At around 5 weeks of age we begin offering our puppies moist "gruel". This is offered in addition to nursing from mom and dry puppy food, which is available 24/7. As the puppies grow and mature less moist food is offered, and more time is spent away from mom, encouraging them to rely on the dry food only. As the puppies develop and become more independent this method of slow weaning helps them to transition away from nursing to dry food with very little stress.
Our goal is that each puppy has been weaned and eating only dry food for at least 1 week before they are ready for their new homes. As with all living creatures no two puppies are the same developmentally. This can affect the actual day that a puppy is "ready". Most puppies are ready at around 8 weeks of age, however some toy breed puppies are not ready until 10 weeks or older. It is important to us to make sure that our puppies are mature enough socially and developmentaly before they arrive at their new homes.
Our puppies and adults are fed Joy dog food. This is not widely available nationwide and is only available in 25 and 50 pound bags. We recommend that you choose a high quality puppy food. Some good choices are: Eukanuba, Royal Canin, Nutro Max just to name a few. Talk to your vet about what is available in your area. The food you choose should be an appropriate sized kibble, for instance, if you have a 1 1/2 pound puppy offering it kibble the size of walnuts is counter productive.
It is extremely important that you have a safe place for your puppy to be when you are unable to closely monitor him/her. A pet carrier, wire cage or puppy play pen are essential for the saftey and well being of your puppy. It is unbelievable the tiny places that little puppies can fit into. Puppies have been known to get stuck beside a refridgerator or behind a clothes dryer or washing machine. We have even heard of puppies disappearing in an air duct or drowning in a toilet.
Another aspect for your puppy's saftey is that you familarize yourself with hypoglycemia. Tiny puppies must have adequate time to eat, drink and rest. A new puppy is an exciting time in any family and children will be tempted to play with or carry their new puppy for long periods of time. From past experience we know that this can cause a puppy's blood sugar levels to drop, causing hypoglycemia. You can read more about hypoglycemia below.
It is not uncommon for puppies to develop loose stools from the stress of moving to a new enviroment. This stress can also compromise the puppy's immune system opening the door for other problems. Coccidia and Giardia are both common in puppies. We take precautions here to prevent these problems, however, puppies can still develop symptoms.
Since 1983 we have successfully and safely shipped puppies to each of the lower 48 states as well as Alaska, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The puppies travel in an area of the plane that is the exact temperature and pressure as the cabin. We offer shipping to most US destinations. We can also ship to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Shipping costs vary depending on the destination and the airline. Most puppies can be shipped for $300.00. Please contact us for a specific quote. Shipping is available on Fridays, typically, and is always contingent upon weather conditions.
We accept cash, paypal and US postal money orders as forms of payment. We are required to charge applicable Iowa sales tax on all sales within the state of Iowa. If you do not have a paypal account you can set one up quickly and at no charge at the link below.
The chart below is used to estimate the adult weight of toy breed puppies. It is our opinion that these sizes run on the small side. Keep in mind this is only a tool used to give a general idea of approximate adult weight. There are many factors that could affect the accuracy of this chart. We make no promises or gurantees in reference to the mature weight of your puppy.
providing families with quality puppies since 1983