Frequently asked questions

How do I reserve a puppy?


To addDeposits can be paid for by personal check, paypal or cash. No puppy can be held without a deposit. Deposits are nonrefundable but may be used on another litter if there isn't a suitable puppy in the litter you place a deposit on. Click here to place a deposit. You have one year to use your deposit. a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button.




Do you have references?


Yes, I have several pages of happy customers. Check out our facebook page for previous customers also.




How long have you been breeding dogs?


We have been breeding since 2001. All of our purebred dogs are AKC or CKC registered sometimes both. We are in good standing with both registries.




How do I pick out my puppy after I have placed a deposit?


Once the puppies are born I will email pics of the new puppies to the people that have paid their deposit or post them on this site. Those people will be allowed to choose first. I will then allow the general public to choose from the remaining puppies. Puppies must be chosen by 5 to 6 weeks to allow the next in line to get to choose. Gender must be chosen by 3 days old.




What happens to your adults that are no longer having puppies?


OUR MOMMA DOGS ARE RETIRED AT AGE 5. THEY CAN HAVE BETWEEN 1-6 LITTERS BEFORE RETIRING. THEY ARE DONATED AND TRAINED AS SERVICE DOGS AFTER RETIRING. WE ARE PARTNERED WITH 1 BOY 4 CHANGE, AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS TRAINING AND PROVIDING SERVICE DOGS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS. WE WILL BE PROVIDING POODLES AND GOLDENDOODLES TO THEM TO TRAIN AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THIS FOUNDATION. HTTP://WWW.1BOY4CHANGE.ORG/HOME.HTML www.guardianofthenightk9.com is a trainer for the foundation.




How do I schedule an appointment?


Please fill out an application form. Click here for more info send in your deposit.




Do you do any health testing?


Our sires and dams are chosen for their excellent health and sweet temperaments. Our adult dogs are regularly groomed, vaccinated, and loved. We perform genetic testing on our adults such as VWD, DM, Pra/Prcd, News, DB/RD based on breed necessity. Which is why we guarantee the genetic health of our puppies for life for these diseases. If the parents are clear so will the puppies.




Can I come see my puppy after it is born?


Yes. Not until they are 6 weeks old though and have been vaccinated for the first time. They are susceptible to many canine diseases at this age, especially Parvo.




What is Parvo? What are the symptoms? And how did my puppy get it?


Dogs that develop the disease show symptoms of the illness within 3 to 10 days. The symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea (usually bloody). Diarrhea and vomiting result in dehydration and secondary infections can set in. Due to dehydration, the dog's electrolyte balance can become critically affected. Because the normal intestinal lining is also compromised, blood and protein leak into the intestines leading to anemia and loss of protein, and endotoxins escaping into the bloodstream, causing endotoxemia. Dogs have a distinctive odor in the later stages of the infection. The white blood cell level falls, further weakening the dog. Any or all of these factors can lead to shock and death.[19] The first sign of CPV is lethargy. Usually the second symptoms would be loss of appetite or diarrhea followed by vomiting. Prevention is the only way to ensure that a puppy or dog remain healthy because the disease is extremely virulent and contagious. The virus is extremely hardy and has been found to survive in feces and other organic material such as soil for over a year. It survives extremely cold and hot temperatures. The only household disinfectant that kills the virus is bleach.[19] Puppies are generally vaccinated in a series of doses, extending from the earliest time that the immunity derived from the mother wears off until after that passive immunity is definitely gone.[25] Older puppies (16 weeks or older) are given 3 vaccinations 3 to 4 weeks apart.[20] The duration of immunity of vaccines for CPV2 has been tested for all major vaccine manufacturers in the United States and has been found to be at least three years after the initial puppy series and a booster 1 year later.[26] A dog that successfully recovers from CPV2 generally remains contagious for up to three weeks, but it is possible they may remain contagious for up to six. Ongoing infection risk is primarily from fecal contamination of the environment due to the virus's ability to survive many months in the environment. Neighbours and family members with dogs should be notified of infected animals so that they can ensure that their dogs are vaccinated or tested for immunity. The vaccine will take up to 2 weeks to reach effective levels of immunity; the contagious individual should remain in quarantine until other animals are protected.[27]




How do I pay the balance owed on my puppy?


Deposits only can be paid with a credit card through PayPal. Pick up balance can be paid for with cash only, no checks. We also accept Apple Pay and Zelle. If you wish to pay by check it must be received 2 weeks prior to pick up. Please don't ask to pay by check.




I am going on vacation the same time my puppy will be ready for pick up. Can you keep my puppy until we get back?


Absolutely.
All puppies left after they are 8 weeks will incur a boarding charge of $15 per day or $100 a week. Once you have paid a deposit to reserve an older puppy you are responsible for the boarding fee. Housebreaking is $300 per week.




Can you reccomend a trainer?


www.guardianofthenightk9.com They train the service dogs for 1boy4change.org also. https://www.georgiadogtrainer.com. ask for Andy.




What vet do you use?


We use the Commerce Vet Clinic in Commerce, GA. 706-335-5111




What comes with my puppy?


Lifetime Warranty for a genetically superior pet. Up to date on all shots/wormings. Record of their health to show your vet. Early neurological stimulation. Temperament testing completed at day 49 for service dogs. Puppy training tips for house-breaking and obedience A bag of their food. A puppy-safe toy with mom or siblings scent. Lifetime of support Microchipping done by our vet.




What will I need before I pick up my puppy?


Leash and collar Appropriate size plastic crate for travel and housebreaking. Towels and newspapers for ride home. Stainless steel or ceramic water and food bowls. Rope, squeaky stuffed animal type toys. Kong chewable puppy toys. No food treats for at least a week after taking puppy home. No rawhide ever. Taste of The Wild dog food http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ bison and venison puppy formula




What dog food do you use? and how can I find it in my area?


Taste of The Wild dog food http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ bison and venison puppy formula Click on the link and enter your zipcode for locations.




If I wait until a puppy is older can I get it for less money?


Some people believe an older puppy is somehow worth less than a young one. This is not true. An older puppy is already working on crate and housebreaking. They also have received more of the vet recommended puppy booster shots. As a breeder I have more money and time invested in an older puppy, thus making them more valuable.




Do you offer dog training?


No, Please contact www.georgiadogtrainer.com




When does my puppy need to be paid for?


Puppies must be paid for in full by 8 weeks of age. You may send a personal check as long as your pick up date is at least 10 business or 14 days from when I receive the check.




What is the difference between English and American Golden Retrievers?


The English Golden Retrievers are larger boned, have beautiful big blocky heads, broader chests, and have light blonde to ultra cream coats. They are less leggy and have lower energy levels. Poodles: The Poodle is known to be very HIGH energy, they have a very lean build and a more pointed, snipey nose and a clownish personality. The American Golden Retriever was bred for sport, they have a higher energy level and a leaner build, and they are golden in color.




How long will it take to housetrain my puppy?


The amount of time it takes to housetrain your puppy is primarily dependent upon you. Do it right and it shouldn't take long at all - perhaps just a few weeks. Dogs, like babies, are unique - some "get it" right away and others don't. The key, though, always - is you.




What is the best way to potty train puppies?


Like most veterinarians, we strongly believe that crate training is the best way to housetrain your puppy. The concept behind crate training is that dogs do not wish to soil the place they sleep or spend time so they will try to "hold it" until they are out of their cage. There a few important things to remember with crate training: Make sure your crate or cage is properly sized for your puppy. If it is too big, he will go to a corner to relieve himself and lay in the non-soiled part of the cage. If you have a wire cage, consider a divider panel, which reduces the size of the cage during training but can be removed to allow your pet more space after he is trained. Do not put food or water in the cage. Take your puppy outside immediately after you open the cage. Whenever your puppy is not under the watchful eye of a responsible family member, he should be in the cage. This is difficult since you will want your new puppy "around," but it's well worth the few weeks it will take to train him. No puppy should have the run of the house until he is completely trained.




Are there other training options?


Yes. Many people housetrain their puppies using puppy training pads. These pads are treated with a chemical that encourages puppies to relieve themselves on the spot, making cleanup very easy and keeping carpets and floors clean. When you see your puppy go into his "pre-potty" routine - sniffing the floor, circling an area, etc., gently pick him up and place him on the pad. When the pads are used consistently, you can move them closer to the door and/or place another pad outside where you want him to go. This method transitions the puppy from going in one place in the home to going one place outside the home. This method may take longer before there are no accidents since your dog does not only associate the outdoors with going to the bathroom.




I live in a high rise and can't get my puppy outside for potty training. What are my choices?


People that live in cities, apartments, and high rises often train their puppies to relieve themselves using training pads, as described above. The only difference is that the pads are used all the time instead of for a transition phase.




How long can puppies "hold it" during the day?


All dogs are different, but generally, puppies as young as 8-9 weeks can control their bladders and bowels for up to seven or eight hours, if necessary. We would never recommend leaving a puppy unattended in a crate for that long, however, and encourage working people to come home during their noon hour or find some




What is the "psychology" behind housetraining a puppy?


Like most training, it's about consistency and positive reinforcement. Use specific verbal commands to communicate what you want your dog to do, and use the same command all the time. For instance, say "Outside?" when it's time to go out to do his business, and once there, pick another word or short phrase like "Do It," or "Hurry Up" to have him do his business. As soon as your puppy eliminates, praise him! Let him know that is exactly what you wanted him to do. Then, take him back inside right away so he only associates the word "Outside" with going to the bathroom. A few minutes later you can take him out to play.
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What is the most important thing to do when housetraining?


Unless you catch your puppy in the act of making an accident in the house you should NOT punish him, yell at him, and please, do nottake your dog to the spot and put his nose in it! First of all, if your dog had an accident it is YOUR fault, not your dog's. You should have been watching more closely. Secondly, your puppy will have no idea why you are mad at him. He's gone to the bathroom hundreds of times before and was always praised. "Place" is not a concept he understands fully yet, so punishing him for something that is natural and no big deal for him only confuses him. Just clean it up and forget about it. If you do catch him in the act, quickly but calmly pick him up and without raising your voice, say "No!" and take him outside or to his papers. When he finishes, praise him.




My puppy does great sometimes, but is still having too many accidents. How can I get him to be completely potty trained?


Until your puppy is accident-free, he is not housetrained. Even though you thought you were about done with this stage, you must go back to the same level of monitoring and training (even if it means repeating crate training) you were doing at the beginning of the training, except you need to do a better job this time around since something didn't work. Be patient. Don't lose your temper. You'll get there. The better you do, the better your puppy will do.




What can I do to curb nuisance barking?


The first and most important step is to properly identify the cause. Barking is a perfectly normal behavior and dogs bark for many reasons. However, excessive or nuisance barking may be due to boredom or loneliness. For some dogs, it is a "learned" behavior, reinforced and rewarded with attention or treats that owners mistakenly think will pacify the dog. Determine the events that trigger nuisance barking and remedy the situation. If that is not feasible, a bark control device may be an option.




How do bark collars correct nuisance barking?


There are 3 correction methods: tone, stimulation, and citronella spray correction. They are all based on the same principle. The collars activate when your dog barks and introduce a corrective stimulus that disrupts barking. Your dog will then associate this correction with barking and learn to curb nuisance barking.




What bark control products are available?


Choose from three types: Citronella Spray Collarsdetect barking and emit a safe, yet unpleasant spray of citronella in front of the dog's face. Tone Correction Unitsuse a loud sound to distract the barking dog; available in automatic models that detect barking and then sound off, or manual models with which you control the correction. Stimulation Collars sense the sound of barking and vocal cord vibration and emit a static electrical impulse.




How effective are bark collars?


The time it takes to curb nuisance barking will vary from pet to pet. A survey conducted by PetSafe concluded electronic training devices, including bark collars, are effective. Over 2/3 of the 1,025 dog owners responded that their dogs' overall behavior had, in fact, improved since using the electronic equipment.




Will my dog need to wear a collar forever?


No. Once training is complete, you should be able to remove the collar, though retraining may be necessary with some dogs. Complete training instructions are provided with each collar.




Which bark control device is right for me?


There are two basic models: automatic units and handheld units. Both are equally effective but their applications differ. Remote units, such as bark collars, are ideal when inappropriate barking occurs when the owner is absent or when barking takes place in random or unpredictable locations. Handheld units are effective when the owner is present to correct the barking.




Are Citronella collars as effective?


Many customers are satisfied with the results from spray collars. Our favorite for consistent training and control are the electronic collars.




Are stimulation collars safe?


Absolutely. They are used by thousands of pet owners every day. Multiple stimulation levels let you choose the lowest level needed to correct behavior. Some units allow for a very low "warning" correction and then increase stimulation level only if barking continues.




Will other dogs barking set off my dog's collar?


No. All our collars sense vocal cord vibration to initiate correction.




I have a sensitive dog; will I be able to use a bark collar or will it hurt her?


All training collars, including bark collars, are designed not to hurt or punish your pet. The correction stimulation is comparable to the static generated from walking through carpet. We recommend the PetSafe Deluxe Collars as they have a patented technology that detects vibration and sound to ensure precise activation. Safely control your littlest dog's big barks with the PetSafe Deluxe Little Dog Bark Control Collar.