Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does OFA mean?
OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Please see their website for more information.
2. What can I do to maintain my puppies hips?
Hip Dysplasia is not only a product of breeding but is also directly related to the environment of the dog. Amount of food intake, over exercise, and even weather can effect the development of the hips in your new companion. We recommend allowing your puppy to set their limits for exercise for their first year of life. A regulated diet will ensure your puppy grows into their proper shape. Your veterinarian can advice you on the proper amount of food as your puppy changes and grows.
3. What are some initial items I will need for my new companion?
Some basic items will help your new companion into your household. Some items we recommend are a large airline crate for crate training (housebreaking), a grooming brush, nail trimmers, a toothbrush, two bowls, a leash and collar, a veterinarian approved chew toy, and your love and time. More items may become necessary as your puppy grows and that fit your individual needs. Your veterinarian is an excellent source for any item.
4. What do I have to do to change the limited registration ?
We are trying to produce a quality puppy as a companion for new families not necessarily a breeding or show dog. If you choose to pursue these avenues in with your puppy, we require a copy of the following certifications: Hips, Heart, and Eyes through your veterinarian and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. There is also an additional $500 fee for us to change the registration for your companion due BEFORE paperwork is signed.
5. When should I spay/neuter my pet?
You should see your veterinarian for a recommendation on the proper time. Generally, six months is acceptable as all vaccines have been completed at that time.
6. What classes are recommended for my puppy?
A general puppy class (12 - 16 weeks) is a wonderful bonding tool as well as teaching your puppy general manners. It is our belief it helps your puppy as well in the acceptance of your family. The next step would be an obedience class to teach them more generalized basic obedience such as sit, stay, and down. Although recommended, these classes are NOT mandatory to the ownership of a new puppy. They are only tools in the process. See our suggested links for more information.
7. How soon can I visit with my new companion?
Visitation before pick up - We understand a new owner's desire to meet the parents and bond with their new companion as soon as possible. We have a strict policy with regards to pre-Vet visitation to try and maintain as safe an environment with regards to the health of the puppies. We DO NOT allow visitation with the puppies prior to the Vet Visit. We do allow you to come and visit with the parents but have some specific guidelines for this as well. We require that an appointment be made prior to your visit. We ask that you not visit another kennel prior to visiting with us the day of your visit so that we can ensure our health standards are maintained. These standards are another way we work to ensure that when you do get your new companion home that they are as healthy as possible.