What do the Puppies Come With?
Pups come with:
AKC Registration Papers (limited)
Preventative Flea Treatment applied
Preventative Worming given
Collar & Leash
Puppy Care Package - including small bag of food, toy with Mom's scent & additional toy.
Health Guarantee - 1 year
Pet Insurance - 1 month
What is the price of the pups?
$1,500 with limited AKC registration
Full registration considered at additional cost.
What will I need for my puppy?
___ LOTS OF LOVE
___ 2 Extra Large Stainless Steel or Ceramic Bowls (plastic harbors bacteria)
___ Science Diet Puppy food Chicken (Dry & Canned)
___ Nylon collar fitting 2 fingers between neck & collar (adjustable will save you lots) Do not use a choke chain unless a trainer asks you to, and then only during obedience work. No collar at all if you plan to show. (one will be provided)
___ Metal cage 21” x 26” x 36” (this size will last a life time for most pups)
___ Pet Bed ~ 24” x 36” suggested
___ TOYS, TOYS, TOYS!! Nylabone, Gumabone, Rope Toys, Sheepskin Toys, tennis ball and other toys that will not break apart (Never poultry bones, they go thru the puppy like broken glass)-the more toys the better
___ Nature’s Miracle
___ Tearless puppy shampoo
___ Tearless puppy conditioner
___ Slicker brush ~ make sure that you section the coat and comb through to the base of the coat, not just the surface of the hair as mats will develop
___ Wide tooth comb ~ again combing sections and to the base of the coat
___ If you plan to groom yourself ~ Electric Clippers, #10 blade, #7 or #5 blade, (#7 or #5 blade to clip the body coat), #10 to shave feet & face
___ If you plan to groom yourself ~ Kwik Stop styptic powder & Scissor type nail clippers, clip every 2-3 weeks in a no nonsense fashion
How do I housebreak my pup?
The key to housebreaking is patience & consistency. You would never leave a human baby alone in a room, and a puppy should be no different. The easiest way to potty train is crate training. People, not dogs, have a problem with crate training. We don’t like putting our dogs in cages, but to a dog, it is their own room. In the wild, dogs dig a den to live in. They enjoy their own space, and a place to relax. Make the cage pleasant; put a blanket, toys and maybe a MilkBone also. Since puppies don’t like living in a stinky room, they try not to have “accidents” there.
Puppies will need to potty when ever they wake up, approximately 20 minutes after they eat and approximately 20 minutes after the drink. When the pup first wakes up, after eating or drinking ~ take the pup outside to the designated potty area and tell it to “go potty” or another command of your choice – then stand still. The puppy will smell everything around, but soon it will remember it has to potty. When the puppy relieves itself ~ praise the puppy “Good puppy”, “Good potty” or the like. The sooner the pup understands what you want – the sooner it will be potty trained. For the at least the first month, the pup should either be in the crate or you should be watching the pup at all times. If the pup starts to sniff around, chances are, it needs to potty.
Most puppies will have an accident in the house at one time or another. Catching them in the act is the only way to discipline them. If your pup begins to go, clap your hands loudly and say “NO” in a serious, gruff tone of voice. Use a shaker can if necessary. Pick the puppy up & go to the potty area. Give the command “go potty” and once the puppy has gone, praise it. Do NOT rub their face in their accident, as it will teach them to fear you AND may teach them to eat fecal matter.
How you clean up a puppy accident has an effect on housebreaking. Use Nature’s Miracle or Simple Solution and follow the directions on the bottle. Cleaning the spot with ordinary carpet cleaner will only mask the smell for you, the pup’s keen sense of smell will draw it back to that spot.
One idea for teaching your puppy how to tell you that it needs to go out is to hang a few bells from the door leading to the potty area. Every time you take the puppy out the door, ring the bells vigorously and say “go potty” several times. Take the dog out to go potty and praise it. Most puppies will ring the bells when they need to go out within a few weeks.
While it may sound rather strict, if you stick to keeping the pup in its cage when he is inside and take him out frequently to potty, it will learn to hold it until you take him outside. After a successful week, you may wish to start to increase the boundaries – but, if the pup has an accident, you must start over again – and KNOW that it was because YOU were not attentive enough!
Should I spay or neuter my pup?
The decision to spay or neuter is a decision that needs to be made by every owner. There are many unwanted pets in the shelters, and personally, I made a conscious decision that I would not breed any type of dog that you can find in a shelter.
If you are trying to make the decision whether to spay or neuter for your own pet, keep in mind that the only reason to breed should be to better the breed. Anyone who thinks that they will make money breeding puppies - is way off. If you decide to breed, know that you will need to have a minimum of $1,000 set aside - just in case your female dog has complications during pregnancy, during whelping or if one (or more) of the pups is born with birth defects.
Puppy's tend to be born at the most inconvenient time...many, many of my litters have started delivering after midnight. If you have a litter of 10+ pups, you will need to find appropriate homes for each pup - sometimes that means having extra mouths to feed, and teething to go thru for 10, 12 or 15 weeks (and trust me, 5 or 6 pups, and a couple of adult dogs can finish off a 40lb bag of food in no time). Know that you will be doing laundry every day, for a minimum of 6 weeks and that potty training 10+ pups at a time, is not easy. Know that you should be responsible for each & every pup that you bring into this world for each pups whole life.
There are health advantages for your animal if you decide to spay/neuter your pup. Spayed dogs are less likely to develop breast cancer and will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine tumors. And, by spaying female dogs, you will eliminate them "going into heat". Heat cycles can last up to 21 days - can result in blood spotting, mood swings and visits from male dogs from all over your neighborhood. Neutered male dogs will not get testicular cancer and they will have a decreased chance of developing prostate enlargement. By neutering male dogs, you lessen their desire to roam, thus decreasing their risk for injury and transmission of infectious disease.
When is the best time to spay/neuter your pet? This will depend upon your particular animal. Usually, most Vets will suggest between 4-9 months, but only your Veterinarian can give you the proper advice about your pup.
How long does it take a pup
to adjust to its new home?
Most experts agree to use the 3 day, 3 week, 3 month rule for the time it takes a pup to adjust to a new home.
Three Days - it generally takes a three day period for your pup to adjust to its new environment. In these first few days, you may be faced with multiple signs of anxiety or nervousness. The pup will likely hide away in a comfortable, dark space and avoid eye contact & petting; or may not want to eat much. If you've ever started a new job, or moved to a new home - you should know this feeling of being in an unfamiliar place, new suroundings, new people, new rules.
The first few days the pup trying to figure it all out. Feeding or taking the pup out for a walk could prove to be a challenge during this short period, but it also represents the period in which security settles in. Imagine if you were picked up, locked in a home with strangers - it would take you a few days to figure out where you place is in the home. It is the same for pups.
If these days occur without any major incident, it's a sign you are on the right path.
Three Weeks - This period is mandatory for you to establish a bond and trust relationship between your family and your new pup. Use this period for training, even thought you might feel that all it needs right now is love & cuddles.
It is recommended to use this period to establish house boundries. The pup will learn house rules, feeding patterns, and potty training. The pup may "test" you during this period, be sure that your rules stay constant.
Three Months - The first three months are crucial in building a long-term relationship based on love and rules between you and your new pup. At three months, most dogs know they are "home"
Remember, everything is different for the pup right now. Routines help to make a dog feel safe. Take your time, be patient, and you will have a best friend for life.
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