Preparing for your puppy
and Traveling with your pet
We recommend that you plan your route ahead of time and check
road conditions in the areas you plan on traveling through. You
can check on current road conditions and road construction zones
in the state of Virginia
and the state of Tennessee. To get information on road
conditions for other states, please visit http://www.transdata.com/dots.htm
and then find the states that you are interested in. You also
would want to check with the weather forecast in the areas you
plan on traveling through. This can be done at www.weather.com.
Also, if you are planning to stay at a hotel on your trip,
check to see if the hotel allows pets. This can be done for
chains in Virginia, Tennessee, and other states
We suggest setting up an appointment to visit with us at a
time that is convenient for everyone. This is my home so it is
not always convenient for company. I do try to enjoy some family
time, so we do ask that you try to avoid Sunday visits unless
other arrangements cannot be made. Sunday is my day for worship
and time with my family, and I prefer not doing business on
Sundays. We also suggest that your visits be after 10 a.m. and
before 9 p.m. Running a farm has many chores and a lot must be
done in the mornings to make sure all of my babies have what they
need to start the day. I can rearrange the rest of my daily
schedule to your convenience. We are not a pet shop nor a store
and we do not have set hours for the public, but we will try to
work with you on a time that is convenient for everyone to see
Before you leave your house, check to see if you have
forgotten any items you may need for the road. This list may help
you be prepared.
- Did you bring a crate or box/basket or something for the
puppy to sleep in when it's not in your lap? We prefer
you travel with the puppy in a secure travel crate in
case of an accident, containment that can be seatbelted
in for the puppies safety.
- Did you bring a toy for the puppy to snuggle up with when
it's in it's crate? We provide several toys in our puppy
- Did you bring a towel or baby blanket for the puppy to
snuggle in while in it's crate or to wrap it up in while
it is in your arms or lap?
- Did you bring bottled water for the puppy to drink?
- Did you bring a shallow cup or bowl for the puppy to
drink out of?
- Did you bring shredded paper, newspaper or "wee wee
pads" for the puppy to relieve itself on?
- Did you bring some form of pre-moistened wet wipes/diaper
wipes in case of accidents or the need for quick clean
ups, or at least paper towels.
- We will supply a sample of dog food to last you a few
days as well as several toys and snacks.
- Did you remember to bring the directions with you? Did
you remember to bring our phone number with you in case
of emergencies? It might be advisable to bring a
cell-phone in case of road trouble. Please let us know if
your arrival time changes, as we get quite worried over
There are many things a puppy needs once he or she get to your
house. It is best to be prepared, just like you would prepare for
a child. Below is a list of items that may help you get prepared.
- toys for the puppy to play with. We provide several for
your new puppy, but puppies like variety!
- a playpen, crate, or child's gate for the puppy to be in
when you are unable to supervise it. This is just a
temporary enclosure until the puppy is older and less
mischievious. Puppies can get into a lot of trouble and
potentially dangerous situations if they are left
unsupervised, so it is advisable to put them in a playpen
or other confined area to keep them safe. Once the puppy
is older and trained properly, it will not need the
playpen. Of course, this is only for when you are unable
to keep an eye on the puppy, and not a permanent
- "puppy proof" you house. This is the same as
you would child proof your house for a child. Basically
move all houseplants, electrical cords, household
cleaning supplies, etc. out of reach of the puppy. It may
be helpful to crawl around and see what all a puppy could
get into from a ground perspective. Keep in mind that
Chihuahuas are small but very clever and mischievous, and
if your hand can fit through it, so can a puppy. This is
especially true for things like railings, fencing, and
- a bag of dog food for the puppy to eat. We will supply a
sample of dog food that will be enough to last the first
few days. We also provide a coupon for a bag of food if
you choose to continue with the brand we are using. If
not, the puppy will need to gradually be introduced to
new foods by slowly mixing the two. This is to avoid
- Bottled water- The contents in water depends on you
location, where your water comes from, and the process it
goes through before it comes to you. Our water here may
be different then yours in several ways varying from the
minerals in it to the chemicals used to purify it. So to
begin with, it may be best to water the puppy with
bottled water. Then you can slowly mix it with your water
so the puppy will get used to it on a gradual basis and
not upset the digestive tract.
- paper or "wee wee pads" for your puppy to
relieve itself on. All of our puppies are started on
shredded paper and may be frightened of new situations
until they become accustomed. It is possible to train
puppies to use a litter box, but we would suggest
starting it with shredded paper. You will need to also
make sure that the litter pan is shallow enough that the
tiny chihuahua puppy could get in and out of easily
without help. We will provide you with more information
about housebreaking in your puppy pack, and while you
visit with us.
- a towel or blanket for your puppy to snuggle up with.
- a semi-shallow bowl for your puppy to drink out of.
- a semi-shallow bowl for your puppy to eat out of.
Once you get your puppy home, there are still things that need
to be done such as:
- Schedule an appointment with the vet for a "well
puppy visit". This is simply a precautionary
physical. Make sure that you take the puppies shot record
(that we provide) so they will know the previous medical
history of your puppy.
- Get your vet to set you up on a schedule for annual
shots. Every vet will be a little different, but we
recommend it be every 2-4 weeks until the puppy is 6
months of age and then once a year after that. We
strongly recommend not using the Leptospirosis on
Chihuahua puppies, especially those of the blue and blue
fawn color varieties. These colorations seem to have more
reactions. Please discuss this part of the vaccine in
length with your vet before allowing him to administer
it. We also recommend doing shots early enough in the day
in case there is a reaction so that your vet would be
available in case of an emergency.
- Rabies shots must be given around 6 months of age.
- Plan a date to get the puppy spayed/neutered. All puppies
are sold with a spay/neuter agreement and on Limited AKC
registration and they are not to be used in a breeding
program. This goes for all puppies, unless other
arrangements have been discussed and agreed upon by both
parties. These arrangements have strict conditions
- Training should start immediately. This includes basic
obedience and "house rules". I always recommend
that a puppy can learn no more or no less than what the
owner takes time to teach it, so if you expect a well
mannered pet, ground rules must be set immediately from
the beginning. There is a small book in your puppy pack
(that we provide) that will give you some basic training
tips, and I am always available to assist you. I also
STRONGLY recommend that all puppies attend a
professionally trained basic obedience course to help in
their socialization and communication, as well as the
puppy's safety. These little ones do need lots of time,
patience, and consistency in training, and having
professional help is highly recommended to insure a
proper start in your puppies life and to help your puppy
become a good citizen.
- I ask that you please keep in touch and send photos back
to me periodically to let me know how my babies are
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