Congratulation for adopting the most trusted
companion. We believe that affection which you develop
with your pet can not be translated in words. It can
be best described by your special care to your pet.
Since Older times, German shepherd dogs have been treasured
for their incredible working abilities. Even today,
they are still superb herding, tracking, rescue, guard
and assistance dogs. Powerful, devoted, very attractive,
strong and vigorous … the Maxi dog is an outdoors
type above all, and works alongside his master in a
perfect working or sporting partnership.
1. On your new arrival!
You have carried your puppy to its new home where it
will be experiencing unfamiliar environment full of
Always keep in mind
You are taking puppy away from its mother, littermate
and all its familiar surrounding and at its new home
it will be exposed to new stimuli in terms if sight,
smell and noises. This can be challenging and you need
to take utmost care during this early period to avoid
any negative influence of new unfamiliar surroundings.
2. New home of the puppy – Important
MAXI dogs are particularly prone to sensitive digestions.
This usually shows itself as wet, soft, voluminous and
bad-smelling stools, which can be a direct result of
the specific anatomical and physiological characteristics
of large breed dogs:
- A digestive tract proportionally much smaller than
a small dog’s ( around 3.3% of the Maxi dog’s
body – weight, compared to around 7% for a Mini
- Increased permeability of the small intestine,
and a reduced ability to absorb sodium.
- Increased fermentation due to a longer transit
time with in the colon.
Some factors (such as lifestyle or an unbalanced diet)
can aggravate or intensify the MAXI dog’s digestive
sensitivity, So keep the same diet or food which is
recommended by veterinarian or breeder.
Bowls – One bowl for food and
one bowl for water. Go for heavy bowls that are less
likely to tip over ( preferably ceramic)
Bed – Preferably a comfortable
basket with walls so that puppy feels protected and
secure. Line it with blankets
Child gate – Useful to stop puppy
going into certain rooms in your house
Crate or Kennel – For puppy when
human needs some time out
Collar and Lead – Use a short
lead and a light, soft, fixed size collar
Grooming kit Toys
The first few nights in your home
On the first few nights your puppy will be
very apprehensive as they will be accustomed to constant
Leaving the puppy alone will usually result in crying
and barking. So it is advisable that puppies should
be with their owners at night until they are habituated
to being alone.
Initially keep the puppy basket in the lounge in the
day and at night next to your bed. Put a warm water
bottle under the blankets.
After a few days start to move the basket nearer the
door and finally outside of the bedroom and into the
place where you wish the puppy to sleep permanently.
3. Socialization and habituation
Learning to have pleasant experience when meeting
and coming contact with wide range of stimuli.
Socialize your puppy from arrival by using Sounds Sociable
therapy programme. This will ensure that your pup is
being exposed to everyday stimuli during the critical
socialization period ( 6-12 week), as during this period
the puppy will grow up to be friendly and happy with
people and other animals, resulting in a well adjusted
adult dog that can be taken anywhere.
4. Leaving your puppy alone at the home
Ideally create a place for your puppy to be confined
when you are away, where there is a clear bed area and
a temporary toilet area.
Creating two separate areas is very important as puppies
can not hold on for very long when needing the toilet
and do not like soiling in their bed.
Confining them will reinforce the feeling of security
and reduce destructive behaviour ( make sure that you
have lot of chewable toys to keep puppies occupied).
While leaving do not give added attention, it can give
a too big contrast between you being there and not being
there. Sudden isolation after lost attention is confusing
and worrying for your puppies.
On returning briefly greet your puppy without too much
Reward their good behaviour once they have settled down.
Do not punish your puppy if it has been naughty, it
will not understand.
5. Taking your puppy out of the house for vaccination
Your puppy will have restricted contact ( no walking
in public places where there is risk of infection )
until after their vaccination course.
During this period get them used to walking on collar
and lead in your garden / house at the same time carry
them in different surrounding to introduce them to lost
of new and different stimuli including vaccinated dogs.
Taking your puppy out of the house after vaccination
At approximately 13 week of age your puppy will be allowed
to walk outside where it will experience new stimuli,
sights and smells which may be non – frightening
6. Introducing your puppy to children
Supervise encounters between your puppy and children
at all times.
Let puppy approach the child in its own time; never
force them if they are not confident. If puppy becomes
anxious or frightened at any point, stop the meeting
and take them to somewhere quiet to recover.
Keep children calm. Excitable children means over –
excited or apprehensive puppy Give treat ONLY when puppy
is calm and behaving appropriately.
Do not let your puppy to do anything top children that
you would not like him to do to an adult i.e. chasing,
nipping and jumping up.
7. Introducing your puppy to other pets
Check that all the pets puppy meets are fully vaccinated.
Introduce your puppy to small pets such as rabbits,
guinea pigs etc while restraining them so not to frighten
While introducing to cats and other dogs, keep puppy
on lead for the first few meetings. Ensure other dogs
are also kept on a lead to prevent over boisterous dogs
frightening the puppy.
Supervise encounters and build up meeting until they
are accepted each other.
Take advantage of your local puppy school classes. Your
veterinary clinic will be able to recommend one for
8. Toilet training
Begin as early as possible, taking puppy out on a regular
basis to a designated spot in the garden. You will need
to take them out every 2 hours and after eating, sleeping
or resting, playing and after any excitement.
Stay with them while outside and allow them to run around
Gently praise them when they finish going to the toilet.
Keep a watchful eye on them at all times while inside
the house if they start to:
- Walk about looking uncomfortable and look as though
they are concentrating something else.
- Circle and sniff the ground
9. How often should I deworm my pet?
Strategic deworming with total all in one dewormer
is a practice recommended by most veterinatians.
Take the vet consultancy before deworming your pet.
You can start deworming according to body weight at
2 weeks; repeat at 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks of age. Then
monthly until the puppy is six month old. Thereafter
deworm at intervals of 3 months.
Adult dog – Treat regularly every 3 months. Also
monitor and elimitates parasites in your pet environment
( flea control )
Newly acquired animals – Deworm immediately with
a total all in one worm treatment.
10. Tips to control worms
Keep the area clean where your pet sleeps including
Regularly remove faeces or dirt from the pet surroundings.
Adopt a comprehensive flea control programme suggested
Avoid feeding your dog raw meat or offal ( offal must
be boiled for 30 minutes before feeding to pets )
Adopt control measures for Intermediate host of worm
such as rat and mice
Ensure that your family members wash their hand each
time after playing with pet.
Prevent the pet licking your face.
11. Worm Treatment.
Prevention is always best
The importance of prevention in the control of intestinal
worms in dogs and cats should not be underestimated.
Some worms that infect pets can pose a significant risk
to human health. Children, who are often close to family
pets, are most at risk. Deworming your pet regularly
will help to prevent intestinal worm from causing health
problems in your pet and family members.
How do I know my pet has worms? – Worms are not
always easy to detect in your pet. The only way to be
sure is to get the test of the feces under the guidance
of vet to analyze for the presence of worm eggs. However,
some of the common signs that may suggest your pet has
Pale gums White segments in faeces
Diarrhoea Dull coat
A pot – bellied look Weight loss despite of good
(Especially in puppies) Pet scoots around on his bottom
12. How will it affect my family?
The larvae or eggs can be ingested – the larvae
of hookworms can also penetrate the surface of human
skin. If ingested these can cause severe infections,
abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and itching in the anal
area. If the larvae penetrate through human skin (usually
through bare feet) and migrate through it lesion will
appear under the skin and in some cases can break open
at the skin surface. In severe cases, the larvae may
make their way through the skin and enter deeper tissue
causing lung disease and painful muscles.
To prevent human infection, good hygiene is extremely
important. Teach children especially, to wash their
hands after playing with pet. Do not let the children
to play in the areas where dogs and cats have defecated.
Deworm your pets with good quality broad spectrum dewormer
(consult to your vet)