PUPPY RAISING RESOURCES
INFORMATION & LINKS
AGE APPROPRIATE EXERCISE FOR PUPPIES
"How soon can my puppy go hiking or running with me?" "Can my puppy walk around my neighborhood block?"
These are questions we hear often, and we are glad you asked! Exercise has a very particular role in brain growth and development; it improves learning, memory, and emotional response. But exercise that's not appropriate for a puppy's age and development can cause significant and irreversible damage. We refer to Jane Messineo Lindquist of Puppy Culture for her research, knowledge, and experience in this arena. We have provided her readable pdf material here on Age Appropriate Exercise Guidelines and her very informative, easy to understand descriptions of puppy bodies! Please take the time to read though this information, your puppy's health is in your hands! We also encourage you to check out all the wonderful resources Jane has available at PuppyCulture.com
Your puppy will receive his/her Nobivac Puppy DPv (Distemper and Canine Parvovirus) vaccination here at Juniper Ridge at 8 weeks. We recommend the next vaccine to be DPv or DAPPv (Distemper, Adenovirus type 1 and 2, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus) given 4-5 weeks later. The third and final DPv or DAPPv given 4-5 weeks after the second, so that it is received when your puppy is 18 weeks old minimum. We strongly advise against giving the Leptospirosis and Lymes Disease vaccines as these diseases are rare and the vaccinations cause side effects often worse than actually contracting the disease. Vaccines are administered in series NOT because your puppy needs the quantity, but because we are guessing at the window of opportunity of reception - the time when momma's antibodies wear off but before the puppy is exposed to the full disease. Your puppy is considered vaccinated two weeks after he/she receives the third vaccination (generally by 20 weeks old).
In the United States each state requires rabies vaccinations and registration when your puppy turns 6 months old. A one year booster is required 6 months later and then another "3 year" rabies at 18 months unless your state will accept a titer report. The rabies vaccine is very hard on puppies and dogs and can make them very ill. If administered in conjunction with any other treatment there is a high risk of causing Strangles - an auto-immune disorder response. No other vaccinations, surgeries, deworming, etc should be given within 4 weeks of your puppy receiving a rabies vaccination.
We strongly recommend advocating for a titer report for both the "3 year" rabies vaccination and for DAPPv "yearly booster" vaccinations after the first set have been completed. Use the following link to learn more about titer testing for vaccinations and where/how to submit titers, you will find everything you will need on this website: Schultz Laboratory . You may need to talk with your veterinarian and advocate for your pet! You will need a blood draw by your vet technician and this form: Canine Serum Submission Form
For excellent information please read Dr. Dodd's vaccine protocol and recommendations. Dr Dodd is a highly respected veterinarian and researcher. We start vaccinations at 8 weeks - a week earlier than Dr Dodd's schedule - only because many veterinarians and puppy buyers still expect the puppy to have his/her first vaccination before leaving us/& at that time - however they are most likely ineffective at this age. The second and third could and, we believe, should be given later, and this is what we do for our dogs that remain with us and/or in our guardian program. Should you decide you prefer your puppy to NOT have a vaccination at 8 weeks (three days before coming home) just let us know! We allocate puppies at 7 weeks and give vaccinations five days later - three days before 8 weeks of age. Studies show that antibody titer levels are now so high in momma dogs, they are taking longer to wear off in puppies. Vaccinations are ineffective if a puppy receives them before his momma's antibodies have dissipated. This is especially true of the Parvovirus antibody, which is why Dr Dodd recommends giving the last Parvovirus vaccine after the puppy has reached 18 weeks. Click here for a printable pdf form of Dr. Dodd's vaccine schedule.
SPAY & NEUTER INFORMATION
We require all pet puppies to be spayed or neutered by 7 months of age. This is a part of our Health Guarantee & Contract of Sale, and is non-negotiable.
The most current veterinary schools of medicine reports confirm that dogs and dog breeds maturing under 60 pounds (all of our Australian Labradoodles) are not negatively affected by spay/neuter at 6 months of age. In fact the benefits are many! Hormonal cancers such as testicular and ovarian cancer are wiped out, urinary tract infections are reduced, and unwanted behaviors related to sexual maturity are avoided. The Australian Labradoodle is a healthy breed with no reported bone, joint or hip issues to date; and in 48 years of existence as a breed the ALD has not shown any negative affect of spay/neuter by 6 months of age.
Current veterinary studies also show that even for large breed dogs maturing to 60+ pounds, no significant benefit exists for delaying spay/neuter unless it is delayed for 24 months. Australian Labradoodle males are capable of reproducing at 8-9 months and some females can reproduce by 10 months. (We do not breed our dogs until they are older and physically and mentally mature, but they are capable earlier!)
We set our spay/neuter date at 7 months of age to allow for 4 weeks of time between the state required rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccines should be given alone, not in conjunction with any other vaccine, medicine nor treatment. Spay/neuters (any surgeries) should also be spaced 4 weeks in-between vaccinations.
Our Health Guarantee & Contract of Sale requires documentation of spay/neuter from our Puppy Parent's veterinarian office to our email address. We supply ALAA registration papers following receipt of spay/neuter documentation.
We provide a full medical record with your Juniper Ridge puppy. This record will include all medical information your veterinarian will need to know about your puppy's care with us. OurJuniper Ridge Puppy Medical Record is also sufficient for airline travel within the United States. All puppies receive a full professional veterinary exam and report. For international travel a USDA Certified Travel Certificate is available through our veterinarian for an additional charge.
FLEA PREVENTION & TREATMENT
If you live in an area where fleas or ticks are prevalent you will need to prevent them from taking up residence on your pup. Many products have been developed to be given orally to dogs and cats which, upon ingestion are lethal to fleas and ticks. These products are certainly convenient and easy for us as pet owners; however they are not just lethal to fleas and ticks, they are also poisonous to the animals that we feed them to; our pets.
We have witnessed the unnecessary, sad and life changing effects of oral and topical medications and we have listed the administration of all products in the isoxazoline class (Bravecto, Nexgard, Simparica, Credelio, Trifexis and Revolution Plus) as a void to our puppy health guarantee. This is stated on our Health Guarantee contract. There is no reason to give your pup these products. Your puppy relies on you for his safety and well being so please do your research!
Please see this recent article FDA FACT SHEET which states the "approved" status but also warns of "potential side effects" (chosen wording to protect the FDA). Please read between the lines. Our strong recommendation is to prevent and treat as naturally as possible.
Only Natural Pet Products – All natural flea and tick products using essential oils. For Easy spray order here or for collar order here . This company also makes a holistic tag; read about the EasyDefence bio frequency tags here.
Wondercide - All natural flea and tick prevention spray. Safe to use on pets and people! Visit Wondercide.com for information and ordering.
Food grade Diatomaceous Earth can be used safely and effectively to treat rugs, carpet, bedding yards and directly on your pets. Please see diatomaceousearth.com to learn how to apply and all its various uses.
Natural flea collars: Dilute 4 drops cedar, geraniol (geranium oil), lemongrass, or peppermint essential oils with 1 Tablespoon of water and 1/2 tsp witch hazel. Rub a few drops of this dilution onto your puppy's fabric collar or soak into a bandana and tie around the neck. Repeat weekly. Visit themiracleofessentialoils website for specific instructions and a variety of safe, natural and completely effective ways to both prevent and treat fleas!
Natural flea repellent puppy wash: Boil 2 cups of fresh Rosemary leaves in 2 pints of water for 30 minutes. Discard leaves and add rosemary water to 6 pints of warm water to make a gallon of natural flea repellent. Rinse your puppy’s body thoroughly with the rosemary water.
Whole Dog Journal and Avidog ( available online - click on the images) are both excellent resources for all things dog! Please read their informative articles regarding heart -worm prevention, and search their sites for in depth studies and helpful tips!
NATURAL FLEA & TICK PREVENTION/TREATMENT
CHEMICAL FLEA & TICK PREVENTION
Due to our climate in Central Oregon we are fortunate to not have flea or tick trouble. They exist of course but are completely manageable with the above natural treatment. We recognize the above treatments for flea and tick prevention simply may not be enough in some environments and areas. In those cases, and when we travel with our dogs to areas with possible high incidence of fleas and ticks; we use the Soresto collar. All dogs are different, if you choose to use this collar carefully watch your dog for any signs of allergic reaction or discomfort. We have found this, so far, to be a good option. Information about the Soresto collar can found at Orvis.com/dogs. To order a Soresto collar click here.
PARASITE PREVENTION / DE-WORMING
We follow a deworming protocol with our puppies at Juniper Ridge and they are tested for parasites at their well-puppy exams before leaving us and coming home to their families. Puppies and dogs can easily pick up parasites along the way and throughout life, but the good news is you can prevent parasites naturally! Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) can safely be added to your puppy/dog's food daily; 1/2 tsp for puppies up to 20 pounds then 1 tsp daily for life. Food must be sprayed lightly with water - DE is minutely fine, very sharp particles and can damage lungs if inhaled - so always wet. See DiatomaceousEarth.com for instructions and other great benefits and ways to use DE.
PUPPY PROOFING YOUR HOME & YARD
Puppies get into everything! They are curious little preschoolers who literally follow their noses into trouble. They will sniff, taste and chew on anything within reach as part of exploring their world, therefore you will need to protect your belongings and them from themselves! Its helpful to actually get down and observe the surroundings from a puppy viewpoint to locate potential hazards; paper items, floor pillows, electric cords... For items that simply cannot be removed (furniture legs, cabinets, etc.) we recommend using Bitter Apple Spray (See our Supply List). This product can be sprayed directly on the surface of wood, leather and fabric and apparently tastes bad enough to deter chewing. It is available in almost all pet supply stores and through several online stores including Amazon.com, RevivalAnimal.com and Chewy.com
You may be surprised at the list of common household and yard plants that are poisonous to dogs and cats! There are several sites with names and photos of these plants including these; ASPCA.com or PetPoisonhelpline.com
With a little pre planning and preparation you can make your new puppy's environment safe so you can just have fun with your pup!