At what age can the puppy go to it's new home?
Eight (8) weeks of age. I would NEVER consider adopting a puppy younger than 8 weeks of age as the time with their litter mates teaches them valuable lessons on how to interact and play with other dogs and set a foundation on how they interact with us too!
The ears aren't up in the pictures. Will they go up?
I get asked about "ears" all of the time. For the most part their ears will go up and stay up by the time they are done teething, however there are a few exceptions. Some common question are; When will they stand up; Why are they funky looking. Click here to visit my page that tells you all the details about a GSD puppies ears.
Do the puppies have any type of training prior to being sent to their new home?
Yes. I start training as soon as they start walking. Teaching them with a gently affirming presence. Since most dogs are typically toy motivated I have several puppy toys I use to support positive behavior. I frequently use toys and treats that promote animal enrichment. I also start the formal house breaking and crate training process. The puppies are taken outside on a strict schedule. A copy of my daily schedule will be provided to you to help them settle in with your family. They are also introduced to basic commands like sit, kennel, off, and come. I HIGHLY recommend enrolling your new puppy with a local dog club for a puppy socialization and training class. The classes are just as important for your new puppy as they are for you.
Can we choose a different name for the puppy?
Yes, the name on the website is for reference purposes only. You are welcome to choose any name you would like for your puppy. In almost all cases the puppy will never hear the name that is on the website.
Should we get a male or a female?
In some ways, choosing between male and female dogs is a matter of personal preference. However, there are some differences. It is important to evaluate these characteristics and determine which sex would fit in best with your home situation when you choose a puppy. Many people have strong ideas about whether a male or female German Shepherd is better. These ideas are usually wrong, but a few differences do exist.
There is no ‘hard’ data that supports one gender over the other with respect to intelligence and trainability.
Click here for more information about the difference between males and females.
Do you offer any discounts?
I appreciate the services provided by Active Duty, Retirees, Veterans, Military Spouses, Military Family Members, as well as First Responders, Police, Fire and EMT. I would like to honor them by providing a 5%* discount on their most loyal companion. Click here for more info.
I also offer a 5% discount off each puppy if you are buying more than 1 puppy at a time or are a repeat customer. Yes! The discounts can be combined.
For those homes who take training to the next level and have earned a title with the AKC or GSDCA I will give a 25% discount off the purchase of an additional puppy. (Canine Good Citizen, Therapy, or Trick Dog Titles do not count - Competitive Titles only)
Are you affiliated with any clubs or associations?
Yes, I belong to several clubs and organizations.
- Member of the Springfield Missouri Dog Training Club.
- Board Member for a local non profit that helps train service and therapy animals.
- Active with Pet Therapy of the Ozarks and visit nursing homes, schools, and hospitals with my dogs.
Do you have references?
Yes. several. See what past families have to say about their new family member - visit my Testimonials Page or check us out on Facebook.
Please be assured that I will keep all your information strictly confidential. I will not add your name to any mailing lists or give out your information without your permission. However if you would like to share puppy stories, pictures, or become a reference please let me know. I love keeping posted on my puppies progress.
Are your dogs registered?
If so with what registry?
Yes, all of my dogs are registered with the AKC and all of my puppies will come with AKC registration papers. Papers are proof of your new puppies ancestry.
This is an important question to ask, BE SPECIFIC. I have talked with a lot of dog breeders throughout the years and they will say "yes they are registered" but they will fail to tell you whom they are registered with, or that the puppies can be registered. Make sure you get a firm answer. I feel it is important to be registered with the AKC as it is one of the most well known and well respected registries in the world.
Their are a lot of "impostor" registries out there that offer to register dogs even if the dogs lack proof of pure breeding. Be wary of dogs registered with one of these unknown organizations. (No matter how highfalutin the registry's name sounds.) Some breeders will use the excuse that the AKC costs too much money. I don't see how $20 to register an entire litter of puppies is a lot of money??? They also have ways to register an entire litter now at NO COST to the breeder! Most of the cost to register a puppy is paid by you, the buyer.
The real reason people don't register with the AKC is because if you have more than 5 breeding adults you could be subject to inspection. They also make you follow ethical breeding practices and have your males DNA tested to PROVE they are purebred dogs!
What guarantees do you offer with your puppies?
I offer up to a 2 year health guarantee for the newest member of your family. Please see the guarantee section of the website for detailed information.
Do you require a spay/neuter contract?
What if I want breeding rights?
What is your recommendation?
No, although I strongly encourage you to have your puppy spayed/neutered I do not contractually require it. I place all of my puppies as family pets, if you are interested in breeding please contact me for more specific information.
Full registration with breeding rights is an additional $300 and can be added at any time.
Where are you located?
We are located in Branson, Missouri. If you don't live close that's okay! I am experienced at getting your puppy to you quickly and safely. I feel 100% comfortable shipping my puppies anywhere in the United States or Canada and even international destinations. Arranging a flight is really a simple process and is a very safe way for the puppy to travel. The airlines do a great job taking care of the babies and have a lot of security measures in place to ensure their safety. They travel in a climate and pressured controlled part of the plane.
Please see the Shipping / Delivery section of the website for detailed information.
How does the process work?
The first step is making sure one of my puppies is right for you. Every family is looking for different personality traits. For example; will they be good with kids, other pets, or even specialty traits for obedience or service dog work. Please contact me to discuss any particular trait you are looking for. If we decide that one of my puppies is right for your family you would start by placing a deposit. This deposit would secure your puppy of choice for your family. After placing the deposit I'll send you everything else you need to get ready for the big day!
Any other costs?
Registration of the microchip with AKC’s Reunite is $17.50 for a lifetime registration. This helps ensure if the puppy ever did get lost you would have a greater chance of it being returned to you if found. An unregistered microchip does no good as they won't know who to contact.
If you live in the state of Missouri the state charges 6.1% sales tax.
If I am unable to keep the puppy what is your policy?
I realize sometimes that circumstances change. You may be forced to move into an area that isn't pet friendly. You or your family may decide that taking care of a puppy really isn't something they want to do after all. Health or allergy may prevent you from giving proper care or attention to your puppy. At any time during your puppies lifetime I will always welcome it back, regardless of the reason or age. I want to make sure all of my puppies stay happy and are well cared for. If you ever have to give up your puppy please contact me before giving it away to a stranger or releasing it to a shelter/adoption facility. If you return the puppy, it will be on a surrender basis only with no refund or credit.
What do I need before bringing home a puppy?
Getting a new puppy is very exciting! You can both look forward to a lifetime of adventure and companionship. To help you get started there are a few basic supplies you will need to have on hand to welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information.