1. Are the puppies ‘purebred’?
The word ‘purebred’ is a legal term meaning that the animal has registration papers. We sell our puppies as companion animals and do not offer papers. We offer ‘fullbred’ and ‘crossbred’ pets from a wide variety of breeds.
2. What breed is right for me?
First take a look at your life style and ask yourself what you are looking for in a dog. Do you have a quiet or active lifestyle, Is your living area large or small? What size of dog (large, medium, small)? What type of hair, short, long, curly? Do you have time to groom? You should first research any breed to see if it fits into your criteria.
3. Are there breeds that are good for people with allergies?
Yes, people with allergies are often able to have dogs of the non-shedding variety. It often depends upon the degree of allergy and whether the person is allergic to the hair, skin, or saliva.
4. When can I take my puppy home?
The puppy must be a minimum of 8 wks of age before going to its new home. Depending upon the breed, size of puppy, and general condition, oftentimes they are 9-10 wks or older before being cleared to leave. All precautions are taken to ensure that the puppy is eating well and that the transition goes smoothly.
5. Will the puppy be vaccinated?
All puppies are health checked by a licensed veterinarian. They are vaccinated with a puppy shot that covers several common viruses and they are also given a bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination. The puppy shot needs to be boosted from three weeks to one month from the date of its initial vaccination. A third booster will be required approximately one month later. At which time the puppy will be ready for its rabies shot, which does not require a booster. Discuss this with your veterinarian.
6. When is the best time to spay/neuter my puppy?
In our opinion the best time to spay/neuter your dog is around 6 month of age. If done early enough in males, they may never start lifting their leg to mark their territory or start trying to look for females. In both sexes it helps reduce the risks of cancer and improves their quality of life. Discuss this with your veterinarian.
7. What brand of food should I feed my puppy?
You will be given a sample of the food that your puppy is eating now, which is Lifetime brand with chicken meal and oatmeal, which we get from Shur-Gain Feeds and Needs. We will give you a certificate for $10 off food and $10 off pet accessories from Shur-Gain, so that you can purchase one bag of the type of food that your puppy is currently eating. After that, you should speak to your veterinarian and pet food supplier as to what they recommend. If you chose to switch brands, do so over several days, slowly introducing and then changing the brand of food.
8. When should I feed my puppy?
We feed free choice and would recommend that you do so for a few days as the puppy is getting accustomed to the new environment. Once settled in and eating well, measured feedings certainly do help with the training process. Depending upon the age and breed of your puppy, we have possibly recommended that you soften the puppy food by adding hot water and covering it a few minutes before serving. This will enhance the aroma and thereby encourage the puppy to eat, and make it easier to chew as the puppy is getting its new teeth. Once water is added, it will spoil quickly so we recommend that it be replaced with fresh for the next feeding.
9. Is cleaning the ears important?
Your puppy’s ears would have been checked for cleanliness and any signs problems, during its vet check, and again before it leaves the kennel. You should familiarize yourself with the look and smell of your puppy’s ears so that you will recognize it if a problem develops. The breeds that do not shed often have hair in their ears that needs to be regularly removed, either by you or your groomer. Droopy eared dogs and water loving breeds also need to be monitored closely for ear infections.
10. Should I clip my dog's nails?
Yes, the puppy’s nails will have been done recently when you pick it up. Familiarize yourself with what they look like trimmed, and then take the tips or hooks off of the nail on a regular basis. Be careful not to cut too close to the kwik or the nail will bleed. Dogs should have their nails clipped every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent them from self-injury. If you are uncomfortable doing this, ask your groomer or veterinarian to do it. Either way, it is a good idea to handle the puppy’s feet often to get them accustomed to it.