Welcome
"Puppies, the only love money can buy".  We established Susie Q's Kennels in 1997, because of our love of the cocker spaniel breed, and have expanded from there.  Our family had grown and moved away, and Sue, our proprietor, an elementary school teacher, was missing caring for her family.

 We began thinking and planning and decided that our kennel design had to include:
*Spacious, easy to clean canine living
*Our wholesome country living
*Loving caregivers
*Healthy, happy puppies that grew into great pets
*Heating and air conditioning for any Kansas weather
*Consistent grooming and clean quarters
*Top notch health care

We also decided that WE needed to meet the following guidelines:
*Member of Kansas Pet Professional
*ACA registration
*State of Kansas Commerical Retail Breeders license, which requires yearly inspection of facilities and records.

After Sue retired, and lost the care of even more kiddos (her pupils), we expanded our breeds.  Sue learned more and more about dogs, and chose her foundation sires and dams for looks, temperament, health and genetic well-being.  This has allowed us to have the very best, top notch moms and dads for your future puppy!

We currently ship our puppies all over the United States.

NEW PUPPY INSTRUCTIONS


Included with your contract, you will receive a copy of your puppys' health record.   You have a 24 hour health guarantee and Susie Q’s Kennels recommends that you have a full vet check done on your new puppy at this time.  We have included some recommendations and guidelines to your new puppy here.

Feeding

It’s not uncommon for a new pup to abstain from eating.  This becomes a problem if the puppy goes for any length of time.  Your puppy is currently eating Nutrisource Puppy food.  If your pup will not eat when you get him home, we suggest you use Hill’s Prescription Diet a/d.  This is available from your veterinarian.  If you are unable to use Hill’s, we recommend that you try a variety of products, including canned food, or blending their current dry with a little bit of water and cooked rice to make a paste.  Puppies that refuse to eat for more than a day should be immediately taken to a veterinarian.  Please provide fresh water at all times for your puppy.  Hard kibble is the best choice for a puppy’s teeth, to keep them healthy and keep tartar to a minimum.  However, a spoonful of canned once a day is a nice treat.

Grooming and Bathing


You should accustom your new pup to bathing and grooming at any early age. We suggest twice monthly baths and blow dry (low heat setting) to get them used to the experience.  You should also brush your puppy out every couple of days.  You can trim the puppy yourself, or schedule their visit with a professional groomer.

Toenails

Again, the earlier the pup gets accustomed to this, the easier it will be down the line.  Monthly toenail trims will be necessary throughout your puppies life.  Only trim the clear ends of the toenail, avoid the area that appears pink, as that is the blood supply.  If you trim too short and the nail begins to bleed, apply pressure for several minutes or use styptic powder.  You may also ask your groomer to do this for you, if you prefer.

Vaccinations

Your puppy was wormed at weaning (4 weeks) and again at 8 weeks.  Your puppy also received Bordetella vaccine at 4 and 6 weeks of age.  Puppy shots (DA2PPV) were given at 6 and 8 weeks.  This information is included in your puppies health record.

Housebreaking


If you purchased a small breed, you may want to train your pup to potty pads or even a doggy litter box.  Dogs require a special type of litter, cat litter is not acceptable and can harm a pups lungs.  It can be purchased at Petsmart or any leading pet retailer.  If you choose to train directly to the outdoors, be sure to take your pup out as soon as they wake up, immediately after eating, and about every two hours.  A puppy can be expected to “hold” it for 1 hour for every 4 weeks old they are.  Thus, if you got an 8 week old puppy, they’ll only be able to wait for about 2 hours, including overnight.  For this reason we suggest you crate your pup overnight until they are approximately 6 months old.  Praise your puppy when they go where you want them to, but do NOT yell or swat your puppy for going somewhere you don’t want.  Just say ‘no no’ and move them where you want them.  Consistency is the most important factor in housebreaking a dog.  It’s a full time commitment.

Supervision

Small puppies are often pretty durable, however, you should always supervise your childs’ interaction with a puppy.  Too rough of play could result in an injury to the pup.  Your puppy should never be left alone on a bed or elevated surface, near stairs, or anyplace they could fall.  Small pups are also unaware of the perils of getting under someones’ feet, and often you will be unaware that they are there until you step or trip on them. 

Toys

Great for busy time, they keep the puppies occupied.  Rubber or soft cushiony toys are favorites of puppies.  We do not recommend the use of rawhide bones at any time during your puppies life, as they can get stuck in the dogs teeth or throat. 

Please give your puppy a little time to adjust to your home and his new life.  He will reward you with love and adoration for many years to come.