German Shepherds have been a part of my life since I was a child. My love and admiration for them has never changed. I was raised on a farm in southwest Ohio where animals were a big part of my life including German Shepherds. My parents were always assured of their children’s safety because the dogs were always with us, whether we were riding our horses or bringing the cow’s home. Growing up on a farm I realize that there is nothing better a parent can give to their children than the responsibility of caring for animals and the love that it teaches them. That is why I have decided to raise my family with those same values. When I decided to breed German Shepherds with families in mind, I knew that I wanted the best temperament that I could find in a German Shepherd along with courage, character, predictability, performance, health, longevity and anatomy so this trait could be passed for generations to come.
We raise our puppies in our home, they are part of our family. Our adult dogs and puppies are loved, played with, taken for walks, whether it be at the park for socializing or just a stroll back through our fields and woods. They are trained and worked with each and everyday. Our dogs live in our house they are not kept in kennels outside with the farm animals. I start working with the puppies individually at 4 weeks of age. I like to refer to the Rule of 7’s for puppies from AKC Judge and Co-Author Pat Hastings with my puppies. It has proven to be very successful. (See full story below). Our dogs are fed a nutritional diet consisting of farm-raised chickens, eggs, beef, pork and turkey and when in season they get venison. I also add vegetables, fruit’s and berries. Our dogs are given the best veterinary care possible. Including preventive medicines along with medicines that treat internal and external parasites. With each puppy I give a health guarantee that includes hips and elbows for one year. So, if you are considering a new puppy for yourself or to add to your family please consider visiting my home to see the wonderful environment that I provide for my fur children, you will be impressed.
Tara Menkhaus Riehle @ Rielhaus German Shepherds
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The Rule of Sevens Pat Hastings, AKC Judge and coauthor of "Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development", offers these hints for socializing very young puppies. By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old, it should have:
* Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspaper, etc.
* Played with 7 different types of objects, such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric, toys, fuzzy balls, squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items, paper/cardboard items, milk/soda jugs, etc.
* Been in 7 different locations, including: front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc.
* Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed in a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up steps, climbed down steps, climbed over obstacles, played hide & seek, gone in & out of a doorway with a step, etc.
* Eaten from 7 different containers, such as: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plates, frying pan, etc.
* Eaten in 7 different locations, such as: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.
* Have Met and Played with 7 new people, including children and the elderly.
Early socialization, which includes stimulation from a variety of sources, can go a long way toward producing an outgoing, confident adult.