In most cases a cat collar that is
adjustable. These puppies are very small at this time
and dog collars are just to big. If it is adjustable
you may be able to use it for a couple of months. Later
you will want to invest in the harness type, although,
they are a small dog they are all muscle.
What kind of toys should I get
They like just about everything, but, right
now the soft and lighter weight toys. They love
anything they call pull on and chase. Most of them love
a game of tug of war, they have played it with their
litter mates for a couple of weeks now. Wal-Mart on the
check-out lanes has dog toys that are 88Cents each, good
way to find what your dog likes without spending a
fortune. Dollar shops are another good outlet to find
toys. A few rawhide chews would be great right now,
puppies like to chew on anything and everything, give
them something to take care of this urge.
What kind of puppy pads do you use?
I get OUT brand, I get the new premium ones
whenever possible, they are much thicker, have a gel
center, and a much thicker plastic backing and protect
your floor better. I have found the premium ones only
at K-Mart so far. Second choice it OUT brand designer
puppy pads. They are not quite as thick, or have as
much plastic backing but, they are much better than the
OUT deluxe. I find the second two at Wal-Mart. Any of
the puppy pads will work. Short of ordering over the
internetor mail order these are my best buys, but, I do
not have access to the larger pet stores.
What kind of food do you feed your puppy and what
kind of food should I buy?
I feed a combination of 2 foods, to give my
new owners an option of foods they have access to. The
combination is a 1/2 each of , Science Diet
Puppy, and Pro Pac Puppy. They prefer the Pro Pac and I
would feed only that if I knew my new owners had access
to it. I get Pro Pac from the local feed and seed, I do
not know if it is available in PetSmart or chain like
that I do not have one near me. You can choose either of the two you do not have to have a combination. Their
little stomachs are use to them all and should not cause
them to be sick to their stomachs from a change in
What if I want to use a different food than what you
feed my puppy can I just switch them over?
I would recommend that you don't, the reason
being, puppy stomachs are very sensitive and you could
cause them to have diarrhea or throw up. If you want to
make a switch because your vet recommends something else
or you prefer something else, this is what I would do.
For the first week use one of the foods the puppy is use
to, he or she is in a new place and at least the food
would be familiar. The second week, use 3/4 of the food
the puppy is use to and 1/4 of the food you are
switching to. The third week use 1/2 and 1/2. The
fourth week use 1/4 of the food the puppy is use to and
3/4 of what you want to switch. The fifth week switch
all the way over. Do this in at least one week
intervals, 2 weeks or more if you want. An 8 lb bag of
dog food for one of these dogs will last a long time.
How do I contact you?
You can contact me via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me at 417-294-8837.
I welcome any questions or inquiries.
Do you keep in contact after your puppies go to
their new families?
I am more than willing to keep in contact.
It makes my day when I receive pictures or letters from
the new families. I may write an e-mail every now and
then, I do not want to be a pest. Some of the families
keep me updated quite often. Others only right after
they get their new family member. I hope for updates
How do I know after purchasing a puppy and before
the puppy is shipped to me that the puppy is okay?
I try to keep you updated with pictures
every 2 to 3 days. You are welcome to call at anytime
and ask questions. I do understand this concern and want
you to be as comfortable with the situation as possible.
This is a big decision and it is even more difficult
when there are miles between, you and your new baby.
Any time you want an update, I am more than willing to
make it so.
Do you have a waiting list?
I have a small waiting list at this time,
people looking for a very specific type of dachshund.
The most popular for my list are long haired dachshunds,
and some more specifically, long hair silver dapple.
Can I get on your waiting list and if so how?
You need to e-mail me or call me. We can
talk, I am picky about where my babies go, so I may have
some questions for you as well as you having them for
me. I only have 1 to 4 litters a year so the wait could
be quite a while. If you are looking for a baby raised
in a home setting, with lots of love and affection it is
worth the wait. The championship bloodline is a plus,
but, not the most important aspect of my babies
Do you show your dogs?
No, I don't show, I have been ask that
before. There are a few reasons. I don't really have
the time when I do have puppies in the house. The are a
lot of work, a lot of fun and a lot of love. I have
heard that it is extremely expensive to show, I keep my
price reasonable as I want to have the best family
setting for my babies to have homes. Showing also would
take me away from home and I don't really trust anyone
to come in hear and take care of my babies the way I do.
They are loved up and extremely well taken care of
before you add them to your family, I want to keep it
Who does your web site?
I do all the work on my web site. It is an
ongoing process and it is always changing. I know
enough to get by fairly well, there is always more to
learn, but, sometimes there just isn't time.
How many litters of puppies have you had?
The litters that are available as of March
and April of 2006 are my 7th and 8th litters over the
past 5 years. I only have a few girls and we do not
breed every cycle. We want no more than 1 litter a year
from our girls and sometimes we don't even do that. The
health of our girls is very important to us. They are
just as much our babies as the little puppies are. The
get the best of care and lots of love. They are treated
better than my children according to the kids. The kids
are grown up and on there own, it is my husband and I
that raise the 4 legged family.
Will the puppy be socialized with other dogs?
The puppies are socialized with the
dachshunds I have here and one very old, and cranky
shitzu poodle mix that is 12. The have learned who
loves to play with them and who is cranky. I do not
have other types of pets, as far as cats, birds or fish.
Is my puppy socialized to people?
They are handled from day one with lots of
love and affection from my husband and I. They get the
run of the house when they are about 5 to 6 weeks old.
By then they want to run, they are pretty well trained
to the potty pads and they need to be out and about. We
can not keep our hands off of them most of the time.
They will be face kissers and lap sitters once they run
some energy off after a nap. They are not left in a
kennel or a cage all day. Once in a while we have one
of the kids or grandkids by and they get to meet them.
I also take them to the vet and when they are nearing
the time they will be off to their new families I take
them to the mall where my husband works and they meet
many people. They are always a hit and they take to
other people very well. It always makes my vet's day
when I bring in my puppies, because, he loves baby puppy
What is your vaccination schedule?
I give a 5-way at 6 weeks of age, and the
vet gives a 5-way at 8 weeks of age. You will have to
get a 5-way at 11 weeks and a rabies at 12 weeks. I
recommend that you give the rabies and the 5-way on
these different weeks in some rare cases giving them
both at the same time can cause a bad reaction. If for
some reason there is a reaction it can be pinned down to
the right vaccine.
What is your worming schedule?
I had been following a schedule of every two
weeks or 14 days, I am now following a schedule of every
10 days. I recently found out that the life cycle of
some of the parasites is 10 days and that if you follow
the 10 day schedule any undeveloped parasites do not
have a chance to develop. As the puppies get older they
should be on at least a monthly schedule.
Who is your vet?
I am willing to give contact information
if you are serious about buying a puppy. He has a very
busy practice so I don't want to overwhelm him with
Do you have references I can contact?
Yes. I will provide that information when
requested by serious new families who would like to add
one of my babies to their home. You can also check out
my family feedback pages. I try to keep that as current
as possible and there are pictures of some of the
puppies as they have grown and what their families have
We have a big dog, do dachshunds get along well with
large dogs? We have a cat, how are dachshunds with
cats? We have another older pet at home do dachshunds
get along with them?
I grouped this all into one area so I don't
have to repeat the same answer several times and bore
youto tears. I have dachshund puppies in all of these
situations. Two of them who have best friends that are
labs and golden retrievers. Some of them have cats that
share their new homes. It most cases it is not the new
puppy who has much of a problem once they meet and greet
the other family members including the pets. They want
to be friends almost immediately. Generally it is the
established pet who says whoah wait a minute what the
heck is this all about. When you first bring the puppy
into the household you will want to hold him/her in your
lap and let the other pets come and check the puppy out.
This will establish to your pets at home that yes this
intruder is excepted by you and you want this baby here.
Some of the pets will be offended and others will think
you brought them their own personal new baby to take
care of. Once the initial meet and greet has taken
place then you need to let the puppy down with you
extremely close by and see what will happen. You will
have to keep a watchful eye until you know how they will
act together. Most of the bigger dogs take care of the
new puppy like it was their baby. Most of the cats I
have been told go to a safe perch and watch for days. I
have been told of one of the older bigger dogs going
outside for most of the time for a couple of days until
he decided the puppy was here to stay and then came in
and now they cuddle together. It may take a bit of
adjustment but, most of that will be for the pet you
already have. I had a little show of pay attention to
me here at the house with one of mine. The puppies have
been taking a lot of time and my time with the adults
ran even shorter than usual one day. Well Bosco one of
my males came in from outside holding his front leg up
and hobbled across the room and fell over. Scared me to
death, we have snakes here I thought maybe he had been
bitten, or got his leg caught and broken. I checked him
over real good and found nothing. I sat in a room alone
with him and checked him over good and still found
nothing. I was holding him and getting the phone to
dial the vet's office for an appointment when a car
drove by and he hopped down from my lap ran like the
dickens thru the doggy door and outside to bark at the
car, not a limp at all. He was fine, just wanting some
extra attention. So you may want to bring a new toy
home along with the puppy for your baby that has been
there forever and give your current pet a little extra
love and attention. Praise the pet when he is good with
the new baby so your established pet knows exactly what
you are looking for him/her to do.
What do I need to bring to the airport when I pick
up my puppy?
Here is the list. First off bring your I.D.
and the confirmation number that was given for the
flight. Also, bring a puppy pad or two, some puppy
food, some water, a small collar 6 to 10 inch
adjustable, a leash. You may want to bring just a little
bit of white corn syrup just in case they are a little
slow to get motivated. Small puppies sometimes have a
low blood sugar after flights and need just a little
boost. They will be very ready to get out of the travel
crate, they will need to potty, eat and drink. They
will be ready for lots of love and assurance. I would
like for you to call me just as soon as possible to let
me know that the puppy has made it and is doing okay, I
will give you my prepaid cell number for that as they
will probably make it to you before I make it back home
from my trip to the airport.
How and when do I get the puppies paperwork?
I will e-mail you the vaccination and
worming schedule around the date of the flight. The
registration form, pedigree, disk with pictures, vet
visit paperwork and a copy of the health certificate
will all be sent to you via certified with a return
receipt a day or two after you have gotten your new
baby. I must make sure that everything has gone as
expected. I must make sure that you are the one that
gets the paperwork and the airlines does not want the
paperwork to go with the puppy.
Where are the puppies born and where do they stay
when they are growing up?
The nursery is my dining room. They are
born right there and until they are old enough to fend
for themselves they have a pen that is 5 foot by 6 foot.
As they get a little older they are able to run the
main part of the house when they are awake. They are
able to go outside on the back porch only until they are
7 weeks old. After 7 weeks and their 1st of a series of
3 puppy shots has taken full effect they get to go out
in the yard. I take no chances with parvo. I have not
had and do not want it to be a problem EVER. They are
pretty much potty pad trained by the time they get to
run through my home so we don't have to watch their
every move. They are loved up from day one, socialized
with the adults, and socialized with humans as far as my
husband and I go. They get to meet a few new people
when they go to the vet.
Do you crate train them?
I crate train them as far as it not being
something totally new to them. I want them to be use to
it to some extent so they don't get crazy about being in
one when they go on their flights to their new homes.
When they are small I let them go in and out of one as
much as they want. As they get older and it gets within
a couple of weeks of them going to their new homes I
start putting them in one when they are ready for a nap
two at a time so they are not alone. Then a week before
the flight I put them in one when they are ready for a
nap by themselves, so they are use to being by
themselves in a crate and associate it with a pleasant
nap time event. Then when they are on the flight they
are calm and make the transition smoothly from my home
Do we have to keep the name you gave the puppy?
No, not in the least. If their is a name
that you have chosen for your new baby before you get
him or her, just let me know and I will start to use
that name so it will be familiar. I usually use a
combination of the name I have given the baby and the
name that you have given the baby.
How will my puppy adjust to a new home?
Each puppy is a little bit different. Most
people tell me that they are very happy to be out of the
crate and love them up immediately. When they get them
home they are surprised at how quickly once shown where
the potty pad is that they use it. They are usually
very easy to train to outside training. I have had a
couple of people tell me that the puppy was whining and
heading toward the door. They thought that they wanted
to be held and the new owner figured out that they were
trying to tell them they needed to go outside. They
were just shocked that it would be that easy. The first
day or so they will probably want to explore and be very
happy. The second or third day they will start looking
for their siblings and my look and then whine when they
can't find them. They will need some extra attention
and love at that time. They may not sleep through the
night. I try and give a bit of wet food, a few
tablespoons before bed, it extends the time I get to
sleep as they are sleeping. As far as the crate goes,
they will either love it or hate it at this time. It
will either be their safe place, or the place they don't
want to go for a while as it meant such a change.
Sometimes the puppy will end up in their new parents bed
for a few days and and then put their new bed next to
yours and then a week or so later put the bed where you
want it to be. They are in need of a lot of reassurance
at this point that they are safe. If their are any
questions to this adjustment period feel free to contact
What is the procedure once I see a puppy on the
You make the initial contact either by
e-mail or by phone. We do a mutual interview or sorts
to get a feel for each other. I am very picky about who
gets these babies and I am sure you are going to be very
picky about who you are getting your baby from. If we
agree on each other, then we arrange at least a deposit.
I generally use paypal. You can either make a payment
if you know how to or I can request a payment. I
require at least what it will cost to ship as a deposit,
once I make the arrangements the flight is set. I will
make flight arrangements as soon as the airline will let
me and give you the information and the confirmation
number after you make your deposit. I will keep you
updated in between and at least 48 hours before the
flight I require the rest of the payment be made. I
will take payment in full if you want ahead of time, I
like it like that but, I do understand if you want to
wait. I will keep you updated to the vet visit for the
health certificate and keep contact every step of the
way. If no final payment is made then I will be unable
to send the puppy and the deposit will go to pay for a
flight that has not been used.
How do you ship your puppies?
I use one of only two airlines. Whichever
has the best flight for the puppy to the airport they
serve that is nearest to you. Sometimes you will have
to take a drive to get your new baby. I will set up
flights most of the time for a Wednesday or a Thursday
one of the two days off that my husband has as we have a
300 mile one way trip to the airport. If you live close
enough we could make arrangements for meeting or a
delivery. I have met people at the airport that I use.
I still will ask for a delivery charge and the amount
will depend on what kind of mileage it will take for me
to meet with you. The price of the shipping will depend
on which airline and or how many miles it will take to
meet with you.
How does a plane ride effect a puppy?
I have been told that puppies handle the
plane ride very well. Once the engines of the plane
start and there is that vibration they settle in for a
long nap. During layovers they feed and water the
babies. Once they get to where they are going they are
ready to get out and do everything. Kisses, affection,
potty, have a drink and eat and run if they get a
chance. That is why there is the list of what to bring
to the airport with you.
Can I ask further questions if I don't find the
question or answer here?
Yes, most definitely. I want you to be
comfortable. I want to know that you know everything
that you need or want to know. I will also add to this
page when there is something new that I haven't been ask
before, or have been ask and forgot to add it to the
What do you provide with the puppy?
When the puppy goes by airplane, he will be
in the crate. I will later send in the mail, the AKC
Registration Form, (I can not send this in for you, it
is your choice to register and it requires your
signature), the health certificate should be attached to
the crate, but, I also send a copy of my copy. I send a
litter registration pedigree, and pictures I have taken
on a disk of your puppy.
How do I make a payment?
I use paypal for the most part. Other
arrangements can be made but, it needs to be well in
advance of the flight. If you know how to use pay pal
you will only need my e-mail address. If you don't know
how to use pay pal, I will e-mail you a request for
payment from pay pal and you will need your credit card.
How do I potty train my puppy?
That has been started for you. Expect some
accidents, but, not as many as you might think. Figure
out where you are going to put a potty pad and make sure
that your puppy knows where it is. I would suggest at
first you may need one in each room. I would definitely
put one by the door that you are going to take the puppy
outside the house at. I would take one outside where
you want the puppy to go potty. If you take your puppy
to the same spot to potty all the time then that will be
their spot and you won't have to go through a mine field
in your yard all the time. When you take your puppy
outside to potty, when they do, pick them up praise
them, give them lots of love and then let them down to
play and explore a bit. If you don't give them the time
to explore or play a little bit, they will learn, I get
to go outside, yeah, I do what I am suppose to do, yeah,
then it is either, they scoop me up and I go inside,
boo, or I get to play a bit, yeah. If you scoop them
right up and take them in then they will learn, goof off
till I can't stand it anymore so I get some play time
outside while they wait for me to do my thing and I get
scooped up to go inside. I have been told that they are
very quick to transition to going outside. I have had
several reports of with in a day or so, they get it and
are more than ready to go outside. You would still be
able to use the pads inside when you are not able to
take them out while at work or have to leave. They can
only control their bladders and such for a few hours.
If you are going to use the pads all the time because of
apartment living I would highly suggest putting the pad
in a cat litter box and teaching them how to use it that
way to protect your floor.
Should I get a well puppy check when I get my puppy
I would highly suggest it. I want you to
know for sure your baby is healthy, did not suffer any
ill effects from the plane ride. It also doesn't hurt
to get to know your new vet, or for your pet to get to
know your vet the first time without having to have a
shot. There will be a shot required 3 weeks after the
puppy has his health certificate done. He gets his
second puppy shot the same day that the health
certificate is filled out. That will be the puppies
second in a series of 3 puppy shots and I will provide
you a schedule of when it was done. There is one other
thing to look for that can happen if the puppy becomes
stressed and there is a parasite that can become active
at this point, so a fecal should be done. Although the
airlines requires that puppies and other pets have their
health certificates, your puppy will be travelling with
other animals in the same room in their respective
crates, so there is a possibility that one of them could
spread something to your puppy that wasn't apparent
before they went on their trip.