Going home..

We try and have puppies weaned and ready to go at 8-12 weeks of age. The biggest bonding period in a puppies life is 8-12 weeks, so we want them home with you! 

 All puppies come home with a blanket that smells like home, a toy or two, a bone to chew on, a sample of the food we use and some treats we recommend.

We use and recommend Purina brand foods. We currently use Purina pro plan dog food.  

Contract/ Health Guarantee


This puppy is being placed with a 2 (two) Year Genetic Health Guarantee.

This puppy has appropriate temporary vaccinations against parvovirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus and distemper. Pauden Kennels (hereafter known as the seller) is giving a guarantee for 5 working days. In that time, a licensed veterinarian must examine the puppy. If he or she finds any life-threatening genetic defect or life threatening illness, the purchaser may exchange the puppy for one of equal value. If this happens, a veterinarian certificate and any other documentation and or tests the seller feels necessary must be presented attesting to any and all problems. The seller is not responsible for any bills incurred by the purchaser’s veterinarian(s). ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY WILL BE REFUNDED

If after the initial 5 working days, and within two(2) years of the date of this contract, if a life threatening or severe and negatively altering genetic defect arises in the puppy  the seller will provide another puppy or equal value as a replacement for the unfit dog, but a refund will not be an option. Seller must receive a signed copy of this form within 5 days of placement of puppy, or there is no health guarantee.  Shipping costs for the replacement puppy are the responsibility of the purchaser. In this case the seller will also require a veterinarian certificate and any other documentation and/or tests that the seller feels necessary to be presented attesting to any and all the problems of the unfit dog. The seller is not responsible for any medical bills incurred by the purchaser’s veterinarian. If the genetic problem is medically repairable the purchaser has the option of retaining ownership of the original dog and treating the disorder, as well as having the replacement puppy.


If for some reason in the future purchaser is no longer able to keep the animal, it is to be returned to the seller at the purchaser’s expense. The seller also reserves the right to repossess a puppy if they feel that it is living in a physically or mentally unfit or unhealthy environment, without compensation to the buyer.

This puppy, to the best of the seller’s knowledge, is in good health at the time of the sale. Please have your veterinarian do an exam and a fecal to check for internal and external parasites that are common such as fleas, lice, worms, coccidia and giardia. Medicine to treat those will not be reimbursed, puppies should be wormed at every vaccination appt, if needed. No medical expenses will be reimbursed, for any reason.  

Registration papers are not presented to the buyer at the same time as the puppy. Not all litters will be registered; it is up to the discretion of the seller to AKC register the litter based on if there are any in the litter that are show quality.  Should you request papers, after the required spay or neuter, an additional charge will apply. 

The puppy is sold under a spay/neuter agreement the seller will hold the non numbered pedigree papers until verification of the surgery is presented.

Puppy Stages...

The neonatal stage: Birth to two weeks

  • The senses of touch and taste are immediately present after birth.
  • The mother has the most influence over the puppy.

The transitional stage: Two to four weeks

  • Mother and littermates continue to influence a puppy’s behavior.
  • The sense of hearing and smell develop, eyes open and the teeth begin to appear.
  • A puppy begins to stand, walk a little, wag its tail, and bark.
  • A puppy’s eyesight is well-developed by the fourth or fifth week.

The socialization stage: Three to twelve weeks

  • A puppy needs occasions to meet other pets and people during this stage.
  • By three to five weeks, play becomes important as a puppy becomes aware of his or her surroundings, companions (both people and dogs), and relationships.
  • The influence of the puppy’s littermates increases at four to six weeks as he or she learns more about being a dog.
  • From four to twelve weeks, a puppy’s interaction with people becomes more influential. With littermates, the puppy learns to play, develops social skills, learns the inhibited bite, explores his or her social boundaries and hierarchy, and improves physical coordination.
  • By five to seven weeks, a puppy needs positive human interaction as he or she develops curiosity and explores new experiences.
  • A puppy has full use of his or her senses by seven to nine weeks. A puppy is refining his or her coordination and physical ability, and can begin to be housetrained.
  • At eight to ten weeks, a puppy can experience real fear involving everyday objects and experiences. During this stage, a puppy needs support and positive reinforcement.
  • Enhancing responses, advancing social skills with littermates (proper contact), and investigating the surroundings and items takes place from nine to twelve weeks. This is a good time to begin elementary training as a puppy will begin to focus on people.

The ranking stage: Three to six months

  • Ranking (dominance and submission) within the household or “pack,” including people, is seen and used by a puppy in this stage.
  • A puppy’s play group, which may now include those of other species, becomes influential in his or her life.
  • Teething and chewing begins.
  • A puppy experiences another fear stage at four months of age, so be prepared with positive reinforcement and introductions to objects and situations.

The adolescence stage: Six to eighteen months

  • A puppy is most affected by human and dog “pack” members.
  • A puppy may challenge people as part of exploring his or her dominance in the “pack.”
  • At seven to nine months, a puppy will begin exploring more of his or her territory, prompting a second chewing phase.
  • A puppy will experience the beginnings of sexual behavior if not spayed or neutered.

Source: from the Humane Society of the United States