Contact us to let us know you are interested in an upcoming litter. Complete the Puppy Buyer Application. We will review it and let you know if we feel that we are the right breeder for what you are looking for. If so, we will add your name to our waiting list and make sure you receive any updates about the upcoming litter. If we do not feel we are the right breeder for you, we are happy to provide recommendations to other breeders or resources in your area.
How much do your puppies cost? Do you require a deposit?
Our current puppy price can be viewed in our Contract, which we urge you to review prior to contacting us. This price IS subject to change slightly depending on costs associated with the current litter.
Once pregnancy is confirmed, we do ask for a deposit of $250 to hold your spot on the waiting list. This deposit is nonrefundable unless we are unable to match a puppy to you.
How are your puppies raised? Inside? Outside?
From the beginning, our mothers receive care from the Reproductive Veterinary Team at our nearby Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Puppies are born inside our home and are only allowed outdoors under heavy supervision. I am actively involved in the whelping of the litter and sleep next to the puppies and mom for the first three weeks (at minimum). Early neurological stimulation, exposure to a variety of scents, sounds, and surfaces, and socialization with a variety of people and animals are standard practice for raising our litters. In addition, puppies are started on housebreaking (litter box trained which transitions to outside) and introduced to puppy kibble/mush beginning at three weeks of age. Because many of our puppies go on to be service dogs or competition dogs, we strive to create a very well rounded, stable puppy and are always adding innovative new things to our puppy raising protocol. For more information on how our puppies are raised, please see our Puppies page.
Puppy Pickup - There's so much information!?
Before they go home, our puppies have received their first round of vaccinations, several dewormings, and they have been microchipped. During spring, summer, and fall, they have also received flea/tick treatment.
At puppy pickup, plan to spend at least an hour to go over the puppy book. We will sit down together to choose a registered name for your puppy and fill out the AKC registration and Microchip registration paperwork. The registration costs of these are covered in the puppy price. In addition, I will show you how to groom your puppy (clip nails, clean ears, and trim feet), and we will talk about food, exercise, and puppy training. It's a great idea to prepare a list of questions ahead of time!
What if I can't pick the puppy up on the pickup weekend or we're going on vacation the next week?
A puppy's socialization window closes at approximately 16 weeks. After puppies are weaned, I feel it is critical for the longterm well-being of the puppy to start them right away on learning basic manners, housetraining, and going to a puppy class. I strongly prefer that you do not schedule vacations (unless it is to stay at home with the puppy!) right after you get a puppy. I also strongly prefer that you make arrangements to pick up the puppy during the scheduled puppy pickup weekend. However, I understand that sometimes life happens. If any puppies remain in my care past 9 weeks of age, I will begin training them as if they were my own and I do charge for this service, as often I am keeping my own puppy from the litter and having multiple puppies to train greatly increases the time involved.
What can we expect from you when the puppy goes home? What if we have questions?
I look at each puppy home as an extension of my own family. Before ever breeding a litter, I have spent countless hours researching pedigrees, health clearances, and often traveling to see studs and their progeny in person. I don't ever want to breed a dog that I would not personally be thrilled to have in my home. After the litter arrives, I have spent eight weeks trying to prepare these puppies for the world. I will always remember each and every one and expect my puppy homes to remember me. I am here for any question, any time, no matter how big or small, and I want to know how my puppies are doing. So, send updates! Ask questions!
Why can't we pick our own puppy and why do you take so long to pick one? Can we get our deposit back if we don't like the puppy you've picked for us?
A puppy's real personality doesn't start to come out until they are at minimum six weeks of age. There are plenty of hints before then, but each puppy develops at a slightly different pace, so a puppy we might have dismissed as having zero interest in retrieving and "working" at five weeks, might turn out to be the best retriever in the litter by eight weeks. We wouldn't want to have already committed that puppy to a home who was looking for a calmer family companion and committed one who turns out to be a couch potato to a home looking for an avid hunting companion. No one would be happy, including the puppies. (Full disclosure - we typically do not breed "couch potatoes" but you get the idea :) ). For this reason, I try to evaluate the litter between seven to eight weeks of age. After these evaluations, I will match puppies up to families based on the puppy application as well as additional communication I have had with that family. Sometimes, it may take even longer for companion puppy homes to get an answer, as I may tell a family I have a perfect male for them, but they'd wanted a female and they need to decide what to do...and your family might be next in line for that boy if they say no, etc, etc. So, it takes time.
Once the deposit has been paid, you are welcome at any time to change your mind, including if you do not like the puppy I pick for you, but I will not refund the deposit, as it is very likely I have already turned away other homes. If you are uncomfortable with this process of matching puppies, I may not be the right breeder for you.