General Terms & Process
- Read and Think: Getting a puppy is a decision that should not be taken lightly. You are committing yourself to be a dog’s protector for the rest of his/her life. Be prepared for considerable financial and time expense beyond the initial investment. If you are willing to make that commitment, please continue. If you are looking for a casual pet that is kenneled or tied out all day, then you will need to look elsewhere. Healthy dogs still need go to a vet for regular immunizations and parasite preventative. Stable temperaments are created because their owners spend time building a relationship by socializing and training them. Seriously consider if you can provide this kind of home before you decide to invest in a dog.We are committed to you and your new puppy. The best thing for you, for us, and for your puppy is for you to be happy with your dog. We go to great lengths to make sure our puppies are properly placed into appropriate homes. We want you to know up front what you are getting into. Please read the following polices carefully. Think it over. If getting a Shiloh from Three River Shiloh Shepherds is something you would like to move forward on, contact us.
- Puppy Application: Our puppy application can be found on our site. Please fill it out and send it in. Your answers will help us match the right puppy with the right owner. We would appreciate talking with you, so we can get to know you and your expectations. If we both agree that one of our puppies is right for you, we can move on to the next step.
- Deposit: When approved, a deposit of $200 will reserve a puppy for you. The remainder of the purchase price is due prior to the LER (the litter evaluation report), done at about 8 weeks of age. Deposits are always transferable to another litter, but only refundable if we cannot provide you a puppy within 6 months of when the litter was due.
- Prepare: The best way to prepare for a new puppy in your home is to remember or imagine what it is like to have a toddler running around. Baby proof your house. Plan where your puppy will spend his/her time when you are not there. Plan when and how your puppy will get regular exercise. Get an XL crate that you can section off when they are small. Get an undercoat rake, nail clippers, leashes and a good book on dog training. Decide on which veterinarian and what obedience classes you plan on taking your new puppy to.
- Keep Up Contact: Feel free to ask questions. We look forward to this time of getting to know you and what you are looking for in a puppy. We will post pictures of the puppies on our site. Watch them as they grow. Don’t forget that pictures are not as informative as the litter evaluation in determining which puppy is right for you.
- Veterinary Visit: Your puppy will visit our veterinarian and receive an examination. He will also receive routine deworming, and his first round of vaccinations. We will give you these health records when you come to pick him up.
- Litter Evaluation: The Litter Evaluation Report (LER) will be conducted when the puppy is seven weeks old. During the LER the puppy is evaluated for temperament, drive, and general conformation.
- Choosing Your Puppy: After the studying each puppy carefully during the LER and our observations to that point, we pick your puppy for you. Our decision is based on which puppy we think would be the best fit for your home, your preferences, and (to be fair) the order deposits were received. I will contact you soon after the LER to let you know which puppy will be the new addition to your family. We do reserve the right to return a buyer’s deposit and cancel the sale of a puppy in the rare occasion we feel that a particular puppy would not be a good fit for a home or if we decide to keep the puppy.
- Picking Up Your Puppy: At eight weeks, or a little after that, your puppy will be ready for his/her “forever home”. You will receive with your puppy: copies of parents’ health tests, health records from his/her first set of shots, registration papers, and a lifetime of support. We look forward to meeting all of the people in person who we will have spent time in contact with. How exciting! We would prefer for you to pick up your puppy in person, but we understand distance can be a major issue. We will work with you individually if that is the case.
- Obedience and Socialization: Obedience and socialization are a must with all dogs, but especially with a Shiloh Shepherd who in many cases will grow to be over 100 pounds. They also have a natural (well-balanced) protective instinct that can be lost without social interaction. As soon as it is healthy for them, expose them to as many positive experiences with people, other dogs and small animals as possible. Enroll in an obedience or puppy class. Be prepared for your investment in your relationship with your dog to pay you back exponentially.
- Health Testing: It is crucial for the development of this rare breed that we know what kind of Shilohs that, we as breeder, are producing. Therefore we ask everyone who gets a puppy from us to have their Shiloh’s hips evaluated by Penn Hip or OFA by 30 months of age. Our preference is a Penn Hip test, as we feel they are more reliable. A holter test (heart check) is also required.
- Stay in Contact: We would like to hear from you about your puppy, and have continuous updates into adulthood. Give us details and pictures. We would be happy to post them on our site.
Note: In the case that the contract for a puppy conflicts in any way with the above information, the contract takes precedent.
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