What you need to know about hiring transport for your pet

Once you choose a breeder and puppy, you have lots of options for getting that puppy home.  No need to stress, we can help you make the right decision for you and we want to make sure you choose the option for you.  

If you are looking to hire a transporter, you have two basic options...Ground transport or air transport.  Air transport is not the same as shipping.  When your puppy is shipped, it travels as cargo in the belly of the plane.  This is safe for your pet,  and is lower in cost, but your pet is in a crate the entire time, stays in the cargo area until it boards the plane (usually just before take off) and is kept in holding if there are any lay-overs or until you can get to the cargo station to claim your "package".  While the airlines do take care with live animals cargo shipments...the animals are not given any personal treatment throughout the trip.  

Air Transport is when the pet is flown, by a flight nanny, in the cabin of the plane.  The pet is taken in a soft-sided carrier through security, and then right into the cabin where it is safetly kept at the nanny's feet (or in the open seat next to them when available) for the duration of the flight.  When our transporter, The Doggy Deliverer, is the flight nanny, the puppy is given attention the entire way.  He or she is taken out at the potty stations in the airports to relieve itself and given opportunity to exercise during lay overs.  When they arrive at your airport, the nanny meets you at a predetermined location, for The Doggy Deliverer it is baggage claim, and the puppy is handed directly to you within minutes of the planes arrival. 

With ground transport there are also two options.  The most common option, which is most transporters, is shared transport.  This means that the trasnporter will be picking up and delivering many animals along the route to your home.  While this option is usually the most cost effective, you are at the mercy fo the transporters schedule and need to be sure that the transporter takes extra precautions to ensure all pets in transport with yours have been cleared by a vet and are not carrying any bacteria, viruses, or diseases.  You also need to be sure that the pets are actually given time outside the crates during the trip, find out how food and water breaks are given, and what happens to the pets at night (are they left in the van/truck).

The other option offered by some transporters is private ground transport.  This is the only option that the Doggy Deliverer offers.  This is when your pet is the only pet(s)  traveling in the vehicle, the are picked up at your breeders and delivered directly to your door.   The pet is given a potty/exercise break every few hours, and given time to eat, outside the vehicle, at least twice a day.  If the trip is more than 10 hours and The Doggy Deliverer needs to stay overnight with your pet in transport, the pet stays in the hotel room with him and is able to move around freely and get a good nights rest.    

As far as cost, you need to understand a few things.  It's easy to look at the cost of transportationlook up a flight,  and think 'They are making a killing!', but look again....The Doggy Deliverer charges a base price of $700 to fly a pet to you.  First of all, most flights are now about $300 round trip, then it is an additional $125 to add the pet.  Most of the time he flies out of Nashville, which is 2 hours from home, so 4 hours round trip to get to the airport (about $25 in gas)  and back and then there is the cost of parking at the airport for an entire day (usually $25-30).  So we are at $475 in costs to him, not counting any food or drinks.  So let's just make it ann even $500 in expenses.  So he makes $200, seems like a great deal for him.  However....it is normally a 10-16 hour affair to get to the airport, get to the destination (many times there is a layover), get back and then drive home.  And don't forget that he has to pay taxes out of that profit.  They say to count 20% of your profits for taxes.  So, take the $160 he gets to keep and divide that by 12, that's only about $13-14 per hour with no overtime pay.  Yes, sometimes the flights are less, but sometimes they are more.  It just depends and we have had situations where flights were cancelled and we ended up paying more in order to keep our committment.  

With ground transport, you need to consider one hotel night for every 12 hours of travel, both ways.  Then you have food and gas added on to that, and the upkeep for the transportation vehicle. And in personalized service, most of the time there is not an option to pick a pet up for transport going home (what would the odds ebe!), so you need to remember that the transporter has the same expenses getting home.  Just like with air transport it adds up quickly and many times is actually more expensive, expecially for personal service.  But again, you are basically hiring a driver and that is not cheap.  If driving across the country were great....everyone would travel and get their own pets.   And just like everything in life, you get what you pay for.  You can find cheap ground transport, but how many pets are going to be in that confined area with yours and for how long will your pet be in transport?  To think that someone can pick up your pet in Florida and drive it to Texas for $250 and give you personalized service is unrealistic.   These people have to make money and the only way to do that in shared transport is to carry as many animals as they can.  So....if you want your pet brought directly to you, without other animals in the vehicle, expect to pay a little more.  But for that price, you pet gets the VIP service it deserves, and is not put in any danger of picking up any "cooties" along the way.

The Doggy Deliverer is our son, and he loves bringing pets to their forever homes.  He has a FB page and a page on this site with his fees listed.  There is a discount to families of our puppies and kittens, but he welcomes all inquiries.

The Benefits of Hand Feeding your Dog!

Hand Feeding - Work to Earn

 

I have been doing more and more research on hand feeding dogs, and especially puppies.    I think that hand feeding you puppy could make the transition to your family and home a lot easier and comfortable for your new family member!  But not only for new puppies, based on what I have read, hand feeding it a great way to take back control from a highly energetic or bossy dog.  

 

Take a look at this blog I came across, then do a little research yourself.  I will be trying this with a puppy we have that is now 16 weeks old and I will update you on our progress.  If you try it, send me a note with suggestions, what worked and what didn't.  I'd love to here from you.  

 

 

The link to the article is underlined at the top of this note.  Let me know what you think!

To Test or Not to Test

Hip Dysplasia? Article

 

This article concerns OFA certification...the pros and the cons.

 

https://vetchick.com/2017/01/ofahips/

Multiple Sired Litters

From time to time, for a variety of reasons, we choose to expose a female to both of our studs during her breeding season.  We have done extensive research on the subject and it does not affect the quality of puppies, health of our dogs, or have an adverse affects whatsoever.  It simply gives us added insurance that we will have puppies available for those waiting.   Any time there is even a possibility that the puppies may have options for a sire, the puppies are DNA tested before  they are homed.  This ensures that your puppies registration is correct. There is an artical on AKC where you can learn more, and as always, feel free to ask us any questions you have.  The artical on AKC is called "Stud Double".

What Old English Sheepdog owners had to say about....Old English Sheepdogs!

I (heart) Dogs!  (click here to go to the website)

 

I found this great database where they have polled Old English Sheepdog owners on questions like, how often do you need to bathe your OES? Does your OES get along well with other dogs? and How much do they shed?  There are over twenty questions.....a great resource for owners and those considering the breed!

Help with Potty Training!

What to do when your puppy piddles on the floor!  

Click the link above to the article on AKC's website

 

Understanding the code.....F1, F1b, F2...ect.

If you're like me, you find the "code" for hybrid dog crossing very confusing.   Let's see if we can help you understand.

In Sheepadoodles, the Parent Generation (P) is one OES bred to one Poodle ( which is male or female doesn't matter)

When we breed our OES stud, Amos, to our Standard Poodle female, Feebee, the result is F1 Sheepadoodles.   Becca is a product of this breeding.

When you breed an F1 to a (P)  (Poodle or OES, doesn't matter) you get an F1b.    When we breed Becca to our Standard Poodle male, Pharoah, we get F1b Sheepadoodles.

If we were to get an F1 Sheepadoodle male and breed Becca to him, (F1 to F1) we would get F2 Sheepadoodles.

Then F2 to (P) is F2b, F2 to F2 would be F3 and so on.  So when you see F1 you know that's a 1st generation Sheepadoodle, F2 would be 2nd generation and so on.   When you see the b, that means that the whatever generation has been bred back to the P generation breed.

Hopefully this helps! 

 

 

 

What We Feed Our Dogs

After making our own dog food for some time, we decided to make sure it was still the best option for us.   Through our research we came across a little known brand of dog food; Valu-Pak.   The Black Label food they carry turned out to be exactly what we demand for our dogs and their price was unbeatable!   As we compared, we found that this food carried it's own against the heavy hitters (Science Diet, Blue Buffalo, etc.), but at a price tag that beat the affordable options!  And all with no corn, no glutton, no wheat and no soy!  It's not easy to find....You can go to the website, www.specialty-feeds.com and look for a dealer near you.  We are able to get the feed for about $30/for 50#.  If you can not find it near you and you want us to pick up a few bags for you, some people do make a trip once a year and just stock up.  We're happy to do it for you, but for many of you, you can probably find it near you!

Make your own dog food!

Having six large dogs can be costly when it comes to quality food.   Since Kathy's education focused on Dietetics and Nutrition, we decided to put that knowledge to work and formulate our own dog food...perfect for our dogs needs.  Two things to know before you decide to jump in on this;  1.  We are a hunting family and process our own meat, so we have meat available at no charge.   2.   This food is formulated for breeding and highly active dogs, if you have a dog that is not super active, you are going to want to dial back on the fats.

Here is our recipe......   All amounts are uncooked, 

2 pounds of meat  (we use venison)  

2 pounds of dried beans (pinto or garbanzo)

1 pound baby limas

1.5 pounds of sweet potatoes

4 cups brown rice

2 cups bone broth  (we make a broth with the deer carcuses)

1 cup wild salmon oil  (if you are using fish as your meat, cut back accordingly)

 

Cook rice in the broth then add the fish oil, cook the sweet potatoes and lima beans, then cook dried beans in left over water.  Cook the meat in any way you like.  Once everything is cooked and drained, mix all ingredients together.  We feed our adult dogs four cups of this food once a day.  This makes about 45-50 cups of food.   We then top off with a good quality dry food.

 

 

 

 

 

Flea and Tick Control

There are many ways to attack fleas and ticks, but we have found that sometimes, you have to come from many different directions!

First, we treat our yard on a regular basis, more in the summer time.

Next, Todd has formulated a dog biscuit that helps with fleas and our dogs LOVE these things!

Here's the recipe

1/4 cup ground meat cooked (we use venison)

2 cups flour

1/2 cup brewers yeast

1/2 cup wheat germ

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 cup broth (use the drippings from the meat first)

Cook the meat, reserving liquid.  Mix all dry ingredients, add meat and oil, add enough broth to make a stiff dough ball.  Roll out half the dough to 1/4 inch and cut into 2 inch rounds.  Bake at 350 degrees until dry, about 25-30 minutes.   Store in an air tight container.  We give each dog one treat per day.  These really help us a lot.

 

Grooming also helps with flea and tick care.  Keeping your dog clean and brushed keeps you informed of any problems.  

Finally, if all else fails, we use a topical if we have a problem.  We usually use whatever the vet recommends.  

Treats for Urinary Health

Recently, Amos has been dealing with a nasty UTI.  Our vet recommended a specialty feed while we treat the infection, so Todd went to work formulating some new treats to help his body clean up the urinary track.  Here is the recipe....

1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1.5 cups Oatmeal Flour ( powder oatmeal in a blender if you don't have oatmeal flour)

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup pumpkin pruree'

2 eggs

.5 cup Peanut Butter

Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients seperately, then combine.  roll out to about 1/4 inch thick in two batches.  Cut into 1.5 inch rounds or squares.  Bake at 350 degrees for thirty minutes, let cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature.