​​ GERMAN SHEPHERD CANINE

  • Make sure you take your pup to visit your Vet for his booster shots since his immune system is not yet built up and if you are taking him out to socialize you will want him to be protected.


  • Your vet will lead you through the worming and any other health issues. I have always provided shots up to a year and then I get very particular about what type of vaccinations that I will provide upon consulting with my Vet.


  • Have a good understanding with your vet and try to be in control as much as you can about what shots he needs and what shots he can live without. There are many  articles and books written even by Veterinarians about over vaccinating our pets. I took the time to check them out.


  • Do not change the food that your breeder was using right away. If you are going to change puppy's diet make sure to do this very slowly and gradually.
  • A Crate, which is like your puppies den. Crates can be very positive as a training aid, but other then night time please do not leave your pet in a crate for hours at a time. They should not really be left in a crate for any longer then 2 hour periods or less.

BRINGING PUPPY HOME

  • Should there be other pet family members in the home I always give them the respect and patience that they so deserve,  as any Puppy is new to them too.
  • You really should introduce puppy and your other pets slowly and always under supervision until you are confident all is well between all pets in the family.

    Now, a few things to remember:


​1. First, when your puppy is only, say 8 weeks old, you should always give them several chances if they do accidentally bite you. At approximately the 5 month old mark that you must no longer tolerate any biting at all…

 2. When you call your puppy to you, make sure that you have something in your hand to put in his or her mouth. Don't set puppy up to fail.  

3. The last tip is simply this, when your puppy starts to bite you and ignores your chew toy, stay calm and place them on the floor.  




  •  Thousands of puppies are being taught by their owners to gently mouth their fingers and hands. We are actually training our puppies to do something that we do not want them to do later on! Some have been told to teach their puppy's to mouth gently and then to start telling them they are doing it too hard and then we teach them not to do it any more and if they do, it's the worst thing they could possibly do…

PUPPY BITING

  • PUPPY BITING    When both Max and Ryker were puppies they loved to bite us and their little teeth are like needles at this time, however, as they get older both their teeth and jaws get a lot more powerful and larger.
  • Here are some SIMPLE STEPS for you to STOP YOUR Puppy from Biting. 
  • PeePee pads to help with accidents that may occur, especially if you are not available to let your pup out.
  • Collar and leash for going out to socialize and for both of you to have fun bonding.
  • Do your research on a good quality puppy food and if you are using dry, get puppy dry for large breeds.  Visit my Feeding / Nutrition Tab for  several great idea and product choices. 


  • Again, a good quality canned food. When I feed commercial products I have always given both dry and canned. Make sure you purchase for puppies since the manufacturer's add additional nutrients for the pup's growth issues, bones, teeth etc. However, in my Nutrition tab here, I go into more depth on feeding.


  • Water dish with water must be available at all times..and lots of Toys, Great product picks at Shopping Bar at upper left of this page!




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  PUPPY SHOPPING

  • Puppy needs to have his own bed, usually a small soft one at first to give him security.

  • Do you have the time for a German Shepherd?
  • They are extremely intelligent individuals who require a lot of time ​including training, playing and just being able to be with you whatever you are doing. They develop a very strong bond with their families.
  • Have you considered a German Shepherd's size, usually 65 to over 100 pounds. Dependant of course on the gender & blood lines, usually females are a little smaller then the males.

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  • Lots of patience, love and understanding for your new pet youngster and you will all be off to a good start for your wonderful life a head that I hope will be filled with many special and fond memories.  

Wishing all of you many Great Years ahead !


PICKING YOUR PUPPY

  • The puppy's parents hold valuable clues to the temperament, health and the mature size that your puppy will grow up to. Try to see the puppy's parents.
  • If you are going to a Breeder, the Breeder should be someone with a good reputation, integrity and most importantly have a genuine love for the breed. This is in your best interest that your puppy will be healthy and have a good temperament or disposition.
  • Personally, I would never go to a pet shop or any other retail outlet to select my puppy. Nor would I recommend anyone to do so.
  • Perhaps you would like to skip the puppy stage and adopt a young adult or more mature dog. There are many who have been given up to shelters every year or for sale by their owner which is usually due to their owners being unable to give their dog the time or maybe a behaviour issue that really could have been corrected if they would have dedicated and invested a little more time with their Shepherd. In these circumstances only the dog suffers.
  • Unlike cats who are born with 85% of their instincts, no dog comes with a degree, you must invest that time with your puppy or older friend and believe me it is well worth the investment. It is so beautiful to witness a well trained German Shepherd.
  • They are so distinguished and at the same time they can be big goof balls at times, and they usually will play with their families as long as their family members can keep up.
  • German Shepherds need a good fence to explore their territory and to keep him or her happy and safe at home, also makes potty training a breeze.


QUESTIONS TO ASK THE BREEDER:

  • Are there any known hereditary issues?
  • Ask to see the parents.
  • What type of guarantees will the Breeder give to you in connection to health issues such as Hip certificates etc. Personally, to an extent and prior to the purchase of your pup this is of importance, although a delicate issue.  I know that once I have brought puppy home and he has become part of the family, I personally would not be willing to give him or her up at perhaps 1 year of age or younger for that matter due to a health issue that I may be able to control with the assistance of my Vet. As I previously stated, a very delicate issue, although the breeder will want to protect their reputation and therefore will not give guarantees without substance.
  • All responsible Breeders will supply you with your puppy's health records for worming, booster shots, examinations etc.
  • Ask if the puppy's parents are "OFA" certified?  ( Orthopedic Foundation for Animals ) www.offa.org
  • Does the breeder have clean surroundings and kennels?
  • Do not hesitate to ask anything further that is a concern to you.
  • Look at the puppy for proper weight, not to fat or thin, odor free, clear eyes, full coat of hair with no balding patches, clean ears, no excessive scratching, and the puppies should be playful and friendly.
  • Another good option rather then a breeder is a rescue or shelter.
  • Whether you decide to bring home a  puppy or a rescued individual make sure to  take good care and make informed decisions, giving your puppy lots of love and attention and he or she will take care of you for the rest of his or her life.


Toys & Chews to help teething & keep the mind active for both puppy & grown-ups. 

  • ​​​​​I have 3 cats that Max adored and vice versa, however, when Puppy Ryker arrived the house was full of gates and partitions. Ryker like most pups being very curious and inquisitive about his new world would chase the cats. In order to give them the respect they deserved my husband and I assembled partitions and baby gates so the cats would have the advantage over Ryker. Puppy Ryker was very persistent at chasing the cats despite my continuous patrolling.
  • On one occasion I kind of lost my patience as pet parents may do. I grabbed him by the top of his neck as their mother's do and I yelled at him for this constant chasing. With a little more patience on my part, Ryker grew out of this, thank goodness.

If you are thinking about a German Shepherd as a new pet there are several  things you need to consider first and questions that need to be answered positively, for the benefit of you and your soon to be most loyal best friend and new addition to your family. We have included pet care tips for puppy, dog, food & more!  

THINGS TO CONSIDER! 

  • Do your research before bringing your new family member home.
  • What are your expectations or purpose for your new puppy? 
  • Consider other pets you have and their age.


Pet Care german shepherd puppy care tips & TRAINING 

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  • We must start with puppy the way in which we want to go on!  
  • Your dog will appreciate that the rules don’t change as they grow up. 

          So here are the steps, somewhat simplified. 

  • Always provide your puppy with chew toys, chew things  

•      From the very start encourage your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone

   •  If your puppy mouths you then redirect them calmly onto something else such as a toy or pull.  

  • If puppy continues to bite you place puppy calmly on the floor and give a little yelp noise to let them know that their sharp teeth can hurt and move away • 
  •  If puppy continues to bite you or your clothes take puppy calmly and put puppy into time out for a minute or so. 
  • ​Be consistant


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  • After this episode puppy Ryker practically stopped chasing the cats. But I must add Ryker sort of held a grudge that evening. Every time I looked at him he would look at me with this look that I cannot describe and immediately turn his face from me. But we eventually got over the cat issue. Ryker's mind was developing and he was accepting that I was ALPHA.


  • Pups can easily be potty trained but as with all youngsters you need to do your part. Teaching your pup "peepee" and 'PooPoo" can really work well and by the time they are grown they will go on command which is very convenient if you and your friend go riding in your vehicle.​​​