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Policies & Procedures for obtaining a puppy from Gift Of Grace Kennels

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First Steps
 
The first steps is to go to the page with our Puppy Contract.  Read it over to see if all the requirements in it are satisfactory for you and your family.  The next step is to go to the page with our Puppy Questionaire and fill it out and submit it.  A link to both is right under this.  The Questionaire is how we learn a little bit about you and helps us in deciding whether you would be a good fit for one of our future puppies.  At any time feel free to go to my contact page and send me an email if you have any questions.

Puppy Contract

Puppy Questionaire

 PRICING

All puppies will be sold on a spay/neuter contract and limited registration.  We require a $ 250.00 deposit, which we will request when the puppies are on the ground and 5 days old, which will be refunded if we are unable to provide you a puppy when promised.

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PUPPY PLACEMENT

As I am the breeder I know most everything about these pups. My process is to raise them to 8 weeks. By then I've watched, taken notes and compared the pups to the families individual needs that are buying them. Each family will have filled out my Puppy Questionnaire and with that in hand along with a few other correspondence I can better pick the puppy to match what they want.  At about 5 weeks, after their first shots, all potential adopters must arrange a visit with me and the pups. At this time I will have picked out 2-3 pups that might make a good match so that when the adopter/s visit I get to see how they all interact together.  This helps a lot with the pairing of families with their new family member.   At 7 weeks I have the temperament testing of them done.

That same day structure is evaluated as to how closely each pup is to the breed standard. At 7 weeks they most closely resemble their adult selves. Beyond that for 18 months they are in several different awkward growth stages...Along the way I am always in contact with prospective adopters taking their input, and working with them to assure a smooth transition. I take into account if they have favorites from our weekly picture updates and it all is part of my decision. I do make the final decision.

Always remember my main goal is to find life long family members for each and every puppy. 

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PICTURES & UPDATES

I am dedicated to taking loads of pictures! I will try to update the puppy page weekly. At 4 weeks old the pups begin to be photographed individually. Profile stack and sitting up straight . I continue to include a few random play shots, and also some early training pictures and videos. 

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WHAT YOUR PUPPY WILL HAVE, & YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Your puppy will have been to the vet several times. We call them “well puppy” visits. This includes a comprehensive exam, fecal test for parasites, and standard worming regardless of negative fecal. One sets of puppy shots in the 3 set series, it is your responsibility to get the last two sets, I will expect vet receipts for those visits as required in my record keeping for each litter. They will be Micro chipped. They will also come with the Gift of Grace Kennels Puppy Pack. Gift of Grace Kennels Puppy Pack is a 3-ring binder of information on the breed, food, puppy advise, training tips, anything you will need to know, also included in the pack is 1 crate, 1 collar and leash set, shampoo, leave in spray on conditioner,  1 toy the pups had all played with, weeks worth of the brand of puppy food they are on, puppy diary, temperament profile, designer pedigree, and vet info.  I am here for the new owners day or night for advice or help I can offer for the life of the dog.

They will be handled daily, petted and socialized with humans and other pets, indoors constantly, with 3 outdoor play periods daily. Depending on weather they last about 2 hours each. They will be taught to follow, & come. Puppies will come to the kissing noise they have been raised & trained with. Plus I will start them on puppy pen training, which is my preference for house training.

SHIPPING

I will ship only Delta Air Cargo, 'Pet First" dept for in the States or West Jet for Canada. Delta handled the shipping of Sheena to me and I also traveled by way of Delta with some pet ferrets I had. And we shipped the pup we donated to a Service Dog trainer by Delta.  Sheena has flown 4 times with West Jet here in Canada with no problems at all.  And we shipped one puppy to an adopter via WestJet.

Weather is carefully checked on both sides and health certificate is required from within days of shipping. The added cost of shipping will be added to the cost of the pup. Puppies with Limited Registrations will not be shipped overseas. You are also welcome to pick up your pup, in fact I encourage it. All airline prices subject to change, and often do!!

Also it is mandatory that even if your pup has to be shipped to you, you need to find the time to visit at least once before the puppies go home.  I have to meet all the adopters.  This helps to ease my concerns and yours too.  Plus you get to see the type of enviroment the pups are raised in and also I get to see how each pup interacts with you.  This helps me in my final decision on placement.

NAMING

Each pups registered name must be named with first "Gift Of Grace" followed by your choice of names, that I must approve. For example "Gift of Grace's Airbourne Wyndryder" or "Gift of Grace's Soaring With Eagles".  The call name can be what every you choose.  What you call your dog is between you & it!!

UKC/FCI Registration, Pets, and Show Quality Dogs...What you need to know

All puppies will be sold  on limited registrations. We pay for it and submit it and then you recieve it once the registration is completed.

Health & Hip Guarantee...What is & is not guaranteed.

My health guarantee guarantee's this puppy against life threatening genetic illnesses. Meaning, if your puppy should die of a genetic illness I will refund your money. Proof of illness is required in the form of Vet receipts and or autopsied. If your pup has a skin problem (this unfortunately happens sometimes. I never breed dogs with these issues but from time to time it's in the lines and I can’t always predict it.) it will depend on the cause and the severity on whether it falls into my garentee.  Other things not covered are allergies (unless it is so sever as to affect the quality of life.), sensitive stomachs and so on. Now if the issues are severe and you wish to have a different pup I will do that. In those cases I will take back the dog that has been deemed unsatisfactory and attempt to treat them myself. My hip guarantee is exactly that, if dog’s hips do not pass OFA at 2 years of age I will refund the purchase price, and or replace the puppy. I do not expect to get the first dog back, but will of course take it back if so desired. Any issue that is caused by poor care of this pup is easily determined. Poor care comes in many forms. Including ignorance of proper care. Poor health in General can be caused by cheap dog food ( Ol Roy, Sunshine chunks, etc) Causing diarrhea and dull coats & eyes. Overweight pups will stress bones & joints, keep them lean. You SHOULD be able to see first 2 ribs, no matter what your vet tells you. White Sheperds are a breed apart in this. Although many breeds of dogs are kept overweight, doing damage to young bones. Dogs should rest 30-45 minutes after eating. Bloat can occur from playing right after food.

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