STONE CREEK SHEPHERDS

  Family Raised  AKC working German Shepherds- for  medical alert and personal service

Frequently Asked Questions ...

 

Jasmine and Rocky @ 6 wks

How big will they get? 

My line of GSD's are a European blend of East DDR Czech/ West German blood with some American show and average build. They'll be within the AKC guidelines of 65-90# usually, however males may reach 100#.   They are not Shiloh's or Kings and will not be huge.  Much is very dependent on diet and exercise. 

What do you feed the puppies?

For puppies, because they go to a variety of homes, I feed a RAW slurry of formula and cottage cheese, and graduate to ground meat. They are transitioned by their owners to kibble as I am a Full Raw Fed kennel and kibble is very inconvenient to transition. It can be done and on occasioin I will, but it's not preferred as RAW is the best to build muscle and lay the strongest foundation.

How do I train my puppy to do the job I want it to do?

You don't. Your most important part of training is proper obedience, public access training, proper guidance in public to your needs, maintaining a calm environment for the puppy to learn its role with your condition or the person's condition it will be assisting, allowing the puppy to learn the condition in the family. ALL dogs must be obedience trained and sociallized properly (but not in dog parks to learn poor dog behaviors). Medical alerts will come naturally to your pup if you watch the puppyas it grows. My dogs naturally alert to the wide variety of conditions people may experience and soon you will realize it's a routine alert. 

It's important to remember you are looking into a working line of German Shepherds with my dogs. They tend to be "gifted" for service, naturally highly protective and will "find a job" with you if you do not take charge of them first. With this said, you will have an energetic ready to go puppy/dog companion for life!  Working dogs LOVE to play, LOVE to be companions, are not "couch potatoes" and despise isolation and being away from their families and beloved owners. So when you consider one of my dogs, be ready to make them a regular part of your family!

How do I go about getting one of your pups?

I will email you a puppy questionnaire that I expect filled out and returned. We will talk by phone and you will be invited to visit... I may even ask to make a home visit. I am very very particular about my pups homes and must be sure they are going to a safe environment akin to what they can grow and flourish in. If we are ok with each other and everything seems fine, then you will be picking out a puppy from the next litter.

I take full responsibility for all my puppies and under no circumstances may one ever be simply turned over to a shelter or given away. All SCS pups return to me for rehoming.

What do I do if I can't handle it?

Call me. We'll work something out. I will take them back for training. I can recommend trainers to help you learn your dog. Sometimes it's just a matter of understanding your dog.  If you realize you are simply not cut out for a German Shepherd, then I will rehome the puppy to a great family and refund you whatever I am able to rehome them for less any vet costs or other expenses incurred in the course of this rehoming time.There are blanket NO REFUNDS. 

How much are your puppies?

Each litter varies. My pups range from $1000 to $1800 on the average depending on the breeding. I usually don't discuss price, as it's not the factor. If u want a cheap puppy, I am not the breeder to call.   Prices are set after each breeding. I take non-refundable deposits of $300 in advance for picking positions on the litter. This is helpful in the event the litter is small, you are guaranteed a pick at that point.

I live across the country, how can I get one of your puppies?

You'll have to make arrangements to come pick up the pup or pay my expenses to drive the puppy to you. I do not fly my pups. It is a personal preference but I do not want to subject my dogs to airline nightmares.   

 Debbi with Roush on the left and Atlas on the right at their one year old birthday party with 3 month old Orion in my lap.

 

What To Expect 
When You Get a Puppy from Us!

ALL PUPPIES COME WITH:

  • LIMITED AKC REGISTRATION
  • KENNEL GROIN TATTOO (if possible) 
  • WRITTEN AGREEMENT CONTRACT
  • HEALTH TESTED FOR DM
  • VET CERTIFIED STATE HEALTH CERTIFICATE
  • FIRST & SECOND SHOTS
  • FULLY WORMED up to 12 weeks
  • MICROCHIPPED
  • AKC REGISTERED & TRANSFERRED PER AGREEMENT
  • PUPPY PACKET & WELCOME KIT
  • LIFETIME COMMITTMENT BY BREEDER FOR LIFE OF THE DOG
  • PARTIAL TRAINING IN SIT & COME
  • PARTIAL CRATE TRAINING
  • PARTIAL HOUSE TRAINING.