Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

von BachHaus Kennel begins with outstanding healthy parents who have shown no signs of Dysplasia and are certified GOOD by the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals” OFA .

 We provide, at no charge to our Owners, one week each year of quality BOARDING of their puppy/dog. This gives them the opportunity to interact with their parents and relatives and be in a nonstressed environment with plenty of time to run and explore our eleven acres here at the Farm.

 We provide, at no charge to our Owners,  DOGGIE BOOTCAMP to correct negative issues with your puppy/dog (when necessary).

 We provide, at no charge to our Owners, unlimited OBEDIENCE, AGILITY, TRACKING and PERSONAL PROTECTION Training on Saturdays. Training will begin this year on April 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM  at the Corporate Facility in Raeford. Training is always canceled during the Winter months, inclement weather and Holidays.  By 8:00AM we will state on the website if training is canceled.

We provide a comprehensive HEALTH GUARANTEE for your Puppy. Our primary objective is to breed strong, healthy, active and loyal puppies.

 Lastly, and we believe most importantly, open communication with Michelle, Sue, Tina and Walt whenever you have questions or comments regarding your puppy or the Breed.

We truly believe that our Family dog Owners are the very best part of the Kennel and this Facility.

 

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Nutrition, Exercise, Affection & Grooming Your German shepherd

Summerwood FarmNC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

My Family and I wish to thank you for the purchase of your German Shepherd Puppy.

We truly believe that your owning a von BachHaus Kennel puppy makes you part of our Family.

  The needs of your new German Shepherd Puppy shall be discussed in four segments that we hope you will find informative. 

At von BachHaus Kennel, we have learned a lot from many years of experience of breeding, training and selling of German Shepherds puppies.   

In our opinion there are four main components necessary to maintain the health and well being of your puppy/dog.

NUTRITION – EXERCISE – AFFECTION – GROOMING

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NUTRITION

In this segment, the nutritional needs of your dog will be discussed.  Again, the information being offered is merely our recommendation.  You may find that other foods satisfy your dog’s nutritional needs as well as those we feed our dogs.

Always remember that the German Shepherd is a carnivore and is the closest relative to the Grey Wolf.

A healthy, well satisfied puppy/dog is everyone’s goal, so let’s begin to examine and consider my feeding suggestions.

What are the Nutritional components necessary to insure that your pet is healthy?  First, would you enjoy your daily diet consisted solely of dry dog food day after day?  Most dog owners believe they are providing the best diet for their dogs, believing in the antiquated idea of only providing dry dog food and water.

Here is the menu we feed our dogs at  von BachHaus Kennel German Shepherds

Dry dog food:  The first ingredient listed on the bag should state Duck, Lamb, Fish or Meat (not by-products or meal or fillers)

Dairy Products, Cottage cheese, Meat & Fish Products such as Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon, Hamburger, Ham, Pork and Beef bones, Canned dog food, Poultry Products,  raw chicken quarters (not cooked), eggs, raw turkey necks and tails, honey & molasses  (2 tablespoons), Cooked white/red or sweet potatoes, Cooked white or wild rice, Vegetables: Green beans and carrots

(Most breeders will agree that you should not feed your dog nuts, onions, seeded grapes, raisins, chocolate or cooked/baked chicken/turkey with bones)

Having a variety of food choices, along with the daily mainstay of dry dog food, will satisfy your dog’s hunger requirements and protein intake.  A healthy dog is our Goal.

While we do not recommend a particular brand of dry dog food, we do suggest that your dry dog food contain no artificial coloring (dyes), grains or similar fillers and contain a minimum of 32% protein.

 

EXERCISE

Always  remember that your German Shepherd puppy is an extreme athlete.

German Shepherds are still grouped today as “herding” dogs because of their speed, determination, agility and fearlessness.

Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse/condo, house or farm, with or without land, your German Shepherd requires daily exercise.

Your German Shepherd needs to be able to run daily, and requires long walks which will assist in increasing muscle mass.  Be sure that any exercises you give your dog to perform require that he/she runs full out.     

In addition, German Shepherds have web feet that allow them to easily navigate in water, which gives you the opportunity to exercise your dog in a pond, lake or ocean, if you desire.

Obviously, the exercise period can be utilized as play/training time and/or bonding time.

Exercise accomplishes many things with your vonBachHaus Kennel puppy/dog.

Our puppies have a lot of “drive,”  which requires walks, runs and play time. 

Throwing a ball for your dog to retrieve is great exercise, as well as a great way for you to bond with him/her.

AFFECTION

Affection may be the most important aspect of the FOUR necessary requirements that I have mentioned.  

German Shepherds, in my opinion, have superior ability, endless courage, large size, super intellect and stamina that other breeds lack.

German Shepherds require a lot of affection, praise and constant reassurance they are loved.  In return, your German Shepherd will continually desire to please you and your Family, and will be easily trained.

Treat your German Shepherd with respect. 

You should always place your dog’s needs before yours.

German Shepherds are the most loyal of the large breed dogs.

Your purchase of a German Shepherd will be, in time, best possible investment you have made.  They are the greatest living alarm system in the world.

Your German Shepherd will protect you and your Family above all things.  All they ask in return is your Affection.

GROOMING 

As pet owners, we consider our personal grooming a part of our daily activities.  

Our puppies and dogs also require the same constant care and grooming.  

This means:

Daily brushing with a “FURminator” brush

Weekly teeth brushing

Daily check for ticks

Weekly cleaning of ears

Monthly nail trimming 

Grooming your puppy/dog on a regular basis will provide a bonding experience for both of you.

 Use this quality individual time while “grooming” your puppy/ dog to feel or see any issue he/she may be having with his/her coat or anywhere on its body.  

One last thing, “talk to your dog.” Your puppy/dog loves to hear your calm nurturing voice speaking its name with affection.

It is my Family’s desire that the information provided has given you more insight into your dog, the German Shepherd.”

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this information, please e-mail or call us directly.

The Bach Family

Tina in Archdale, Michelle in Randalman, Sue in Aloula, SC and Walt in Raeford

 Should you ever have any questions or comments my Family & I am always available.

 

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To Spay/Neuter or to Keep your Puppy/Dog Intact

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

To Spay/Neuter or to Keep your Puppy/Dog Intact

IMAG1122Many dog owners are confused about the question of whether or not to Spay/Neuter or keep their pet intact. In this Post, we at von BachHaus Kennel will give our opinion on this important question.

Most Veterinarians will tell new puppy owners that, to be responsible, you should Neuter or Spay your puppy. They will also state that Spaying and Neutering will decrease the chance of a variety of medical issues.
Please do your own research and be an informed dog owner.
You have committed a large sum of money and ten years to have your German Shepherd live as part of your Family
Neutering your dog will not make behavioral issues disappear. You will still have to train your dog. Neutering will not make the “red rocket” disappear, the humping go away, the constant barking stop, the food-aggression end or the toy-possessiveness vanish. If your dog had problems with recall, neutering won’t make it magically come when you call. It won’t make your dog easier to walk, or make it stop smelling every fence post, bush, gopher hole, and strange stick it sees.
Your dog won’t suddenly become friendlier to strangers, humans or animals. It definitely won’t make it stop chewing up your stuff. Neither will it make your dog less afraid of loud noises. It won’t make your dog “better with children.” It won’t teach them that the carpet is not okay to pee or barf on.

That’s not to say that neutering is pointless—it has a very concrete and valuable purpose. But there’s a lot of misconception involved, and many people seem to think that neutering is required to make dogs behave, or to clear up behavioral problems their dogs have. If you decide to neuter your dog, do it for all the right reasons, from a place of knowledge.
Remember, the biggest single factor in the behavior of your dog is not its ovaries or testicles; it’s the training and structure you provide. There seems to be a cultural perception that “fixing” dogs is the only way to get good behavior from them; the only thing that “fixes” a dog’s issues is training and love. It’s very tempting to buy into this idea that “fixing” makes for better, easier dogs, but at the end of the day, all dogs take plenty of work, love, and training, and neutering is just a surgical procedure to prevent unwanted puppies.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, for dogs, humping is just as much a dominance display as it is a sexual one — that’s why female dogs mount other dogs. Many neutered animals hump each other to try to assert dominance, and plenty of neutered animals get into fights.
There’s also research indicating that neutering dogs can increase nervous or neurotic behavior like barking, noise sensitivity, and fearful behavior — so be prepared that those behaviors may increase post-surgery, and have a plan to help your dog overcome them.
Choosing not to neuter your dog means you’ve chosen to keep his testicles intact. This will allow his testosterone to full develop in an adult male. It will be necessary to train your dog not to hump away whenever it wants, as well as teach your dog not to display aggression toward other dogs or humans.
But guess what? If your dog is neutered, you will be doing all of that anyway (except for the puppy care). You’ll also have the added burden of public judgment, so make sure to hit the training extra hard, just to show people that intact puppies/ dogs can still be amazing pets!
We hope that this post will give you a little more insight into the real reasons you should choose to neuter your dog, and if you decide that your dog should have a chance to pass on its lineage, we just hope you do it in the most responsible manner possible.
The other issue we have found is that puppies/dogs that are neutered or spayed have a greater tendency to gain weight which places more weight on their hips and elbows. to take responsibility for all future puppies. You will have to prevent escape attempts (especially when neighboring dogs or your dog is in heat.

We would appreciate your comments or questions regarding this Post.

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Is Crate Training Your Puppy’s Best Option?

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

I feel compelled to write this post about the facts of Crate Training.

I have many prospective puppy owners ask my opinion regarding crate training for their new puppy.   In our Kennel’s opinion, a crate of any size should not be used for housing and potty training.

Imagine, if you will, your puppy being with his or her siblings where they are kept in a 10′ X 20″ area to eat, sleep, play and potty.   Then the new owner brings home the 6-week-old puppy who is excited to be coming to his forever home, only to find that when the owners are going away or going to bed for the night, he/she is placed in a plastic/metal crate.  How depressing that must be!   The idea that Crate Training is a good way to housebreak a puppy has been passed on from one person to another.  Crate Training, Crate Training, Crate Training!

So now your new puppy is spending his or her first night in a strange place in a six sided container.   During parts of the day and all night that is what puppies can expect from their owner — a Crate.

Many crates allow for only minimum vision.  If the sides and top are enclosed, they can not see the world around them.  How do you talk to your puppy?  Though one of the walls?  How do you touch your puppy?  By placing several fingers through the front grate?   

Now let’s discuss food, water and having to go potty.  If food and water is placed directly on the floor of the crate, the puppy will spill the food and water and chew anything it can from boredom.

Please do yourself and your puppy a big favor by purchasing a pen that consists of 8 connecting panels 36” high by 24” wide.  The entire panel set weighs less than 20 pounds.   Ours has been in use for many years.  The panels will go right around a five foot plastic swimming pool that we occasionally place our young puppies in, the panels can be connected so your puppy has more room and visual contact, and you can easily talk to and touch them more easily. 

 We have found that bonding time is increased by using the open panel system.  These connecting panels can be purchased at PetSmart and other pet stores.

 

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Is a German Shepherd the right Breed for You?

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC
von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds
Is the German Shepherd the right breed for you?
 
The German Shepherd dog is a noble dog breed with a rich history of serving man. With his keen intelligence and eagerness to work and follow commands, he’s earned the reputation of being a top canine breed. It’s not surprising that this strong and capable dog makes an excellent pet if carefully selected and properly trained. What should you consider before you bring a German Shepherd dog into your home? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to owning a German Shepherd:
 
Advantages of Owning a German Shepherd:
 
The German Shepherd dog breed is extremely intelligent.
 
This dog breed is always listed in the top five on lists of most intelligent dogs. They are known for learning very quickly and with appropriate training can perform an array of complex tasks. It’s not surprising that German Shepherds have found employment in police K-9 units, as bomb sniffers, as search and rescue dogs, and as canine members of the military. The versatility of this breed is amazing.

They are eager to please.

The German Shepherd dog is easily trained due to his eagerness to please and his strong motivation for learning new tasks. When given proper obedience training, the German Shepherd can become a model canine citizen.

German Shepherds are very effective guard dogs.

With their strong athletic bodies and unwavering sense of loyalty to their family, the German Shepherd is a gifted guard dog. Ever alert for signs of danger, the German Shepherd will sound the alarm and is willing to lay down his life to save his owner, if necessary. More than a few dog heroes of the year have been German Shepherd dogs.

Disadvantages to owning a German Shepherd:

German Shepherds need and require exercise and mental stimulation.

A German Shepherd needs to have a job and a sense of purpose. This dog breed won’t be happy confined to a house or apartment all day and will manifest their displeasure with destructive behavior. They need frequent exercise to expend some of their considerable energy.

They can be overly protective.

The German Shepherd dog breed has a tendency to be suspicious of strangers unless given early socialization. It’s important that they interact with a variety of people from a young age in order to learn to differentiate the “good guys” from the “bad guys”.

They are prone to health problems.

This German Shepherd dog breed is prone to a variety of health problems including hip dysplasia, hemangiosarcoma, pancreatitis, and intestinal bloat. Count on spending some money on veterinary bills if you choose to adopt this breed.

German Shepherds may be aggressive with other animals.

If you have other pets at home, particularly cats, introducing a German Shepherd into your family may present problems. It may take patience and a lot of training to help them overcome their tendency to chase other animals.

There is the potential for legal liability.

The German Shepherd is one of the dog breeds some insurance companies have on their black list, meaning they won’t insure you if you have one or will charge you a large premium. This is a sad fact of life since many German Shepherd dogs make model pets with proper care and training.

It can be a joy to share your life with a German Shepherd dog if you have the time and inclination to train them properly and stimulate them both mentally and physically.

Is the German Shepherd dog breed right for you and your family?

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Every Dog Needs a Good Family and every Family Needs a Loving Dog

The von BachHaus Family
Tina from Archdale, Sue from Alcolu, SC, Michelle from Randalman and Walt from Raeford
 
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