has 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 cows 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 the same values. When I decided to breed German Shepherds with families in mind, I knew I wanted the best temperament that I could find, along with courage, character, predictability, performance, health, longevity and anatomy so these traits could be passed on 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 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 eggs, chicken, beef, pork, turkey and venison. I also add vegetables, fruits and berries. Our dogs are given the best veterinary care. With each puppy I give a health guarantee for one year including hips and elbows. So, if you are considering a new puppy 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 of all ages.
Early socialization, which includes stimulation from a variety of sources, can go a long way toward producing an outgoing, confident adult.