1. Fill out the Puppy Application Form (Labradoodle 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. At this time all our puppies are sold as pets. We do not sell our puppies with breeding rights. We do have a spay/nueter 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. 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 us anytime 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. 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.
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.
Have plans that coincide with your puppy's pick up date? We offer one boarding option to pick your puppy up two weeks after the original pick up date for a special price. Puppy will not be enrolled in our training program, but will still work on using a doggie door for pottying to reinforce that pottying is for outside, have some exposure to crate time and will receive an abundance of love, care and socialization from us!
9. Did you know Mountain Creek Offers 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). The deposit is nonrefundable since once you commit to choosing one of our puppies 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.
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 three - four 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. Once they are mobile we take them out in the yard, let them have individual free time in our house. They get used to big hands, little hands, men's hand's woman's hands, deep voices, high pitched voices (and with our kids, yelling, squealing, giggling) and all the bustle of a regular household. Usually, our puppies will even sleep through my vacuuming because they are so used to the everyday sound of a home.
Mountain Creek offers on site puppy training programs 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 bring home a 2 year health guarantee, puppy contract, 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 our 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 do enjoy visits from families, we are not a kennel
and therefore only have two dogs that live with us that are available to meet. 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.
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 the house with your shoes on!
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.
What size kennel should I buy?
For small mini Labradoodles(10-14lbs), we recommend the small size wire crate. For large mini and medium size Labradoodles, we recommend the medium size wire crate. Many stores sell crates that have dividers. This allows new puppy owners the ability to buy the crate that will fit their Labradoodle when it's an adult, but make it smaller when it is just a puppy. We suggest crates with dividers whenever possible.
What's with the ribbon colors?
We use different ribbons on each of the puppies so that we may keep track of their weights, and tell puppies apart while they are young.
What is my new puppy's eating schedule?
Your puppy will be eating three times a day. Morning, afternoon, and evening. If possible, continue to feed your new puppy that afternoon feeding for another week or two. If the afternoon feeding doesn't work with your schedule, two feedings a day is fine. We recommend keeping the puppy's feedings on a schedule as much as possible. We also suggest not feeding your new puppy past 6:30p.m., as this will help the puppy make it through the night in his crate
How much food will my puppy need per serving?
Small mini Labradoodles will be eating about 1 cup per day. Large mini Labradoodles will be eating 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups. Medium Labradoodles will be eating 2 - 2 1/2 cups per day.
What will I need for the puppy?
Your new puppy will need a crate(if you plan on crate training), plenty of toys, a collar, a leash, food and water bowl and a brush.
How should I transfer the puppy home?
Your puppy will be happy to ride comfortably on your lap when going home. Most puppies fall asleep on the ride to their new home. A crate is another way to transport the puppy, if you feel more comfortable having the puppy secured in one spot during the trip. For families that are unable to pick up their puppies in person, we do allow puppies to fly to them. Please contact us to make arrangements.
How soon do I need to take my new puppy in for a check-up after I pick him up?
The puppy will need to get a check up within 3 business days of bringing him home. Many times, the second set of shots can be done during this visit.
Training Your Puppy
For additional tips for training your Labradoodle, visit our Labradoodle Training page.
Did you know Mountain Creek Offers two training programs? Click Here to find out more information on giving your puppy a great head start on his training with us!