Feeding a German Shepherd puppy

Animal file: German Shepherd

When a pet as endearing as a German shepherd puppy arrives at our home, we immediately and naturally turn our affection and affection towards him. All dogs, puppies and adults, they need to feel loved; but German Shepherds are an especially sensitive breed and receptive to our displays of affection.

They are very intelligent and emotional dogs at the same time. They need to feel like full members of a family; a human herd in which they have a place, even if it is the last. However, sometimes our displays of affection are wrong. A clear sign is when we feed our puppy excessively, or with inappropriate foods, which despite liking them a lot harm their health.

If you continue reading this AnimalWised article, we will show you the main keys to feeding a german shepherd puppy.

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  1. Newborn german shepherd
  2. Weaned german shepherd
  3. Solid food for a German Shepherd puppy
  4. Food for a German Shepherd puppy from 4 months
  5. Feeding the German Shepherd from 6 months
  6. The hygiene of the feeder and drinker
  7. German Shepherd puppy - More information

Newborn german shepherd

For a German shepherd to develop in a harmonious and healthy way, it is essential that he breastfeeds from his mother colostrum, first, and later the rich mother's milk. It is advisable for the puppy to be fed with breast milk until 6 - 8 weeks of age.

The importance of colostrum is important, since it contributes to the puppy 90% of your defenses natural. They also help the blood flow correctly throughout the puppy's body and its organs are adequately oxygenated.

In the event that for any reason the puppy cannot be breastfed by its mother, it will never be given cow or goat milk, which is very poor in relation to bitch milk. In this case, the veterinarian will prescribe special formula for the type of puppy in question and its dose. It will not be exactly the same for a Chihuahua as for a German Shepherd, for example, both dogs have different nutritional needs.

Weaned german shepherd

From 3 - 4 weeks, the German Shepherd puppy should start trying new flavors, apart from mother's milk. Basically it will consist of licking some type of porridge or special wet food for puppies. Later, about 6 - 8 weeks, you will be given a little breast milk between feedings. moistened dry feed with water.

From the eighth week the German shepherd must be weaned and start feeding totally solid with special types of feed for puppies and if they are specific to the breed in particular, much better. The veterinarian must set the ideal pattern of intakes, amounts and types of feed suitable for the German shepherd puppy. Milk should be removed from your diet as it will cause diarrhea. It is vital that the puppies have at all times clean water and enough to drink.

Solid food for a German Shepherd puppy

Dry feed will go away reducing hydration with water (or chicken broth without seasonings) until the puppy is used to eating it completely dry.

The usual thing from weaning to 4 months will be for the puppy to eat 4-5 times a day, but with one very important exception: discipline. The puppy will have to get used to the fact that its portion will remain on the plate for 10 minutes. Enough time to eat it whole. After this time, the plate must be removed, although there are still traces of feed. In this way, the puppy will be educated to be attentive when it is time to eat, and he will not be able to get lost if he does not want to stay with an appetite.

Accepting the order of things will be very important for the intellectual formation of the puppy, and later it will facilitate more complex and demanding training. Feed for the German Shepherd puppy should be more caloric, fat, protein and with more calcium than feed for adult dogs.

Food for a German Shepherd puppy from 4 months

From 4 months to 6 months, the number of meals will be reduced to 3 times a day. Obviously we will increase the amount, and we will also give you 2 more minutes of margin to eat it all without stress. In the packaging of the feed come the convenient amounts for the age and weight of the dog. If you have doubts, consult your veterinarian.

Eventually we will mix fresh food (meat, fish or vegetables) with the dry feed. These foods should always be cooked, never raw. Splinter bones should not be given (chicken and rabbit), or fish with bones. We will use wet feed restrictively, since they produce tartar and foul faeces. Treats for their part should only be used as positive reinforcement for their learning, never as a food supplement.

In no case should we give them scraps of our food, since salt, sugar and other seasonings are very harmful to the health of our dog. Also, if we did, the only thing we would achieve would be to turn our German shepherd into a begging dog that would pester us during our meals. Discover in Animal Expert the forbidden foods for dogs and avoid them at all costs.

Feeding the German Shepherd from 6 months

When our German Shepherd puppy reaches 6 months of life, the food intake should be reduced to 2 times a day, proportionally increasing the amount and also slightly the intake time.

The veterinarian will give us the correct and specific nutritional guideline for our dog. The fact that it is male or female and the puppy leads a more or less active life will influence the type of feed and the daily amount.

It will be convenient that from 6 months we give our German shepherd puppy, shatterproof bones such as that of calf's knee, so that it gnaws and teeth and gums are strengthened.

The hygiene of the feeder and drinker

The containers for our puppy's food and drink must be always clean. Hygiene is important so that insects do not come that can cause intestinal parasites to our German shepherd puppy.

If you notice that your baby German Shepherd does not eat three times in a row, take him to the vet. You have probably ingested something that causes a bowel obstruction or stomach pain. Do not forget that puppies are very sensitive and weak living beings. Spending too long before the symptoms of illness can be very serious and damaging to your life..

German Shepherd puppy - More information

German Shepherd puppies must be socialized and trained from the first day they live with us. They must be obedient and open-minded to get them to learn the great wealth of things they are capable of doing.

All this will be achieved more easily through adequate nutrition and exercises according to their development. The harmony between exercise, diet and affection they will make us enjoy a healthy, balanced and happy German Shepherd dog.

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