Thank you for considering one of our puppies. I invite and encourage you to read the different areas of our website. The information that is posted will put you at ease. “Dogs” are the main focus of our family. It is important to us that you know and understand the amount of time that we put into each and every one of the dogs that are in our care. If this section has not answered the questions that you have, please do not hesitate to call. We welcome calls at any time.
Every litter is raised in our nursery and start their lives with constant supervision. At five weeks of age, the puppies are moved from the nursery to the puppy playroom, where they are introduced to stimulus, children and cats. Not much will phase or startle these puppies once they have lived their first couple of months in our house.
In 2009, we had an addition built onto our home to allow the puppies to stay in a beautiful sun room with lots of natural lighting, as well as its own heating and AC units to provide them with perfect temps. I also had a dehumidifier added to the room to avoid upper respiratory issues in our humid months. The nursery is separated from my office by just a sliding glass door so they can have constant observation. The puppies also have a sliding glass door exit that takes them right outside to their own play yard.
I start to introduce food to the pups around 5 weeks of age. When momma is outside, the puppies are offered food several times a day. By the time I wean, the puppies they are doing very well on their puppy food. Momma spends less and less time with them during the 5th week, and by 6 weeks I like to have the babies weaned. This leaves 2 weeks without momma and on their own for their meals before they start moving to new homes at 8 weeks.
6-8 Weeks of Age
This is a critical time for the puppies and one of the most demanding of our families’ time and care. This is where our daughters play such an important role. When our puppies are weaned, I split the litter up into groups of 2 or 3. This helps them start to learn independence and not to rely on the “Pack”. I have found that with this technique, you end up with less dominance, submission and passive behavior. I have very “Even-Tempered” puppies. At 6 weeks of age, they have started potty and crate training. They are introduced to “potty pads” when they are inside and weather permitting, they take lots of trips outside to play with the girls. All of our puppies are put in their crates at night, tucked in with soft music playing, and not disturbed until morning.
Health Care & Prevention
The health of our puppies is critical to us. Every puppy has his own individual file and detailed records that go with every puppy to their new family. All routine medical needs are continued until they reach their new homes.
- 2-4-6-8 weeks of age, the puppies are dewormed with Pyrentel.
- 6-8-10-12 weeks of age, the puppies are vaccinated for Distemper/Parvo.
- 8 weeks of age, puppies are vaccinated for Bordetella.
- 8 weeks of age, all puppies receive their "Frontline" for flea and tick prevention.
- 8 weeks of age, all puppies receive their "Heartgard" for prevention of heartworms.
I work very closely with two of our local veterinarians, Dr. Boyd Mills of Durant Animal Hospital and Dr. Joe Ferguson of Ferguson Animal Health. They do a complete exam on every one of my puppies before they leave to go to their new family. At this visit, the vet signs a “Health Certificate” stating that he feels our puppies are healthy and free of infectious disease. Many critical areas are checked and evaluated during this puppy exam such as: heart, lungs, eyes, ears, bite, throat, flexion of hips as well as overall skin, coat and body condition. Each puppy’s temperature is taken and the puppy is checked for external parasites such as fleas, ticks and ear mites. I can say, with 100% certainty, that every one of our puppies have passed their Puppy Exam with flying colors!
Because we never know when one of our puppies is going to be adopted, we pride ourselves on raising every one of them like they are staying forever. The puppy that you receive will be healthy, happy and well socialized. We appreciate you considering one of ours to be one of yours, and if your questions have not been answered in this presentation, give us a call and we would be happy to visit with you.