If you are interested in a puppy, please answer the below questions completely. We screen applicants heavily. Our babies are very precious to us, and we want them to have the best possible homes.
I will only consider folks for our puppies who have filled out the application form.
HOWEVER, please proceed ONLY if all the below are acceptable:
1. Having puppy "accidents" in the house while the puppy is learning housetraining
2. Having holes dug in your yard
3. Having an escape-proof & tunnel-proof fence, OR being able to be with the Dachshund at all times when outside
4. Preventing young children from using the puppy as a toy
5. Valuing your Dachshund more than your belongings
6. Being prepared for the expense of emergency veterinary treatment. There is NO excuse - none whatsoever - which justifies withholding or delaying medical treatment for an animal who is in pain.
7. Being prepared to read (in their entirety) the following pages on the website (BEFORE filling out the questionnaire): Purchasing a Puppy, FAQ Part 1, FAQ Part 2, Medical, Nutrition, Crating a Puppy, Puppy Proofing, Bringing Puppy Home, Body Language, Housetraining Your Puppy, Separation Anxiety, Obedience Training, and One Puppy or Two. They contain information which I consider extremely important. If you do not have time to read them, then you do not have time to raise a puppy. I will require potential puppy owners to discuss the contents on those pages. Please do NOT contact me if you have not read ALL those pages in their entirety. Many folks (particularly current or former Dachshund/Dog owners) think they don't NEED to read those pages; but they do - in order to get an idea of our requirements for homes.
8. Responding PROMPTLY (within 1 or 2 days) to my emails. I feel it is not only my obligation to respond promptly to emails, but common courtesy; and I expect the same from current and future puppy owners.
9. Form MUST be filled out by head of household (parents or adults - not children). Unfortunately, I've had multiple instances of children filling out the form (some pretending to be their parents) without their parents' knowledge or consent.
Folks who want a puppy have to prove to us that they have researched their decision to have a Dachshund, that they are knowledgeable about Dachshunds, have a good understanding of nutrition and health care, and will provide a proper, loving home. I do NOT respond to people who say that they'll research those things AFTER they get a puppy.
If you do NOT agree with any of the above, please do not apply. And please remember that no one owes you (or your child) a puppy. I am not overly-thrilled with the "entitlement" attitude which seems prevalent these days. The welfare and happiness of our puppies is our PRIMARY concern, it has to come FIRST with us.
I will NOT respond to people who have not read the required webpages.
Simply copy and paste the below questions (be sure to INCLUDE the questions in your copy & paste) to email and fill in the answers. Then send the email to one of the below email addrresses:
z_paws4fun (at) embarqmail.com (Note: there is an underscore "_" after the letter "z".)
z_paws2luv (at) embarqmail.com (Note: there is an underscore "_" after the letter "z".)
paws2luv (at) gmail.com
01 - Full Name =
02 - Phone Number =
03 - e-mail address =
04 - Tell me a little about yourself. =
05 - If you do not live within driving distance (in or near Ohio), have you read the Shipping Page? =
06 - Will you be purchasing this puppy for a gift? =
07 - Please note that I normally do not allow puppies to be purchased as gifts, however, there are exceptions. I will require a detailed description of the home where the puppy will be living. =
08 - Will you be purchasing with the intent of reselling? =
09 - Are you planning on breeding the puppy? =
10 - If you do plan on breeding this puppy, have you read the AKC Registration stipulations on the "Female Puppies"/"Male Puppies" page AND the "Breeding Considerations" page? =
11 - Have you EVER bred a dog? Even just one? =
12 - Do you rent or own a home? =
13 - If you rent, please give the name and address of your apartment or condo complex. =
14 - Do you have a fenced yard? =
15 - What TYPE of fencing do you have? (ie chain link, privacy, underground, invisible, etc) =
16 - If you do not have a fenced yard, how will the puppy be safely exercised? =
17 - Is everyone in the household in agreement of having a Dachshund puppy? =
18 - Is anyone in your home allergic to animals, or does anyone have asthma? =
19 - Please list the people in your household. =
20 - Are there any children in the home? If so, give ages, please. =
21 - If there are any young children (less than 10 years old) either living in the home or visiting frequently (ie grandchildren), tell me how you have instructed them to handle the puppy, including picking up, playing with, etc. =
21A- If there are any children in the home (or frequently visiting children) less than 10 years of age, I will require you to read the page "Dachshunds and Children" - have you done so? =
22 - Has any child/family member in the home ever been bitten by a dog? =
23 - If yes, please describe the circumstances. =
24 - Do you have any dogs right now (or have had dogs in the past)? (If yes, list breed, gender, age, if spayed/neutered, and what happened to them) =
25 - Do you have any other animals? (If yes - list species, gender, age, and if spayed/neutered.) =
26 - If you have/had dogs, where are/were they kept during the day? (ie outside, kennel, crate, kitchen. If inside the home - WHERE in the home.) =
27 - If you have/had dogs, where do/did they sleep at night? (ie kennel, crate, kitchen, in bed with you. If in the home, WHERE in the home.) =
28 - If you have/had dogs, what (ie canned food, dry kibble, raw diet, etc) are they being fed? Detail the EXACT productcs, please. =
29 - If you have/had dogs, are they current on vaccinations (including rabies)? I want to know the EXACT details of your dog's booster shots - the components, the brand name, the whole nine yards. It's something that EVERY dog owner should know. =
30 - If you have/had dogs, are they on heartworm prevention? I want to know the EXACT details of the product used - name brand, how often it's given, etc. It's something that EVERY dog owner should know. =
31 - If you have/had dogs, are they taking (or did they take) any topical or oral flea preventative/treatments. Detail the exact products you use/used and how often you use/used it. =
32 - If you have a dog (or dogs) now, tell me about his/her/their temperament. Please describe instances where the dog (or dogs) has/had been around other dogs or puppies. =
33 - Have you ever had to give up an animal? Species, age, circumstances. =
34 - Have you ever had an animal run away? =
35 - If yes, please describe the circumstances, and steps you have taken to prevent a reoccurrence. =
36 - Have you ever had an animal stolen? =
37 - If yes, please describe the circumstances, and steps you have taken to prevent a reoccurrence. =
38 - Approximately how many hours a day (in a 24 hour period) will the puppy be left alone? =
39 - Where will the puppy be kept when alone - BEFORE being housetrained? (ie if in a home - WHERE in the home - kennel, crate, kitchen, etc. Be specific.) =
40 - Where will the puppy be kept when alone - AFTER being housetrained? (ie If in a home - WHERE in the home; kennel, crate, kitchen, etc. Be specific.) =
41 - What do you plan on feeding the puppy? (dry kibble, canned food, raw diet) (exact brand, please) =
42 - Where will the puppy be kept during the day (when someone is home) - BEFORE being housetrained? (ie If in a home, WHERE in the home; kennel, crate, kitchen, etc. Be specific.) =
43 - Where will the puppy be kept during the day (when someone is home) - AFTER being housetrained? (ie If in the home, WHERE in the home; kennel, crate, kitchen, etc. Be specific.) =
44 - Where will the puppy sleep at night - BEFORE being housetrained? (ie kennel, crate, kitchen, in bed with you, etc. Be specific.) =
45 - Where will the puppy sleep at night - AFTER being housetrained? (ie kennel, crate, kitchen, in bed with you, etc. Be specific.) =
46 - Do you have a swimming pool OR a pond on your property? =
47 - Do you have stairs or a stairway (or steps) in your home? If so, please describe them. =
48 - Is your home carpeted? =
49 - Do you realize Dachshunds can be very destructive. Your thoughts, please. =
50 - Tell me about the methods you use (or would use) to prevent strain on the Dachshund's back? =
51 - Do you intend to use (or have you ever used) a crate for housetraining? =
52 - Do you intend (or have you ever) restricted water intake for a puppy during housetraining? =
53 - Tell me about your method of housetraining. =
54 - Are you a fan of the Dog Whisperer's methods of training? =
55 - Have you ever in the past allowed (or intend in the future) your dog to be kept at a facility where strange dogs are allowed to mingle together? (ie Doggy Day Care, Camp Bow Wow) =
56 - Will your Dachshund be in a situation where he will be hunting mice, rats, squirrels, rabbits, etc.? =
57 - Why do you want a Dachshund puppy? (required) =
58 - To assist us in contacting folks more quickly when we do have puppies, please let us know if you are interested ONLY in a specific type of puppy, ie: only a male, only a female, only a Chocolate, only a Dapple, only a longhair, etc. =
The main reasons puppies & dogs are given up are because:
Owners did not anticipate how much time and work a puppy requires
Children have gotten tired of the puppy
Owners are having another child and have no time for the puppy/dog
Owners are moving and can't take the puppy/dog
I just want to make sure that folks are aware of the above and take them into consideration before bringing a puppy into their home; and also to try to anticipate if any of those instances are probable in the foreseeable future.
59 - Have you read the below listed website pages? =
I require people to read those pages thoroughly before applying for a puppy.
Please comment on EACH page, because I would like to discuss the information they contain with you.
Purchasing a Puppy
FAQ Part 1
FAQ Part 2
Crating a Puppy
Bringing Puppy Home
Housetraining Your Puppy
One Puppy, or Two?
60 - Have you ever had (or known) a Dachshund with a back problem? =
61 - If so, I will ask that you read the pages "Back Problems" and "Dachshund Ramps". Have you done so? =
62 - AFTER reading the required pages mentioned above; tell me of anything you do, use, or feed, that differs from what is on the required reading pages. If you do not currently own a dog, tell me what you intend to do, use or feed that differs. =
63 - Name of the veterinary clinic you use (or intend to use) the address and phone number. I WILL be contacting them to confirm that they dispense the proper vaccinations and pain medication. =
64 - I insist on proper veterinary health care - especially regarding vaccines and proper pain medication. Many vets (even trusted family vets) are cutting corners nowadays in order to save time and money. Will you be willing to stand up to your vet and insist on him/her administering the proper vaccines and prescribing the proper pain medication? Either that, or be willing to find another vet who will honor your wishes? I AM going to insist that folks contact their vet and find out EXACTLY what vaccines they administer and EXACTLY what pain medications they prescribe for post-surgical pain (especially neuters and spays).
65 - Do you have any questions for me =
"Entitlement applicants" who become upset when I bring up concerns which I believe need to be addressed, will be ignored.
(If folks are willing to discuss the concerns, I will be more than happy to correspond with them.)