Items you'll need for occasional accidents:
spot cleaner for carpets
puppy food (see more information below) don't forget the puppy biscuits too!
puppy toys (plush and hard chew toys such as nylabones, marrow bones and white knuckle bones). We do NOT recommend rawhide chews. Any treat should be MADE IN THE USA!
6 ft. leash
puppy collar (see more info below on collars)
dog dish (We like to use Stainless Steel, easy to keep clean, chew proof and dishwasher safe)
Large crate for a female: 25 wide x 36 long x 26 High
Extra large for a male: 26 wide x 39 long x 30 High
blanket or towel (bring a `receiving' blanket with you when you come to take your puppy home)
a whistle and lanyard
check-cord (I wouldn't get anything longer than 30 ft. Otherwise it gets hard to handle)
nail clipper or trimmer
ear cleaner for puppies or dogs (never use Q-tips; use cotton balls only) We use R7 ear cleaner.
Training the Sporting Dog, by Donald Smith & Ervin E. Jones (go to www.ahdc.org and click on online store then click on publications. This book is well worth the $35. + Shipping.
A New Owner's Guide to German Shorthaired Pointers by Joan Tabor. I purchased my very first GSP from Joan. On pg. 145 in her book is a photo of my son taken in 1980 and our dog Roxie.
Divine Canine: The Monk's Way to a Happy Obedient Dog by: Brother Christopher
Good Owners, Great Dogs by: Brian Kilcommons
You can find these books on Amazon.com (On my website is a page just for Recommended Books with links)
Between 7and 8 weeks of age your pup will receive: distemper-hepatitis, parainfluenza, and canine parvovirus. (Please check with your vet on when he/she wants to give the remaining vaccines). It is crucial to your puppy's health that the remaining vaccines are given! Your puppy will also get dewormed at 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks of age. When you visit your vet bring a sample of your pups stool so that your vet can check to be sure there are no more parasites. I found the following on a website as a general guide. However, always go with your veterinarians recommended vaccination schedule:
6 - 8 weeks
first puppy shot (DHPP) without Lepto
11 - 12 weeks
.. second puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona
15 -16 weeks
third puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona. Check with your vet on when the Rabies vaccines are given. Generally it's given between 11 - 12 weeks, then again at 15 - 16 weeks. The Rabies vaccine will be repeated at 1 year of age and will be good for 3 years after that. I give my pups the lymes vaccine and bordetella vaccine.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR PUPPY OUT TO PUBLIC AREAS INCLUDING FIELDS, TRAILS, DOG PARKS, SOCCER FIELDS, LAKES OR STREAMS, ETC., UNTIL YOUR PUPPY IF FULLY VACCINATED! THIS IS TYPICALLY AROUND APPROXIMATELY 16 WEEKS OF AGE. ASK YOUR VET WHEN YOUR PUP HAS BEEN FULLY VACCINATED.
After all of the puppy-shots are given, yearly visits to the vet are crucial in giving your dog a long and happy life. Annual vet visits will include yearly vaccinations, heartworm testing, bordetella (kennel cough) if you plan on boarding or traveling with your dog or attending dog shows. .
Pet Insurance is recommended for those unexpected trips to the vet.
Heartworm (check with your vet for what he/she recommends)
Flea & Tick Preventative
1. Collar: An adjustable puppy collar 10-16 inches. - Your puppy will need to adjust to wearing something around his neck. Like putting a saddle on a horse for the first time! The collar does not stay on the puppy 24/7 and he should not wear it inside his crate when you are not home. The collar may "catch" on something and he can strangle. Attach the leash to the collar and let the puppy drag the leash around the house. Next step would be to hold the leash so the pup feels some tension and then gently "lead" him around.
2. Basic Beginner dog obedience class usually begins between 4 or 5 months old. For more training besides joining a local dog obedience school or private lessons from a qualified professional dog trainer please look into joining your local chapter of NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association). Visit www.navhda.org and click on chapter locater. Click on the map closest to where you live and contact them. It's not only fun but you will have the best trained dog ever!
3. Shock collars or also known as E-collars should not be used on a dog under the age of one year (unless you are working with a qualified dog trainer or NAVHDA club). E-collars should only be used on a dog that knows the commands 100%. You can absolutely ruin a great dog with the misuse of a shock collar or too harsh of commands at a young and impressionable age.
4. A puppy should not be reprimanded too harshly. Also the PUNISHMENT must fit the crime. NEVER over
discipline a young dog! Training sessions should be short and happy! Always end on a positive note!
5. Play retrieve with canvas bumpers. However, do not play `tug of war' with your puppy - ever!
6. A puppy at a very young age can be taught to whoa, stay, sit, come, heel and "kennel up" (go in kennel). Take him for walks in the field and that's where you will especially do whistle commands. Puppies are taught just by playing with them. They don't even realize they are learning and remember that it's easier to avoid bad habits than try to correct them later on. (If you are planning on hunting with your pup, do not teach him to `sit' yet.)
7. Puppy food.
We are currently feeding our pups *___________________. Please keep your puppy the same food for at least 6 months. It is not good, nor healthy to change a puppy's food early on in life. Pups have very sensitive stomachs and they should be kept on the same food unless they are having a bad reaction to the food they were raised on. Changing foods can spiral out of control causing a puppy to get diarrhea and become dehydrated. Always offer your puppy clean cool water to drink. Ground yellow corn should never be the first ingredient listed in your dogs' food.
(*subject to change)
You should feed your puppy three times a day. (Approx. 1/3 cup at 8 weeks of age). The `amount' of food needs to be increased weekly. Pups grow so quickly that the 1/3 cup at 7 weeks of age is not enough when they are 9 weeks of age. Feed your puppy in the morning upon getting up, at lunch time and again at dinner time. It helps the pup if you are consistent with the feeding schedule especially when your pup is still very young. As your pup gets older they are more able to adjust to different schedules. Keep feeding 3 times a day until the pup is 6 months old and then twice a day for its entire life. Puppy food should be fed until the pup is one-year old. Puppy food is denser in calories, has the proper amount of protein and calcium that a large breed puppy needs and is easier for them to digest. Then slowly transition the puppy over to large breed adult food between one and 18 months of age. This would be the best time to switch brands of food is you so wish. Just make sure the first ingredient listed on the bag is not ground yellow corn.
Keep in mind that as your puppy reaches about a year in age - he/she won't need as much protein. Excessive protein and not enough exercise will result with your dog having way too much energy. Please make exercise a daily routine! For those of you who are planning on hunting your dog keep in mind that during the hunting season, your dog will need not only more protein but more food as well. After the age of 7 you may want to put your dog on Senior food. Please consult your vet before doing so.
9. Housebreaking (click here to read article on housebreaking and crate training) Tip: Toss a dog biscuit into the crate and say in every time you have your dog/puppy go into the crate. Before you know it he/she will run into the crate for the reward! Also; don't let your puppy out of the crate unless you tell him `out'.
10. Lymes vaccine and Flea & Tick topical treatment:
This is something that is very controversial depending on what you read and who you talk to! Please consult with your licensed vet. When returning home from a day outdoors I check my dogs over very carefully, brush them and I may even give them a bath with a flea and tick shampoo. However, I do recommend your puppy receive the lymes vaccine. Please talk to your vet on what they recommend in your particular area.
11. Heat Stroke The summer months can be brutal to your dog. Dogs are much more susceptible to heatstroke than humans. One reason for this is, your dog wears his fur coat all year round. And while dogs do have sweat glands on their feet, they do not have them on the rest of their body. They rely on panting, a method of breathing out excess heat, to cool down their bodies. This method is not as affective as sweating.
Some breeds are much more susceptible to the heat then others. Dogs with thick, double-coats have a harder time beating the heat. Also dogs with pushed back faces, such as Bulldogs, Pugs and Boxers, have smaller airways, and therefore have less of an ability to blow out hot air.
The major cause of heatstroke in dogs is leaving a dog in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked on a 70° F (22° C) to 80° F (26° C) day, while it may feel comfortable outside, the inside of your car can heat up to over 100° F (38° C) in minutes! As you can imagine, with that fur coat on, your dog's body temperature rises very quickly.
Exercising in hot weather is another common way heatstroke can occur. As with humans, older dogs, over-weight dogs and or dogs with heart or lung ailments, are much more likely to suffer from heatstroke than younger dogs that are more in shape. Do not push your dog to exercise on very hot or humid days.
If you suspect your dog has heatstroke, cool him down as quickly as you can and call your vet immediately.
Symptoms of Heatstroke in Dogs: Rapid heavy panting
Petechiae (pinpoint, deep-red hemorrhages on gums/ skin)
Bright red mucous membranes on the gums and conjunctiva of the eyes
Hyperventilation (gasping for air)
Salivation early then dry gums as heat prostration sets in
Refusal to obey commands
Warm, dry skin
In some extreme cases seizures, diarrhea and vomiting can occur. Cooling your dog's body temperature down quickly is very important. The fastest way to do this is by using cool water. Do not use ice water, as a dramatic change in temperature can be dangerous. You can put your dog in a bathtub, sink or kiddie pool filled with cool water. A very good way to cool down a dog is to put water on their chest. Also a lot of heat exits the dog's body through his feet, so having the dog stand in cool water will also help. Another way is to put cool wet towels around your dog's body, while he is standing in something cool. It is important to cool off the chest and feet. Be sure to refresh the towels in cool water every few minutes, as the towels will quickly reach the same temperature as your dog's body. Spraying your dog with the hose, dumping buckets of water on your dog, or placing your dog directly in front of an air conditioner are a few more ways you can cool down your dog's body temperature. Offer your dog a drink and be sure to contact your vet right away.
Ways to Avoid Heatstroke:
Do not leave your dog in a parked car on hot days. Parking in the shade will help a little, but on hot days, even parking in the shade is not enough. It is best to leave your dog home.
Provide plenty of fresh cool drinking water. Dogs should be provided with water at all times. Keep your dog's water clean and fresh. Do not leave your dog's water bowl in the sun, or it will heat up. Imagine drinking a cup of hot tea in the summer sun!
12. Naming your Puppy All pups are named with the suffix vom Schlussstein. When you come to take your puppy home please have a name selected (if at all possible). On my web site there's a page with name that have already been taken. If you need help selecting a name please contact us. OR if you want to reserve a name please let us know and we will add the name to the `already used' list.
What ever problem(s) you may have with your puppy - PLEASE call us. No matter how small you may think it is. These are my babies and I want them to be happy! So please do not hesitate to call. It is so much easier to fix problems as soon as they begin then to wait even a few days!
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