Dogs are known to be den animals. They like having a place to call their own. If crate training is done correctly, crates
can provide a safe haven of peace and security. All of our puppies are introduced to a crate by the time they are 5
weeks old. At first, its just for a few minutes while their area is cleaned. We then start providing some of their meals in
them. All our puppies are placed in a crate for safe travel when going off property.

We prefer the more enclosed, den like plastic airline crates. I like a medium size for your puppy and a larger one as
he/she grows. It needs to be just big enough for them to stretch out in but small enough they can't soil in one area and
sleep in another. Dogs naturally avoid soiling their den so by using a crate, you can help potty train your pup. You
should only crate your puppy as long as he can reasonably control his bladder and bowels. Here are some good articles
on crate training:
CCHS crate training

Sizes we recommend:

Medium: (Vari-Kennel #300 or General Cage #203/213)
from 8 weeks till they reach 40 lbs.

Large: (Vari-Kennel #400 or General Cage #204/214)
with average weight of 41-67 Ibs.

X Large: (Vari-Kennel #500 or General Cage #205/215)
with average weight of 67lbs or more

The pet stores are full of toys that many dogs will quickly chew up into pieces they could choke on or cause intestinal
blockages.  If you are not there to watch, stick to sturdy stuff such as Nylabones and Kongs.  Keep a close eye on chew
toys and quickly discard anything that is coming apart in pieces.

Sturdy busy/Interactive toys
They are designed to curb destructive chewing and keep your dog entertained for hours.  

The Original Kong is one of our favorites and seems to last longer than any other toy.
Just drop some biscuits through the hole and let the good times roll!
Be sure to buy the black one, they are the toughest!

Tug-n-Toss balls are a great interactive toy. These balls can float and bounce.
The Tug-n-Toss can be punctured, yet it will not deflate!

Nylabone is a long lasting chew designed for powerful chewers.  
Bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth and the chewing action helps prevent plaque and tarter build up.

Training toys
We highly recommend the use of toys, balls, and tugs in the training of your dog.
Most of our work is done with the ball on a string or jute rolls.
These toys are not meant to be left with your dog but only used when you are playing and training.

If you are working your dog in sport and want to do drive building we recommend a
flirt pole.
Here is a great article:
Playing with Prey Drive/ The Key to Attitude and Enthusiasm in Performance Dogs

Grooming Supplies:
Things you should have on hand- a coat rake, a shedding blade, and a metal comb for the thicker coated GSDs, nail
clippers and ear cleaning solution. We also use and like the Furminator!  We lovingly refer to our dogs as the German
Shedders. The GSD has a "double-coat" which means that their coat consists of a downy undercoat with longer, coarse
guard hairs as an outer shell and will require regular brushing. We suggest grooming once a week to keep your dog
looking healthy and well groomed. This can be a great bonding time with your dog.

The GSD is a "wash and ware" breed but I can honestly say that your GSD probably doesn't need a bath more than
twice a year. Remember to use a shampoo made specifically for dogs since their skin "pH" is different from our own.
Avoid over bathing as it will remove the natural oil of their skin, making it dry and produces dandruffs, We use and like
oatmeal shampoo.

Collars and leashes:
Puppy collars should be made of lightweight nylon or leather and have a metal buckle rather than a plastic snap .To
measure your puppy's collar size, measure his neck and add two inches. To ensure that the collar fits properly, you
should be able to slide two fingers between the collar and your puppy's neck. If your fingers fit comfortably, you have the
right size collar. Leashes come in a variety of styles – such as leather, nylon and retractable—and in variety of lengths.
A six-foot leash is the ideal length for both training and walking. I like a retractable leash for puppies but as your dog
grows, a long line is more durable.

Food & Water dishes:
We use the 1qt stainless steel dish when they are fed outside or we use the 1qt. metal bucket when feeding inside of
their crates. They are chew proof and will last for years. We use the 6qt water buckets in their outside kennels.

We like for the dog to have his or her own spot to lay.
We use it as "place"

This one is excellent for use in crates or as a stand alone pad.
Rolled edge provides a nesting area, entire bed is washable.
Quality fleece is cool in summer and warm in winter.
They come in different sizes. I never leave bedding with puppies
untill they are crate trained to not soil their crate and have proven to not be blanket chewers.
The following is a supply list that covers the basic products your Von Hartwin Puppy will need
to live comfortably. You’ll want to go shopping before you bring your puppy home since most of
the supplies you’ll be purchasing can be used right from the start. If you take the time to
prepare beforehand, you can avoid harried trips to the pet supply store, which means you’ll
have more time to spend with your puppy.
The nutritional needs of puppies are greater than at any time in a
dog’s life other than reproduction. Understanding your puppy’s
nutritional needs will help you make the right dietary choices.

We feed and recommend Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance
30/20 Formula Dry Dog Food

We will send home a sample bag with you to use for the first
couple of days. We feed Three meals per day. Feeding can then
be reduced to two times a day as your puppy grows.

We do NOT give or recommend supplements.