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PUPPY CARE AND INFORMATION PAGE
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Hi Wendy,
Just an update on our new puppy Maya from Tank and Aslan. She is doing well in less than a week with potty training and very smart, we can all tell already. Thank you for bringing our puppy to us and for making our new addition easier. You are always there for help or to answer questions. We thought our female Abbey would have the biggest problem, but I think she likes puppy more than Bolt.

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P.O Box 356
Roscommon, Michigan 48653
PUPPY SHOT'S SCHEDULE
Puppy shot's are given by our Veterinarian, the series of shot's is started when the puppies are 6 weeks old.  The puppies shot's our veterinarian give's do not include the vaccine for LEPTO.

So here is the schedule for puppy shot's:

6  week's-- 1st set if puppy shot's
8  week's-- 2nd set of puppy shot's
12 week's-- 3rd set of puppy shot's
16 week's-- 4th set of puppy shot's with LEPTO and a Rabies Vaccine (Rabies is a 1 year vaccine)
PUPPY/DOG FOOD AND FEEDING TIME
We feed Pro Plan to our puppies, they start eating puppy mush at about 3 to 4 weeks of age.  We never ask you what you are going to feed the puppy.  The brand of food or type of food you will feed is your choice.  Everyone has their own idea of what is good or bad on this subject and we believe you will make the right choice for you and your new family member.

Now with that said, here is why this is being said, feeding a dog food that is on the cheaper end WILL NOT CAUSE YOUR PUPPY TO GET/HAVE HIP DYSPLASIA.  Yep, you read that right the type of dog food you feed will not cause your dog to get dysplasia, nor prevent it.  Hip dyspasia is mostly (90%) caused by genetic's, although there is some environmental cause's like forced running or jumping when under 18 months or OVER FEEDING (making the puppy/dog obese).   Having hardwood floors or tiled floors does not cause dysplasia,

Now how much to feed your puppy depends on your puppy.  Here is a good way to feed your German Shepherd puppy, this will ensure that the puppy is getting what it needs.

01.  NEVER MEASURE THE FOOD YOU ARE FEEDING YOUR PUPPY, NEVER.
02.  FILL A DISH WITH FOOD, PUT THE DISH DOWN FOR 20 MINUTES.  
03.  WHEN 20 MINUTES IS UP, PICK UP THE DISH OF FOOD.  
04.  IF THE PUPPY HAS EMPTIED THE FOOD DISH BEFORE 20 MINUTES HE NEEDS MORE FOOD.  
05.  PUPPIES NEED TO EAT AT LEAST 3 TIMES A DAY
06.  THERE WILL BE TIMES YOUR PUPPY JUST ISN'T THAT HUNGER AND DOESN'T EAT.  THAT'S OK THE NEXT FEEDING HE WILL EAT MORE FOOD.  
07.  NEVER MEASURE YOUR PUPPIES FOOD, EVER.  GERMAN SHEPHERDS ARE NOT USUALLY OVER EATER'S.  THEY BECOME OVER EATERS WHEN THEY DO NOT RECEIVE ENOUGH FOOD.

NEVER GO BY GUIDELINES ON THE BACK OF A BAG OF PUPPY FOOD.  THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BREEDS OF PUPPIES, EACH BREED AND EACH PUPPY IS DIFFERENT.  NEVER GO BY GUIDELINES ON THE BACK OF A BAG OF PUPPY FOOD.

TRAINING YOUR PUPPY TO WALK ON A LEASH
When you get home with your puppy attach a leash to his collar.  Do this when in the house with you and your family and while you play with the puppy outside.  Do not hold the leash let the puppy drag the leash around as he is playing with you and your family.  PLEASE ONLY LEAVE THE LEASH ON THE PUPPY WHILE YOU ARE WATCHING THE PUPPY AND PLAYING WITH THE PUPPY.  DO NOT LEAVE THE LEASH ON WHEN THE PUPPY IS IN HIS CREATE OR IS UNATTENDED.  Reason for this is the puppy can chew the leash and ingest it or worse he can get stuck or get it wedged on something and injure him/herself or even kill the puppy.  

The reason for the dragging of the leash is so the puppy get's used to the pulling on the collar and learns to accept the leash.  So after 2 or 3 days the puppy will gladly walk with you on the leash without having any trouble.  This is a kinder and gentler way of leash training as some people use the old fashion method of pulling the puppy and eventually the puppy will follow.  
MONTHLY HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE MEDICATION
All our adult dogs and our puppies are on a Heartworm preventative medication the adult dogs are on it 12 months of the year.  When puppies go to the vet for their shot's at 6 weeks they are also given either a Sentinel or a Interceptor at that time.  And when the puppy leaves us and goes to their new home they have another pill for the next weight size in their shot record.   

This has been done since we started breeding 12 years ago.  The reason this is done is simple a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The heartworm medication is not only for heartworm it is for worm's hook's, whip's and round and depending on which heartworm medication you use, it also control's flea's.  The puppies are started on it because most of our puppies are going to people in city's who go to dog parks, walk or run on trails other people and their dogs use, they walk down the side walks you get the idea.  Well you know how you treat and take care of your dog but you don't know how someone else has taken care of the dog who has left his business behind.  And yes, puppies and dogs should be on heartworm medication 12 months of the year.  Remember on thing worm's that can live in your dog can and will live in you and your family.  Remember a ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, meaning it's better to prevent it then to have to treat it after your dog is infected.

Some helpful information when you take your puppy to your vet the first time.  YOU DO NOT NEED A HEARTWORM TEST DONE ON YOUR PUPPY TO GET HEARTWORM MEDICATION.  Why, you might be asking, the answer is, it takes 7 months from the time a infected mosquito bit's a dog for it to develop into heatworm.  YouR puppy is not old enough for it to have heartworm yet.  If your vet is suggesting or telling you, you need it before you can get more heartworm medication find another vet that one is taking advantage of you.