Choosing A Puppy

 

This is an exciting time for anyone getting a new puppy. All of my puppies are born indoors in a climate controlled room. This room is disinfected to insure a clean environment for mother and our new babies. A puppy’s immune system is not strong enough to handle everyday germs - we want to keep puppies and mother germ free.

I understand that each family is looking for something special and different in a puppy. I plan my litters in advance by talking to each family with their goals in mind. Once I know what you are looking for in a puppy, I can give you information on which puppy might suit your needs. As a breeder I spend a lot of time with the puppies getting to know their personality. Individual puppies will react differently one day to the next, testing is a valuable tool. Puppy testing helps me choose the best individual puppy for the right family.

 

Do you have Kids?

Are you an active person?

Are you looking for a calmer puppy?

Are you looking for male or female?

Are you looking for the dominate puppy?

 

I grade each puppy when they get closer to 7-8 weeks. I match them up according to temperament and several other factors. I would not place a nervous puppy with a family with children. If I do have a nervous puppy I will place that puppy to the right home. It’s all about making sure the puppy is happy and the family is happy.

 

Keep this in mind; Families will come to me saying “I want a quiet puppy not hyper”. All families raise their puppy differently, a puppy can leave my home quite and often there can be a difference between how a puppy is raised and how they turn out.Over the years of breeding I have had families come over spending two to three hours undecided on a puppy as they are overwhelmed.

 

The family now is just making a decision on how cute she or he is. When the puppies are born, I watch each one closely from the very beginning to see how they interact with each other and new situations. At 6 weeks of age, we pick puppies. This insures that everyone gets the “PICK OF THE LITTER” because the puppy is picked that best matches your wants and needs! It is a joint effort between us and you.

 

Why do We do This?

Unfortunately, some of our buyers live too far away to come visit the puppies in person. Some people can only come once. So choosing their own puppy would be based solely on the puppy’s looks, or “who ran to me first”. That is not the right way to choose a puppy. Looks are important, but are only half the package and what you may see on one visit, may not be a good representative of that puppy on a regular basis. The whole package must be considered when picking the right puppy. That is why we want to help you pick the best puppy... FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR PUPPY!!! Be patient and put the trust in the breeder hands.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Information

 

Bringing A New Puppy Home

You’ve done all your homework and now you can’t wait to bring home your puppy. But before you pick him up, you’ll need to prepare your house, yard. You are welcome to bring a towel or blanket with you to rub over the mother or litter mates. The scent of the towel will help your puppy's first night.

 

Scheduling Your Vet Appointment

That will be the first question I will ask you. Please remember to make your vet appointment within the first 48 hours you bring home your new puppy. Your first visit to the veterinarian should be fun and informative. The veterinarian should examine your new puppy from nose to tail. She may check your pet for infectious diseases and parasite infestations and give your pet his first vaccination shot, if he hasn't already. Your veterinarian will also go over your puppy's next set of vaccinations schedule. Please remember to bring in your puppy's stool sample to the veterinarian.

 

The Car Ride Home

If this is the puppy’s first trip in a car, the strange sights, sounds, and smells can be frightening. Take some time to let your new puppy get his bearings before you head for home. Cover your lap and upholstery with a towel or sheet. Even after you’ve taken every precaution, puppies can get carsick so be prepared. Keep the car ride quiet and relaxed.Puppies can be jumble of contradictions. They can be frighteningly fearless, but they go through fear stages. The first eight weeks spent with their moms and litter mates are invaluable because the puppies learn submission from their mothers and play skills from their litter mates, they must learn about separation and be able to cope with it before they leave their pack. So you might have been straining to bring your puppy home sooner, you'll be glad she stayed with mom and siblings long enough to learn something about bite inhibition, puppy teeth are really sharp! 

 

What to do Before Bedtime

Take up any food or water after six or seven o’clock to make sure your puppy is running on empty when it’s time to sleep. Otherwise, you’ll be making trips to the bathroom all night, or worse, your puppy will eliminate in the house. Shortly before you go to bed, spend some time playing with your puppy. You want him to be tired enough to sleep soundly. Definitely don’t let him nap within an hour or two of bedtime or else your puppy will be ready to play when you’re ready to sleep. Just before bed, take your puppy outside to his soiling area and wait for him to go. When he does praise him and bring him back inside.

 

Where Should the Puppy Sleep?

If possible, you should let your puppy sleep in your bedroom to reduce the chances of whining or crying at night. Also, the constant contact throughout the night will help your puppy adjust to you and establish you as pack leader. One note of caution: Don’t let the puppy sleep in the bed with you. He’ll eventually expect to be allowed in the bed, and it can lead to numerous behavioral problems as your puppy grows.

 

 

What Size Collar Should I Buy?

Puppies go home between 8 -9 weeks. Puppy’s necks are very small, so look for a little collar at first. I would not buy anything expensive as they grow very fast.

 

When Can I Come See The Puppies?

I get this question all the time; puppies only get their first vaccination shots at 7 weeks. I do not allow anyone to come over until the day you come to pick up your puppy. I will set a schedule for when you will come over between 8-9 weeks to take your puppy home.

 

Can I Pick My Puppy? 

If you are asking me this question you have not read on my web site, go back and read on choosing a puppy. Not all families get to choose their puppy; I sometimes place the puppies where I think the puppy will be best fit for that family. Please keep in mind everyone wants to pick their puppy, I do my best.

 

Cradle Testing

Picking up the puppy by cradling him in your arms. Does he struggle? Does he try to mouth or bite? Does he lick my face? Is he calm?

 

Sound Sensitivity Test

Dropping a key ring on the floor where the puppy is nearby. Does he ignore it? Does he get startled by it? A good response for a puppy is will he go investigate the key ring.

 

Touch Sensitivity Test

Holding the puppy and wiggle his toes and squeeze gently on his paws. Touching the pups ears, and face. Pups that yelp at the slightest pressure or bite my hands are not good for families with kids. A good response is a pup that shows no response, a puppy that does not mind to be touched.

Family Stories

 

"Thank you SO much for our beautiful Sophie. She was a perfect angel in the car - we stopped about 1/2 way home and had a sweet little romp in some grass. She peed right away and then wanted to play. After about 5 minutes we got back in the car and she immediately went to sleep.

Once home, she sniffed around the yard, came into the house on her own power (mostly - I had to help her over the threshold!) and ate a good lunch. Went out and did her business and is now sleeping peacefully in the crate.

You obviously did a great job with her, and we hope to continue the path you've set her on. Many, many thanks."

 

 

 

 

 

"I've been wanting to write to you for awhile now just to let you know how much we love our Murphy! He is absolutely the best dog! We have moved to Minneapolis and are currently in an apartment. He has been so adaptable and has the most wonderful temperament. We have started a dog therapy course and he will soon be certified to be a therapy dog so that we can go into schools or senior centers, etc.

 

I wasn't sure we could love another dog as much as we had loved our yellow lab and I have to tell you, this dog is pretty special. We are constantly stopped with people asking about him. What a wonderful dog! I thought you might think this picture was cute. Maddie came up with us to pick him out. Thank you!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Rosie, We love her so much! Rosie has the best temperament! She loves everyone! rarely barks, is very snugly and playful!She has been an absolute perfect addition to our family! Best of all, Colby has not even had so much as a sneeze with her! He is still very allergic to every other dog he's met too! Thank you soooo much!"

 

 

 

 

 

"Well we are one month having "Sunshine" in our lives and we just love her to bits…she is everything we could ever hope for and enjoy her daily! And what a smart puppy…she is doing very well in all areas...loves people and other dogs and is very well adjusted to her crate, food, schedule. We just love her!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I know you don’t remember me. You have so many customers, you couldn’t possibly remember us all. But nine years ago today, you made our family so very happy. It was nine years ago today that your dog (Annie) had her first litter, and we are one of the proud owners of her beautiful little puppies.

Our little sweetie wheatie (Sadie) turns nine years old today and our life has never been the same since the day she came into our family. Thank you so much for being a part of that. 

I noticed that you still have a picture of our daughters on your website. It’s the two little girls, one of which is in a little yellow dress. Makes me happy every time I see it."

 

 

 

 

 

"George has been great, he is truly the best pup I could ask for. He is learning very quickly and has an amazing personality. He makes

friends everywhere he goes."

 

 

 

 

 

Riley, is the best, my grandchildren have had not issues with allergies with Riley. She is a love, Thank you!"

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Family Stories

 

"Thank you SO much for our beautiful Sophie. She was a perfect angel in the car - we stopped about 1/2 way home and had a sweet little romp in some grass. She peed right away and then wanted to play. After about 5 minutes we got back in the car and she immediately went to sleep.

Once home, she sniffed around the yard, came into the house on her own power (mostly - I had to help her over the threshold!) and ate a good lunch. Went out and did her business and is now sleeping peacefully in the crate.

You obviously did a great job with her, and we hope to continue the path you've set her on. Many, many thanks."

 

 

 

 

"I've been wanting to write to you for awhile now just to let you know how much we love our Murphy! He is absolutely the best dog! We have moved to Minneapolis and are currently in an apartment. He has been so adaptable and has the most wonderful temperament. We have started a dog therapy course and he will soon be certified to be a therapy dog so that we can go into schools or senior centers, etc.

 

I wasn't sure we could love another dog as much as we had loved our yellow lab and I have to tell you, this dog is pretty special. We are constantly stopped with people asking about him. What a wonderful dog! I thought you might think this picture was cute. Maddie came up with us to pick him out. Thank you!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Rosie, We love her so much! Rosie has the best temperament! She loves everyone! rarely barks, is very snugly and playful!She has been an absolute perfect addition to our family! Best of all, Colby has not even had so much as a sneeze with her! He is still very allergic to every other dog he's met too! Thank you soooo much!"

 

 

 

 

 "Well we are one month having "Sunshine" in our lives and we just love her to bits…she is everything we could ever hope for and enjoy her daily! And what a smart puppy…she is doing very well in all areas...loves people and other dogs and is very well adjusted to her crate, food, schedule. We just love her!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I know you don’t remember me. You have so many customers, you couldn’t possibly remember us all. But nine years ago today, you made our family so very happy. It was nine years ago today that your dog (Annie) had her first litter, and we are one of the proud owners of her beautiful little puppies.

Our little sweetie wheatie (Sadie) turns nine years old today and our life has never been the same since the day she came into our family. Thank you so much for being a part of that. 

I noticed that you still have a picture of our daughters on your website. It’s the two little girls, one of which is in a little yellow dress. Makes me happy every time I see it."

 

 

 

 

"George has been great, he is truly the best pup I could ask for. He is learning very quickly and has an amazing personality. He makes

friends everywhere he goes."

 

 

 

 

Riley, is the best, my grandchildren have had not issues with allergies with Riley. She is a love, Thank you!"

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My Miniature Schnauzer Addie is an incredible dog. She is bright, sweet, eager to please, great with kids / other dogs, and honestly beautiful. Also, she rarely barks, even when turkeys and squirrels go by! It is clear that Kristine loves her dogs and did a fantastic job socializing and caring for my puppy from birth. I'm so, so happy I chose Hillside and found my sweet girl!

 

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