Our vet advises that every dog, whatever age it is, be fed twice daily (morning and evening). After being used to GSD's for many years we found that any temperamental tummy problems subsided. Often people take their dog(s) out walking after their meals! This should never happen. They should be fed on returning home. Running around on a full tummy can cause severe gut problems.Tina,
I would first of all buy a screw in restrainer, these screw into the ground and give a good anchor point. I put a permanent one in the awning,(which is where my dogs sleep, not in the caravan on the seats) I have another outside for daytime use, you can move the dogs bed to either, when it suits you.
START AS YOU MEAN TO CARRY ON, dont give a dog human attributes, it is the biggest mistake new owners make, an 8 week old puppy is fine on your lap in the van, but when she gets to be a boisterous teenager at around 6 months, and starts trying out her new teeth on the cushions/furnishings while you sleep, its going to be a pain trying to stop her,but if she has been taught that the van is your domain, and she sleeps in the awning, then you wont finish up with a wrecked van while you sleep,shes going to cry for a couple of nights and its really going to tug your heart strings, but persevere and she will treat the awning as hers and be quite happy,it can help if you put a warm hotwater bottle in the bed and also a clock, the ticking feels like a heart beat and can help to settle pups at bed time.
I dont know where you got your pup and what instructions you were given, but an 8week old puppy should have four meals a day two milk and rusk or ready brek, and two meat, at twelve weeks this is reduced to three, one milky two meat, at 6months you feed twice a day one milk and one meat until twelve months when she will get one a day. I would advise that you feed a calcium supplement on meals until about two years this will aid with the incredibaly fast bone growth.
Sorry for wafling on and good luck with the pup.
UUrrgh sounds horrendous, thanks for your help Ann ! Any thing else you can think of please let me know !!!!I would think that with such a young pup it would be adviseable for pit stops to take place each hour-ish. Sounds boring, I know, but her bladder will need emptying often and she will need to have a stretch.
One thing I did forget to mention previously:
Don't take Sasha anywhere near sheep or where they might have been. I'm not suggesting this because I think she would cause them a problem, but sheep ticks are the most horrible thing you can ever see and need to be taken out of the skin very carefully due to the fact that they have 'claws' which hook on so they can feed from Sasha's blood! Keep a good supply of Front Line (available from your vet) to hand. We put Front Line on our little dog every month during the late spring/summer/autumn months on our vets advice.
If I think of anything else I will get back to you.
Good luck again.
Thanks Trisha hadnt thought of that !!!Tina
She can go out, BUT you can not put her down on the floor until hse has had all her injections.
When I get a new pup I always carry it where ever I can. If I walk the other dogs the pup comes too. It makes your arm ache but it means they can start seeing, smelling and hearing all the sounds of their new world asap.
Hi AnnI agree with Tony A. I am not in favour of sprays. Front Line is not a spray but is placed on two spots: one between the ears about 2" down the neck, the second on the back around the shoulder area. All explained on the packet. It keeps all sorts of other nasties away.
In former times we had to use Surgical Spirit to get the sheet ticks off. However, like Tony A, we now use the special tools which are excellent. Maisie also loves the 'search' and thinks its playtime!
Hope to see you on a site sometime. Will wait to hear the call of "Sacha!!!" on the doggy walk.
I cant argue with you Ann, what suites your dog has to be right. I bred, showed and worked Labs for years, the advice I gave Tina was given to me about 30yrs ago by a lady who`d bred them for thirty years, Roslin Williams, it worked for her and I never had a stomach problem.the rapid growth of young dogs calls for regular intake of good food, and we never gave them exercise off the lead( except at home in the paddock)until they were 12 months old, young joints easily get damaged if jarred on rough unknown ground,an adult dogs gut is designed to gorge then rest, I know breeders who feed six days a week and starve the seventh, you might think it sounds cruel but look at nature, wild dogs dont kill every day.Our vet advises that every dog, whatever age it is, be fed twice daily (morning and evening). After being used to GSD's for many years we found that any temperamental tummy problems subsided. Often people take their dog(s) out walking after their meals! This should never happen. They should be fed on returning home. Running around on a full tummy can cause severe gut problems.