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Adoption Process

Getting Signed Up

If you are interested in a litter that is available or an upcoming litter that is listed on my "Puppies" page contact me with your name & number. I will message you with some questions to see if you are a good fit for a Golden Light puppy. If you are you will be approved to move forward with adoption. Please note that most of my puppies are sold with a Spay/Neuter contract. They are not to be bred under any circumstances. I do make a few exceptions for other small breeders who health test. I want to make sure each puppy is in a home where they will be a beloved pet.

 

Placing A Reservation

If you would like to adopt a puppy & secure your pick on a litter list, you can place a $500 deposit (which will go towards the purchase price of the puppy) towards any planned litter or current litter listed on my website. The price of the puppy will stay at what is agreed upon at time/date of deposit. This will reserve your spot to choose from the upcoming puppies when they are 6.5 weeks old & have had their temperament evaluations.

Picks are in order of when deposits are placed starting with puppy #3.

I reserve the two first picks in the case that I may keep a puppy for my own or to give to a service dog home. If I opt not to do so your pick may move up by 1-2 spots giving you more pups to choose from, but it will never move down.

Reservations are non-refundable with the exception of a breeding not being successful or a puppy having health issues that prevent us from being able to provide a healthy puppy, in the event of this you will have the option to have your deposit fully refunded or transfer it to the next litter. 

The Puppies Arrive

I will message you when the puppies arrive and will post updates with pictures/and or videos on my Facebook page of the puppies at birth, 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks & casual updates more often than that. Because it is hard to send high quality photos over emails your puppies' photos as they grow up will be posted to Golden Light Puppies Facebook page. 

Choosing Your Puppy

At 6 weeks old I will be temperament testing each puppy & will post these results for you to review before your visit.

We will schedule a visit for you to come meet the puppies when they are 6 1/2 weeks old. If you are not able to visit in person you can facetime to choose your individual puppy. I want you to have the opportunity to get to know each puppy before deciding which one is right for your family.

I will let you know how each pup's personality has been developing & help you figure out who would be a good fit for you. I do feel that some people will have a special connection with a certain puppy so I like to leave the final choice to you as their future family.  

Health Care

While in my care your puppies will be on a health care routine supervised by my veterinarian. Their first de-worming's are at 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks & they receive their first Parvo/Distemper vaccination at 5 weeks & second vaccination at 7-8 weeks.

Here is the puppy food they are used too: DIAMOND Naturals Large Breed Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag - Chewy.com

 

For the first week I recommend adding ¼ cup pumpkin to each meal & 1 tsp probiotics morning & night (you are being sent home with some to get you started).

Diamond naturals contains probiotics, so I do not think it is a required long-term supplement unless your pup has tummy issues. I will send you home with enough Probiotics to last until your pup is used to his new home.

 

Taking Your New Family Member Home

Puppies will be ready to go home at 8 weeks old. Pickup is anytime within 8 weeks - 9 weeks. If I must board the puppy for past 9 weeks old the full adoption payment must be placed by 9 weeks old plus a boarding charge of $15 a day will need to be paid at the beginning of each additional week of boarding. All boarding fees must be paid before your puppy goes home.

 

For older dogs/puppies over 8 weeks:

You will have one week from when you decide to get a dog & pay a deposit too when it needs to be picked up before a boarding fee would apply.

The deposit can be through Good Dog, Cashapp or Zelle but the remainder must be paid in cash unless discussed with me prior. No checks, paypal or money orders will be accepted.

Each puppy will be sent home with all its needed paperwork including go home info, medical records, pedigree (if applicable), sales contract & health guarantee, blanket that smells like mom, probiotics, and a small bag of Diamond Natural's Large Breed Lamb & Rice puppy food. I like to add extra goodies/keepsakes as well.

 

Amazon Shopping List:

Here are some Amazon shopping list of things I have used & loved for my dogs. Everything from food to crates to toys & probably a lot more that you don’t think you will need but may want to refer back to down the road.

Grooming list

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/MZ8F88HO0LGH?ref_=wl_share

 

Medical & Supplements 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/JJ4WFWACL008?ref_=wl_share

 

Toys, Chews, Collars & Leashes 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/29DAM2Y9KO5PP?ref_=wl_share

Food & Treats

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1QZ1QZUC4Z0FZ?ref_=wl_share

Essentials To-Do List for Bringing Your Puppy Home:

  • Set up a appointment with your vet as far in advance as possible for a health check within 72 hours of going home.

  • This is also a good time to do some research & put together a printed list with your regular veterinarian, 2 different 24hr emergency vet phone numbers, find a reputable Pet Sitter/Walker, boarding kennel for emergency situations & research Pet Insurances to find the right fit for you.

  • Puppy proof your home (gooddog.com)   How to prepare your home for a new puppy (gooddog.com)

  • Make sure your puppy is supervised at all times outside unless it is in a fully enclosed (including a roof) area until it is at least 25 lbs: Hawks can mistake a small pup for a rabbit. If you live in an area with other predators like coyotes or raccoons take this into account as well.

  • Get a puppy area set up in an area of your house that is not carpeted. This will be a safe & secure smaller area either using a play pen fence or using baby gates to partition off a small room. This will be where your pup stays if you are not able to directly supervise it. Put its crate with the door open in one corner full of some snuggly blankets & toys to make it a positive space. In the rest of the space set up some toys & a pee pad in-case of accidents. Once your pup is accustomed to its crate it can be placed in it for short amounts of time when you are not able to supervise it while it is still learning where to go potty.

  • Decide on a potty training system (I recommend bells) & make sure you or another family member will have time to work with the pup until it has learned your routine & what is expected of him. This puppy is not fully potty trained when it goes home:  I START puppies on potty training & work to teach them the concept of going potty in a specific place - transitioning that concept to your specific home will take some time & patience. I never want people to think that a young dog will be 100% trained when it goes home: any dog owner needs to be prepared to put time & training into a new puppy/dog.

  • Until you have stablished where the pup is supposed to potty you will need to take him out every 30 minutes to an hr especially right after meals.  Once they have learned the routine & are not having accidents inside you can lengthen the time between potty breaks.      I highly recommend hanging bells on your doorknobs during potty training (I have some on my amazon wish list). Have the puppy touch the bell with its nose or paw & click (or use a voice command such as “Yes!”) & re-ward with a treat. Then take the pup out the door. Use a phrase such as “go potty” when your pup starts going potty immediately click & treat to positively reinforce the behavior. Do not expect your puppy to make it through the whole night until it is much older/has had plenty of time to become accustomed to your home. 

  • Buy a bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice Large Breed Puppy formula (or the 4health version of this at tractor supply & some training treats.

Basic Essentials:

  • Sealing Food Storage Container

  • Bowls

  • Dog Crate

  • Dog Bed

  • Baby Gates

  • Playpen

  • Dog Toys & safe non-rawhide/bone chews

  • Leash

  • Collar

  • Nametags that have your address & phone number

  • Long Line

  • Harness & seatbelt for car rides

  • Treat pouch 

Grooming Supplies:

  • Dog Brush/Comb

  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste

  • Nail Trimmer

  • Non-irritating puppy shampoo (check the amazon list)

 

Potty/Cleaning Supplies:

  • No Chew Spray

  • Natures Best Enzymes Spray

  • Stain & Odor Remover

  • Paper Towels

  • Puppy Pee Pads

  • Poop Bags

  • Pooper Scooper

Info on the 3 Programs I Use Too Raise My Puppies:

Puppy Culture:

This is a program developed to give the puppies the best start to life possible through various exercises. The benefits include:

  1. Increased communication skills with humans.

  2. Emotional stability to recover easily from fear in a socially acceptable manner

  3. Habituation – familiarity with the maximum number of everyday objects and sounds

  4. Enrichment – the view that novelty and challenges are opportunities for enrichment rather than things to be feared or avoided

  5. Health – physical wellness and motor skills that will allow the puppy to develop in a neurologically and physically sound way

  6. Skills – learned behavior that will allow him to function in human society.

  7. Love – the desire to seek out company of dogs and humans as emotionally positive experiences.

Through this program they will learn: beginning concepts of potty training & crate training, learning to be comfortable going on car rides, positive experiences visiting the vet, basics of being brushed. bathed and having their nails trimmed. I have the puppies play with kids, adults, other gentle adult dogs of various sizes & our cat.

Early Neurological Stimulation:

In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program that became known as ENS was developed. Based on years of research the military learned that ENS could have important and lasting effects. 

This is a program utilized that I do every day from day 3 - 16 involving a series of 5 exercises that have been proven to improve puppies health including:

  1. Improved cardiovascular performance (heart rate)

  2. Stronger heart beats

  3. Stronger adrenal glands

  4. More tolerance to stress

  5. Greater resistance to disease

 

Learn More about ENS:

Early Neurological Stimulation | Breeding Better Dogs

Early Scent Introduction (ESI):

Early Scent Introduction is performed on the puppies from day three thru day sixteen. Scents are introduced to the puppy each day at a young age. This results in stronger scent detection abilities that can prove very useful in therapy and Service dog training (including medical alert dogs), search & rescue etc. In which the dogs scent abilities are a invaluable.

Learn more about ESI:

ESI: Early Scent Introduction - Training Canines

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