BARONESS "CLEO" VOM HAUS WARDEN SChH1, KKl2
Hi New Puppy Owners. I have decided to start a new page on this web site specific to New Puppies and their owners. I will cover most frequently asked questions I receive from New Puppy Owners as well as all the information I supply new owners with in their "Puppy Packets." This is a work in progress that I will hopefully complete soon.
ATTENTION PUPPY OWNERS: IMPORTANT UPDATE December - 2015
******PUPPY TIME LINE OF EVENTS FOR UPCOMING Cobra d' Ulmental AND Cisa Vom Haus Warden*****
December 24 - 31 - Days 21 - 28 gestation - Puppies are getting larger in Cisa's uterus - this is the first time the breeder can begin to feel puppies, they are about the size of little golf balls
January 3 - 5, 2015 - Day 28 -31 gestation - At this point, we can visualize some of the puppies by ultrasound -
Jaunary 6 - 10, 2015 - Puppies are now at the halfway point of their growth - only about 1 month left before they will be born
February 2 - 7 , 60th to 65th day of gestation - Puppies are due on or about this time
March 2- 9th, 2015 - Puppies will be about 4 -5 weeks old- Visits with puppy owners will be arranged - Puppy owners should be thinking about puppy proofing their homes, getting ready to arrange area for their pup (bedding, dog crate, toys, etc).
I will furnish all owners with a puppy packet which has useful suggestions, food information, feeding schedule, vaccination schedule, and other important information regarding the puppies growth and development.
March 23, - 30 2016 - Puppies will be between 7 - 7 1/2 weeks old, they will be ready to go to their new homes
* Other important note regarding the name of your pup - This is our registered "F" litter, so you can pick out a "F" litter name for your pup which will be the pups registered name. The full name on registration will be F______ vom Haus Warden (first name beginning with a F). It is not cut in stone that your pup's name has to start with a F, as other owners have named their dog with names they feel suited their pup according to their likes. (eg, the last litter was our "D" litter, and one of the owners preferred the name "Steve", so they named their pup "Steve" and gave him the registered name "Duke" since the pup needed his registered name to start with a "D" letter - This will be the name on the registration papers).
Important Timeline to Follow: (this is a brief overview) (don't go by dates on the very left, go by the weeks of age in the 2nd Column)
Listed below are just some suggestions that new Puppy Owners may want to follow. Hopefully this will help the pup as he/she is acclimating to their new home environment.
The Car Ride Home
Puppies will be crate trained so they should be fairly familiar with riding in a car inside a crate. It is a good idea to have someone sitting right next to the crate in the car in case the pup is stressed and wants to come out for a bit. Have pieces of kibble handy to feed pup in the crate. You may also want to have pup's favorite chew toy in the crate. It is imperative that the pup have a towel or soft cloth to lie on in the crate. If you are traveling a fairly long distance be sure to have water available for the pup.
Please, Please DO NOT have any other dogs interact with the puppy....They are stressed to begin with just getting accustomed to their new environments. If a dog is older and bigger it is very intimidating to a pup. YOU MUST HAVE THE OLDER DOG STAY AWAY FROM THE PUP UNTIL THE PUP IS MATURE AND OLDER (closer to a year of age). Sometimes people ignore this and think oh my older dog is sweet and it will get along fine with the puppy....I repeat DO NOT DO this to a puppy an OLDER DOG is too intimidating to a little pup and he/she may become scared by this.... Besides if an older dog plays with a puppy it will get too rough and cause irreversible damage to its musculoskeletal structure. German Shepherds are very sensitive and need to bond with their new family so YOU MUST KEEP THEM SEPARATE from OTHER DOGS during their growth phase. Introduction to other dogs is more appropriate in the form of a "Puppy Socialization" Class. All dogs (Puppies) in the class are of similar ages (i.e., 12 - 14 weeks). It is essential that your pup is not the youngest in the class. I have a great trainer that is very good if you want a recommendation.
Your First Few Hours with Your Puppy
When you get your puppy home let him/her get used to the new surroundings by smell. Stay close to the pup at all times. The pup will naturally want to stay by you - This is good. Be cautious though - Pups have a habit of getting right under your feet and switch directions quickly so WATCH YOUR STEP... You may want to pick the pup up if it looks stressed (i.e, walking down a long hall, meeting up with stairs etc.).
The pups have all learned that newspaper is a place to eliminate. If you have to keep the pup inside (kitchen, pantry etc) have a corner reserved with newspaper for that purpose if necessary. Other wise you can kennel the pup outside and use newspaper or shredded "Pine Shavings' for the elimination area as pups already know this. Pups know how to drink from a water bowl. We always have fresh water available.
Puppies love all types of different toys. We will be sending a familiar toy home with the pup. :-)
More thoughts, suggestions coming....
You may want to have some of these supplies handy for your puppy when he comes home:
The timeline below is not "etched in stone." You can vary it a bit. If you had not introduced a certain item into the pups diet at the exact area indicated on the timeline...Do not worry...you can start it later.
"C" Litter Puppies are now 10 months of age! Unbelievable! They are growing even more, becoming adults very soon.
ONE YEAR OF AGE
It is now a little over a year since our pups were born, they have become mature (well almost) adults. It is evident that each pup is very individualized, shaped by the owners, their environment, and interaction with other dogs.
NUTRITION AND YOUR DOG:
Below is additional information on Nutrition and Cooking for your dog.. If you have the time to devote to this it is something great for your dog. But it is not realistic for many to provide food for your dog in this way. However you can provide your dog \ faithful companion with a "modified kibble diet" and add additional ingedients on occasion
Listen to Dr Basko on Saturdays "LIVE" on Kauai radio From 11 AM - 12 PM (PST) LINK: www.KKCR.org (Great information on cooking healthy meals for our dogs)
I highly recommend this book. It is excellent. Many great recipes for our dogs. Thank you DR Basko!
7 . 2. 2015 ****Nutrition Update****
Read ARTICLE about "SARDINES" the Super Hero FOOD: By Diane Jansey, Canine Nutritionist
Handsome "Casso" vom Haus Warden
* Sire: Tasso von Linderhoff SchH2, KKl 1, Dam: Baroness "Cleo vom Haus Warden SchH 1, KK2
Recipe of the week Aug 3 - 9
Beef Short Ribs
Recipe of the week. Beef short ribs (all meat cut off bone of course - no cooked bones for dogs) mixed with kashi (cooked oats), fresh parsley*, couple of bay leaf** for flavor, and dill. (Braise short ribs in olive oil prior to adding 2 cups of water and other ingredients) You can always add other vegetables like carrot, or broccoli or bok choy.
*Parsley is good for the pup's coat.
**Although bay leaves are only used a few at a time and are not actually consumed themselves, they still provide a number of vitamins and minerals to a dish through cooking.
I just cooked this for my dogs - I add 3 - 4 tablespoonful to their kibble ration (if you add some cooked ingredients as I have, you can cut back on the amount of kibble.
Rationale: the above meal provides a good amount of protein, calcium and nutrients that our growing pups and dogs of older age need. They love it too!
Recipe of the Week
August 10 - 15
Chicken Gizzards, hearts, par- boiled with "Bells' Seasoning with carrot and fresh parsley added - Shown in picture with addition of plain yogurt and blueberries added to Solid Gold "Wolf Cub" kibble.
The organ meats are high in protein. The parsley is good for the skin and coat. The yogurt is high in calcium and protein. The blueberries are excellent antioxidants and the carrot is high in beta- carotene (cancer fighter/preventative).
I made up a batch of the chicken gizzards and hearts this week. It is very simple and cheap and the dogs love 'em...You can purchase the yogurt and blueberries in bulk at local wholesale warehouse stores (Costco, etc).
Give the dogs a sardine or two during the week...Here is an excellent reference regarding Sardines,
"A Super Hero Food for Dogs" by Diane Jansey a canine nutritionist.
Recipe of the Week
August 16 - 22
This week the dogs have enjoyed Beef Stew Meat with vegetables and brown rice. Stew meat is lightly browned in olive oil. 2 cups of water added. Meat allowed to simmer at low to medium heat for 3 - 5 minutes (l like to see the meat medium rare if possible). Brown rice (fully cooked) is added to the meat water mix. Vegetables including broccoli, zucchini, and carrot are then added. Simmer all ingredients a few more minutes. Add bay leaf and fresh parsley, a few sprinkles of salt and a dash of pepper.
My 4 year old male dog "Ando" absolutely loves this dish. He waits at the door outside knowing something great is being prepared on the stove!
Ando taking a nap in the backyard. :-))
Vom Haus Warden German Shepherds Establishes Internet Presence
Welcome SUMMER 2016
Hi vom Haus Warden German Shepherd dog owners. Sorry it has been so long since my last update. I've been distracted with many other things and I am back to update this site!
A few updates in bullets:
Relating to: approaching the Fall and Winter
Having itchy skin problems??
Fall is here. It is starting to cool down, and there is increased moisture in the environment. This is good in decreasing flea count as fleas go into hibernation during the cooler months. Now is a good time to take your rugs, dog beds, blankets etc, out of your home and dogs kennel and decontaminate. By doing this you will make your environment more "flea proof" as you are getting rid the of flea larvae and eggs.
As you notice your dogs may be itching and chewing a bit more. This is probably related to weather change and dampness. Your animals may be experiencing allergy and skin changes (more dry flaky skin). A good home remedy is to give them a warm bath with a eucalyptus (tree tea oil), aloe, cedar oil shampoo. For dry flaky skin you can use a dandruff shampoo such as Selsun Blue. This is a great anti-fungal and it kills fleas and ticks. It is not harmful to your pet like pesticides. **I am currently making my own dog shampoo which contains castile soap, rosemary oil, tea tree oil, meyer lemon, and other wholesome ingredients promoting healthy skin and coat. I will share ingredients with you with my next OWNER's UPDATE. Or E-mail me and I can send it sooner.
Things you can add to your dogs' diet to create less itching are: Feed 1 - 2 sardines two times a week. (Increases omega 3's, fatty acids, helps skin and coat) OR add a 1 tsp of olive oil to each meal - unless having diarrhea, then back off. Add flax seed to food. When cooking their meat, grain, and vegetables add some ginger and garlic. Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and it helps skin problems. Garlic is a wonderful anti parasite - Don't use too much as it has blood thinning properties.
Turmeric is another herb I use to apply to wounds and sprinkle on dogs food. This is an excellent spice with great healing action as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. (to prep/ clean wounds first I use a combination of aloe vera juice, peroxide (2:1) and dry well). I do not claim that this will work on all wounds, as all dogs are different and response is not always consistent.
When you clean out your dogs kennels you can get them a cedar bed or line the perimeter with cedar shavings. I have a red cedar tree so I use the needles and limbs that are shed and place them around the kennel. This keeps insects as well as other bacteria/fungi at a minimum. Red cedar also has great antibacterial properties, and repels fleas and insects (including ticks) as well.
Summer 2011 is fast approaching. Time to enjoy the outdoors with our faithful companions!..
Now is the time to think/ask - "how can I safely and effectively protect my dog from pests such as fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies....etc?"
You can throw your flea control products away, and start using safer methods to control the nasty pests that can bite, cause allergy, and itching or skin irritation.
I have grown a number of plant species and now use them routinely to keep my dogs free of fleas and repel those nasty mosquitoes and biting flies. First I give my dogs a bath when ever I see them scratching or find they look in need of a bath (not more than twice a month, unless they pick up more dirt than usual).
Then, I use the leaves or oils straight out of the plants I grow in my yard to help ward off insects. Below you will see two pictures of my plants. One is a geranium citronella plant, the second is a lemon thyme plant. You can rub the leaves in your hands, then onto your dog. You may want to test it on a small spot first to ensure your dog is not allergic, but I find these plants to be very safe, in fact my older dog rubs his entire body through the citronella plant on occasion without my prompting. (Go figure...Maybe he knows a lot more than we do!) :-))
You can find many other products on the market (sprays, soaps, etc) that contain flea, and tick repellent. I use a spray that has peppermint oil, clove and eugenol. It works very well on my dogs, and cat. I use it on their bedding as well.
Of course these alternatives do not always completely take away pest problems (e.g., fleas), but they can certainly help. I will at times apply flea control products like frontline, but rarely. It is not good to continually apply strong chemical products as they can depress the immune system and have been linked to cancers. And they can be absorbed by us through our skin, when we make contact with our pets. I DO NOT ever give my dogs any oral flea products as there are too many side effects. That is my feeling on the matter. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and will go with what they feel is safe for their pet.
Above - Picture of my "Citronella" plant with purple flowers Above picture of my "Lemon Thyme" plant, with Rosemary, and Sage
* Annuals of Internal Medicine (June 98) Reports plants whose essential oils have been reported to have REPELLANT activity include: Citronella, Cedar, Verbena, Pennyroyal, Geranium, Lavender, Pine, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Allspice, Peppermint and Garlic.
Another source (will post source in near future), claims Citrosa leave have 30 -40% repellant property of Deet. Lemon Thyme crushed have 62% repellant property of Deet. (AND not the side effects! :-)
NOTE: If you find this an interesting read, I would suggest you listen to Dr. Ihor Basko's talk show on Saturday mornings from 9AM - 10 AM Hawaii time (12 noon - 1PM PST) (he broadcasts from radio station on Kauai, www.kkcr.org ). He is very informative and provides answers to guests questions as well.
Baroness "Cleo" SchH1 out in field with California poppies all around :-)
February 2016 - Spring is here! We wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Ando and I at Russian River Beach Sept 2010
We are heading for Fall and Winter now and our dogs are 1 1/2 years old..Obedience is important, many owners and handlers are progressing to more advanced obedience classes. I set aside 5 to 10 minutes 2 or 3 times a day for Casso's obedience. Now is time to begin tracking sessions again as the weather is optimal and grass is beginning to grow with the rains coming. Cool, moist, foggy mornings are ideal as well. (more information including food suggestions to come).
Meal of the Week - September
Chuck meat with bay leaf and tomatoes
Here I have prepared a cut of chuck meat, very lean meat, simmered in water with Bay leaves and diced tomato. The bay leaves are a good addition for flavor. They provide minerals and promote good Gastrointestinal health. I take them out after cooking. The tomatoes add a nice flavor to the meat,(the dogs love it), and they contain "lycopene" an excellent chemical antioxidant and cancer preventative.
***NOTE*** Please avoid any food treats that contain nitrates or nitrites as they are carcinogenic to our dogs. Food coloring is also very bad as chemicals called nitrosamines also are found in them. PLEASE AVOID.
Now it is Summer and our dogs are 1 yr and 5 months old ("C" litter 2009) They are becoming grown ups with puppy attitudes at times. They will start to find things to get into again as there is a pronounced curiosity phase. (So yes, you still need to watch them as if they were a toddler)....They do need to learn proper etiquette especially around people and other dogs, so you can take them to different places to teach them manners. Use good judgment and common sense, as you don't want negative experiences.
AND....Enjoy your Summer!
Cleo staying cool :-))
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