Beautiful Rough Collie Puppies For Sale
Buying Your Rough Collie Puppy
Welcome to Colley Collies!
Thank you for coming to ColleyCollies for your rough collie puppies. We are very pleased to work with you and hope to provide you with your newest family member! Please remember this is a life time commitment for us as rough collie breeders, as much as it is for you as new puppy parents. We take raising our babies seriously and use only the best practices as breeders to ensure you will have the healthiest and as well balanced a puppy as possible. We will be here for you any time you need us.
For your visit to our home to pick up your baby
Plan for a minimum of 20 min with us so I can go over the puppy package with you but usually we visit and it can be as long as an hour! Sorry about that but I love to get to know people and talk!
For your trip back home
Some things you need to consider bringing with you if it is going to be a long car trip. Your baby could get car sick so a small puppy carrier would be good. Bring a couple bottles of water and a roll of paper towels in case you need to clean him/her and the crate. Lining the crate with newspaper would be helpful for that because if they get sick you can take it out and throw it away and put some clean paper back in. Puppy pads are also good. Bring a small bowl for your puppy to drink water out of. Bring a leash that has a smaller hook to attach to a small dog collar. We will provide a collar. I will send you home with a sample of raw food if picking up from my home and you will be feeding raw. We will only feed your puppy the same premium raw food that we feed our pets. If you are going to feed a dry food we prefer and suggest that you feed Honest Kitchen Clusters. If you will be feeding Honest Kitchen Clusters we will send home a sample of that with you.
Feeding your rough collie puppy
I prefer to feed fresh food always and puppies need to be fed twice a day for awhile. If your home with them all the time maybe 3 times a day with the total daily amount split into 3 portions. I do twice a day.
The amount of fresh food a puppy eats is always dependent on their weight, age progression and activity. If in doubt go by their body weight and multiply by 10% for an 8 to 16 week old puppy for “maintenance” weight so this is just a “guideline” only. Please go to this site, PerfectlyRawesom.com that will launch in a new window and read their information on feeding puppies. Then read through the whole site for a wealth of information on raw feeding, you will not regret it!
So continuing with my guideline… For example an 8 week old puppy that weighs 12lbs (12 x 0.10) = 1.2 lbs of fresh food daily. Multiply 1.2 x 16 to get the total ounces per day to feed. 1.2 x 16 = 19.2 ounces. Round your number up to 20 ounces and feed that twice a day, 10 ounces in the morning and 10 ounces at night.
Now lets go a step further, that 20 ounces is “total” weight of food, right? So let’s add in some fresh fruit/veggies. I work so I prefer to make it simple on my self and I buy Honest Kitchen Base Mix in 2 varietys; Veggie, Nut & Seed, and also Fruit & Veggie. I use one box at a time and alternate between the two. I want my all of my babies and adults to have on average 15% of the total weight in food to be a veggie mix. So following our same formula above I will take that 20 ounces per day and multiple by 15%. So 20 x 0.15 = 3. So that would be 3 oz of veggie mix and 17 ounces of meat, organs and bone. Mix that together, divide by 2 and feed twice a day, 10 ounces in the morning and 10 ounces at night.
Now, if you do what I do that would probably be 12 ounces in the morning and 12 ounces at night 🙂
Take some time to figure out what is the right amount for your pup based on his age, size and energy requirements. But if you need help just ask me! Another convenient option if you feel you need time to figure out what your doing before raw feeding is to feed Honest Kitchen Dehydrated mix with meat already in the mixes. They make beef, chicken, turkey and fish. Not as good as fresh but better then kibbles.
Cost of Raw Food and bone content
You can buy prepackaged raws from the pet food industry and pay a lot of money, or buy from raw food co-ops and pay a little money, or be a total do it yourselfer and save a ton of money.
I’m sort of in the middle. I can grind up and make 40lbs of fresh chicken with bones, mackerel, beef liver and kidneys for $42.00 at $1.05 a pound but it is 30% or higher bone content so you use it sparingly or as an add in to up the bone content if needed to the other foods you feed. Or you can just thrown in a chicken wing or leg quarter to the meal for the night a couple of nights a week. To take the bone content down I can use 40lbs of fresh chicken, 50 lbs of grassfed beef, 10lbs of organs, add tripe and smelt and grind a 100 lbs for about $1.80 to $2.00 per pound. For convenience I can also buy 40lbs of grassfed beef, beef organs, sardines, tripe, bone and fat already ground up for me for $102.00 at $2.55 per pound. As well, from the same raw food co-op I can buy 20lbs of duck/rabbit blends for $60.00 at $3 per pound. Here is the rule on the bone content: Feed to much bone and you end up with a constipated dog, feed to little and they have diahrreah. Get it right and their poop comes out smaller, more compact, less smelly and the right color. Over a couple of days it dries up, turns white, crumbles and blows away. No need for clean up. Aim for a bone content of around 12% for a full grown dog and adjust accordingly. For a pup, keep their bone content at around 10% until about 16 weeks of age while they are going through that fast growth stage and add in a little cod liver oil, about a 1/4 tsp several times a week.
My route is a little more expensive because I work full time and have 9 dogs to feed so even though it’s a little more expensive for me it saves me time as well. You could easily go to Sams or Costco and buy meats in bulk or hunt up meat processing plants and get cast-offs as long as it’s fresh and hasn’t been sitting around. In other words, you can spend what you want to spend and still feed raw.
We give our pups lots of squeaky toys to play with while they are in their play pen and they love them. I would suggest those and hard rubber balls. If you use tennis balls or toys that have felt or material it can shred as they chew it. If you see any shredding happen take it away from them as it will come off the toy and they can choke on it. The knotted ropes are good options for tug of war. Make sure none of the toys are small enough they could get stuck in their throat and choke on, like the smaller chew bones; rawhide or rubber. I don’t advocate the rawhide ones myself. They can chew the ends down and I had a friend with a dog that almost choked to death on one. Had my friend not been there to pull it out it would have surely happened. While they are outside we provide other stimulating toys for them to crawl on and navigate through.
Training Treats and Training
For treats, fresh is always best. You show a piece of bacon to a puppy and he/she will figure out a way of doing what you want to get it, lol. I also buy dehydrated liver in large bags from Hollywood Feed. Another good option is FreshPet. You can buy it in 1lb rolls for a little over $3. On our About Collies page I’ve listed about 6 training techniques to start on the path of training a therapy dog or just good basic obedience commands any dog should learn.
Your Free Gift
I always give a free gift when someone buys our puppies. It’s our way of welcoming you to our family and thanking you for allowing one of our babies to become an important part of your life! The gift you will receive varies depending on availablilty.
Make potty training your rough collie puppy a successful event
The one important factor in potty training your puppy is consistency! Your puppy has mostly learned to hold it through the night in the crate I keep them in at night usually only needing out once or twice. So now its up to you!
Crate them at night so they are not free to roam the house or room and find a spot to potty in. While they are in the house with you during the day, the first several weeks are crucial that they are not left out and about in the house without supervision. Keep them on a leash and keep the leash knotted to your belt if needed. If you go to the kitchen they go to the kitchen, etc. If they are having free time on the floor take them out every 20 or 30 minutes repeating your word or phrase you chose to let them know it’s time to go potty. Once outside give them a few minutes to go potty, give them an excited “Yes” and a treat and then bring them back in. Consistency is the key and your pup will be potty trained in no time at all!