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The Process and What to Expect
YOUR HELPFUL FREQUENT QUESTIONS:
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Message you will received Once you have reserved your puppy
(Approval required before deposit)
Hi ______. Thank you for complying with the pre-approve requirements and for reserving with a deposit.
Congratulations! The "collar" color puppy is yours.
Here is some info.
I have a google share album link so you can download any photos I upload to it. You would be sharing access to this album with the other buyer. If you are ok with this then I will send the link here shortly. Otherwise, if you prefer not to share access to this album with the other buyer then you can download (right click and save) the pictures I upload to the website. But I hope you are ok with sharing because sometimes I take like 20 photos so I can post a few from that. Make sure to download the photos before picking your puppy up. To save storage, I will need to remove the share album within the week of puppy pickup. I create a google photo album to share with all the buyer because it is time consuming to send individual photos to each email separately, and I have limited time during each day.
For now, we just watch and wait (Gestation Timeline). I will try to give you three alerts. 1. I will let you know when the camera is up and running ready for delivery (most likely one week before due date). 2. I will alert you when the signs for delivery starts. 3. I will try to alert you once her water brakes. The third alert may not happened. Each female and whelping can be very different. Mother nature can kick fast or wait for hours. Make sure to read the "Whelping Pause". I will also update you in between alerts. But, it would be safe that you will once in a while check the livestream after the second alert. Sometimes, once whelping starts everything moves fast and I can't give the third alert. I hope you understand.
Once whelping is done, please scroll down for information about selecting you puppy and more.
Then, we watch and wait again. You will watch your furbaby develop into the puppy you will take home with you. It is exceedingly rare to be able to have this priceless window. I warn you, most buyer have admitted that the link is addictive; they simply cannot turn it off and they also appreciate and value the transparency. Also, you will fall in love with your baby as you watch him grow. I hope you will enjoy it.
I will keep you posted as we go along.
Direct Livestream link: (Https://www. New link here - Different link per each litter)
Share photo Album – (Https://www. New link here - Different link per each litter)
Make sure to look over the HELPFUL FREQUENT QUESTIONS: https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/helpful-frequent-questions
Extra tip: for future planning:
-Heat cycle is typically every 6-8 month.
-The total length of Heat cycle usually last 2-4 wks
-Gestation duration is 9wks after ovulation (during heat cycle - heat cycle stages last around 18day. Each dog is different)
-Puppies are ready to go home 8-10wks after birth.
-Downtime until heat cycle begins.
YOUR FREQUENT QUESTIONS
BEFORE RESERVING / BEFORE MAKING A DEPOSIT -
Coat Color change
Q - My question to you is his red color turned to beige (light brown); is this common? We love red color and we’re surprised when he changed color.
A – Yes. One common characteristic of poodles is the fact that the color of the coat they were born with tends to change to another color as they mature. If they are born with a dark coat, they "clear" or "fade" to a lighter color at around two years old. Poodle coat color changes over time. That’s why we posted the parent’s pictures from puppy stage till adulthood. That is to show how their coat color has changed over the years which might happen to their babies. If you like red color, there are products that do bring out the red natural color. Just like human hair products that enhance red hair or blond or gray/silver, etc. There are also products for dogs. I rarely use them but if you are interested it’s from ‘Chis Christensen’.
Q - I see from your site you have one male pup still available... Is there any flexibility with you on the price now given he is the last one?
A – Well, I’m never in a hurry to sell my puppies. We are always prepared to keep every single puppy produced until the PERFECT home comes along. Here and there we get calls inquiring for older pups. The remaining puppy gets irreplaceable care like, more time / money / training / conditioning / socializing with the adult pack, etc… that’s without mentioning he’s still young, moldable, beautiful coat coloring, perfect temperament, best personality, and he is going to be a beautiful dog with long legs. The more time and dedication caring for him makes him much more valuable. A priceless investment. The perfect loving home will appreciate our patience and devotion as we wait for the right time when the perfect home comes. So, even though we don’t have plans to increase the price (which we should, but won’t); the longer he is here, the more valuable he is. Our pup have a different personalities which makes each unique. Some may see a pup as an item that may devalue; but we see them as a priceless gift from God for perfect, loving homes. Loving home, divinely & heavenly guided to find their perfect fur baby waiting in our care to become a family member to nurture and love. This is our ministry. Nevertheless, we might consider it for those that value our dedication.
Q - Once I press buy now to send a deposit , how would I put my name on the waiting list?
A - Once you send a deposit, email us to let us know which is your first waiting list of choice and which is your second (back up) waiting list of choice. We will add your initials.
Q - I’m not sure that if possible, to add me to 3rd choice?
A – No, but you can switch to another list. Keep in mind that when you switch to another list the date showing your deposit date will switch to the date you requested a switch. In other words, if there are already others on the waiting list you want to switch to, you will be placed at the end of the list and not by date of deposit. The other buyers will keep their place.
Q – Want next choice
A – We have several females and males. They all have different pedigrees. That means, depending on parent’s pairing the puppies will come with either one single color or with multiple colors with different markings. Most of our buyers like specific markings, colors or single color, etc. Due to this we have 3 different waiting list which we ask for your 1st preference and 2nd choice. To choose, you can look at the parents then look at the pass puppies, that is to give you an idea which waiting list you would like to be on. See links below.
Waiting list: https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-upcoming-puppies
Pass puppies: https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-past-puppies
Visitation policy: https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-visitation-policy
Q - We want to be able to visit and or see the puppy
A – Please read Visitation Policy https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-visitation-policy
PRE-WHELPING (Pre-Birth) - YOUR FREQUENT QUESTIONS
Q-We would love to learn more home visits to see where the puppies grow up
A-You can read our “Visitation Policy” for more information.
Q- What are your requirements for a prospective owner.
A- Thank you for asking. My requirement is honesty and forthcoming with information. I’m very transparent and I open my home for all to see through the livestream. This contract is a contract of trust & respect and it needs to be mutual. I do listen to my gut feeling. I also trust in God’s guidance. I do reject those that are not forthcoming or give me a sense of withholding.
Q- When will you start to have the live camera?
A- A few days before due date when she starts showing signs. The puppy camera is assigned to the current puppies. After current puppies go home, the camera will be reset with a new link for the new litter.
Q- How will we know when she is giving birth?
A- I will let you know. There are some signs to watch for that will let us know delivery is eminent. One main one is keeping a record of temperature days before for baseline. Once it spikes up delivery is within 1-12hrs. Then it will drop low, that’s when delivery is within the hr. Plug comes out 1st, then the first pup. I will warn you ahead of time.
I will send you the link during baseline temp. That will give you time to open the link and have it ready. That can be days before delivery. Then, I will alert you when the temp goes up. This may be the last alert since I’m usually busy comforting mamá. We may be in and out the whelping box. The camera will be aiming towards the whelping box. Delivery will be in the whelping box because all the supplies, towels, etc; are in the whelping box. So if prior to delivery we are in and out the whelping box; don’t worry, once the plug comes out I can carry her to the whelping box for delivery. During whelping, I may not respond to any text. My focus will be to my female dog and pups.
Q- So can I ask when we pick up our puppy what will they come with?
A- Pick up will be after 1st vaccinations and Vet check at 8-10wks old, depending when mom weaned them off. You will take home your puppy and a tote bag with a zip bag of puppy food, treats, puppy toy, chewy bully stick, wee wee pads, blanky, etc. and a folder with AKC information+.
Q- What can we buy ahead of time to get prepared?
A- Check the “puppy check list” and “where can I get that”
Q- So her due date can be …?
A- Gestation is give and take 64days from tie date. But she can deliver from day 58-68day. I usually start taking her temp around day 56 for base line. Once she starts showing other signs like nesting, frequent potty to empty bowels, mild contractions.... I’ll send you the camera link. This can be days before delivery.
Q- Also, we would like a female. The others on the list say female or male. What does that mean if there is only one female?
A- That means that whoever deposits came first, they get to pick even the gender of preference. Sometimes it’s helpful to know preference. If one female is born and the rest are males, there are times that those that don’t really have a preference will choose a male when they see someone else really wants a female. So far we’ve had good caring buyer. We pray that God will continue blessing us with kindhearted buyers that are considerate toward the other buyers.
Q - My last puppy did not have her tail bobbed, which I'm fine with - are your puppies tails bobbed? What about dew claws?
A – See contract regarding dew claws and tail dock. In the past, I’ve had a buyer wanting the tail dock shorter than the standard 2/3 left”. The buyer had a family emergency and did not purchase the puppy and I was left with a puppy with the tail so short that we ended up keeping him. We are glad we kept him. Nevertheless, due to this and other incidents, we decided to do the standard dew claws and tail doc without special request. Typically, I leave 1/2 to 2/3 of length. https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-contract-agreement
Q - What is an estimate on any of the puppies she will have or either litter that will be available please?
A - Tips: here is a timeframe idea.
-MissyLou's Litter can be 3-4 pups
-Dogs get pregnant every 6-8 months.
-By looking at birth dates of previous puppies on “Past Puppies” page, you can guesstimate the waiting time to plan.
-To check when will a puppy be available:
see how many buyers are on the waiting list that have already reserved their puppy.
See the amount/number of puppies the dam typically has on each litter.
That will give you an estimate for available puppies.
Hope this answers your questions.
Q - Can you let me know if there is any other paperwork that I need to fill out.
A – Once you submitted an application, reserved your puppy by making a deposit and told us which waiting list you would like to be added to; there is no other paper to fill out until pick up day. The next paper to fill out will be on pickup day when you fill out and sign the contract.
Q - I am a little confused about how the next step goes, which list are we going to be on?
A – Here's the link for 'The Process and What to Expect'.
Q - Do you keep your dogs in your home as part of the family?
A – As you can see from the livestream camera, our puppies are inside our home. The dinning area belongs to the puppies, and two-hole bedroom are set up as nursery for whelping and raising the puppies. Our adult dogs are part of our daily life. They live inside the house. They nap with us in our bedroom and a couple of them stay with us at nighttime. Our dogs are our whole life.
Q - Can you put me in touch with someone who already has one of your puppies?
A – My buyers are very private. I respect and appreciate that because, I am also very private. Other than asking them to write a review on the website, I don’t feel comfortable asking them to give reference to help me find buyers. I’m never in a hurry to sell my puppies; I know God will find the perfect home and it will come sooner or later; it always does. There is a section that has reviews for potential buyers to read. Here’s the link. Just scroll down. https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-home-about
Q - How many litters has Gracie had?
A – The ‘past puppy page’, shows Gracie’s previews litters and date of birth. This is her 4th litter. https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-past-puppies
Q - What do you feed your adults and puppies?
A – We rotate for every meal three different recipe from the family-owned FROMM.
Q - What made you start breeding in 2014?
A – I grew up exposed to it. My aunt was a breeder, and I was her little assistant. My grandfather was a horse breeder. We always had a pack of dogs. After nursing school, I decided to fulfill my dream. It took me 10 to finally start. I started breeding with my best friend who use to breed great Danes; now she breeds doodles. Her link is at the bottom of our page.
Q - What is special about this litter?
A – Every litter is special with tiny personality. Gracie and Junior are beautiful loving, happy dogs. They love to spend time with their babies. Also, this litter has had two mothers. Lucy & Gracie still take turns comfort- nursing them.
Q - What healthcare have the puppies had so far?
A – Other than vet check at dewclaw & tail doc; they have had my care as the breeder. If you would like to know what program, I follow you can read by scrolling down below the livestream page. Here’s the link. https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-live-camera
Q - How socialised/housetrained is the puppy or will be at 8 weeks?
A – Potty training starts from the day they are born by the mother and me, the breeder, working with mother nature, keeping the bedding clean (changing linens several times a day). Every few days there is a different stage to adjust to. Puppies will not be fully potty train until much later; that’s because they can forget at times. But they know what mom taught them, that is, we don’t potty where we sleep (the foundation). It’s up to the new owners to continue the foundation. You can see on the livestream they have potty areas available. You can also see that occasionally they do have accidents. Again, the program explains what I do. https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-live-camera
Q - Can my husband and I meet Gracie the mom?
A – On pickup day you will meet Gracie and Junior. Please read ‘Visitation Policy’. https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-visitation-policy
Q - What kind of temperment does the above mentioned puppy have?
A – Happy, out going, playful, curious, etc. Basically, a typical puppy. At this age, their personality is still moldable. Environment can change it or enhance it. To know more about temperament, please scroll down under ‘Temperament’ please read the reference link “Puppy Personality Reference & Development”
Remember, dogs mirror your energy. Whichever pup you get; it will mold to you. Your job is to learn, understand, and communicate understanding dog psychology or the way dog’s think. Instincts. Energy is how they see the world. Energy is how they see you. Please check suggested reference tools. Scroll down. https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-tips-and-tricks
Q - Do you have a puppy contract with health guarantees?
A – Yes. The contract is on the website. A copy of the vet’s health guarantee will be in the ‘go home folder’. The vet fills it out after assessing each puppy at their first vaccination visit.
Q - If so, can I see a copy?
A - https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-contract-agreement
CHOOSING YOUR PUPPY - YOUR FREQUENT QUESTIONS
Q-How and when do we pick or select our puppy?
A- Within the first week or second week of birth once the fragile critical time has pass.
1.’First’ pick of the litter buyer will have one day to select puppy preference
After selection is done then the
2.‘Second’ pick of the litter buyer will have one day to select puppy preference
After selection is done then the
3.‘Third’ pick of the litter buyer will have one day to select puppy preference
After selection is done then the
4.‘Fourth’ pick of the litter buyer will have one day to select puppy preference
After selection is done then the
So on and so forth.
Within the 1st or 2nd week, buyers know which puppy belongs to them.
Q-Why do we need to pick within the first week and not at 8 weeks old?
A-For multiple reasons. Bottom line, this is our procedure. No exception.
Q-How would I know if the puppy is perfect for me?
A-You can read about personality and more located below the current livestream on the website. (https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-current-puppies)
It’s going to work out. God already made the match. We just let the process roll. You’ll get the perfect baby for you. It’s my experience that their personality molds to their owners. I’ve had puppies come back to me for either dog sitting or grooming. Not one pup kept the personality they had at 8 wks old. The introvert became outgoing and the extrovert became shy as an adult dog. But you can surely encourage the behavior you want to keep and change a undesirable behavior by conditioning. Dogs mirror their owners. That means, you puppy will be exactly what you reinforce him/her to be. That’s why I recommend reading to empowering yourself with knowledge about dog psychology. You will love your fur baby.
Q-Hello- looks like Gracie is having three babies?
A- This is Gracie's first litter. We don't know yet how many puppies’ she’s' carrying
Q-If so Do I go to the top of the next list or position 4 again?
A-If you would like to be sure to get first pick of the litter then I would suggest to transfer your deposit to a open slot closer to first pick. Otherwise, if she happens to have fewer amounts of puppies expected then your deposit will transfer to any available slot of upcoming litter of your choice or to the next available slot of future upcoming litter. We cannot transfer you to the top of the next list. Those not only reserved before you did but they also are willing to wait. There are times the waiting list can be up to two years. But for now, There are still openings. Let me know what you decide. I have 2 others that would like to take your place if you decide to transfer your deposit.
Q-Would like to learn the difference between male and female dogs?
A- Regarding the difference of male or female, I'm sure you can find a lot of articles (It's good to read and get informed from other sources); yet, for me the main differences that I've noticed is that females are very protective and have nurturing instincts. Males are pleasers, they follow your lead. Of course, there are exceptions to that. All my boys are happy go lucky dogs. They are quick to mirror your energy. It's a different story for my females. All my females are very welcoming, but MissyLou, for example, is nurturing, but at first she's be protective for 2 seconds, once she sniffs you then she'll lick you till next year. Gracie, on the other hand, is also nurturing but she watches me before reacting (Gracie is one of my service dogs). DaisyMae is also protective for 2 seconds then she'll dance for you happy to meet you. My boys are a little dare devils, they are playful and funny; they like to get a happy reaction from us. LJ likes to rub his forehead right on your lips to get kisses. Jr. likes to play "surprise and snuggles". Sir Cuss, is eager to obey you before the rest catches on. Hope this info is helpful.
1-2 WKS OLD - YOUR QUESTIONS
C - We want an active puppy that will chase balls and play with lots of toys.
A – It is my experience, that most of the time those that seem to be active or shy may end up being the opposite by the time they go home. You can read about puppy development stages below the livestream window to give you an idea (https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-live-camera and https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/puppy-development-growth-stages). Also, there’s more info about temperament on this page (https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-current-puppies). It’s too early to distinguish personality or temperament. Between 6 and 8 weeks old, any pup will already be showing signs of his individual temperament in the way he behaves with his litter-mates and reacts to other people. Since demand is exceedingly high, we can’t wait till 6-8 weeks old for some buyers to choose and others to choose as early. What I always say is, at the end, it’s going to work out exactly what you wanted and more. You will always get the dog you need much more than the dog you think you wanted. Even before the puppy was born, God already had him set for you. Plus, when you take your puppy home, he will adapt to you. If you visualize an active puppy, you will create a playful active puppy. I highly recommend to re-read the resources we have. Re-reading it might be more tangible now than before since you are a step closer (https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/what-to-expect-from-your-8-week-old and the reading tools suggested on https://www.luvmytoypoodles.com/toy-poodles-tips-and-tricks )
3-4 WKS OLD - YOUR QUESTIONS
Q- Have they started to potty on the grates yet?
A- Yes, they squat and stand still to go potty. It’s hard to tell because they are so little. Also, Mom is still keeping the area clean. But I see evidence once I pick up the tiles and see the wee wee pad with urine spots and there’s indication of stool that also goes through the tile grill.
Q- Did it help to shrink their bed area?
A- Yes it did. They still head towards the potty area and sometimes when their front paws touches the potty area then they go potty but their back paws are still on the sleeping area. So they already know, just need a little more time to practice. Also, when I see they are waking up, I run to gently encourage them to potty in the potty area.
Q- When will you let your other dogs interact with the puppies?
A- Usually around 5-6 wks old. But, mom is the one that sets the boundaries. At that time they move from the whelping box upstairs to the mini house downstairs which is four times the size of the whelping box and has a gate where they greet the adult dogs every morning. I do introduction one adult at a time. Junior, the father, loves to play with the puppies when they are smaller than him. He’s a good father. The adult girls become maternal, protective and playful. The girls like to keep the puppies clean. LJ is the disciplinarian. In the morning while they greet, if they get too rowdy, LJ growls and doesn’t move and once the greeting becomes more gentle then he continues to play w them. Sometimes one adult might give a harsh correction and the other adults will jump to action; go to lick his/her face to calm him/her down and the other half of adults will run and play with the pups and move them away. All this is under Mom’s supervision and approval.
Q- Do your other dogs know that there are puppies and want to check them out?
A- Yes they do. They all walk by the nursery room but they don’t even dare to walk in to the room to see the puppies. They know it’s not time yet. But, sometime I see them hiding behind a door frame with one eye trying looking in and the other eye and body is hidden behind the door frame.
Q- Do they all interact eventually?
A- Yes. Eventually the pack becomes their teachers. The pack will teach them good doggy manners and doggy etiquette. This stage is important because it is the foundation for socializing.
Q- Is Mom choosing to spend more time outside of the box or are you reducing her time with them to help develop independence?
A- Mom never leaves their sight except to go potty or eat. The nursery room is next to our room and the door is open to give her freedom to come in and out. She has her favorite bedding right outside the whelping box. She has the whole room to sleep anywhere including a window; but she prefers right next to the whelping box. She jumps in and out the whelping box all day. She also has free food in the nursery room but she also comes downstairs to be part of our morning and night feeding ritual. Once she’s done eating, she runs back to her babies. The puppies need their mom all the way till they go home. They depend on her for all new situations which, just about everything is a new situation. The only time I start to reduce her time with them is around 7 weeks. That’s when she no longer has access to free food (to reduce her milk production), and reduce nursing them, plus, the puppies don’t share their food with mom. Even when teeth erupted and they bite her while nursing; she will grow at them and give them another chance. Most of the time they get it, but a few times she simply growls and walks away if they still bite her. But the next time they will get it. All my girls are good moms. I feel honored to witness doggy culture. God must have had a lot of fun when He created wolfs/dogs.
8-10+ WKS OLD - Puppy gone home with you - YOUR QUESTIONS
Q - My puppy is doing some excitement peeing. Do you have any suggestions?
A - Yes, that's 'Submissive urination'. They outgrow it once they gain confidence.
I notice pups that have submissive urination are extremely sensitive. Sensitive to tone of voice, body language, etc. They become excellent caring dogs as adults. If the owner truly cares, the owners will learn to have self-awareness for the sake of the dog. Dogs mirror our energy. Just need to increase pup’s confidence.
This is what works for me. Follow these rules: “NoLook, NoTalk, NoTouch”.
Ignore your dog when you first come home and walk through the door. Wait until he has completely calmed down before interacting with him.
When you finally greet your dog, do so calmly, (preferably without speaking; pups and dogs get excited when humans talk to them). While greeting, Look off to the side instead of straight at him. Sit on the floor or squat down—and avoid looming over your dog as you bend toward him. Make it short and don’t escalate to excitement.
Teach your dog to perform behaviors with hand signals, such as come (w a treat between index finger n thumb while the last three fingers are waiving to come. Waving will also help to spread the scent from the treat); or to sit (w a treat wave in front of nose to get his attention , then lift above head, the dog will automatically sit and learn the hand signal at the same time). Or also to get the ball pointing where the ball is located; etc.
Be consistent when he greets you or people. For me, within one week they stop submissive urination teaching hand commands without voice commands. I notice that by doing this this way they learn to be more attentive to my cues instead of using all its energy anticipating the greeting (which leads to submissive urination), they will use their energy by being focus on your guidance. This helps to build confidence as they not only learn but also sense that you are please with them. The reward is both ways.
Your energy is reward for them. You are please with them and they can sense that. You’ll be speaking doggy language, not human language.
One more tip. Dogs are the only species that can follow and read hand signals. Wolf can’t do that, elephants can’t do that; monkeys can’t do that….; only dogs. You just have to be consistent because dogs don’t know they are excellent following hand signals. It’s very rewarding to have your dog come to you and sit wherever you tell it to sit without having to interrupt your conversation with your friends.
Hope this was helpful.
PUPPY PICKUP DAY - YOUR QUESTIONS
Q - Can my friend pickup the puppy for me?
A - We do not endorse any buyer's agent, nor friend, nor family, nor other to pick up the puppy. The puppy gets transfer directly to the buyer/ new owner.