My Darling Dogs

USA Bolognese Breeders  |  USA Coton de Tulear Breeder

  208-739-2093

Frequently Asked Questions

After the long trip make sure to offer your puppy water and a little food.  He needs to be drinking and eating within a few hours after arrival.

Puppy has been in a warm, clean, environment among its litter mates since it was born. For the first day or so it is important  to keep your puppy warm and comfortable.  It may take him/her a day or two to adjust to his new surroundings. Provide your puppy with a soft blanket and puppy toys. Please use the blanket, bed and toy that came with him for the first few days.  He will be familiar with the feel and smell of his blanket, which will provide him/her some comfort and help to alleviate the loneliness of being separated from his siblings.

DO NOT …. feed puppies or grown dogs… Chocolate, Onions (raw or cooked) or Raisins.  These foods are extremely poisonous to puppies and small dogs!

Feeding

It is very important to make sure your puppy is eating, especially during the transition into his/her new environment.  These are small puppies.  They need a constant source of food.  Leave dry food and water out for your puppy at all times.  You’ll receive a small baggie of food with your puppy.  Over the last 15 years we’ve fed about every higher end quality dog food available.  We feed our adults two or three different brands of grain free dog food.  We do this for two reasons.  They transition to new foods easily and they don’t get bored.  You will receive a baggy of puppy food with your puppy.

When your puppy first arrives, his puppy teeth are still emerging.  Add a little bit puppy food with water a couple times a day for at least a month or until you are sure your puppy is eating their dry food well.  We also mix a spoonful of ground meat, chicken or yogurt in with his morning meal.  For treats we feed small pieces meat or cheese. Anytime you change brands of dog food...make sure you gradually mix it with what your using.

You can usually tell if your puppy has had enough to eat.  His belly will feel full, but not hard and he will have normal bowel movements.  If you ever observe your puppy straining to go potty, check his bottom to make sure he does not have poo stuck to his bottom plugging him up….yes this can happen.  J   Always keep him clean and the hair clipped around his bottom.

DO NOT…feed your puppy ..chocolate, onions, or raisins.  These foods are extremely poisonous to puppies and small dogs.

Vet Care

The Puppy was checked by our Veterinarian prior to leaving our home.  We suggest you visit your vet within a day or two after arrival.  All the information your vet needs is on the “Vet Copy” of his medical record. Your veterinarian will put the puppy on a schedule to finish up his/her shots.  This is also a good time to talk to your vet about spaying or neutering your puppy.  We strongly suggest you spay or neuter. This is part of being a responsible pet owner.

Bath Time

Before bathing always brush and comb their hair out thoroughly, making sure to comb out any mats. Get a good tearless puppy shampoo and mild conditioner.  Take care not to get water in his ears.  After towel drying him, use a hair dryer with the temperature set on warm not hot.  I keep my hand constantly moving under the dryer to make sure it’s not getting too hot. For a more natural Bolognese look…. after bathing just comb out and let your puppy air dry in a warm place.  Between baths one of our favorite items for keeping puppies clean are baby wipes….. They work great for puppies!  I use them to clean puppies eyes, muddy feet, bottoms, you name it… it gets wiped with a baby wipe!  Our favorite brush is the green pro-brush by www.lespoochs.com.  It is a little spendy but worth every penny. It really brushes them out well in half the time!

Playtime

Puppies love to play and tend to run after moving feet, or even lie down at your feet when your standing.  it's so easy to accidentally step on the puppy.  Please be careful to supervise small children. If a puppy gets hurt too many times he will either become very timid, or aggressive.  It's also important to resist the urge to wake up the puppy to play with him. Like his human counterparts, he will play to exhaustion and could become so tired he will forget to even eat.  Do not play aggressively with your puppy.   If you want a well behaved, calm puppy don't play games like tug of war or wrestling with your puppy.  Instead, teach him to fetch or sit or come when you ask him.  Puppies love training and learning new tricks easily.  Some owners enjoy puppy classes.  Please take a few minuets and read the Puppy Development  page on our website.

Potty Training

Try and take the puppy outside to relieve himself every hour or two for the first few weeks.  We recommend that you keep your puppy confined when you are not with him.  He needs a large enough space for his bed, food and water and to move around, but small enough that he won't want to soil his quarters.  Remember though, he is still a "baby". And like humans, he doesn't have complete control over all his bodily functions. So it's more a matter of "catching" him at the right time. Scolding him after the fact will only confuse him.

Thank you .... for giving this puppy a wonderful home and for continuing to support and appreciate these rare breed dogs.  We are always so grateful to find loving homes for our puppies.   If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to give us a call.  Please keep in touch…we love pictures!

Puppy's Health and Vaccinations

We are always concerned about maintaining the highest standards to keep our dogs and puppies healthy so they can live long, high quality lives.  One reason we love the Italian Bolognese and Coton de Tulear breeds is that they have no genetic defects and they have a life span of at least 15 years to be a member of a family and bring joy and friendship to our lives.   Recently, another breeder informed us of a new vaccine that has made a tremendous difference in the way she vaccinates her dogs.  The vaccine is called NEOPAR.  NEOPAR was co-developed at the height of one of the nation's worst epidemics of Parvo by Dr. Bob Page of Dresden, Tennessee.  NEOPAR is from 700% to 6500% more potent than any of the other parvo vaccines available and can be given safely at 35 and 49 days of age.  The puppies are protected earlier with less strain to their immature bodies than with other parvo virus vaccines.  Along with the administration of NEOPAR,  there is a recommended schedule of a 2-way vaccine called NEOVAC DA2 (Distemper-Adenovirus) to be given at intervals with NEOPAR, which gives puppies the highest protection from common puppy health threats.
​Dr. Page is the founder and owner of NEOTECH, LLC. , a small vaccine company located in Dresden, Tennessee.  Dr. Page is considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities in canine pediatric health.  He maintains an advisory position with many of the nation's show and pet registraton organizations, national canine health tracking and service dog institutions.  On his website, there is a "Tool Page" column that he writes quarterly and answers many common questions concerning pets.  We have started using his vaccines and highly recommend them.  His website is www.neotechvaccines.com and there are many interesting articles and vital information to keep pet owners informed.  Also, when we have contacted NEOTECH, everyone has been very helpful and willing to answer any questions.  We always appreciate responsible breeders and medical professionals who help us give the best care to our dogs and puppies.

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About our Bolognese and Coton de Tulear puppies for sale.


  1. What breeds of puppies do you raise? We raise Coton de Tulear and Italian Bolognese.
  2. How do we get a puppy? My Darling Dogs website is shared by Cindy, Glenda, and Sarah. We all have a few dogs each and share the males. Between the three of us, we have several litters available throughout the year.  We require a $250 deposit to reserve a puppy.  Just e-mail us or call us at the phone numbers listed on the website at www.mydarlingdogs.com.
  3. What is the difference in the Bologense and Coton de Tulear?  They are both wonderful dogs.  Bolognese and Cotons are companion dogs that love their owners.  They are similar in many ways and yet each has its own characteristics specific to the breed. Bolognese and Cotons have sturdy, little bodies, are not afraid of children, and make great family pets.  They are endearing, charming, light hearted, intelligent, love to play games, and love their families.  They are all non-shedding, odorless, hypoallergenic dogs.

    Coton de Tulear are known for their light, cottony-like coats.  The coats are usually straight or slightly wavy. Cotons almost look like a miniature sheep dog, peeking at you with their dark beautiful eyes from under their long bangs. Cotons, specifically, are cheerful and charming.  They are known as the anti-depressant dog.  They are calm and yet very confident.  They pat their paws on the floor and perform humorous antics.  They are like a big dog in a small body.  Cotons are hardy, robust, enthusiastic and celebrate your homecoming after separations.  They exude happiness and harmony. Even though they love you to pieces, they also have an independent spirit.

    Bolognese  have crimpy, silky like coats.  They have been raised for centuries for no other purpose than strictly companions for people.  Therefore, they are the ultimate companion dog and are loyal, love your attention, and are abundantly affectionate.  They have very strong attachments to humans and love pleasing you.  They are even tempered, highly intelligent, and love to be trained.  Their winsome ways captivate your heart.  They instinctively perform what is called the bolo dance in which they stand upright and dance around, rolling their paws in the air to greet you.  They are calm and friendly and love you unconditionally.
  4. Where do you raise your puppies?  Our puppies are raised in our homes.  We play with them daily as they grow, and they are well-socialized, playful babies when they leave.
  5. How do I pick out my puppy?  When a litter is born, we post it on the website or if you have a deposit already, we send pictures to you.  Customers get to choose puppies in order of deposits.  We send weekly pictures so you can watch them grow.  At about 4 to 6 weeks, we can tell you about their physical characteristics and personality traits.  That is the time you get to choose your puppy, unless you have already spoken for a tri-color or black and white.
  6. When are the puppies ready to go?  They may go to their new homes between 8 and 9 weeks old.
  7. Do you ship your puppies?  Yes we do, but you are always welcome to come pick up your puppy.  If you live in a neighboring state, we would be glad to meet you halfway.  Many of our customers like to do this.  We are in Idaho, however, and most of our puppies fly to their new homes. We ship from Boise. Shipping is $185 to $235, depending on which airlines service your area.  All of our puppies have arrived safely and soundly.  Pets are transported in the live animal cargo section of the plane which is insulated, pressurized, and temperature controlled.  The temperature is the same as it is in the passenger area of the plane.  Your pet can rest comfortably in his or her crate during the flight.  When you use the cargo system, pets are put on the plane last and taken off first to insure their safety.  When it gets close to shipping time, we make the reservations to the airport of your choice.
  8. How do I pay for my puppy?  The deposit may be paid with a personal check, postal money order, or Paypal, if paying with a credit card.  The final payment must be paid only with a postal money order or on Paypal.
  9. What do I get with my puppy? The puppies are shipped in a crate with a sherpa bed, a toy, their blanket, food and water, and a piddle pad in the back of the crate in case they need to use it. The paperwork, which includes a health certificate, a puppy data sheet to show current worming and puppy vaccinations, a one year health guarantee, registration papers, and a puppy care information sheet are placed under the bed in the crate in a plastic sleeve and shipped with the puppy.
  10. Do I get a registration paper and a pedigree?  Yes, we will send you the registration papers for your puppy.  You may order an official pedigree at the same time when you send the papers in to register your puppy in your name.

Puppy Care

Picking up Puppy at the Airport We suggest you take along, water, a leash and collar. The puppy has been in his crate, sometimes all day and will probably need to potty.  It is also a good idea to take a small plastic garbage sack; if the puppy has soiled his kennel you can empty it into the sack.  Be careful not to put your puppy down in an area used by a lot of other dogs. Your puppy will need all of his/her vaccinations before they are fully protected.

******* All of your paperwork is in a plastic sleeve, taped under the puppy bed inside the kennel.

Immediate Care (first few days)