Happy Bend Kennel

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Questions/Answers



Q. Do you recommend Pet Insurance? 


A. Yes I Do.  It's a pure shame when a dog gets euthanized due to a Family not having enough money for a big surgery. When dealing with nature in Animals and Humans anything can happen, even at a young age. Nature Plays Cruel sometimes, from Healthy Humans or Dogs the offspring can have Health issues. 


Q. What company do you recommend for the Pet Insurance? 


A. Nationwide 


Q. Do you help me pay for  Veterinarian bills or Surgeries if I can't afford it?


A. No I do not under any circumstance. The Pet Insurance will. 



Q. What is the number one toy to NOT get for my Puppy?


A. Squeaker Toys are killers. The Puppy will eat the squeaker out of the toy and have a blockage. Several pups that I have sold has had this happen. Only Buy Big Oversize Toys. 


  

Q. What is the first step in getting a Puppy from you?


A. Call me is the best thing to do. You can read the website first or call then read more on here.  

 

Q. What will my Puppy come with?


A. USDA Health Certificate from our Veterinarian, all Medical Records, up to date on Vaccinations, up to date on Deworming, tips and suggestion papers, if it's in the summer months the Puppy will come with current Flea/Tick Control (NexGard). NuVet Pamphlets.  


Q. When will my Puppy need it's first Veterinarian Appointment after I receive it? 


A. Your Puppy needs to go to it's first Veterinarian Appointment on the 3rd. to 4th. day in it's new Home, no sooner than on the 3rd. day and no later than the 4th. day. 


Q. Do I walk the Puppy in at the Clinic with a leash or carry the Puppy in?


A. Carry the Puppy in. The last place you want a young Puppy is on the ground or parking lot at the Clinic. Hold the Puppy when inside, dont place the Puppy on the floor at the clinic until after 14 weeks of age. 


Chew Toys:

Q. What do you recommend for chewing?


A. I highly recommend Himalayan chews, Elk/Deer Antlers, Water Buffalo Horns and lots of Kong Chew Toys. I do Not recommend Adult Dogs have Antlers due to the strength of a large Dog splintering the antler.


Q. Collar or Harness?


A. Must have a Harness at least in the beginning of owning the Puppy.


Q. Short Leash or Retractable Leash?


A. Retractable Leash and you can ask me why on the phone.


Q. Do you recommend a pinch/pronged collar?


A. No way


Q. Do you recommend a shock collar for training?


A. No I do not. You should never shock a Dogs neck  just because it doesn't sit every time you say sit ect...But I do recommend a shock collar to stop bad behavior like trying to fight the neighbors dog through the fence ect...


Q. Do you bring the Puppy to my House?


A. I'm going door to door more these days, but I don't go to each persons house. Some have to drive out and meet me along my route. If I do come to your house I will stay around one hour or more and let the Puppy get used to you while I'm there. If we have to meet along the Route I will give you the Address where we will be meeting at before I ever leave here. 99% of the time I leave here on Thursday morning, this normally puts me in New York/New Jersey early Saturday morning.

 

 

Picking up my Puppy:


Q. What do I need to bring with me when I meet you and take my Puppy Home?


A. It all depends how long the drive is home. If you have a one Hour drive then I would bring some water and a dish to drink from, you never know when traffic can get slowed up and you could be 4 hours getting home. Bring a leash to take the Puppy for a walk if  needed. If you're driving 4 hours to meet me the same is required, water and leash. 

 

Q. What will I need for hauling my Puppy home with me?


A. A vehicle and a passenger to help comfort the Puppy along the way, fresh water and water dish.


Q. Why can't I use a crate for the ride home?


A. Your little Puppy just got took from me and it's Litter mates, it does not know you at all, then if you stick this Puppy in a Crate for a ride home, he just got took from everything he Loves and put in prison, this is not a good way to start off your relationship with your Puppy. Most any of my Puppies will go crazy put in a Crate, they never get put in a crate with me. If my Buyer put the Puppy in a crate for a long ride home, well that pretty much defeats the whole purpose of me driving them out myself, I might as well Fly them to you then. I deliver my Puppies the best way possible, I want them to be stress free, stress brings on Coccidia and Giardia, both issues will have to be treated by a Veterinarian. Most people have no idea what stress can do to a Puppy. Just imagine how your very own Child would act if you handed him/her over to me and I went straight and locked the Child in a cage and drove away, how would that Child feel? These Puppies are my babies. This Breed of Dog does not go for being locked away, seperated from the Family, it wants to be right with you at all times. 

 

Q. Where does my Puppy Sleep the first night at it's new home?


A. I would never sell a Puppy to a Home that wouldn't  make a bed in the floor to sleep with the Puppy.  Remember this Puppy does not know you at this point, you go to bed and lock the Puppy in a room with tile so if it pees the floor, it's a easy clean up...NO. Sleep with the Puppy and this Puppy will bond with you much faster, lock it away and you will not get much sleep for the howling and I will never sell a Puppy to a Home that isn't willing to miss some sleep to comfort the puppy. Most of my Puppies will Not want up in a bed the first night in the new Home, so you Must be willing to make a bed in the floor and sleep where the puppy is most comfortable. The living room with a little bed in the floor for you and the Puppy, leave the TV going for some light and sound, this is the very best you can do for the Puppy for the first few nights. 

 

Q. Why can't I let the Puppy lay beside my bed while I sleep.

 

A. Again this Puppy does not even know you and now you just went to bed to get "you" some sleep and the Puppy is scared and Lonely. This Puppy is used to sleeping with all it's Litter mates and now is all alone. Show the Puppy all the Love you can so he feels the Love you have for him, he will know if you Love him by your touch. 


Q. How long do I have to do this sleeping with the Puppy?


A. As long as it takes for this Puppy to feel at home, which is normally  2  to 3 nights, but can be longer.


Q. I researched this on the internet and found that Puppies Love a place like a Crate to get away, so why can't I just Crate him at night?


A. No crates anytime for anything. Whoever says that Puppies likes to get away from it's owners don't know much about Puppies, or seen a very BAD home where it was best for the Puppy to run in a Crate to get away from a mean Child that would not leave it alone. My Puppies want to be with you, not locked away or run away from you. Puppies do need their own time if you have a small Child, but this doesn't mean the Puppy should be locked away, this means you need to make your Child mind and give the Puppy a break if he wants to just relax and sleep. Puppies needs lots of rest and sleep, they are just Babies. As your Puppy gets a little older it will find it's favorite place to lay down for a rest or long sleep, normally this will be the coldest place in your house. 


Q. What Should My Puppy Eat? 


A. Refer to our ( What We Feed Page )

 

 Q. How Much Should My Puppy Eat?


 A. We have a feeding chart on the What We Feed Page that gives exact amounts for each meal of your Puppies Life as it grows.

 

Q. What do you think about prepared Raw Diet Meals sold online or from a local Company?


A. For starters you really don't know what your getting, you can only see what they say is in it. You have no real idea if you're buying scrap meat and Bones, because when ground it is impossible to know just what is in it. I want to know for myself 100% what is in my Raw Diet. Plus your Dog doesn't get the advantage of chewing up the Bones for healthy clean teeth and gums. Dogs prefer it in Natural form not ground and most store bought  prepared raw meals comes ground. It's very simple to feed a Raw Diet prepared by you. (AGAIN NO COOKED BONES)

 

 

 Q. How much exercise should my Puppy get Daily?


 A. A Puppy needs several hours of normal running and playing each day, no forced running...jogging on hard surfaces. A Puppy can't develop proper muscle mass laying in a house 22 hrs a day. A Puppy is a lot of work and needs several hours to run  and play daily. It must build Muscle by running and playing in a Natural way. If you don't have a fenced in yard your Puppy will need lots of walking as it grows and please find a place to let it run free several hrs each week. Most house Dogs do not get enough exercise. Puppies/Dogs need Sunlight Daily. The only True way to get Proper exercise for a Puppy is to have 2 dogs and they will play for hours each day and get just the right amount of daily exercise if out on the lawn for the day. 

 

 

 Emails vs Phone calls

Q. Why do you not want questions through emails or text?


A. It's very hard to explain most things in a email. I want a person willing to pick up the phone and spend some time on a call if they want to talk about the Puppies or if they have questions about a Puppy they already have. I can explain things much better on the phone. I'm selling Loving Breathing Puppies....not Rocks.


Q. but I don't have much time right now to talk.


A. Then call me when you do have time, email and text questions is just a very poor way of doing Business. Some Breeders will sell you a Puppy and never hear your voice, but not me, if you can't be on the phone then your just too busy for a Puppy in the first place.

 

Q. We have stairs in our house is this ok?


 A. Stairs are not good for a young growing Puppy to be running up and down very often. Their bones are growing and are not fully developed and hardened until 2 years of age. Jumping off a porch or deck several times a day is not good, jumping off the sofa and or beds isn't good either.


Q. What do you recommend for Flea and Tick Control?

 

A. I highly recommend NexGard, it's a once a month chew and works great for both Fleas and Ticks.



Q. How long after I get my Puppy until I should start taking him for car rides?


A. Give your new Puppy 2 full weeks, other than to the Veterinarian for the first check up, the Puppy should never leave your House/Lawn. Your Puppy is in a strange Home with people it does not know, now you take the Puppy out into the World too soon and it gets stressed and stops eating. Let the Puppy adjust to your Home and your Family, normally in  2 weeks your Puppy will be fully adjusted to it's new Home. Now you can start with very short car rides around the block, then each day add a little more time to the car ride so he gets used to the car. You can start by taking the puppy out to the car, playing around in the car with the puppy for a few minutes just get him used to being in the car, then add more time being in the car each day, then after the puppy is doing great with that, now go to driving a very short distance and back home. Add more distance each day. You can now start to sit at a local business and let the puppy see everything going on around it, while still in the safety of the car. This will start to really socialize your puppy. 


Q. How long after getting my Puppy before I take him to the Doggie Park or where other Dogs go?

 

A. 14 weeks old is the very youngest a Puppy should be around other Dogs due to Parvo alone ( refer to the Parvo Page ) Then even months after that a Puppy can still pick up Parasites anywhere other Dogs are, or where they have been ( Refer to the Parasites Page ).


Q. What online Dog Trainer Do You Recommend? 


A. Michael Ellis