The health and safety of our dogs and puppies is very important to us, so we take every precaution to protect them.
Several people ask us daily about coming to meet our Adult dogs, the parents or litter of puppies. 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 and harm puppies. 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.
Young and newborn puppies don’t have fully developed immune systems and are susceptible to life threatening illnesses, including Parvovirus, Canine Influenza, Canine Herpes Virus, Kennel Cough, etc. They will have maternal antibodies built up as they grow and get stronger after birth, but are not 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. When diseases like Parvo strike, they can kill a whole litter in a matter of hours. Disease can be carried on people’s clothing, hands, shoes, etc. Parvo 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 are also a high target for theft, dog flipping, and animal rights extremists. Many breeders have been robbed and have had adult dogs and litters stolen. So 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 and facebook : LaLa DoodleDouble, rather than in person until the appropriate time, so that you may see our dogs and watch our puppies grow. We post the photos and videos on our Facebook page weekly. 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 and videos on our YouTube as a testament to how our puppies are reared.
We only allow approved homes with a deposit placed to visit the puppies once at 6-8 weeks of age. If your distance and schedule allow, we prefer to meet you during this time in person before the puppy is scheduled to go home. We do this so we can still get to know each other, answer any remaining questions and still limit foot traffic. Unfortunately we get a LOT of inquiries from people who have no real intention of ever purchasing a puppy, curiosity seekers, those just wanting a ‘puppy fix’ or those acting on impulse and it takes up a lot of our valuable time so we must streamline. Raising a litter is very time and energy consuming and we have to prioritize where we spend our time and efforts.
We just ask that you respect our policies and safeguards. It’s in the best interest of our puppies and YOURS.
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. If you’re unsure if your dog will like a new puppy, experiment well beforehand at a dog daycare facility or have a friends dog visit your home WELL before you plan to bring in a new puppy. This is not something to wait and find out at the breeder’s house last minute.
This is our home and not a store front or kennel facility so please be understanding and we thank you for your patience.
This is our policy for visiting the litter….
We allow visitors ONLY when the puppies are 6-8 weeks old and only allow visitors that have been approved and have placed a deposit.
Make an appointment for your visit. 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 out of our busy schedule for your visit.
I ask that visitors do not visit us after visiting with another breeder, dog park, vet, pet store etc. on the same day.
No other dogs or animals are permitted to visit, no exceptions.