Beaver Creek Kennel

Frequently asked questions about puppies

Beaver Creek Kennel

FAQ

Do you take deposits on puppies?

Yes, we require deposits on our puppies to secure them until they are ready to be weaned and go home to their new family. A puppy is always available until the deposit has been received. We usually ask for $100.00, and unfortunately, we are unable to refund a deposit if you change your mind or unable to take your puppy home when it is ready to go.  We do require full payment before a puppy goes to its new home.

What should I feed my puppy?

Your puppy needs quality puppy food and fresh water close to him or her at all times. We recommend a high quality puppy food.  Most of our puppies will be eating their puppy food dry when they go home with you. However, some of the tiny teacup Yorkies or other very small breeds might be eating their food moistened to make sure they are eating enough calories.  We also recommend giving your teacup puppy Nutrical (it comes in a tube and is found at most pet stores or at your veterinarian’s office). Give it twice a day after meals, or in between meals. A small dab on the end of your finger works great. Nutrical is for extra calories. Please don’t give too much though, as that can make them sick.

What payment methods do you accept ?

We accept cash, credit cards, or PayPal. We will accept a check for your deposit as long as it has time to clear the bank before time for your puppy to go home. The balance has to be paid in cash or with a credit card when your puppy goes home with you or is picked up by a dog hauler.

Are your puppies registered?

Yes. We register our puppies with Continental Kennel Club or United Kennel Club. Both of these registries can be researched online, along with numerous others. Seems there are pros and cons to all of them.

Is it okay to call you about the availability of your puppies?

Yes. In fact, we encourage you to call us! We like to take some time to speak directly with each person who is looking for a puppy to help match a puppy with its new family. After you have made your decision, you may also call, text or e-mail as much as you want to check up on your puppy. You may call at your convenience but please leave a message if we are unavailable to take your call.  We will return your call just as soon as we can.  So please don’t give up on us.

Which is better — a male or a female puppy?

Male dogs

  • May mark their territory and lift their legs to pee indoors and outdoors
  • You can reduce the likelihood of marking by having the dog neutered before he’s six months of age or reaches puberty
  • Intact male dogs or those not affected by neutering, may be trained not to mark territory in your house. You are fighting Mother Nature, however, and she doesn’t give up easily

Female dogs

  • Females will have a ‘heat’ cycle, with some bleeding or other discharge for up to three weeks once or twice a year

If there are other dogs at home

  • Two or more dogs of the same gender in the home can cause issues, although this is more likely to occur if it is intact male dogs
  • Often a male and female dog do better than two dogs of the same gender
  • Usually an older dog will do better if you add a puppy to your home rather than if you add another mature dog

What do experts say?

The only study I’ve found is from the University of California at Davis in 1988. Two groups of dog professionals, veterinarians and obedience trial judges were given a list of thirteen behavior traits and asked to match dominant traits to gender.

The results were as follows:

  • Males – aggressive or controlling behavior, general activity,
    destructiveness, playfulness
  • Females – ease of house training, obedience training,
    demand for affection
  • No difference – excitability, excessive barking, watchdog barking

Bottom line

The gender differences that most people dislike – marking territory or being in heat – will be eliminated or at least minimized by having your dog spayed or neutered.

I honestly don’t think male or female matters as much as the dog’s individual temperament and early training by you.

Why should I have my male puppy neutered?

When a male is neutered at about 4 to 5 months of age, they rarely have the tendency to mark their territory as so many people are afraid of them doing in their homes. We have many happy owners of male puppies that have never had any problems with them in this way. They make wonderful family pets and companions. Neutering your puppy will protect his health, help him to live longer and be a better pet, along with improving his house manners.

Do you ship puppies?

We will ship our puppies by ground transport. There are many safe certified pet transport companies that can pick up and deliver to anywhere in the United States. We can recommend a pet transport that we have used successfully. We do not believe it is healthy to send our  puppies on a plane alone at a young age. We believe it is too mentally and physically stressful for the animal. We are willing to drive within reason to meet our customers. If you are interested please let us know.

If we did not answer your question please don’t hesitate to ask!!

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