Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
One of the easiest ways to potty train a puppy is to simply pay attention and watch for signals. Make sure your puppy is always where you can see him when his is loose in the house. You may need to use baby gates or close doors to keep your puppy from wandering off and going potty in the house. When you notice the puppy sniffing around or if you see him start to squat, quickly scoop him up and take him outside.
Monday, April 1, 2013
While responsible breeders do ‘sell’ you a product, a puppy, this is not one of those ‘the customer is always right’ situations. This is a living, breathing creature. Common sales practices and procedures do not apply. Here are my suggestions if you are looking to add a puppy to your home.
|A quality puppy is worth the wait.|
Looking for a breeder instead of a puppy also gives you the opportunity to make a personal connection with a breeder. You can be sure both parties share the same criteria, goals, and expectations from a breeding. If the breeder you have chosen ends up not having a litter any time soon or the breeding doesn’t take, the worst that could happen is you form a great relationship with an experience mentor. They can refer you on to other breeders with the same morals and goals you are looking for in a breeder and dogs that produce the same quality or physical appearance and temperament that you are looking for.
The next item to note is that you should expect to wait for a puppy. I would say it’s rare to wait less than 6 or 8 months for the perfect puppy for your family, sometimes a year or better. Would you rather get a puppy today with no background or that doesn’t quite fit your family? Or wait to get matched up with a puppy that will mesh will with your situation. In the long run you will always wish you picked the later.
|Waiting when you want something so bad is hard,|
but in the case of a quality puppy it's worth the wait.
On the other hand, if you shoot a breeder an email that says, “Hey, I see you sell Mastiff puppies, how much do they cost?” they are likely to trash that email and not respond. You have to remember while you are purchasing a puppy, they are adopting out one of their babies. I look at this almost more of an interview process with a purchase option for approved homes than a sales situation. If you do come across a breeder who will sell you a puppy with little to no background knowledge of you as a purchaser, you should run! If they aren’t screening homes, they have no real interest in what becomes of that puppy. That means in a year when you need support and help with your puppy you will likely get no help.
|When the cute puppy above turns into this|
slobber monster are you prepared?
So the day has come, you have been approved by the breeder, you talk once a week about the upcoming litter… now the puppies are here! First thing you want to do is come and see them. Who wouldn’t want to see the babies? Well, don’t get to upset, because you probably aren’t going to get to for some time. It is important for breeder to keep their newborn puppies in a clean germ free environment until their first round of shots (at minimum). I know you want to come see how adorable they are when they are only a week old, but the risk of you bringing in some unknown pathogen, a parvo cell that you picked up off the sidewalk, a corona virus you got from the park yesterday on your shoe, or any other illness, virus or germs is too high. Even if you don’t have pets the risk is still too great. A good breeder will keep potential buyers up to date with pictures, but don’t expect to get to visit the puppies until closer to 7 or 8 weeks of age.
Also don’t expect to get to pick out your puppy. Some breeders are more picky about this than others, but if you want the blue boy puppy for a service dog and he is standoffish and aloof he’s just not going to be the best fit. If you want a puppy to be your first show dog and you pick a puppy deemed as “pet quality”, then you are doing yourself a disservice and setting yourself up for failure. The breeder has been hand raising these pups for 2 months. By this point in your breeder/buyer relationship you should trust them to guide you to the best fit puppy for your family.
All that being said, it is important to remember that a the breeders responsibility is not to make you happy, it’s to ensure each of the lives they helped bring into this world get the best chance to have a happy healthy life with the optimal environment to thrive. A breeders responsibility is to the breed itself, bettering the breed, protecting the breed. Just remember that the rewards of waiting to be matched with the best fit puppy far outweigh the frustration of waiting a few months to add a new family member to your household.