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Old 08-26-2008, 08:41 PM   #1
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i got a phone call from someone i know last night saying come and get a dog i was like oooookkkkkk i have never owned a dog before but i though what the hell so now i need to know what i need what food how often to walk the whole deal (i have a bed for her)

so its a pure bread German Shepard completly BLACK with what i think looks like black eyes kinda weird but anyway she is about 8 weeks old and kept me up all night last night crying what do i do i have a cat inside but they seemed to get along last night that cat is about 1 or so she IS going to be an outside dog obveasly she can come inside from time to time but the less the better to much things to break its just coming into summer here so temp is perfect is it ok to leave her outside???? by the way i am from australia

she is getting a check up and shots today hopefully all goes well

so if you can tell me:
what brand of food is better
do i give her cooked or uncooked meat
if so at what age
is chicken ok?
milk or water or both
dry biscuits what type is best i heard supercoat or something is good better than pal i was told??

and one more thing i was also told because of her all black apperance and dark dark dark eyes she may blind is this true she seems to run and fall without hitting chairs or anything........

oh yeah got a collar and leash already to and about to get food/water bowels thanks for your help and comments/ideas will be much appreciated

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Ok, so acquiring a dog without any planning is a very bad idea. All this research should have been done already. Think very long and hard about whether you really want the commitment of a dog and whether you are equipped to meet their needs. If you need to re-home NOW is the time to do so, not when they are a large unruly teenager with a host of bad habits.

If you decide you want to go ahead, your vet can examine your dog to ensure vision, hearing, etc is normal.

Think very carefully about having an outside dog. Yes, you can set up your yard to make a suitable environment for your dog, but they are highly social animals who need company. How much time will you be able to spend with your dog each day if he lives outside? How will you deal with the inevitable barking and whining from an unhappy lonely dog? It doesn't matter if she stays outside when you can't be home or at night, but she will want to be with you in the house in the evenings for company. An outside dog will need plenty of shade, shelter, water and very good secure high fencing or a purpose built kennel and run. Puppies are babies and need almost constant company at 8 weeks old.

At 8 weeks old she won't need milk, just fresh water.

Re feeding, there are lots of options. The simplest would be to buy a good quality complete dry food designed for puppies, your vet can make recommendations and she won't need anything else. If you want to make up your own food, raw or cooked meat is fine, but bones should only be raw - cooked bones can splinter. Chicken is fine, but talk to your vet about how to make his diet balanced if you prefer not to buy commercial food.

Walking, well a GSD is a large active breed that will need a lot of exercise. As an adult she will require two decent walks a day minimum. She is also going to require a large amount of your time devoted to training. As a tiny puppy she needs to be vaccinated before she can start walking, then will need to have restricted walks until she is physically mature. Once she is vaccinated you will be able to start off with 5-10 minutes a couple of times a day.

Your puppy is at a vital stage for socialisation. She needs to be in contact with other puppies and dogs, along with lots of different people and places right now. I would strongly advise you to talk to your vet about puppy pre-school in the area, they may even run one themselves. Also find out about ongoing training for her once she is vaccinated with a local club, if you haven't raised dogs before you need to learn how to communicate with her and train her.

Toys, you will need to go shopping for some good toys. All puppies need to bite and chew so she will need something to do that with or will improvise with your clothes, shoes, furniture etc. I thoroughly recommend puppy kongs and a treat dispensing ball for entertaining her when she is alone, as well as a selection of standard toys.

A really good book that you can read free on the web is 'Before you get your puppy' by Ian Dunbar. It covers many of these questions. You can download it here:


http://www.siriuspup.com/beforebook.html

Another site with lots of helpful advice for puppies is here:

http://dogstardaily.com/ - look under 'training textbook'

Good luck and let us know what you decide.

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I second Kaos, she is right on target.

The sooner the pup gets to vet the better..

Congratulations to your new companion though! There is nothing better than a dog as your best firned.

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thanks for the advice i was planning on getting a dog anyway i am moving into a new house in 2 weeks time it already has 2 very lagre dogs living there so the yard is already set up i was planning on waiting untill i was settled in the new house but oh well im sure she wont mind the move into a BIGGER MUCH BIGGER yard she will be allowed inside when i am home there is no problem with that i love animals and there is NO WAY i would be able to leave her outside winging she was doing that last night so i brought her inside onto her bed and before long onto my bed

my g/f is taking her to the vet in about 5 minutes actually for a full checkup and to get all her shots to make sure she is A OK im sure she will be fine..

i will post pictures either tonight or tomorrow for everyone to look at thatnk for the information i will buy some dry food on the way home for her and will repost to let you know how she is doing......

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Glad you have relented and will have her in the house with you when you are around, she will really enjoy your company. Also nice that she will have canine company at your new home, but please don't leave her alone with the adult dogs unsupervised until she is a bit bigger.

Don't forget to look into training options, don't wait until she is 9 months old and driving you crazy, it is so much better and easier to get it right from the start.

Yes, agreed, we definitely need photos.

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Also re the yard, do bear in mind that GSDs have an incredible ability to jump fencing. Won't be a problem when she is little, but make sure you are 'future proofing' the yard if the fencing is not at least 1.8m.

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will keep that in mind for sure at the moment its about 6 foot high around the whole house its all brand new so i think it should be pretty much perfect well i hope so any way......

and i am going to start training her as soon as i can need to get some treats on the way home for her i think see how long it takes me to get her to sit

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GSDs are smart and love to learn, bet it doesn't take long at all. Watch the treat intake though, 8 week olds have very delicate tums and you might pay the price in clean up duties! If you are lucky and have picked a greedy puppy, they might agree to work for just a few tiny pieces of their regular dry food.

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the missus just rang me she got all her shots and is 100% healthy only cost me an arm and a leg but oh well what do you do lol and they said she is defiantly a pure bread and as she grows up she MAY get little brown spots on her but its doubtful

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Also, don't forget that working at home with your dog is perfect, but joining a group training session is invaluable for socialisation and for practicing what they already know in a high distraction environment.

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