I'm new to this website and have found it very enlightening! I am purchasing an OES from a breeder near Baltimore MD and am very excited to be adding "Jake" (Jacob) to my family. I currently have a 15 y.o. cat named buttons, who pretty much stays on the "high road" in the house. I also have a lab/beagle mix named MacKenzie (Mack for short).
I've talked to a couple of breeders who have given me some good and some bad advice. The most common thread that I have heard is "Don't buy from someone who's not a professional breeder". While, in my opinion, that's all good, the breeder that I settled on breeds because she loves the breed and her animals. All of her "babies" live in her home and have excellent temperments.
I wasn't looking for a show dog, just a companion for myself and the rest of my "family". I have no children so the pets in my home are my family.
If anyone has any good advice for integrating our new baby, I would love to hear from you!
|Welcome to the forum!
When do you get your new baby?
|I have no advice on puppies, I have never had to integrate a young one yet.... Maybe someday, if I keep seeing baby pictures of Frank and all the other "babies" our there... So good luck, I'm sure someone will have some sage advice for you and your newest addition.|
|Have you ever stumbled onto the right forum! These sheepie owners are AWESOME!!!! Their so supportive- I haven't gotten my sheepie yet, but they've been so helpful and they even put up with my cat related bragging
The reasons people recommend buying from a respectable breeder is multifold:
Genetic health of the animals- respectable breeders will have ALL their breeding stock tested for genetic defects which might be passed onto their pups- you know your pups parents are healthy and odds are that your puppy will be too. A good breeder will sell the animal with a health guarantee of some sort- usually a clause to buy back the animal if there is a genetic defect, etc.
Healthy living conditions: A respectable breeder will keep their animals in healthy living conditions- no parasites, plenty of exercise and high quality foods. Good animals can come out of a kennel situation too- the important aspect is SOCIALIZATION! If the animal is held and socialized and basically loved a lot, you end up with a better adjusted puppy or kitten.
Support: This forum is awesome when it somes to support- but having the knowledge and expertise to fall back on in a good breeder makes ones life much easier!
Others can chime in about what to look for in a breeder. This is what I ALWAYS look for when I buy an animal- cat or dog.
If you feel like your breeder has the above- awesome, looks like your on the right road!!! Congrats on your upcoming addition, and welcome
PS. Excuse me waxing poetic on breeders... My folks bred dogs (shelties) when I was little, and I'm very passionate about support of responsible breeding of pure bred dogs
| Thanks so much for the great welcome! I agree that responsible breeding is a must. That being said though, I didn't feel that I needed to go to a kennel to purchas. It was important for me to see a true interaction with mom and dad's "mom and dad"!
I tried to upload a picture of Jake but apparently all of the pictures that I have are to big for this site to be able to do it. If you would care to see a picture, you can go to http://www.oespuppies.org/Puppies_45_Days_Old.html
Jake is the one with the black right ear.
He comes to his new home on the 18th of September....I can't wait. I'm trying to help desensitize my other dog by mentioning the name Jake as often as I can. I know it's going to be a challenge but hey, I'm an RN so I'm used to those challenges!!
|Welcome to the forum! Your fur family sounds nice. We have a cat that also like to stay on the highroad. His name is O'Malley and he is the King of the house. His throne is way up on the highest landing of the cat tree, and he will challege anyone, except Marie, who thinks they can sit there. LOL
Jake is beautiful, all of his litter mate's are too. How exciting to be bringing him home soon! So close yet so far away.
We can't wait to hear all of Jake's sheepie quirks. Please keep us posted! Stormi and co.
|essarge - Are you near MD?|
|Yes, I live in Dover, DE.
Update: Jake got his last shots and dewormer Friday. I can't wait to bring him home. Of course then the real challenge starts.....getting Mack to understand that she's still a very special member of the family but Jake is going to live here also.
Found a great training "magazing". It was $10 but well worth it. It's called "Training your puppy". It's from the editors of Dog Fancy Magazine. I also picked up the "New Complete Dog Training Manual" by Bruce Fogle, DVM. This is also a great resource, not only for puppies, but also for older dogs.
On the countdown for Jake to come home! 10 days.
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