Puppy Placements include the following:
1. We process and pay for your puppy's A.K.C. registration
2. Microchip Placement at 8 weeks of age by licensed Veterinarian
3. Exam, vaccinations, by licensed Veterinarian week 6 and week 8,
Application of Interceptor Heart worm prevention, Frontline Plus Flea and Tick
4. Extensive Eye exam by Veterinary Ophthalmologist
5. Cardio auscultation by Veterinary Cardiologist
7. Proof of parental health clearances
9. Head Start Puppy Program (Only for puppies placed at 11 weeks of age), Read More
10. Overall puppy assessment feedback
11. Pre- Paid invitation to participate in CBARQ ( Canine Behavioral Assessment &
Research Questionnaire through The University of Pennsylvania) , Read More
Puppy Program Choice:
We offer two placement options:
1. Placing puppies at 8 weeks of age or
2. Placing puppies at the completion of our Head Start Puppy Program
at 11 weeks of age. To learn if our Head Start Puppy Program
Puppy Placement Approval Process:
Our puppies have been raised from birth to seek human connection, enjoy challenges, and are ready to take on all of life's adventures with you. You must be prepared to give them your companionship, attention, and to provide enrichment to support their thinking ability. We want to make sure that our puppies are a good fit for you, your family, and your life style. We would like to hear about your expectations, why you think one of our puppies would be a good choice for you, and specifically how you plan to care for the puppy. Completing a puppy application speeds up this process. NOTE: We only place service dog prospect puppies with accredited Service Dog Organizations.
Once we have approved you as a puppy buyer we will place you on our WAIT-LIST. When we have firmed up our litter plans, we will reach out to approved buyers prior to announcing our litters to the public. Once a breeding has been completed, it will then be time to make a formal reservation by submitting a deposit in the amount of $500.00. Puppy pricing varies by litter depending on breeding pairs. You can expect to pay at min. $3,500 for a puppy from our breeding program. We only accept a limited number of reservations for our litters giving you the best assurance of receiving a puppy. Once we confirm your reservation number, you can be assured that we will not move another buyer in front of you. Your deposit is only refundable in the event the litter does not produce enough puppies to cover your reservation number ( if you were reservation # 5 and 5 puppies were born and are healthy, you would receive a puppy; if only 4 puppies were born, we would refund your deposit). We expect to invest a lot of time with puppy buyers and turn away other buyers based on the limitations of the litter with your placement.
Puppy Selection Process:
We perform an extensive assessment on each puppy and evaluate them against up to 33 temperament traits (the evaluation model was developed by Dr. Gayle Watkins and entails components from Volhard, Booth, Guiding Eyes) . In addition we also complete a structural evaluation process and complete all the related veterinary health reviews.This allows us to identify the BEST puppy from the litter to meet your specific needs. Not all temperament traits are created equal. Some traits won't change and some may be modified especially before the puppy is 16 weeks old. There is no PERFECT puppy, only a puppy that is BEST for you.
Puppy Limited A.K.C. Registration:
All puppies are placed with "A.K.C.( American Kennel Club) Limited Registration". This type of registration with the A.K.C. will allow you to participate in all A.K.C. events except "conformation". It will not allow you to register any puppies whelped or sired by YOUR PUPPY. It is a contractual expectation between us that you will neuter/spay your puppy. We recommend doing this once the puppy is at least 2.5 years of age to ensure proper physical development and reducing the risk of elbow dysplasia. The A.K.C. encourages breeders to use this option to avoid irresponsible breeding and almost all reputable breeders do so.
Puppies will be able to go to their new home once they are 8 weeks old, or when they are 11 weeks old. We typically schedule puppy pick-ups over a long weekend ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday) During this time you will have an opportunity to engage with your puppy and learn a lot about him/her. We will also spend time talking through integration and transition points and review all applicable paperwork with you. Please allow one hour for us if your puppy is 8 weeks old and two hours for us if your puppy is 11 weeks old.
We do not ship puppies. Airlines may offer discount tickets for less then it may cost you to ship the puppy within the United States. The puppy could fly with you right under your seat in the plane in an approved meshed puppy crate. This is much less stressful for the puppy than to be shipped in the cargo space of a plane. In addition we think it is important for you to meet your puppy's breeder and parents as you are making a long term commitment for your family.
Life Happens! If at any time in the future you are not able to provide for the puppy you may return him/her to us. If you desire to transfer the puppy to another person it is a contractual expectation for you to inform us so we can track the puppy for its lifetime. The puppy shall never be sold at auction or placed in rescue. We care deeply as to what happens to our puppies.