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Common Mistakes That New Dog Owners Might Make

So, your a new dog/puppy owner – congratulations! That is a very fun process but it doesn’t come without some work. I have created a list below, meant to help guide you a few of the most common mistakes in our opinion that new dog owners may run into, even if you aren’t a brand new dog owner, you still may be surprised at something maybe you could improve on. While this information list is not at all created to scold you or make you feel bad, it is to help you and inspire you to do what is right for your puppy. Sometimes there are unique situations where things may be differently, but in most cases many of these mistakes are made often!

1. Possibly the most important rule, do not skip out on anything when it comes to the health of your dog. While I don’t believe that giving your dog a spa day every week and teeth cleaned every other week or purchasing the most expensive dog food you can find is anything that will make your dog live longer, what is important is making sure to take your puppy to the vet when they need to go. When they leave us they will already be up to date on vaccines, dewormings and will of already been to the vet for a check up! But from that moment on, as the new family for your puppy, it is now your responsibility to make sure your dog gets the best care that you can provide. Starting with the rabies vaccines, any other booster vaccines, multiple times per year deworming schedule etc. At your first vet appointment you can ask your vets office if they have a guide of when your puppy should come back for routine care, we also give you a paper that is to help guide you, unless your vet has better ideas to help your puppy in any specific way. Please do not skip out on the health of your dog or your dog may end up suffering and you will end up broken hearted. Like they say, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of a cure!

2. Getting a dog before you are ready or getting the wrong breed for your family. There are many different dog breeds that all have specific situations where they fit best. If you live in a small apartment you probably won’t want a Great Dane puppy, the same as if you live in a large house, with a bunch of children, you probably don’t want a little 2 pound teacup size dog that could easily get hurt because they are so tiny and fragile. Do your research on the breeds you have in mind, we only raise the few breeds we raise because we understand them best and have the most experience with them over other breeds and we have the most love for the kind we choose. You can feel free to ask us questions too if you are considering getting a puppy from us. Also, just because you see a cute little picture of a puppy, please do not make any impulse buy, that puppy will grow up into a grown dog, and a dog is part of family for life! Make sure you are fully ready mentally and physically to get a dog. Some things to think about – Can I afford the dog, dog food, vet care etc? Am I never home to be able to give a dog the time he or she needs to be played with and loved? Is this dog going to be a good size/weight for you? Are you willing to clean up messes, accidents etc?

3. Thinking training isn’t important, while your puppy is a puppy – you may think training isn’t really that important. There will come a day and time where you will of wished you worked harder at training your puppy or getting a professional even to help you train. Patience and love are two very important things needed when it comes to raising and training a puppy. Ever heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? While that isn’t entirely true, it does have truth to it, after your puppy is grown it does become much harder to train the dog. Seek professional help if needed.

4. Not offering enough exercise. Every dog needs exercise! Dogs love to run, play and be active. To much exercise for a young puppy can be a bad thing since the puppies joints are fully developed yet, this is usually not very likely to happen, but just keep in mind if you have a 12 week old puppy, you should not expect your puppy to go run a mile with you tomorrow. They do need exercise to help keep them fit and healthy, also play time helps them sleep better because they are tired! Win win!

5. Wrong Diet. Your vet can always offer you a knowledgeable response when choosing the best food that works well for your puppy that is available in your area. You do not want to feed the cheapest dog food you can find because it usually lacks good nutritional value but at the same time you don’t need to find the most expensive dog food just because it’s more expensive so it must be better right? Not always. It’s a good idea to take a look at what you can afford while also looking over the ingredients on the back of the bag of dog food. we have an article here on our website we wrote specifically about picking out good dog food, you should check it out! We also believe strongly in “free feeding” which means you fill the dogs bowl and let them eat as much as they want, you can take it away from them a few hours before bed so they aren’t wanting to poop in the night (good idea to do with water too) with experience, we have found that not only do our dogs tend to eat less when we don’t offer exact measures amounts, we have also seen dogs become aggressive over food because they know they only get this small amount from you. If your dog starts getting over weight though, that can be a problem then you any need to start adjusting the amount or dog food brand.

6. My dog is very much over weight, isn’t it cute? While that may “look cute” to have an overweight looking dog, that usually isn’t healthy. With most dog breeds they will naturally be a little bit more on the thin side than being over weight. Your vet can help you access this if you believe your dog is over or under weight.

7. Expecting your puppy/dog to hold their bladder to long. You cannot expect a 9 week old puppy to hold his or her bladder for 10 hours, it’s just not going to happen, and if it somehow did, that isn’t very good for your dog to hold it that long. It will depend on how large your dog is but usually there are specific rules that can be followed such as a new puppy that is around 8 to 10 weeks old can usually only hold their pee or poop for a few hours before needing to go to the bathroom. As they get older, they are able to go a little longer. Letting your dog out to go to the bathroom to much is better than not enough.

8. Is Yelling at or spanking my dog something I need to do? Absolutely NOT! While there will be times you are very angry at your pet, this is never the method to use. You want your puppy to trust you, when you are mean not only can that be cruel but it will just make your dog scared of you, especially when a puppy. The best thing you can do is praise your dog or give them a special treat when they do something you want them to do! While we don’t mean you should never tell your dog no, or never swat them on the butt from time to time, there is a place that you need to draw a line and to know when your doing more harm than good. You need time, love and patience to raise a dog!

Hope some of these tips and info have helped! If you have got a puppy from us or are going to soon, ask us questions anytime, we will always do our best to help get some answers for you!

How Often Should My Puppy Get A Bath?

How often should my puppy have a bath? Again, this is one of the most frequently asked questions – and for a good reason! Everyone likes to be clean, right? Well, not exactly. Most humans like to be clean, but dogs on the other hand can typically care less. If they go get into the mud, they are having fun and being “clean” isn’t really that important to dogs, especially puppies!

Dirty dog! Muddy!

They may not care about being clean, and most won’t enjoy the process, BUT since the dogs we raise are considered house dogs, most people would rather not have the dog go get in the mud, and then come inside and lay on your couch or even just track mud on the floor, although, if you think you will have a puppy or even an adult dog that’s NEVER makes messes, there are always going to be at least a few!

So how many times does my dog need a bath? While a dog really doesn’t need a bath more than a few times per year, that is totally fine! Here’s why – dogs have natural oils on the skin that naturally help keep the dogs skin moisturized and in good condition. This oil can be damaged/washed off in a bath. Many dogs can get dry skin fairly easily and especially puppies. If you notice your pup getting dry or itchy skin, that might be a sign you are giving to many baths. Overall, typically there is no correct answer. Since to many baths can do more harm than good, they do appreciate a few baths a year while they may not enjoy the bathing process always, they sure feel better afterwards!

If you find your dog is having itchy skin and isn’t going away, this might signal a visit to your vet just to look your puppy over to make sure there isn’t any other issues. There are lots of great dog and puppy shampoo that is less harsh on the skin but still do a great job cleaning! Burts Bee’s dog shampoo has been our favorite for years. Also, many of the oatmeal shampoos typically work good.

Are Deposits Refundable?

Are deposits sent to us refundable?

Any deposit sent to us is not refundable. The reason for taking a deposit is for us to hold your puppy specifically for you and no one else. The only way a deposit is refundable is if something happens on our side that is our fault, and decided our fault by us. The fee to join our waiting list an any deposit put toward any puppy are 100% non refundable.

The reason deposits are not refundable is because of the time we will spend answering your questions, sending updates pictures as much as we can, starting paperwork in your name, and telling other families that they have to wait until a litter later in the year to get a puppy for their own family, & other reasons. With all due respect to you, PLEASE do not put down a deposit until you are 10000% sure that you are ready for a puppy.

What if we want a puppy from you at a later date? If you want a puppy from us at a later date we will happily honor half of the total deposit toward the puppy toward another puppy at a later date. Example: if your deposit of $200 was placed toward a current puppy, if for some reason you have to back out but want a puppy from us at a later date, we will honor $100 to a puppy at a later date.

If you have ANY questions feel free to reach out to us at anytime!

Deposits are non refundable

Preventing Dog Ear Infections, How Common Are They & How To Treat Dog Ear Infections

Preventing Dog Ear Infections, How Common Are They & How To Treat Dog Ear Infections


Ear infections in dogs are not all that uncommon, and they are very much treatable, however if your dog does have an ear infection, you do want to get it treated as soon as possible so damage to your dogs ears do not occur as well as the longer you take to fix it, the longer your dog will feel miserable or be in pain.
If you are human, I am sure you have had an ear infection probably at least once in your life, and some of us more than once! If you are lucky enough to of never had one – consider yourself lucky! Whether you are a human or a dog – the ears need to be clean to prevent infections from happening, not only is it not fun for your dog but each time your dog gets an ear infection and you need to have it treated – those costs will add up quite a bit pretty quickly!
If your dog’s ears look nasty, one thing you can try pretty easily first at home is by taking a washcloth, or cotton ball with mineral oil and gently try wiping out your puppy’s ears, going no deeper than the first bend on your finger (typically 1-inch MAX or less)
“Ear Mites” are a common cause to your dog having an ear infection, mites plus an ear infection = more mites and worse ear infections and it will keep getting worse until you take care of the problem. Watch for your puppy scratching his/her ears, or even just not acting like normal. Check the ears!

I suspect my dog has an ear infection, but how do I know if my dog has an ear infection?

There are a few questions you must ask yourself that will help you find out or not.
1. When is the last time your dog’s ears were cleaned?
If you have not cleaned your dog’s ears in quite some time, the possibility of them having an ear infection is much higher.
2. Do your dog’s ears look healthy, pink and clear of dirt?
If your pups ears look clean and healthy as far down as you can see, that is great!
3. Do your dog’s ears have a foul smell?
Your dog’s ears should not have any nasty smell coming from them if they do then your dog most likely 99% of the time has an ear infection!
4. My dog’s ears smell fine, look fine, and I keep up with cleaning them or having a professional clean them, but I still suspect an ear infection or something wrong with my dog’s ears! Now what?!
When in doubt, put the safety and health of your dog first, take them to your local licensed veterinarian and have your dog checked out!
So… What is the best way to prevent your dog from getting an ear infection? The answer is simply to do your best to keep your dog’s ears clean as good as you can, and also keeping up on some kind of dog ear mite medicine! Prevention for anything is always BEST & CHEAPER for you and your dog compared to treatment!
If you do not feel comfortable cleaning your dog’s ears, or you do not know how, as your local vet or find a reputable dog breeder that can show you how if you would like to learn, if not, you need to find someone to help you clean your dogs ears and try to do it on a monthly basis or every few months at least!
At your local pet store, big box store, or even at your vet – there are many very affordable products that help with the early treatment and prevention of ear mites, as well as things to help you keep your pups ears clean! If you keep your dog’s ears clean, and free of mites, you should not have any ear infection problems in your future!

If you got your puppy from us and ever have any questions or need any tips, we are always a phone call or text away from giving you the best advice that we can! 

How Do I Trim My Dog’s Nails & How Often Should They Be Trimmed?

How Do I Trim My Dog’s Nails & How Often Should They Be Trimmed?

So, how often do I need to trim my dog’s nails? This is a question many ask, but there is no exact answer for all dogs. There are many things that can make the answer to this differently. The dog food your dog eats, different surfaces your dog is on, does your dog dig, what breed/size is your dog?
Depending on all of that, that gives you a wide range, anywhere from 1 – 4 months on average! If you dog digs or scratches a lot as some dogs do on harder surfaces, they are naturally wearing down their nails on their own so little trimming will be required.
Certain ingredients in dog food may also contribute to your dog’s nails growing faster than other dogs, as well as the breed of your dog, some dogs nails tend to grow not much at all, and some dogs nails seem to grow super fast!
There are tons of online videos that show you how to carefully and properly cut your dog’s nails! You can also see if your vet or a local groomer would be willing to teach you if you already give them a lot of business and not trying to be a “freeloader” they will typically be more than happy to teach you! As a breeder, if you have got your puppy from us, we will be more than happy to show you how or give you tips!
They sell very nice dog nail clippers that make cutting dogs nails a breeze these days! There is a chart below that has some more details on how short to cut your dogs nail without hurting your dog and causing damage, it is very important not to cut too short, but to cut enough to where you are actually making progress!

This video below is great for helping you learn how to cut your pups nails at home carefully!

What To Do If Your Dog Ate Chocolate

What To Do If Your Dog Ate Chocolate

Help Me! What Do I Do If My Dog Just Ate Chocolate?
First of all, why is chocolate toxic to dogs? Because it contains caffeine, which both speeds up the heart rate and nervous system of your dog. The risk of your dog becoming sick from eating chocolate depends majorly on the kind and the amount of chocolate that your dog consumed, as well as the size/weight of your dog. Chocolate also contains a chemical called “Thebromine”, which is safe in humans but can kill your dog.
Cocoa powder is most toxic, bakers chocolate is next in line, then semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate is not very toxic.
(Use these tips to help save your dog, do not panic, do not wait until it is too late) The first thing to do if you are already freaking out because your dog ate chocolate, is taking a few deep breaths and handle the situation.  If you have a small dog and they just ate a ton of chocolate, then you should be more concerned and give you local vet a call so they can take a look at your dog, and help the issue. Now, if your dog ate a few Hersey kisses or chocolate chips, your dog will most likely be totally fine.
Signs of your dog being poisoned by chocolate are as follows.
(Signs of chocolate poisoning usually appear 6 to 12 hours after your dog ate the chocolate and may last up to 3 days)
1. Vomiting
2. Diarrhea
3. Restless
4. Increased Urination
5. Seizures
6. Elevated Heart Rate
7. Tremors
8. (Worst case – Death)
Anytime your dog has eaten any amount of chocolate, it is always best for you to give your vet a call, just in case, and do it as soon as you can, longer you wait the worse things can get.
If your dog has eaten chocolate in the last 2 hours, your veterinarian may induce vomiting to work the toxins out of your dog’s body quickly without it being absorbed into your pups bloodstream.
It is important to note that older dogs that already have heart conditions are most at risk for sudden death.
As soon as your dog has eaten chocolate that you find out, your dog may start of vomit on his or her own which is a good thing to get the toxins out of the body.  There are some steps you can take in an emergency that can help save your dog’s life.
Give your dog a teaspoon of “Hydrogen Peroxide”
Mix the peroxide with water or vanilla ice cream to make it easier for your dog to want to eat it.
Next, get your dog to move, take your dog on a walk for 15 or so minutes, physical activity will help your dog to induce vomiting.
If your dog does not vomit after about 30 minutes, do not give more peroxide, as so much of this can also be harmful to your dog. You can also try using grass as dogs will typically eat grass to make themselves vomit.
If you can not get your dog to vomit, then feed them something that they really love to help dilute the chocolate that your dog has already eaten and reduced the potency of the “thebromine”.

How Big Will My Puppy Get?

How Big Will My Puppy Get When He/She Is Full Grown?

This is a question we get very often, from almost every customer. We never mind giving you an estimate of the range your puppy will end up weighing full grown, but it is almost impossible to tell you how many pounds your puppy will weigh full grown. The best you can do is know the weight of the dam and the sire and you will get an estimate of the puppies full grown weight, and also depending on the breed of the puppy – you can get an estimate of the puppies adult weight from that as well. We cannot ever promise you how much your puppy will weigh full grown, however.

Also, not always – but normally – it seems that boys tend to be a little bit larger than female puppies. Some puppies are born smaller and can end up getting a growth spurt and catching up on size, or it can stay on the smaller size like it currently is.

We raise 4 different breeds of puppies currently. Mainly just the three Poo hybrids.
1. Toy Poodle (sometimes) 
2. Cockapoo
3. Cavapoo
4. Maltipoo

Below I will give you the estimated normal size of each breed that the dog will normally weigh when fully grown.

Our Miniature Poodles normally grow to be between 5 and 10 pounds full grown.

Cockapoos tend to be between 16 and 24 pounds full grown.

Cavapoos are normally 14 to 20 pounds full grown.

Maltipoo 10 to 14 pounds full grown.

As I mentioned above, there is no way I can promise you any size because I do not want you to be misled, but these are the normal ranges of each breed full grown size.

One of the most simple – yet effective ways to get a guess of puppies full grown weight – is to take their weight when they are 8 weeks old, and multiply that by 3. For example: If a puppy is 5 pounds when they are about 8 weeks old, that puppy would come close to about 15 pounds full grown if the growth of the puppy stays current based upon the puppies first 8 weeks after being born.

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

 How important is exercise for your pup?  Exercise is very important in making sure your puppy grows into a healthy dog and stays a healthy dog! It is okay if your dog likes to lay on your lap, or cuddles with you – that is important also! BUT, your pup needs lots of good exercise! Smaller breeds like the dog breeds we raise generally get lots of exercise by running around the house, playing with you and different toys. We have a large dog yard for our dogs, so all of our dogs can run and play together. If you only have 1 dog, they usually want you to play with them, that also helps them get more exercise, bond with you and your family, and just be an all-around more healthy dog. However, nothing compares to the good exercise your dog gets while being outside. It is good when you let your puppy outside to go the bathroom, that you leave them plenty of time to play, run around, and gets lots of exercise, and just be a normal dog! They love to run and play, especially outside! It is also helpful to allow your dog/puppy to get lots of exercise to help keep his/her energy levels lower while being inside your home. Normally, if your dog is not getting enough exercise – they end up not wanting to go to bed on time, and they go crazy with lots of extra energy inside your house, so make sure they get the time they need outside! You can easily tell when they are done outside because they will want to come back inside with you, or they will go lay down because they have worn themselves out and are ready for a nap!
However, looking at some newer research of X-rays taken on puppies, to much exercise on small puppies can be a bad thing, because everything inside your puppy (bones, joints, etc) are not completely formed yet until closer to 1 year of age, and while the body is still forming to much exercise can cause permanent growth damage to your puppy. It is rare, but just do not overwork or over exercise your puppy.

Your Puppy Growing Into An Adult – Health Records & Recommendations

Your Puppy Growing Into An Adult – Health Records & Recommendations

Keeping up on your puppies health, all the way into adulthood, and then through your dog’s entire life is VERY important. We give you your puppies current health records when you get your puppy from us. It will tell you what vaccines have been given and when, as well as when the puppies have been dewormed or given anything else we may give for your puppies health that we find that is highly important for your new puppy you get from us. I am also going to be adding that chart here on this page for you to use to always have as a resource in case you lose your document we give you or you would just like to look here for a quick reference.

Panacur (dewormer)  (6-8 Weeks Of Age)
Albon/Flagyl (6-8 Weeks Of Age)
Nobivac DAPPv 5-way Vaccine (6-8 Weeks Of Age)
Panacur (dewormer)  (8-10 Weeks Of Age)
Albon/Flagyl  (8-10 Weeks Of Age)
Nobivac DAPPv 5-way Vaccine  (8-10 Weeks Of Age)
Rabies Vaccine (Veterinarian Gives At Around 16 Weeks Of Age)
DAPPv 5-way Vaccine (Around 16 Weeks Of Age)

Then for your puppy here on out, We recommend your puppy getting the 5-way vaccine every 1 to 2 years, Rabies Vaccine every 1 to 2 years, and being dewormed every 3 to 6 months on average. 

What Vaccines Do We Use?

 What Vaccines Do We Use?

Your puppy will have his/her vaccines before going home with you. The vaccines that we give our puppies, as well as our adult dogs, is called “Nobivac – DAPPv”. You will see it listed on the paperwork of health records for your puppy that we give you. This vaccine is necessary for puppies to have, as well as your dog as they grow. This vaccine will help protect your puppy from multiple different major problems that can happen in dogs. Nobivac covers Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvo. Those are some of the most common big issues that dogs can get, so it is very important for puppies to have this vaccine. Once your puppy reaches 16 weeks of age he/she will need to get the rabies vaccine as well to protect them from rabies. 

We have created a reference page that shows you what to do when from our recommendations mainly based on AKC’s standards and recommendations. You can view that page by clicking HERE. You will also get that same sheet given to you upon getting your puppy from us, plus it will show what has already been given to your puppy and when.