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 Spring litters that are arriving in June. Now is a great time to get on the Waiting list.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Winnies 1 week old puppies

This week seems to have gone by so quickly.   Winnie and her puppies moved out of my bathroom (the most quiet far away place in the house) to our nursery room.   The puppies have spent the week eating, sleeping and growing!   If there is anything that marks this first week for the puppies, it is that they have grown so much and gotten visibly chubbier.  The color pigment is coming into their noses...so they have lost the soft pink color and are almost completely black.  Their eyes and ears are still closed, but they are very active and move about the whelping pool very quickly to get to their mom.

Here are the photos of the girls (below)...





The girls (photo 2)

The girls (photo 3)

And the photos below are the boys....


Benji (left)  and Bandit (right) 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Winnie's Litter born June 1

A few hours after giving birth to 6 puppies, Winnie needs to sleep.
I am so excited to share the news that Winnie had her litter of puppies!   The litter was born Friday night, June 1, 2018.   There were 6 puppies in all....4 girls and 2 boys.  Yah for girls!   Not that I have anything against boys.  But I do believe this is the first time in my history of Schnoodle breeding that I have actually had more girls than boys!   It was uncanny how the boy genes always won out.   So yes, we have lots of little girl puppies.  And I am sure it will make some of our customers very happy!


The puppies came super quickly.  The first 4 pups were born every 15 minutes, and the last 2 puppies were born 30 minutes apart.   2 hours for 6 puppies is a very fast delivery!    Happily the little darlings are all very healthy and strong.   They had no problems finding their way to their mom, and started nursing as soon as they were born.  


Winnie is a very good mom.  She keeps her puppies very close to her.   I love this picture as you see one little puppy has snuggled up under Winnie's chin.  So sweet!

Look at that tiny face!

It took a few days to actually get a photo of the whole group of puppies (below) since Winnie was hovering over them so closely.   Yesterday when Winnie ran outside to use the potty, I finally got a photo where you can see all of the pups side-by-side.   I labeled the boys so you could see which pups were what gender.


I am so pleased that the puppies were all born without any trouble, and that the whelping went so smoothly.   Thank the Lord for a safe and healthy whelping!



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Introducing Winnie the Pooch!


I would like to introduce Winnie for the first time.   She is one of our four Schnauzer girls who we breed for Schnoodle puppies.   Winnie is expecting her first litter very soon.

Winnie is 18 lbs and stands at 14 inches at her shoulders.   Her fur is very thick, soft and wavy.   Her coat is gorgeous, but when it is kept long it does need to be brushed 2-3 times a week to prevent knots from forming.


I took these photos a few weeks ago.  Winnie is expecting her first litter, but was not overly round, that she still looks nice in photos...


Winnie is what I would call "smitten" with me.   She follows me everywhere and when I sit down she is the first to leap into my lap.   She turns her body to face mine, so she can gave lovingly at me.   It is absolutely precious.   I think I am smitten with Winnie too!   


Winnie is super responsive to training.    When I took her to puppy classes she was a stand out in the class.  The trainer would show her once what she was asking and that was just about all it took.  I had a few different trainers over the course of her classes and they all were rather amused with how incredibly focused she was.   Other dogs in the class were all ADHD...but not Winnie.  She sat there with her gaze fixed on me waiting to find out what was next.  When the trainer was showing something to another dog, she would watch them so she would know what she would need to do next.   What a fun dog to train!!!




The photos below are what Winnie looked like at 5 weeks of age.   What a baby she was!


These next photos are not so clear, but I thought they were useful.
This first photo shows Winnie being held by my 6' 4" son.   He picks her up like a Teddy Bear, and  she is the biggest of all my girls.


This last photo is what Winnie looks like in her long Winter coat.   She is like a Sheepdog with all that fur!


Finally I want to share all the funny names we call Winnie.   Her registered name is "Winnie the Pooch".  

My 8 year old calls her "Winnie Wheats" since his favorite cereal is Mini Wheats.   

I like to call her  "Winnie Widi Wici" which is the Classical pronunciation for "Veni Vidi Vici", a quote from Julias Caesar meaning, "I came, I saw, I conquered!"   Now my son did not believe me that you pronounce V's as W's in classical Latin...but it is true!    (and I think this quote fits Winnie perfectly!)

Winnie was bred with Blaze (our awesome Red Mini Poodle)  on Mar 26, 2018.   Her due date is May 28, 2018.   She is now past her due date, so we are expecting puppies to arrive any day now!  We are super excited to share the story of Winnie's Schnoodle babies.  These will be the highest quality Schnoodle puppies you can find.  They will be beautiful, super smart and well socialized in an active household. We are so excited to see the new babies!  Be sure to check back for updates!

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.