"The Right Puppy For You Grows Into The Dog Of Your Dreams"

Choosing a puppy that suits you and your lifestyle can be an exciting challenge as well as an educational journey.

Do your research to decide what breed best suits you, your family, and your lifestyle. Of course we know it should be "The American Miniature Shepherd"! Then check websites and interview quality, knowledgeable breeders. Do not buy from pet stores or puppy mills. Choosing the right breeder is as important as choosing the right puppy!

• What are the breeder's goals?

• Can you see both canine parents?

• Where are the puppies raised?

• How are they handled and socialized?

• What are they fed?

• What preventative health care have they had?

• Is there a health guarantee?

• Will the breeder provide educational support from puppyhood thru old age?

Quality breeders prefer to interview you and have you fill out the "Puppy Application" .

Their knowledge is helpful in recommending the puppy that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

 

Choosing The Right Puppy

When you first see the puppies, you may be attracted to one puppy more than the others. Don't let your emotions make your final decision. Don't choose the puppy based only on the color and markings. Beauty is much more than skin deep. Their personalities and how they react to you is just as important. Spend time getting acquainted and objectively evaluate each puppy as you select the one that is the most suitable for your lifestyle. With the knowledgeable advice of the breeder and your intuition, you will be able to enjoy a positive puppy parenting experience.

When selecting your puppy note the following physical health signs :

Their physical health is just as important as their behavioral health.

Body condition: Healthy puppies look well fed and carry fat over their ribcage.

Breathing: Healthy puppies breathe quietly (no cough or sneeze) (no crusty discharge from nostrils).

Coat: Healthy puppies have a shiny coat (no dandruff, dullness, greasiness, or baldness).

Eyes: Their eyes should be bright and clear without discharge.

Energy Level: Healthy puppies should be alert and energetic.

Gait: Healthy puppies walk and run without being stiff, sore or limping.

Genitals: Healthy puppies do not have feces around their genital area.

Hearing: Healthy puppies react when you clap your hands or squeeze a squeak toy.

Vision: Healthy puppies react when you toss or roll a ball past them.

Behavioral Health

It is important to observe the puppy's behavior within their puppy pack. Many puppy behavior issues can improve with proper socialization and training, however some issues are difficult to resolve. We strive to include information that is current, scientifically proven and based on building the "human animal bond".

We recommend watching how the puppies interact with each other.

Puppies that have learned good social skills interact well with other dogs as adults.

Puppies that like the company of their littermates are more canine social as adults.

Puppies that are comfortable being on the bottom as well as on the top are more flexible and social.

Puppies that willingly soften their bite/hold on another puppy when it "yelps", will respond appropriately to their human family in the future.

Puppies that are interested in people bond more easily to their family throughout their life.

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Puppies that respond to children, women, and men are happier as adult dogs.

Puppies that are fearful may or may not approach you. They may tuck their tail, drop their ears, roll over or submissively urinate.

Puppies that are too independent may wander off to explore and may have a harder time bonding closely with their family.

Puppies, that appropriately respond with a "yip" when being nipped, develop into adults that control the force of their jaws. As adults, they will be gentler interacting with people and taking food from their hands.

Puppies that allow you to hand feed them and place your hands in their food dish are willing to share and trust. Puppies that aggressively guard their food and toys, often get more aggressive as adults.

Puppies that are relaxed when being touched, examined or restrained grow into well mannered dogs. They are less likely to become fearful or aggressive if restrained.

Puppies that are sensitive to sights and sounds may be fearful adult dogs.

Puppies should be comfortable with eye contact as a form of communication. They should respond with a soft eye.

Note how the puppy reacts to loud noises such as a hair dryer or a vacuum. Do they willingly pass by or walk thru a large box? A puppy that may be fearful at first and then decides to investigate it, will adjust and cope well in everyday life.

Puppies that recover slowly, may need specialized desensitization training to improve their comfort level.

There are Four Temperament Types within The Miniature Australian Shepherd aka Miniature American Shepherd Breed.

1. The dominant or independent puppy is not recommended as a household pet. They should have an experienced owner/trainer because they challenge human leadership and thrive on activity. With the experienced trainer, they make excellent obedience, agility or herding dogs. Their energy level is a challenge for an inexperienced owner/trainer.

2. The cooperative, responsive and willing to please puppy is the perfect household pet, obedience or agility dog for most people. They are confident, thrive on companionship and pleasing their family. They appreciate guidance from their trainer and respond quickly. Affection and positive reinforcement motivates them.

3. The attentive and extremely affectionate puppy is the perfect household pet for the family with small children. They are always affectionate, willing to please and thrive when they can be close to their family. Affection and positive reinforcement also motivates them.

4. The submissive, soft, shy puppy needs more socialization skills. They avoid eye contact and are very uncomfortable when strangers enter their comfort zone. They may snap if someone moves too fast or reaches out to them. It is important to enroll them in socialization classes with an experienced instructor. Training should be slow, gentle and with lots of positive reinforcement. Placed in the right home, these puppies can thrive. Placed in the wrong home, someone may get bit.

Regardless of the puppies temperament type, the owner/trainer should always be the "leader of the pack"!