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O'Mal Puppies are BETTER because you aren't JUST buying a puppy.  You are buying a puppy that was carefully raised and bred to be a loved family companion. O'Mal puppies...

Are very well socialized

Temperament tested

Chosen just for you (because we don't want you to get more Malamute than you can handle)

Get a head start on potty training

Get a head start on leash training

Are Vet checked for health problems

Was carefully planned to make sure the puppy is healthy, and has good temperament as much as possible

Are wormed at least twice and cleared

Get their first vaccinations

Get supplemental foods beyond puppy food such as hamburger, chicken, yogurt and healthy treats

Parents are in good health

Are fed a premium food

Are Microchipped 

You get to pick the AKC name

We take care of the AKC and Microchip registrations

Pup is not taken from Mom too early

Pup gets to socialize with adult dogs as well as puppies

Play with children early

Are started on heartworm prevention (depending on time of year)

Are raised in our home 24/7 (not put outside in a kennel once they get a certain age)

Get to experience car rides

Are always welcome back if circumstances ever change or their new home can't keep them

We use the best vets for better survival rates

Nails are cut regularly

Pups are brushed and handled regularly

Pups are picked up and cuddled constantly

Are loved dearly by us

They get a bath when needed to be clean

They learn house and dog manners from us and the adult dogs

They get lots of safe visitors (the other puppy homes and friends) so they are not afraid of strangers

24/7 Support from us if needed

A forum of other O'Mal owners who are supportive and helpful

Mom is fed premium food throughout pregnancy and nursing

Starter food and water

Puppy collar and ID tag

You get to know all the puppies, not just one

Take home a familiar toy with mom and siblings scent for comfort

Visit their new homes (nearby ones) before they go there permanently when possible

Are NEVER shipped

You can visit the puppies often once Mom is comfortable sharing them

We make sure their new homes are the best we can find

Grow up in an enriched environment (toys, pool in summer, inside and outside playtime)

Grow up in a clean environment

Learn the word "no", their puppy names and   other useful words (off, outside, come) that makes them fast learners once they go to their new homes

Puppycam! Check in on the puppies daily and watch them grow up even if you can't always visit

which is why... our puppy owners almost always come back when they want another Malamute

 



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How we raise our Puppies

Pictures courtesy of Jazzy's 11 Puppy litter aka the "alien 11" (named for the very crowded and alien looking xray taken)

   

   A very pregnant Jazzy          Rearranging her whelping box to her own specifications      

 

We learn their differences so we can identify them without subjecting them to dangerous ribbon collars or nailpolish marks. In this litter the only differences were their belly markings! So I made a cheat sheet and memorized it!   Note the cheat sheet on the wall! It wasn't easy with 11! This also helps us learn their personalities from an early age because we know them well, you get a puppy that fits your circumstances  best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom and her new puppies  

 

  Safe enclosed play area for the newly moble pups

Before they are even born, mom can hang out and nest in the whelping box so she's familiar with her surroundings and comfortable.  At first the puppies are raised first in the bedroom next to ours so we can hear everything going on. Then, when the pups are old enough, they move to our back room where we can provide an enriched environment with lots of toys, tunnels, and easy access to outside (for potty training) and lots of contact with us and our other dogs.  

    

Riggs babysitting a 2 week old puppy and teaching him to appreciate TV

From the day they are born they are held and cuddled.  They spend time hanging out with mom, and when their ears and eyes open, listen to the sounds of a home - a running dishwasher, a loud TV, a closing door.  They grow up as part of our family and the pack.  We give them temporary "puppy names" so each can become an individual and we can get to know who they are as individuals.   No two puppies are ever alike and each has special traits and characteristics that make it special.  The puppies are wormed at least twice and vet checked.

       
 

Once they're mobile, they move to Romper Room...an enriched environment with lots of toys and a  play area that they can explore safely.  This area is also under our bedroom window so we can supervise EVERYTHING that goes on - day or night. By now their new families that live nearby have been visiting often and know the whole gang really well.  The families that live too far to visit often can keep tabs on everyone by webcam.

We raise them on terrycloth towels and ceramic tile floor rather than newspaper or carpet because towels and floor can be disinfected daily (or more often if necessary) so the pups learn to be clean.  (If you've ever smelled or stepped in wet newspaper, you know what I mean).  Many of our pups have immediately "buried" their feces with a corner of a towel to keep the area "clean" by themselves.  Our puppies have many different types of toys to play with and learn the difference between "food" and "toys", so will rarely swallow toys or other foreign objects, unlike many kenneled dogs we know.   This is about the time they get their first shots.

 
Music apprciation class and lots of sunlight and fresh air. Mom can come and go as she pleases.

About this time, the pups are also allowed to explore the rest of our house under supervision where they experience stairs, carpet, lineoleum, wood floors, ceramic tile, plants, cactus, and lots of trouble!    They learn what "no" means when they discover and try and dig in a plant, or find an electrical cord.   They learn their temporary "puppy names" and discover they have an identity apart from the "litter".  All this time the entire pack, especially mom and our adult dogs helps raise the pups to have wonderful "dog manners" while we teach the people rules.

     

  At 5 weeks they are allowed to play outside to experience all sorts of surfaces - grass, rocks, cement, wood deck, dirt, bushes.  We begin teaching them not to dig, walking on a loose lead, and they get to play the grass,  They get their first puppy shots and are wormed again.  If it's warm outside, they even have a pool!  We take pictures constantly!    Mom is with them the entire time, teaching, and weaning gradually.  The other dogs visit in their area in the house and play with them outside. They get to play in crates in preparation for future crate training.

    
Lots of outside play with Mom and the big dogs too!

 

At 6-7 weeks we temperament test each puppy to determine his strengths and weaknesses, and begin considering which home each puppy should go to, though our final decision is not made until the final week.   At 7-8 weeks the pups get their first outings and car rides:   to the vet for health checks; for a ride in a grocery cart at the hardware store; or a visit to their potential new home.  Most pups enjoy this as they are the center of attention!  About this time they are microchipped and registered.

At 9 weeks they are ready to go home.   This is the hardest time for us.  We have to say goodbye.  (I usually cry a lot even though by now I know the homes they are going to are wonderful...).    But then I start bugging YOU for pictures and visits!  Everything comes full circle and we've made wonderful new friends and our pups are in great homes.  We can relax...until we see another breeder's puppies and begin to think...