What do you feed your dogs?
We use Royal Canin Starter Mousse for our Puppies when they are weaning. Then move to Small starter mother and babydog dry dog food. Royal Canin's starter food is a combination of nutritional elements present in mother's milk that actively promote digestive health and help maintain the puppy's natural defenses. Our adults eat Royal Canin Small Adult.
At what age do you allow your puppies to go to their new homes?
No sooner than 8 weeks old. By 8 to 9 weeks puppies are usually ready to leave their litter mates and are ready for individual attention. Puppies are also ready to begin house training at eight weeks making this a great time to go to their new homes. Remember, NO puppy is completely house trained at 8-9 weeks, that is the new owners job. Teaching them that there is a designated spot to relieve themselves, makes house training much faster and easier.
What supplies will I need for my new puppy?
- Wire or plastic dog crate 18 x 24 x 21 or similar
- Easily washable, hard to destroy bedding material.
- Tip proof, stainless steel food & water dishes.
- Adjustable small size puppy collar & lead; I like the soft braided nylon types.
- ID Tag with your phone number to wear on the collar.
- A collection of high quality, safe chew toys: Puppy Nylabones and lots of sturdy stuffed squeak toys.
- Grooming supplies: slicker brush, oatmeal shampoo, tooth brush and paste, ear cleaner.
- Quality dog food. We use Royal Canin X-Small Puppy or Mini Puppy for Miniature sized pups. It is not recommended that you change a puppy's food in the first week of arrival to your home.
- Bitter Apple is a safe spray-on product to discourage chewing on inappropriate objects.
- A wooden or plastic baby gate for blocking doorways.
- A good book on puppy care and training. Read through them before bringing your puppy home. You can also go to our page where we have Videos and Articles that are very helpful.
- If your puppy will be left for more that 3 hours during the day, I suggest a puppy play pen with puppy pads.
- Puppy Treats- We like to use the Botanicals Training Rewards, bacon flavored.
There are many helpful hints under the videos and articles tab that will help you prepare to bring your new puppy home.
You can also click the PDF below to print a copy of the check list.
Do you offer a health guarantee for your pups?
Yes, we have a 2 year Health Guarantee on our puppies. At the top click the tab Health Guarantee to read over it.
Will my puppy be up to date on vaccinations and de-wormings?
Yes, puppies are de-wormed at 2,4,6 and 8 weeks of age. Their first puppy vaccination are given at 6 weeks of age. A detailed health record will be provided to you from me and our Vet.
What size are your Schnauzer puppies?
We have several sizes.
Toy - Weight 8-11 lbs
Miniature - Weight 11-20 lbs Height: 12-14 inches
Large Miniature - Weighing 25 lbs, large Miniature Schnauzer's are not the same as a Standard size Schnauzer. Standard Schnauzer's start at 40 lbs and we do not breed any standard sizes.
Our most common size is Miniature.
Can you tell me what a Miniature Schnauzer's temperament is like?
Miniature Schnauzer's were originally bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers. They were created to be all-around farm dogs and hunters. They're tough, muscular, and fearless without being aggressive.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a bright, friendly, trainable companion, small enough to adapt to adapt to apartment life but tireless enough to patrol acres of farmland. They get along well with other animals and kids. Minis are sturdy little guys and enjoy vigorous play. Home and family oriented, they make great watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers don't shed and they're hypoallergenic.
Do you ship puppies?
We can ship your puppy to you after certain criteria have been met. We also offer many other delivery options. To see more please visit the delivery option page.
Do you begin house training?
Yes, once the puppies have been vaccinated we start taking them outside. Your puppy will be off to a great start.
Where are your parent dogs and the puppies kept?
Our puppies are born inside our home and stay inside with us until they find their forever homes. Likewise, our adult dogs are our pets first and live in our home with us. Our litters are born in our home with direct hands on supervision during the entire whelping. I carefully examine each puppy as they are born and check them hourly. Puppies are in our puppy room, which is one of our spare rooms that we have converted. We supervise their progress, and keep an eye on mom as well. I use charts to keep up with each individual puppies growth and development. The puppies are handled daily using the Bio-Sensor method of imprinting puppies. Puppies are around daily house noises and played with by members of our family as they grow and develop. All of our puppies are well socialized.
At what age is it appropriate to spay/neuter my puppy?
What are the benefits of spaying/neutering?
My Vet recommends 6 months of age. Spaying and neutering lowers some risks of certain cancers, prevents accidental breeding, and cuts down on roaming and aggressive behaviors.
Vets and the Health of Your Pet
You will need to take your pup to the Vet for their first check up.
- Register your dog at your local veterinary clinic.
- Take your Health Record with you.
- The Vet will give your new dog a health check. General health, weight, teeth, eyes and coat.
- The Vet will provide you with advice on: Diet; Grooming; Vaccinations; Pet Health Insurance; Worming and other parasites; Dog training classes and spay/neutering.
What are somethings, other than potty training, that I should teach my new puppy?
- Teach your new dog its name
- Teach your new dog the basic commands - No, Sit, and Come
- Enroll your dog in a training class or puppy socialization class
- Show young children how to behave towards their new pet
- Teach good traveling behavior in cars daily short journeys in the car will get your new dog used to traveling and help reduce excitable behavior and travel sickness.
- Teach your new dog to foul in its own garden and "potty spot" before taking him for a walk - but remember always to carry a pooper-scooper, or bags just in case.
What are some rules for children to obey concerning their new puppy?
Children and dogs are good for each other if the following simple rules are observed:
- Show children how to behave towards their new pet - not to touch the dog while it is eating or sleeping and to be gentle and kind to it.
- Show the dog how to behave towards children - no jumping up, stealing food or biting. Remember, just like a baby, a puppy is not born knowing what to do. They have to be trained.
- Do not leave children and dogs alone together - always supervise them. Only responsible children that are capable of controlling their dog should be allowed to exercise the dog without adult supervision.
- Children in control of a dog are legally required to "scoop the poop" if their dog fouls in a public place.
- Ensure children wash their hands after handling pets, playing outside and prior to eating.
Is a dog right for me?
Before getting a dog, think carefully about whether you can give her the care she needs. Here are some questions to ask yourself and your family when deciding to get a dog:
- Are all family members in agreement about getting a dog?
- Do you have enough room for a dog, and if you rent will your landlord allow you to keep one?
- Do you have the time and temperament to take a dog out for two or three fairly long walks every day in all kinds of weather?
- How long will your dog be left alone during the day?
- Do you have enough time to train a dog and engage in activities with him or her?
- Is there someone you can rely on to care for your dog if you are sick or away on vacation?
- Are you prepared to assume all costs, including veterinary bills?
- Will your circumstances permit you to take care of a dog for an expected 10-15 years?
*If you are unable to care for your dog at anytime, contact me and I will help you rehome him/her. Never surrender your dog to a shelter.