Your puppy will receive his/her Nobivac Puppy DPv (Distemper and Canine Parvovirus) here at 7 1/2 weeks.  We recommend the next vaccine to be DPv or DAPv (Distemper, Adenovirus type 1 and 2, and Parvovirus) given 4 weeks later.  The third and final DPv or DAPv given 4 weeks after the second and a Bordetella if needed.  No Lepto,  No Lymes ever.   A series is given 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 will be considered vaccinated two weeks after he/she receives the third vaccination (18 weeks old)We send out vaccination information to  our Juniper Ridge Families when the puppies are  6 weeks old,  this includes the dates to preschedule vaccination appointments with your veterinarian.


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. We highly recommend lobbying for a titer.  


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 educate 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 great information read Dr. Dodd's vaccine protocol and recommendations. We start vaccinations at 7 1/2 weeks  - a week earlier than Dr Dodd's schedule - because most vet's and puppy buyers expect the puppy to have his/her first vaccination at that time.  However, the second and third could certainly be given later, and that 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 before 8 weeks just let us know! We allocate puppies at 7 weeks and give vaccinations at 7 1/2 weeks. 


You will receive a full medical record with your puppy.  This record will provide 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. Click here for a sample of our puppy medical recordprotocols can vary by litter and puppy needs - this is a sample only)


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 have eat them, our pets.  


We have evidenced 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. 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. 



 Natural things you can do to help prevent and repel fleas & ticks:  

  • 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 of cedar, geraniol (geranium oil), or peppermint essential oils with 1 Tablespoon of water. Rub a few drops of this dilution onto your puppy's fabric collar or onto a bandana and tie around the neck. Repeat weekly. 

  • 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 ( available online - click on the image) is an excellent resource for all things dog! Please read their informative article regarding heart -worm prevention, and search their site for in depth studies and helpful tips!


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!


Training your puppy starts on day one. Everything you do with your puppy in the early days sets up the future. If you do not want your puppy chasing the broom or sleeping on your sofa when he's bigger, don't allow it now. Reward and create an environment of positive behavior. The main thing your puppy craves is your attention, so reward and cultivate the behaviors you want to see in your puppy by praise and attention - and do not give attention to the behavior you do not want. Your puppy is a very smart little student and really wants to learn how to communicate with you!

Set up puppy training classes for your entire family to attend together. Consistency is key; when everyone is speaking the same language communication is much easier :) 

Check out Avidog online for training and educational courses,. We are also big fans of Aly Rodge's puppy training style. Check out her website and sign up to watch her blog for excellent training tips.   AlysonRodges.com  .  

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