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The application process allows us to get to know you as a potential puppy owner, and recommend a particular puppy from the litter based on suitability. Just like people, our puppies each have their own personalities, and by 4-6 weeks of ages we can usually see glimpses of them shining through. We believe matching based on suitability of personality to your household comes first before the appearance of a particular puppy. At the end of the day, every single puppy is very special and beautiful in their own unique way! Also, please bear in mind that many Labradoodle coats will change as they grow older - often fading or changing to a new colour altogether!
1. The Waitlist
View our 'Upcoming Litters' tab to see what we have planned and for an estimated timeline. Once you know which litter you would be interested in, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a completed Puppy Application. If there is availabilty on the waitlist, a $300 non-refundable deposit secures your place. I only take a small handful of deposits for each litter prior to the pregnancy ultrasound. The ultrasound gives us an idea of how many puppies to expect and the wailist will open again if there is more space.
2. The Honeymoon
When we have an ideal pairing figured out, and both dogs have passed their health tests, we wait for the dam to come into heat for a 'honeymoon' to take place. It will be announced on social media when a 'honeymoon' has successfully taken place. Then starts the long 4 week wait for a pregnancy ultrasound!
3. The Pregnancy Ultrasound
4 weeks after the 'honeymoon', we head to the vet for a pregnancy ultrasound. This ultrasound will either confirm that the dam is pregnant, and the 'honeymoon' was successful or whether is was unsuccessful and there are no puppies. The vet is usually able to count how many puppies we could be expecting (usually a close estimate). If the waitlist was closed and there are more puppies, then the waitlist will re-open. This would be announced on social media, or you can register your interest prior to the ultrasound to receive an email update and priority with your application.
4. We Share the News
Once we have a confirmation of pregnancy, we announce the exciting news on social media!
Families on the waitlist are also emailed about the news.
5. The Puppies are Born
4 weeks after the pregnancy ultrasound, the puppies are born! Of course their arrival will be posted on social media, and families on the waitlist will be notified. We will then also know the date of their 'Gotcha Day'.
6. Puppy Allocations
When the puppies are 4-6 weeks of age, I would know each of their personalities and invite the families to come meet them for allocations.
Families are invited to come visit in the same order that they were on the waitlist. The top of the waitlist is the first family to come and see which puppy they bond with the most and lock in which puppy will become their future fur baby! The second, would be the second family to come visit and so on. During this time I will also make suggestions based on suitability of puppy personality. During this visit I go through all the information on how we raise our puppies and welcome any questions. To avoid info overload I will provide you with some notes to help you feel more equipt for the upcoming member joining your family.
7. Gotcha Day!
At 8 weeks of age, the puppies are ready to join their new families. A time is organised with each family for collection, and we go through the puppy pack items as well as a demonstration on how to care for your new puppy. This includes showing you how to trim their nails and face to keep their eyes open.