Obtaining a Puppy from Sidestreet

1. Obtaining a Puppy

Are the dogs on the website available? Do you have any adults available?

No, the dogs listed on the website are my personal dogs. They are my pets and companions and breeding stock (retired or active), though some live in family member’s homes. These dogs are not available. Likewise, I do not have retired dogs available for placement, as my dogs are members of my family and stay that way until the end.

Do I get to pick out my puppy?

Sort of! We work together to figure out which puppy is the best fit for your family. I spend all day, every day with my puppies until they leave for their new homes. This allows me the luxury of understanding their personalities, quirks, and who they may fit best with. You are welcome to have a  sex preference and we will work within that (knowing that it may take longer for the right puppy to come along).  Puppies are never chosen based on markings, color, or appearance. My priority is to fit the right temperament to your family and we come to this decision organically, as a team.

Can I buy a puppy for breeding?

In a nutshell, no. I do not sell puppies on breeding contracts except to close breeder friends in extenuating circumstances. Companion puppies are sold on AKC limited registration and cannot be used for breeding.

Do you have any available puppies?

Please email or call for inquiries on available puppies. Because there is often a waitlist (see waitlist FAQ), there may not be any puppies available at the time of inquiry. Sometimes patience is a must!

How do I get a puppy from Sidestreet?

The first step is to send me an email or give me a call. We will discuss what you’re looking for in a puppy, your family and lifestyle, background, and desired timeframe. Please keep in mind that I have a waiting list and you may have to wait for your new family member. These things take time. What matters most is that you and I work well together, have mutual trust, and work to get you the very best fit for your family.

2. Health Testing

What sort of guarantee do the puppies come with?

All of my puppies are guaranteed for life against any genetic disease for which I can test (see previous FAQ). I stand behind my babies for life and do everything I can to reduce risk and produce healthy, happy puppies.

What medical care is done for the puppies before they leave for their new home?

All puppies receive weekly physical exams and auscultation. They are dewormed on an appropriate schedule starting at two weeks of age with a rotating deworming agent. They are started on heartworm and flea and tick prevention.

All puppies are microchipped before leaving for their new homes and have received all age appropriate vaccinations. I recommend vaccination for all appropriate diseases as recommended by your veterinarian. My dogs are vaccinated for lyme, leptospirosis, rabies, and distempter and parvovirus. Dogs being actively shown are also vaccinated for canine influenza and bordetella.

What health testing is done on the adults?

All of my dogs have an OFA Patella clearance, CAER eye clearance annually, DNA testing for Juvenile Cataracts (or clear by parentage), and BAER hearing testing as a minimum. They are also owned by a neurotic veterinarian, so receive more than the usual oversight of their every move.

All are up to date on vaccinations and preventative care

3. Puppy Raising

How are the puppies raised and what kind of training do they get?

My puppies are raised in my home, like all of the dogs here. We do not have a kennel. They are an integral part of my household (actually, they are the focal point). Bostons are always born by c-section, and the Pugs more often have a natural birth, though occasionally a c-section is needed.

For the first 3-4 weeks, the puppies are in my bedroom. The whelping box is next to my bed. At this age, they need warmth and calm and constant supervision. I do lots of handling and stimulation before they even open their eyes. Nails get trimmed weekly.

Around 3-4 weeks, the puppies move downstairs out of my bedroom and into the living room. We have an open concept house so this means they are in the middle of everything. They get used to the normal things that happen in a house (vacuum, coffee grinder, people in and out, etc).

They start to go on little adventures outside, off leash, where they learn to stick close to people, and get used to cold/hot weather (depending on the season).

Housebreaking begins early; the puppies are trained to go to the bathroom in a small area of the pen. This is then transferred to an even smaller area, until about 7 weeks when they start going outside to eliminate consistently.

The puppies have an open crate in their enclosure starting at 4 weeks. They slowly get used to going in the crate and eventually I start to close it for short periods of time. This makes crate training easy.

By about 7 weeks, the puppies are having the run of the house when we are home, integrated with all the adult dogs, and sleeping by the fireplace.

My goal is to set them up for success when they leave here; the more I can expose them to, the less stress they will have!