Dogs and Puppies for Sale
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So, you have decided, (or almost decided) to purchase a pup! Congratulations!
The information on this page will help you with all those questions you are now contemplating, and will make the pup's transition from my home to yours a more pleasant experience for everyone involved. (and yes, it saves me a ton of typing on emails, and leaves me with more time to play with my pups! :-) )
I save email inquiries about my pups in the order in which I receive them. Shortly after the pups are born, usually at about 2 weeks of age, I start going through my waiting lists, sending out birth announcements. I usually wait 3 or 4 days to give people a chance to respond before continuing on to the next names, so it would be best to reply quickly when your get your birth announcement. I only take deposits on pups after they are born, but do require a deposit to hold your puppy for you. I DO NOT consider a pup as sold until the deposit is received. Pay Pal is the fastest way to get the deposit taken care of.
sending your deposit or payment by mail, (which I don't
recommend, our rural mail deliver is slow and you might miss out
on the pup you want.) please include your name,
address and phone number. I will need it to make shipping
arrangements, and for the health certificate at the vets before
shipping. Most important of all, please mention the breed of
puppy you are sending the deposit for. I correspond with many
people, and real names are often not at all similar to the email
addresses I am used to seeing and associating with that person.
Make sure you
prepare your home and yard before giving the pup the run of
either. Inside, check for exposed electric cords, open
cabinets, and closets that you don't want the pup in, doors that
do not latch securely, trash cans, plants or anything on the
floor that could harm the pup. Shoes are common casualties to
new pups, keep them safely put away in closed closets.
Children's toys also frequently fall victim to teething pups.
(good way to teach them to keep their toys picked up?:-)) Have
a few chew toys ready for the pup to start proper training right
off the bat.
Picking up your pup at the Airport
First, check with
your local airline to see exactly where you are to pick your pup
up. In some cases, pups come into the main terminal, in other
airports they go to the cargo buildings. You will need your
airway bill number, (which you will get when shipping
arrangements are made) and a photo ID in most cases to claim
your pup. Leave home in plenty of time to get there and find
the place. Check with the airport to see how much
When your pup leaves here, he will be freshly bathed, but quite often, pups get air sick, or can't hold it for the entire trip, so bring along some paper towels, and if you have access to it, a bag of shredded paper, it works much better at keeping messes off your pup then just a towel or newspapers laid flat in the bottom of the crate. There will be feed and water dishes attached to the crate, so you don't have to worry about bringing those. Depending on how far you have to drive home, you may need to bring some feed, to start the feed changing process, and a bottle of water. Here at the kennel, we have a deep water well, with pure, untreated water, so if you have a source of non- chlorinated water, it would be better for the pup.
If you are not far from home, it most likely will be better to not feed the pup at the airport, though a drink of water should be offered. The exception to this rule would be toy breed pups, these need frequent feedings to avoid sugar shock.
I usually put the shot record and registration papers in an envelope and tape it securely on top of the crate. However, on occasion, the airline accidentally rips it off when they take off their paperwork, so make sure they don't do that. It will have your name written on it. Also, the crate your pup is shipped in will be sufficient in size that you can use it for several weeks if you chose to house break your puppy by crate training it. (the best method, in my opinion.)
Please do not
try to leash break your pup in the airport parking lot. New
collars can be difficult to get adjusted right, and your pup
will undoubtedly have a tantrum his first few times on a leash,
and a busy airport parking lot is not a good place to have a
A bag of feed will be attached to your pup's crate if shipped, or given to you when you pick up your pup here. This is the feed that they are accustom to eating. You will need to decide before hand what type of puppy food you wish to feed, then over the pups first few days at home, mix the 2 feeds together, gradually increasing the amount of the new feed. This will help prevent sudden changes to the digestive system of the pup. And while nearly everyone thinks of feed changes, most people don't realize that the change in water can be just as stressing as a food change. We have a deep water well, there is absolutely no chlorine or chemicals added to our water. The switch to chlorinated water can kill off digestive bacteria in the gut, causing among other things, a temporary bloody stool.
frequently asked to recommend a type of feed for pups. I
absolutely stay out of dog food discussions. Nothing starts a
fight faster among humans than discussing various dog foods. My
only advice is to read the ingredient list, and understand what
it means. Chicken by product meal, doesn't sound all that
appetizing does it? Well, in reality, it's chicken backs
and possibly feet. You know, the backs your grandma used
to fix for you when you were down and in the need of a good
healthy bowl of chicken soup.
As soon as you get home, take your pup out to the spot in your yard you want him to use for his toilet. Give him some time to explore, sniff, and in general take in his new surroundings. Give him a chance to settle in before offering food, if the flight time and trip home have not been overly long.
Pups will react in one of two ways to new surroundings. They will either be a bit nervous and shy, or in the case of most terriers, they will be ready to explode into action after being crated for so long during shipping. Let them get some exercise, but remember, especially if you have children, pups are just like babies, they do sleep a lot. Make sure you give the pup some rest time between romping with the human kids. Do not be alarmed if the pup is a bit shy at first. Remember, they have just left the only home they have ever known, and are in a totally strange, new place. Even the climate may be different. Dogs sense of smell is far more sensitive than ours, even the air will smell different. And with that comment, I have a funny dog story to share.
I spend a lot of
time socializing my pups to make them great family companions,
so it worries me if pups act unfriendly or frightened when
visitors come to the kennel to see them. On several occasions,
I have seen pups that were the most lovable, friendly little
guys you ever saw, that would freeze in total terror when held
by some woman. I just couldn't understand it. At that time,
all my kennel helpers were female, so they were accustomed to
women, had they had a reaction like that to a man holding them,
it would of made more sense. Took me forever to figure out what
was causing it. It bothered me for a long time. But one day a
lady came to look at a pup, and it came to me in a
flash.....well, actually, it came to me on the breeze, I smelled
her when she opened the car door, even though I was a good 20
feet away, she must of stumbled when putting on her perfume and
dumped a 1/2 a bottle on herself! Sure enough, when I handed
her a sweet, friendly little pup, the poor pup froze in absolute
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