Prerequisite for co-ownership eligibility...
-We prefer co-own situations to be located on Vancouver Island. If you are on the mainland, it is still a possibility, however we ask that you are able to pick up/drop off (or meet up).
-Adoption price is due up front however Ravine Acres will give a 100% reimbursement of the purchase price of the co-own upon completion of the co-own agreement. Once her litter obligation has been completed, we will pay for the spay, any vet costs associated with pregnancy & puppies. All co-own dogs will have their first and second set of vaccinations, as well as kennel cough vaccine prior to going home with their new family.
If in the situation both co-own family and Ravine Acres are interested in raising an additional litter after the co-own obligation has been met, this is something that can be discussed at a further date, financial compensation will be made for such a transaction.
All co-own families are responsible for their dog's third set of vaccines and rabies shots, any licensing that is required by your location, puppy and all training classes that you participate in, and all health costs that are not directly related to pregnancy/raising puppies (emergency vet visits).
Co-own mom needs to come back here when she gets close to whelping (4-6 days prior to the due date). All puppies will be born here as we are experienced and know what to watch for. Mom is welcome to stay here until the she has weaned her puppies (usually about 5 weeks of age), however in the event the co-own family is interested in participating in puppy rearing, mom and puppies are welcome to go back to their co-own home (once puppies are 3-4 days old). We will supply puppy food once the pups start eating. At 5 weeks of age, puppies will come to our home (unless you are keeping one). This will give us time to help imprint the puppy with other stimuli, activities and multiple dogs.
How this benefits co-own families:
-This will give an opportunity to own a health tested, well bred Miniature Australian Shepherd for a very low cost (our dogs will range from $3000-$4500 with cost of additional health testing, spay once litter obligation has been completed). If at any time if there is a change of heart, the co-own family may opt out of the co-own program.
-Co-Own families will be given the opportunity to experience enjoyment of new puppies in their own home (without actually having to deal with them when they are older). Especially for families with young children, this is a fun learning opportunity.
-Co-own families are offered free kenneling services for their co-own female if/when they are needing a kenneling service.
How this Benefits Ravine Acres:
-This gives us the opportunity to retain certain dogs with desired genetics back for our breeding program without having to keep more dogs here at our kennel. This gives each dog 1 on 1 love and attention, enables us to devote more quality time with the our current resident dogs. We currently have many dogs that are nearing retirement, we don't feel that it is fair for them to need to leave our farm just because they are retired, they are our pets and this is their home. Just not fair to the dogs. This is not a breed that does well kept in kennel for lengthy periods of time, they NEED their people and interaction to be happy. We take pride in the level of socialization and affection we are able to provide our dogs, would like to continue for the mental well being of all of the dogs. They simply need 1 on 1 love and affection, this is made possible by the involvement of co-own families.
The family does not get financially compensated by this agreement, however does benefit by not having to pay outright for their dog, vaccinations, and spay surgery ($3000-$4500) when all added up, plus free kenneling services. If the co-own family wishes to keep one of the puppies for themselves or immediate family, we offer a companion pup for a greatly reduced discount (30% off of the pup's purchase price as per the price guideline). We are very generous and reduce the purchase price of a puppy if the co-own family keeps the pups for a while and does some of the work.
We ask that all co-own dogs are socialized with us previously to breeding, so if you are going on vacation or would like to leave the dog here for the afternoon a couple of times, we welcome her as it will make her feel much more comfortable when she is about to whelp.