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Taking your puppy home (what to expect)

Your puppy will go home with:

a puppy pack containing the following


  • Registration papers ( may come mailed)

  • Health Record 

  • 2 year Genetic/health and wellness guarentee

  • Paid enrollment fee for Trupanion pet insurance or AKC 30 days of pet insurance, may not apply in some states

  • Training information

  • new puppy handbook

  • a list of toxic substances to puppies

  • new puppy check list

  • a beginner's guide to dog shows

  • seasonal dog health tips 

  • Tips on basic care for your dog

  • In case of emergency form

  • Pamphlets with information about exciting AKC events

  • nuvet supplement samples and info

  • goody bag with shampoo, toys, treats and small pack of puppy pads for the trip home


By the time your puppy leaves our care he/ she will have been:


  • Vaccinated 

  • wormed several times

  • treated preventativily for Coccidia (Generic Albon, 7 Days)

  • treated preventatively for Giardia (Safeguard, 7 days)

  • first gentle flea, oatmeal bath with preventative flea drops (8 weeks old)

  • checked by a liscensed vet (completed fecal sample)

  • temperament tested

  • exposed to cats, small children, adult dogs.

  • bathed several times

  • introduced to crates

  • exposed to having nails trimmed

  • exposed to potential irritating stimulous such as having face messed with while eating, having ears played with, exposed to loud noises and noisy and potentially frightening objects for desensitization.

  • Puppies will also go home with a small bag of food, a toy or blanket that has been raised with the litter, a bag of treats, and the collar that they have worn since whelp (as a keepsake)

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First step !

Dont forget your NuVet Supplements

we Offer an extended 1 year health and wellness guarantee for our puppies on top of our standard 1 year health and wellness guarantee, if you keep your puppy on Nuvet supplements for the first 2 years of life ! It is that Important to us that our puppies immune system is optimally supported during the first few most crucial developmental years

  When parents find out they are going to have a child they make all sorts of preparations. A room is set aside and possibly the walls are covered with an appropriate wallpaper or paint, a supply of formula fills the pantry, baby bottles and diapers are purchased in huge quantities, toys and pacifiers are picked out, the baby's doctor is selected, etc. You need to make the same preparations for the puppy, and think about the supplies you will need, the car ride home, and the new puppy's activities, feeding, and health care check-up.




Your puppy is going to need a room or at least a place he can call his own, and a cage or crate will fill this bill. You are better off getting one that is big enough for him to use as an adult. The pup will need food and water bowls, toys to chew on and play with, a collar and leash, a bag of a good quality dry puppy food, and plenty of newspapers or training pads if you are going to housetrain inside.



The car ride home


     The big day arrives, and it is off to pick up the new puppy. Coming home will start out with a car ride from the airport if shipping, or our home. Try to keep this from being an overly stressful experience for the pup. The main problem dogs have with car rides usually is not what we humans refer to as motion sickness, but simple anxiety about the vibrations, sounds, and to a lesser degree, the movement. Many dogs that have developed problems with car rides get nervous or even nauseous before the engine is even started. It is important that this first trip not be a bad experience that regresses into a repetitious behavioral pattern.

Before you leave for home, try to get the pup to go to the bathroom so there are no floods or surprises stimulated by all the excitement of the ride. On this first trip home, we break a cardinal rule about traveling with pets. We do not put them in a crate for traveling. Remember, they are small and easy to hold. Rather, we have someone other than the driver hold the puppy in a blanket or towel and talk or in some way try to distract him from the ride. If you have a long way to go and need to stop for the puppy to relieve himself, do not use a highway rest stop. At his young age, the puppy has very little, if any, protection from common dog diseases, and these areas can easily be contaminated with the organisms causing these conditions.


Being with people the first day home


     Leaving her mother and littermates will probably bring about some anxiety. However, this can be greatly diminished if you plan your schedules so that you will be home with the puppy the first 3 to 4 days. Some breeders suggest leaving the puppy alone and give them time to themselves to adjust to the new surroundings. We disagree. In our homes, we plan for this introductory period by keeping the puppy involved with plenty of attention from children and other family members. When we are not with the puppy, it is sleeping. You will be amazed how time spent in this manner will speed up the housebreaking process. If the children are young or are not familiar with how to handle puppies, you should spend some time with them during these first few days explaining common sense rules on how to play with the puppy.


Getting a health check


     One of the first things you need to do is get the puppy into a veterinarian for an initial puppy examination. You will want to make sure the puppy is in perfect health. Your puppy will go home with a health record that will list all vaccinations, dewormings and the dates that they were given. It is important that you get your puppy into the vet within the first 6 days of bringing your puppy home. your vet will assist you in getting your pup on a vaccination and deworming schedule, and may also reccomend a heartworm and flea and tick preventative plan. It is necessary to keep all records and reciepts for all vet visits, our contract requires them otherwise our 2 year puppy health guarentee will be considered null and void.



Feeding the puppy

What, when, and how to feed puppies becomes a major issue on the first day. Many new owners worry that without his mother’s milk, their pup is going to have a hard time adjusting to his new home. We will give you instructions on what your puppy has been eating. It is a good idea to continue feeding the same type and brand of food for at least a few days. Most people are soon surprised how well puppies make it through this transition because they do not understand how far along dogs are in their development at 7 weeks of age. We typically introduce wet food at 21 days of age. Even though their eyes did not open until 11 to 13 days old, just ten days later, puppies are ready to start on something in addition to Mom’s milk. We will usually take dry puppy food, soak it in warm water for thirty minutes, and then give it to the litter when they are 21 days old. The first day, they may only stick their noses in it and try to lick some of the liquid. But after that, they eat and they eat very well.

After a week or so, the puppies are getting these feedings twice or three times a day. This takes a huge burden off the mother, especially when she has a large litter. Puppies fed on this sort of a schedule grow rapidly and with fewer problems.

As soon as possible, the amount of water mixed in the food is decreased, and then finally eliminated. This depends on how fast the teeth are coming in and is done on the judgment and experience of the breeder. We always tell all new puppy owners to use a dry food formulated for puppies. Most 7 week old dogs can eat this, as it comes from the bag, without any problem. By the time puppies go home at 8 weeks, they are good to go on solid food.




There are many great dog foods available that we reccomend. Please scroll down to view the list of brands. 


All of our adult dogs are fed 4 Health strive
endurance formula


our puppies are fed Purina Pro plan puppy

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