as a treat.
German shepherd puppies are growing big and growing fast. Growth plates are closing after one year of age. Be very careful and don’t let your puppy jump,
especially on a slippery kitchen or wood floor, in and out of your car. Running on stairs isn't great either. Don’t take them on very long walks or hikes.
And very importantly do not overfeed them. German shepherd puppies should not look like fluffy bears, but like fast dinamik deer.
At the age of 6-8 month puppies feel strong and confident. They start to run fast and play rough. Sometimes they have "growing pain", become stiff or start limping.
You can give them "Next Level Joint Fluid", you can get it in feed stores or Amazon. I especially would like to recommend CBD oil.
Excellent remedy for reduction pain, inflammation, arthritis and anxiety. If your puppy is stiff or starts limping you may give him those supplements and let him rest.
VIRUSES, PARASITES, WORMS
Viruses are here to kill, but we do not let that happen! Vaccination is the must! If your puppy has a combination of those symptoms: loss of appetite,
vomiting, severe bloody diarrhea, don't try to fix it with rice and chicken, it might be Parvo!
Rush to see your Vet, it's an emergency and every min is counted. Vaccinated puppies can get sick too, but have a better chance to recover.
Parasites and worms are not that bad, this guys just looking for a free ride
But one thing they both have in common, they are hunting for easy victims - youth, weak or olderly.
The best we can do for our puppies is just feed them good, feed them right, groom and play outside a lot. In my methods, I emphasize on natural and holistic
health care of our animals. I am trying to use natural treatments as much as I can, just what Mother Nature recommended.
I believe that animals are not our toys and we should not pour chemicals and pesticides on them to make them sterile inside and out.
If we are getting an animal, we should be ready to share some smell, to hear their voices, and even a couple of worms!
Flea and Tick Prevention
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: An article from Dogs Naturally Magazine:
"Is Frontline Harmful To Your Dog?". Meet real people and real stories at
Facebook Public Group: "Does Nexgard Kill Dogs?".
Instead of giving your dog pesticides, discover the natural stuff:
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is one of nature’s greatest solutions for all-around pet health: coat, appetite, metabolism, digestion,
kills parasites (fleas, ticks, lice or mites) . Diatomaceous Earth is deadly to any insect, yet completely harmless to animals. By using 10 days on and 10 days off schedule,
it kills parasites in all stages of the reproductive cycle, ending infestation. To kill fleas you only need to dust it in the areas where infections exis.
Diatomaceous Earth is also natural source of silica and other minerals that is essential for healthy
joints, ligaments, and bones.
Richard's Organics Flea & Tick Shampoo is formulated to kill fleas and ticks while repelling mosquitos.
A natural treatment that is sulfate and paraben free you can treat your pup without exposing you or your furry family to harsh chemicals.
Safe to use around children and pets, keep your family itch and worry free!
For new born puppies I use Nemex-2 and for all other dogs I use
Pyrantel Pamoate .
I found it safe, efficient and easy to use.
I also give them all natural dewormers:
Molly's Herbals Worm Formula
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) using 10 days on and 10 days off schedule. Our worms eat healthy
Current research says you should only deworm when they need it. How do you know when they need it? You should do "poop patrol" regularly and check for signs
of parasites or you can 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. Puppies might be still active and eat well.
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
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, usually ones a week, no appointment is necessary. Prices are great too!
Ideally it is all health care, you will ever need!
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
NAME TAG AND MICROCHIPPING
One of the first things you should do is order a name tag with your telephone number on it. The best color for your pup is a nice leather color with a name tag on it!
I would also recommend microchipping. Better do it before you register your pup in AKC.
This way you will have a microchip number on his pedigree.
Register your dog in
AKC Reunite website in case your pet go missing.
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.
Don't give them extra calcium! It gives a totally opposite result!!! Shame, I tried.
Don't glue your puppy's ears yet. 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 puppy every
3 month till 1 year old.
One of my puppy's ears in progress. No taping, no extra supplements, no stress and no worries method
3 month old
5 month old
6 month old
7 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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