All of our parent dogs receive a CERF eye exam, by a certified ophthalmologist yearly.
We have been genetically testing for the following diseases since 2014: CH, CEA, CD, DM, HC, JC, HUU, MDR1, CMR1, NCL, NCL6, PRA-PRCD. Check out Paw Print Genetics for more details on genetic disease testing and why breeders should be doing genetic testing. All of our dogs are genetically tested and clear for all genetically passed on eye diseases. I 100% guarantee that all of our puppies will be clean for all genetic eye testing.
Our dogs have also had their hips and elbows x-rayed by our veterinarian to ensure good placement, if a candidate scores less than favourable, they will not be part of our breeding program.
Our puppies are dewormed at 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks of age. They will have received their 1st set of vaccinations. They will also have been given kennel cough vaccine will be microchipped. Health documentation regarding vaccinations and deworming will accompany your pup.
At 4-5 weeks of age, your pup will be introduced to the outdoors (weather permitting), playdates at grandmas, learn how to go up and down stairs, hang out in our kitchen, or adventures to the neighbours. Your pup will be exposed to a wide variety of stimuli along the way, indoor and outdoor activities. He will be paper trained and shown proper potty manners (by all means not yet house trained, this will of course take diligence and patience on behalf of the new family).
At 7 weeks of age we start introduction to a travel crate, are kenneled daily for short periods to help with their transition to their new home. By 8 weeks old, they are relatively comfortable with the 'crate' process, lessening their transitional stress.
*parent dogs are registered. Puppies are not sold with registration applications unless the pup is sold with breeding rights.
If you have already purchased a pup from me, and you are just looking for a well rounded, wiggly, fun and friendly family member...and down the road interested in a partner...I will give $100 off the purchase of your next pup from me.
Deposits..due to past neglect of the 'honour' system, I will not be able to promise anyone a spot on the waiting list, or a particular puppy without a deposit. Deposits are $500 and applied to the final amount owing when the pup is ready to go. Deposits are accepted via personal cheque, e-transfer or cash in person.
Deposits are non-refundable. This assures me only the families that have done their research into the breed and are fully ready for a new family member apply. If you place a deposit for an upcoming litter in accordance to sex/colour/size, I ask that I have 8 months to fill the request as I don't want to just place a dog with you, I want to ensure we have the right fit with not only colour and size, but personality! If you have a specific time frame in which you prefer to take your pup home, we will accept deposits only if you are flexible with color. We will produce all colors that an Australian Shepherd comes in, we however have no control over what we end up with in a particular litter.
If you are VERY particular regarding size/sex/colour (example...toy sized blue merle girl, 1 blue eye, 1 brown eye), we ask for up to 12 months. We have litters born throughout the year, it is very likely that your request will be filled with in several months (or with the next upcoming litter), however we can not 100% predict what nature has in store for us. Please understand this.
We will be taking weekly photos of all puppies from birth. Once we have an idea of who is best fitted to what family, we can forward a compilation of photos from birth on, to get you updated on what has progressed thus far. Once you have your pup picked out, we will try to keep you updated every 10 days to 2 weeks or so, photos will accompany the update.
We are VERY busy when the pups are growing, cleaning, playtime, neurological stimulation, cleaning...and playing. We will set aside time for correspondence with each family, however are unable to reply to those that need updates 3 or 4 times per week. We do apologize in advance. We understand that without a doubt, an excessive amount of emails are often times sent due to the fact that the adoptive family is very excited and eager to learn more about their puppy. We however find it quite overwhelming as it often takes away time that we need to be spending with the puppies...and sending updates to other families. We would like to offer the same amount of attention to each adoptive family.
There will be periods of time that the pup will not significantly change, if there are no changes...there is nothing to updated. Puppy photos are at times very difficult to take as they tend to move so much!
Visits to your puppy...we welcome families out to meet/visit their puppy as he/she grows & matures, however due to many visitation requests, we offer 1 visit per family. It gets far too busy if everyone is wanting to visit more frequently. At these visits feel free to play with your pup, ask questions, get prepared. Because of my busy schedule, I must limit visits to up to 30 minutes per visit (give or take a bit...if you have good questions that you are needing answering, absolutely, stay longer!)
At birth we will give you a tentative date for potential pick up. We reserve the right to keep the puppy a bit longer if we feel it is in his best interest. We spend a LOT of time with the pups, know when each individual is not only mentally but also physically ready for their new adventure. We just want my pups to get the best start possible, everyone is happier that way!