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NEW PUPPY CARE:

We are confident in our ability of sending you a puppy well adjusted for your home. From the time our puppies are born, they are handled daily and called by name, once we or you have appointed them one. Music is played for their pleasure and socialization. Our children also interact with them.  It's been said puppies feet must touch at least 7 different textures by the age of 8 wks.  We can guarantee ours have done over 20.  We are very hands-on!
*To make the transition to your home the least amount of stress on everyone, please read and carefully follow our instructions below.  We are not experts but having raised puppies for 16 years, have gained much needed knowledge. 
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BATHING:
Baths are given at least twice by the age of 8 wks. and nails trimmed. We use human toenail clippers on our puppies. In continuing these efforts, bathing should always be a bonding time rather than a battle.

***Australian Shepherd puppies will do well with a weekly brushing.  We find that twice a year, once they've reached adulthood, a very thorough brushing needs to be done on them to remove large clumps of excess hair. 

***Miniature Dachshund puppies that are smooth coated need little grooming, longhaired need weekly brushing behind the ears, top of their legs and around the tail (the areas of friction and constant rubbing).  The wires vary from puppy to puppy, some have little wire, almost a smooth coat with wisps, these require little grooming.  Then the other extreme would be the soft wires which look like Teddy Bears.  These require the most brushing, twice a week over their entire body would be sufficient, most attention given to the areas of friction. 

*Oatmeal shampoo is excellent for conditioning your puppies skin & coat.  Also adding Omega 3 over their kibble can help.

PUPPY FOOD:
We begin feeding Life's Abundance All Life Stages dogfood to our puppies at 5 1/2 weeks of age (samples will be given with your puppy).  We free feed our puppies, for optimal growth and to prevent hypo-glysemia.  By clicking on the link above, you can pre-order and have the puppy food delivered right to your door.  *Less stress is put on a puppy when they continue with the same puppy food they are accustomed to. 

To encourage your new puppy to eat for the first few days until they feel more comfortable you can smear cottage cheese, plain yougurt, canned Proplan puppyfood etc. on their kibble.  Puppies are often enticed by a fried egg slightly salted and left somewhat runny.

*Karo syrup or honey can be smeared on the roof of their mouth to energize them to eat.  Veterinarians sell Nutrical.   

*Hypo-glysemia can be brought on by your puppy becoming chilled (ours are raised in a 75 degree environment), stressed from many different things such as more commotion then he or she is used to, children playing too hard, other household pets, too many new people being introduced.  Not unlike human children, these Toy puppies especially, need to eat proper (4 x a day works best until they are more accustomed to their new home), and sleep several times throughout the day.

***Australian Shepherd puppies are generally eating 1 cup per day at 8 wks. of age.  By adult age, 2-3 cups if living a moderately active lifestyle.

If you choose to change dogfood brands, wean them out gently. It is a 6 day process of adding a little more each day of the new variety. By day 7, your puppy will be strictly on the new. 

DENTAL CARE:
80% of puppies have bad teeth by the age of 3. We recommend you buy healthy treats such as: Greenies, Milkbones or rawhides which help eliminate the tartar and bad breath. Rawhides need to be supervised so that your dogs doesn't choke.  A good quality food can also do much good in this area.

Toys of all kinds, soft to tough, help eliminate the different types of plaques with accumulate on their teeth.

*February is Pet Dental Month, meaning less expensive rates.

 

webassets/nuveta.jpg  We recommend NuVet Plus vitamins as their daily cookie.  Call 800-474-7044 Order code: 42348

  • TOYS:  Having a variety of different toys will help to entertain your puppy when you can't be present.  Once toys have been damaged from extensive chewing dispose of them before they become ingested by your dog.

    ***Toy/Miniature Austalian Shepherds do well with all toys, fetching ones especially.

    ***Miniature Dachshunds seem to adore stuffed toys.

    VACCINATIONS:
    Before puppies go home, at 8 wks. of age, they have received their 1st vaccination of Parvovirus (Nobivac)  then we begin the 5-way series (Galaxy Canine 1-DAPPv). You will need to get a 2nd round in this series at 9 wks. of age. Then follow up with a final 3rd round by12 weeks of age.  The Rabies vaccine will be given at the 12-16 wk. mark by your veterinarian as well. It is extremely important to safeguard your puppy until he or she has received the final round of immunizations. Do not visit public places where other dogs have been.  Your puppy is not protected from disease until he/she has finished their 4-step vaccination series. This includes such places as Petsmart, Murdochs, pet parks, even your veterinarians office.  Our puppies are taken in a crate or held in our arms to receive their first puppy visit at 7 wks. of age.

    Deworming with Pyrantel & Paomote, will also have been done at 4, 6, & 8 wks. of age. 

    VETERINARIAN EXAMINATION:

    My veterinarian with 30 years expertise does a very thorough examination at 6-7 wks. of age.  He is also a breeder and provides us with 5 days worth of Metronidazole (firms stools) to send home with new puppies.  Metron is for stress diarrhea which is very common in puppies.  Their whole world is about to change, new surroundings, voices, scents, excitement of meeting so many new people can be stressful for a 3# puppy.

    HANDLING SAFEGUARDS:  New puppies can be so full of life and excitement.  It is best to remember that when picking them up.  Be sure to have a secure grip on them when you hold them so they don't wiggle out of your grasp and fall.  Never pick them up by their front legs, always under the belly & behind.  *Children do well to sit down and hold the puppy on their lap.

       


Remember, a new puppy will need many little naps throughout the day.  This would be a good time to introduce him or her to it's crate.  If you have multiple floors in your home, a crate with a comfy bed is nice for your pet on each floor.  When he/she is tired they can curl up securely at any time and nap.
POTTY TRAINING:
Our puppies 1st begin eliminating on pee pads/newspaper and very quickly pick up how to use a puppy-door (pet door) for their duties thereafter. Upon coming home to you & their "new" surroundings, they will need to learn your accomadations. Give them a small washable area (laundry room, kitchen or bathroom) of confinement 1st, when you are unable to watch them. Nearly every 2 hours you will need to take your puppy outdoors. Winter can be a bit tricky especially with tiny puppies and the smooth coated Miniature Dachshunds (dogs who prefer 70 degree temperatures).  Continuing to eliminate on pee pads/newspaper will assure they don't get chilled from the low temperatures.  If you do take them to the great outdoors, dress them accordingly, just as we people do. Puppies easily get sick when their core dips in temperature.  Go with them so they don't feel as if they're in trouble. Remind him or her to "Potty". Shortly after waking, eating or playing are also critical times.  Using a crate beside your bed can be very helpful as well.  The crate also doubles as a safe haven for trips to the vet.

IDENTITY:  We recommend micro-chipping as well as a collar with your name & phone # on it for your new pet.  Many people will return a pet whose tagged but keep a pet who is not.  Micro-chipping has helped pets & owners find one another 6 or more months later. 

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