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Below are some of the questions we are asked most frequently.

Where do I find information about training a NAID?

The NAID is a rare breed so it is highly unlikely that you will find any trainers or vets that have even heard of the breed, let alone know anything about the best training methods or ways to break bad habits in your pup/dog. Therefore, the best source for any training info or issues is the breeder from which you purchased your pup. Due to the mix of breeds used to create the NAID, they have unique issues and do not always respond to traditional training methods, and no one method will work with every NAID. We have extensive experience with the breed and will have the best suggestions for you in your particular situation. PLEASE use us as a resource first! Don't wait until you've exhausted all other options to contact us. Contacting us first will assure that you have the best information to correct issues as soon as they appear, before they become major concerns.

How often do you have litters?

Our females go in heat only once per year, typically in the fall months. This being the case, each female has the potential to have only one litter per year. Based on their heat cycles, and the 8-9 week pregnancies, our litters are generally born between January and March each year.

Why is there such a long wait for a puppy?

The reason there is a 12-18 month wait is that we only have 4 breeding females, each of them only go in heat once a year, so we only have the potential to have 4 litters a year. On top of that, we do not force any of our dogs to mate, we let nature take its course, so there is never a guarantee that there will be 4 litters or even any at all. Let's assume, for example, we are only having two litters this year. A typical litter is 6-8 pups so at most we will have 16 pups. As an average, we have about 100 people on our waiting list. As you can see, the wait for the person in the 100th position is at least a year. Because we cannot predict what sex/coloring/personalitys will be born in any litter, we may have people who are very specific in what they want who will choose to bypass the litter and remain on the list to wait for the specific combination they want. Also, sometimes when we reach someone on the list, the timing isn't right for them to bring a puppy into their family, so they may choose to wait for a future litter. So depending on the preferences and circumstances of the families ahead of you, the wait could be shorter. However, we prefer to quote the longest expected time so as not to get a family's hopes up for getting a pup soon only to find out they will not get one for much longer than they expected.

Will you ship a puppy?

We will not ship puppies alone under any circumstances, as stated in our Sales Agreement. Think of it from the pups point of view ... I'm all alone for the first time ever! Where's my mom? Where's my brothers and sisters? Where are those humans that take care of me, love me and play with me? Why is this place so loud and scary? Why is no one paying attention to me? ... As you can see, this is a very traumatic experience for a puppy and can be a trauma the pup may not be able to ever overcome, leaving you with a shy, scared pup and adult dog later on. Ground transportation is the first and best option. For customers from a long distance, another option is to fly to an airport in Michigan, we'd meet you there with the pup and you can take the pup back as carry on. Most airlines will allow this for an additional charge of around $100. For more information about puppy transportation options, please visit the Getting My Puppy page.

How does the NAID handle cold weather?

The NAID loves the cold and snow and its double layered coat is specifically designed for warmth and protection in the coldest of temperatures. The undercoat provides warmth and insulation against the cold and the outer coat provides and insulating and waterproof barrier. You will notice the snow will not melt off their outer coat until they come into a warmer temperature.

How does the NAID handle heat or warmer climates?

So long as you provide plenty of fresh water, shade and a place to get out of the heat, the NAID can be outside in warmer temperatures and climates quite well. If you live in a warmer climate than here where we breed in Michigan, you may notice over time that the heavy undercoat they develop for the colder winter months may shed as it comes in since it is not needed in the warmer climates. Thus, you may experience shedding more than the typical once a year springtime shed that is normal in our climate. We have been told by a customer who moved from Michigan to Texas, that their NAID now sheds three times a year. He has a major shedding of his undercoat in the spring, and two lighter shedding periods in the summer and fall.

Is the NAID really "hypo-allergenic"?

It has been our experience that the NAID does not cause allergic reactions in the majority of people with respiratory type allergic reactions to dogs. We have had only a small handful of people experience allergic reactions after being exposed to our dogs. In all those cases, it was with persons who developed hives when exposed to dogs. Each person did still develop hives after being exposed to our dogs, but each person did indicate that the case was much less severe than with other breeds. If you are allergic to most dogs and are interested in purchasing a NAID from us or any other breeder, please request a hair sample before making your final decision about the breed. If possible, an in person meeting of the breeding dogs or one of their offspring is even better if that can be arranged.

Can the NAID be a mainly inside dog?

No. The NAID loves being outside too much to be an inside all the time.  It is best if it can go in and out at will, so that it can run and play and enjoy the outdoors. The very best environment for the NAID would be a home where it can co in and out as it pleases, into a fenced yard where it can be off leash to play at will. During times when the NAID must be left home alone, it is best if it can be left in a secure fenced area outside, with food, water and shelter from the weather if necessary. A NAID that is forced to remain inside most of the time will be unhappy, which will manifest itself in a variety of unwanted behaviors.

Can the NAID be trained on an invisible fence system?

We do not recommend it, but in certain cases, with certain dog's personalities, it can be used successfully. We do not have personal experience with an invisible fence system with our dogs, however, one or two of our past customers have  trained their pups with this type of containment system.  Our issue with this type of system is mainly the security of the dog. The breed has a very strong hunting instinct and it can become quite single minded when tracking a scent. In some cases, that strong will could cause the dog to ignore the warning and cross the fence line anyway. If you live in an area where small animals (squirrels, rabbits, birds, etc) are around, you may have a very difficult time training and keeping the NAID contained without a physical fence. The biggest training issue for an invisible fence system (per the experience of our customers) is the NAID's very thick, dense coat, making the shock prongs on the collar unable to do their job. You must be willing to thin the coat where the collar's shock prongs make contact with the skin (especially during the crucial training period) so that the shock is effective at keeping your dog within its boundaries. For the safety and security of your NAID and to prevent needless heartache over a lost dog, we feel that if you do not or can not have an actual fenced area for a NAID, we do not recommend this breed for your family. Keeping your NAID on a chain is NOT an acceptable option.

Does this breed really need another dog in the home for companionship?

This will depend on your family. If there is someone home all the time, it isn't as necessary to have another dog for the NAID to play with. If your family is like many and the NAID would have more than just a few hours alone at a time every day, it really is best to have another dog in the home. The NAID is a very social animal and needs the companionship and interaction that is provided with another dog, again, especially if it is going to be alone at home for several hours a day.

Does the NAID get along well with other animals?

We have many past customers with other house pets (cats, birds, etc) and the NAID does very well with them, especially if the other pet is already in the home when you bring home your puppy. We've been told that it is usually the original pets that have an issue with the invasion of a puppy into their space! When you have other pets in the home, it is important that you train your pup on how to play and interact with that pet beginning from the moment it enters your home for the first time.

How is the NAID with children?

The NAID is excellent with children, especially if there are children in the home when you first get your pup. The NAID tends to bond very quickly with the children and learns to love and protect them right away. Once again, it is imperative that you begin teaching and training your pup immediately as to how to properly play with the children. Waiting to train or allowing bad play behaviors even just once can lead to a very difficult experience in integrating your pup into the family. If you do not have children when you get your pup, but plan to in the future, it is very important that you expose your pup to children of all ages frequently so that when the time comes, it will know how to act and treat the children you eventually have in your home.

 

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