Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old will my puppy be when I pick him/her up?

A: your puppy will be a minimum of 8 weeks old.

Q:  How big will my puppy be when I get him/her?

A:  Approximately 12 lbs. 

Q:  What weight will my puppy grow to?

A:   About 60 lbs depending on parents

 

Q:  What vaccinations will my puppy have?

A:  Your puppy will have 1/3 one of 3 required vaccinations required for puppies.

Q:  Will my puppy have a Microchip?

A:  Yes, your puppy will already have a microchip placed (just under the skin between the shoulders). It's about the size of a grain of rice, and is placed by a veterinarian.  To register visit: Free Pet Chip Registry.  This is done after you have your puppy and know the microchip number.

 

Q: When does my puppy need to go to the Veterinarian?

A:  Please schedule an appointment within 2 weeks of picking up your puppy.

 

Q:  Will I have records to take to the veterinarian?

A:  Absolutely.  We will provide both the health record and vaccination history to take to your veterinarian.

 

Q: When is spay/neuter recommended?

A: Six months is good timing, but speak to your veterinarian for their recommendations as they are the ones who will be performing the surgery.

 

Q:  What comes with my puppy?

  • A puppy pack including

  • A bag of food

  • A blanket smelling of mom

  • A toy

  • Starter kit and information

  • CKC registration paperwork

  • Pre-implanted microchip

  • Microchip paperwork

  • Vaccination and health record

  • A small bag of litter that the puppies are used to, so you can sprinkle it on the area you wish for them to go potty.

Q:  Will my puppy get car-sick? 

A:   It happens and many do. Be prepared for this, by traveling with a small blanket or disposable waterproof pad just in case.

 

Q :  What will my puppy be eating?

A:  We feed Iams Dry large breed puppy food. ( yellow bag ) Iams is recommended by the veterinary association as a balanced nutrition for your puppy. We've had good results with Iams products. I will give you a bag of puppy food for easy transition.

 

Q: How often will my puppy need to eat?

A:  A Eight week old puppy needs to eat 3x per day. ½ cup of dry food  3 x a day.

 

Q:  When do I feed my puppy?

A:  Once in the morning, once at noon and once at supper time 5-6 pm.

Q:  Should/is it safe to take my puppy out into public places/dog parks/ public parks?

A:   No it is not safe initially. Your puppy will go home with the first vaccination, but will require 2 more before he/she is safe from many diseases that are threatening to him/her. Wait and be safe. 

Q: Will my puppy be potty trained?

A:  No not fully. The puppies are very smart and catch on very quickly. We have the puppies using a separate area for eating, playing and relieving themselves. When the bladder is small your puppy will require more trips outside, I suggest every hour. This helps train you and your baby. Being consistent is a big factor. Reward heavily for good potty behavior. Puppies thrive on positive attention and feedback. Be sure to take your little one out after every meal, this also helps with the training.

 

Q:   Should my puppy sleep in a crate/kennel?

A:  We do suggest the crate training method. This is a very effective way to help with potty training; it also does prevent the puppy from getting into anything that they shouldn’t as well as protect your items. At first a puppy will protest over being in the crate but it will soon become a safe place and a little quiet space for them when needed. Feeding your puppy in there does help make it a positive place as well as treats. Be sure to only make it a good safe place don’t put your puppy in there if they are naughty or do something they shouldn’t, this will not help your cause.

 

Q:   What items will I need for my new puppy?

  • A soft bed

  • A kennel if you choose to use the kennel training method.

  • Chew toys, squeaky, fun toys to redirect if they are wanting to chew other things in the house.

  • Water bowl

  • Food bowl

  • Leash, 6 foot is a good length

  • A collar, small size but adjustable as they grow fast.

  • Treats for training

  • Nail clippers

  • A brush

  • Dog shampoo

  • Patience and consistency