New Puppy Owner Advice For our personal instructions on how to get ready for your puppy, click the link at the bottom of this page. Below are professional journal articles about crate training and the details of why RedTeddy and many veterinarians and breeders are now recommending clients, on why wait to spay or neuter; and an article about Vaccinations for your pet. Used to be we would walk into our doctors office and accept whatever he or she told us, now we, the patients, are expected to come prepared and ask questions. It is the same with our pets - Vaccines, what is in them, when and how much should be given differs from one office to the next. RedTeddy advices new families to go to a holistic based veterinary practice where 'less is more.' ALL ABOUT CRATES: At RedTeddy, we provide crates for mother dogs and for puppies as long as they want to use them. Our mother dogs like very much to keep the puppies in the crate until about five to six weeks old. The puppies rarely venture out until they are about four weeks old. As they get older they explore more, returning when they are scared or tired. Around seven weeks they may choose other dark areas such as under a couch or behind furniture. We always put them in their large puppy play area overnight, this is a safe place where we keep their toys, food, water, beds and an open crate. We have gotten some of our adult dogs from other breeders who used crates more than we do, and these dogs do tend to like crates more than the dogs who grew up here and were not housed in crates when young. After many years of experimenting with crates - having them around but not requiring them, we have found that they really are good for most dogs because they give them a safe place that they chose to use when they want to, and a safe place for them to be at night when there is no human supervision. We do not crate dogs during the day even if no one is here, but they can go into the crates on their own if they want to, and many do. Crate training is not cruel if done right, and it can be an excellent way to help puppies learn to be house broken. Here is an article by which explains the ins and outs of crate training:
TO ALTER OR NOT TO ALTER? Avoid skeletal abnormalities and some cancers RedTeddy prefers all our families to delay spay/neutering until after the puppies are fully grown. We do not recommend neutering or spaying at all for responsible pet owners who can prevent accidental breedings. Read on for the Whys and why not?
VACCINATIONS: TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT LIMITTNG TO ONLY ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY VACCINES. We vaccinate for Parvo alone at eight weeks. This allows us time to vaccinate again for Parvo again, Parainfluenza, Adenovirus and Distemper at ten weeks. However, we do not always have time to do both vaccines, and will discuss the future vaccination schedule with families when they come to pick up their puppy. We are not veterinarians, but we have learned from our local vets as well as other breeders, to be careful about over vaccinating. This may be more important for Toys and Mini Poodles than for larger breeds, since the vaccines are one size fits all. We recently learned about Dr Jean Dobbs, a deep thinker on canine issues. We cannot prescribe what vaccines a pup gets when after they leave here, but if we could, we would recommend Dr Dobb's canine vaccine protocol.