Click on the below links to visit the following sites and learn about training issues as well as fun things to do with your dog, we have also included important sites on Proper ear taping, clubs, and much more...
A happy Dobe is an active Doberman !
Dobermans LOVE to play, and work, and learn, we highly recommend that you become involved in something as recommended below, to allow your new LeGard Doberman to reach his or her full potential and enjoy life to the fullest .
Getting ready for that 1st show with your Doberman, hints and tips.
Great site on "How to properly Evaluate" your Dobermans temperament for competive sports, and other arenas.
Sites on Training, & Behavior, many methods,
Questions and answers about the Doberman breed
Ear taping cropped ears the right way, getting them up, and standing, with pictures!
Clubs how and where to join
Crate Training, and House Training methods
Tricks on how to keep your Dobes nails neat without a fuss
Names for your new puppy
International shipping information, shipping outside the USA
Help in dealing with the loss of a beloved pet
Upcomming Trials, & events to attend
A must read for Doberman and other large breed owners, on Bloat, be prepared!
Understanding the truths and myths about spaying or Neutering your pet
A must to have, great info to have on hand ! Emergency Information
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LeGard Doberman's recommended feeding for our puppies
At LeGard we feed our puppies only Pedigree dry puppy food, we recommend to keep your puppy healthy that you also feed Pedigree, as you know, when you get your LeGard puppy its coat is shiny, its eyes sparkle, and it is in proper weight, I am a firm believer in, "if it is not broken" do not fix it! It is of course up to you, however, why change it if it works, our puppy's are fed Pedigree until they are at least 18 months old, to 2 years, depending on there determined size at maturity. There is no reason to pay high prices for "popular" name brands that are often over priced and over rated. Some breeds may do very well on these "other" brands, however, Dobermans here do very well on Pedigree, it is also available most everywhere and can be purchased at most retail stores (Kmart and Wal-Mart) and grocery stores.Pedigree puppy has everything your puppy needs, extra calcium, and other important ingredients.
Other recommended brands:
We like to feed 3 meals per day up to about 5-6 months old
At 5-12 months we feed twice daily, once in the morning, and again at dinner
Then from 1 year and on we feed once per day
We also give a small bedtime treat or milk bone before lights out
The amount will vary in each puppy, rule of thumb, if the puppy cleans the bowl and still acts hungry, add a bit more until you have adjusted it correctly, we have found that on different days, each will sometimes eat more, or less, on an average
for a small puppy 8 weeks to 3 months - 1/2 to 1 1/2cups per feeding
ALWAYS PROVIDE CLEAN FRESH WATER!
If you like to give something extra, added to the dry puppy food, (not necessary) we recommend these NATURAL healthy additions, that puppy's LOVE!
Remember that when you start giving "extras" in addition to the dry food, you may encourage your puppy to become a "picky eater" .
Cottage cheese (loaded with calcium)
Buttermilk (ditto on calcium)
Plain Yogurt (ditto again)
Goats milk ( Never regular "sweet milk")
Pedigree canned puppy food ( just a few teaspoons for flavor)
Cooked rice (white or brown)
cooked eggs (Prefer hard boiled)
IF you are into supplements the ONLY type I recommend are
Wheat Germ oil (Great for coats) and a little goes along ways!
Flax seed oil
Vitamin C ( helps in healing, with ear crops, etc.)
Before we leave the puppy in the care of the airlines we will put fresh food and water in the provided food cups in the crate
The crate is also filled with clean freshly shredded newspapers
and depending on the "climate" we may also add a blanket.
If the flight is long, the puppy will be taken out in between flights , walked and fed and clean water added to the crates food cups, also if the puppy should soil the crate, the attendants there will and do clean the crate and add clean papers.