Congratulations on your new pups. Although not specifically about puppies, I recommend reading "The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia B. McConnell and "How To Speak Dog" by Stanley Coren. Both books contain good info that will help you understand and communicate with your new dogs.
My puppies are 4 week old and are fed 4 times a day. The feed is very specific and I want to know that is this feed correct, less or more then sufficient? I feed them a mixture of 2 table spoon of milk and 1 table spoon of water. This is fed every 4 hours. Feed Timing are. 9am 1pm 5pm 9pm should I feed them something else too? I am told not to give them anything, Even water and the breeder said that the dog will get sick and die of excessive feeding. After every week I have to add 1 spoon to their feed.
QUOTE "I feed them a mixture of 2 table spoon of milk and 1 table spoon of water. This is fed every 4 hours." What in the world? If the puppies are 4 weeks old they are able to eat wet food and dry food that has been softened. You are feeding your puppies next to nothing! They will starve if you continue to feed them this way. And what kind of milk are you giving them? If you are feeding cows milk that is not good for your puppies. Your breeder needs her head examined! Most females will stop nursing their pups between 4 & 6 weeks of age. Puppies as young as 3 weeks can eat wet food. IM shocked that a breeder would tell you such nonsense!
I had a litter of 14 German Shepard puppies 1 year ago today(that's irrelevant, but ironic)! Anyway, obviously the mother wasn't able to nurse 14 puppies, so I began supplemental feeding when the pups were two days old. The puppies require puppy replacement formula, you can get it at your local vet clinic. When the pups were three weeks old I soaked dry dogfood in the formula until the food was soft. At three weeks of age the puppies were eating about three tablespoons of dry food soaked in three tablespoons of formula-per puppy. Needless to say, I don't think your puppies are getting enough to eat. I'm a little suprised that you got the puppies at such a young age. Normally a breeder won't deliver pups until they're 5 weeks old or eating solid food. Well, hope this helps. Shepards can be wonderful pets but socialization is VERY important with this breed. Good Luck!
www.germanshepherds.com it is a board just like this for german shepherd people only. that said, you should never have gotten puppies of any breed at 4 weeks old. no puppy should leave its mother before 8 weeks old. what you are feeding them is completely inadequate for a pup. get them onto a large breed puppy food and soak it with water for about ten minutes before you give it to them so it is soft enough for them to eat. your feeding schedule is fine. once they hit 8 weeks you can cut it down to 3 times a day until they are 4-5 months old.once they are between 6-8 weks you can cut the water out and feed the food dry. german shepherds need lots of socialization when they are young. that means taking them everywhere with you all the time. especially impoertant since they were gotten so young and from an idiot breeder which means they probably weren't bred from great dogs which would make socialization even more important. when they are 6 weeks old you can get them their first shots and then every 4 weeks after that until they are 4 months old. do not take them around other dogs or puppies until they have had at least 2 sets of shots.
Yeah see I'm stuck on 'my puppies are 4 weeks old'. WTH are these puppies doing away from littermates and mother at 4 freaking weeks old? Ignore the breeder. Start seeing if they will eat solid food, or milk with a really high quality solid food. That definitely doesn't sound like it's enough food for the puppies to survive and thrive. A dog won't eat itself to death the way a horse will, any more than a child. Your breeder is an idiot, first for getting rid of the puppies so young, and 2nd for giving you such a ridiculous diet for them.
Hey What should I do???? I will talk to my breeder right away. I am an idiot too. Ans yes tell me is there any website free of charge where I can place my puppies pictures and if possible 24 hours report of what they eat and drink and what they did like poo (shit). I want help people..... I have pics and can send as many as you want. I got a camera! Any advise, every advise is necessary. My breeder is breeding dogs for 15 years. He show me about 16 to 20 pics of dogs all german sheperd. These were his breed dogs. He also showed the pics of the mother and father of the pups. Should I trust him on feeding? I live in Pakistan and the climate is hot here so feeding should be different so my pups don't get hotter. And yes they have long coat.
Regardless if you live in Pakistan or Alaska your puppies still need to eat. What you are currently feeding them now is not enough. You really should switch them over to some sort of puppy food rather it be wet canned food or dry kibble soaked in water until softened. And they should be allowed water as much as they like throughout the day. Your breeder obviously is not a very good one as many people have stated first off for letting the puppies go at four weeks and second for not giving you appropriate advice for feeding four week old puppies!
Hello People iam Hammad and i live in Pakistan too. Iam looking for a dog and buddy Ahsan yar if you need any help then please e-mail me at email@example.com you are forcing your puppy to die in simple words and i will not say that you are the one who is doing this but i think your breeder has completely misguided you. Anyways can anyone help me with a German Shepherd dog who is looking for a home. Thanks.
four week old puppies should not leave their littermates and mother. They pick up on a lot of socializing at this stage and 6 weeks is when they are ready to leave. It is too late now, but if you are giving the pups dry food please make sure that you are wetting the food a bit so that it does not expand in it's tummy. They should be eating a min. of 3x a day on puppy food. avoid dairy products including milk from a cow or other animal at all costs. I wish you luck with the pups. Edit: opps just realized that this was a post from 2 months ago. Need more coffee!