New Puppy Tips — Things To Think About
&Puppies are full of fun, and we all melt at their adorable little faces! It is so easy to make a quick decision and buy a pup without thinking everything through first. One of the best new puppy tips is to see the parents first and ask lots of questions on the parent’s personalities. Ask to see where the pups were raised. Make sure the breeder offers at least a 30 day guarantee on the puppy. Ask for references. If you have to have it shipped, make sure it’s insured. Here are a few more things you should think about before purchasing your next family member:
Where is he going to sleep — A crate is best until he is house broken, it won’t have so many accidents, and keep him from chewing on things he shouldn’t.
What is he going to eat — There are so many dog foods out there! Keep in mind a good dog food smells good to you, and it should be firm, not crumbly. We recommend Eagle Pack dog food, it smells good, tastes good, and it keeps the dogs coat looking shiny and healthy. A little cottage cheese or yogurt is good to add to your puppy’s food the first week when you bring him home. Feed him 3 times a day till he is 12 weeks old, the last meal should not be after 6:00 P.M. so he shouldn’t have to poop at night.
Where is he going to go to the bathroom — Wondering how to train a puppy to go to the bathroom where you want it to? Pick your spot and keep going to the same spot every time and say something like go pee now, reward him when he goes, and you should be able to house train him quickly. He will need to go … when he wakes up, after he eats, during play, averaging about every 2 hours at first. If you crate him at night, there will be fewer accidents.
Puppy Tips On Where to take him when he is sick or needs his shots — Interview the veterinarians in your area. Ask your neighbors who they go to and do they like their vet’s care and concern. Ask if they take emergencies at nigh and if not, ask where the nearest emergency clinic is. It’s not fun to think about it, but emergencies do happen, so it is best to be prepared.
Will he get along with your child, cat or other dog — Meet the parent dogs of the puppy, if possible. Ask the breeder if they get along with cats and other dogs. Chances are you can train your puppy to get along with your other family members, but it’s still good to ask and realize it might not be the best breed for getting along with other animals and children. do your research and choose a breed that will fit your life style. Just because a puppy is cute doesn't mean that its natural instincts and inbred traits will be right for you and your family. Research breed characteristics and health issues before you buy a pup!
Now that you thought through the most important issues, go find your next family member!! Have fun, be choosy and make friends with the breeder! They should want you to call and ask questions before and after the purchase of a puppy. If not,they may not be a good breeder to purchase from. It’s the breeders pride and joy to hear back from their customers and get pictures of the dog their puppy turned out to be! Its hard work to raise a batch of puppies and a good breeder will go by what they hear from their customers, if they should breed those same dogs again.
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Tips for selling your puppies
Congratulations on your beautiful litter of puppies!!
*You should worm your puppies every 2 weeks from birth until 8 weeks old.
*Start the babies on moistened puppy food at aprox. 4 weeks of age.
*It is recommended you get your puppies checked by a licensed veterinarian
*Ask your vet what shots your puppies need and let him/her administer them or give them yourself, put the sticker on the health certificate for the new owners.
*Breeds vary, but 8 - 14 weeks is the recommended age of maturity for puppies to leave mom and siblings for their new homes.
*You’ll want to start advertising your puppies as soon as possible to get buyers who want their puppies at a certain time of year.
When a buyer contacts you to purchase a puppy....
*You should get their name, address, ph # and their email
*If the puppy is younger than 8 weeks old and you need to hold a pup, ask for a deposit.
*Having your ads posted anywhere on the internet exposes you to scammers. To avoid being scammed please be advised of the following tips……..
• When an email arrives and it doesn’t seem to care much which puppy they get, they don’t ask many questions about the puppy, but are more concerned about you giving them an address to send their check/money order to……. beware. Its good to ask them lots of question before selling your puppy. Demand that they call you and speak with you directly.
• When the email has no dotted i’s and has very poor grammar/spelling……… beware
• When it is from other countries…….. beware.
• NEVER NEVER give out your password for any reason!
• When the check comes and it is for more then the pup and shipping, the check will be no good. They will ask you to cash the check and send the overage back, usually by Western Union. This is a classic ripoff known as the Nigerian Scam.
• Never ship a puppy before a check is cleared, be careful when accepting Western union funds.
How to ship your puppy
Requirements to Ship
• Animals must be at least 8 weeks of age.
• Shipping kennel or cage must meet standards for size, ventilation, strength and design.
• Animals must have enough room to stand up and turn around. Kennels must be equipped with one food and water cup. Kennels must be marked with shipper's name, address and phone number and pick-up person's name, address and phone number (if different from shipper), Live Animal Stickers should be applied to the kennel and the last time fed and watered indicated. Place newspaper or absorbent material on the bottom of the crate.
• Animal may not be exposed to temperatures of less than 45 degrees Fahrenheit unless there is an acclimation statement by a Veterinarian.
• Health Certificate must be issued by a licensed Veterinarian and be no more than 10 days old.
• Animals may not be brought to the airline more than 4 hours before a flight.
• Animals less than 16 weeks of age must be offered food and water if transit is more than 12 hours. Older animals must have food at least every 24 hours and water at least every 12 hours.
• Animals over 16 weeks must have rabies shots current.
Things to Consider
• If shipping international (including Hawaii) check the quarantine laws.
• Do not give your pet solid food in the six hours before the flight.
• Do not give your pet sedation without your veterinarians approval.
• Try to schedule a non-stop flight and avoid heavy travel times.
Airlines that Ship Pets
Ken Campbell 1-859-276-1191
Judie Grant. 334-363-9061
Danny Freeman 304-617-9785