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Frequently Asked Questions
What payment methods do you accept? 

We accept cash, Money Orders, and these credit cards: American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.  We do charge a 3% convenience fee for using a Credit Card.   

Do you follow any privacy policy?

Yes. We respect your privacy, and that very much includes your personal details.

What is the recommended house temperature for a puppy at night?

The general rule of thumb is that what’s comfortable for you is comfortable for the puppy.

Are all your puppies registered? 

Yes, all of our pure bred puppies are registered and come with all the necessary papers.

Should we leave a light on at night for our puppy?

You could leave a light on if it doesn’t prevent the puppy from falling asleep. However, if your puppy doesn’t go to sleep or starts crying, turn off the lights.

To help your puppy fall asleep at night, try playing with him before bedtime. This will tire the puppy and ensure a good night’s sleep. If the puppy starts crying when you leave him or her, leave them alone for 15 to 20 minutes. If the crying continues, your puppy needs a little comfort and company. Try playing with your puppy for a while until he or she gets tired. If your puppy starts crying in the middle of the night, he or she probably needs to go potty.

Can I give snacks to my puppy?

Snacks/Treats are "junk food" so avoid giving too many.  Often treats are fairly large and can be broken down into smaller pieces to make them last longer.  A puppies favorite reward will always be your love and attention though, a treat here and there won't hurt- but always rewarding with food can cause issues later in life.  


How often should I feed my puppy?

Our puppies are free fed from 3 or 4 weeks until they go home with you- they are growing and need to "graze" all day long to fuel the growth they are doing.  Once a Boxer puppy is 3 to 4 months old, free feeding is not necessary, and it is common to put your puppy on more of a schedule.  This helps you to know exactly how much you puppy is eating a day, and will regulate their bowels- which makes potty training a bit easier because it's more predictable.  You can feed in the morning & at night, or 3x a day if you're at home.  Whatever is easier and convenient for your family is fine, just try to stick to a routine and feed at approximately the same time each day if possible.  In the beginning, if your puppy doesn't finish their food within 15 minutes, remove it and give it again at the time you've decided for the 2nd meal.  No treats throughout the day while you are training them to eat on a schedule.  You want your puppy to be hungry and finish their food right away.  Your puppy will quickly adjust, and if you're consistant you'll be surprised how fast they learn to tell what time it is!  

How often should I take my puppy out?

To begin with, you should take your puppy out as often as you can. Give your puppy enough opportunities to relieve themselves outside. Most puppies need to relieve themselves every hour or so during the day, and every three hours or so at night. For an eight-week-old puppy, one potty break in the middle of the night should be enough.  

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It's Potty Time! No play, no excitement, no petting- we go straight outside to a set location & do your business! Stay calm and on task. When number 1 is finished, praise- but don't pet. Repeat your potty time phrase "Go Potty." "Do your business" whatever you are comfortable saying, and always use the same phrase. Once number 2 is finished, NOW it's party time!! Lots of love, and play time. It won't take long for your fur-baby to realize the faster I potty (1 & 2) the faster we go back inside to play. After play, breakfast... approximately 15-30 minutes after feeding, repeat the potty routine above. Potty time is NOT play time, ever, don't fall for those cute puppy dog eyes! CONSISTENCY WILL PAY OFF! Your puppy will realize where you want them to potty, and WHY they get into trouble for going on Mommy's new rug, a whole lot faster if you don't confuse the potty spot with play time activities.  

We have had success teaching our puppies to ask to go out to potty with bells hung next to the door.  Every time we'd take the puppy out, we'd take their paw and ring the bells while repeating a phrase such as "Go potty outside"  or "Go outside"  After awhile almost all of them figured out if they rang the bells we would let them outside, usually the discovery comes when they are playing with the bells- but if you're in tune to the sound you'll get VERY excited the first time they ring them on their own.  It will be a game for them the first few weeks after they figure it out- "Yay! Mom/Dad jumps up to take me outside when I jingle these!"  but if you stick to the NO PLAY- JUST POTTY rules they'll understand that it's not about play time- unless they really have to go, then play happens AFTERWARDS, preferably once back inside.