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As a small breeder, we do not keep a general wait list for puppies. Our wait list only opens when there is a confirmed pregnancy. 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 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!
2. 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 - but this figure can be different to how many are born and we treat it only as an estimate.
3. Waitlist Opens for Applications
Once we have a confirmation of pregnancy, we announce the exciting news on social media!
At this time, we also open up the waiting list for applications. A deposit secures a puppy from the litter announced. We would take less deposits than puppies counted at the ultrasound (this is our way of making sure everyone that has already placed a deposit won't be disappointed if less puppies are born), and keep a wait list with additional applications in the instance that more puppies are born and there is additional availability.
4. 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 that have placed a deposit will also be notified via text message of the exciting news.
If there are additional puppies born, the people on the waitlist will be contacted with the oppurtunity to secure a puppy by placing a deposit
5. 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 deposits were placed. The first deposit 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 deposit 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.
6. 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.