After trying basically every single dog food available on island, I finally settled on Victors. It came highly recommended by some GSD breeders in performance dog sports and Victor’s is made in the USA.
They’ve never had a recall, which is super impressive and have really high quality ingredients for a really good price.
I’ve noticed that my puppies thrive on this food, my dogs coats are shinier and stools and consistently firm. I highly recommend using Victors from weaning through adulthood.
Unfortunately it’s not available locally but you can purchase it from Amazon or Chewy.com
Potty training is 1000% easier with a crate for overnight.
Dogs are cave animals, they enjoy having their own private dark space to sleep. They also refuse to poop where they sleep so as long as they’re allowed out in age appropriate intervals and their crate is sectioned off to be small enough for them, they will wait until you let them out to go potty.
That being said, I’ve successfully potty trained one of my pups without a crate so it’s totally doable if you’re vigilant about taking them out to potty.
I recommend a minimum size of 42″ for female GSDs and 48″ for males. Look for a crate that comes with a puppy divider so you can make the crate smaller to help with potty training.