Is Olive Oil good to give your German Shepherd?

Olive oil, that staple of every kitchen, happens to make an excellent, healthful addition to every dog’s food bowl. I know I’m have touted before the benefits of coconut oil, which is another mainstay in my pantry, but let’s not forget the oil that comes from olives, which has its own fantastic advantages. In fact, why not mix things up? Rotate the oils you sweeten your dog’s food bowl with! I like to switch among olive, coconut, and (for the omega-3 factor so key to senior dog vitality) fish oil by Nordic Naturals. Here are eight reasons to heart olive oil. Bone appetit!

1. It tastes doggone good

Few things perk up a boring bowl of dry kibble better than a spoonful of what dog-loving celebrity chef Rachael Ray affectionately calls EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) — especially if your kibble might be, ahem, the tiniest bit stale. Add a dash of cinnamon and turmeric, and you’ve spiced your dog’s meal in grand style!

2. It helps the eater lose weight

Whether the portly pepperpot is canine or human, if there are some unwanted pounds that need shedding, olive oil will help grease the weight-loss engine. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil actually encourage pound-melting by breaking down the fat inside fat cells, getting rid of belly fat and reducing insulin sensitivity.

3. It promotes optimal health

Rich in monounsaturated fats, olive oil prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.

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4. It defends the immune system

With high levels of antioxidants — including polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids — olive oil is very effective at arming the body’s immune system so it can efficiently fight off disease. That’s especially important as we (humans as well as canines) transition from one season to another.

5. It extends canine longevity

Dogs don’t live nearly as long as we want them to, but nothing looks sadder than a young dog going gray before his time. Olive oil prevents free radical cell oxidation (see above), which can lead to premature aging, so it works to help keep your dog looking as vibrantly youthful as he did in his salad days.

6. It’s a brain food

Olive oil helps prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging in all species, so be sure to serve it to senior dogs at least once daily, to keep their minds beautiful and cloud-free. This is especially important if your dog is a super-smartie, such as a Border Collie, Poodle, or Mensa mutt.

Olive oil can help improve canine circulation in breeds like the English Bulldog. Photo by Shutterstock.
7. It provides an energy boost

Circulation improves and breathing comes more easily with a daily dose of olive oil — it helps increase blood flow and, in humans, lessens the effects of asthma. So, by extension, it can be a dogsend for brachycephalic breeds such as the Bulldog, who sometimes struggle to breathe.

8. It’s also a beauty treatment

There’s more to olive oil than mere substance — it’s a style statement, too! Long used to beautify human hair and skin, olive oil can do the same for canines. Condition your dog’s coat from the inside out with a daily serving, which helps to impart moisture and gleam to even the driest, dullest fur.

Do you add olive oil to your dog’s diet? Did we convince you to start? Let us know in the comments!

Leo von der Zienteiche Head shot
Leo von der Zienteiche Head shot

Personal Protection Dogs Prevent Crimes at Home and in the Neighborhood

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Protection Dogs Prevent Crimes at Home and in the Neighborhood

Agua Dulce, CA — December XX, 2013 – The year 2011 saw 1.2 million forcible entries into homes across the US, and nearly 3.4 million homes were robbed in that same year. With these alarming statistics, the need for added protection in the home is at an all-time high. While home security systems are a common option, personal protection dogs are quickly becoming the favorite choice for those who don’t wish to live in fear.

Personal protection dogs are a proven deterrent for criminals. A recent survey asked prison inmates about what homeowners could do to protect themselves from crime, and 65 percent replied that they would avoid a home with a trained dog present. Of course, the key to having an effective home security system with a dog is to choose the right breed. Titled German shepherds are trained in the art of protecting their masters, and these loyal dogs do double-duty as great family companions.

German shepherds are known for their loyalty, intelligence and strength. These dogs are commonly used for police K-9 units, as well as trained military K-9 units. Wüstenberger-Land breeds, raises and trains personal protection dogs with an exclusive, all-German bloodline with a reputation in outstanding health and temperament. Through the experienced training techniques of Michael Kempkes, Wüstenberger-Land German shepherds are bred and trained to be very easy to handle and protective of women and children. Owning a trained Wüstenberger-Land personal protection dog is having the assurance that you have purchased from one of the most reliable and trusted breeders in the world.

The dog’s appearance to criminals is intimidating and frightening. This is why trained and titled German shepherds are perfect for protecting homes and families. These dogs are alerted to danger and suspicious noises faster than any home security system, and the ferocious bark of a German shepherd is enough to scare off many intruders. If a homeowner is threatened, the personal protection dog will take action to protect its master, and the response time of the animal is faster than that of the alarm company.

About the Company: The rise in crime occurring in the home is startling, but there are steps that homeowners can take to protect their families. Investing in a personal protection dog gives families added peace of mind and a loyal companion. Wüstenberger Land specializes in breeding German shepherds to protect and serve families, and interested homeowners can purchase any of the excellent German shepherd puppies for sale from these experts on the breed.

Contact information:
Wustenberger-Land German shepherds
Phone: 661-268-1486
Cell: 661-904-5382 (Michael)
Cell: 661-904-4737 (Jeannette)

German Shepherd Breeders and the German SV (FCI) breed standard


FCI-Standard N°166

(Deutscher Schäferhund)

TRANSLATION: Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) E.V. / Original version: (D).

Double coat

Long and harsh outer coat:

ORIGIN: Germany.


UTILIZATION: Versatile working, herding and service dog.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group1Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs
(except Swiss Mountain
and Cattle Dogs).
With working trial.

Brief historical overview:

According to the official documentation of the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V. (Society for the German Shepherd Dog, “SV” for short) – legal domicile in Augsburg, Germany, member of the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH, German Kennel Club) – the “SV” as the founding club of the breed is responsible for the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog. Established in the first General Meeting at Frankfurt/Main on 20 September 1899 according to suggestions by A. Meyer and Max von Stephanitz and in addition to the amendments of the 6th General Meeting on 28 July 1901, the 23rd General Meeting at Cologne/Rhineland on 17 September 1909, the Executive Board & Advisory Board Meeting at Wiesbaden on 5 September 1930 and the Breeding Committee & Executive Board Meeting on 25 March 1961, revisions were resolved within the framework of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) Meeting on 30 August 1976.
Revisions and catalogued measures were resolved with the Enabling Resolution through the Executive Board and Advisory Board from 23/24 March 1991, amended through the Federal Conventions from 25 May 1997 and 31 May/1 June 2008.

The German Shepherd Dog, whose methodical breeding was started in 1899 after the foundation of the society, had been bred from the central German and southern German breeds of the herding dogs existing at that time with the ultimate objective of creating a working dog inclined to high achievements. In order to achieve this objective, the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog was determined, which relates to the physical constitution as well as the traits and characteristics.

General appearance

The German Shepherd Dog is medium-size, slightly elongated, powerful and well-muscled, with dry bone and firm overall structure.

Important dimensional ratios

The height at the withers amounts to 60 cm to 65 cm for male dogs and 55 cm to 60 cm for female dogs. The trunk length exceeds the dimension at the height at the withers by about 10 – 17 %.


The German Shepherd Dog must be well-balanced (with strong nerves) in terms of character, self-assured, absolutely natural and (except for a stimulated situation) good-natured as well as attentive and willing to please. He must possess instinctive behaviour, resilience and self-assurance in order to be suitable as a companion, guard, protection, service and herding dog.


The head is wedge-shaped, and in proportion to the body size (length about 40 % at the height at the withers), without being plump or too elongated, dry in the overall appearance and moderately broad between the ears.

Seen from the front and side, the forehead is only slightly arched and without any or with only a slightly indicated middle furrow.

The ratio from the cranial region to the facial region is 50 % to 50 %. The width of the cranial region more or less corresponds to the length of the cranial region. The cranial region (seen from above) tapers evenly towards the nasal bridge with gradually sloping, not sharply depicted stop in the wedge-shaped facial region (foreface) of the head. Upper and lower jaws are powerfully developed.

The nasal dorsum is straight, any dip or bulge is undesirable. The lips are taut, close well and are of dark colouring.

The nose must be black.

The teeth must be strong, healthy and complete (42 teeth according to the dental formula). The German Shepherd Dog has a scissor bite, i.e. the incisors must interlock like scissors, whereby the incisors of the upper jaw overlap those of the lower jaw. Occlusal overlay, overbite and retrusive occlusion as well as larger spaces between the teeth (gaps) are faulty. The straight dental ridge of the incisors is also faulty. The jaw bones must be strongly developed so that the teeth can be deeply embedded in the dental ridge.

The eyes are of medium size, almond-shaped, slightly slanted and not protruding. The colour of the eyes should be as dark as possible. Light, piercing eyes are undesirable since they impair the dog’s impression.


The German Shepherd Dog has erect ears of medium size, which are carried upright and aligned (not drawn-in laterally); they are pointed and with the auricle facing forward.

Tipped ears and drooping ears are faulty. Ears carried rearward when moving or in relaxed position are not faulty.


The neck should be strong, well-muscled and without loose neck skin (dewlap). The angulation towards the trunk (horizontal) amounts to approx. 45 %.


The upper line runs from the base of the neck via the high, long withers and via the straight back towards the slightly sloping croup, without visible interruption. The back is moderately long, firm, strong and well-muscled. The loin is broad, short, strongly developed and well-muscled. The croup should be long and slightly sloping (approx 23° to the horizontal) and the upper line should merge into the base of the tail without interruption.

The chest should be moderately broad, the lower chest as long and pronounced as possible. The depth of the chest should amount to approx. 45 % to 48 % of the height at the withers.

The ribs should feature a moderate curvature; a barrel-shaped chest is just as faulty as flat ribs.

The tail extends at least to the hock, but not beyond the middle of the hind pastern. It has slightly longer hair on the underside and is carried hanging downward in a gentle curve, whereby in a state of excitement and in motion it is raised and carried higher, but not beyond the horizontal. Operative corrections are forbidden.



The forelimbs are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel when seen from the front.

Shoulder blade and upper arm are of equal length, and firmly attached to the trunk by means of powerful musculature. The angulation from shoulder blade and upper arm is ideally 90°, but generally up to 110°.

The elbows may not be turned out either while standing or moving, and also not pushed in. The forearms are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel to each other, dry and firmly muscled. The pastern has a length of approx. 1/3 of the forearm, and has an angle of approx. 20° to 22° to the forearm. A slanted pastern (more than 22°) as well as a steep pastern (less than 20°) impairs the suitability for work, particularly the stamina.

The paws are rounded, well-closed and arched; the soles are hard, but not brittle. The nails are strong and of dark colour.


The position of hind legs is slightly backwards, whereby the hind limbs are parallel to each other when seen from the rear. Upper leg and lower leg are of approximately the same length and form an angle of approx. 120°; the legs are strong and well-muscled.

The hocks are strongly developed and firm; the hind pastern stands vertically under the hock.

The paws are closed, slightly arched; the pads are hard and of dark colour; the nails are strong, arched and also of dark colour.


The German Shepherd Dog is a trotter. The limbs must be coordinated in length and angulations so that the dog can shift the hindquarters towards the trunk without any essential change of the top line and can reach just as far with the forelimbs. Any tendency towards over-angulation of the hindquarters reduces the stability and the stamina, and thereby the working ability. Correct body proportions and angulations results in a gait that is far-reaching and flat over the ground which conveys the impression of effortless forward movements. The head pushed forward and the slightly raised tail result in a consistent, smooth trot showing a gently curved, uninterrupted upper line from the ear tips over the neck and back to the end of the tail.


The skin is (loosely) fitting, but without forming any folds.


Hair texture


The German Shepherd Dog is bred in the hair varieties double coat and long and harsh outer coat – both with undercoat.

Double coat:

The guard hair should be as dense as possible, particularly harsh and close fitting: short on the head, including the inside of the ears, short on the front side of the legs, paws and toes, some-what longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock; it forms moderate ‘trousers’ on the back side of the haunches.

Long and harsh outer coat:

The guard hair should be long, soft and not close fitting, with tufts on the ears and legs, bushy trousers and bushy tail with downward formation of tuft. Short on the head, including the inside of the ears, on the front side of the legs, on the paws and toes, somewhat longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck, almost forming a mane. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock and forms clear trousers on the back side of the haunches.


Colours are black with reddish-brown, brown and yellow to light grey markings; single-coloured black, grey with darker shading, black saddle and mask. Unobtrusive, small white marks on chest as well as very light colour on insides are permissible, but not desirable. The tip of the nose must be black in all colours. Dogs with lack of mask, light to piercing eye colour, as well as with light to whitish markings on the chest and the insides, pale nails and red tip of tail are considered to be lacking in pigmentation. The undercoat shows a light greyish tone.  The colour white is not allowed.

Male dogs:
Height at the withers: 60 cm to 65 cm
Weight: 30 kg to 40 kg

Female dogs:
Height at the withers: 55 cm to 60 cm
Weight: 22 kg to 32 kg


Male dogs should have two obviously normally developed testicles which are completely in the scrotum.


Any deviation from the aforementioned points should be considered as a fault whose evaluation should be in exact proportion to the degree of deviation.

Serious faults

Deviations from the above-described breed characteristics which impair the working capability.

Faulty ears: ears set too low laterally, tipped ears, inward constricted ears, ears not firm

Considerable pigment deficiencies.

Severely impaired overall stability.

Dental faults:

All deviations from scissor bite and dental formula insofar as it does not involve eliminating faults (see the following)

Eliminating faults

Dogs with weak character and weak nerves which bite
Dogs with proven “severe hip dysplasia”
Monorchid or cryptorchid dogs as well as dogs with clearly dissimilar or atrophied testicles
Dogs with disfiguring ears or tail faults

Dogs with malformations
Dogs with dental faults, with lack of:
1 premolar 3 and another tooth, or
1 canine tooth, or
1 premolar 4, or
1 molar 1 or molar 2, or
a total of 3 teeth or more
Dogs with jaw deficiencies:
Overshot by 2 mm and more,
level bite in the entire incisor region
Dogs with oversize or undersize by more than 1 cm
White hair colour (also with dark eyes and nails)
Long Straight Topcoat without undercoat
Long-haired (long, soft guard hair without undercoat, mostly parted in the middle of the back, tufts on the ears and legs and on the tail)



FCI-St. N°166 / 23.12.2010

SECRETARIAT GENERAL: 13, Place Albert 1er B – 6530 Thuin (Belgique)

German shepherd female puppy or male which one is right for you?

This is one of the most asked questions we at Wustenberger-Land encounter as breeders. Choosing between a male or female dog is strictly a matter of preference. From our experience, I will say that males are more protective of their surrounding area, while females are more protective of their family (your family).

Generally, the German shepherd male is larger in size and more masculine in structure.
The size and the masculinity of the male, most often is intimidating to strangers.
German shepherd males are generally more territorial of their location. The marking of the territory can be a problem. How-ever, if trained properly, the problem can be controlled.
Neutering may help lighten this problem (In our experience neutering the male/s did not alter this territorial marking).
German shepherd males are also larger in size and bulk. They will go further to explore their territory when scent of female in heat is near.

The female German shepherd should be smaller in size and feminine in structure. You should be able to recognize her gender from distance.
The female may be smaller in size, but the size can be of advantage in her working ability.
Female German shepherd have the “pack” instinct. They will be protective of their family more so then males. This instinct will sometimes cause her to be jealous among the other dogs in the household.
If the female German shepherd is not intended for breeding, she should be spayed at over 18 month of age.

Information for obtaining a well breed German shepherd of pure German bloodlines can be found at, Located in Los Angeles county in Southern California

Michael and Jeannette Kempkes


German Shepherds Puppies for Sale at Wustenberger-Land - A Cover Story


Often used as working dogs, German Shepherds are courageous, keen, alert and fearless. Cheerful, obedient and eager to learn. Tranquil, confident, serious and clever. GSDs are extremely faithful, and brave. They will not think twice about giving their lives for their human pack. They have a high learning ability. German Shepherds love to be close to their families, but can be wary of strangers. This breed needs his people and should not be left isolated for long periods of time. They only bark when they feel it is necessary. Often used as police dogs, the German Shepherd has a very strong protective instinct, and is extremely loyal to its handler. Socialize this breed well starting at puppyhood. Aggression and attacks on people are due to poor handling and training. Problems arise when an owner allows the dog to believe he is pack leader over humans and/or does not give the dog the mental and physical daily exercise it needs to be stable. This breed needs owners who are naturally authoritative over the dog in a calm, but firm, confident and consistent way. A stable, well-adjusted, and trained dog is for the most part generally good with other pets and excellent with children in the family. They must be firmly trained in obedience from an early age. German Shepherds with passive owners and/or whose instincts are not being met can become timid, skittish and may be prone to fear biting and develop a guarding issue. They should be trained and socialized from an early age. German Shepherds will not listen if they sense that they are stronger minded than their owner, however they will also not respond well to harsh discipline. Owners need to have an air of natural authority to their demeanor. Do not treat this dog as if he were human. Learn canine instincts and treat the dog accordingly. German Shepherds are one of the smartest and most trainable breeds. With this highly skilled working dog comes a drive to have a job and a task in life and a consistent pack leader to show them guidance. They need somewhere to channel their mental and physical energy. This is not a breed that will be happy simply lying around your living room or locked out in the backyard. The breed is so intelligent and learns so readily that it has been used as a sheepdog, guard dog, in police work, as a guide for the blind, in search and rescue service, and in the military. The German Shepherd also excels in many other dog activities including Schutzhund, tracking, obedience, agility, flyball and ring sport. His fine nose can sniff out drugs and intruders, and can alert handlers to the presence of underground mines in time to avoid detonation, or gas leaks in a pipe buried 15 feet underground. The German Shepherd is also a popular show and family companion.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 24 – 26 inches (60 – 65 cm) Females 22 – 24 inches (55 – 60 cm)
Weight: 77 – 85 pounds (35 – 40 kg)

Health Problems

Indiscriminate breeding has led to hereditary diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia, blood disorders, digestive problems, bloat, epilepsy, chronic eczema, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), dwarfism and flea allergies. Also prone to splenic tumors (tumors on the spleen), DM (degenerative myelitis), EPI (endocrine pancreatic insufficiency), and perianal fistulas and Von Willebrand’s disease.
Living Conditions

The German Shepherd will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with at least a large yard.

German Shepherd Dogs love strenuous activity, preferably combined with training of some kind, for these dogs are very intelligent and crave a good challenge. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog’s mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Most shepherds love to play ball or Frisbee. Ten to fifteen minutes of fetching along with daily pack walks will tire your dog out quite nicely as well as give him a sense of purpose. Whether it is ball chasing, Frisbee catching, obedience training, participation in a canine playgroup or just taking long walks/jogs, you must be willing to provide some form of daily, constructive exercise. The daily exercise must always include daily walks/jogs to satisfy the dog’s migration instinct. If under-exercised and/or mentally challenged, this breed can become restless and destructive. Does best with a job to do.

Life Expectancy

Around 13 years.
This breed sheds bits of hair constantly and is a seasonally heavy shedder. They should be brushed daily or you will have hair all over your home. Bathe only when necessary; over bathing can cause skin irritation from oil depletion. Check ears and trim claws regularly.
In Karlsruhe, Germany, Captian Max von Stephanitz and other dedicated breeders produced a responsive, obedient and handsome German Shepherd using longhaired, shorthaired and wire-haired local herding and farm dogs from Wurtemberg, Thurginia and Bavaria. The dogs were presented at Hanover in 1882, and the shorthaired variety was first presented in Berlin in 1889. In April 1899, von Stephanitz registered a dog named Horan as the first Deutsche Schäferhunde, which means “German Shepherd Dog” in English. Until 1915, both longhaired and wire-haired varieties were shown. Today, in most countries, only the short coat is recognized for show purposes. The first GSD was shown in America in 1907 and the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1908. The German Shepherd Dogs used in movies Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart brought a lot of attention to the breed, making it very popular.

For information about the purchase of a German bloodline shepherd visit

German shepherd puppy pictures
German shepherd puppy pictures

German Shepherds Neuter and Spay

It is the opinion of Wustenberger-Land German Shepherds that a German Shepherd puppy male or female needs its hormones to become a healthy adult. We recommend allowing them to mature at least to the 24 month mark. A German bloodline shepherd takes at least two years to mature.
I am attaching a link to a case study done on the pros/cons of spay/neuter. This should help you decided what is best for you and your new German Shepherd. German bloodline shepherd Wustenbergerland

German Shepherds Puppy Ears

We on occasion get questions about taping German Shepherds puppy ears. Most come from people who are jumping the gun and worrying too much. By that I mean their pups are 3 or 4 months old and they are starting to panic because their puppies ears are not standing. We tell them that they need patience, they need to wait until their pup has finished teething.

I caution these people not to jump the gun and tape the dogs ears too early or in the wrong way. I know people who have screwed their dogs ears up for life by doing this. I have had puppy customers who go ballistic on me and panic. So I issue a word of caution here.

With that said, the other side of the spectrum of taping ears is something that many people do not take seriously until its’ too late. When ears are taped at 7 and 8 months there is very little chance of it working. This is an unfortunate fact of life.

German Shepherd puppy ears can come up between 8 weeks and 6 months. If they are not up when the dog is through teething (this varies from dog to dog but in general between 16 weeks and 20 weeks of age) I tell my puppy customers to get very interested in their ears. While its not time to panic, it is time to sit up and take notice.
In the rare event a puppy does need ears tapped with use custom made ear prosthetic forms and skin bond to glue them into the ears. These forms usually stay in two to six weeks.

After this time the ears usually stand if not then it is repeated.
The first thing to do is make sure that the puppies are in good health. This means no intestinal parasites, take a stool sample to your vet to have it analyzed. It is very important that you feed high quality food. Dry commercial dog food is not adequate enough to sustain a dogs life especially puppies.

We feed all lot of raw connective tissue meats and raw beefy marrow bones this helps with teething and with ears, hips and elbow development. We are a big fan of adding fresh fruits and vegetables into our puppies diet. Another wonderful product is a freeze dried vegetable mix from or sojos complete with the added freeze dried meats.
German Shepherd puppy ears

How to Crate Train your German Shepherd Puppy

As with most breeders and trainings we believe crate training can be very useful for you and your new German shepherd puppy to learn.
So here are some tips to get you both started in the right direction.
Not to Overuse/misuse a Dog Crate.

Never leave your puppy in a crate just because your to busy to be with them. Puppies need to be socialized, trained and have time to bond with their new owners.

If the pup spends too much of his life in a crate then he will loose one of the most important times that he has for learning. Just like raising a child your new puppy will learn the most in the early stages of life.

The more time that you put into your new puppy early on will payoff in the form of a well adjusted self confident adult. If left alone in a crate then of course problems of insecurity and fear will have been learned in its place.

Another problem with leaving a pup for long periods of time is that he will learn to relieve himself in his crate. No pup should be left in a crate so long that he is forced to relieve himself. Puppies by nature prefer not to do this they consider their crate a den a safe and clean place to sleep and feel secure. If this behavior is learned as a pup then you will also have an adult shepherd that will do this as well.

It is your responsibility to make sure he is taken out to go the bathroom. Puppies can not hold themselves for very long period’s time.

Make sure the crate that you purchase is large enough. We recommend at least a large 500 series

Problems arising with a small crate are ears not coming up, poor muscle tone and antisocial behavior.

When first introducing your puppy to the crate open the door throw some small treats in with him and gently put him in then close the door. You can also make his den nice with a rawhide chew, squeaky toy and cushion.

We believe it is better not to crate at all during the day. This however is not always possible. It is best to reserve the crate for when no one can watch after him, but not longer than to 2 to 4 hours at the most during the day. This will also prepare your pup for situations of emergency or Travel. During the day if someone is not available to watch after the pup we recommend having a dog run/kennel installed in your yard this allows him to stay safe and also not to get into mischief while you are not there.

We use the crate at night for all our dogs to sleep in. When a client purchases a pup and he is going to be primarily a companion then we recommend putting the crate in the bedroom with you or if you have children (that are old enough) perhaps in their bedroom with them.
This will make him more comfortable and will also allow you to hear if the pup must go out during the night. If you hear him moving around at 4 or 5 in the morning then chances are he must go out. DO NOT ignore this. Or he will learn to release himself in the crate. So if you are not prepared to get up then do not leave him all night long in the crate. You should also make sure before retiring him to his crate for the evening that he has relieved himself.

If you are patient with your new puppy and consistent then after just a few short weeks he will be sleeping in his crate the whole night and ready in the morning to go out.

German Shepherd Puppy

German Shepherd Puppy House Training

House Training your new German Shepherd

Getting a German shepherd puppy certainly brings a lot of fun and excitement into your life But it also brings new responsibilities and challenges. One of them is house training. You should start to house train your German Shepherd puppy as soon as you bring her home. Consistency, repetition, and good timing are the key in house training. Your puppy needs to relieve herself quite often until about 4 -6 months of age, so this important period requires a lot of commitment on your part. Ideally, you should take your puppy outside every two hours during the day, especially after every meal, after a round of play, right after waking up, and at least once during the night. Luckily, this will not last long, and with some patience you will soon enjoy a full night’s sleep training routine, use these two tips: first of all, always take your puppy to the same area for potty.

This has several advantages: your puppy will be more likely to learn to go in one area of the yard (for example, a wooded part) to do her business and you will not have to clean up after her all over the yard. Also, by doing so, your puppy will be “reminded” by the smell of previous visits what she is out for, and she will go potty faster. If you take her to different places every time, she will first take time to investigate the area – not the most attractive situation during the rain or when in a hurry. Secondly, use the same words every time your puppy is about to go potty, for example “Go potty,” or “Get busy,” or any words you like, as long as you use the SAME words every time. Also, use the same phrase to let her know that she did good after she is done. For example, say “Good girl! Good girl!” in a happy voice.

If you have to leave your German shepherd puppy alone for a long period of time (when you go to work, for example), leave her in a place that you don’t mind cleaning up, such as an area of the house with a hard surface floor. Never scold your puppy if you discover a mess upon returning home. Puppy will not understand what she did wrong – too much time has passed. This is a rule for any “mischief” that your puppy does – there should be NO delayed punishments.

Here is an example of one of the most common mistakes new puppy owners make: they bring the puppy to the puddle she made, point at it, and then speak in a stern voice. Puppy will usually assume a “guilty look,” leaving the person thinking that the puppy understands what she did wrong. In reality, the puppy has no clue what she is being scolded for. The puppy understands that you are unhappy with HER, not with what she DID. To show you that she is just a puppy and to avoid punishment, she will demonstrate her submissiveness, which many people take to mean acting “guilty.”

This scenario teaches your German shepherd puppy only two things: you become bad-tempered without a reason, and the best way to deal with this is to become submissive. This is exactly what you want to avoid teaching your German Shepherd puppy, so put your frustration aside, clean up, and try to check on your puppy at least every 4 hours to give her a chance to potty outside.

When playing inside with your puppy, keep an eye on her AT ALL TIMES. If you notice that your puppy circles and sniffs around looking for a spot to potty, or if you catch her in the act of doing so, say “No” emphatically, get her and take her out to the regular “potty place” immediately. Don’t forget to praise her lavishly when she does it outside. If an inside accident happens, it is important to clean up the area very well, using a strong cleaner, such as diluted bleach, so that there is no smell left that could attract your puppy to use the same spot in the future.

German shepherd puppies naturally want to keep the place they live in clean. This instinct will help you greatly in house training, and hopefully by the age of 6 months the accidents inside will no longer happen if you let your puppy out at least 4 times a day.
German Shepherd Puppies Training