New Leaf Acres is home to a dedicated Golden Retriever and German Shepherd breeder. Our puppies are born in our bedroom. We monitor and help as needed. We work closely with a vet we trust and monitor progress with the mother beforehand. During birth our vet is on call if we need him. After birth we place a colored collar on each individual puppy describing when it’s born and its birth stats. After the puppies are born the mom and pups are moved to a secure area of our living room (so the humans can sleep). The mother is given supplement food and attention before and after birth. Nutrition is a large part of how a dog grows and develops. There are multiple brands of dog food available that offer proper nutrition for a growing puppy through adulthood. We believe a protein based diet is best. (Meaning meat is the first ingredient.) Please speak with a trusted vet. If you'd like to read a good website before selecting a brand of dog food click HERE.
All of our dogs (and puppies) get a wide variety of attention and adventures to ensure that they adapt to the outside world. They have a lot of attention from children, other animals, rides in the car, active outdoor experiences (schools, soccer practice, parks, vet appointments) and LOTS of random noises….(lawn mowers, cars, fireworks, vacuums, music, tv, etc.) We also encourage all sorts of touch development. This means everyone we introduce to our puppies are encouraged to pet their ears, tails, feet, teeth, etc. Getting puppies used to being handled (even held on their backs) helps with the training process. We know that not all children know the proper way to handle their puppy (or siblings) and we do our best to make sure the puppy doesn’t take it personally. We ask the same of our future families…. please do what you can to help your children know how to handle a defenseless puppy. Puppies chew, bite, pee (they don’t care where) and don’t know English. For more information on what to expect click HERE.