Buying a Puppy
What you need to know when purchasing an
American Alsatian puppy.
1. Buy a puppy that has bright pink or dark gums; this is an indication that the puppy is free of parasites or worms. (most puppies have worms and worming puppies should be in your plans. Take a fecal sample to your vet regardless if you think your pup does not have worms).
2. Buy a puppy that has clear eyes, not cloudy. It is another indication of good health.
3. A puppy’s belly should be in proportion to the rest of its body..
4. Keep your new puppy cool as the AA puppy loves the cold weather.
5. Don't buy a puppy that you don't really want, hold out for exactly what you are looking for.
6. Pay someone to help you train your puppy, if you are unable to do it yourself, this will make you much happier in the long run.
7. Male puppies will not hike their leg if you have them neutered by 8 months old.
8. Keep your puppy on several different types of dog food to maintain a healthy immune system throughout its life.
9. Do not take a new puppy out to the park, or shopping until it is older than 16-20 weeks & has had all of its puppy shots.
10. Train your puppy to love it's crate and to accept being left in an exercise pen for short periods at first. Buy my Handbook For New Puppy Owners.
11. When traveling, crate your puppy/dog.
12. Shipping is a safe mode of travel; AA puppies tolerate it well.
13. The Am Alsatian sheds its undercoat once a year. Adding olive oil or salmon oil to dry feed will help.
15. COCCIDIOSIS:... this is a single celled protozoan that are commonly found in puppies & kittens, but they are not visible to the naked eye; which makes them easy to go undetected. Albon, Toltrazuril, Ponazuril, or Sulfadimethoxine is routinely prescribed for prevention and treatment. These protozoan’s can develop into a problem during stressful periods such as weaning, transport, and relocation, etc.
Some of the first signs that your puppy may be having trouble with coccidia is a bloody, or loose stool, sleeping a lot, hot nose, pale gums, not interested in eating or drinking.
Coccidiosis is easily treated & prevented if you know what to look for, and what to do for it. Treatment should not cost an arm and a leg; if it does......change doctors!
16. Before spending lots of money at a vet's office call your breeder, and ask if the price is reasonable or even necessary. Some vets will charge outrageous prices for their medicines or services. Prices do vary from vet to vet, but there is a major difference between competitive, and rip off!
17. Take all vaccination records to the Vet for your first Puppy Wellness Check up.
18. Do not change the puppy’s diet for at least 30 days.
FYI when shopping for a puppy:
Many puppies come from inexperienced breeders. Many don't have vaccinations, preventive medications for things like Guardia, coccidia, kennel cough, fleas, ticks etc. Some do not come with a health guarantee, some come with 24, 36 or 72 hour guarantee some come with 1 or 2 years genetic guarantee, some may come with lifetime guarantee. Some come from licensed and inspected breeders/kennels and some do not.
A Breeder cannot guarantee you the size and weight of a puppy, they can only give you a guess based on family history. Puppies like children may or may not look like their parents. Puppies, like children won't all be the same size.
An 8 - 12 week old puppy is not fully house trained. House training may be started, but a puppy will have to learn, the rules and schedule of the new home. All puppies leaving us have been started on doggie door training and learning to go outside to do their business! Most are doing extremely well when they leave us, take them out the same door to the same spot every time and they will catch on quickly!
Breeders meeting you off site is not always a warning sign. This could be for his and your protection. I myself, don't like going into strangers homes. There are also a lot of animal rights activist who harass breeders.
If you have a problem with your new puppy, call the breeder first as soon as you see a problem. Most breeders want to solve a problem before it goes any further.
When you purchase a puppy, take it immediately to your Veterinarian for a well puppy check up.
Follow the breeder's directions on feeding and care.
(a) When asking for references, no one will give you names of unhappy customers, so references are not always accurate.
(b) When asking for the name of the breeders Vet. Some Vet's do not want to be bothered with 10 + calls a week asking about a breeder, so many breeders may not want to give out their Vet's information. The privacy act does fall into that category.
(c) When talking to be breeder: Identify yourself, tell them what puppy/breed you are calling about. (Breeders are not mind readers and usually have 10-50 calls a day). Ask questions, do you feel comfortable talking to them? Did they have time for you? Did they answer your questions?
(d) If the breeder is pressuring you, walk away. Nice quality puppies sell themselves.
(e) Most breeders want to build a relationship beyond the sale, we personally LOVE getting updates, progress reports and pictures.
(f) When you do decide on a breeder and puppy, take the puppy directly to your Veterinarian for a well puppy check up.
(g) If you want to continue to have the right to purchase a puppy from the breeder of your choice or the right to own a dog, stay informed, do not allow HSUS, PETA and other Animal Rights activist to take this right away. Breeders want animal welfare, healthy happy puppies, dogs and puppies are a loved addition to our families, but do not deserve higher rights than our children. Keep in mind while pets are loved, they are animals and they are not Human Babies.