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Question: My pup has had loose stool since bringing him home from the breeder. Can you please help me?

Hello Mr. Frawley,

I was told to look you up because you could give me some solid advice.

On 1/30/2011 I purchased a 5 and half week old GS pup with a very impressive background from West German blood lines and father being a Va champion. The pup has had loose stool [pudding like] since we brought him home. On 1/31/2011, I took him to the vet to have him checked for the health guarantee. The vet said he was a healthy good looking pup and gave him his 1st set of shots. This dog is now 8 weeks old and still has loose stools, he has been to 2 different vets and has been checked for all worms, giardia, coccidia all of the common stuff. He has been on METRONIDAZOLE, ALBON and Probiotics. I have changed his diet to Purina EN Rx food, I also feed him chicken and rice, I have give him Imodium and nothing seems to help. Can you please help me.

Thank You


I’m surprised that the breeder let a pup that young leave the litter. Our puppies aren’t even weaned until about 7-8 weeks old. I feel that the stress of going to a new home is least harmful between 8-9 weeks old. Your pup was likely experiencing a lot of stress and then the vet vaccinating him only added to the assault on his little system.  

The first thing I’m going to advise is to get your puppy off that food. The ingredients are horrible. Even a pup without digestive issues would likely have health problems from eating it. It’s full of very low quality and questionable ingredients. If your vet suggested that food, I’d also look for a new vet (one that knows something about dog nutrition, preferably). I would also not give my business to a vet who vaccinated a 5.5 week old puppy, that’s MUCH too young.

If the puppy is acting ok and has good energy, appetite and is playful I think you may need to “rest” his gut and then gradually introduce him to a HIGH quality meat based diet (either raw or kibble).

How’s his behavior?

If he’s feeling ok, I would put him on a bland diet of boiled rice and white meat chicken. You can also add a tablespoon full of plain canned pumpkin to each meal as well (not pie filling). I would feed him multiple small meals each day, and I would keep him on a bland diet until you are getting normal stools for a while. I would also add digestive enzymes and probiotics  to each meal for a few weeks

Once he’s got regular stools on the bland food, then SLOWLY add in your new food of choice. We have a great section on feeding dogs on the website.

If you are going to go with a dry food, I’d recommend a grain free kibble. We have a list on the feeding dogs section and you can also check this website.

If this puppy lived with me I’d also give D’toxifier every night at bedtime for a month. You can read about it on the webpage.

I hope this helps. Good luck with the little one.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Health or Information on Vets.


Question: My dog seems to separation anxiety. Should I let him follow me around the house and work out his issues or do I lay down the law and keep him contained?

I picked up my dog, Wally, yesterday - plenty of energy, but still relatively obedient, nicely tempered, non-aggressive to small animals. Beautiful dog. I was warned that he didn't like to be left alone or contained, but for the past 24 hours his herding instinct seems to have kicked into overdrive. He literally will not let me out of his sight. When I put him away for the night he went into a near panic attack. This morning I tied him up in my kitchen in order to leave the room. He barked incessantly and was clearly angry at me when I came back, although not dangerously so. I can only describe it as extreme separation anxiety. I've never seen it before, but this is my first GSD. I am used to collies.

He is being neutered Monday. Maybe this will help? I'm going to get a no-bark collar today (do you like a particular brand for GSDs?) I'm using your training guidelines online. He is on a training leash at all times for corrections.

Q: Considering his history as a stray, possibly neglected, do I let him follow me all around my house, everywhere, and let him work out his issues at his own pace, or do I lay down the law and keep him contained?

I am looking into training programs in my area, but there is not much. I am looking into your DVDs now to get me started.

Your website is very helpful, so thanks! 


Whenever we add a new dog to our house, we Start with our groundwork program.

I’d recommend the DVD Pack Structure for the Family Pet. The barking at you wasn’t about being “angry” at you.  Dogs don’t operate like that. He was anxious about being left alone. He’s likely a dog that may show more pronounced separation anxiety unless you set up clear rules NOW. His following you around isn’t herding instinct, its insecurity. The more you let him practice this behavior, the more difficult it will be to leave him alone later.

Tri-tronics Bark Limiter  is the bark collar we use here.

Neutering will likely not have an effect on the behaviors you are seeing. 

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Separation Anxiety.


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Again, I love your website and am using your catalog – I see sooo  much good stuff I want to order. Keep up the good work. Your CS is fabulous and I received my order promptly and the packaging was perfect. I’ll keep you posted on "our" progress and send you a review.

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