How to adopt a puppy from Doodle Creek
Going through the process of adopting a puppy can be an intimidating experience. Here at Doodle Creek, we endeavour to ensure you have a pleasant experience with us as breeders and we hope you feel totally comfortable with the process from start to finish. We have listed below the different steps to adopting a puppy from us.
Browse the site
Make your way through our entire site and educate yourself about who we are and the dogs we breed for families.
We have a host of information at your fingertips through all the different pages on our site. Take the time to learn about us and it should bring your confidence to a new level.
If you find a litter that suits what you are looking for, you are then ready to take the next step.
Fill out our online Application
Once you’ve decided you would like to reserve a puppy from a specific current or upcoming litter, the next step is to fill out our Application.
Our Application is not meant to be intrusive or intimidating. We are simply asking the questions to ensure that we properly match you with the right puppy from the right litter.
This will also help you to understand whether or not you are prepared for puppy ownership. Dog ownership is a big commitment and as responsible breeders, we endeavour to provide each of our puppies with a loving forever home.
Determine which current or upcoming litter you would like a puppy from
After receiving your Application, we will then get in touch with you via email. With your help, we’ll then confirm which litter you prefer to reserve a puppy from. It could be a current litter with reservations still available or another future litter. We have people reserving up to a year or two in advance so it’s never too early to reserve!
Please note that you will not be able to pick a specific puppy from a litter at the time of reservation. Choice of puppies is given in the order of deposit when the litter is eight weeks old and ready for their new homes.
Send us a deposit
Once we have confidence that you will provide a good home for one of our puppies, we will then contact you via email asking you to send a $150 deposit via e-transfer. Deposits are non refundable but we will transfer them to another litter of your choice should timing not work with your schedule or you don’t want to reserve a puppy from the litter you chose to get a puppy from for whatever reason. Prices at the time of reservation are always honoured.
Wait for the arrival of your puppy
If you have reserved a puppy from a litter coming up that has not been mated yet, keep watching the Planned Litters page for updates.
If you have reserved a puppy from a litter posted on the Planned Litters page, keep watching for that mating to disappear and be listed on the Available Puppies page. Litters are posted with photos on the Available Puppies page approximately one week after their arrival.
If you have reserved a puppy from a litter that’s already born, continue to watch for new photos. We post new photos at a week old, four to five weeks old and final photos again at around seven to eight weeks old.
This waiting time should be spent preparing your house for the new arrival. Read lots of training material and get your house completely puppy proofed. The more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy the puppy experience. We also have a Puppy Preparation page which is password protected. You will be given this password after reserving a puppy from us. We do our best to provide as much knowledge as possible to our clients.
Come to an open house
We are very busy here at Doodle Creek and we get requests continuously to come visit the dogs, puppies and us as the breeders. To accommodate these requests, we hold open houses approximately once a month. This is for those who want to meet with us either prior to reserving or for those who have a reservation on a current litter or planned litter and would like to meet us and the dogs. This is the only time we allow clients to visit the facility and us as breeders. You will not pick your puppy on an open house day; picking is done the day of pick up.
Picking up your puppy
Puppy pick up day is always super exciting for everyone! It is also a thrilling experience for me as your breeder to see you leave with a puppy who will become a family friend and companion for years to come!
Pick up day is always on a Saturday and the litter needs to be at least eight weeks old. As covered in the Q&A page, we schedule clients to pick their puppy in the order of deposit the day they are ready for their new home. Each client is given approximately 30 minutes to pick their puppy before the next family will arrive to pick the next puppy reserved after you. You will have the final choice but we will help channel you in the proper direction as far as the colour, coat type and personality you are looking for in a puppy. If you are near the end of the list and your not interested in any of the remaining puppies or puppy, you could then wait for another future litter of your choice.
After picking your puppy, we will then complete all the paperwork. I will go over all the puppy’s health record, health guarantee, pet insurance, microchip paperwork etc. We will then take the time to answer any further questions you have prior to leaving with your new bundle!
Additional information if you need your puppy shipped
We ship puppies all over the world so distance should not deter you from submitting an Application for one of our Doodle puppies. We will still honour your picking position and allow you to choose your puppy in the sequence of deposits received. We ensure that you get the puppy you are looking for. We can help you choose the puppy via phone conversation and the individual puppy photos we post of each litter at 7-8 weeks of age. Say for example, you have third choice female and there are five females in the litter you have reserved from. Prior to picking day, we would have dialogue to figure out which three puppies are your top choice out of the five.
Once your puppy choice has been made, we will then arrange a shipping date. Total costs for shipping and the puppy will be finalized and payment can be forwarded. Doodle Creek takes care of booking the shipment and everything. All you will need to do is show up at the airport to receive the puppy at the time of arrival. :)