Frequently Asked Questions

Puppy buying Process

• I typically have one or two breedings per year, usually when I have 3-4 families on my waiting list
• Once pups are born, I will only reserve a pup for a family with a $300 deposit
• Both parents will have hips and elbows X-Rayed and be OFA Good or Excellent – OFA certification will be available for prospective families
• Eyes will also be checked for both parents with a certified ophthalmologist (ACVO) and Cerf form will be available for prospective families

Once pups are born

• I will notify everyone on the waiting list that the pups have arrived. At this time, the deposit is due.
• Families will be picking their puppy based on their sequence on the waiting list.
• Visits are welcome after pups are 4 weeks old – by this time eyes are open, they are walking around and start to show their personality
• I will do my best to send weekly pictures to prospective families

Picking your pup process

• You may tell me your pick from 4 weeks on, but ideally I would like your favorite and a couple back-ups, as I cannot guarantee which pups are available until families start picking.
• If you specifically want a male or a female, and based on prior picks, that sex is not available I will return your deposit immediately.
• If you change your mind after leaving a deposit, your deposit will be returned as soon as that pup is sold. Once you give me a deposit, I start turning families away, so I need to contact those folks to see if they still want a pup, or wait for new families to contact me

Socialization for your puppy

• Puppies will be well socialized when they go to their new homes. They will be familiar and comfortable with a crate, they will have traveled on more than one occasion in the car, if weather permits the pups will have spent quite a bit of time outdoors, they will be very accustomed to being handled, including having their nails clipped and they will be used to other dogs. In addition, many sounds will have been introduced to them, including vacuum cleaner and lawn mower.
• Pups will be comfortable wearing a collar, but will NOT have been introduced to walking on a leash.
• Pups will be 85% housebroken as they will be let out frequently, but most importantly right before bed at night and early in the morning. In most cases, pups will hold it through the night rather than mess their crate.

Health

• Besides the health checks done on the parents prior to breeding, pups will also have their eyes checked by an ACVO. The first distemper shot will be given at approximately 6 -7 weeks of age. A series of 3 distemper shots, given 3 weeks apart, are required. Rabies is usually given at approximately 4 months of age. Pups will be wormed several times. A health record with all this information will be provided so you can give it to your vet.
• Pups will have been eating Puppy Food for at least two full weeks prior to leaving for their new home.

Puppy Package when bringing Puppy home

• When you come to pick up your pup you should bring the following items; a crate for traveling, a collar, a leash, and a bottle of water/water dish (if you have a long ride home).
• Puppy Food: I will provide you with enough of the Puppy Food I have been feeding to last you several days. I feed Purina Pro Plan Puppy Food – Chicken and Rice. If you want to transition to another brand, mix the two kinds for several feedings to avoid upset stomachs and/or diarrhea.
• AKC Registration Form
• Litter Certification (showing their parents and grandparents)
• Health record (shots and wormings)
• Some helpful advice for the first few weeks; when and how much the pup is currently eating, housebreaking tips, using a crate, commands they understand, and some do’s and don’ts.

Responsible Breeder Guarantee

While I cannot guarantee that your new family member will never get sick, I can guarantee that you will be taking home a healthy puppy. At the time of your first vet visit, if your vet finds anything of concern, please let me know immediately. If the puppy, for whatever reason, does not fit well into your home or with your family, or your circumstances change so that you can no longer keep the puppy, please contact me. I will always take puppies back and work to find them a new home.

Please contact me  if you have any questions.