Welcome to Our Puppy Blog!

Welcome to our blog! I am a small hobby breeder of Schnoodle puppies. My Schnoodles are a cross of the White Schnauzer with a Red Poodle. These dogs do not shed, are great for allergy sufferers, are friendly and easily trained.

We have 4 breeding females and sell our puppies face to face as required by APHIS rules for hobby breeders.


Our breeding dogs are from purebred Akc lines and the Schnoodle puppies are registered with ICA (the registry for Designer breed dogs.)

They will be vet checked, have their first set of shots, and be Ugodog Puppy Toilet Trained. But this is just the beginning! Read through our posts to see the special care and attention we give our litter. You will enjoy watching our Growing Puppies!

We sell our puppies through our Waiting list. We do not post them on the blog for purchase. If you wish to be contacted with updates on the next litter email me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com

Update: We are so excited for our winter puppies. I also hope for a litter in Summer 2018.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Pee Guard for a Ugodog Potty Tray

One of my recent puppy buyers wrote to tell me that their little boy Schnoodle is lifting his leg when going potty and is peeing off the potty tray as a result.  This is the first time I have been asked this question.   It sure would be nice if the Ugodog Company made guards to stop a puppy from peeing off the side of the tray.   Nonetheless, I have an idea that may work.....
MY SOLUTION:   If you take a 56 Qt Sterilite Plastic Box (sold at Home Depot and Walmart for $6.95) and turn it upside down  the sides of the box fits the edges of the potty grates quite nicely (without going off the sides of the lower tray).   So if you cut off the top of the box, and one of the long sides, then you have a 3 sided plastic barrier.  You might need to secure it to the plastic tray below with a couple pieces of packing tape...or duct tape.   Otherwise, the puppy might just knock it off the tray.   But it seems to me that once secured, the puppy could pee against the side of the plastic box and the pee would just run into the tray below. 

I have looked for a box whose floor is the right size to fit the whole Ugodog tray, but so far no luck.  So turning the box upside down does work since the top of the box is larger than the floor of the box.

If anyone tries the above Potty Guard, then let me know if it works well for you.  I do not have male puppies that are lifting their legs....so I cannot test drive this idea for you.   And if you find a better solution than let me know.   I would love to share your ideas and photos at the bottom of this post.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dangerous Space for your Puppy on a Wire Crate!


Dear Puppy Owner, 

I want to bring your attention to a dangerous area on the standard wire crates that are sold for puppies....

   


The crate has several openings where puppies can get their lower jaws stuck.   (see the arrow below)

This half inch tall opening is just big enough for an 8 week old puppy to get his little jaws stuck....and stuck good!

I experienced this problem first hand when one of my puppies got his lower jaw stuck yesterday.  He was chewing on the bars like puppies do and his jaw got stuck.  His lower canines prevented him from pulling his jaw back out.  He couldn't close his mouth and he Started yelping loudly.  I heard the yelping from the upper floor and knew immediately that something was very wrong.   I ran down to the pen to see the poor little guy stuck helpless..   And what was worse, is that I didn't know how to free him!  I tried a few different times, but he seemed to be stuck in there good.    After what seemed like an eternity...but was probably not more than a minute or two, I was able to change the direction of his body and head and somehow that gave his little jaw the right angle for escape.

When he was free he went about happily playing and chewing on his toys.  He didn't seem to be traumatized....but I surely was!

All I could think about was how awful it would be if this happened to a puppy and no one was home to help him!   

So what should you do?   Well, don't throw away the crate.   It is too important a tool for raising a puppy.   When I mentioned this experience to one of my customers today, he had a great solution....Duct Tape!  He suggested I wrap up the holes with Duct tape.  Genius!  .   And when the puppy jaws have grown so big that this tiny space is no longer a problem.... you can remove the tape.   Problem solved! 

So YES!  Please get yourself a roll of black duct tape and wrap up those little half inch tall rectangular holes near the corners of your wire crate.  Do that, and give yourself peace of mind that your little puppy won't get himself stuck like mine did!  Thank you Derek for the great advise!  


How I use Crates with my litters of Puppies:   I like to attach wire crates to our Midwest wire pens, during week 6 to 8.  The door of the pen is always kept open and attached in an open position with a snap clip to the end of the wire pen. (So in a sense it is just an extension of their pen)   The puppies love to sleep in the pen, and get use to it as a place of security.  By the time they go home, the wire crate is a familiar place.   I will also put a hard shelled Airline approved travel crate in their living space.   That way, the puppies are familiar with sleeping in a plastic crate as well before they travel home by car or plane.   I feel this is one important way to make our puppies transition to his new home just a little bit easier.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How Cold is too Cold for your Puppy or Adult dog?

As I am raising my winter litter and also sending puppies home very soon, I want to be sure that everyone keeps their puppies safe during the cold winter days.   So what is the appropriate temperature for taking a puppy outdoors.   A puppy coat will offer some degree of warmth but for a new puppy that may not be enough.   When the temperatures are cold enough that you need to wear a coat, please limit your puppies exposure to just a few minutes.  I personally do not take new puppies outside unless I am comfortable without a coat.  When temperatures outside are colder than your home, you need to keep outdoor time brief.    Please watch your puppy to see signs of his comfort level.   If he is shivering, you better bring him inside and cuddle him in a blanket right away.   If the weather is raining, make sure he does not get wet.   If he does get wet, blow him dry with a blow dryer on a warm (not hot) setting.   You must not allow your puppy to stay wet, or he may get sick.

If your intention is to potty train a puppy in the winter, keep in mind that a cold puppy will not use the potty outside.  Better to use a potty tray until the weather is warm enough.   You should also know that a cold puppy will not eat or sleep well.  Watch for signs that your puppy is well, a wagging tail and happy face.   Do not wait for him to be shaking, whining or crying.   A new puppy does not regulate his body temperature as well as and adult puppy, so please be especially careful.

I have trained our litters to use a Ugodog potty to protect them during these winter months.  I highly recommend that every family have a Ugodog potty on hand especially for when the weather is cold, when it snows or rains, and for the middle of the night.   Spring is only a few months away and you can start bringing your puppy outside more often.  But right now, you need to keep your puppy very warm.   And when he is an adult dog, you will also need to pay attention to the cold.  Again, a puppy coat are helpful, but is not enough protection for a very young puppy.  This breed does not have a double coat and will not want to go out when the weather is bad.

If you want to be sure to have the best information on safety and your dog, please refer to the PDF by Tufts Animal and Condition Care TFAC which describes safe conditions for your dog.

Also, Dr Kym Smythe has summarized this information in the chart below.   Keep in mind, the Schnoodle does not have a double coat like many other breeds.  So you should always have a winter coat available for the cold weather.



Gyzmo, the Teacup Schnoodle- SOLD Pending Payment


Update of 2/8/18:   Gyzmo has just become available for purchase.  He is 1.3 lbs at 6 weeks.  He has seen the veterinary and is absolutely perfect.  His tiny size charts him to be a Tiny Toy.  Gyzmo is ready to go home on Feb 22

Watch the video below to see Gyzmo the tiny puppy!





Sunday, January 28, 2018

Zoey's 6 week puppies


Flynn at 6 weeks

Flynn at 6 weeks

Pippa at 6 weeks

Pippa at 6 weeks

Buddy at 6 weeks

Buddy at 6 weeks
Teddy at 6 weeks
Teddy at 6 weeks


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Zoey's 5 Week Puppies

After a long cold spell with temperatures well below zero, the weather changed and we got some very warm days in the upper 60's.   I don't take my puppies outside unless we are comfortable in T-shirts.
Buddy
The warm air came just in time for our 5 week old puppies to go outside for the first time.  My kids love to play with the puppies on the lawn.   


The puppies are always so excited to be outside with all the new smells and room to run and explore.  It is so fun to watch them play.  

Pippa


Teddy


It is so awesome to sniff the ground with all the new smells!


Ready to go hunting squirrel!
This week the puppies were doing so much better with using the potty trays that I set up a wall between their play area and their potty area.   It is helping to keep the puppies off of the stinky stuff.  

 I also cut a piece of PVC pipe and suspended some toys from it....a Puppy Play Mobil!   The puppies love it.  It keeps the toys from getting dragged into the potty area.   The motion of the swinging toys is also lots of fun for the puppies.  Everything was available at Home Depot.  The Store person cut the PVC pipe to length.  3 Way ends slide into the pipe and hold it in place without glue.   The White plastic chain and white Shower curtain hooks were also found at the same store.  Its been an idea floating in my head for a while.   I am glad I finally made one.


It is so exciting to see the puppies growing so fast and learning new things.   Every week brings something new!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Zoey's Puppies at 3 and 4 weeks

Pippa in the purple collar watches her brother play.

So much happens between the 3rd and 4th week.   The puppies activity become so much more like what you expect puppies to be.  Just mini little doggies.   They start exploring their pen.   They start playing with one another.  As they start climbing on one another you will hear their tiny yips and barks, and pathetic little growls....which makes me want to laugh..."Oh you are so scary"   Ha ha!

Buddy gets tackled by Teddy


We introduced food (or rather puppy food mush) to the puppies at 3.5 weeks.   It was a gradual introduction where we let them smell and taste it,  but there wasn't much being eaten.  After a few days they had figured out what this was for and started running to the bowl when we put it down.

Flynn in the green collar investigates the new food.
Another important milestone of the 3rd week is that the puppies start leaving their bed to go potty.   They no longer need their mothers licking them to help them eliminate.   Now they can go on their own.   They walk out of their bed and the Ugodog potty tray is right there to catch the mess.  I am so grateful for the invention of the puppy potty tray.   It sure makes my life as a dog breeder so much easier.   It also keeps the puppies and their pen so much cleaner which  means potty training is easier than it every use to be!


The fourth week has no new milestones to report.   But the puppies just get better and better at everything they were learning in the 3rd week.  And they get so much bigger and smarter.  Every week these puppies make so much progress it is astonishing!

Teddy at 4 weeks old


Buddy at 4 weeks old

Flynn at 4 weeks old

Pippa at 4 weeks old.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Update on Poppy! .... a Coco puppy



Poppies favorite hang-out spot.   Dec '17
Hi Mary,

Poppy (Goldie) is such a bright spot in our home!   She really is the perfect dog: loves to play, be rambunctious and crazy but is also very calm and easy going.  Some of her favorite things, squeaky balls, peanut butter, running off leash outside, her four-legged friends (she's very social) and burying things int he dirt (a schnauzer trait, I am guessing)

She recent met one of her siblings and they played so well together.  It was remarkable how much they looked just alike, sounded alike and behaved alike.  It was so fun!

At 15 months old Poppy weighed in at 10 lbs.   She has a curly, mostly red coat with some blond highlights around her nose and hind legs.  Here are a few pictures since turning one.

Thanks for checking in!

---Noelle


Poppy on hind legs...Coco sitting.  Coco is sibling from next litter.

Birthday Girl post grooming Sept 8, 2017
Poppy with her friend, Henry.  Jan. '18

Dear Noelle,

This update is such a joy to me!   Especially to see Poppy with sibling Coco!   It is neat to see how consistent the look of these Coco puppies are even from different litters.


It is nice to have this update on Poppy's weight.  Poppy was a very tiny puppy at birth.  To see that she grew up to be the same size as her mother is great to know

Thanks again for all the photos and news!

---Mary

PS   And just for fun, I have added a bunch of Poppy's photos from birth through to 8 weeks of age, so you can see what a Schnoodle puppy looks like at all the early stages of life!
  


Poppy at 8 weeks old


Poppy at 8 weeks old





Poppy (Goldie) 5 weeks old



Poppy (Goldie) at 2 weeks old



Poppy and her siblings at 2 weeks of age

Monday, January 8, 2018

Zoeys Puppies 2 weeks old

This week the puppies emerged from the Neonatal stage of development.  They are now beginning the Transitional Stage of development where they are no longer newborns.   Their eyes and ears have begun to open.   And they begin to interact with the world around them.  They respond to lights and sound.  They start to recognize their mother and sibings.   And their tiny teeth are starting to emerge.  


This week the puppies graduated from their whelping pool into the puppy pen where they have more room to move about and explore.  They are still not too strong on their feet, but they are getting stronger.  Their favorite place to be is still nursing with Zoey or curled up with their siblings.  They are still very fragile little puppies but they have grown so much!   They even look more like puppies instead of little hampsters. 










Friday, December 29, 2017

Zoey's Puppies 1 Week old

The first week went by super fast.  I guess there was a lot happening with Puppies and Christmas and all!   And with all the Christmas preparations, it was really nice that Zoey is doing most of the work in taking care of her puppies.   She seems to be nursing them all day long.  Which is good because they are growing fast and getting chubbier every day!

Pippa is 1 week old


Theodore looks so cute as he sleeps!
Theodore is 1 week old

Buddy is 1 week old
Another photo of Buddy


Felipe is 1 week old