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What you can expect when you are looking into adding a Pamadron puppy or retired dog to your home: Please don't be surprised when you're asked a lot of questions about you, your family's experiences with dogs, where you live, whether or not you have a securely fenced in yard, who will be the primary care-provider for the dog and many other questions. The answers to these questions will help us make sure you get the right puppy/dog for you and your family, your lifestyles, hopes and aspirations for the new pup/dog. After you've made the initial contact it's a simple process. Step one is the questionnaire; please take the time to read it over carefully and to answer all questions; just cut and paste into your email program. Step two is a more personal contact via telephone so we can get to know each other better and the third step is often a visit to our home so you can see our dogs, how they're raised and we get to see how the dogs respond to you and your family. In cases where a personal visit is not possible, such as when we live too far apart, then follow ups will continue via telephone and email. We will ask for references both from your veterinarian and at least one other person be that someone you've trained your other dog(s) under or someone who has known you and your family for a reasonable length of time.

The "typical" first ten weeks:

THE FIRST SIX WEEKS: Pup is born in our home, in a climate-controlled guest room, where I can monitor them closely throughout the day ensuring they have all they need. In the first two weeks Pup and his siblings are handled frequently each and every day; weighed morning and evening, supplemented with goat's milk if necessary and gently manipulated so, even this early on, they get used to human hands. When Pup is around two weeks old his eyes will open and soon, in a few days, he'll be able to see and hear what is going on around him. About this time he will have his first nail trim. Around three weeks of age Pup will start to interact with his siblings and his environment. As he approaches four weeks of age he'll start to stick his nose into mother's food, even nibbling a bit around the edges. At five weeks you can see all the pups gathered around a large meaty bone pulling and tugging the meat off the bone. This is a wonderful way for Pup to exercise, build up strong jaw and neck muscles not to mention the workout he'll get for his shoulders and legs! About this time Pup along with his brothers and sisters will be moved into a large play pen located centrally in the house where they can continue to experience everyday life up close and personal, vacuum noises, the beeping of the microwave and the thumping of an off-balanced washing machine. Slowly we will introduce Pup to the other dogs, monitoring his reaction. During this time mother dog will continue to teach Pup what he needs to know to get along; things like nipping has consequences, stealing food from another dog also has consequences. Dogs are very social creatures. Early interaction with others of their species is very important as is that with humans.

SEVEN TO TEN WEEKS OLD: At seven weeks old we will have all the pups temperament tested; we have found this to be an invaluable tool in helping us choose the right home for each of our pups. Around eight weeks of age we'll have all the pups conformation assessed by one, perhaps two breeders. At eight or nine weeks of age Pup and his siblings will also be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. Depending on the time of year the vet will either come to our home or we can, once again, pile everyone into the car and troop off to the clinic. This is when Pup will get his first vaccination and his first stem to stern wellness checkup. Throughout these weeks the pups are exploring their world, being taught by the adults, under close supervision of the humans, what is acceptable and why is not. They learn early in the game that you do not bother the "Old Man", he doesn't take kindly to pups; they learn that you might be allowed to pull on mama dog's ear fringes but the other girls are less tolerant of sharp puppy teeth; they learn how to interact with other dogs and with humans. The more new sights and sounds they are exposed to at this time the better adjusted they will be when they leave the security of our home.

The Visit: We do not have a separate kennel building, the dogs live in the house with us and when you visit to meet the dogs you are an honoured guest in our home. We will invite you into our living room and once we are settled and we have properly introduced ourselves we will bring in a dog or two at a time to meet you. The dogs do not have the roam of the house as a rule - there are just too many things they could get into and it wouldn't be safe for them - however they are all quite comfortable visiting with strangers in the calmer climate of the living room. Hopefully they will be on their best behaviour! Please call ahead to make an appointment; we'll have a fresh pot of coffee, or tea, on along with some delicious tidbits. If you cannot keep an appointment please let us know and we'll be happy to reschedule. We can be contacted at 613-926-0306.

Choosing your new puppy: The reason we ask so many questions is to get to know you better and to help us determine which of those pups we have available might be a good match for your family. When you come to meet the pups and the other dogs we'll watch how the dogs react to you and other family members, and how you respond to the pups. All this goes into our decision which pup we will offer to you. Out of a litter of four or five pups you might be offered only one or two to make your final selection; we will make the initial selection based on information we have gathered during our previous conversations as well as the results of the temperament tests.

Lifespan:The average lifespan of Dachshunds is twelve to fifteen years. I have seen some wonderful dachsies over seventeen years old! Many of the dogs behind our dogs are now in their mid to late-teen years - a testimony to careful breeding and excellent care throughout their lifetimes. Indeed a great-great-granddam of many of our lovely dogs lived to a healthy seventeen years and seven months!

Healthy Dogs:Every dog regardless of breed, including mixed-bred dogs, will at some time in their life have health issues we'll have to deal with. All dogs are prone to certain illnesses or diseases which we can either lessen or prevent through good diet, regular exercise and proper veterinary care.

One, often overlooked, area which can have a profound impact on our dogs' health are the teeth. The overall health of the mouth can affect virtually every body system! Dental health is paramount to the health and longevity of your family pet!

Health Guarantee:There is no "industry standard" guarantee of health; many breeders give a one year health guarantee with their pups. At Pamadron we give a minimum thirty months comprehensive extended health guarantee backed by twenty-five years experience on all pups less than 6 months of age (i.e. health guarantee covers the period from the time you get your pup up to three years of age); dogs less than two years of age will be guaranteed for a minimum of six months or to three years of age; mature dogs, over three years of age, will be guaranteed for six months. Our guarantee covers a wide range of concerns not just "life-threatening" health issues. Please note weight in excess of 20% over the recommended weight range as indicated in your contract will render the health guarantee null and void as will inappropriate vaccinations as noted below.

Veterinary care & vaccinations: It goes without saying that all new families agree to provide for the general health and welfare of their new pup and to have him/her checked regularly by a veterinarian. Annual revaccination is strongly discouraged. ABSOLUTELY NO combined rabies with any other vaccines, at any time, to do so will result in voiding your health guarantee. Rabies vaccinations should be given no sooner than three to four weeks following any other vaccination. It is your responsibility as owner to ensure that your veterinarian does not, at any time, give your pup/dog a Rabies vaccination at the same time as any other vaccination/booster. Studies have shown that, following the puppy series of vaccinations, most dogs retain lifelong immunity to the core vaccines, distemper (D), hepatitis (H) - may be given in place of adenovirus type 2 (A2), parainfluenze (P) and parvovirus (Pv). Annual revaccination of these core vaccines are unnecessary and could lead to health issues down the road. A reasonable alternative is to have titers done every few years to determine the level of antibodies for these core vaccines. There are ongoing studies to determine the length of immunity for rabies vaccines. Each state/province has their own minimum requirement with regards to rabies revaccination ranging from one to three years. "Rabies Challenge" studies have shown, thus far, that immunity lasts at least five years and continues to determine if immunity might not last much longer. In time the governments will catch up to science ... we hope.

Spay/Neuter:Traditionally we have required all our puppies, male or female, sold as family companions be spayed or neutered prior to one year of age. Recent scientific studies have shown that it may be preferable, in some instances, to wait until the pup is older before considering spaying or neutering. The decision to spay or neuter should be based on the merits of each individual case taking into consideration a number of criteria including, but not exclusive to, the specific breed and family history. We have recently modified our spay/neuter policy to reflect some of the known risk factors in our chosen breed so our dogs may enjoy longer, healthier lives. Our contract used to state "Female dogs must not be spayed prior to seven (7) months of age and males must not be neutered before one year of age." If you would like to research this topic we would suggest starting here: Long-Term Health Risks and Benefits Associated with Spay / Neuter in Dogs by Laura J. Sanborn, MS May 14,2007.

Please remember that is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that their dog is not allowed to roam and cause a nuisance to their neighbours. If you opt not to have your female spayed until she is mature that comes with the responsibility of keeping her out of harm's way and that she is not bred! Please note that we will be happy to look after any bitch we have sold during her heat cycle, generally lasts three weeks, until they are sufficiently mature to spay.

House-training:Our dogs are "house-aware". WE DO NOT GUARANTEE HOUSE-TRAINED. There will be a period of adjustment regardless how good they may be in our home. Following a regular feeding and exercise routine, especially in the early days, will help in the adjustment from our home to yours.

Mature Weight:In the case of puppies we cannot guarantee mature weight. We can only estimate what we would expect him or her to grow to depending on their lineage.

Championships: There are many factors which can influence whether or not any dog will excel in either the conformation ring or performance events, the least of which is conformation or trainability. We do not guarantee any dog will gain a conformation championship, obedience or other performance title. We will show any dog which is sold as "Show Potential" at no cost to the owner other than basic expenses (entry fee, travel expenses to any show we would not otherwise attend).

Prices: The price range for our pups is $1200 - $1500 (exclusive of transportation) as family pets, depending on their lineage and our expenses; colour or sex is not a factor. Our pups come with an extensive health guarantee backed by years of tested healthy, breeding stock. Older pets,retired show/breeding dogs, will often be spayed/neutered prior to leaving our establishment. The price range for mature/retired dogs is $500 - $750 (exclusive of transportation). The cost of spaying/neutering a dog locally averages $350, sometimes more depending on the age of the dog, this cost is considered in the prices as stated. If you are looking for a cheaper family pet we suggest looking at your local shelter or Dachshund rescue. The price of a dog from many Dachshund rescue organizations is $385; the price of a puppy/dog, most often of unknown origins, at the local branch of the OSPCA is $285; the price for a cat is $195.

Reduced Prices: Periodically we will have dogs which will be sold with a reduced price. These dogs will come with a six (6) months health guarantee after date of purchase regardless of age at date of sale.

We regret we can no longer hold a dog without a non-refundable deposit. Over the years we have been reluctant to take deposits on upcoming litters however we now require a non-refundable deposit of $300 to hold a puppy. Too often, though a person may have reserved a pup from an particular planned mating, they may ultimately be unwilling to wait for their pup and will purchase from another source. In the meanwhile we might have turned away other potential homes for our pup. We cannot guarantee both sex and colour/pattern of a pup therefore if you specifically want, for example, only a female that is what we shall reserve without guarantee of colour. Should you decide that you do not want that pup, for whatever reason, the deposit is forfeit. If there is no pup available you may choose to have your refund returned or to reserve a pup from the next litter.

Reservations are not "first come, first served". We take into account the temperament and personality of our pups, as well as their conformation, to ensure that your home is the best for this pup. We want you to be delighted with your pup and that means we have to match the right home with the right pup and that may not be the first pup available or the first person on a list.

Return Policy: Any dog which you have purchased from Pamadron, whether they were born here or are retired with the consent of their breeders, must be returned should their owners be unable or unwilling to keep them. The only exception will be if we agree, in writing, to a particular placement. The purchaser is responsible for all costs associated with transport to and from Pamadron Perm Reg'd (Canada)and must provide all documentation duly signed for registration purposes.

Without prejudice: We reserve the right to refuse to sell to any individual, or group of persons. We will not knowingly sell to pet stores, resellers, agents or mass producing facilities nor those who supply such facilities.

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