What do the different levels on the “Allergy Scale” mean?
- Won’t Work – This pup will shed and throw dander. If you have even the slightest allergy, don’t consider this pup.
- Might Work – This pup is considered low shed and low allergy, but may not be the best choice if you know that you have allergies.
- Good Choice – This pup is considered no shed and would be a good choice for most with light allergies.
- Hypo-Allergenic – This pup is no shed and hypoallergenic.
What do the different levels on the “Activity Level Scale” mean?
- Low – This pup is very gentle in its nature and play. They are happy to just be with you.
- Light – This pup will still play but on a lighter side, but is not overly active. Not the best choice for an active family.
- Active – This pup is playful, fun and active, but not considered hyper.
- Very Active – This pup will be extremely active and playful, lots of fun, but if their exercise requirements aren’t met they can be destructive.
With all of the puppies for sale across the country, why should you buy your new family member from Your New Puppy?
We start with the best breeding stock that carry the traits we want to breed for. This does not necessarily mean “championship bloodlines”. We breed for family pets with good temperaments and excellent dispositions. Personality is what makes a puppy a good fit for your family. And this may be a pure-breed or a cross-breed puppy. We do not feel that “show quality” puppies necessarily mean a better puppy. And while there are plenty of show quality dogs that are also good family pets, show dogs are bred for a specific conformation, we breed specifically for temperament. We spend time with all our puppies from an early age. Puppies are very responsive to sounds and touch. We typically let mom do her momma thing for the first 4 weeks, then we start to introduce the puppies to being held, talked to, noise of a radio, etc. We would rather their first weeks be spent in quiet time with their mothers so they get plenty of nurturing, warmth and nutrition.
After they are weaned from their mother we have an observation period, this is unique to Your New Puppy. This time period is 1 week long and is done here at the house in their own special building. During this time I will split the litters into cages of 2 or 3 to a cage and work directly with each and every pup. I am getting to know and developing their social personalities and also keeping a close watch on their health. We monitor their food and water consumption and also monitor their stools for any signs of unhealthiness. A pups personality is developed and changes the most between 6 to 12 weeks of age, this is a critical time in their young lives. It is because of this developmental time period that pups won’t go to the store before they are 9 weeks of age, in my opinion, they are simply not ready.
What shots have been done on your pups?
In accordance with the standards set forth from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA); “Puppies should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks…the final dose of the initial series should be administered between 14 and 16 weeks of age.”
We start our series at 4 weeks with a single Parvo, this provides additional coverage. Before they go to the store they will also have 2 Bordetella Intranasal, their first puppy shot (DAPPv) and an additional Parvo. Dewormings are done at 4, 6 and 8 weeks using 2 different types of dewormers.
At the store, shots are continued at scheduled and age appropriate times. While with us, they will receive an additional puppy booster (DAPPv), and 2 adult shots (DAPPvL2). All of the vaccines are documented on our Canine Health Record for your reference.
Take the Canine Health Record provided to your Veterinarian and they will let you know what schedule they want you to follow to finish your puppies vaccines. As Doctors, they are allowed to follow the protocol that they believe best fits yours and the puppy’s needs. Be sure to ask them what they think will still be needed and also about some of the electives like flea treatment and Heartgurad. Rabies will need to be done at 16 weeks of age and by a licensed Veterinarian.
Our vaccination and deworming schedule is more complete than almost any other breeder or store out there. We believe that a healthy puppy starts with being able to repel the most common puppy diseases. And while even vaccinated puppies are still at risk, the risk shrinks with every vaccine given.
Where do your puppies come from?
I have been breeding dogs for almost 20 years and it is this experience that gives me the hands up on most other store owners. I work directly with our group of breeders, many of which I have known for a long period of time. Because I work closely with them, this allows me to be able to monitor the dogs care and adherence to our States standards for kennel operators. I will only deal with breeders who have the same ideals that I do. We all follow the same vaccination and deworming schedules, the laws the State of Ohio as they apply to the size of kennel they have along with the Federal guidelines of the U.S.D.A. All of our breeders are located in the State of Ohio and are licensed by both the O.D.A as well as the U.S.D.A. and must be in good standing. All kennels are inspected no less than 3 times a year, once from each, O.D.A., U.S.D.A and their attending Veterinarian. Each puppy is Vet checked and documented by 2 different Veterinarians before they can go to the store. I guarantee every puppy that we sell whether they are mine or not. That is how confident I am in our breeders. It is said that only good breeding stock will produce good puppies. This could not be truer, if you don’t take proper care of your adults you simply will not get good quality puppies.
The first 72 hours
This is the most difficult time for a new puppy in their new home. They can be confused and scared, they don’t know where they are, who you are and where their litter mates are. Take it easy during this time, no extensive play, make sure they get plenty of rest and are eating and drinking. We do recommend that food and water be available 24/7 during this time. Please keep in mind that this is all new to them and an adjustment period is normal. They are also not likely to eat or drink a lot during this time, this is also normal. As long as they are eating a little they will be okay. Don’t carry them everywhere around the house, let them explore as this is natural. The quiet of the house will be unnerving to them at first, remember they just came from siblings bouncing around. Play a radio for them at night or when you are gone, give them plenty of blankies and some toys. A toy about their size is perfect to use as a temporary sibling and it will be comforting to them. A heating pad on low under their crate bed will add comfort.
Which is better, a male or a female?
In some cases this is a matter of personal choice. In my opinion the gender of the pup has absolutely no merit. I do not believe that one is better than the other. Dogs have individual personalities and no two males or females are exactly the same. Some may be outgoing while others are reserved, some more playful than others, more loving and snuggly or more social to your family. None of this is directly related to gender, it is the individual dog. This is why we encourage you to pick the puppy with the personality that best fits your family’s needs. Now as an adult this could change if you do not get them spayed or neutered at an appropriate age. An intact dog will have different gender roles and will act accordingly. Now there will be a difference in male vs. female.
When should I get my puppy spayed/neutered?
The recommended age for both genders is 6 months and there is very good reason why. If you spay/neuter by 6 months you will forever keep your puppy a puppy at least in their mind. They will both squat to pee and will not show gender related tendencies. At 6 to 9 months your puppy will cross the bridge to adulthood, a male will develop testosterone and a female hormones, when in heat. If you wait to fix them you will not remove this from their heads, all you have done is remove their ability to reproduce. If you wait, your male may show dominance and lift his leg to pee and mark areas or things. Your female could become agitated.
I CANNOT stress the importance of doing this by 6 months of age. It is much more critical for a male however a female that comes into heat first and then you spay her, the first heat may alter her personality. From a health perspective, either gender is at greater risk of cancer if their reproductive organs are either not removed or used as God intended.
Why Natural foods and how should I be feeding?
It’s very simple, a Natural food is that much better for your dog. Natural foods use human grade ingredients, no bi-product meal, no artificial fillers or additives and they don’t use ground yellow corn. Corn is the #1 ingredient that will cause a dog to develop allergies to the food they are eating. Some possible signs that this may be: constant licking of the paws, an ear infection that not even your Vet can get to go away, hot spots and licking at the base of their tail. To put this in perspective, feeding food with ground yellow corn and flavor enhancers to actually make it taste good is like giving your kids chocolate cake for breakfast, candy bars for lunch and a Big Mac for dinner everyday. Your kids will love it but is that what’s really best for their nutritional needs. We only feed a natural diet, on this my dogs are in better health with less health related trips to the vet, they are not overweight and develop muscle instead of fat. I don’t have skin issues, not on my Bulldogges or my non-shedding breeds. Your non-shedding breeds have a very tender skin.
We suggest free choice feeding. This is where food is always available, other than in their crate. If you try to portion and schedule feed a puppy you will need to feed them at least 4 times a day if they are under 16 weeks of age and 3 times a day thereafter. One big benefit to free choice feeding is that you should not have food aggression issues. When food is always down it no longer becomes a possession to the dog because they know it is always available. There are health benefits as well, they will only nibble until they are full and walk away, this will keep them more in the weight bracket they should be in. When food is scheduled then the dog will gobble his food and clear the bowl, this will add weight and for your larger breeds could cause bloat.
For a small breed dog I recommend switching to adult food by 9 months of age as they are done growing and no longer need the added fat and protein found in puppy food. A large breed dog would be 1 1/2 to 2 years of age.