If you are thinking of adding a German Shepherd to your family, make sure that this is the right breed for you. German Shepherds are very strong dogs, both in body strength and in spirit.
They require attention, love, and training. And, they function best within a family unit if you do have some purpose or job for your shepherd. Just as kids need chores, so will your dog.
Puppies grow fast, and at the awkward stage of a growing puppy, German Shepherds can be very strong, and very awkward, able to knock down the elderly, weak, and young. Also, puppies love to chew…they could damage your furniture of not lovingly trained.
We constantly have people contacting us looking for tiny Shih Tzu puppies. I literally cringe when a customer is more interested in the adult weight rather than the overall health, temperament, and well-being of a puppy.
Occasionally, we will get a wee one, but I will almost guarantee I will have my work cut out for me to help the puppy survive. I feel every puppy born at Sunnyhill is my responsibility, and I don’t take that responsibility lightly.
When the puppy is tiny, it will most certainly have difficulties during weaning. It just doesn’t have enough meat on its bones to sustain them. Momma doesn’t bring the food wagon around as much because puppies have sharp teeth and it hurts. I have to hand-feed the puppy all day and yes, all night long too.
Congratulations on the purchase of your new puppy! Over the next few weeks and months, both you and your puppy are going to become very close. There are a few things you can do to help make the transition from nursery to pampered house puppy easier.
Most of the things I’m going to discuss are basically common sense issues. There are a few other things we will mention that will be breed-specific tips for Shih Tzus, but in a next post, I’ll tell you all about raising and training German Shepherd puppies.
It is important to know what puppy food your breeder is feeding your puppy. It is imperative that your puppy is on a high-quality puppy food. (If your puppy is on a high-quality food, it isn’t necessary to supplement the diet with vitamins and minerals.) A good diet will help to ensure that your puppy will grow strong and healthy.
This is the story of Teddy . . . an incredible Shih Tzu with a tremendous heart who taught me an important lesson in love and courage.
In 2005, my daughter and I purchased Teddy from a pet store (this was before I learned the truth about pet stores). He was so cute, chubby, and adorable we simply couldn’t resist this four-legged ball of fur.
Teddy has always been a puppy at heart. He chewed shoes, papers, and nibbled our beloved African violet collection – one by one. One day I came home from work and there he was sitting in the middle of my kitchen thoroughly delighted to show me plant material hanging from his mouth.
Every inch of my kitchen floor was covered with dirt or the last remnants of another African violet plant. He decimated this plant to the point there was not a leaf left to salvage.