I've spent years dreaming of getting a GSD and it's finally happened. I got my pup last week and it's been amazing how well she's fit in and adjusted to our family. Kasey is 12 weeks old now, and I think the reason she is so well adjusted is because she had that valuable time with her momma and 10 siblings.
She's had her vaccinations including rabies, but the vet wanted to wait until 16 weeks for bordetella nasal mist.. is this normal? I haven't had a puppy in 11 years. Isn't this going to put her at risk for kennel cough as I'm trying to socialize her, or is it only really risky for actual kennels and mainly for compromised "unhealthy" dogs? The vet didn't seem concerned at all about it..
Another issue I see that may be arising is she's already seeming protective of my children. My brother came over and she kept placing herself between him and my boys, and not in the way of wanting the attention but in the way of pushing against him/child to make distance (she's already 29lbs) no other aggressive behavior like teeth, ears back. Is this something I need to address or is okay to let her be protective of strangers? This was the first time meeting my brother.
I'm also having trouble finding chew toys and treats she likes, I've tried lots of stuff but she's just not interested. I feel terrible putting her in her kennel at night because nothing motivates her but attention
I've tried Kong with pb, kong cheese, busy bones, weird chew stick things, biscuits. Her favorite things are my sons tshirts, ANYones socks, a large iron man action figure, and a lego cup from Mcds
all of which are obvious no no's.
As far as diet goes I bought a large bag of Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy, my vet said to feed her this until she's 6 months old. The breeder suggested I feed it until 4 (basically feed her one large bag of food then switch to adult) Regardless, is this a good food choice? What would a good one be for adult? I know raw is a great choice but for me and my family lifestyle it's just not feasible. We tried it with our oldest dog and it was just to stressful. I hope this doesn't get me put on blast
We feed our 11 and 9 year old labs Kirkland Brand Lamb/Rice and supplement them with glucosamine. My 11 year old lab was hit by a car when he was 2 and now has terrible arthritis and without the supplement can barely get up some days. He also has terrible allergies and it seems to help with that too. Should I give the pup glucosamine this early or wait until she's fully grown?
Blah hate to go on and on I'm just eager to talk to actual other owners and not some of the sketchy people around my area that think I'm mean and crazy for crate training and suggested puppy chow and rawhide bones
I'll share a picture as soon as my new phone gets here, go figure my camera breaks 3 days before I got her!