Kridler's German Shepherds



Below is a Link to a page We Highly Recommend reading.  


 ** This Booklet Page is presented as a Guide to the care of New Puppies.  We suggest you read this page over Carefully and keep referring back to it for future concerns.  

Disclosure: Information on this page are soley for General Reference guide.  By No Means do we preport to be a Veterinarian and the information you read/see here is strictly from Kridler's experiences from many, many years of raising puppies.  

Going Home 

Your Puppy has been raised with Loads of Love.  We Keep the mothers on the pups for quite a long time, as we believe that helps stabilize their minds to learn stronger socialization skills.  The pups are given time in the house, out in the grass, pending the time of the year, and each litter is evaluated for temperament, type and it's strengths and weaknesses.  They are going to need several days to adjust to their new homes.  Be patient and Gentle with them these first few days.  


We do not Recommend breeding pets.  Breeding is something that takes many hours of Investigating bloodlines, temperaments, hips, structures, and health.  It is vitally important to the breed to maintain integrity and only breeders that are attempting to breed for the AKC standards should be producing pups.  We also believe that you should never bring a dog into this world if you are not prepared to take it back.  


Our pups are started on Tripe( raw cow intestines) and baby food beef.  They will Always love this.  They are then switched over to a Excellent Quality food, BilJac Large Breed Puppy.  It is given two to three times a day until they are 8 weeks old and going home.  We expect you to continue feeding your pup this food for one 20 lb. bag.  Once it is used up, then you can switch your pup to the BilJac Large breed Adult. We have found to take them off of Puppy food because it still has too much protiens in it.  Your puppy can develope "Pano" or Panostitis.  It is the growth of the long bones in the legs, both front and back, growing faster than the muscle.  It is characterized by the dog sitting and holding out the leg or limping that can spread from one leg to the other.  True diagnoisis is on Xray.  This is very common in young boys, even the Human Kind.  It is not Life Threatening and can usually be cured by decreasing the protien and exercise for a bit.  You will be given a written list of your pups feeding schedule and a small bag of food to go home with.  

You need to keep your pup/dog on a quality food for all of it's life.  German Shepherds have a potential to bloat.  Bloat is the stomach producing too much gas and flipping.  The Breed is a Deep chested breed, and there for predisposed to this.  We tell people to NEVER feed your dog then play, allow the dog to jump, run, or roll for at least 1-2 hours.  We also feel you dog should be given beneficial bacteria that can be yogurt or even over the counter beneficial bacterias, also good for humans as well.  

WE feed mostly Raw here, and if you would like to explore this, please give us a call so we can help you transition you dog onto this.  IT isn't for everyone, but we have found that every bag of dog food is processed in some way.  Raw is truely all natural and best. The Article above and listed here:

is Highly Recommended to read as the Horrible Stomach Bloat is a Killer of many Shepherds, as well as other deep chested breeded.  If you get your dog the Surgery, Gastric Tacking or Gastropexy, then the chance of Bloat is decreased to less than 1 % chance and we feel it is a preventative surgery that should be done. 

Daily Care: 

Your pup should be treated with gentle guidance.  They need almost constant supervision until they are about 6 months.  For this reason we first recommend Crate Training.  Crates are the dog's Den, or Safe home.  They learn quickly that they do not potty where they sleep.  It will make housebreaking Very Quick.  It also is a "safe" place to put your dog so you can get good rest and leave the house without having to worry about your dog getting into trouble.  If your dog is crate trained, they usually don't need crated much at all after 10 months and can be trusted out of the crate for short periods and eventually all the time.  The crate is Never used as Punishment.  They will cry in it at first, but within 2-3 days they will become adjusted to their times in the crate, and learn it is home.  We try to only use the crate when you cannot watch your pup.  

We also recommend that they are not on a leash at first.  Keeping your pup off leash will make You watch them so they know to come back to you at the sound of your voice.  Take a small container of their puppy food out with you as a treat.  Shake it when the pup does something good.  Open it and praise them and give them a piece of food.  They learn the sound and your praise Very quickly.  Start teaching them sit and down within the first week home.  They are smart and will catch on super quickly.  Obedience training of any kind will make your dog an overall better dog and benefit you in the long run.  We feel "official" training should start at a class at 4 months old.  

Sticks, Rawhide, Rocks, and toys too small are totally NOT to be used.  We use Knuckle bones, or shank bones to chew on, Raw of course.  We also believe in toys like Kongs, and soft Fleece toys that are unstuffed.  Get your puppy to play.  Play, Play, Play.  A dog that plays is a happier dog and will train easier.  Play is the reward.  At first, they can play for about an hour.  Do Not give any bone cooked or freezer burned ever.  

Ears are expected to come up on their own and in most cases they do.  Do not massage them or put things on their head that holds them down.  Some very big males may take up to 5 months to actually come up.  If they haven't come up by 5 months we certainly have things to do to get them up, just call. 

Exercise should only be what the dog can tolerate.  Do not over exercise making them warn out.  Swimming is recommended as best.  Hot days they can't play as long.  Becareful on hot pavement.  We had one person exercise their dog on hot pavement then the dog had 3rd degree burns on their pads of their feet and couldn't walk for a month.  


Our pups are wormed several times before they go home.  3 weeks, 4 1/2 weeks, and then 6 weeks with a check before they leave to their new homes at 8 weeks.  Almost All pups have worms from the mother's milk.  We keep our pups on the mothers for a longer time than usual so we recommend a round of wormer after the pup goes home to be sure to rid all the worms.  We use Over the counter Panacur/Safegard wormer.  It is easiest on their stomachs.  Our pups play in the grass and eat just about everything in sight.  Therefore they can pick up worms just before they leave here and we don't promise to send them home wormfree.  
Coccidia is a internal parasite like worms. It is on our property from going to dog shows all over the country. It harbors itself in the mothers then can come out with stress.  Going home is stress. It is easily treated and we send home our pups with pills to give them for 3-5 days to prevent this.  If they develope diarreha we recommend Kaopectate Vanilla Flavor.  Give 5 cc for 10 lbs. every day until diarreha is gone.  If your pup won't eat more than 2 meals, it needs seen by a Veterianarian Immediately.


German Shepherds are Shedders.  THey are a double coated dog.  They need regularly brushed and a good bath every so often helps.  We will bath pups in Johnson's Baby Shampoo.  It is good and rinses off easily.  Puppies need to be dry before exposing them to temperatures below 70 degrees.  Bathing also makes them potty, so watch for it.  Nails must be trimmed weekly until they get used to it.  Once they are trimmed weekly, they learn to love it.  Praise them.  Have on hand some Quick Stop powder incase you cut the quick.  Buy it now at any Pet store before you trim any nail.  Cutting the quick is slightly painful, but Not as bad as you think.  Don't be afraid to trim the nail.

Brush, Brush, Brush.  You can't brush them enough.  It helps to remove dead hair that will end up all over your floor if you aren't brushing enough.  After brushing the pup/dog, you should run your hands thru their coats.  This will distribute Oils from your hands and from their skin up thru the hair.  I know a dog handler that had the dogs in great coat condition at all times.  I asked him what he did to keep the dogs in such great coat.  He said running his hands from top of the dog down for 15 min ever day.  It doesn't take much.  This also bonds you to your dog.  .  

Be your dog's Friend.  

Treat him with Loving Guidance and they will serve you forever.

Tari Kridler  

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