The health and safety of our dogs and puppies is very important to us, so we take every precaution to protect them. After much trial and error, we have implemented the following visitation policy that has been very successful.
We get approximately 6 - 12 calls and email inquiries a day. At LEAST half of those, if not more, want to visit and spend a few hours with us, play with the puppies, but many are saying “we might want a puppy years in the future and are interviewing breeders now”, or “we think we might want a Toy Aussie but have never actually met one”, or "we are trying to see which breed is right for us" so they want to come visit our dogs to decide if they really like Toy Australian Shepherds. We can understand why someone would want to do this and it is very wise before deciding on a breed or breeder. However, we simply can't accommodate the high volume of requests and must streamline. This is our home and not a store front or kennel facility so please be understanding. The best place to figure out the answers to these types of questions is by meeting many dogs and breeders at a Dog Show. We can also direct you to Upcoming Dog Shows, and Events, if you're still in the research phase and undecided about the breed. We will also be happy to help you learn all about the breed and answer any questions via email, text and phone.
Many don't realize there are countless things to consider as a breeder of home raised puppies. The dangers of exposing young puppies to communicable disease is very serious and can be detrimental to a breeding program and the welfare of our dogs. Visitors can (of course unknowingly) bring diseases onto the property on their feet, hands etc. The mothers are also being protective of their 'den' (impending litter/pups) during this sensitive time. This is not a good time to assess the mother's temperament and will cause her stress and unease with a number of visitors coming and going while she is preparing for delivery or has a litter of pups.
Young and newborn puppies don’t have fully developed immune systems and are susceptible to life threatening illnesses, including Parvovirus, Canine Influenza, Pneumonia, Canine Herpes Virus, Kennel Cough, etc. They will have maternal antibodies built up as they grow and get stronger, but are never totally immune. Therefore, precautions must be taken to ensure their safety. They are not old enough to vaccinate as it interferes with their maternal antibodies building and their own immune system coming on board and hurts more than it helps when administered too young. When diseases like Parvo strike, they can kill a whole litter in a matter of hours and can stay in the carpet and soil for years which would be devastating to our breeding program and property for many years to come. Disease can be carried on people’s clothing, hands, shoes, etc. and can live for years in the soil, pet stores, carpet, dog parks, training facilities, kennels, vet offices, rest stops, etc (anywhere dogs go) and unknowingly be tracked in. Litters of purebred puppies are also a high target for theft, dog flipping, and animal rights extremists. Therefore, we strictly limit access to who comes onto our property and visits our dogs and litters.
In the meantime, we ask that you 'visit' us online on our website, via email, Facebook, Instagram, and on our YouTube Channel rather than in person until the appropriate time, so that you may see our dogs and watch our puppies grow. We photograph and video our puppies regularly, and post the photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages daily. You will have plenty of opportunity to see how and where the litter is raised, socialized, growing, milestones, personalities and development. You can also view our past litter photos in our Furever Homes section on our Website as a testament to how our puppies are reared. Most of my buyers have become what I consider to be friends and often send me updated photos and I always post them on Facebook and Instagram so you can continue to watch each puppy mature.
Also, we do not allow any other dogs or animals on the premises. PLEASE leave your other animals at home, as they will not be allowed onto our property for a visit. Healthy and recently vaccinated dogs can still track in, shed and transmit disease to young puppies and the puppy's mother will be very upset and protective with strange dogs visiting while she has a litter.
If someone wants assurance that we actually exist, are reputable, that the dogs are in fact purebred, and that we take the best possible care of them, our vets and prior puppy people are more than happy to give recommendations and confirm our reputation. Simply ask us for their contact info.
This is our policy for visiting the litter....
- We allow visitors ONLY if they have been approved AND have placed a deposit. We keep a pretty consistently long deposit wait list and once it is your turn to pick a puppy you have 24 hours to make your selection. It is only during that time frame do we allow you to come into our home and choose your puppy. Puppy picking opens when the pups are 7 weeks old.
- By appointment only and we ask that you be courteous and be punctual. This is our family home and not a store front or kennel facility. Please be on time as we set aside a block of time for your visit.
- I ask that visitors do not visit us after previously visiting with another breeder, dog park, vet, pet store etc. on the same day.
- No other dogs or animals are permitted to visit.
- Shoes must be removed before entering our home.