Picking Out Your puppy
When you get ready to purchase a puppy, there are some things that you
might want to consider when picking your puppy. One of the best
techniques for choosing your puppy is to use a
that many breeders use when picking their own pups. Also, for
those of you who have other questions feel free to see the article on
"Picking Your Puppy".
Below is a brief
explanation of what can be expected when you choose to purchase
Our preference is to have you come
see our dogs and facilities for yourself and so we can discuss what you
are searching for in a working-bred German Shepherd. We attempt to breed
only the best dogs and bloodlines specifically focusing on improving/perfecting
the German Shepherd hip (and elbows). We will continue to choose only dogs
with sound temperaments and good structure for our breeding program. Most
of these dogs are from working-bred dogs imported from Europe, or are bred from
Some people are not aware of how much
energy, drive, and intelligence these guys possess. Depending on how your puppy
is raised, he can be either the best and brightest puppy your have ever owned,
OR the biggest headache. Without proper attention and training, these
active dogs will fine ways to "entertain" themselves -- most of which are NOT
constructive. For example, an untrained working Shepherd may decide while
you are way, that the curtains are in the wrong room, the edge of the couch
needs to be a curve instead of a corner and the leftovers in the garbage are
wasteful. If all you want is an undemanding couch potato type of companion
dog we would NOT recommend a working-bred German Shepherd.
other hand, if you want a puppy that will grow up to be a best friend, loyal
companion, and protective guardian,-- if you are willing to see she or he gets
the training it needs, take puppy for long walks, teach puppy that the garbage
is off limits, cat is a part of the family, and spend time being puppy's best
friend and pack leader...then the working German Shepherd is just the puppy for
Personality Testing and Matching:
With the interaction we have with
our prospective puppy buyers and their answers to our
application, we have gathered much
information about the buyer, their family, lifestyle, what purpose they
want to use their puppy for, and the type of personality they feel would
compliment their family and lifestyle. Our puppy buyers have the
opportunity at the orientation program to see the puppies at 5-6 weeks
of age and fill out a form indicating three (3) puppies that they like.
We strive, if at all possible, to match them with one of their three
choices based on the personality tests. However, there is no
guarantee that they will get one of their three choices if someone else
is higher on the wait-list than they are.
First -- Fill Out the
The potential puppy buyer should
fill out our Questionnaire
which can be done either on-line via this web site or by asking that we
send one to you via mail, e-mail, or fax. Once we have
received your completed questionnaire, we will contact you and answer
any further questions that you may have. Please spend some time reviewing our web site as there
is a lot of information that a puppy buyer will find informative and
helpful during the process of finding a companion for themselves.
Second -- Meet the Dogs (if
Meeting with you and having you visit our home, and
meeting and spending time with our dogs is the next step. Our dogs are
our pets and companions, as well as competitive working dogs. We feel it
is important that you are given the opportunity to meet, interact and
play with any or all of our dogs in order to get a sense of the type of
temperament and personality our dogs have.
At the time of your tour, we will
answer any additional questions you may have, let you know the pertinent
information on any upcoming litter
including: date of mating, names of the breeding dogs, (if the sire is
not an on-site stud dog - we will show you pictures and a pedigree and
answer any questions you may have about him), expected due date of any
puppies, date of placement/socialization meeting, and expected
date of puppy testing, and the date the puppies can be placed.
Third -- The Deposit:
After the tour, if you would like to be included on our
wait-list for a puppy, we require a $300 deposit to secure a position on
our wait-list. We offer a written receipt. This receipt guarantees you a
full refund if we cannot obtain a good personality match with you and a
puppy per your preferences and description on your completed
Questionnaire. The deposit is also refundable if there are not enough
puppies in a litter relative to your placement on the wait-list (i.e.,
we have a wait-list of 9 people, but our bitch only whelps 7 puppies and
you are the 9th person on the wait-list). Your deposit is NOT
refundable if a puppy buyer decides not to wait for one of our puppies
after being placed on the wait-list. The reason for this policy is that
we only have a wait-list of 7-9 people at a time for any potential
litter and therefore, will turn potential buyers away. WE ASK THAT
YOU CAREFULLY CONSIDER BUYING A PUPPY BEFORE MAKING A DEPOSIT.
Fourth -- Visit the Puppies
Whenever You Want!:
During the socialization period for the puppies, the
puppy buyers on our wait-list are allowed to come to our home for puppy
socialization and to have a meeting regarding the placement of the
puppy. Each time we meet, we will be glad to explain and answer any questions about
our contract, our hip and elbow
written guarantees, what you can expect from
us, and what we expect from you. At this time, you will have as
much time as you need to spend with the litter. Once you have
spent time with the puppies, we ask that you tell us your 1st, 2nd, and
3rd choice of the puppies you are most interested in (if you would
like). You will receive
your puppy packet which has a tremendous amount of information to help
you with your new companion. You should use the next week or so to
review the puppy packet, puppy proof your home, buy toys,
obtain a crate for housebreaking, or any last minute things you may need
to do before bringing your puppy home.
The personality testing is usually performed within one week of the date of our placement/socialization meeting. Once we have
the results of the test, we will contact you and let you know which
puppy or puppies most closely matches your Questionnaire. At this time, we will
schedule you for a day and time to pick up your puppy.
All Puppies and Dogs come with....
When our pups are sold, they are sold with:
Copy of our
contract, our written
health guarantee, and your pup's
Copy of your pup's
Their first set of vaccines (or more).
First doses of heartworm preventative (Sentinel, Trifexis, Heartgard, or Advantage Multi)
Flea / tick control (Nexgard,
Preventic, Advantage, Comfortis, or Frontline).
we deworm regularly and will send de-wormer with the new owner
If the puppy remains local, we will be glad to continue giving all of the
first year's vaccines at
no additional charge.
(Puppies should receive vaccines every 3 weeks until they reach 15-16 weeks of age.)
Puppy care kit
which includes valuable information on house-breaking, crate
training, parasite control, & how to prevent illnesses & poisoning.
We can continue to mail you your heartworm preventative and
flea and tick control if desired.
We can also provide your puppy with
advanced training for an additional fee.
We will send each puppy with their
own bag of food so that they will not have to go through a diet change when going to their new home.