Good Morning all,
Ive recently adopted a five week old puppy who I think is a German Shepherd mix, and was hoping for lots of advice to raise him right. He was found on the side of the road by our vet tech abandoned and covered in fleas : (
When I took my other dog to the vet he was crying and carrying on in the other room so I agreed to foster him. If he had been taken to the local shelter he would have been put down. We live on Guam and there is a massive stray dog problem and only one shelter. Needless to say we fell head over heels for him and he is now a permanent member of the family and im so excited.
Currently he is estimated about six weeks old and he weighs about 6.5lbs. When I got him a week ago he had a pretty severe worm infestation so he may have been a little stunted and behind in growth. He has been dewormed and I think gained about a pound in the week we have had him.
So I was just wondering what you guys thought of him and if he looks shepherd to you and then also any tips on how to raise a well behaved Shepherd.
Poor little baby! I'm so glad you are taking care of him!
Do you still plan to ONLY foster him? If so, then beware! --You are going ti get very arrached to that ADORABLE puppy!!!!!
I have been fostering dogs for 9 years now. My last foster got her new forever home this December. My first foster were a pair of puppies and I fell head over heels in love! It was so hard to say goodbye. However, everytime you give a dog to a loving home your heart is filled with such an abundance of joy. It can be an extremely rewarding experience! You are doing a very noble thing.
As far as raising him goes:
1) I found that I was so worrysome when it came to my pup's ears. When one of Mika's ears fell and stayed flopped for about 4 days I was so worried thst it wouldn't come back up. I talked to her breeder and I looked online. Everything/everyone said not to worry. They were right! Her ear popped back up and it has stayed up. So if tgat happens to you, try not to worry yourself like I did.
2) My aunt, who is a huge shepherc person, lent me s book to read. I have found it to be very, very useful. Plus it is a very easy read. The book is called, "The Art of Raising a Puppy," and it is written by The Monks of New Skete. It is all about German Shepherds. I have no idea if it is still in print or not, but I think it is worth looking into, because it talks a lot about the different stages of growth in puppies and what to expect/do.
Again, welcome, and good luck with that adorable little guy!