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                                                                   Lifetime Members of ASCA ~
  Aussies Since 2007 ~ Selah!
Great Spirit Australian Shepherds is a
Licensed AKC and ASCA Registered Kennel   
                    


 

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Puppy Care


                             Australian Shepherd Puppy Care   

       

An Aussie with a job to do is a happy Aussie.

Consider your plans for your Aussie before choosing your new Australian shepherd.
What interests you have will help determine the best possible puppy for you.

What training will you provide?


Activities:

Agility, Assistance (service) dog , Commercial farm/ranch work, Conformation, Disc Dog/Frisbee®, Disc dog, Dog hiking, Dock Jumping, Dog Surfing, Equestrian activities , Field trials or training/gun dog, Flyball , Freestyle/Dog dancing, Dock diving/Water sports, Hiking & wild country activities, Lure coursing, Obedience or Rally , Pack Hiking, Schutzhund/IPO, Search and Rescue, Stockdog/Herding Trials , Therapy Dog, Tracking, Trick dog, Weight pull/carting, Winter sports

                                     Great Activities Site http://www.dogplay.com/index.html

              AKC Agility Conformation Herding Juniors Obedience • Rally • Stockdog Therapy DogTracking
 

A Beginner's Guide To Companion Events  http://www.akc.org/pdfs/events/GOCET1.pdf
AKC Agility - A Beginner’s Guide www.akc.org/events/agility
AKC Conformation - Dog Shows A Beginner’s Guide
www.akc.org/events/conformation
AKC Herding - Getting Started  www.akc.org/events/herding
AKC - For Juniors www.akc.org/kids_juniors
AKC Obedience - A Beginner’s Guide www.akc.org/events/obedience
AKC Rally - A Beginner’s Guide www.akc.org/events/rally
ASCA Stockdog - Herding Program http://www.asca.org/programs/stockdog
AKC Therapy Dog™ Title http://www.akc.org/events/title-recognition-program/therapy/
AKC Tracking - Getting Started www.akc.org/events/tracking

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NEW!!! Great Spirit Australian Shepherds owners, Great Spirit Australian Shepherds is now offering $100 BONUS BUCKS TO YOU!!! For any title from the following: AGILITY TITLE, CONFORMATION TITLE, HERDING TITLE or OBEDIENCE TITLE, HERDING or THERAPY on any GREAT SPIRIT BRED DOG! Contact us for more information.

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"The Structure and Movement of the Australian Shepherd in Drawings" by  Victoria Mistretta Considering finding just the right Australian shepherd puppy to add to your family? Are you asking what is the meaning behind Australian Shepherd Breed Standard? A very good book to help you make an informed purchase of your new Australian Shepher is shown in the link: http://www.mistrettaaussies.com/book.html 
Nutrition - We a use measuring cups and maintain a target weight for each dog. Maintaining proper body weight is good for their overall health.
            
  
#3 Dog is normal and ideal. Ribs and spine may be easily felt, but not seen.
There is a waist when viewed from above. Often muscular in appearance.
~ Great Spirit Dogs Are Fed High Quality Foods ~ 
Our Australian shepherd puppies are fed puppy food 3 times a day. Amounts change by growth stages. Puppies daily total intake may be up to 6 cups per day.
If they are on a puppy food, at around six months we change the puppies over to adult dog food twice a day. It is now recommended by many to use a high quality premium "all life stage" dog food.

Our current brand of dog food is FROMM PUPPY GOLD and FROMM GOLD ADULT. The dogs are doing well on Fromm kibble and seem to enjoy the taste. FROMM kibble is available online:
 https://www.gofromm.com/

We feed our dogs as follows:

Growing pups around 2 cups 3X's a day.

Our older adolescent puppies at 6mos. are doing well and are maintaining good weights on 3 cups a day.  One cup morning and two cups in the evening. The brand of food often makes a difference in the amounts required for good health. 

Our Adult dogs are fed 2 times a day. Our Adult dogs, depending on size and activities are doing well on 3/4 cup or 1 1/2 cups
 (twice a day). Fromm kibble requires a smaller amount than some other brands to maintain weight.
Note: The calorie content varies by brands. Lesser brands often require more feed to meet the same nutritional needs.

Supplement ~ We supplement with 
a few blueberries, slice of ripe banana,  1T peanut butter: without "Xylitol" listed in the ingredients (Xylitol can cause of liver failure), yogurt, cottage cheese, green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, rice & hamburger, frozen raw chicken parts, turkey necks, and our dogs favorite.... String Cheese or Mozzarella Cheese. Treats should be counted towards the daily caloric intake.

 

BARF Diet
http://www.barfworld.com/
Interested in feeding a natural diet? What is the BARF Diet? 
BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It’s about feeding pets responsibly and properly to maximize health, longevity and reduce allergies and vet bills. The diet is based on human grade whole foods including raw meat, finely ground bones, official and other healthy ingredients such as fruit and vegetables.
To find out more see the link above. 

Water
Water by Earl Mindell, R.Ph.D. totalhealth magazine  The most important nutrient you give your dog is water, so it is vital to provide access to pure, clean water at all times. Earl Mindell R.PH., PH.D. http://www.totalhealthmagazine.com/Pets/waterbyearlminde.html      www.totalhealthmagazine.com
 

Stainless Steel Pails
For Food 1qt and Water 2 qt

These quality Stainless Steel Pails are ready to use for whatever you need. Comfortable wire handles make them easy to carry, even when full. Flat-sided Pails have an attached hook to hang flush against the wires of the kennel or crate. Heavy-gauge stainless steel, guaranteed to resist rust. A double-sided snap hook holds them securely in place. (1qt for food and 2qt for water)
http://www.revivalanimal.com/Stainless-Steel-Pails.html

Home Baked Dog Cookies

E-How link ~
http://www.ehow.com/way_5173177_recipes-homemade-dog-cookies.html
                                          Crates for Home and Car Travel                              Precision Pet deluxe 2-door  by Precision Pet
    Crates come in various sizes. Great for home and mini van.

The Jumbo 6000 48X30X33 is extra roomy and nice.
       

The Scoop on Poop
  

Flexrake 67W Large Scoop and Spade Set with 36-Inch Handle

Available at Amazon $27.60 or  3 C's
$26

Scoop and Spade Comes in designer colors, too! :)

Behrens 6106 6-Gallon Locking Lid Can 
Amazon $15.98

Using a disposable kitchen trash bag liner in the can makes disposal easy. The tight fitting lid keeps flies away.

 Training and Activity Aides
              
                                                               
Agility Fun! 
Item's shown above: Your dog's training treats would count toward their total daily calorie count!
We break the mini treats in half. A slip leash is nice for quick transfers from car to house. 

Training ~ A series of expert Training Classes are so important and worthwhile for Australian Shepherds and their owners. Ask us for training referrals in your area. Below are a few of my favorites online resources in the area of training. If you have something you like in the area of training, please send it as an email link and perhaps I can make it available here to others.

How to Housebreak a Puppy: Crate Training  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdWR275LHio
 
                                                             

How to Stop your Puppy from Mouthing or Biting Too Much
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqVrwCX0rPM  

You might try offering a Nylabone Dura Chew from Amazon or Petco, or use a tug toy or other acceptable toy, or say NO! or Ouch! loudly and walk away, or put said dog into their crate for a short time-out. If your Australian shepherd has a soft temperament, it will not take much to help them understand what is acceptable. As a last resort, if other measures fail, you can try a spray called, "Bitter Apple". Dogs do not like the taste of the "Bitter Apple" mouth spray, and that sometimes works on more strong willed dogs

                                                             TUG TOY                                       NYLABONE DURA CHEWS
                                                         
(Toys should be put up away when unsupervised)
Note: Rawhide chews should be avoided.   
Rawhide if swallowed may cause intestinal blockages.  
 
 
                           
How to Leash train A Puppy  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXxi9BGH0Ss 

A Well Trained And Socialized Dog Makes For A Happy Owner

After your dog has completed their puppy vaccinations, you will want to explore opportunities to make use of a puppy training class. Visit a training facility in your area and ask about a STAR Puppy class and then perhaps Canine Good Citizenship, CGC. These classes are designed to help you socialize your new pet. Australian shepherds need a job to do and a good training class can provide you both with a positive experience.  You will find these classes to be the building blocks for other enjoyable activities such as Agility, Obedience or Rally.
                                    
Canine Good Citizenship CGC is now recognized as a title by the American Kennel Club. Your pet may earn the title CGC to wear after their name. Example: Great Spirit's Call Me Maybe, CGC. Many insurance companies are recognizing the value of a well trained and socialized dog. Check with your agent to see if they reward clients with better rates who own dogs that have earned their Canine Good Citizenship, CGC

Who's In Charge Here

A lesson in becoming alpha

This article was written by Vicki DeGruy                               
 
http://www.chowwelfare.com/cciw/alpha.htm   

Dog Parks~Some Thoughts To Consider First!
Valid reasons why a Dog Park may be harmful.

This article was written by Ed Fralwy
http://leerburg.com/pdf/dogparks.pdf  

Free Leerburg Training Articles on just about every subject 
Ed Fralwy of Leerburg Kennels is a dog trainer and breeder of German Shepherds. Leerburg Kennels is also one of the top German Shepherd breeding facilities in America.
Topical articles written by Ed Fralwy of Leerburg
http://leerburg.com/articles.htm

How To Housebreak Your Puppy
http://leerburg.com/housebrk.htm

DVD's by Ed Fralwy of Leerburg come in a variety of topics and each one has been excellent!!!
We have watched the Leeburg DVD's as a family, discussed what was shown, and then we tried together to put the ideas shown into practice.

Below are a couple Leerburg DVD's ...

DVD Video ~ "Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months" DVD by Ed Fralwy of Leerburg

http://leerburg.com/120.htm


                                    Good Reminder!

                           

DVD Video ~ "Basic Dog Obedience" DVD by Ed Fralwy of Leerburg
 http://leerburg.com/302.htm

Spruce Up That Back Yard ~ Creative ideas for yard enclosures by Ed Fralwy of Leerburg
http://leerburg.com/kennel.htm

Ed Fralwy, says
I get a lot of emails in which people talk about problems with their dogs that occur when they are not home. My answer is that they need to keep their dog in a dog crate, a fenced yard, or a dog kennel when they are gone. If the dog is in an enclosure it cannot hurt anything.


Grooming Australian Shepherds
 
Bathing is usual every 1 to 4 weeks or as needed

Grooming Basics Step-By-Step
Slides showing basic grooming steps by SeaLevel Aussies.


This You Tube video does not show pants or ears, but it is very good.
You Tube -"Grooming An Australian Shepherd" Posted by Erin Keechak

This You Tube video is a bit longer, but does show pants, tail and ears grooming.

You Tube "Grooming Your Australian Shepherd" Posted by Blue Note Aussies



Need to Know How To Set Ears?                         
EARS: Goes without saying, breeders will want to select sires
 and dams for correct Australian shepherd ear set. However,
 if your puppy is showing signs of needing ear training here are
 two possible solutions shown below.
                    
                    "Lincoln" has his tops down to cool his head!!! D.M
"Taping" and Training Your Puppy's Ears
Might your puppy be best served by taping ears. Speak to your breeder. This You Tube video may help you get started.     
You Tube - "Setting Your Australian Shepherd's Ears" Posted by kingsferryaussies

"Glue Method" of Training Your Puppy's Ears
Might your puppy be best served by gluing ears. Speak to your breeder.
                                    
Shut-Eye Cement is made for use on animals. A small amount is used, and the ears are set in place for a puppy who is teething. After the age of teething the ears are considered "set" in place and most likely will not change.
 
  

                Shown below are some of our favorite collection of grooming products and tools.
     

We currently use Chris Christensen Moisturizing Oatmeal Shampoo & Bio-Groom Oatmeal Ant-Itch Cream Rinse Concentrate for our dogs. For occasional use on the white parts of our dog's coat, we like to use an enzymatic shampoo, "Crystal White" . A regular hand held dryer works well or shown in the photo is Chris Christensen - Kool Dry Dog Dryer, Variable Speed, Very Quiet and comes in many colors: http://www.showdogstore.com/kool-dry-dog-dryer.aspx  For the show home, Kool Dry is nice to own, especially if you are washing and drying more than one or two dogs... For how often to bathe a dog, it just depends on the season, ie. mud or show dog season, changes how often we bathe our dogs. Grooming at home is easier to maintain if done more frequently and again varies with seasons. (See "How To" You Tube grooming videos above.) Shampoos can be completed as often as once a week to up to every four weeks.


P.S.I. HEAVY DUTY COAT RAKE product #808 $20.00 3 C's

#1 MUST HAVE
FOR BRUSHING and
REMOVING DEAD UNDER COAT.
THIS TOOL WILL KEEP YOUR HOUSE
CLEANER and YOUR DOG Comfortable
and looking their best. Coat Rake: Available at 3 C's


Care of Teeth - Regular Teeth Brushing  Can Be Completed At Bath Time.
Breed standard calls for a full compliment of "strong, white teeth".
   
      
Poultry Flavor toothpaste is a favorite! Just as
with us, canine digestion begins in the mouth. Regular care of the teeth promotes good health, and goes along with bathing and grooming routines.

Many choose a dental scaler to keep the teeth tater free and "strong and white". There are many types of dental scalers available online at Amazon.

     
Another method for keeping "strong, white teeth" is to add raw turkey necks, chewy heart and lung meat to the diet. Raw hard knuckle bones can fracture teeth and caution is advised.


Good To know ~ Medical Information
VACINATIONS
~ Dr. Jean Dodds

http://www.weim.net/emberweims/Vaccine.html
Minimal Vaccination Protocol - Give your pet health and a long life.
Do consider not over vaccinating your pet.


Australian Shepherd Drug Reactions ~ MDR1 Drug List
- Download MDR1 Drug List
http://www.miniaussierescue.org/BusterAlert/bustersPage.html
(Drug List at the bottom of the click able link above.)
Australian shepherds may have life threatening reactions to certain drugs and routine medications.
Know Which Drugs To Avoid! Plan to Protect your pet!


Worming Medicine Panacure C or
Nemix Tabs

Panacure C
3 to 4 times per year as recommended by your
veterinarian. We may choose every 6 month, or as needed.
Panicur C 4 gram granular packet
treats 40lbs
(1 gram pk for puppies 10 lbs) 
Broad Spectrum
and considered safe for Australian shepherds. For the treatment and control of Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms. Safe for use in puppies 6 weeks or older and adult dogs, including pregnant bitches. Mix graduals into cottage cheese. Sale Price: $8.39 http://www.vetmedicines.com/panacurc4gram.aspx

Nemix Tabs for large dogs
each tablet treats 50lbs Treats the removal of roundworms and hookworms in dogs, and considered safe for Australian shepherds. Tablet may be given easily inside a "Pill Pocket".

Neutering or Spaying Your Companion Pet

The Question Of Neutering and at What Age
http://www.littleriverlabs.com/neuter.htm

Cost of Owning a Dog ~
It is wise advice to purchase a "well made puppy"  from a breeder who has completed health checks on the parents of your puppy; and whose reason for breeding is to gain something to keep for themselves from the litter, and who will stand by their dog with a return clause written into the contract. 

Since there are many ways and products available for canine care, we have shown you only one way, ours! If you have additional favorites that might be included on this page...please email me at 
australian.shepherds.us@gmail.com

It is understood, Great Spirit Aussies makes no endorsements of any of the products shown. This is for your information only. Always seek the advise of your veterinarian.


                                                                                  

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.