Waiting List & Choosing Your Puppy
Once you place your non-refundable deposit, you will be added to the waiting list of your choice. Puppies are chosen in the order that deposits were received. The deposit (minus PayPal fees) will go toward final purchase price. We will post pictures of the litter at about 2-3 weeks, after they open their eyes. We post individual pictures at about 6 weeks.
You will get to choose your puppy once we post their 6 week pictures in the order that we received your deposit. You will choose your puppy based on pictures, a group video, and personality descriptions. We are also available to answer questions about their individual personalities when their personalities start to become more apparent at about 6 weeks.
We don't allow people to meet the parents or to meet the puppies before 8 weeks in order to protect the puppies from Parvo and unseen, contagious parasites. Because we take good care of them, and are very careful, our puppies are very healthy. After 8 weeks their immune systems are more developed, and they are ready to meet and go home with their families.
Bringing Your Puppy Home
Puppies are ready for their new homes at 8 weeks, and after their visit to the vet.
Final payment is due when you pick up your puppy. We accept cash or PayPal. If you choose to use PayPal, an extra 3% will be added in PayPal fees.
Puppies will have had a vet exam and their first shots and dewormer. They come with a 1 year health guarantee, their shot and dewormer record, a small supply of puppy food to mix in with your puppy food, a collar, and a scent cloth.
We usually try to schedule meeting times with everyone about a week in advance. We will pick a day and a location to meet, and everyone will have a time slot 10 minutes apart. Year round, we drive down to Mesa to meet everyone, but we can also meet in Payson, Arizona. If you can't meet us then, or if it is easier for you, we can also meet you with your puppy in Heber or Show Low, once he or she is 8 weeks old.
Shots & Dewormer
Your puppy will have his or her first round of shots at 8 weeks. You will be responsible for the next round of shots, due when your puppy is 12 weeks old. Make sure to bring your puppy's shot record from us with you to the vet.
We administer dewormer every 2 weeks as a preventative while they are with us. You will be responsible to administer dewormer shortly after you bring your puppy home at 8 weeks, then again at 10 weeks, 12 weeks, then every month until 6 months old. After that, follow adult recommendations. We recommend Safe-Guard or Panacur dewormer, which can be purchased at your local pet supply, big box store, online, or through your vet.
Taking Care of Your Puppy at Home
We feed the puppies Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy: Lamb and Rice Formula. It can be found on Amazon (the text is a link for your convenience) and other online stores as well as some local stores. We feed the puppies at about 8 am and 4 pm. We offer about 1 cup of dry dog food per feeding. We suggest offering your puppy about 10% more than the bag recommends for their age and weight, and feeding Puppy Food until your puppy is 18 months old, at which point they finish growing and filling out.
If you would like to use a different food, we recommend choosing one that is free of corn and soy, as these are not well digested by dogs, and therefore lower their immune system. For a list of recommended dog foods, you can check out this link to DogFoodAdvisor.
Some good things to have when you bring your puppy home are: a leash, grooming brush, dog shampoo, chew toys, dog crate for house training, dog bowls, puppy food, and dewormer.
We will send your puppy with a scent cloth, which has the scent of the litter on it. You can place it near your puppy when they are stressed, we recommend placing it just outside of the crate at night. You will probably only need this for the first few days. Alternatively, you may rub the scent cloth on a toy, to transfer the scent.