It's hard to know how to pick a four-legged family member. I'm here to help. I'd love to share with you, solid strategies to make the right decision for, your family and your new puppy. Here are some things to consider:
Temperament/ Color/ Size/ Coat Type/ Gender
FIRST: You need to put this list in order of importance; temperament, color, size, coat type and gender. Some, who live in apartments for example, may feel the smallest puppy is best, for others who are an active family want the busiest of the bunch. Others need a wool coat because of allergies. Of course, we try to put as many of the criteria together in one puppy as possible, but sometimes a puppy can be everything we want but the wrong gender, for example. SO, it's best to figure out what criteria is 100% necessary to fulfill and what part is just a nice addition.
NEXT: Then we wait to see what we get when the puppies are born. We take deposits on puppies before they are born and hold them in place of whose who deposited first. So, to hold a place, a non-refundable deposit needs to be sent in ($500). When the puppies are big enough I start with deposit # 1 and we talk about their puppy criteria and have them pick a puppy. A lot of people in position #3 or 4 get anxious that they won't get the "best puppy". This is simply not true. EVERYONE has their own personal criteria, and like I mentioned above, what is best for one family (the most laid back dog for senior who just wants a house companion) is certainly not best for another (the busiest dog for an active young family who are avid hikers). In doing this for years, I have never had a person who wanted a dog, walk away with one that DIDN'T fit their family. My job is to know my dogs, know my puppies and serve my puppy families in the best way possible - and that is to help match them with the puppy that would best fit THEIR unique family. It's like I'm puppy-cupid. I offer my advice to families who want it and they can make the ultimate decision as to what is best for them.
AFTER THAT: Then we grow the puppy up with love and human interaction, some training and a lot of playing and cuddling. After that we let you know when their spay/neuter date is and set a time to pick them up afterwards. I update the family on what is needed in the first few weeks regarding neuter care, general guidelines regarding training and all the puppy's belongings to make a good transition.
LET'S CONNECT: So, let me know how I can help. I'd love to chat as well (either by phone or in person), so I can get a feel for you and your family situation. It also helps to hear your voice and for you to hear mine so we can connect about such a wonderful, yet intensely personal decision!