Puppy Health & Care

Evensong puppies are registered with the Canadian Kennel Club, and are home raised on raw food. They are from genetically screened breeding stock and are health guaranteed. The breeding stock has been tested for hips, eyes, Sebaceous Adenitis, VWD (Von Willebrand’s Disease by DNA), and thyroid.

Puppies do not leave until after 8 weeks of age. They will have at least one set of immunizations and will be microchipped for identification. Pet puppies are sold on a non-breeding basis.

Puppy Suggestions

  • reward good behaviour, especially when training
  • puppy proof the area where your puppy will be
  • never slap or hit a puppy to discipline it. Dogs understand glowers, growls, nips, and shaking the scruff of the neck
  • give your puppy a name and use it often in a positive tone
  • establishing pack order is very important in a dog’s life. establish yourself and your family/kids as higher in the pack
  • consistency when potty training is essential! all puppies do best on a routine or schedule
  • reward the puppy immediately when it goes potty
  • remove the water dish in the evening after supper is finished, which can help the puppy to hold its bladder overnight when they are old enough to do so

Diet

Evensong poodles are raised and thrive on a raw food diet.

Benefits

  • the diet is a more natural way of eating based upon real meat with a balance provided through the addition of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish, eggs, etc.
  • the diet helps to support the development of a strong immune system
  • promotes healthy skin and coat
  • helps pets suffering from allergies
  • promotes the development of healthy teeth and gums, reduces bad breath
  • reduces the amount of stool since the food is used by the body rather than excreted
  • since there is very little or no grain in the diet, the stool odor is reduced
  • reduces need for veterinary care and related expenses
  • reduces shedding of coat

Foods

Any of the below choices mixed together will form a healthy diet.

  • raw ground beef, pork, lamb, chicken/turkey and organs such as beef liver but in smaller proportions
  • raw boneless fish
  • cottage cheese, regular cheese and yogurt
  • fresh pureed veggies
  • frozen veggies, such as beans, peas, carrots, etc.
  • raw eggs
  • fresh milk
  • raw rib bones and chicken feet are enjoyed as treats

Additional info

Since feeding raw, their poops are very small and easy to clean up. There is better absorption with raw food and you may even find that your dog will drink less water.

Puppies also may need more than that, so we do the "rib test" often when we pet our dogs. Your poodle’s ribs should feel like a xylophone covered by a heavy sweatshirt when you run a flat hand over their ribcage. If you can hardly feel their ribs, then your dog is too fat and needs to have the amount of high protein feed cut back. If they are skin over bone, it’s time to deworm the dog and then increase the food (or if you’ve been feeding a lower quality kibble, you need to switch to a higher quality one).

If you are feeding both raw and kibble, DO NOT feed them at the same time! The raw food digests much quicker than the cooked/dry food, so you will want to try feeding the cooked/dry food in the morning and the raw at night or some similar arrangement. Also, do not give the dogs cooked bones of any sort, because cooking them makes them brittle and difficult to digest.