Puppy Starter Kit
We want you to be successful with
your new puppy from the very start.
So, along with your new perfect pet
we will include:
~a small toy with mommy's scent
~a collar and leash
~a sample of puppy food (that your puppy has been weaned on)
~your puppy's pedigree and registration information
~your puppy's veterinarian/vaccination records
~tails will be docked and dew claws removed*
*Policy on Docking Tails & Removing Dew Claws
We have left tails natural in the past at a family's request. However, docking the tails & removing the dewclaws is recommended to be done by 2-5 days old, while the tissue is still soft [and therefore not as painful]. I now do the process myself on day one at home in order to make sure it is the least traumatizing as possible. It is unusual to know which color and temperament in the litter would be a good match from the first week, let alone the first day -- personalities and coloring can change quite a bit throughout the first 8 weeks.
We, personally, would opt not to dock the tails at all. Several other countries have changed the standard to dock poodle's tails. They are much less of a nuisance than a Lab's overactive and powerful tail. But our veterinarian shared with us some horror stories about leaving dew claws in tact, especially for dogs with higher grooming needs. The dew claws can be nicked with a shaver [and can actually hemorrhage]. Therefore, if we are going to remove the dew claws it makes sense to dock the tail at the same time. Unfortunately until the AKC decides to change their breed standard the majority of people expect it to be done.