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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. 

Thanks,

Virginia Warden

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)

March 12-16  Puppies are 6 weeks of age by the end of this week   Second to the last Deworming will be given and at 6 1/2 weeks pups are given their first Combo 5 -way vaccine Introduction to new noises and places around the house and outside - Obedience and tracking imprinting continues Puppies are relying on us for 80 - 90% of their food ration 
March 19 Puppies are 7 weeks of age by the end of this week and will be going to their new homes by next weekend More obedience and tracking imprinting. Crate training continues Now is a good time for having visitors - Pups are increasingly more social By the end of this week puppies will receive their tattooing in the right ear
March 25 Puppies are 8 weeks of age by the end of this week and will be going to their homes any time between the 23th - 27th  Puppy owners will receive all necessary paperwork including pup's Heath Record Pamphlet and "Puppy Packet" which will contain important information  Puppies will have received 2 - 3 car rides in their crates  Puppy Kits Including a zip-lock with Taste of the Wild dog food as a starter for your pup as this is what pup has been eating) - Owners should be advised to purchase "Taste of the Wild" Formula to feed puppy (SALMON formula is best as it has lower protein content) you can add additional protein by soaking kibble in diluted goats milk)

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April 2  Puppies are 9 weeks of Age Obedience imprinting continues, play with different toys/objects (builds play drive) Puppies continue to be very curious about their new environments they want to explore everything - Watch them cautiously  

9 Week "5 Way combo Vaccine" should be administered by your veterinarian - OR as I do, I go to Pet Store (Pet Food Express, Pet Club, etc) and get vaccination by VIP pet service or other vaccination clinic. 

Continue "Taste of the Wild" Dog Food - Salmon formula

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. 

Other Dogs

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.... 

  

Supplies 

You may want to have some of these supplies handy for your puppy when he comes home:

bullet "Taste of the Wild" ADULT FORMULA, Smoked Salmon OR Wetland Fowl formula Pet Food 
bullet Lots of toys that will keep pup busy.(Also see Document in Puppy Packet Titled: "Obedience Crate Training")  Suggestions like "purchasing a Puppy Kong' and filling it with a "little kibble" is a great tactic for relieving boredom. 
bullet Small Collar and leash
bullet If you have an outside area or dog run obtain some pine shavings, pups are accustomed to having this in their run. 
bullet Puppy "Pee Pee Pads" or Newspaper. (I will supply you with a zip-lock of some of the pine shavings, as they are used to this smell and will eliminate on or close to the area where you place the shavings)
  

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.

 

WEEKS OF AGE:

Weeks 10 - 12

Puppies are continuing to develop at a Rapid Rate...Puppies may go through a "Fear Period" where they may be afraid in approaching new things in their environment. Do not rush the pup into any situation that they appear fearful of. Slowly acclimate them to new places and items they are unfamiliar with...Do not let them have any bad experiences especially with other dogs or animals during this period.  You may want to try introducing new things into the puppies dietary repertoire.With in the next few weeks I implement what I call the "Modified Raw" diet into the puppies daily diet  
Weeks 12 - 14 Again a very social period in the pups life. Try to expose the pup to new things and people and places.This is an important social period and Enrolling the puppy in a "Puppy Socialization Class" is a good idea. ..If pup has not received his/her 4th set of shots (usually not until 15 -16 weeks) be very cautious about the ground/area that the pup walks on...Do not bring pup to dog parks or areas where there may be other dogs' excrement or urine. (Pup could be exposed to Parvo Virus or other communicable disease) Puppy's diet is now Taste of the Wild Kibble....I sometimes cook up a handful of chicken organ meats (Gizzards, liver, and hearts) Par boil with a pinch of "Bells' Seasoning" adding fresh parsley to the cooled meats. Chop this up into the pups food. Also add some shredded Carrots.  

Add carbohydrates in the form of Brown rice or Kashi (rolled oats) Mix these with the cooked organ meats.

Supervised chewing of knuckle bones, or meat off beef rib bones. Using caution not to allow pieces to break off that are too large for pup to swallow.  

 
 

 

Weeks 14 - 16 Pups will respond to your praise and follow commands very well. Keep up the obedience with treats. (Dried liver, small pieces of hot dogs, etc)..Puppy socialization/ play with other pups of same age is very important. Or older dogs if the older dog is calm and stable.  I am now introducing fresh whole sardines - I actually start around 12 - 14 weeks. These are extremely high in calcium and Omega fatty acids which the pups need for their joints, cartilage and bone formation. If you do not have the fresh whole sardines you can purchase canned sardines in water. 
Weeks 16 - 20 By now your pup would have received his / her 4th series of vaccine (5 way combo vaccine). 

He or she can go different places to experience many things. I will take my puppy to the outdoor shopping Mall, parks, schools, dog clubs, the beach...the list goes on..This will give the puppy a well rounded experience and make him more confident. 

Puppies are eating twice a day..I try to feed them early in the Am and no later than 5 PM for the afternoon meal. You can give your pup an "in between snack" between 11 AM- 2 PM of 1/2 cup cottage cheese and 2 tablespoons of yogurt. I will sometimes add fresh shredded carrots or "Olewo" (you can find "Olewo" online it is concentrated dehydrated carrots) 

Or just give the pup a fresh whole sardine. They love them. 

 

 

 

Weeks 20 - 24  It is hard to believe our puppies are 4 months going on 5 now... 

They are becoming a little more independent and may want to test you. This is okay because now is a good opportunity to show the pup you are the boss. Don't let the pup push through the gate or a door - you must be in control, make pup sit and give "okay" command when you are ready too.

Jumping up can be more of an issue now so I would suggest you put a small leather tab on the pup's collar and correct him when he jumps up - Saying "no jump, no jump." 

The puppy's dietary requirements are increasing. There are more activities and their energy level is increasing. It is a good idea to cook for your puppy like recipe below and add it to his kibble. You can remove some kibble in lieu of additional food. I try to feed the puppy fresh carrot or other ingredients high in beta - Carotene. (eg., small bits cantaloupe) 

Continue the sardines once or twice a week, or you can add 1 - 2 tsp of salmon oil over a week period. (not too much salmon oil it can cause diarrhea)

Weeks 24 - 26  

 

 "Casso" Pup cooling off in the kiddie pool 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The puppies are going on to their 6th month of life...It is amazing how fast they grow. Their bodies are growing at an extremely fast rate, and metabolism is increasing.  

Their permanent "adult" teeth are coming in and therefore they may need to chew on things as this is their "teething equivalent" to us humans. It is important that they not injure the newly forming delicate teeth that are beginning to erupt. The pup's ears may go up and down during the teething period. If ears are not staying up a fair amount of time, they may need a little help in the form of "Breathe Right Strips" glued to the inside of the ear, or bird feathers, or half of a foam roller to keep them erect. 

It is important to increase the protein a bit, in the form of some red meats, and organ meat. Diet should not be too high in carbohydrate content but just enough for quick energy during the day (brown rice added to food, or vegetables is good). 

If you have Sardines now is a good time to give them to your pup. Cottage cheese and yogurt are an alternative to Sardines since they contain a fair amount of calcium. I do not give more than  2 - 3 times a week. 

 

Our puppies require more socialization during this period. It is not uncommon to see them going through another "fear period" during the next few months. Do not worry this too will pass. It is reassuring to your pup that you are there for him/her. Your presence is important during this time. The bond between you and your pup will grow tremendously during this period.  

Now is a good time for your pup to enroll in an Obedience class. This is one of my favorite periods in the puppy's life in that they're little brains are taking in so much like little "sponges." They can learn a tremendous amount during this time. They need the obedience and seem to look forward to it...:-)))

This is the beginning of the "pubescence" period. Our puppies are developing their secondary sex characteristics and hormonal changes. They may sniff and investigate where other dogs have been more than in previous months.

Our puppies will be receiving their first Rabies vaccine soon. 6 months of age or a little older is about the time it will be due. They will get another Rabies vaccine at about 1-1 1/2 year of age....

 

Weeks 26 through 8 months

 

Picture of Puppy "Casso's Ears glued together in middle looking like a "Ti-Pi" - Carries lazy ear (on right) up to proper position

It is amazing that our puppies are now 6 months, going on 7 to eight months of age. They are getting big very fast! By this time they should have received their first Rabies shot. Their ears need to be coming up straight or need desperate help from this time on or they may never come up. I have added additional glucosamine and Knox Gelatin to my puppy's food. He gets knuckle bones to munch on working those facial and ear muscles during the day (under close supervision of course :-)) All these little things help make the ears come up and build cartilage.  With the Seasonal weather and cooler temperatures Puppies nutritional requirements are changing again. I now add a few more carbohydrates in the form of rice (white or brown), and slightly a bit more fat (chicken skin, chicken broth or cream of chicken mixed with a little water and added to rice). I say this because my dogs spend most of the time outdoors, including sleeping at night. Therefore they require a little bit higher caloric foods for fuel to stay warm and grow those healthy coats. 

"C" Litter Puppies are now 10 months of age! Unbelievable! They are growing even more, becoming adults very soon. 

 

Baroness "Cleo" Vom Haus Warden

Now that it is winter time it is becoming more difficult to get outside to train our dogs. You must make a point of it to get out every day, rain or shine, and train. Dogs need to be familiar with training / trialing in all sorts of conditions. I am not suggesting you go out in a thunder storm, but do go out in the rain, wind, etc.  *A note on feeding. I have found that our dogs get bored on one type of food / kibble for months at a time. It is good to switch to a different type of food. I have found an excellent web site on dog foods. Please check it out: 

www.dogfoodanalysis.com

I have just switched our dogs off of Solid Gold "Wolf" Adult food, and I am now feeding "Taste of the Wild" Adult food. (all natural ingredients, very good quality food). I still do supplement the kibble every so often with fresh meat. 

Puppies 8 months through adult (1 year) 

"Coda" pup "Platz"

Our puppies are now maturing into adult dogs. This is also a very important stage in their upbringing. Some dogs may go through an additional sensitive period around this time, during which they are especially sensitive to environmental and social stimuli. Do not worry and don't make a big deal about it, it is just a phase the dog is going through. Be cautious though and carefully control social situations to prevent problems, bolster confidence and maintain acceptable social behavior. 

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. 

 

 

 

 

Handsome Count "Izzy" at 10 months

 

It is hard to believe the pups were just born a little over a year ago. Each pup has been molded into a mature adult by outside influences. There are times when our dogs (I can't call them pups much longer) will act like they are younger than their actual age, this is okay, they all mature at different times.  They are getting larger and know it. There may be some trying times when they still want to test you...You must at this point not let them be boss. You are king from here on out. Continue your obedience classes, from beginner to advanced - good for you if you "Stick with it." Feeding the dogs the proper foods/nutrition continues to be important for their proper body functioning and metabolism. It is not a good idea to give them food that contains too much fat. I feed "Orijen" which contains a fair amount of protein, little fat, and no grains. None of the products in Orijen are processed or frozen, it is all fresh. I highly recommend it. 

   

     
   

   

 

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.
Bay leaves are a good source of Vitamins A and C and also contain significant amounts of iron and manganese in particular, as well as smaller amounts of calcium, potassium and magnesium. It has also been noted that Bay Leaf aids in digestion of proteins. 

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. :-))

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***UPDATE***

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:

bullet Our web site has a new URL: www.WardenGermanShepherds.com. This was a better fit since we do specifically own, train, breed, and love the GERMAN Shepherd Dog!

 

bullet We are very excited about our recent breeding of Cobra d'Ulmental to our Dam Cisa vom Haus Warden (Owned and trained by Nicole McDevitt). We were blessed with the "7 Miracles "F" Litter" - 2 Males and 5 Females - Born January 30, 2016

 

Send inquires /E-mails: vwarden@hughes.net, or vwarden@WardenGERMANshepherds.com 

 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

 

UPCOMING WINTER: 

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. 

SUMMER:

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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