Over 35 years of working with dogs in rescue, AKC shows, obedience, CGC titles, agility and breeding, we have learned that the biggest problem many people experience when adding a puppy to their home is that they choose the wrong puppy! A good breeder should be able to give the prospective family an idea of what kind of personality each puppy is showing at about 6-8 weeks old, depending on the litter. The personality a puppy shows at about 6 weeks old is what we consider the "instinctive" or "natural" personality of the puppy. The instinctive personality of a puppy is very seldom seen when someone looks at a puppy. Young puppies have a short alert time. It's just like an infant, they eat, potty, play, sleep - over and over all day. A good breeder will pay close attention to the puppies and watch them go through each stage. The breeder will get to know the individual personalities of each puppy. This is one reason it is very important to find a serious breeder who will spend the time becoming aware of the puppies individualities. A puppy can be molded by socializing and training, but the natural instinct of each puppy should be respected when placing it in a home. It is far better to try and make a puppy blossom into a well mannered and friendly dog when the environment matches the dogs natural tendencies. A very simple example would be a puppy who is tested at 6 weeks old and seems overwhelmed with new sounds and situations, he may display this by trying to run and hide or by yipping and running when startled. Now say you take this puppy and place him in a very busy home with children who play instruments and young, rambunctious children who enjoy the puppy and always want to be playing with him or carrying him. What do you think would happen? What will likely happen in this situation is the puppy will learn to run from the children, hide from the children, or as it gets older it may defend itself by nipping, growling, or even chasing the children and nipping at ankles or feet. This is all done because the puppy is fearful, not because he is aggressive. Now, say this same puppy was instead placed in a quieter home. As he grows he would have the chance to build some confidence in new situations and more social skills. He would have time to learn ways to comfort himself and accept new situations without being a menace. Simply put, when people look at a litter of puppies, what they believe they see about an individual puppy may not be correct. They could easily bring home a puppy with a personality or temperament that isn't right for their home, family or environment.
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Here are some facts about the Schnoodle:
-- They are always ready to join in on many activities.
-- Most enjoy car rides to any destination but especially visiting friends.
-- Many enjoy playing in water, which can be anything from their water dish to a lake!
-- A game of fetch is usually a requirement with most Schnoodles.
-- Something extremely common with the Schnoodle is known as the Schnoodle 500, this is where they tuck their backend under and race as fast as they can... around, over, along, under and thru everything in their way... this is usually done in a circular manner with no damage done : ) This is not to be misunderstood - the Schnoodle is not running away from anything. It is a burst of Schnoodle energy and it only lasts a minute. Many owners find it cute and feel it lets them know that their Schnoodle is happy!
-- Schnoodles are known to use their front feet as hands to touch, move, or hold things. They will hold their toys between their front feet and roll on their backs with the object held above them as they play. Many like to hold a blanket or stuffed animal in their front legs and/or mouth as they rest.
-- One of the bad behaviors a Schnoodle can acquire quickly is digging. Although if caught in the act and corrected this behavior can disappear as quickly as it started.
-- Schnoodles are very intelligent and learning is not a problem.
-- Some Schnoodles can become yappy if not trained correctly. They must be corrected as soon as this behavior starts to become an issue. A spray bottle works great for this correction.
-- Adult Schnoodles, if trained correctly as puppies, can make the most amazing dogs to share a life with for many years.
-- Schnoodles excel in therapy work, obedience, agility, flyball and most other dog activities.
Shelbo Schnoodles has more than a dozen Schnoodles with their TD(therapy dog) certificates. Our success in raising healthy - well socialized puppies starts with the mother and father of the puppy. If the adults are not in optimal shape physically and emotionally the puppies they produce will not have the best start in life and many of the imperfections, whether emotionally or physically, will be passed down to the puppies as the mother displays her emotional traits to her puppies while raising them. When the puppies are born we become as big apart of their lives and as important as their mother. Having the puppies in our main rooms in a large whelping box and giving them plenty of freedom in our home for playtime...thanks to our pergo floors! We make everyday sounds and happenings a common experience for them.
Why not just raise them on the kitchen floor? For a few reasons - less accidental injuries to the puppies, less destructive behaviors are learned, less possiblity of a contagious disease being carried in on shoes to the puppies and starting the puppies out right on potty training. If the puppies are raised on a floor than it becomes normal or acceptable for them to potty on the floor and housetraining may never become a complete success. The idea that our home is not a place to go potty makes it easier to remove the whelping box and start potty training outdoors. This may be why our puppies are so easily potty trained!
We start potty training outdoors at about 5 weeks old, depending on the Minnesota weather. Once we start potty training we continue until the puppy leaves our home. We make scheduled potty breaks throughout the day - putting all the puppies in a large rubbermaid tote and carrying them out to the puppy area which is their own enclosed pen where they do not interact with adult dogs as we want them to focus on the task at hand. This also helps to keep the puppies safer from communicable diseases.
Our puppies are vaccinated at 6 weeks and usually go to their new homes at 8 weeks old. We recommend our new families continue a vaccination schedule similar to this: 9, 12, 15 and 18 weeks. We use a combination Puppy Shot including coronavirus. We do not substitute or use half doses as we are a firm believer in vaccinations and our schedule. We have been breeding dog's for over 30 years and just Schnoodles for 20 years...we have never had an ill puppy from a preventable disease.
Veterinarians will tell you parasites are an extremely common issue in puppies: 95% of puppies are born with worms. Therefore we worm our puppies with Nemex-2 every two weeks until they go to their new homes. We also use Albon as a preventative measure for Coccidia, also a common puppy 'parasite' causing a loose stool, dehydration and an ill puppy. Coccidia is usually seen when the puppy moves to his new home because it is made worse by the stress of the move. To prevent such happenings we use Albon on puppies 5 weeks and older.
We enjoy producing the most healthy and happy puppies possible. Since every puppy has an individual personality we find it very important to help people find the right Schnoodle puppy for their home.
Our Schnoodle adult size ranges from 14-20 pounds for Miniature and 5-13 pounds for Toy size.
The weight and height varies depending on the parents. We post expected adult sizes for each litter at 6 weeks old.
We dock tails and remove dewclaws at the age of three to five days old - the puppies feel very little pain with the method we use. The ears remain natural - Schnoodles do not have cropped ears and look beautiful without them cropped. It is our belief that the removal of the tail is in part to acquire the "look" but also for the maintenance of the coat and cleanliness around the tail area. The removal of the dewclaws is strictly for health reasons...these are small hooked nails on the side of the ankle and if caught on something can tear and cause extreme pain and bleeding, this would require emergency surgery. To avoid this the useless dewclaws are removed while the puppy is 3 to 5 days old. ALL of our puppies have these procedures done.
"Only the best dogs can produce the best puppies"