Puppy visits and why we do not do them...
Many people question if they see or visit the puppies before they are ready to go home at 8 weeks old. The answer to this question is NO. There are several reasons why we do not let anyone around the new puppies between birth and 8 weeks of age. This is done to protect our dogs and your puppy. Below you will find details as to why the answer is no.
First off, asking a German Shepherd that just had a litter to allow people they do not know into their den is unreasonable, against nature and VERY unfair. This in turn will put stress on the new born pups and possibly even get them killed just by being stepped on when the mother gets up and moves around more than she ever would in the first few weeks after delivering pups. Having people our dogs do not know in our home forces the mother to stand up and investigate which some are more careful than others but all involves WAY more movement than the resting mother would ever participate in on her own. A puppy can be killed instantly by being accidentally stepped on and is far to often the cause of death of newborn puppies when the mother feels she must move around due to excitement or to protect her babies.
Remember, you are one of many people who are getting a puppy, not including everyone else who “just wants to see the babies.” If we allow everyone to see, touch, or spend time with the new pups, the mom’s routine would be disrupted: her eating and caring for pups and even her ability to produce enough healthy milk for them could be at risk.
Like a new baby, the opportunity for young pups to pick up infectious diseases is increased with all new contacts. Their immune systems are being developed, so at this time, the mom and pups live in a whelping area which has controlled temperatures and is separate from all traffic and commotion. Most illnesses and diseases are innocently carried on people’s shoes and clothing. Entire litters of puppies can be wiped out within 48 hours by the puppy killer parvo virus. This disease could be picked up unknowingly by people in a school yard, a park, rest area or on a sidewalk, and this is only one disease. We cannot risk exposing our dogs and your puppy to diseases that could destroy them just to give someone a moment to see and play with the pups. You will have a lifetime to spend with your puppy and we want to ensure your puppy is healthy!
Your puppy is not the only puppy. By protecting all of our puppies from stress and disease that could be brought on by high traffic, we are protecting your puppy. Just think about how you would feel if someone who just wanted to see his or her pup happened to bring in stress or illness that would cause us to lose a litter and you to lose your future puppy. We have heard from many people that pet stores, other breeders, or other kennels let clients visit puppies; the reality is that their number one concern is selling a puppy! Also, will those people be there to support you, replace the puppy, or guide you in the days, weeks, or years after you get your puppy home? Are they willing and capable to help you with training, breeding, behavioral, or health questions? Just because someone allows you to see the puppy, it does not indicate the quality of dog or of service you will receive throughout the puppy’s lifetime.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We take great care and much time caring for all of our dogs and their puppies. It is time and energy consuming. This is what we do best, so please let us do it. We understand your excitement, and we are happy that you are enthusiastic about getting your pup. But until you take your puppy home, we are responsible and the puppy’s health and safety is our priority. We upload photos of all the pups and mother at minimum once a week and when they become more active we also upload videos to youtube for you to see. We take puppy rearing seriously!
We guarantee you that in 8 weeks after the birth it will be well worth your wait. If at the time of pick up you're not happy with what you see, we'll respectfully refund your deposit with absolutely no struggle or hard feeling since we know this is also a BIG life decision for you! We happily provide many references to ease your mind and many pictures of our house, home and property including our vets phone number! Our veterinarian comes to our home so she can let you know what it is or is not like here.