We recently moved now we have lots of grass the dogs can run on. The males are separated from the females. The dogs get let out from 6:00 am-6 pm unless it is too cold, too hot, raining or snowing. My dogs are mostly indoors but do go outside to use the potty and play. They always sleep indoors at night and during the hot or cold part of the day.
Once our puppies start to walk and get around well, we let them in a playpen like this either in the house or outside to play for up to 6-8 hrs a day. Puppies don't usually start to get really mobile until 6 weeks of age. All of our puppies are raised indoors not outside, and they are only caged at night for their safety. I used to let all my puppies outside with all my other dogs starting at 6 weeks, but my vet recommended that I keep my puppies indoors. So this is what we use. And of course, all of our puppies are well socialized and played with by our 6 children on a daily basis. These pictures are at my old house we moved from, we no longer use the black pans as potty box's, we only use the grates with the trays as you can see in the pic of them playing outside. We now have a tv in the puppy room for them to watch while playing in the playpen. We still need furniture and stands and artwork but it's coming along. Once it's fully finished we will add more pics.
This is where mama and babies stay at until puppies start walking well at 6 weeks of age. This is like a crib for babies, it is a safe place where mom and babies can feel comfortable like a den where dogs naturally make their homes in the wild. We have a safety ben in for the first few weeks to ensure that no babies get their heads caught in between the bars. We also have a heating pad in to make sure babies stay nice and warm. Moms get let out to use the bathroom 4-6 times a day and are able to get out and run around for a total of 6 hrs a day. Once puppies are mobile they get put in a playpen for the majority of the day and placed back in their cage to sleep at night. My vet absolutely loved these cages as long as the puppies get let out, which they do. He also said these are the most hygienic and easy to keep clean for puppies as well as the safest. It is similar to what vets use in animal hospitals.
Currently Under Construction 3/4th of the Way Done.
These are two buildings still in the process of being finished for our pooches. Once it is done I will update the pictures. Both buildings have 16' ceilings and have h-vac so no one is ever too hot or too cold. One building has a bathroom for guests, a kitchen/laundry room to wash all their bowls and blankets. There is a gigantic puppy room where moms and babies are for the first six weeks except to go potty and run and play. Moms and babies have TVs to watch while nursing or playing. There is a storage and a huge grooming room where all our pups and adults get washed in our stainless steel grooming tub every two weeks and a haircut every month. The other building will be for mommies and daddies, They will have 4 huge TVs to watch. We plan on building a huge outdoor play area for them as well. Can't wait to show you all the finished product I'm sure you will all be impressed and very happy with the way our babies are cared for. These upscale buildings will be more like homes than a kennel. We love our babies and spoil them every chance we get.
Certificates & Awards
My vet did an inspection of our facility and rated us in the top 20% for cleanliness, safety and overall on how we run our business. We are also part of AKC's bread with HEART program, we are required to do testing and to be inspected every 1-2 years. we have many certificates for completing educational classes through them.
I have been deemed California's top Miniature Schnauzer breeder for the past two years and given this award.