Raising Your puppy
Please do read this page. People who ask me questions which are already answered on this page are several and you will be guided back to the website. The reason my website is comprehensive is to answer as many questions for you as I can possibly do. This gives you an excellent start as you can read in your good time.
We know how important it is the start your puppy gets with us. Having a knowledgeable breeder is everything. What happens to your puppy in those important 8 weeks is just the starting point. When puppies are born they are not running about the box wanting human contact. They are blind and deaf and the only sense they have is smell. They can see humans as predators and not all want to be handled. In this time they should be kept warm, and clean. Soon as their eyes are open then they start to get handled more and more. Puppies do not come at 8 weeks fully trained, this is something you must do. They are too immature. The brain itself has not developed all that much from birth to 8 weeks. The body has done, and they have gone from 800 grams to 5 kilos but the training starts with you. You should not put collars and leads on puppies before 8 weeks as it can damage neck muscles. The most important part of development is 8 weeks to 16 weeks. This key period will determine your puppy’s behaviour for the rest of its life. So a lot rests on no ones shoulders but yours.
So let me begin to tell you what we will do with your puppy.
So let me begin to tell you what we will do with your puppy.
Due to Covid 19 we will be doing Video calls instead of Visits for the whole of 2020, We are not prepared to take any chances with this dreadful virus.
Due to Covid 19 we will be doing Video calls instead of Visits for the whole of 2020, We are not prepared to take any chances with this dreadful virus.
The mating between dog and bitch should be planned. Occasionally unplanned mating’s do occur with breeders. But planned matings have been thought about. We only have planned breedings. As breeders we check the pedigree of mum and pedigree of dad. The outcome is something called COI. For generations their was no guidance on COI, but today pedigree dogs COI can be done on the Kennel club website. Line breeding is common ancestors, which creates type and consistency. If you want a total outcross in pedigree you need to buy a mongrol/crossbreed. Because every pedigree dog will have common ancestors somewhere. If you went far enough back in history they will all of come from the same dogs.
Our girls go to our veterinary surgeon yearly for a health check and so do our males. We have their hearts checked, and we know they are in good health before mating.
SCAN OR WAIT?
Their is no requirement that you should have a bitch scanned during whelp. In fact their is very little a vet can do and the more a bitch goes into a veterinary clinic the higher chances of bacteria, virus can be caught.Higher chances of puppy loss.
Common sense says do not over scan.
Sometimes I scan a bitch, where as I used to always scan a bitch. But Ive found scans totally unpredictable to determine numbers. So sometimes I may do if I am unsure if their are babies, and sometimes I do not if I can visibly see puppies. The absolute time you know if a bitch is pregnant or not is 6 weeks. But their are only subtle changes. Most people who see a 6 week old bitch in pup wont even realise they are in pup. All the growth is done in the last 3 weeks of gestation. Did you know that hair only comes on the puppy in the last week of gestation. The development always amazes me. If we have a scan we can not tell sexes. We see the image on the right, which is a dark blob with a fuzzy squiggle in. So please do not ask if I know the sex.
You will get the chance to visit us if it is before the litter is born. Obviously sometimes we get more puppies than the amount of people on my list and then those people see us after wards. But if you visit before you will only be offered an appointment if you have passed my first set of questions and I think you will possibly make a good Silvestre owner. Then I make 3 dates for a visit, two weekdays and 1 weekend date.
When you visit you will be shown the following documents. All relevant health tests for the parents of each dog. Pedigree of mum and dad. Kennel club registration. Champion status paperwork.
You will meet mum and dad and other ancestors.
Always double check price before booking a puppy.
Tell me what sex of puppy you want. Obviously if you do not mind what sex this will give you a better chance of having a puppy from the litter. If we get all males or all females for example.
If you go on the waiting list we take a maximum of 7 people.
It never ceases to amaze me the whole process of birth. To think that from 0-9 weeks a little puppy is formed and then born. Having spent time at referral hospitals, the one thing that stuck in my mind was how incredible it is for a heart to form in this time. In fact many do not and the foetus die and get absorbed.
I would prefer to watch a Pug birth than a Vizsla any day as they birth puppies much easier. I know this is not what you would expect to hear. But from the start to finish is a few hours, where as a Vizsla can be 48 hours.
None of my mothers will ever give birth alone. I have put them in this position and I am not going to desert them. My vet is always on call for me. I help most mothers and open sacks, wipe noses and clear fluid from lungs. Stimulating them to breathe. Keeping them very warm, and quiet. A dog in the wild would dig a den in the ground, and go and lay in the bottom. So they like it quiet, dark and not be stressed.
I may not tell you the puppies have been born for 5 days. I want them to get bigger, stronger before I ring you with the good news.
Soon as I ring you I will have dates for visiting the puppies and pick up date. Pick up is 8 weeks from birth date.
Do not worry about diet. When you visit me when the puppy is 5 weeks you will be given a diet sheet. We no longer recommend natural instinct dog food after sending lots of people their way for many years.
We will now supply you with 5 days of food when you pick up your puppy. Please bring a cool bag with you.
The diet your puppy will of been fed is called the Barf diet. You can research this diet online or read books from Amazon, but our hidden pages also has information for you on raw feeding. We feed the 80/10/10 ratio which is 80 muscle meat, 10 bone, 10 offal.
Because we understand that you do not all want to feed raw, we give you an alternative dried sample from Eden dog foods. So that you can change gradually after a few weeks if you wish. Eden foods do quality dried food.
The only other alternative food we recommend is tray foods, which come from forth glade or nature diet. The HPR breed in particular need a lot of food during their puppy and adolescence and we find raw much cheaper than tray foods. But many of our pet owners choose their own way in life and thats absolutely fine. So we give you the options on where to purchase food from.
All our puppies are reared in the home, so they are used to all noises associated with family life.
They also have a lot of outside time as well when they are 5-6 weeks of age, weather depending. I have an enclosed patio under CCTV which is puppy proof, and leads directly off my conservatory. So after puppies have been born in my spare bedroom, they come down around 4 weeks of age, and then are in the busy focal place of the house.
Sometimes I put puppies in my dining room, it really depends on how I feel at the time.
Weaning onto solid food is much sooner than most people think as with raw you feed them the moment they wish to eat which is 3 weeks. By 6 weeks they do not need mothers milk, and the last two weeks is making sure they are fully weaned off mum.
My puppies are given lots of toys and different textures to play with. They are given a bath. Nails are trimmed every 2 weeks.
My puppies are played loud music, noise of gunshot, fireworks and babies crying.
The puppies are never left home alone, not for one minute. If I have to go out my son baby sits.
TEA BAG BEDDING
We are stockists for tea bag bedding company product of tissue bedding. It is fantastic stuff. No dust, no foil, no staining of fur, no red eyes. Also for those in the family the human family that is, its much more hygienic We recently sold a bale to a lady with hamsters as all the products she has brought so far made her son ill. This one doesn't.
The bales are £15 each. 10 kilos in a bale. Pick up from our house for free.
Or we can send by courier. Courier costs are high unfortunately you are looking at £18 for 2 bales. We get a quote when you contact us for delivery. We will deliver quantity also ourselves. So if you want 10 bales and are in a 20 mile radius, just ask for delivery cost.
Tissue bedding stops bacterial skin infections so long as you clean the pens daily.
The most important part of a dogs life is going for a walk outside as an adult dog. They enjoy it, they smell scents and it wears them out. All dogs look forward to a walk.
So it makes sense to start showing wee babies the outside so they get used to seeing and feeling grass, concrete, shingle, anything type of surface. They hear rain storms, watch rain from the doorways. Also one of the most important things is also sunshine because not only do dogs enjoy sunshine, but they get Vitamin D through the skin. This aids muscle development, and bone.
They start to learn to go outside to the toilet with us from 5 weeks of age, and I will feed puppies on the patio and stand with them, and they all go to the toilet afterwards, so its the start of their journey into adulthood.
Here is an 8 week old puppy I took down the river bank for social skills. It was an area their is no other dogs walking. I only use a harness on 8-9 week old babies as we go to collar and lead after 9 weeks.
Winter times your dog will need a small coat to keep warm.
VISITING YOUR PUPPY
You are welcome to come and visit the litter of puppies when they are old enough. Being 5 weeks of age they are stronger and less vulnerable. However if you already own a dog and it has been ill 10 days before your visit either ring for an appointment another time or wait until pickup. If you also have any virus please get in touch to rearrange visit. We have had friends loose whole litters of puppies due to someone bringing in Kennel cough. Please do not be selfish and come at all costs. This can infect our puppies and delay leaving times.
Your most welcome to take photos and videos at your visit but please do not post on social media pictures of our room or house. It shows thieves where to go.
You will get a diet sheet relevant for this litter and also the password to access our website hidden pages. You can then see a page which tells you everything you need to buy and some website ideas on where to buy doggy stuff.
Henry and his lovely Mrs coming to view their 5 week old baby. All grown up now and loving life with her other brother a Silvestre boy.
WE CHOOSE YOUR PUPPY!
Years ago I let just anyone choose a puppy. But after a few years I realised that people were choosing the wrong dog for them. Many people chose a dog with too higher energy for them, and then struggled later. I started to study dog behaviour and learnt more and more. I realised the new owner in half an hour or hour just doesn't know what the behaviour of that puppy is. Because I live with them 24/7 I could see differences between character and who had more of a hunting ability and who really wasn't interested in hunting. You can read my reference pages as some people have written how they felt about me choosing and how it was all okay.
I listen to you, listen to what you want in a dog and I match personality's to you.
I start looking at puppies at 6 weeks. So by 6 1/2 weeks I will send photos of your puppy. If you wish to show your dog then I choose at 7 weeks because this is a better age to see construction and movement.
DO NOT KEEP ASKING ME if I have chosen your puppy. Do not keep asking me if when you visit I will know which one is yours because I will not. I never look at them until 6 1/2 weeks and then I study them, following all their movements, and how they interact with each other.
If you wish for a show dog then this pushes back choosing to 7 weeks because we take time to study movement. This can delay things for us because puppies do not really move properly until 7 weeks. So it is a fine line of development and actually seeing what happens.
Indiana at 16 weeks.
CAN I BUY TWO TOGETHER?
If you ask me can you purchase 2 Vizsla puppies the answer is NO WAY! This breed needs one on one training other wise it will bond with is sibling, ignore you, run away with its sibling. The training is so much harder. The only plus side is they are good company for each other but the down sides are many and they are not the breed to purchase two together. If you can wait 12-18 months then purchase another is a much better option. Have one fully trained how ever long this takes first. Before you consider another.
If you ask me can I purchase 2 Pugs together, the answer is yes. So long as you have a more adult family with lots of hands on deck to help. They are a much easier breed of dog to own, the two are great company for each other. Training must be done separately to be successful. No discounts are given to two siblings.
This was Bazil and Cookie at around 9 weeks of age in 2017. My heart bursts looking at them.
Under defra rules and regulations a breeder should health test their puppy and have documentary evidence of the health check. Many breeders like to skip over this part. However its a brilliant idea. We know you are taking home a healthy puppy and their are no come backs and you know you have parted with your hard earn money and wont be at the vets later in the day with an ill dog. The plus's outweigh any negatives.
Our vet gives a thorough health check, produces us a letter with the micro chip number on, so you know you have the right puppy for the health letter. You can take up a years insurance with this health letter immediately and you wont get let down by insurance companies when you come to insure. So its a win win situation for us all. So yes we pay our vets to do a health check and do puppy letters. Because we pay for a thorough veterinary exam for each puppy, we will not refund any money for a puppy as we do not sell unhealthy dogs. It is worth its weight in gold knowing that you've brought a healthy dog at 8-10 weeks.
Our vets 3 lovely assistants who had to come and Pug cuddle.
HEALTH TESTS ON PARENTS
I would like to think that all breeders are aware of the health tests for the parents of their dogs but Im afraid they are not.
We as breeders use the health tests as a tool which is what they are designed to be, a tool. For example if a dog carries a certain genetic health problem, we do not mate it to another carrier.
The only health test required by Kennel club is Hip scoring.
We do Glaucoma, HUU, CA. Which are all extra private health tests as well as having a vet listen to the mother and fathers heart on a yearly basis. A veterinary surgeon can pick up small heart issues which can lead to extensive heart testing. So its highly important for this yearly test on all breeds.
The only health test required by Kennel club is with the Assured breeder scheme. HV, Patellar, PDE. Optional boas testing.
We do also do PLL, PK.
The kennel club only require HC, DM, and now an annual eye testing only if you are assured breeder.
We also do,Bronze health test, Silver health test and thyroid testing.
Remember breeders use health tests as tools to avoid health problems which can appear. The other point to remember is their are many more health problems which their is no health test for as the genetics are too complex.
Gucci Hip score sheet, just to give you an idea of what they look like.
The most exciting time of your life! We understand this and make sure the actual leaving day is swift to get you on the road, but to also give you the weight of your puppy. In the folder is also worming chart, pedigree, kennel club registration, assured breeder scheme wallets, micro chip information and transfer details, and all important veterinary health letter. My contact details.
leaving date will be a Friday and Saturday if the birth date allows. If not it will be during the week.
Times from 9.30 to 1pm leaving times.
Bring with you a towel, poop bags, collar, and lead.
I provide a blanket for puppy, special cushion sprayed with de-stress spray.
We ask for photos, and updates. I will contact you the following morning to make sure your okay.
This is Lani and Vicky. I think the whole facebook community knows Vicky as she's a regular poster. Her dogs are trained to high standard and does search and rescue in Sussex.
Not many breeders could supply you with references, so we put them on our website for you to read. But also I can give you contact details of Silvestre owners who are happy to talk to you and give references to us as breeders. So don't just take our word for it, you can find out off others just what we are like. We must do a good job because people come back time and time again for dogs, and even their family and friends come to us. We sell several on just references alone from other people so THANKYOU to everyone who thinks that highly of us. It is heart warming xxxx
This is Buzz lightyear who has his own Instagram account. He is with out a doubt one spoilt dog.
All our puppies what ever the breed with come with a breeding endorsement on their Kennel club certificate. It is called (R) Progeny endorsement. This means you are buying a pet dog which we do not wish to be bred from.
It does not mean to say we do not sell breeding dogs because we have done, but they are under strict terms which are the owner must show their dog, and do all the health tests we set out to be done. Plus for each breed the minimum age to be bred from.
I will only lift it if you prove your dog by its wins and good health. Their is a separate contract for you, This is for everyone I do not know. But If someone comes to me who I know who shows then I will not put a breeding endorsement on at all. So we are not anti breeding, we just want it done correctly.
So if you take a dog from us and do nothing then suddenly ask for it to be bred, the answer is NO.
I have lifted several endorsements in my time, for example the dog picture right is Evie, and her owner has showed her in Europe and she is a champion in two countries, as well as multiple tickets all over Europe. She has also won her Junior warrant in the UK and UK Stud book number.
I have also mentoured new breeders wanting to start and do not know what to do.
The first thing today you must find out of your local council if you require a license, because you will do, and this is costly and effects the whole way you keep your dogs today. You must also be self employed and do a yearly tax return on your litters. So its more complex than you think, so to those of you thinking oh I could earn some money think again.
Firstly note any free insurances should be taken with a pinch of salt. Because many have a no pay out if you claim with in 14 days from taking a puppy home. I found this out when I brought a puppy and it was unwell and the insurance company pet plan wouldn't pay out.
We realised it is far better to pay the vet to health check the puppies 3-5 days before leaving our home than to provide a worthless insurance. Because if you do get past 14 days then claim you won't then be covered in that dogs lifetime for what ever you claimed for.
So what do we suggest ?
All pets today need insurance, but you should take up a year straight away on the day you take the puppy home. You have your letter from our vet as proof of owning a fit and healthy dog. Take up a £15,000 lifetime cover. You want a cover that treats time and time again for existing problems. Some people have a bank account and regularly put in £100 per month, and if the dog is fit and healthy they have that money to themselves later in years. But thats fine if you can regularly put money away. Veterinary fees today are not cheap. If you go to a referral you need insurance because you rocket into 10 grand very quickly.
Read small print in your policies, make sure you know what you're insured for.
Which insurance should you go with ? How long is a piece of string. Go to compare sites and go through them all and find which one you like. Ive had people take up insurances with More than, Tescos etc as they were cheaper than pet companies. But we can not recommend who you go with, because if they dont pay out then you will complain to me.
Your puppy will of been on a socialisation program here. But now you need to do the real training. From 8 weeks you should take your puppy out and carry it and start showing it the world. Do not take an unvaccinated puppy where sick dogs are or where their has been lots of dogs visit that area.
The more you do with the puppy the better adult it will be. A Vizsla must learn noises of cars, buses etc and a full tick off list is in our hidden pages. Meet and greet farm animals.
You have a window which is 8-16 weeks. In this time you must get your puppy
to a training centre and start to do puppy foundation course which is approx 4 weeks min.
Then you can go onto do The Kennel club good citizen bronze. If you can do Silver as well then that is wonderful. Neglect all this at your peril.
I will have explained to you at length why we do not vaccinate puppies. But for those of you that forget here is a quick refresher.
All puppies that suckle from mum's milk are given antibodies in the first 24 hours of life. These antibodies do not wean from a puppy until 16 weeks which is scientifically proven by scientist Dr Ronald Schultz. So vaccinating during this time can be a wasted exercise. Their is more evidence today that over vaccinating of pets is causing other health problems. Such as post vaccine inflammation, (Brain damage), Vaccine induced meningitis, HOD, Fits, Swelling at vaccine site, and death of dog, immune disorders. Which for a Vizlsa is a possible cause for many immune related issues.
I highly recommend two things you should do, one is to go to U Tube and listen to Dr Ronald Schultz on vaccine debates. He makes the product so he is not anti vaccine. It appears that we have been vaccinating wrongly dogs for a long time now.
The other thing if you get the chance is to listen to Dr Becker on early neutering. Both on U Tube.
We are not telling you that you should not vaccinate, because their is a place for vaccine in dog ownership. But doing it at the right time seems to be key for a healthier dog. The key is if we was to vaccinate your puppy we could cause damage to the puppy and we do not want to be held responsible for hurting any puppy, so you must be left to make your own decision on if you want to vaccinate your dog or not. Go to my other page all things natural as I will add more to this page.
By law all puppies must be microchipped to the breeder first, then transferred to the owner. If vets are not doing this they themselves are breaking the law. I do know of a vets locally that is not doing this.
We use animal tracker data base. I am fully qualified to administer microchips to dogs, cats, ferrets, guinea pigs.
Animal tracker is the one data base that I call idiot proof as its a simple laid out website which even I can understand.
You as the owner get a transfer code on the morning you pick up your puppy and you have 14 days to transfer for free. Easy peasy. Most other data bases charge you.
I use a standard ISO chip which can be read in other countries.
I am happy to vaccinate other litters in the area or dogs if asked. I charge £10 a micro chip if you come to me. If I go to you then I charge 0.45p a mile there and back. Although I can micro chip docked dogs, I have decided that their is a loop hole in the wording, and there fore you should microchip your litter with your own vet to be in guidance with the defra rules and regulations. I will not microchip any dog with a bleeding disorder such as von willebrands.
WORMING AND FLEA TREATMENT
Yes we worm and flea treat our puppies. All puppies are born with worms. Dormant parasites which pass through milk and placenta continue the cycle of life for parasites. So clever! Lets face it with the multiple products used these days you would think their would be no parasites left in the world. But sadly thats not the case. So all our puppies are wormed at 3 weeks, 5 weeks and 7 weeks and we write down the date in a worming certificate for you. With products used. Fleas, we hardly ever see a flea here. But because we have deer in our gardens we can from time to time get ticks. As our puppies are allowed to play in our gardens they could come into contact with ticks. For this reason we treat our puppies with Frontline flea and tick solution which is a mild solution, so they can then go outside with out the fear of having ticks attached for days.
SPECIAL CUSHION & BLANKET
We provide your puppy with a free blanket which has been rubbed on mum and has familiar smells of our home on. This is a comfort blanket. We also provide a hand made cushion, this cushion has become rather famous with in our circle of dog friends. The cushion is sprayed with pet remedy which helps with stress. Stress from house move, stress from car journey, stress from having new family. This cushion lasts for years in many cases. Im still sent photos of the very first cushion I ever made for our puppies. Its a personal touch of love to make sure your baby settles into your home as best as we can do. You can respray the cushion when ever you feel like it. The cushion has been seen at friends houses, in laws and so on, because the dogs like to take them with them where ever they go. I was recently shown one of one in a hotel room with a 3 year old dog. The Special cushion is just that.
Please remember my son and husband now sell lots of products for your dog. This goes through his business. They are builders by trade but Darryl is a master carpenter, a term you do not hear of today. It simply means experienced with in your trade. Today carpenters aren't trained the way apprentices were back in the 1980's. They have far more knowledge on joinery and making products. We kept being asked to make things for people, and he decided to do just that.
The workshop makes
Collar and lead holders.
Tissue bedding sales.
But I also make:
Collars and leads
Tick repellant necklaces.
Gluten free cheese dog biscuits. £2 a packet.
Remember to ask us early enough so we can make things as we hold no stock. All photos are of previous items made for customers.