***** These are guidelines to help you in doing the right thing for your new dog *******
1.DO NOT BUY THIS GERMAN SHEPHERD IF YOU CAN NOT GIVE HIM/HER THE DEDICATION AND RESPECT THAT YOU SHOULD. I DO NOT NEED YOUR MONEY, I DO NOT WANT YOU TO GET HIM UNLESS YOU ARE 100 % SURE, AND EVERYONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD AGREES WITH GETTING A NEW GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG OR PUPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY.
I do not mean to be rude, but I need a commitment from you, since this dog will probably will be with you for the next 13 years or so. He/she will be extremely smart, protect your family and home and be a loyal companion for as long as he/she lives.
2.I was given an AKC certified pedigree. 3.I was given an AKC registration. 4.I was given a German Pedigree for the dog ( AKC pedigree ) 5. I was given a health certificate from the vet, ( with the vaccines,
de-worming, microchip info ).
6.I was told that the German Shepherd Puppy should never be bathed with soap ( maybe only once a year,with baby soap ) BECAUSE IT TAKES AWAY THE PROTECTIVE OILS OF THE SKIN as this dries up their skin and rashes and other skin diseases may develop; only water is sufficient, as all dirt is mostly on the outer coat. Use NEEM shampoo.
Most important is to brush the hair every day ( slick wire brush until 4-6 months old then FURMINATOR brush), and he/she will look like you are bathing him/her every day.
7.I picked up the dog at or after 8 weeks old. 8.I was provided with the breeder's cell phone(305-984-5053 ) numbers, and encourage to call at any time for guidance, and support for the lifetime of the dog, and for any major surgery or procedure.
9.I was told by the breeder of the lifetime guaranteed on temperament, hips, and elbows . As a requirement ,I must feed ORIJEN 6 FISH or LARGE BREED ORIJEN PUPPY food ( RAW or High quality kibble ) till my german shepherd puppy is 14 months old, then the ADULT ORIJEN, 6 FISH or REGIONAL RED formulas all from ORIJEN ( Must save receipts,UPC as proof if you don't get it from me). Call me for new, updated info on food as it seems there is a new dog food out every month;other foods that are good : BLUE BUFFALO, NATURAL BALANCE , CANINE CAVIAR , CANIDAE, ACANA, EVO, etc. Some of these foods had been recalled, but are alternatives.
What you feed your German Shepherd puppy is extremely important for his development, healthy growth and strong bones and muscles, just like a baby
We sell ORIJEN Dog food at the LOWEST and BEST price in Miami,and all Florida.
We do this to make it accesible and cheaper to you so there are no excuses that you can't get the food nor that is too expensive.( If compared to other cheap foods, cup per cup , ORIJEN is actually cheaper and the top quality ingredients are easier to absorb for your German Shepherd dog and puppy...........
( 2 cups of ORIJEN equal 5-7 cups of most foods to feed proper ratios of fat, protein and amino acids, and then ORIJEN only uses top quality ingredients )
We can get ACANA, BLUE BUFFALO , CANIDAE Dog food also at the BEST price in Miami,and all Florida.
We can also order any of the other foods we list above for you, but please, always call us at least by Monday to place the order and we will receive it by WEDNESDAY.
These quality food seem to cost more, but you actually feed your German Shepherd dog much less than the other cheaper brands,i.e. an adult German Shepherd need to be fed around 2-3 cups per day ( 16-24 ounces ) of ORIJEN.
10. I am not to feed any table scraps, leftovers, pig ears, treats nor can food to my German Shepherd puppies as these could seriously damage the digestive system and increases the chances of developing parasites and other digestive diseases which will considerably shorten the life of the dog.
** DO NOT BUY TREATS, some of them will give your dog parasites and fill him up with empty calories. As treats you can put some cooked bacon on a airtight container with some kibbles from his food ( the kibbles will absorb the aroma of the bacon )..when the smell of bacon is gone,just put some more bacon in container.
11.Once you take the German Shepherd puppy from us,you are responsible for his health and well being. Be very careful if you walk him as any pesticides on grass,any debris he may chew could be lethal/problematic.We guarantee you that he/she is in excellent health, and you are welcomed to take him to a vet as soon as you get him/her from us.
I am aware that taking the German Shepherd puppy dog out before 6 months to street,parks and beaches is a serious risk as the immune system is not completely developed;
Even on sidewalks there are millions of germs and diseases which the puppy might eat, or get attached to their paws, which the dog will later lick and or things they can swallow by mistake. If you live on a farm, wait till dog is older than 6 months before letting him run with other farm animals, and always monitored for weight loss and blood or white specs in feces. No strenous exercises till about 1 year old,especially here in Florida where is so hot and in a few minutes your dog might over heat and get heat stroke, which can quickly kill him or damage one or more of his organs.
Watch your German Shepherd puppy at all times, as many,many times they swallowed toys,rocks,dirt outside, household items,etc that will affect him and his intestinal tract maybe sometimes unknowingly the rest of his life.. I can tell you many , many stories about different items the dogs have swallowed, while the owners say, " never, I watch him all the time "!!
Keep an eye on him at all times, especially when outside,try to keep his head up,holding the leash high.
12.I am aware that using pesticides ( Sentinel, Interceptor , Frontline,Trifexis ) etc on your German Shepherd puppy may produce skin rashes, vomit, weight loss, and other sort of diseases/side effects that may affect organs, should never be used on weak ,or sick dogs; If used ,they should be used sparingly ,and always monitored dog for loss of weight, or laziness, rashes ,etc.
Try essential oils as tick-fleas killer for your German Shepherd puppy: Cedarwood , Neem , Citronella , Peppermint , Eukaliptus , etc .
In my experience,based on first and second hand info,these pesticides,Heartworm medicine and yearly vaccinations are part of the growing diseases that our beloved dogs suffer and shorten their lives. Try anything organic before using any of those, like GARLIC added to food sparingly, vinegar sprayed and essential oils on his coat, creoline or pine sol to clean house,and the pets area.
Vaccinations are also blamed for most of the diseases of today's dogs ( joints ,liver, kidneys , cancers ) , as per research done has been proven that just 1 vaccination protects the dogs for up to 7 to 10 years ( google k9 vaccines side effects for more info, or visit our page on VACCINES ).
13.If a problem arises I will contact the breeder immediately while taking dog to the vet and before doing any major procedure; I must email monthly a photo of the dog and a progress report (how dog is behaving, training, disposition, character and must not spayed/neuter the dog and not breed the dog without first consulting the breeder).
I will notify the breeder of changes of address/phone number.
** Hip dysplasia is SYMPTOMS, not just the x-rays, many x-rays by vets tells you "bad hips" , yet the dog jumps, runs, plays, etc normally.
Your dog will be replaced by another dog of equal value from the next litter available and you MUST return the prior dog.
If any of this steps are not followed, you will receive the standard guaranteed,
1 year ,which is what every breeder offers out there. Other terms are included in the email I send after you buy puppy.
*** If new owner wants puppy to be shipped,Once dog is dropped off at the Airlines the new owner/buyer assumes all responsibilities and or additional charges if there is any ( plane,connection delays,kennel charges ). The same applies if dog is return,buyer assumes cost of shipping old pup back and getting new pup from us.
14. I am aware that is best, I MUST, brush the dead hair out every day, for a healthy coat and skin; just a couple of minutes a day will do. I was told what brush to buy. ( slick wire brush, Furminator ) you may also use a vacuum after brushing the coat;If you don't brush him,the dead hair trapped in his coat will start to smell and cause rashes/hot spots on skin. 15. I was told by the breeder that I should never, under any circumstances hit the dog, as this will make him afraid , will not trust you and affect his behavior phisically and mentally; Only positive reinforcement is encouraged. Specially from so called "trainers" that do hard corrections on a young puppy/dog , which might be psychologically traumatic for your dog.
I will help you for FREE, but you must get involved,get some videos and books on training to understand and I will help you through it. I am aware that if breeder finds out that the german shepherd puppy is inhumanely treated, or victimized, the breeder, after taking the proper steps and notifying Animal Control, and Agricultural Dept Animal Division may seek to get the dog back, as provided by law and may press charges and take new owner to court.
If you have no intention to treat this dog as part of the family, do not buy him/her , as I do not do this as a money making business; I want to place the pups in caring homes that will take care of the dog like if he/she was his/her son/daughter . If at any time you have a problem taking care of the dog, even if you need food, please contact me , as I will do anything to help you. Abuse will not be tolerated, DO NOT buy this dog unless you can give him/her the proper time,respect and consideration.
DO NOT leave your dog in the home alone for a weekend with a bag of food and a bucket of water ( YES IT HAPPENED ),while you go away. Just like people,your dog will feel abandoned and can psychologically affect him for life.
PLEASE, treat your dog the same way you would like to be treated.
16.I am aware that I should feed Large breed Orijen puppy food, ( as all large breed dogs may grow too fast sometimes and have weak and wobbly rear legs, because of the weight of the body and the lack of muscle development at this young age,) this formula delay the fast growth a bit, which will avoid putting added pressure on hip/joints due to the extra weight.As your German shepherd puppy gets older, the muscles and bones will get stronger and be able to withstand the weight..but is important to keep him as lean as possible in his young age.
17. I am aware that the German Shepherd dog is in good health before taking him/her home. Once I take the dog I am responsible for his/her well being just like a baby. Eating anything from the yard, sidewalks, etc. could be fatal. Over exercising can be very detrimental to his health, start gradually and nothing too strenuos before 1 year old.
If your dog gets a heat stroke or close to it,major organs can permanently be damaged or partly damaged,which will affect the over all life of your dog.
Water should always be available to him.
18. We reserve the right to post in the web site and/or use as teaching tool to others any photos, conversations, and emails with info about your dog,show and competition placements for advertisement .
19. If buyer can't keep the dog or wants to sell him/her , breeder has first option to get/buy the dog back.
DEPOSITS will be moved to another litter,if you change your mind, there are no refunds.
* By buying a dog or negotiating or co-owning from/with Vom Kirsys German Shepherds you accept and will abide by all these terms and info on our web site, and will treat your dog with respect and not abuse him/her. Terms can be changed at anytime.
This info is to help you extend the life of your new puppy or dog and get the most out of it, you obviously can do as you wish, but because of my experience with German Shepherds is that I give you these recommendations;yes,it may seem extreme to some of you,if it is don't buy it from me, but I have to tell you what is best for your new German Shepherd puppy and to properly guide you. If any problems arise, you agree to arbitration and NOT a jury trial;If you don't agree to these terms, DO NOT buy,negotiate,co-own a dog with us.
One frequently encounters discussions which assert that hip dysplasia is 50% genetics and 50% environment. We prefer to think of it as 100% genetics, then 100% environment. Genetic considerations are the entirety of what we must as breeders consider. Once that puppy is born, environment is 100% of how well that puppy will do within the possibility of his genetics. Dogs with very good hips, congenitally, may have an injury and end up diagnosed as having 'unilateral hip dysplasia'. Individuals with very shallow sockets may be mobile and free of pain to an advanced age, if they have unlimited exercise. This is the entirety of what the owner of that puppy needs to concern himself with to provide the best possible care for his dog.
Over the years, our observations of the kennel populations of giant breeds and their siblings living in private homes have led to the conclusion that there is no such thing ascongenital unilateral hip dysplasia, but onlyacquired unilateral hip dysplasia ( one hip ). The kennel dogs, whose exercise opportunities are maximized, with several dogs of a similar age free to run and play all day and night in large paddocks, show us some interesting things.
They grow much more slowly, because much of their food intake goes into play and running.
They rarely (almost never) suffer an injury.
They always have symmetrical hip sockets, even if they are very shallow.
Their litter mates in private homes, where exercise is confined to an hour or two of intense play or jogging when their owners return from work, provide us with a different set of observations.
They grow very large, very fast.
They often suffer injury.
They frequently have hip sockets of different depths.
They are overfed.
The implications of these observations are enormous, but very simple to understand. These large breeds grow much too quickly for their biology to keep up. They frequently show some degree of clinical rickets with some bowing of the forelegs, and have large soft joints due to the inability of the body to deposit calcium in the bone at a rate equal to the rate of growth. They often show uneven growth, with the rear end growing over a few weeks, then the front end trying to catch up. As the rear leg assembly grows disproportionately, the mechanical leverage that the muscles are able to exert across these straighter angles is much reduced. The result of this is a decreased ability of muscle to protect joints from injury.
The owners of giant breed pets tend to overfeed their puppies, having with the best of intention, the inner desire to see a 'big dog' and to do nothing which might risk the dog not attaining the greatest possible size. Try as they may, some owners are just unable to restrict their puppy's diet. Owners are cautioned that their puppy needs a good deal of exercise, but their work schedules often conflict with their desire to do this. The result is a period of intense exercise. A 3 mile run, or a half hour of Frisbee. When a single puppy who lies around all day welcomes his owners in the evening, he is ill prepared for either intense exercise, or the uncertainty of footing on slippery floors and his always changing joint angulation. His muscle tone is a small fraction of that of a puppy which plays with other active dogs all day long. The result is an injury.
When any dog has a hip dislocated, if it is not repaired within 48 hours, the socket begins to lose depth. When an injury occurs to a rear leg, whether it be a toe injury, a stifle injury, a soft tissue injury, or a hip injury, the result is often a decreased amount of weight bearing on that leg over a period of days to weeks or months. When this happens, the mechanical forces applied to the living bone tissue change, and the hips become asymmetrical, the injured hip becoming shallower in a similar fashion.
The conclusion from these observations is that the single most important environmental factor in a puppy's life is exercise, continuous and strenuous. Since this is often impossible for owners to arrange, the next considerations are to drastically restrict the diet of the growing puppy and to avoid strenuous exercise which will exhaust his muscles and leave him unable to protect his joints from injury. The puppy should be given frequent moderate exercise instead. This requires a different kind of time commitment from the owner.
*PLEASE FOLLOW THESE STEPS
1. Feed Large breed Orijen puppy food, till 18 months of age
2. After 18 months of age,feed ORIJEN Adult dog food to your German Shepherd Dog , ( call for info on other dog foods)
3. No strenous exercise, NO jogging for a mile, NO continuous playing for an hour or more: He is a baby and his bones,body,muscles are forming and he will sleep a lot to grow properly, so you do not want to over do it. It is like a baby,would you ask your baby to run or exercise hard?? Just give him time,remember the pups maturation is 18 to 24 months.
The first few months are of utmost importance for the development of your German Shepherd puppy (skeletal,muscles ) so is imperative that you feed a good quality food mentioned above for the first 12 to18 months (save receipts as proof ) .Large breed dogs grow too fast and that is why you have to feed this special formula .It is your responsibility not to exercise the pup too much. In the beginning legs will be wobbly as their body weight is a lot for the legs to handle,this is why you have to feed LARGE BREED FORMULA,which delays their growth a bit,hence less weight, so legs bones/muscles can catch up with their body weight.
*(must feed ORIJEN, save receipts & UPC from bags ( unless you buy it from us ; send photo every month to see progress of pup with update, some info on behavior,training, disposition, etc and send a copy of the AKC registration within 2 months).
These dogs are top of the line,but the reality is that your feedback and our guidelines are part ,a great part, of a successful breeding program, and of a disease FREE German Shepherd dog ,because if there are any problems,we want to know to correct them.
Our ultimate goal is to breed a PERFECT German Shepherd Dog that won't have any illnesses at all and will protect his/her family and be loyal and smart for the good of the breed and the enjoyment of their families.
*If any of these steps are not followed, you will only receive a 1 year guarantee, which is what every other breeder offers.
If in fact there is a problem with your dog, we will replace him/her for one of comparable quality and price as long as we receive the other dog back. **Taxes, shipping , food costs are non-refundable.
IT IS YOUR RIGHT UNDER FLORIDA LAW
It is the consumer's right, pursuant to section 828.29,Fl Statutes, to receive a certificate of Vet inspection with each dog purchased from a pet dealer. Such certificate shall list all vaccines & de-worming medications administered to the animal stating that the animal has been examined by a Florida-licensed vet who certifies that, to the best of the vet's knowledge ,the animal was found to have been healthy at the time of the vet's examination. In the event that the consumer purchases the animal and finds it to have been unfit for purchase as provided in section 828.29 (5), Florida Statutes, the consumer must notify the pet dealer within 2 business days of a vet's determination that the animal was unfit. The consumer has the right to retain, return , or exchange the animal and receive reimbursement for certain related vet's services rendered to the animal, subject to the right of the dealer to have the animal examined by another vet.