What is involved in raising a kitty of puppies? This is a question I am asked quite often. It is certainly a task that should not be taken lightly. That cuddly little puppy is going to be a full grown dog time will come that soon, and rottweiler puppies for sale near me under $500 dollars2 will have an impact on many peoples lives and you want that impact to be a positive one.
I think the first thing you must look at when you began thinking about having a kitty of puppies is the sire and dams genetic qualities. You want to be sure you are passing on healthy genetic make-up. To do so you must be certain both parents are totally free of any genetic faults which can afflict your specific breed. In addition both parents should exhibit very stable temperaments.
Once you have determined that both parents are healthy, and your puppies have arrived successfully, the real task of raising the puppies begins. It should take a level of devotion not unlike a single parent’s to her newborn child. Though there are many dog breeds the process is the same.
For the first few weeks of a puppies life the dam does a lot of the work. Most dams will naturally keep the puppies clean and raised on. However, it is up to you to make sure the dam and puppies have a quiet place of their own with an adequate whelping box. The bedding in the whelping box must be kept clean and sanitary. The temperature in the whelping area must be monitored and maintained so the puppies and the dam are comfortable. Probably the most important thing of all at this time is making sure your dam has proper nutrition so she can produce an adequate availabilit of milk. Only the breeder should handle the puppies in these first two to three weeks of life. But, they should be handled as this concludes an early on trust in people.
Puppies eyes begun to open at two to three weeks of age and they begun to stand on their own. This is when the real work and expense of breading a kitty begins. As the puppies begun to display individual character features their emotional and physical development begins to rely more and more on the breeder and less on their dam. It is at this point that puppies must be handled daily, and handled in a positive manner, so there is never a barrier of distrust created. Puppies are never objects, no matter how many you have in a kitty. Each has unique character features and puppy conditioning by the breeder is equally as important as any other aspect of puppy breading.
At three to four weeks you will begin the weaning phase. In most cases the dam, shortly after the puppies teeth commence to emerge, will quickly spend less and less time with the puppies. It is at this point you do commence to supplement your puppies diet. I start off with a mush made from an outstanding puppy food which has been softened with a prepared puppy milk replacer. Gradually you will decrease the amount of milk replacer before the puppies are eating their kibble dry. You must generally have fresh drinking water available.
Once the puppies are eating on their own on a regular basis the dam will become less vigilant about cleaning up after the puppies and it will now fall to you to see that the puppy area is maintained in a sanitary manner. You have probably moved them out of the whelping box and into a larger area at this point. Make sure this is in a location that makes washing easy. You must, leastwise, clean more than once daily. You may use a diluted bleach solution, but I prefer to use a one-step solution which is a germicide, fungicide, detergent, and deodorant. You can find this at your local animal health store or your vet may be able to support you in finding it.
Also at weaning time is when most veterinarians recommend beginning your puppies on a routine vaccination and deworming schedule. This is really important in maintaining good health in your puppies and will help to guard them against infectious diseases. I recommend consulting your vet for an appropriate schedule.
Now for evaluating and placing your kitty. You have probably been automatically “grading” your puppies from the day these folks were born. An experienced breeder is able to see beyond color and marks, looking at things such as bone, head shape, angulation, and other criteria that vary with each breed. But keep in mind that most puppies change dramatically as they develop. Some puppies may show early potential for show or future propagation stock, but some will in all probability be of pet quality. It is very important for you to be able to recognize this in order to properly place each puppy. Personality is also important when placing your puppies. The quieter puppy will not do as well in the show ring as the puppy whoever exuberant personality says”Look at me!! “
As well as grading your puppies, you must be able to “grade” prospective owners. I love each dog I bring into this world and treat it as part of my extended family when i stick it in its new home. Some of the things you may want to ask a prospective owner are whether or not they have had pets previously, if so, do they still have the pet and if not what happened to it. This shows you what type of other pets the puppy will be around and how responsible the owner was with their previous pet. You will need to know what they intend regarding the puppy. Show, house pet, agility candidate? Will someone be home with the puppy and if not will someone at least be able to come home at lunchtime to check in on the puppy? Will the puppy stay in the house or outside in a compose. What kind of space do they live in? A small apartment or a house with a fenced yard. Some breeds are well suited to apartment living while others require more space in which to exercise. Does the new owner completely understand the time and financial commitment they are making. Give them an average of annual costs, including, vet visits, grooming, food, and supplies. Also share, that while we never are interested to happen, sometimes things occur which require emergency vet care which will be quite costly. If the future owner is young ask what their plans are for the future, while it may be awkward, you want to know that your puppy is going to a reliable home.
Last, but certainly not least, is having a well thought out contract for everyone to sign. Include things such as any health guarantee you are going to offer and, if the puppy is being sold as a pet, require proof of spay/neuter by four months of age. Require appropriate vet care throughout the life of the dog. Another thing a conscientious breeder will comprise in a contract is a term which states the breeder be afforded first possiblity to acquire the puppy back if the owner struggles to keep the dog for any reason. If it is not feasible for the breeder to take the dog back they will be ready to help find a new home for the puppy. These are just a few of the things you may want to consider putting in a contract. But always insist upon a written agreement, even if the new owner is a friend. It just prevents confusion and uncertainty resulting in bad feelings later on.
Letting your puppies go to their new homes is difficult for any caring breeder. You have invested a lot of yourself in every single one of them. But, when you have taken the time to establish a relationship of trust with the new owners, it can be a very rewarding experience. I receive pictures on a daily basis from satisfied owners who have acquired a puppy from me and it is very heartwarming when you know you have been able to provide that puppy and that family a happy life together.