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What type(s) of training do you do prior to puppies leaving your home?Puppies are started on ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) and have been started on crate training and potty training, focusing on going potty outside rather than on potty pads as I believe that they do better when introduced to the natural preferred setting for going potty.
What types of medical appointments do your puppies routinely undergo?At approximately 3 days of age, puppies have their first veterinary examination including having dew claws removed, weights taken, tails docked (Yorkshire Terriers only) and a newborn health examination. At six weeks of age, puppies return to the veterinarian to receive their first set of vaccinations, weights taken and another health exam.
What type of environment are puppies raised in?Puppies are raised in my main living area where I spend the majority of my time. They are handled, cuddled, petted and talked to throughout the day. My other dogs are also in the home and the puppies are familiar and raised around a loving family. Age and weather permitting, puppies are taken outside to play in my large backyard and are introduced to farm animals.
How are your puppies socialized?Puppies are raised around my other dogs from birth inside of the living area of my home. They are cuddled, held and interacted with throughout the day and interact with family and friends that visit my home, including my grandchildren who are trained from the earliest age how to handle small and large animals appropriately and kindly. When puppies are old enough and when weather permits, puppies are brought outside for playtime and are introduced to other farm animals such as chickens, ducks, geese, horses, goats, alpacas, rabbits and my emu! I leave the peacocks out of it as they are in an enclosure not directly attached to my back yard. By the time my puppies go to their new homes, they are very well socialized to most experiences and encounters they are likely to experience. This ensures that they are not generally nervous or overly excitable when they go to their new families.
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