Puppy Care:
Here are some things you will find helpful for your puppy's transition into it's new home. If you still have questions feel free to call or email me.
  • Remember your puppy is leaving the home it was born and raised in. Every smell and sound will be different to him. Give him a few days to start adjusting. Only introduce your puppy to your household for the first week he/she's home.
  • Kids loves puppies,and while well meaning, they may not understand how to handle a puppy. Supervise all contact between your puppy and young children. No matter how well behaved, beware. You wouldn't leave your young child in charge of a infant right?
  • Housebreaking: To Crate or Not? The decision is yours alone. You will need to do the best one that fits your need. There is a wealth of information on the Internet and in books to help you decide which is right for you. We start our puppies on puppy pads at about 5-6 weeks of age or when they start weaning from Mom. Normally our puppies go home around 8 wks of age so they are still using pads at that time. If your puppy is older when he/she leaves us, most likely we have started taking the puppy outside to potty. We do not recommend "free" feeding as it makes puppies harder to housebreak. If they have constant access to food, they'll have to go to the potty much more often. I recommend a feeding schedule of 1/4 cup-1/2 cup per feeding 2-3 times daily, depending on puppy's age/size.
  • Until your puppy has received his required booster vaccinations, refrain from taking him into situations where he will encounter other dogs.Public parks, pet stores or any place that is frequented by dogs should be avoided. Though you can't eliminate the vets office, you can hold your puppy while there. Do not let him on the floor. Ask the vet's technician if the examining table has been sanitized before sitting your puppy down on it. If they cannot respect your concern(infact they should be concerned too) I would look for a new vet.  Do not let strangers bring their dog to "meet" yours or allow others to hold him. If asked, just say,"He hasn't had all his shots yet and I'd prefer not to take any risks".
  • Puppy proof your home before his arrival. Electrical cords, paper, houseplants, etc are dangerous to your puppy. Please take the time to go through your home and think from a puppy's view what you can see and get into.
  • A good idea for while you're gone during the day/night- have a gated area/small room(utility, extra bathroom, etc) or a playpen to  put puppy in. Never crate your puppy for more than a few hours.

  • We normally feed our puppies Eukanuba Small Breed, dry puppy food.
  • If you must change the food remember to do so gradually. Allow a week for the change, by mixing the new/old together until you are feeding the new solely.
  • We do not "free" feed our puppies. They are fed 3 times daily. If you choose to "free feed", housebreaking could be tougher.
  • Offer fresh water always.
  • Do not feed him table food.
  • Schedule  his first vet appointment within the first few days of arrival. Your vet will want to get him set up on a regular health routine. It also establishes him as a patient with that clinic in case a emergency arrives Your vet will tell you when the next vaccinations and dewormings are needed as well as flea/tick preventive.

  • I reserve the right to refuse a sale to anyone. If we feel that the placement is not suitable for our puppy then we will and have, said NO! We are obligated to our puppies first. Would you want it any other way?
Supplies: These are suggested items to have on hand when your puppy arrives
  • Blanket-Dachshunds love them!
  • Collar (6-10 inch)  or Harness
  • Leash-4 ft, 5/8 inch width
  • Puppy bed
  • food/water dishes-low sided
  • Puppy food
  • Crate - Medium Sized  and/or Travel crate for vet visits, etc.
  • Small rubber chew toys-(Nylabone, Konga, etc)
  • Small stuffing free toys or rope style toys
  • Toothbrush, get into the habit early-avoid costly cleanings
  • ID- Collar tag w/contact info or Consider microchipping