Mini Golden Puppies
We require the final balance be paid by personal or cashier’s check which is due to us when the puppies are 6 weeks old. Please let us know if you know your payment will be late. Failure to make the final balance payment will result in forfeiture of your deposit and spot in the litter.
We normally start our puppy selection at 5-6 weeks old, with choosing proceeding in the order reserves were placed. At that age we take individual pictures of the puppies and post on our webpage. Puppies may be chosen in person or by picture.
We recommend an open wire crate around 20-24 inches high (depending on expected size of a puppy) with a removable plastic bottom for crate training. We recommend keeping a puppy close but not in your room at night at first to get them used to the crate. You can also put a light sheet over the crate at night and include toys that have a heartbeat or clock tick sound. For puppies during potty training, we recommend putting a divider in to close off part of the crate. If they have too much room, they may develop separate sleeping and potty locations within the crate. We recommend taking a puppy out once in the middle of the night for the first couple nights, but most puppies by this age are able to go all night without pottying. We recommend taking a puppy out every couple hours during the day if you are home, or at least once in the middle of the day if the puppy is home alone during the day during potty training. There are many methods on potty training and many books describing these methods. Probably the most important thing for successful training is consistency.
Our puppies will be eating Top Nutrition Puppy food, which is sold only regionally (where to buy). We will send a small sample of this along for the first day or two to mix in with the food you plan to continue. Royal Canin, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild, and Diamond Naturals are all good dog food brands, but there are many others as well. We recommend finding a food that has meat as the main ingredient(s). We recommend a puppy formula for the first year and an adult formula after the first year. Daily suggested feeding amounts are typically found on the food packaging. Puppies have full access to food while here in the transition from nursing to eating on their own. We recommend feeding 3 times a day for the first 2 weeks after they go home, and then 2 times a day after that. We recommend only using food and treats that have meat as the main ingredients and avoid unnecessary fillers and sweeteners. A kibble of food can also work as a treat. Many treats have an incorrect nutrition balance for dogs and can reduce a puppy's appetite for correct nutrition received in their food.
We recommend small adjustable collars for puppies when they are ready to go home. A typical size is 8-12 inch adjustable.
We recommend the book, The Dog Listener, by Jan Fennell as an excellent resource for training.
We suggest looking into pet health insurance as a way to limit financial risk for unforeseen veterinarian medical expense.
If you are flying home with your puppy, we will need to know beforehand to have the required paperwork to board a plane with a puppy. We will have you check with us on flight times before reserving a flight to make sure it works for our schedule. You will need to bring along a soft sided pet carrier that is at least 10 inches high. Most airlines have height restrictions lower than this for carry on requirements but allow the larger size if the carrier is flexible and able to fit under the seat during takeoff/landing. Sherpa (www.sherpapet.com) specializes in approved and guaranteed-to-fly pet carriers.
Items we will provide on pickup day are: health report from our vet, vaccination/deworming schedule, purchase agreement, food sample, and a small piece of comfort blanket with familiar scent. Items you will want to bring along are: crate (travel or open wire), towels/blankets, water/dish, collar/leash, and a toy. Puppies commonly get carsick during the trip. Ways to help with carsickness are keeping the puppy cool, holding the puppy, and avoid feeding until you get home. Puppies are okay without eating during the trip if less than 8 hours.