How to purchase a puppy & things you should do first:
Thank you for trusting us to provide you with your next fur-baby.
Here are a list of steps you should take to make the purchase and the puppy's transition to a new home easier:
1. GET PERMISSION from your landlord if you rent your home before placing a deposit!!!!! In addition, make sure that your spouse/partner/roommate agrees on the addition of a new furry family member before placing a deposit.
2. IT'S FOR LIFE! It is imperative that you understand that poodles usually live to be 12-20 years of age. This is a life-long commitment for your new poodle. They expect to be with you for their entire life. Make sure you that is also your expectation.
3. DON'T COMMIT UNLESS YOU HAVE THE MONEY: Ensure that you have the money in your account right now to pay for the full price of the puppy, even though you may only need to pay a deposit at this time. Remember, things happen that are out of our control and if you do not have the money set aside now, please do not agree to purchase a puppy. Your deposit is non-refundable!
4. RESERVE YOUR PUPPY! We will NOT hold a puppy without a deposit. Once you have made a decision on a puppy, you should call us. We will not sell to someone over email, text, or Facebook alone. We must speak with you by telephone. We will guide you through the process including explaining our health guarantee, kennel club registration process, deposit and final payment options.
5. FIND A GROOMER: If you do not already have a groomer, you should be looking now. Many experienced groomers stay booked up for months ahead so you should try to schedule an appointment for your puppy to be groomed at a date of your choosing. Remember, poodle puppies receive a face, feet, and bum trim only until the age of 3-4 months. We will provide the first trim before the puppy leaves our home if requested.
6. PLAN TO SPAY OR NEUTER: Your puppy should be spayed or neutered when they reach an appropriate age. There are professionals who recommend that this not be done to early. I can provide information on this if you would like. In the meantime, plan accordingly for heat cycles, etc.
7. CHOOSE A VETERINARIAN: If you do not already have a veterinarian, you should have one chosen prior to picking up your new puppy. You will be required to take your puppy to the vet within 48 hours in order for our health guarantee to be honored.
8. NUTRI-CAL: Unless you have experience with toy poodles, I encourage you to research and read as much as you can about the breed and caring for a toy poodle puppy. The most important thing you remember is that, like all small breeds, they can suffer from acute onset of hypoglycemia (a drop in blood sugar). They are so small, their body cannot regulate their blood sugar like a large dog's can. We encourage you to keep dry food available for your puppy at all times. In addition, if you notice your puppy is weak, lethargic, unusually slow to respond to you, or just appears droopy you should immediately get sugar in the puppy. We recommend keeping Nutri-cal on hand at all times so if this happens you can quickly get it to rise. You may also use honey, sugar, syrup, etc. When your puppy's sugar drops, you should do whatever possible to get their blood sugar up quickly because it can quickly be fatal.
9. GATHER NECESSITIES (and the desires) for your new puppy prior to picking them up. These items include, but are not limited to:
Crate: A crate provides your puppy with a safe place to stay when you cannot give it your undivided attention. Puppies like to chew and can our poodles are small-they can get under your feet and be stepped on very easily. When young children are around, you may find that a crate is a great way to allow your puppy to rest and prevent over stimulation. Finally, a crate is an excellent way to make potty training easier! Remember, canines do not like to potty where they sleep:)
Blankets: You will go through blankets quite often at first. Keep 2-3 blankets handy so you always have a clean one while laundering and in the even of potty accidents.
Food: Beverly and Rhonda feed Royal Canine to our toy poodles. We understand that you may feed your new puppy a different brand of food than we are feeding. Don't worry, we will include a small baggie of food for you to slowly transition your dog to the food of your choice. If you are unfamiliar with how to safely transition a puppy or dog to a new food, let us know and we will guide you through the process.
Toys: These should be puppy safe with no buttons and no strings which the puppy could get tangled in.
Chews: Your puppy will want to chew, chew, chew! Remember, they cut teeth for many months. I highly recommend Himalayan Chews. They last even an adult dog a very long time. Although they cost more than other chews, you will save money because you won't be buying them often! We order ours from Chewy.com and they will give you a discount for signing up for auto-shipping. I recommend signing up for the free auto-shipping because if you don't, you will find that they are out of stock very often. These are the best chews and they are hard to keep in stock. Their auto-ship customers seem to get priority. (we are in no way affiliated with Chewy.com or the makers of Himalayan Chews. We do not receive any monetary reward for referring you. We just love the product!)
Play Area: Once again, I will recommend Chewy.com for this product because they have the lowest prices I can find. We recommend the affordable IRIS 4-Panel Exercise Plastic Playpen with Door and it is available in 8 colors! (Remember, we get paid nothing for recommending Chewy or the products. So, if you can find the items at a lower price somewhere else, it won't hurt our feelings. Just remember to drop us an email and let us know where the cheaper price is so we can share it with others!
10. ARRANGE DELIVERY: Arrange to have your puppy picked up or delivered when the puppy has reached the age and size that it can safely go to it's fur-ever home. We can assist you with finding a Lap Nanny or a Ground Transporter.
Here is a little information about the payments:
Non-refundable deposit amount varies. Generally, deposits range from $200-500 depending on the puppy. We prefer a postal money order for payment. This is safe because the United States Postal Service requires identification and has high security and surveillance. Paypal payments for deposits are also accepted in some circumstances.
Final payment: The balance due must be paid before your puppy can be delivered to you. Please contact us prior to placing a deposit for information about accepted methods of final payment. Remember, if you choose to pay in person at the time of pick up, you must pay in cash!
The information above is to hopefully help you in the purchase of a puppy from us. It is in no way meant to your only source of information. We are here to help you through the process. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions!
****Please note: We reserve the right to refuse to sell a puppy to anyone at anytime for any reason! Our goal is to ensure our puppies are placed in the right home! Credit cards, personal checks, wire transfers, etc. are not routinely accepted due to the rise in identity theft. Sad that a tiny percentage of dishonest people have to ruin it for the rest of us. If you have any questions or concerns about payment methods, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We will work with you any way we can.