Miracle Paws Acres

Frequently Asked Questions

...and lots of useful information also.

When can I pick up my puppy?

From the time our puppies are born until the time they can be purchased is about six weeks.

During this time the puppies go through what is called the weaning process. Weaning is a key period for the development of a puppy. It is first of all the moment when they will pass from a diet based on breast milk, and therefore liquid, to a solid diet and without the intervention of their mother. It is also the period when they will learn to detach himself from their mother, physically, and emotionally.

Weaning begins naturally as soon as the puppies start to develop their teeth, typically at three to four weeks of age. The mother gets tired of the puppies biting her when they feed so she nudges them away or gets up and walks off. This gets the young puppies to start naturally searching for something to eat.

As the puppies become more capable of feeding themselves and less reliant on their mother, they begin to form bonds with the other puppies and their human caretakers.

It is after this process that our puppies are ready for you to take home. Depending on the day of your initial visit, you may fall in love with a puppy that is only three (3) weeks old. While you may reserve that puppy at that time, you will not be able to take the dog home until it can feed itself and is ready to play.

What is the price of a puppy?

Click on the individual puppy picture to see the puppies information, including price. A deposit of $400 is required to reserve your puppy regardless of the full price of the puppy.

May I visit my puppy?

Yes, you may visit your puppy one time between the initial visit and pick up day. You will need to call or text to make an appointment.

Visiting hours are: SUN - FRI (9 am - 5 pm) only.

We ask that you respect our family's time and personal life and keep your appointment on time and brief. Please allow time in your travel for traffic delays.

If you need to cancel please let us know immediately to allow that time to be open for another visitor or our own family resposibilities.

Call, text, or email us to schedule your appointments.

ABSOLUTELY NO DROP-INS will be accepted out of respect for our personal family life.

Does The Puppy Come With a Health Guarantee?

Yes, each puppy comes with a 1 year health guarantee that covers genetic problems.

For your guarantee to be valid you will need 3 things:

  1. Vet records of care and properly scheduled vaccines.
  2. A detailed vet report of the issue at hand.
  3. The sales receipt from MPA.

If you choose to do so, you may return the puppy for an exchange or be reimbursed for vet charges up to and not to exceed the original purchase price of the puppy.

Are the puppies socialized with humans?

Yes, each puppy gets lots and lots of love and attention from adults and children alike. In fact, our children seem to think that their main chore is to play with the puppies, for as long as they can get by with.

All our Labradoodle litters are whelped in our home. We monitor the birthing as well as have 24 hour care in our home to insure each puppy receives premium nursing and bonding time during their first 2 weeks. Our entire family is involved in the care of the mother as well as the puppies. With children, there is more than enough puppy love to share!

Return Policy

If for some reason you decide you cannot keep this puppy/dog, other than a genetic health issue that is covered by our guarantee...you are welcome to return him/her but no refund will be given. We recommend that you cover all your bases in the decision of purchasing a puppy before you take the step of reserving a puppy with a deposit or full purchase payment.

Will My Puppy Be Vaccinated & Dewormed?

Yes. We give their first shot around 7 weeks old and worm them at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks.

What is the recommended vaccine schedule?

Recommended Vaccination Schedule
7-8 weeks old First 5 way puppy vaccine, which includes parvo (our puppies come with this 1st vaccine)
12 weeks old Second 5 way puppy vaccine, which includes parvo
16 weeks old Third 5 way puppy vaccine, which includes parvo (important for last vaccine to be done at 16 weeks, not before for full immunity) It is very important that your puppy gets a 5-way puppy shot at 16 weeks old. This is when the vaccine is the most effective, as the maternal antibodies are gone and no longer interfere with the effectiveness of the puppy's vaccine. If you stop vaccinating before 16 weeks, then the puppy may not be fully protected.
5-6 months old Rabies vaccine
5-6 months old Neuter or spay puppy
Recommended Worming Schedule
2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16, and 20 weeks of age (And then 3 times per year, there after)

Our puppies are preventatively wormed at 2,4,6, and 8 weeks.

We recommend that you continue the worming schedule at your home. Wormer can be purchased from you vet, your local pet store and online. All wormers are not the same. Make sure the wormer you get has pyrantel pamoate in it. We recommend switching off between pyrantel pamoate and fenbendazole.

There are parasites that are common to dogs, like round worms, giardia, coccidia. (birds are always carriers of parasites like giardia and coccidia and when a bird poos, it often leaves behind some parasite friends) We follow the above worming schedule, in an effort to prevent any parasite issues.

However, a pregnant and nursing mother's immune system is susceptible to parasites, so on occasion a puppy could go home with a parasite that has not been fully eliminated by our worming routine, so make sure to have your puppy checked for parasites, if you notice your puppy having diarrhea (that goes beyond the first 1-2 days of being home, as the stress of changing homes, can cause stomach upset) and follow your vets recommendations for treatment. (which is typically the same as the preventative treatments. Fenbenzadole/Pancur 1xday for 7 days, and pyrantel 2 doses in a 2 week time period)

Puppies also have immature immune systems which are even more vulnerable under stress. Leaving our family and joining yours is a very stressful time in your puppy's life. And puppies have the tendency to drink out of puddles, lick their paws, after they have walked on soil that may have been contaminated by bird's stool, and thus ingest a parasite, that they may not be able to fight off while under stress. So we follow Revival Animals vet recommendation that new families give their puppies fenbenzadole during the first week of bringing their new puppy home.

WHAT ITEMS DO I NEED TO GET BEFORE PICKING UP MY PUPPY?

WHAT ITEMS DO I NEED TO BRING WHEN I COME TO BRING MY PUPPY HOME?

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE CAR RIDE HOME?

It is best to bring someone with you to pick up your puppy, because your puppy will be more comforted if it is being held, instead of in a crate.

Young puppies sometimes experience car sickness, so bring several rags/towels. (many puppies grow out of this when they reach adulthood)

If it is a long drive home, plan to make multiple stops to let your puppy out on the leash for fresh air and potty breaks.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE FIRST NIGHT?

Don't feed or provide water to your puppy one hour before he/she will be going to bed.

Take your puppy out to go potty right before bedding down for the night.

Place the crate in your bedroom near you. Your presence will reassure your puppy that he/she is not alone.

When your puppy wakes up during the night, take him out to go potty. Remember, to always take them out to the same spot to potty. They will learn to complete their business quickly when they are taken to that location. And it reinforces that they are to go potty outside, not inside your home!

HOW WILL MY PUPPY REACT TO THE TRANSITION TO A NEW HOME?

Your puppy may be a little sad the first day and will need to adjust to not being with its mother and siblings. Just be patient with him/her and provide lots of hugs, cuddles and attention. Puppy toys also will help to preoccupy your puppy. Sometimes the stress of moving to a new home, can cause a puppy to have loose stools. If this happens to your puppy, take him/her out more frequently. His stomach should settle down within 2-3 days.

HOW DO I PROPERLY FEED MY PUPPY?

It is best when your puppy is young, to provide 3-4 meals per day, instead of free feeding. This will make house breaking your puppy much easier. We feed the Diamond Naturals Large Puppy Food , which is free from chemicals, soy, corn and wheat. This can be purchased at Tractor Supply in large bags. Do not feed canned dog food to the puppy. The puppy can overeat until he bloats and have diarrhea and vomiting. Sometimes, puppies need time to get used to the chemical taste in some city water. If your puppy is not wanting to drink water. You can add some orange gatorade to his water to disguise the taste.

HOW DO I CRATE TRAIN/HOUSE TRAIN MY PUPPY?

As soon as your puppy wakes up in the morning, open the crate and take him outside to the potty spot IMMEDIATELY.

After every you give him his meal of puppy food and water, take him out to the potty spot.

Every time you take him out of the crate, take him out to potty first, before playing with him.

It is good to establish a potty word or phrase and say it to him every time you take him to the potty spot, like, "go potty," or "do your business."

And take him out to potty before going to bed.

The crate is just used as a training tool, so don't leave your puppy in it all the time. If you buy a large crate, partition it off, so your puppy is only in a small area. You want him to feel like it is his bed/den and dogs do not like to go to the bathroom in their den. If there is too much space in his crate, then he might decide, one side is for pottying and the other side is for sleeping.

Once he gets bigger, you can remove the partition. Many families have found that it works well to put up baby gates in the doorways in the kitchen or laundry room and then place the crate in that room, so that after you have taken your puppy outside, he can have a room to play and explore in without being able to wonder freely around the house, where he might get into something or have an accident. Once your puppy masters that one room and is not having accidents, then you can extend his boundaries.

SOCIALIZATION

It is very important to socialize your puppy. Spend lots of time each day playing and cuddling your puppy. Take him out on walks and to the park where he can see other dogs and people. Let visitors come and give him attention. You do not want your puppy to grow up and be fearful of strangers.

VETERINARY CARE

Take your puppy into your veterinarian within 3 days of picking him up.

What's an F1, F1b, F2 or Multigen?

An F1 (or first generation) is a Poodle bred to a Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever. The resulting puppies are 50% Poodle and 50% Retriever. An F1b is also referred to as a Backcross. In this case, an F1 is bred back to a Poodle. The puppies are 75% Poodle and 25% Retriever. An F1b can also be referred to as an F2.

An F2 is a second generation, an F3 is a third generation, and so on. These puppies would be produced by breeding dogs together that have multiple generations of Poodle in their background, resulting in the term, Multigen. The higher percentage of Poodle doesn't necessarily produce more 'Poodley-looking' puppies but it does consistently produce a more low to non-shedding, allergy-free coats in the litters.

WHAT IS THE LABRADOODLE TEMPERAMENT?

The Labradoodle is a FUN dog! They are happy, loyal, affectionate, friendly, playful, confident, non-aggressive, intuitive, and clever. A Labradoodle is generally easy to train, intelligent and eager to please. They usually do well with other dogs and pets in the household, and good with children. Overall, Labradoodles make an excellent pet for a first-time dog owner.

Labradoodles can be calm and quiet while curled up by your feet, but ready to jump up and play with only a moment’s notice. Labradoodles are not generally ideal guard dogs; although they will alert bark, they’re more likely to invite an intruder in for a game of fetch and some kissing time.

How Can We Help?

Having trouble finding that perfect pup? Send us a line and let us know what you are looking for. We would be happy to help.

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