What do you feed your puppies?

We mix our own puppy food which is in a mush form and fed twice a day. It Is not
practical for you to try and duplicate this recipe. In between these feedings the
pups munch on Mom’s dry food which is Diamond Hi-Pro Adult. We suggest you
buy a good quality puppy food to have on hand to get your new puppy started
on and for its first year. We highly recommend Royal Canin or Nutri-Source
puppy chow. Make this available to the puppy 24-7 to start with. Puppies usually
go right on this these foods without any adjustment problems. If a puppy is
hungry it will eat and if the puppy chow is available in a bowl all the time, they
will nibble (or gobble) at it whenever they are hungry. We also give our puppy’s
fresh ground beef and liver several times a week. Fresh beef bones are also a
special treat for the puppies (and mom too). It keeps them contently occupied
for hours and it’s great for their teeth not to mention the nutritional value.
Are the puppies started with crate training?
Will my puppy be house broke when I get it?

    We don't crate train. We live on a ranch, someone is here
    all the  time and these guys have tons of freedom to run
    and play and get into harmless trouble. They have their
    own carpeted climate controlled house and they can come
    and go as they please via a doggy door. Because of this
    they have been going outside to potty for several weeks by
    the time they are old enough to go to their new home.
    House training should not be a huge problem because they
    already know about going outside in the grass, dirt, gravel,
    etc. If you have them locked in your home, like most people
    do, then you will need to learn to communicate with them
    when they need to go out. It's a good idea to put them out
    often when you first get them. This will show them the “big”
    door is the secret to going outside. Another reason to go
    outside often at first is because their system will be upset
    from traveling and all the changes.  Chances are they will
    have "loosy poop" until they get regulated and on schedule.
    We’ve had people report back to us that their new puppy
    never had one “accident”. Back to crate training. That will
    be your responsibility if you need it. There are good web
    sites that help with this. One that comes to mind is
                                                  Go into their site, click on
    dogs and enter crate training into their search box. But
    there are lots of different sites. Enough to keep you reading
    for hours.
Do you raise your puppies in your house?
Are your puppies socialized

    No, we do not whelp or raise our puppies in our house. “We” don’t even
    live in our house most of time. We only use our house for the most
    necessary times in our day like eating and sleeping. We spend at least
    15 hours a day with the puppies in their facilities or in our office and
    sometimes all night working in shifts. We are licensed by the USDA and
    the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture. They do not allow whelping or raising
    puppies in the house. Regardless how clean your house is you cannot
    keep it sanitary enough for birthing and raising healthy puppies. Our
    whelping house has individual privacy compartments with temperature
    controlled floors. Mom and pups stay here for 10-14 days and then they
    go outside. Here they have the room to run and play and go outside to
    potty as soon as they are old enough. The puppies have constant
    attention, handling and supervision during this time including being
    played with and lot of hugs and kisses. The puppies sleep on sterilized
    carpet in a climate controlled house at night. We are a professional
    kennel and we take this very seriously. Our puppies are probably more
    socialized then most home raised puppies. They are our business, our
    only business. This is not an evening or weekend hobby for us.
Will the puppy I buy have any shots or wormings?

    We are a professional kennel. Every puppy is
    vaccinated and wormed for every possible thing that a
    puppy can be. Regardless of the age of the puppy you
    receive from our kennel it will be up to date on
    everything recommended for a puppy of that age. You
    will receive a health record to share with your
    Veterinarian and your Veterinarian can then advise
    you on what and when your puppy will need something
    next for your area.
How do I know you are not a “puppy mill”?

    What is a Puppy Mill? It’s a coined up praise thought up by some uninformed
    Animal rights people. The state of Missouri has always been famous for their
    quality well bred dogs and mules. Consequently this area is targeted more by
    these radicals. I’m sure most have their hearts in the right place but many are so
    misinformed. There were people in Missouri selling dogs during the 1930’s
    depression era for $500.00 when a milk cow would only bring seven or eight
    dollars. They must have been doing something right. Missouri has more state of
    the art kennels then anywhere else in the world. Sure there is a bad apple in the
    basket once in awhile and those are the ones you read about and hear about.
    The rest of us would wish they would go away also. But they are the minority and
    you can call them Puppy Mills if you want to but leave the rest of us dedicated
    breeders out of it. If you are buying sight unseen it is easy to find out who you
    are buying from. Reputable breeders will be licensed and offer you references
    right up front.

    Some seem to think that anyone that breeds dogs, even only two or three
    females is a Puppy Mill. I don’t know who they think is going to supply the
    demand for quality, well bred healthy puppies. It sure isn’t Mr. and Mrs. Backyard
    breeder whose only female accidentally got bred to Rover down the street and
    presents them with a litter. Maybe they scurry to the library to quickly read up on
    what to do and can’t afford to take the puppies to the Vet for their necessary
    shots and wormings. The puppies are fat, fluffy and playful. Maybe all those
    shots and worming are not all that important anyway. Soon they have a litter of
    miniature elephant poopers running around their house destroying everything in
    sight. In frustration they box the little fellows up and take them to the pet shop.
    “Please take these guys off our hands”. They are cute as most puppies are, a
    deal is made, and consequently when these pups are exposed to the outside
    world they come down with all those nasty and life threatening diseases that
    professional kennels take great care and precautions to avoid and prevent. Plus
    Mr. and Mrs. Backyard Breeder didn’t have a clue on what hereditary problems
    they might be introducing into this new litter. Who is this Rover guy down the
    street anyway? But of course the “Puppy Mills” get blamed for these puppies
    also. In fairness to Pet Shops I might mention that responsible pet shops do not
    buy puppies from Mr. and Mrs. Backyard Breeder and that they stand behind the
    puppies they sell. We don’t approve of the impulse buying generated by some
    pet shops but why blame us. Animal rights people need to educate the general
    public. They are the ones that are throwing their pets away and taking them to
    animal rescue. The puppies we place are purchased by people that as a whole
    have put a lot of thought into this venture. Most are previous dog owners whose
    old dog has went to doggy heaven and they need a new friend. We receive
    eMails and letters with pictures constantly of puppies we have sold showing the
    obviously life of Riley they are living.  But we don’t read about these in the
    newspaper or see them on T.V.

    Then we have Mr. and Mrs. Four Figures. Of course they are not a Puppy Mill.
    They have several breeding dogs, which they breed. They sell their puppies via
    high priced professional ads in National magazines.  The pictures are taken of
    their professionally groomed puppies and breeding dogs by professional dog
    photographers.  In some cases using professional models in evening gown attire
    lounging on a sofa or bed with lots of dogs and puppies lying around and on top.
    These pictures and ads are cute. We admire them, but they are not realistic.
    And if that is their life style that is wonderful. My beef here with Mr. and Mrs. Four
    Figures is they should continue doing what they want to do and not try and tell
    us and the world with tons of negative slanderous publicity that we are a Puppy
    Mill and they are the only ones that have the right to raise and sell dogs. Of
    course they want four figures for their puppies, sometimes high in the four
    figures, and they stipulate that anyone that buys one of these puppies has to
    have it spayed or neutered or you don’t get any registration papers. I often
    wonder who gave them a license to be labeled the only people with the proper
    canine knowledge and animal husbandry to breed dogs.

    They say it’s all about money. Of course they mean all us other people are
    breeding dogs because it’s all about the money. The fact is, their spay and
    neuter program and their method of screening their puppy buyers is only a naive
    ploy to try and control their breed population to keep their prices up. We’re all
    for spay and neutering. It’s the only way to go with a puppy for a pet. But we’re
    not going to tell anyone that they can’t breed or won’t be responsible dog

    We try hard to place our puppies in loving responsible homes. But we never
    base this on only selling puppies to people who can afford a four figure puppy. It
    has been our experience over the years, with horses as well as puppies, that the
    average household most often provides the best homes. There are a lot of
    people out there that don’t have a lot of money but will love and deeply care for
    a pet.

    Everybody and every situation should be evaluated on their own merits. There
    are some back yard breeders and four-figure breeders doing a terrific job, just
    as not every kennel is professional. And if any of us have not personally seen
    their dogs and facilities, then I think we should all mind our own business and
    keep our mouths shut.

    So, who is a Puppy Mill and what is a Puppy Mill?

    Yes, as of October 7, 2007 every puppy we sell
    comes with a micro-chip.  The micro-chip we implant
    will also be registered in your name with a National
    Data Base.  We are charging $25.00 for this micro-
    chipping and registration. This is our cost. You are
    welcome to check with your Veterinarian to compare
    this cost. Also be aware that most Veterinarians that
    micro-chip do not register the chip. When you buy
    one of our puppies, having it micro-chipped is not

    Another Missouri Kennel owner wrote this and I
    quote, “If I needed to go in for heart surgery, I would
    certainly choose a surgeon who does surgeries on a
    regular basis and is consistently updating himself on
    the latest technologies, etc. rather then someone
    who does surgery once every couple years or so. We
    have puppies on a continuing basis. We are
    professionals. We go to seminars and conferences,
    are members of professional associations and
    educate ourselves on the latest in animal health,
    nutrition, etc.” unquote.