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 So, you think you are ready to own a Native American Indian Dog and want to purchase a puppy? Please carefully consider the following before making your decision. Ignoring these important points will result in an unhappy puppy/dog which will in turn make the entire family unhappy and dissatisfied with the decision to get a NAID.

1. Does everyone in the family want this new puppy? This is the most important question to consider. The NAID is very intuitive and will realize if someone in the home is less than pleased with having a puppy around, especially if that person is one of the heads of household. The puppy and the family will suffer tremendously due to one person's animosity, dislike, lack of caring, anger, neglect, or abuse of the puppy. Your puppy will be traumatized and will display negative behaviors as a result (destructive chewing, fear, running away, etc) A puppy in such a situation will also be very stressed which can lead to other issues including excessive shedding, poor eating habits, and other health problems. Everyone must be in agreement and everyone must be committed to bonding with and training the puppy.

2. How busy are you? Any breed of puppy will require a substantial time commitment from every member of the family. Considerable time will need to be spent by each family member to bond with the puppy, train, groom, exercise and play. If the puppy will be left alone for 9 or more hours each day, or if the family spends a great deal of time away from home where the pup will have to be left behind, don't get a NAID puppy.

3. Will you enjoy living with a puppy? Many potential dog owners don't realize how much a puppy of any breed will change their lifestyle. It is very much like bringing a new baby into the family. You will need to be very aware of the puppy's surroundings and keep potential hazards, as well as your favorite items, out of reach of the pup. He will require a great deal of supervision to ensure he learns what behaviors are acceptable. You will need to be forgiving as well. You must remember, if its on the floor, it is in the puppy's world and he will assume its his toy. Puppies will try to chew on everything - just like a baby, they explore with their world with their mouths. If the puppy chews the shoes you left on the floor, it not his fault - its yours for leaving them there.  You will also need to be constantly aware of his actions to insure he goes outside to relieve himself when he needs to. If he has an accident because you were too busy or weren't paying enough attention to him to realize he was asking to go outside, again....its your fault, not his. Its your job to pay attention - always

4. Where do you live? As with any large breed dog, the NAID requires a good sized fenced yard and space inside your home as well. This breed needs room to play and exercise at will and will NOT respond well to being chained outside or constantly on a cable or leash while outside. The NAID does not do well confined in a crate, while you are away from home or as a punishment. We do not recommend crating a NAID at any point in his life. They can and will learn how to escape and destroy the crate. NAID's enjoy being outside most of the time so the ideal situation would be a large fenced yard where he can also have a place to get out of inclement weather if he wishes. This is especially true if you will be gone for several hours at a time.

5. Do you have the patience required to train a puppy and own a dog? Training can be very trying at times for the entire family. Each family member must be consistent in the training commands and signals. Accidents always happen, puppies make messes and you must be prepared to handle each incident effectively and positively so that your puppy will learn from his mistakes. It can take weeks or months to properly house train a puppy. It has been our experience that NAID's do not bark to go outside. You must watch them carefully to see how your puppy will indicate that it wants to go outside. Most NAID's do tend to go to the door or nose at the door. 

6. What type of training are you prepared to use? While it is true that NAID's are very intelligent, they still need to be trained properly. You must begin training from the moment the puppy enters your home. It must always know that you are the boss and it must obey your commands. Do not wait for formal training classes to begin.  While we endorse positive reinforcement training as your first choice, if you discover after a few attempts with positive training methods that your puppy is not responding appropriately, you will need to use a more firm training method. The NAID can be very strong willed at times and may need to have some type of physical consequence to understand that you mean business.  You should also understand that puppy type behaviors can last until they are two years old, sometimes longer. That is why it is imperative that you begin training immediately so your puppy understands what is expected of him. You can not allow any type of inappropriate behaviors to continue as they will be difficult, maybe impossible to reverse if not addressed immediately when your pup is young.

7. Can you afford a puppy? The initial purchase price is just the beginning of the costs associated with owning a puppy. Your puppy will need a series of vaccinations and checkups by a veterinarian to assure and maintain its health. Your puppy is required, as a condition of our Sales Agreement, to be spayed or neutered by 10 months of age. It will need a good quality food and its appetite will increase greatly during its first year of growing. A full grown NAID will consume approximately 6-8 pounds of dog food per week. You will need many supplies including, collar, leash, bed, toys, etc. You must also be prepared for any unexpected or emergency expenses that may arise at any time.

Please, don't think we are trying to discourage you from purchasing a puppy. Not every breed is right for every family. We have had much experience with the breed and know what is involved in the proper care of the NAID and what it takes for the NAID to be a happy, well adjusted member of your family. Please use these points to thoughtfully and honestly consider if this is the right breed for your family. The NAID is a wonderful dog and an excellent addition to the family who is fully prepared for it and is willing to make the pup a true member of their family - like one of your own children.  If you have any further questions to help you determine if this is the right breed for you,  please email us:  terrapines@hotmail.com

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