1. Fill out the Puppy Application Form (Doodle Adoption Form).
2. Correspond with us via email to discuss what type of puppy you are looking for, timing & which litter will work best for your family. Important Note: We love communicating with our potential, current and past puppy families! However, due to the nature of our program and how much time and care our puppies require, email is the best way for us to communicate. At this time all our puppies are sold as pets. We do not sell our puppies with breeding rights. We do have a spay/neuter clause on our health guarantee that families are required to sign.
3. Place a $350 deposit to secure your place on the waiting list. If you are enrolling in one of our training program an additional $250 deposit is required. A spot is not reserved until we receive the required deposit(s). (SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DEPOSIT)
4. Keep up to date with the puppies as they grow via all the pictures and videos on our website. Weekly pictures of the puppies are provided from newborn to 7 weeks of age. Videos are usually provided from 4-7 weeks. We typically update them on Mondays. Please be sure to check the website on Monday to view the new pictures!
5. Feel free to email usanytime with any questions, tips or advice you may need regarding your new labradoodle puppy.IMPORTANT NOTE:We spend almost the entire day with our puppies starting before breakfast and ending right before bed. Caring for, teaching, socializing and training our puppies is our number one priority. We do also love to be available to our puppy families to answer questions and offer info and advice. Email is the best way for us to communicate. Please feel free to email us any questions you may have. We set Mondays aside to go through and answer emails. If you email us more than once during the week, that's not a problem! We will go back and look at all emails that have been sent over that past week and address all questions. Sometimes we may be able to respond sooner and will always do so if we can. If you don't receive a response right away, please know that we have received it and will get back to you by the following Monday at the latest. We appreciate your patience!
6. Pick out your puppy. We want you to be happy with your puppy choice. While we feel it is important for each family to have a say and pick their perfect puppy, we are happy to offer any insight and answer any questions our families have about the puppies. We spend 24 hours a day with the puppies and know their personalities well. We strive to be able to offer as much insight as possible to our families when it comes time to make their choice. We will work with each family and help them pick the puppy with the personality best suited for them!
Families pick out their puppy based on their spot on the wait list. If you are 3rd on the list for males, then you would have third choice for the males. If you are third on the list for females, then you would have third choice for the females, and so on.
We begin the selection process at five weeks of age. We ask that families pick their puppy by 6 weeks of age so that the families below them on the list have an opportunity to pick their puppy in a timely manner. This is a very exciting time and we ask that you keep in mind that the other families on the list are excitedly waiting for their turn to know which puppy will be theirs.
We love to hear from our families and what they are looking for in their puppy. Coat, color, personality, what the family's lifestyle is so we can help match a puppy when the time comes. We spend almost 24/7 with our puppies and get to see all the different facets of their personalities within their litter, one on one etc. Along with the pictures and videos, we offer info about the puppies that we've observed to help our families make their selection.
If you have not picked your puppy by 6 weeks of age, we will give the families below you on the list the opportunity to pick before you. Please see our visitation policy on the right.
7. We accept many different forms of payment for the deposit and the balance. We accept cash and credit card. Payments via credit card will need to be done before picking up the puppy as we cannot run payments here at our home. Balance is due when puppies are 5 weeks old, unless paying with cash on the pick up day at 8 weeks. Then payment is made at time of pick-up. We will send out an invoice for both the deposit and balance. The invoice will give directions on how to pay.
8. Schedule a pick up time for your puppy. We can't wait to meet you and for you to meet your puppy! You can find the link to the calendar to book your pick up time on the "puppy info" page we will send you once the puppies are born. Be sure to book your pick up time ASAP to ensure the time you prefer is available. We have set pick up times because outside of the pick up times, we have a routine and responsibilities to keep with our other puppies/training puppies. We also usually meet with our flight nanny before or after our scheduled pick ups making any time adjustments very difficult. Every now and then we can accommodate a different time. The sooner the request is made, the better. This doesn't guarantee we can meet the request but it is easier to adjust our schedule ahead of time. Requests made less than two weeks before the pick up date will not be able to be accommodated.
9. Did you know Mountain Creek Doodles offer training programs? Click Here to find out more information on giving your puppy a great head start on his training with us!
We hope this helps our puppy families understand our labradoodle adoption process!!!
Additional Deposit Information
We require a $350 deposit to reserve a spot on a list and puppy choice is on a first come first serve basis (first on the list gets first choice and so on). We also require a $250 deposit if enrolling in our training program. The deposits are nonrefundable. Once you commit to choosing one of our puppies and/or training programs we then turn away other potential families. If you change your mind we then have to secure a new home for that puppy in a shortened amount of time. Since mother nature can be unpredictable, we are happy to apply any deposits toward a future litter if a planned litter doesn't come to fruition. We are also happy to apply the deposit to a future litter if the timing doesn't work out for your family as well.
In regards to the training deposit, we plan our training schedule based on the reservations we received. When there is a cancellation it is extremely disruptive to our training program.
From the moment these precious puppies are born they are held by us becoming used to being handled by people. We pay special attention to their ears, feet and toes. This makes it much easier as they get older to trim their nails and clean their ears. We also take the time beginning when the puppies are very young to perform Early Nueral Stimulation.
In the first few weeks they spend a great deal of time with mom in a big whelping box in the puppy room. Nursing, being cleaned, looked after and well taken care of. The puppies get used to a variety of sounds (and with our children) loud noises, so they are not nervous or easily scared.
Once they are about five weeks of age mom naturally spends a little time away from her babies to encourage the weaning process. We start them off with a mixture of high quality puppy food and baby cereal, or mush as we call it. As time goes on we gradually eliminate the baby cereal until they are only on puppy food and ready and able to eat at their new homes. While puppies are her they get used to, deep voices, high pitched voices (and with our grandson, yelling, squealing, giggling) big hands, little hands, men's hands, woman's hands and all the bustle of a regular household. Usually, our puppies will even sleep through cleaning and vacuuming because they are so used to the everyday sound of a home.
Mountain Creek offers an on site puppy Potty and Crate Training Boot Camp program for our puppies. Please visit our training page for more info!
All our puppies will go home with up to date vaccinations and up to date de-worming. They will also come home with a blankie that will smell like mom and litter mates, and a sample of the food they've been eating. They will be well socialized with children, people and other dogs.
We are always here to answer questions and provide information while you are on our list. The week before the puppies go home, we will send out an email with more information about bringing your puppy home along with tips and advice and to to make the adjustment to their new home as seamless as possible.
Once we receive proof of Spay/Neuter your puppy can be registered with the CKC.
We reserve the right of refusal when selling a puppy before or after a deposit has been received.
While we would love to have visits from families, we are not a kennel. We have two dogs that live with us that are our family pets. Please visit our Meet Mt Creek page to view more information about the Guardian homes we use for our breeding dogs.
Our visits are limited to families picking up their puppies, on the pick up dates set aside for each litter.
We understand that families want to make sure that their puppy is getting a happy, healthy start in life. We feel confident that our families will be assured of this when they come to our home on pick up day.
Prior to that day, families can view pictures and videos that include our home and facility on our website, on our social media and during their time on our list when we send pictures and videos of their litter.
It is our top priority to keep our puppies healthy while they are here with us. Visits can greatly increase their risk of being exposed to germs, bacteria, illness and disease. There are many diseases and sicknesses that can be given to puppies by something as simple as walking in our house or training building, even with your shoes off! Parvo bacteria can live on surfaces including socks, pants, purses, etc even through being laundered!
Sadly, there has been a major uptick in Parvo cases due to Covid-19, so we are extra vigilant. We care way too much for our puppies and our upcoming puppy families to put them at risk.
Since we have these restrictions, we update our puppy pictures weekly so families can keep up with their puppy's growth and are available to answer questions and offer advice during the puppy selection process.
We also have many videos and pictures on our website showing how our puppies are raised and the type of environment they are raised in. In addition we are blessed to have a multitude of testimonials accompanied with pictures, from families that have visited our home, and brought one of our puppies home.