Waiting Lists - In an effort to give a more definitive answer regarding upcoming puppies, we are making changes to our waitlists.
We will be keeping current lists of all pups that will be ready between now and approximately 6 weeks out. When you inquire about a specific breed, we will know what is upcoming. At that time, we will earmark a specific litter for you. We will be requiring a $50.00 non-refundable deposit in order to earmark a pup and schedule your visit. When you come to visit, if you decide to take a pup home, we will than apply that $50.00 towards the cost of your pup. Should the pup not be a good fit, we will move your deposit over to another breed or litter for you.
Crate Training - This is my explanation in a nutshell.
The pup will spend a lot of time in the crate for the first 6-8 weeks after going to your home. The theory behind crate training is that dogs do not want to lay in their own waste. There is always the exception to the rule, but for the most part this is accurate. If you are not watching every single move they are making, they are not outside or in your lap; they belong in their crate. This is not a punishment, they come to love their crate and think of it as their safe place and home.
Crate sizing is important. Too big and they will think it is ok to poop in a corner and lay on the other side. The crate should be big enough for the pup to stand up and turn around.
Example of how a day should go.
Sleeps in crate all night. Carry pup to potty spot, do not let them walk. After he/she goes potty, bring in and serve breakfast. After he/she eats, right back into the crate. Wait 20-30 minutes, take to potty spot, doesn't go potty, right back in the crate. (if he/she goes potty and you need to go to work or can not supervise the pup, right back in the crate is ok too)
Basically, the pup cannot come out for supervised play until you see them potty.
Again, the pup should be in your lap, be in the potty spot, or you are watching every move they make or they are in their crate. These are the only options until potty trained. If you are consistent, you can have the pup trained in approximately 30 days.
I keep in inventory two sizes of crates for your convenience. Mine have an advantage of those you can buy in the pet store. The bottom is grated with a tray underneath. Now, the theory is they won't go potty in the crate, however, if they do . . . the pup doesn't have the opportunity to roll in it and get dirty. The crates you can buy in the store only have trays on the bottom and if their is an accident, you will definitely have a mess. Prices are about the same as the pet store.
I have a 24" x 30" available for $57.00 and it comes in white or black and a smaller one that is about 12" x 18" for $42.00 and is white. I have crate packages too. For either small or large you get a crate and a bed with a removable fleece cover for washing. The large crate package is $75.00 and the smaller one is $55.00 Great for gift giving!
I mention the above as so many people tell me that they stop on the way to my kennel to pick up a crate and say they wish they knew that I had them available.