Banffy Haus: Feeding: Put Away the Trout Almondine

Hello Everyone From Banffy Haus German Shepherds:

We love our black and red German shepherd puppies.  But more is not necessarily better with puppies.  We tend to measure our deals by the pound. We want the biggest pup in the litter, get upset when a puppy is not growing into Clifford the dog, and brag about how large the paws are on our puppy.

We spoil them rotten and feed them anything so that they will keep growing, even though they have become so picky we have to continue to rotate their “menu” to make certain they are interested in their food.  We wet the food, heat the food, stress over whether they are getting enough probiotics or chondroitin/glucosamine.  We fret giving them tap water and instead use filtered water.   And of course, who would feed their dogs anything but vegan, kosher, halal, organic, free range, homogenized, bio-balanced, genetically scrubbed meat?

And, poor Helmut, our lovely male German shepherd puppy.  Yikes! We can see one of his ribs!  (See the pictures at Banffy Haus K-9 U)  And he just won’t eat!  Quick, get his trout/almondine/ epicure’s delight dog food and mix it in!  We need to fatten him up, quickly.  What if this stunts his growth?  Quick, rush, get the appetite enhancers!

Stop already.   Dogs will not starve themselves.  Set the food down for little Helmut, and if he doesn’t eat, take it up after 3 minutes.   So what.  He skips a meal.  But he will learn to gobble up the food placed before him quickly over time.  If a dog does starve itself, them certainly they are ill and need to take a trip to the vet.

Feeding simply is simply superior.  That’s three S’s in a row.   Alliteration to facilitate memorization.   Anyway, you and your dog will be much happier if they gratefully gobble up what you feed them and do so quickly.

And seeing the ribs is not a bad thing.  If you see no ribs, and they are hidden behind a bulbous layer of excess fat, it is time to, for their own health, lower the food intake.  It isn’t cute when our black and red German Shepherd puppies look like watermelons, and it is healthy for adults to look svelte and lean. Banffy Haus German Shepherds.

Banffy Haus: Black and Red German Shepherd Puppies

Hello from Banffy Haus to those on a search for black and red German shepherd puppies:

These days I at Banffy Haus German shepherds am consistently hearing clients asking for rich red and black hue on their German shepherd puppies.  I have written before on this issue but would like to address it once more.

Although pigment is important, this obsession with deep reds and black, and the economic pressure of demand risks forcing pigment to the top of the list of German shepherd characteristics in the breeding programs of German shepherd breeders.  This is not in itself bad unless it leads to a demotion of other critical characteristics such as phenotype, gender specific traits, temperament, working drive, or other breed standard requirements.  We don’t want this to color our breeding programs, as it were.

This is what happened with the American lines in which the gene pool was markedly damaged by over-emphasis of show characteristics even to the disintegration of the health of the breed with increased exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, degenerative spine issues, joint dysplasia etc.

What are we doing?  We had better beware if this overemphasis causes damage even to our breeding inventory of West German lines.  Are we so vain that we choose our dogs based largely on color?  The German shepherd is a working dog, a marvel of intelligence and ability, one of the top three most intelligent dogs in the world. Click on “Banffy Haus female shepherds” to see some of our prize 100% imported V rated, top hips and elbows, breeding stock.

They are a marvel to see jumping gracefully over the jumps and rounding the blinds at blinding speed.  I have witnessed what happens with overemphasis on outward appearances with the over-angulation.  I remember watching with horror as a shepherd attempted to jump, only to be constrained by their distorted rear quarters and clumsily tripped and fell, rolling over in ignominy. How sad.  Let’s hope that current fads don’t taint the breeding program and strategy of our breeders and that we remain dedicated to what this breed is all about, a balance of grace and power, of beauty and integrity, courage and loyalty, intelligence and a strongly built carriage.

Let’s be very careful that our focus on black and red German shepherd puppies doesn’t upset the genetic balance.

Banffy Haus German Shepherds: Help!: When to Wean Puppies?

Hello German shepherd breeders from Banffy Haus:

In this next article we will discuss some other issues regarding litters and German shepherd puppies

It is not always an easy thing to decide when to take mom out of the whelping area or decide when to stop her nursing.  There are a number of variables affecting that choice.

First of all, is mom enjoying her time with them or is she frustrated and getting a little aggressive.  Mom’s can start being frustrated when the pups start to get teeth or are very aggressive to nurse.  You will need to be vigilant that she doesn’t intentionally or unintentionally hurt the pups.  Some litters can develop and get teeth more quickly than others.  I take her out if I notice this behavior.

Secondly, if it is an unusually large litter and they are over 4-5 weeks and mom jumping in and out of the whelping box.  I get the pups used to softened food and then get her out.  I don’t want broken tails and damaged puppies.

Thirdly, is it time.  I feel you can start getting puppies used to softened food as early as three weeks.  But I like to get mom out as about 5-6 weeks of age.  Normally mom will decide this naturally.  However, this is good time to begin incremental weaning if she has not.

Be careful if you do decide to take her out.  If mom is still swollen with milk, be careful taking her out of the box and stopping nursing too precipitously.  I have done this and ended up having to milk mom and reduce food intake to relieve pressure and stop lactation and try to obviate mastitis.  Mastitis can be very painful for mom and can lead to infection. It is best to incrementally take mom out of the pen, let’s say for the daytime, and ten put her back for the night, and let the puppies drain her milk.  Then just do one feeding, and then finally as her milk begins to dry up, take her out permanently.

By the way, it is almost impossible to using a breast pump on mom.  And the milking syringes don’t work well.  You really have to massage from the back of the gland forward and squeeze to allow the milk to be released.

I hope this was useful to you.

Please visit our current litters at “Banffy Haus Current Litters” to see some of our world class German shepherd puppies for sale.

 

 

 

 

Banffy Haus German Shepherds: Mouthy Puppy II! Help!

Hello German shepherd puppies lovers from Banffy Haus:

In this article we discuss other issues regarding mouthiness in German shepherd pupies such as the proper way of redirecting and the damage caused by improper reaction to little sharp teeth clamping down on tender skin.  Also, I will discuss when one can expect it to tone down, if ever, and when the mouthiness is just too much and may be an indication of something else.

In this second article on “Mouthy Puppy: Help Part I” I will discuss:

1.  Redirection

2.  Improper reaction

3.  When the mouthiness will likely tone down

4.  When mouthiness is too much

Improper dealing with mouthiness can cause a dog to either lose their motivation to use their mouths, thereby constraining protection drive, or, in the extreme, lead to submissiveness.  So it is a good idea to do this right.  The first and best way to deal with more benign expressions is to redirect the mouthiness to an acceptable alternate object, such as a bone, toy, ice filled teething ring, etc.  I have had great luck with older dogs using kongs and antlers. With younger dogs the redirect is even more critical as they are less confident and more easily affected.

Improper redirection includes hitting the dog in the mouth, shoving your hand down their throat, clamping their teeth on their tongues, pinching their cheek on their teeth.  Mouthiness is natural I find these too direct and extreme for some dogs. And these methods can lead to loss of protective drive, or worse lead to submission or avoidance.

One other way to deal with it if you at a wits end is to do what mother does to correct a puppy.  Just grab the puppy by the scruff of the neck (the loose skin) and lift the front two paws off of the ground and shake saying “phooey” or another word reserved for correction.  And do this only for the specific circumstances where their behavior might harm themselves or someone or something which is quite vulnerable (children, expensive couches that you can’t move out of the way.

Normally this behavior begins to abate at about 9 months to 1.5 years old.  Also, you will have learned to manage it by then.  There are situations where mouthiness is really a misnomer for aggressiveness.  If the dog is constantly lunging and not just chewing, and, the behavior is accompanied by barking and other physical manifestations (hair up), guttural deep growling, this may be another issue.  This might be dominant aggressive behavior that must be dealt with before the dog grows up, and clearly and effectively.

I hope this was useful to you.

Please visit our website for tons of information at Banffy Haus K-9 University on German shepherd puppies and dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

Banffy Haus German Shepherd Puppies: Mouthiness! Help! Part I

We love our red and black german shepherd puppies:

This is the Banffy Haus staff.

Although I have written a little bit about how to handle in other places on the website, I think this issue is so important and can be so exasperating for my clients that I wish to address it here in detail.  I want you to have a good experience with your German shepherd puppy.  The first question one might ask is:  Is My Puppy Abnormal If It is Mouthy?  In the next article we will discuss some other issues regarding chewing such as the proper way of redirecting and the damage caused by improper reaction to little sharp teeth clamping down on tender skin.  Also, I will discuss when one can expect it to tone down, if ever, and when the mouthyness is just too much and may be an indication of something else.

First of all, almost every puppy will have a mouthy stage.   This is due to two things.  First, while they are teething (losing their babies and getting adult teeth) mouthing and gnawing releases some of the aggravating pain they have in their gums and bones of the mouth and can give as much pleasure as like scratching an itch.  There are many products which can help alleviate some of the problem, but it is just a stage they have to go through.

Secondly, puppies are learning to communicate with their mouth and use their mouth.  Dogs use their mouths for so much more than we do (at least in a mechanical fashion other than talking).  They pick up things and taste things, investigate objects and new textures, they indicate their approval or disapproval to other dogs with them, they jockey for pack position with them.  They also, as puppies, begin to practice the gleaning and chewing on bones of prey they might catch.   Also, chewing is instinctual and helps to keep good gum health and oral hygiene, cleaning the teeth.   Finally, as with little children, puppies need to be stimulated.   If they aren’t, this pent up youthful energy will likely be directed toward chewing.

So all of these things, teething, learning to communicate, taste, investigation, play and pack order, instinct to chew, glean and clean, boredom or release of excess energy we find in puppies.  So it is absolutely normal for puppies to be mouthy.  And this is especially true for German shepherd puppies, considering the genetic proximity to Canis Lupus (wolf).  But this can be VERY trying.  Don’t despair!  Read my next blog for more info.

I hope this was useful to you.

Please visit our current litters at “Banffy Haus Current Litters” to see some of our world class German shepherd litters.

 

 

Banffy Haus German Shepherds: Mourning the loss-Trying to Replace Your Dog

Hello lovers of black and red German shepherd puppies:

This Dr. Banffy of Banffy Haus.  This is such a tender subject, especially when it comes to our beloved German shepherds.  But it is important to deal with it, although compassionately.  Some people feel a sense of loss approaching that of human companion when they lose a dog of 10-15 years.  They have shared many special days and experiences.  They may have been with you through a difficult time.  They may have assuaged your loneliness or shared in a time success or joy such as the birth of a new child.

However, one must not let the mourning time distort ones vision.  First of all, at this time, you want nothing more than to have your dog back, the same dog you lost and not another. Some people get comfort out of going back to the same kennel, trying to find the same bloodlines, maybe the same parents.  Some look for the same eyes, coloration, size, something that looks like a reproduction of your deceased dog.

But this can be a mistake and lead to disappointment.  First of all your dog was unique.  You can never replace your dog, ever.  Be grateful that you enjoyed such the time you spent with them.  Secondly, going on a journey to replicate your dog’s DNA or try to get a clone can lead to disappointment.  Not only was your dog product of his/her DNA, but of environmental influences, the time in your life they were born, the place, the people in the house, your lifestyle at that time, etc.

It is best NOT to jump into a new dog if you are still at the stage of desiring to replicate your last dog. What a burden to place on your new puppy, a burden it should not have to bear.  And likely, as he/she is compared to your other dog, the new pup is pre-destined to failure.

If this is not the case, and you are moving with caution and care, and ready to create a new story from a blank slate with new German shepherd puppies, by all means, welcome a new German shepherd puppy into your home.

I hope this was helpful.

Please visit our current litters at “Banffy Haus Current Litters” to see some of our world class German shepherd litters.