Update on Payton and Montana's puppies

Hi everyone, I hope all of you are doing well and staying warm! We have been super busy here and have not forgotten you. I have been using a system for the puppies, that uses pine pellets and have been litter training them using that system. It worked great, with one little hitch..... I have found out that I am allergic to dust. Because of that little issue, I have gotten behind on my phone calls, pics and video's. I have had to entirely re-vamp my puppy room, and move to a different system, which was a trial and error deal, which took some time working the glitches out of. That is a work in progress, but I think that we are getting there. I have had to tear the whole area apart, move everything around, vacuum and scrub everything down, and buy additional equipment for the new system, which was very time consuming and exhausting. We have moved to using puppy pads instead of the pine pellet method. I have found that taping the puppy pads down to the floor with painters tape, slows the pups down from taking off with the puppy pads and ripping them up. The brand "Glad" also makes puppy pads with adhesive on the back, which I have ordered, but they have not came yet, which is why I tried the painters tape. The puppies are doing great, but keeping me very busy! lol! 

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The puppies are doing great. Many of you have asked for a quick pic of them, so that you could see their progress. I have tried and this is what a quick pic turns out like......

Not exactly my idea of a great pic of a puppy to give anyone any idea of what they really look like. To get a decent pic or video of the pups, is about a 2 to 3 day ordeal, with this many puppies. I will be working on that this weekend and hope to get them online soon. I also will be making phone calls this weekend to schedule pick up times and answer any further questions on the puppies. I have 12 puppies to take pics and video's of, and 12 families to call. I will get it done as quickly as I can. 

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To save a little time with my phone calls, I wanted to post additional information on here. The puppies will have all been dewormed twice and have their first shots before they leave. When you come to pick up your puppy, I will have you pull into my lane and call me from your car when you get here, so as to social distance with all of this Covid stuff that we are having to deal with. When I bring your puppy out, I will also be giving you a signed copy of the contract, the AKC registration paper, and a copy of their health records. You will need to take the copy of the health records with you to your vet, so the vet knows what all has already been done. If you have a toy or blanket that you wish to have the mother's scent on, I can take it and rub it on the mom at that time, and bring it back out to you. If you want to see the mom, I can also bring her out with me. 

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The puppies are now starting to be weaned, and eating hard food very well. I would like everyone to keep their puppies on the food that they are now on, for at least 2 weeks, and then if you desire to change food, just do it gradually, by adding a little of the new in with the old. The puppies are now on Purina Pro Plan puppy food. Purina is in the process of changing their labeling, so the same food is in two types of bags for the time being, until their switch is complete. These are the bags...

I recommend start out by feeding 3 times a day, as much as the puppy will eat in about a 15-20 minute time period. I would try about 3/4 cup or so per feeding to begin with, adjusting for the individual puppy, and their growth. I believe there is a chart on the bag for a general feeding amount guideline as well. As the puppy gets older, you can cut down to a morning and evening feeding. I like the twice a day feeding schedule, even for my adult dogs.  The more you maintain a feeding schedule, the easier it will be to get the puppies on a potty schedule, which makes house training much much easier.

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I highly recommend crate training for all puppies. Dogs/puppies are den animals, and learn to like their own little private space, if used appropriately. Crate training is an excellent tool for house training and keeping the puppy safe, when you cannot be there watching them. I have had some people think it is cruel, but it is not, if used properly. It is VERY important to introduce the crate to a puppy when they are young. There is almost guaranteed, to come a point in every dog's life, where they will need to be crated, whether it be at the groomers, or at a vet office. If they are not trained when they are young, it can be a very traumatic experience when they are older, and the dog can panic and even injure themselves seriously, out of fear of it. So, please make sure to introduce the puppy to the crate at a very young age, so that they can be comfortable in it. Always remove a collar from the puppy before crating. The collars can get caught and the puppy/dog can be strangled by the collar. If you leave a toy in the crate, choose a very durable toy, such as a rope toy, nylabone, kong toy, etc. Always inspect the toy frequently to make sure that parts are not getting chewed off of it. Putting less durable toys in the crate, can not only become a choking hazard, but they can get pieces off that can be swallowed, which then can make a blockage in the intestine. Worst case scenario of that situation is death. Best case is surgical removal, so it is best to try to avoid the situation.  I advise people to completely stay away from raw hide bones. 

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I highly recommend obedience training your puppy. The more trained your puppy is, the more fun and pleasurable they are to have around. There are endless resources online for training. If using treats for training, or just for a treat, I don't have a particular brand to recommend. I use many different kinds. My only advise, is to stick with trusted name brands of which ever treats that you decide to use. 

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I hope this answers a lot of questions. I will be in touch soon to set up appointments, send links to pics and video's, and schedule puppy pic up times.

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Thank you,

Kim