Schraderhaus K9 Puppy Diet

At Schraderhaus K9, we feed a modified raw diet. 
What this means is that, in addition to the raw meats,
veggies and fruits that our dogs are given, our diet and feeding program
 is based around their main diet coming from a well balanced, naturally preserved kibble. 
Supplements, along with the addition of raw foods to their daily kibble rations,
keeps them strong and healthy.

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Schraderhaus Feeding Informational Sheet

List of approved Kibbles

If you will be feeding a raw diet only, please remember and be aware that a balanced raw diet does NOT consist only of meat. It should be a balanced diet of fruits, greens, and some dairy products, much like animals would eat in the wild.   Although in the wild their bulk of meals consist of meat, they are also eating animals such as rabbits and squirrels, which provide a source of the grains,  greens and other proteins which are  eaten by the small animals they are consuming for their meat source.

Feed the following diet 2 X Daily for their meal (If your schedule permits, feeding your pup in 3 meals daily, split into smaller even better for your puppy)  These quantities are to be used as guidelines only, and depending on the age, weight, and energy level of your pup or adult dog, quantities fed should be adjusted accordingly.

1 tsp. plain or vanilla yogurt

Remember this is a source of calcium, so only a  limited use of Yogurt.   Yogurt is excellent for aiding digestion.  Yogurt contains Acidophilus which contributes greatly to the health and flora of their digestive system,  helping to keep it in good balance and in excellent working condition.   You can also use a good quality probiotic to keep the digestive system in good health, and we recomend a product called Sustenix, available at Walmart or Walgreens in the digestion section. 

1/4 C. raw meat diet

The raw meat blend used here at Schraderhaus K9 consists of addition and rotation of beef /chicken heart, beef/chicken  liver, and beef meat trimmings, and/or raw ground chicken or turkey. For pups, using the ground meats is for ease of feeding and also to aid in digestion process for your puppy.

Raw Vegetables, processed in a food processor

Carrots, kale, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, carrots, green beans,  broccoli and other dark green veggies are excellent vegetables to use.  You can puree the veggies up in large quantities, then  separate into smaller portions of about a week's worth of veggies, putting them into small freezer bags to be available as you need them. You can later  thaw out, enough for several days, adding them into each meal as you need the items.  
Mosty pups will eat this readily and not turn up their noses as they might if adding whole veggies. 

Feed a Quality kibble

**A quality kibble is of paramount importance to your growing puppy.  Feeding a chemically preserved, corn/ wheat/ soy filled kibble or nutritionally inadequate kibble is never a good deal in the long or short term of a puppy feeding program, and we adamantly  stress the importance in this area of your feeding program.  Since the commercially prepared kibble was introduced to dogs, we have noticed a jump in the incidence of cancers and allergies, in dogs as a whole, across the US.  We believe this to be the result of chemical preservatives, hormones (given to the food source used to make them grow quickly), and grains being added to commercially produced dog food in order to reduce the cost for the manufactures.   Purchase a grain free, naturally preserved kibble for your dogs.   Read and compare labels to make certain your growing puppy is not being pacified with corn, soy, wheat, or chemicals, to give the kibbles a long shelf life.  That being said...excess nutrition in the form of kibbles which are higher in protein is not beneficial to large breed dogs during the early growing stages when they are in their most active growth periods.  In fact, it can be detrimental, causing excessive, fast growth spurts, which can result in porous bone growth and future problems with OCD and HD.  From 5 months to the age the dogs are fully formed and grown, which for the GSD is approx. 18 to 24 months of age (depending on your particular line of GSD) we keep the growing dogs kibble at a protein content of approx. 24-26 % protein.  Provide enough dry kibble per meal to satisfy their hunger and to keep their body condition correct for their age. We add our own raw meats, veggies, eggs / dairy and fruits to the diet, rotating with the same variety that we would want in our own meals. This will vary, but we caution you not to overfeed your puppy, or allow them to become fat; studies have shown that keeping the pup slightly on the leaner side is better for them than to allow them to become too heavy.  (A good indication of proper body condition is to just be able to feel the last rib of their ribcage when you run your hand over their sides.) 

We recommend a naturally preserved, corn, wheat, soy free kibble with good meat source which is listed within the top two ingredients.

** We recommend  a  **large Breed Adult kibble from 3 months of age into adulthood.... Due to the large size and fast habit of growth for the GSD, we recommend your pup be on a kibble with protein content of 23-26% MAX into adulthood. View our List of approved Kibbles  Studies have shown that animals that are susceptible to large breed bone and joint diseases should be fed a diet that is lower in protein and the fat and carbs/calories that go along with the higher protein kibbles, and that they be fed in a limited and controlled manner so as to allow steady even growth during the first 18 months of life. It is crucial to watch their intake for the first year or more..  Excessive protein, carbs, calories and fat can greatly increase the chances for an adolescent, large breed dog to a predisposition of developing OCD HOD, HD and arthritis, if they are fed in such a manner as to foster an accellerated rate of growth and development of the skeletal structure.

For more information on OCD and HOD, visit

Add the following supplements / foods 1 X Daily to one of their meals


** Add A small quantity of warm water to the kibble  ( in order to moisten the meal to a palatable consistency)
** cod liver oil ( 1 gel cap)
** 400 IU Vitamin E (1 gel cap)
** 500 mg Vitamin C to start...(see below)
** 1 tsp. salmon oil or fish oil (1 gel cap 1000 mg)
** 1 tsp. Solid Gold Sea Meal  (for Solid Gold Distributor nearest you, contact
** MSM,  (natural anti-inflammatory) Glucosamine and Chondroitin; each given 1 x daily
** You may also add 1 raw egg daily or weekly,
** Probiotic 1 x daily or weekly,which will help to keep their stools formed and consistent (Recommend Sustenix)
** Fruits such as pears, berries, apples,  (in small quantities ...large amounts may cause loose stools).
** Veggies such as carrots, beans, squsash, tomatoes, spinach and green leafy veggies, but stay away from corn, or soy



For Vitamin C
(Ascorbic acid)
We use and recommend Recovery SA
which has been shown to be more efficiently used to repair the body.

Raw Meaty Bones, Bones, Bones...  (See Description Below)

 500 mg Vit. C daily, increasing the dosage slowly as pup gets older up to 1000 mg. daily as his bowels can tolerate, to the age of 6 months.  Slowly increase the dosage to 1500-2000 mg. daily from 6 months of age into adulthood.  If stools become too loose, back off on the quantity and again slowly increase until they can tolerate the larger dosage.

Vitamin C has been credited for being responsible for developing strong ligatous and connective tissue, which in studies has been shown to be a major contributor in the prevention of hip dysplasia.  Strong ligaments and muscle tissue will help keep the hip bones in their proper position as the dog grows and matures, preventing the concussion and remodeling of the femoral heads within the acetabulum.  Laxisity of the ligaments and tendons allows excessive free movement within the joint areas,  causing the remodeling of the femoral heads.

Continue this potent anti-oxidant into old age for your dog.  For young pups, Crush the daily quantity of tablets equally into the daily food ration. 
You can also purchase Vit. C in powder form (you can find this at Livestock feed owners use this frequently to keep their horses healthy, and sound for competition).
See the article below for more information on Vitamin C and canine HD...

*   HD and Vitamin C  Miracle Cure for CHD?

In addition to the meals listed above, We recommend that you feed your puppy, as well as your adult dog, plenty of  Raw Meaty Bones on a regular basis

Raw Meaty Bones are extremely beneficial for your young pup as it grows and begins to produce it's bone structure as it grows and matures.   There are many beneficial gifts that your puppy will derive from eating raw meaty bones.  Supplying your pup with raw bones for him to eat is an excellent way to insure a healthy production of strong and solid bones for his later health in life, and to help guard against hip dysplasia and arthritis.  Raw bones are safe for your puppy but not cooked bones of any kind, particularly those of chicken or turkey, as cooking will cause bones to splinter when they are eaten.  Cooking also removes much of the benefits they will derive from the raw bones, such as vitamins and minerals, as well as additional fat which is for the most part cooked off during the cooking process. Fat has been shown to be an excellent source of oils containing vitamins A and D for healthy and problem free skin and coat. The  raw bone marrow has been credited for building strength into the pups own bones as well, and gives him a boost of easily and readily available protein in a form that is the best way for him to absorb it into his system and make it usable to the pup as he grows.  Bone marrow is excellent for proper development of their own bones and joints, insuring their proper overall structural growth.   Large knuckle bones, which are available from your butcher, also provide excellent benefit to your puppy as well as your adult dog.  Raw Meaty Bones will provide them with great chewing exercise, as well as overall bodily exercise for most of the muscles in their body.  This is achieved as they grasp the bone between their paws, tensing up their muscles all over in an effort to hold, chew on, and keep the bone in their grasp.  This is much the same as a stretching or isometric exercise, as they will be focused entirely on this bone for many hours.  This provides them with nothing short of sheer enjoyment and works to keep the pup's body in excellent, hard, lean and firm condition.  It is also a very good way to keep those young pups occupied and out of least for a while!  Raw Meaty Bones   are an inexpensive way for your dog to keep his mouth full of clean, sparkling white teeth and will eliminate the need for teeth cleaning appointments with your Veterinarian  Along with healthy gums and fresh breath, clean teeth will contribute to his overall health and body condition. Your dog will have a longer, healthier life, free of gum disease,  tooth decay and other eating difficulties as they become older dogs.

It is important to note why the bones must be fed Raw .  Cooking the bones causes them to become brittle, making them splinter when they are chewed and ingested.  Raw Bones on the other hand, are readily eaten by your puppy.   In addition, cooking the bones removes valuable enzymes, which are responsible for keeping the teeth healthy and white.  Many additional nutrients are lost, including fat, which is beneficial for their coat and skin.  Bone marrow, (the soft inner material in the center of the bone), is an important food source for your pup, and is essential in production of their own bone growth and development.

We Do NOT feed raw fish or pork in any form.  

Important recommendation
when feeding
puppy kibble....

We recommend that your puppy be started on and maintained on a good large breed puppy adult food beginning when they arrive to you, using one which has a lower protein level.  Maintaining a lower and consistent protein intake helps to insure that the growth your puppy puts into his bones is done at a steady, even and consistent rate and does not contribute to accellerated and sudden growth spurts.  This will allow your pup to develop strong, solid and healthy bones, and will help your dog be less prone to HD, arthritis and many bone disorders such as OCD  , HOD or Panosteitis which can create problems for them even at an early age as well as in their later years...

Puppies should receive 1/2 cup raw meat (or canned) daily;  Adults should receive 1 Cup raw meat (or canned) daily along with their quality dry kibble and supplements.  

You may feed one small meal every couple of days of raw turkey or chicken necks /  in place of the raw beef or canned food.  You may want to assist them initially by slightly chopping the bones up, which will help them better manage their new eating experience.  It won't take long and they will know exactly what to do with the bones for themselves! 

  You can also make up some great treats containing many of the above items.  Be creative, mixing up what your dog likes best.  You can prepare and mix the items like cookie dough, then roll them out and cut them up like you would small cookies, baking them and making up small freezer bags full of  "doggie cookie treats".  Keep these stored in your freezer until you are ready to use them.  They will be readily available to you and your dog whenever you need them for training...they make excellent training treats, and you can use them each time you take your puppy out to work with him.
This would be far more beneficial for your dog than using store bought treats.

 ** See our "Informational Link on Diarrhea"  in puppies......... 
Why we feed what we do...

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