Q: Can I bring my dog to your house when I come?
A: We do not permit other dogs to come for visits. We have this policy for several reasons:
- Bio-security: there are some doggie germs that are transmitted unintentionally from other dogs, even if the dogs appear to be healthy. We do our best to have good bio-security practices for the optimum health of our dogs. In addition, human visitors may be asked to remove their shoes before/upon entering, to wash their hands before touching dogs and other bio-security measures we feel are necessary, to protect our puppies from deadly diseases we might unknowingly be carrying.
- Our dogs are protective of our family as most dogs are and most will not welcome with open arms other dogs onto their "turf". Stranger dogs will cause a lot of stress to protective mamas and we don't want them to get stressed out. It is best to introduce new dogs to each other in a neutral territory such as a park, rather than someone's home. Some dogs do fine with it, while others are more protective and not as welcoming. We have both types.
- The experience of visiting dogs does not go as people would like it to, as both visiting dogs and our dogs will be uncomfortable and us humans will be uncomfortable seeing our dogs uncomfortable, so it will not be a good experience for anyone.
- Please follow the links in the Article section of our Health page for how to introduce a puppy to an older dog.
Q. Is it safe to bring my puppy out in public, after picking him/her up?
A. Your puppy will have at least one set of puppy shots before leaving our home. Please discuss this concern with your vet and be sure to bring his vaccination records. According to some vaccine manufacturers, it may take 7-21 days for the puppy to develop immunity from the date of his vaccine. We recommend bringing your puppy out to socialize but keeping him/her off the ground/floor until 21 days after the 3rd set of vaccinations.
Q: What do I need to buy or do before picking up my puppy?
A: Please read our Checklist below. We will provide you with up to date Puppy Notes, to let you know what the puppy is currently eating, his/her daily routine, vaccination and health information. Please do the following puppy "homework" below in advance.