This will give you advice on many puppy issues and how to obviate future problems by handling this precious and critical time correctly.

German Shepherd Puppies Hips


Hello GSD lovers

WARNING:  Bad hips:  I just posted a new youtube video on proactive practices for hips for German Shepherd puppies and dogs.  These are helpful ways to obviate some simple mistakes.

Please take a look at it on our growing instructional video webpage. (click here).

Although we have reduced the cases of hip dysplasia in the GSD, especially with ther German import lines, it is still a sad and crippling disease that is prevalent with the magnificent working breed.

It is our hope that this advice, much of which is very common sensical, will help you and maybe help you to avoid trauma to your puppies’ hips.

My goal is to make your life with your German shepherd as enjoyable as possible.

Feeding your German Shepherd puppies and dog

Hello GSD lovers

I just posted a new youtube video on feeding instructions for German Shepherd puppies and dogs.  It has some helpful advice and some warning about feeding your new puppy and dog.

Please take a look at it on our growing instructional video webpage. (click here).

I hope these videos are useful. Please blog me back if you have been helped by them.  Your feedback is important.

Feeding is an area that can be a real issue if not dealt with correctly.  Overfeeding and free-feeding are just two issues.  If you have any other questions please blog me and I will answer.

My goal is to make your life with your German shepherd as enjoyable as possible.

Banffy Haus German Shepherds: Correcting for Disobedience

Hello German Shepherd lovers:  This is Dr. Banffy.  This blog post covers proper correction for dog disobedience.

First of all you must first understand the appropriate level of correction for you specific dog.  You must know the level of correction which will push them into avoidance and submissive behavior.  Watch tell-tale signs such as ears back, tail between the legs, hunching down, urination and/or running away.  If you see this type of behavior, you need try a lower level of correction.

Next, I am a true believer that a firm voice and a leash correction is all you need for training most dogs.  We use a Herm Sprenger stainless fur saver to save the hair on the neck, and a 4 foot Amish leather lead to keep control.  When you correct, use a firm, low voice, put slack in the lead and yank briskly up and to your left (that is if the dog is on the left as it should be).  A well known saying in training circles is one firm correction is worth 1000 small ones.  Dogs learn to adjust if you incrementally increase severity from gentle to firm.

You are probably saying that the last two paragraphs seem to have conflicting advice, don’t be too harsh yet be very firm.  Well, it is a balance. But what I am saying is if you know their limit, then correct to that limit rather than below and then incrementally raising it.

What is so good about a leash correction as opposed to the hand or foot (which I don’t like even though many German trainers use it), is that you are less emotionally connected and less physically connected to the dog when correcting.

There are a few dogs that have to use a prong collar.  Don’t be shy.  It does not hurt the dogs.  Never sharpen the tips of the prongs as some trainers do.   And understand that the collar is made to evenly distribute the force around the neck.

And remember another important training tip.  Never correct a dog who doesn’t yet completely understand the skill.  Don’t use correction to teach the skill.  It is a lot better to use motivation for that.  Please visit our litters page to see current litters.

Finally, for German Shepherd puppies, until they are at least a few months old, use as much positive reinforcement as you can to develop a love for training.

German Shepherd Puppies: Saving them All

Hello German Shepherd lovers;

This is a blog to help some of you in your quest to “save them all”.  First of all, we as breeders have to live with the hard fact that we can’t.  But we always will try our best.  I have saved puppies by giving mouth to muzzle (breathing gently into the mouth to expand their lungs), we have sutured ruptured umbilicals with dental floss where mom chewed too close, I have spent hours with a heating pad and blow dryer to save rigid puppies born outside in the freezing cold, I have verbally encouraged fading German Shepherd puppies, rubbed and massaged, been heartbroken when they die.

I just lost all five in a litter of five because I could not get oxytocin dispensed to me by my new vet.  I spent hours at emergency and then aborted the dead puppy from the canal myself when the attending vet was too nervous about what my dog might do if she did it.

Look, very few people understand what we breeders do, lovingly cleaning our nurseries and dogs after whelping, stressing for days to make sure puppies make it past “fading puppy sydrome”, putting each pup on the nipple.  The greatest joy I get from this all is hearing from my clients about some amazing story of how our dogs served them or protected them.  I have some wonderful stories to share.  I plan to write some tips for you hobby breeders to help “save them all” in the near future.  Please watch on the blog and follow the new articles and videos posted to (click here) my K9-U.

We German Shepherd breeders have to live with the fact that we can’t save them all, but we can do what we do the best we can.

German Shepherd puppies owners CAUTION-HIPS


Hello German Shepherd puppies lovers:

This is Dr. Banfe.  In this blog post I would like to help you with one of the most ubiquitous concerns for German Shepherd breeders and owners, hip health.  First of all, according to the OFA, hip dysplasia for dogs breeds range from 72% for the bulldog to 0% for the Italian greyhound.  In the US the German Shepherd used to be a poster child for dysplasia.  But recognition of the problem has led to a marked decrease in this problem in the breed.  Currently the German Shepherd is at 19% (number 40 of all breeds listed).  This means that your German Shepherd puppy in the US has a 19% chance of having bad hips.

Good news is that the Germans, with their rigorous systemic approach have reduced hip dysplasia to less than 10% – I have heard as low as 7%.  So getting German lines will dramatically reduce the incidence of hip dysplasia in your German shepherd.  You see, the Americans do not require dogs which are bred to have had hip xrays and certifications.  The AKC does not keep any records of a dog’s health.  However the SV in Germany requires hip certifications and accurate records are kept in order to sanitize the gene pool of this crippling condition.  And, they have a central orthopedic clearinghouse for just German Shepherd hip xrays, a specific group which has the responsibility for supervising the review of hip xrays and certifications.  Whereas, from what I understand, the OFA handles all breeds and rotates xrays out to any orthopedic veterinary expert who is currently working within the OFA system around the country.  So the German system leads to more consistency.

Years ago the Germans also instituted the ZW system on top of the HD and ED (elbow) system.  This statistic reflects the probability of that a dog will pass hip dysplasia on to its progeny.  Although in Germany  I have heard reports of cheating to improve these stats for a specific dog, such as not reporting puppies which had the condition, overall the rigorous German approach to hip dysplasia has been quite effective.  A good rating would be less than 100.  But for certain the sum total of a pairing should not equal more than 200.  For example, my new female Ussa vom Suentelstein has a ZW of 80 and my Parla vom Fiemereck has a ZW of 74.  So they have low probability of passing bad joints to their progeny.  They could be matched with a male of over 100, although we never would.

You can visit our k-9 university for more useful articles by clicking K9 U.

In the next blog post, I will discuss your German shepherds puppies’ hips, some do’s and don’ts and some timing issues regarding formation of the hips.


German Shepherd Puppies lovers: See our K-9 College




Check out the K-9 College at Banffy Haus German Shepherds:

German Shepherd puppies lovers, please visit our k-9 college.  I have taking a lot of time to reveal many of the tricks German Shepherd breeders know about so many issues such as taping ears, correcting jumping, clipping nails, feeding etc.  There is even a great page of must have resources regarding your German Shepherd.  I put on a new article on toys also which I hope will be of help to you.

My goal is to make your life with your German shepherd puppy as safe and enjoyable as possible.  I have spent many years accumulating this info and want you to have it.  Please also see all the other useful resources.  For me an informed buyer is the best buyer.

Please use this free resource.  It is a pleasure to share it with you, my fellow German Shepherd puppies owners and German shepherd breeders.

German Shepherd Puppies: HEALTH WARNING-Parasites-Coccidia


This is Dr. Banfe with another blog entry for all you German German Shepherd Puppies owners or aficionados.

Just a health warning to make certain nothing happens to your new puppy.  Coccidia is a common parasite which lives in the walls of the intestines of dogs, but more so in puppies.  When a puppy leaves its litter and mom, this can be a stressful experience.  Due to this stress the intestinal tract of the puppy can become overwhelmed by the parasite, causing diarrhea.  Then it must be treated to remove the infection.

If this happens with your puppy, do not take it lightly.  A puppy can lose a lot of liquid through diarrhea and become dehydrated quickly.  If your puppy is expelling completely liquid stool for a good deal of time, you can pinch the skin on the back of the neck gently, and when released if it does not return quickly, the puppy is likely dehydrated.   The skin has lost its elasticity.

If you notice the liquid has red flecks, you need to get the puppy in to the vet as soon as you can as the puppy may die within the next few hours if you do not .  The vet can immediately administer fluidd subcutaneously (under the skin) to provide the life sustaining rehydration.

Please visit our newest import litter at VA1 Fred/V Ussa to see a truly world class pairing.

I hope this is of use to you German Sheperd puppies owners and German Shepherd breeders alike.


German Shepherd puppies: Health and Cleanliness

Hello German Shepherd puppies lovers:

This is Dr. Banfe.


I would like to write this blog to address a couple of important issues about German shepherd puppies and puppy development.  Here at Banffy Haus German Shepherds we take a holistic approach to puppy development.  Our approach addresses four separate areas.

The first is health and cleanliness.  We think that puppies can benefit from early intervention in these two areas.  First, we us a plastic whelping box to inhibit spread of germs to the newborns and growing pups.  We also use ceramic tile and epoxy group in the nursery which inhibits the growth of bacteria.  It is also easy to clean and liquid body waste cannot penetrate the group or ceramic tile to create a harbor for bacteria growth and mold.  We then use painters fabric drop cloths (4 x 15 cut into three 4×5 pieces and available at Lowes) for the surface layer for the puppies.  It absorbs urine and mom can still clean up the feces easily.  Also, these are thrown into the garbage after use and can be changed quite often.  We have a 4×4 piece of fairly rigid plastic which fits into the box onto which we tape the sheet. The cost is reasonable, especially considering you are breeding world class pups.  We also use a biodegradable zoo disinfectant to mop the tile and clean out the plastic whelping box.  I will address other issues in the next blog.

Please visit our newest import litter at VA1 Fred/V Ussa to see a truly world class pairing.

I hope that this blog might be a help to owners of German Shepherd Puppies as well as German Shepherd Breeders.

German German Shepherd Puppies

Warning German Shepherd Puppies Owners: The Overuse of Medication by Vets

Hello Everyone who loves German German shepherd puppies:

This is Dr. Banfe.

I am so tired of hearing about vets treating every pimple, scab, scrape, cut, earwax etc. with antibiotics.  Also, we innoculate dogs with everything under the sun, mumps etc.  It is tragic.  And with the complicity of our veterinarians we pump medication into dogs too early and too often.

Can’t we see what this has done to human children.  The over-use of antibiotics in humans seems to be correlated with auto-immune problems later in life as children’s own systems, like puppies, never develp the ability to ward off infections.

I have the utmost respect for veterinary medicine, and these dedicated professionals.  However, I think we need to be vigilant and understand that vets will more than likely take the least risky (at least in the short-term) protocol.

I highly recommend you work with your vet.  Tell them you will keep a close watch on anything suspect to make certain you treat it before it gets out of hand, when infection is beginning to set in.  Also, tell him/her you would like to take apply the minimal innoculation protocol to your dog.  Please visit our newest import litter at VA1 Fred/V Ussa.

I hope all you who love your German Shepherd puppies, will consider this astute advice.