As should be with all litters, serious consideration is given to health, temperament and structure, before a breeding takes place.
Puppies are placed in approved homes ONLY.
Puppies are NOT placed on a first come first serve basis, but rather, an evaluation of your goals for your new puppy and the individual puppy's temperament. I do not determine where each pup will go until they have completed all health tests, temperament tests and structural evaluations at around 8 weeks old.
A puppy questionnaire is required. Don't be offended if I ask A LOT of seemingly random questions, it helps me to make the best match for you and your pup! I welcome your questions too!
I have a very limited number of litters, and because of that I screen my buyers very thoroughly.
I want a match that will last a lifetime!
PUPPY RULES OF 12
Make sure all experiences are *SAFE AND POSITIVE* for the puppy.
Each encounter should include treats and lots of praise.
Slow down and add distance if your puppy is scared!
By the time a puppy is 12 weeks old, it should have:
(If over 12 wks start right away)
Experienced 12 different surface:
wood, woodchips, carpet tile, cement, linoleum, grass, wet grass, dirt, mud, puddles grates, uneven surfaces, on a table, on a chair, etc...
Played with 12 different objects:
fuzzy toys, big & small balls, hard toys, funny sounding toys, wooden items, paper or cardboard items, milk jugs, metal items, etc...
Experienced 12 different locations:
front yard (daily), other people's homes, school yard, lake, pond, river, boat, basement, elevator, car, moving car, garage, laundry room, kennel, vet hospital (just to say hi and visit, lots of cookies, vaccinations) grooming salon (just to say hi) etc...
Met and played with 12 new people:
(outside of family) include children, adults (male and female) elderly adults, people in wheelchairs, walkers people with canes, crutches, hats, sunglasses, etc...
Exposed to 12 different noises:
(ALWAYS keep positive and watch puppy's comfort level-we don't want the puppy scared) garage door opening, doorbell, children playing, babies screaming, big trucks, Harley motorcycles, skateboards, washing machine, shopping carts, power boats, clapping, pan dropping, vacuums, lawnmowers, etc...
Exposed to 12 fast moving objects:
(Don't allow to chase) skateboards, roller-blades, bikes, motorcycles, cars, people running, cats running, scooters, children running, squirrels, horses running, etc...
"The Puppy's Rule of Twelve" is something that I am very proud of, and would like to keep ownership of. Please give me full credit when using this on your website or any other form.
Positive Paws Dog Training ©2002 - Margaret Hughes
Adapted with permission from Pat Schaap's "RULE OF 7's" for 7 week old puppies
Thank you, Margaret Hughes, owner of The Puppy's Rule of Twelve
Thanks for checking in!
We have no puppy plans at this time.
You may contact me and see if I know of other breeders with puppies available.
Working/performance homes will be given preference.
However, pet homes shouldn't be discouraged to apply either!
*A Puppy Questionnaire is required for consideration of getting a puppy.*