The Whelping Box
What you will find when you purchase a Misty Shores pup. . .
My goal is to produce an all-around sound dog with great temperament! Breeding dogs will have health testing.
As your breeder, I welcome you to my home to visit with the pups and meet their dam as well as all my other dogs. This is not limited to just one visit, I encourage you to visit often not only to play with the pups but so we can get to know each other a bit and I can answer your questions as they arise.
I have invested a great deal of time researching pedigrees and potential stud dogs, as well as ensuring my dog has all the health tests needed to make a sound intelligent decision on a mate for her that will produce puppies that have the best possible chance of becoming healthy, sound dogs with great temperament. So naturally I am curious to see how they turn out as they grow into adults to see if I am on the right path in my breeding program; that’s why I have an open-door policy for the life of your dog. Not just for brags and photos but I want you to feel comfortable with me so you can readily ask questions and know I will gladly answer them and assist you with anything that might arise. I am just as concerned as you are when your dog may have a health or training concern; I worry right along with you! I want you to know that if I cannot give you an answer I will use all my resources in other breeders/trainers to help you out. So, use me as a resource for information, help and a shoulder to lean on with your new family member.
My puppies are born and raised in the house and I spend a great deal of time with them from the moment they are born. Puppies will be raised using Jane Killion’s Puppy Culture method; you can read all about it here. Each puppy is held, loved on, ooed and awed over daily by me and all the other people in my household, not to mention my close friends who stop over to give me a hand with photos and just to have fun with the pups. So, socialization begins from the moment they are born and continues throughout their time in my care, this is very important for the development of a Chessie. My house is not quiet, so they are exposed to noises daily, vacuums, loud TV's, music, pots and pans banging, the other dogs barking, doors slamming, door bells, etc. As soon as the pups are old enough about 4-5 weeks they are taken outside weather permitting for fresh air and sunshine, I introduce them to a small duck and bumpers and if it is warm enough they get some water time. At this age, I also start inviting family, friends and their children over to socialize with the puppies; and of course, my puppy buyers are more than welcome to come over and play with puppies.
All Misty Shores puppies are examined by my licensed veterinarian; they will have their dewclaws removed at three days old and worming done at 2, 4 and 6 weeks with medication prescribed by my vet. At 6-7 weeks, they will receive their first set of puppy vaccines per the recommendation of my vet. As with any type of vaccine there is always the possibility of an adverse reaction so I like to do this at least one week before they go to their new homes so I can monitor them. Many vaccines can now be given every three (3) years once the initial puppy series is done according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) so I recommend you share these guidelines with your vet so you can discuss a protocol that will work for you and your dog. Before they leave my care they will have a Well Puppy Check performed by my vet which includes a general check of eyes, ears, lungs, heart, a fecal check and their weight. I will also AKC register and microchip all puppies before they leave.
At 8-10 weeks, they are ready for their new families! I strive to make sure the puppy you take home has a great start in life and my commitment is to the puppies so through the answers you provide to my questions and your criteria for a dog I will assist you in choosing the puppy that is just right for you and your family. Each puppy will go home with a puppy packet that will include a contract, information on feeding schedule, crate training, housebreaking, leash training, vaccination and worming records, clearances of the parents and other Chessie related information. Everything you need to get a great start with your new family member.
**I do not ship puppies.