Puppies are So Special Because of the Relationships We Create With Them Until They Become Adult
German Shepherds Puppy Care
Buying a new puppy can be one of the most delightful times of your life.
We have listed some tips for making the journey from puppyhood to adult dog an easy and fun experience for you. Buying a new puppy can be one of the most delightful times of your life.
Food and Bowl
Buy a decent puppy food. If you can’t afford it, you should have thought twice about getting a dog in the first place. Proper nutrition is key. Please click here to know more about food (Diet and Nutrition)
Stainless steel bowls are easy to clean, are relatively durable, and bottom weighted bowls won’t tip. Plastic bowls which are inexpensive, can be easily tipped and destroyed, and are difficult to clean Ceramic bowls which are heavy enough to be stable, but break easily, and are often not dishwasher safe according to age, activity and environment. But a good place to start is with these guidelines for an average, active, adult dog fed once daily.
Chews and Toys
You shouldn’t spoil a puppy or dog with too many toys or chew items at once. Dogs are very much like children. Its reappearance is treated as a special event if they haven’t seen a toy or chew for a few days.
The toys and chews you select should all be puppy-safe. We have listed toys and chews, which are fun and safe for puppies/dogs
Puppies LOVE to chew. It’s what they do. Give them a toy so they don’t chew up your shoes. Rope toys work particularly well, because they have something to chew on and TUG.
If you “can’t resist” getting your dog a cute animal toy (they usually love squirrels, cats, and hedge hogs), get them a stuffed fabric one. They usually last much longer than the plastic ones. The reinforced canvas toys are even better.
A tennis ball is a necessity to start you teach your dog to retrieve. Dogs specially German shepherds love tennis balls.
Do you want a babysitter while you sit down to watch your favorite tv show? Buy some rawhide bones. Dogs love them! Natural color is best because they won’t stain the carpet.
Another ultimate dog sitter! Plus, Kongs are most cost effective than rawhide bones. A kong is a rubber oval ball with slots to insert treats, peanut butter, or liver paste. They usually come with liver paste in a can, but I recommend an inexpensive peanut butter. Dogs love peanut butter. Because it’s inexpensive and you can literally fill the kong with it, the kong will keep a dog occupied for hours.
Collars and Leashes
Your puppy will be handed to you with a medium-sized collar; however, when you wish to change or buy a new collar, you can measure the dog’s neck, making sure that you allow two fingers allowance room for comfort without making it lose.
There are many types of collars in the market; we recommend a flat-buckle, which is a good choice for a puppy or an adult, as this collar is often used for early puppy training.
Leashes are used to walk the dogs outdoor. Note that a partially vaccinated puppy is still prone to viruses and bacteria as she/he hasn’t received complete shots; therefore, taking your dog to walk outdoor earlier than four months old is a considerable risk.
If you wish to purchase a leash for your puppy to walk around your house or the backyard for familiarization or little exercise, you should choose a lightweight, preferably body leash.
A German Shepherd puppy will need a side-loading 48-inch metal wire crate.
The German Shepherd loves to be able to see what is going on around him/her. The wire crate enables your puppy to see her surroundings even when she’s spending time in her special space. The metal wire crate provides the best air circulation possible when traveling by car; it also has a removable tray at the bottom, which makes the crate to be completely and thoroughly cleaned.
If you decide to pick up your puppy from our location, you could bring your own crate, or we could provide a suitable crate with an additional crate fee of $40-$60 depending on the size of it.
As your puppy enters its new home, it’s normal for him/her to be anxious as this will be the first time away from its mother and siblings. You can overcome her anxiety by providing a soft and warm, comfortable bedding. Keep your puppy warm by placing rubber water heating pads around it.
Before you pick up your puppy, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian to have your puppy’s health checked within 72hrs of bringing him home.
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A Head Start on Training
It is essential that you start training your German Shepherd puppy the moment it arrives at your home. From day one, you should establish the packing order. Treats are essential, especially for training. Do not give your dog a treat every 5 minutes, though, or he/she will be trained to want treats continuously for the rest of their lives!
Grooming, Cleaning Strategies and Supplies
When it comes to baths, you only have to worry about bathing your German Shepherd puppy once in a while. As long as you feed your dog high-quality food and brush and groom your dog regularly, you don’t need to bath your German Shepherd dog more than once or twice a year. By giving more baths, you end up stripping your dog’s skin of its healthy natural oils. Buy a tear-free shampoo.
Lastly, when you bathe your German Shepherd dog, be sure to put cotton in his or her ears to stop water from being able to enter the dog’s ear canal, which in turn limits the likelihood of future ear infections.
German shepherd puppies are potentially trainable. Sometimes changes in the environment may cause a few times accidents; therefore, you should be prepared to spot-clean your floors and carpet with a supply of paper towels, stain remover, and an enzyme-eating cleaner. Several products are specifically made to break down the chemicals in dog urine so that the wet spot no longer has an odor. Stain removers can be very helpful, but make sure you test yours on a hidden area first. If the product does not discolor your carpet or upholstery, it is safe to use in the future.
How to take care of your German shepherd throughout his/her life?
Being a perfect dog owner, especially for a species like a German Shepherd, requires a great deal more intensive care. It is vital to recognize that one should treat a German Shepherd as a member of one’s own family. Preventative care is the best medicine, while veterinarians are available if your dog becomes sick. The better care you take of your dog, the more likely he/she will remain happy and healthy well into a venerable old age. One of the most important things to learn to do on your own is how to perform a standard “health check” on your German Shepherd. These routine check-ups at home will allow you to “check-in” with your dog and make sure that each of your parts is in good working order (and playing order too, of course). Every week or so, go through a mental checklist of questions to make sure that nothing is wrong with your German Shepherd.
Look, Listen, and Learn from your German Shepherd
The main questions you should ask yourself should be quite general:
Has my German Shepherd been able to move generally in a healthy manner, or is he or she suffering from a lack of coordination, or is he or she limping or walking with difficulty?
Have there been any changes in weight or appetite lately for either food or drink, or in temperament – is my German Shepherd more aggressive or angry than usual, or more lethargic?
Just like people, animals have personalities, and signs of anger or depression in dogs, as in humans, can be a sign of something medically wrong. Likewise, watch out for a bloated abdomen ,this can be a sign of the often-fatal illness Gastric Torsion, which requires immediate (as absolute soon as possible – call an overnight vet) attention!
Check your German Shepherd's skin:
Some German Shepherds suffer from a variety of allergies, ranging from contact allergies to food allergies. Allergies manifest in dogs as itching, dry or red skin, and if left untreated, it may be a factor in recurring ear infections or hot spots.
If your German Shepherd is scratching, licking at his paws or rubbing his face a great deal, suspect that it has an allergy. Allergy tests can be done at a veterinary clinic to pinpoint food or environment-related causes.
In mild allergies, an elimination diet may also be useful in diagnosing the cause.
Shampoos which can help with the itching include oatmeal and tea tree preparations. One of these is Pure Pet Shampoo, which can be bought online and at various pet stores. A tea tree rinse after shampooing can also help. This is made by adding ½tsp Tea tree oil to one pint of water. This rinse is poured over the dog and left on.
With more severe problems, where the dog is uncomfortable and has open sores or large red areas, you should see your veterinarian.
If your dog has no allergies but still scratching itself, it may be due to tick and flea.
Check out your German Shepherd’s mouth:
Are the gums healthy-looking, or are they red or swollen or even bleeding;
Are the teeth dirty or loose, or are there any sores of the tongue or gums? Shepherds can be stinky, but particularly bad breath can be the sign of something a bit wrong, so do watch out if you can. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if your German Shepherd is acting differently or just doesn’t seem right, it’s time to go to the vet.
Eyes, Nose, and Ears of your German Shepherd | Pay Attention to these Crucial Areas
Check your German Shepherd’s Eyes:
Next, pay attention to your German Shepherd’s eyes. While a healthy dog has an apparent, bright glee, a dog who is unhealthy might have some of the following symptoms: a tendency towards squinting, eyes that are cloudy with discolored whites, pupils that don’t respond immediately or re unequal in their response, or discharge coming from the eyes. These are all warning signs that something might be wrong.
Check your German Shepherd's Ears:
Additionally, check out your German Shepherds ears for redness or crusty tips
This might be a sign of infection (pay special attention if your dog is frequently shaking or tilting his head and scratching his ears; he or she may be trying to tell you that something is wrong.) Also, be sensitive to any bad odors coming out of the ears. Moisture and dirt particles can get trapped in the ear, and infection can quickly form if you are not watchful. German Shepherd puppies with their floppy ears needs extra care.It must be noted that German Shepherds have tendencies toward allergies and immune system problems that can often be an underlying problem causing the ear infection.
Check out your German Shepherd’s Nose:
A healthy nose is wet and black – but be aware of colored discharge coming out of the nose or a crusted top – these are warning signs of potential health issues, such as bacterial rhinitis, infected sinuses, (kennel cough, and distemper) in unvaccinated dogs.
Additionally, constant sneezing or a running nose can also be a sign of a foreign object within the nasal passage. At the same time, polyps and tumors can cause breathing difficulties if found in the nose. Though polyps are not malignant, tumors can be cancerous, along with being benign also. In short, be vigilant about your German Shepherd’s health at all times.
Feet, Toes, Anal Maladies (Perianal Fistulas) | German Shepherd
Check your German Shepherd’s Feet and Toes:
Ensure that the toes are not swollen or misaligned and that there are no split nails or abrasion. Active dogs can sometimes also get pebbles, twigs, or other small items stuck in their paws, which can be painful and cause limping; luckily, in most cases, you’ll be able to remove the item from where it’s stuck.
Check Around your German Shepherd's Anal Region to Confirm That There is No Redness or Swelling:
Be mindful of “scooting” along the floor (this can be a sign of perianal fistulas, a serious condition), or your dog’s frequent licking of the area.
German Shepherds are unfortunately quite prone to perianal fistulas, due in large part to the high number of glands in the perianal area compared to other breeds. Perianal fistulas can quickly become an uncomfortable situation for your German Shepherd, but there are procedures (ranging from merely clipping the hair around the anal region, to thoroughly bathing the anal area, along with even surgery) available.
Additionally, examine your German Shepherd’s stool to make sure its firm and it isn’t black or bloody; these can be serious warning signs. Also, make sure that there are no changes in your dog’s genitals or mammary regions:
Diarrhea is not a condition in itself, but a symptom of illness or stomach upset. Some dogs are sensitive to very fatty meats or diet changes, from cooked to raw and vice-versa. The most effective way to stop diarrhea is to withhold food for 24 hours, and then offer half a can of pure pumpkin with 2 tbsp of yogurt (for a 50lb dog), an additional enzyme/probiotic might also help. We love B-Naturals Digestion Blend for dogs with sensitive stomachs. Young dogs are more likely to have infectious and parasitic-related diarrhea than adult dogs. Keep in mind that even perfectly healthy dogs will sometimes get diarrhea. Here are tips to reduce the likelihood of occurrence.
Discharge or changes in urine can be reliable health indicators. Finally, take a closer look at your dog’s skin to make sure there are no sores or red spots, lumps, or hair loss; be wary of parasites.
The Importance of Love and Attention for your German Shepherd
One final element – too often overlooked in scientific studies – is everyday love and attention; something your German Shepherd truly needs, and every day! Remember, dogs are social creatures – don’t forget that wolves are pack animals, after all – and need loving contact with other beings to be happy and fulfilled. A stressed or lonely dog is never a healthy dog, and you might find that psychological maladies in your pet give way to physical ones. So, remember to spend time with your dog. It’s one thing to leave him or her five days a week while you’re at work, but be sure that when you’re at home, you’re paying as much attention to your dog’s social and emotional needs are to his or her biological ones.
A hug, a kiss, a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears all contribute to making your German Shepherd healthy – just as regular trips to the veterinarian or a healthy protein-based diet do. So next time your German Shepherd comes over sniffing and looking for attention, don’t just brush him or her off – spend time with them. Dogs are very intuitive animals, able to read and feel many of our emotions and moods. As such, it’s essential to give them as much love and attention as possible because they’ll give it right back to you. There’s nothing better than giving your German Shepherd a big hug around that furry neck or belly scratch just to let them now unique they are to you and your family. They don’t call dogs “man’s best friend” for no reason – the interactions will benefit both of you – body and soul!