Malcolm D191679: NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Chihuahua / Pug / Mixed (short coat) / Male / Baby
Details about Malcolm D191679: NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
- ID D191679
- Available for Adoption
- Coatlength: Short
- Activity Level: Moderate
- Good with Dogs: Yes
- Good with Cats: Yes
- Good with Adults: All
- Reaction to New People: Friendly
More about Malcolm D191679: NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
- Energy Level: Moderate
- Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only
Age: ~DOB 11/8/2019
Weight: 4 lbs
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: Yes
House Trained: In progress
Crate Trained: In progress
Energy level: Puppy!
History: Owner surrender from South Dakota
Adoption Fee: $500
From the Foster:
Their story - unfortunately the pups' mom died when they were very young and they were without a mother. Secondhand Hounds agreed to take them and raise them feeding by bottle. As fate would have it, SHH also had a mom dog who had her pups prematurely and none of them survived. The pups needed a mom, and a mom needed her pups....so they were matched together in hopes that she would care for them. Rosa took to the pups like they were her own and it's a story that ended with 5 healthy, happy pups and a mom who got to raise her family.
Puppies can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a lot of work and expensive to raise. It can be very rewarding to have a loving relationship with an animal.
If you will be gone for more than 4 hours at a time - is there a way for you to come home "for lunch", etc to let the pup out to potty? Or are you able to pay for someone to come to the house? This is one of the first requirements as puppies cannot "hold it for very long". Also if we are heading into winter this can be a little more challenging with house training. A general rule to help people understand the size of a puppies bladder is that for every month old they are, plus ONE is how many hours you could expect a puppy to "hold it" So a 2 month old puppy would be 3 hours. A 6 month old puppy would be 7 hours. Obviously this is a general rule and some breeds have smaller bladders than others.
Socialization of the puppies is VERY important. Puppies learn most of their socialization skills by the time they are 4 months old.
Guidelines from behaviorist suggest they should meet 40 new people and 40 new dogs by the time they are 4 months old. So the first few months with you, you should be helping them experience the world in a positive manner. Puppy socialization classes are a good start. These classes teach training but also work on giving the puppies socialization. You should also plan on doing at least one more training class with your dog by the time they are 1 year old. Classes should be a positive reinforcement type class - one that rewards for behavior instead of punishes. So any class that uses choke collars or pinch collars should be avoided. You want the dog to want to do what you want it to do, instead of being afraid not to do what you want it to do. César Milan style training should be avoided. There are certain dogs that may do well under that type, but the majority do not. Most training classes are a bit over $100 each.
When the puppies are adopted they will have been Spayed or Neutered and have one or two of their distemper vaccinations you will receive copies of their medical records), as well as be micro-chipped. You will need to meet with a vet after adoption and determine what they feel the vaccination protocol should be - but there are usually at least 1-2 more vaccinations for the distemper combination shot, as well as a rabies done around 4 months. There are other vaccinations as well that could be done if you decide you want them.
Heartworm prevention should also be discussed because you do not want your dog to get heartworm. Heartworm left untreated will kill them and the treatment is over $400 dollars and is very hard on them physically and not everyone survives. So the prevention can cost $50+ dollars a year and in the long run you are money ahead.
If you are in a rental situation, find out what the policy is and if you can indeed have a puppy. Also, make sure you have thought about what will happen if you move. Housing can be hard to find that allow animals and is also affordable. Giving up an animal because you are moving should not be an option.
Think about if you are going on vacation, what would the plan be for care of your dog while you are gone.