Puppy Information and Contract
Here you will find lots of information about our puppies, how they are raised, and what you can expect with a Buck Branch puppy. This page should answer many of the questions you may have but always feel free to reach out to us with additional questions. Also visit our social media pages for many pictures and updates of our previous puppies.
BUCK BRANCH BORDER COLLIES
Upcoming Litters 2021-2022
AKC and/or ABCA Registered Puppies
**Due to Covid-19, some of our protocols and plans have been modified**
Our puppies are raised inside of our home where they are exposed to many sights, sounds and smells that are found in most homes. We handle our puppies constantly and often have many "play days" where our pups can meet many different people and children. We utilize ENS and Puppy Culture protocol to start our puppies off the best way possible. This ensures a smooth and easy transition into new homes and builds a confident, happy puppy. We strive to produce puppies with sound minds, healthy bodies and super temperaments! Our puppies are not only the best companions and house dogs, but also tremendous athletes that find success in any sport you take them to.
The majority of our litters are registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club), but could be registered with ABCA (upon request), as most of our dogs are dual registered. All puppies will be registered with LIMITED registration (non-breeding). Each litter announcement will state which registry the litter will be registered with. I will provide the application for registration with AKC (American Kennel Club) in your puppy pack with instructions as to how to fill out properly. It is important to send in your applications for registration so that my litter records are complete. If the litter is to be registered with ABCA, I will send in the litter application once all names of puppies are received from new families. Please ask if you have any questions about registration!
Vaccines and Preventions:
All pups will be dewormed multiple times and will receive their first vaccination. Pups will have received a full physical examination by my veterinarian prior to leaving my home and given health certificates if flying to their new home. Any health concerns raised by my veterinarian will be discussed with new owners and a decision can be made as to the purchase of said puppy. If additional evaluation regarding any health concern is recommended by my veterinarian, that will be done at my expense prior to the pup leaving my home. Once pups are with their new owners, any additional evaluations or tests will be done at your expense. If the decision is made not to take any puppy in question, another pup may be chosen from the current or future litter. I microchip all of my pups prior to leaving and you will have the registration application in your puppy pack. Make sure to register your microchip! A microchip does no good if no one knows about it. All medical information, health clearances, and vaccine information on puppies and their parents will be provided and be found within the puppy pack. We use Sentinel heartworm prevention with our adults and new puppies can be started once they are settled in their homes. We also use Nexgard, Frontline or Seresto collars for flea and tick control. Most climates require tick control the majority of the year due to prevalence of ticks. Consult with your veterinarian if you have questions about which preventions to use.
I feed all of my adult dogs a raw diet with a small amount of kibble (Purina Pro Plan Sport). I will start puppies on Pro Plan kibble and let new families choose whether to feed a raw diet. I will not start puppies on raw simply because some owners will not pursue this in the future. I will provide a sample bag of this kibble for you to use in the transition to the food of your choice. If you choose to change foods, I have found it to be easier on your pup if you gradually introduce the new food into the current diet over the course of 5-7 days. This will help prevent stomach upset that could occur if the food is changed abruptly. I have been feeding pups 2-3 times daily and recommend feeding them at least twice daily until one year old. Consult with your veterinarian if you aren’t sure what brand or type of food to feed, although many veterinarians will not recommend a raw diet. Purina Pro Plan is one of five diets approved by the WSAVA and our dogs and pups do wonderfully on this food.
Treats and Training:
All of our puppies will be introduced to training treats before they leave our home. We utilize only positive, force free methods of training and expect our new owners to pursue the same. Puppies will be exposed to a clicker, treats, lots of toys and will be encouraged to offer good behaviors for reward. I will provide a sample of the pups favorite treats but be sure to stock up on multiple kinds before your pup comes home. Puppies will also be exposed to collars and leashes, will have individual play and training time, and will be constantly evaluated for drive, temperament and disposition. This ensures that all puppies are placed in the appropriate home for them.
Deposits and Wait Lists:
We start keeping wait lists for litters a year or two in advance, ensuring we have the best homes lined up for our puppies before a breeding even takes place. Deposits are not necessary to be included on our waiting lists, however it is encouraged once a pregnancy has been confirmed. Some families have preference for gender and/or color and prefer to wait until puppies are born before placing a deposit. That is perfectly understandable and acceptable. However, we cannot hold a puppy without a deposit. I have tried to reserve puppies for folks without a deposit before, and it just doesn't work. Therefore, a deposit of $500 is required to hold your spot on my list and reserve a particular puppy. Please note that deposits are non-refundable! Sometimes, life happens and emergencies arise. In the case of emergency, a deposit can be refunded depending on the circumstance. Note that changing your mind, finding a different puppy, or "you've waited too long" are NOT emergencies and deposits will not be refunded. If a suitable pup is not found within the litter you are waiting for, deposits will be transferred to the next available litter or litter of your choice.Payment can be made through PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay or cash.
We do not utilize a "first come" basis when choosing puppies and have no picking order. Instead, we work closely with each family and pick the puppy best suited for them. We spend LOTS of time with our pups from the minute they are born, watching and learning about each individual. We use the Puppy Culture protocol which involves a tremendous amount of handling and understanding of each puppy. This allows us to watch personalities and temperaments as they develop. We assess each puppy's strengths, stability, drive, energy level, and dispositions constantly throughout their time with us. This ensures that we can match each puppy with the appropriate family, based on their needs and circumstances. We want each puppy to have the best family match possible! Puppy selections typically occur between 5-7 weeks old or once their personalities really become apparent. Please note that once puppy selections start, a deposit will need to be in place to hold that puppy for you. Obviously, we try our best to take into consideration any gender or color preferences. However, puppies will not be chosen on gender or color alone. No exceptions!
We typically welcome all new puppy families to come and visit as much as they like. However, due to Covid-19, we will be implementing a new policy regarding visits. We will not be allowing any puppy visits prior to 6 weeks old (minimum) or pups are able to go outside in our puppy play area. All visits must be scheduled at least a week in advance, will be held outdoors in one of our play areas (weather permitting), and we will allot plenty of time in between visits for cleaning and sanitizing. We want all of our families to feel safe and comfortable visiting their new puppies. If you have questions about this, don't hesitate to contact me.
A substantial puppy pack will be provided with your new pup that we will go over at the time of pick up. Registration information, microchip enrollment, a sample of food, a toy, all medical information, vaccine/deworming history, pedigree for the litter, and all genetic testing of the parents will be included in this pack. It is important that we review this prior to taking your new puppy home. For puppies traveling via plane, puppy packs can be mailed to new families prior to the puppy leaving my home. This will give you a chance to review all of this information prior to to the "big day". We do not ship puppies alone via airline cargo. Families are encouraged to fly or drive to us to pick up their puppy in person.
Please read the terms of placement thoroughly and ask any questions you may have. If you agree to these terms, please sign, date and return to me via e-mail or bring with you at the time of pick up. Remember, if a suitable pup is not found in this litter, your deposit will be transferred to our next litter. Please note that deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Terms of Placement:
The purchase price of my pups is $2000, no matter gender, color or litter. All pups will be registered on a non-breeding status unless approved by myself. Breeding rights can be discussed and could be an option if all stipulations are agreed upon. Otherwise, there are many desexing options available through various veterinarians. I am more than happy to discuss these choices with you. I do NOT recommend spaying or neutering at an early age. It is best to wait as long as possible for the health of your puppy, and I prefer to wait until ~12 months of age.
I guarantee all puppies to be healthy and happy at the time they leave my home. Puppies have been dewormed and vaccinated (age appropriate) and new owners agree to continue appropriate veterinary care, including vaccinations and deworming’s based on the advice of your veterinarian. All puppies traveling via air will have a health certificate within 72 hours of travel. Please advise if a health certificate is needed for your travel.
My pups have been very well socialized and exposed to many sights, smells, sounds, dogs, and people. I raise my puppies with Puppy Culture and do ENS, as I try to start puppies off as best as possible. Video and pictures will be taken regularly so that new families can watch the litter grow and learn. New families agree to continue socializing their pup, take training classes when available, and provide the appropriate physical and mental stimulation for their new family member. This is very important to ensure that my puppies are the best that they can be.
The sire and dam of this litter have been DNA tested for genetic disorders and either OFA or PennHip certified to be free of hip dysplasia. Documentation of these tests will be provided to you. If at any point your puppy develops a genetic health problem determined by your veterinarian (documentation provided), I will offer a replacement puppy from a current or future litter or in some situations, offer a refund. If you do not want to keep the dog/puppy in question, please return to me.This is not optional.
If at any time the health or disposition of any of my puppies/dogs is in question, please notify me immediately. I do my very best to breed and place very healthy, happy puppies. My breeding program is based entirely on the health and stable temperament of my breeding adults. If a situation arises and you are unable to keep any puppy or dog you purchased from me, please return to me regardless of age or reason. I will always take back any puppy or dog purchased from me. Please note that purchase money will NOT be refunded if you return a puppy/dog to me.
I am always available for my puppy families if you need help or advice, so please always keep me informed.
Remember to give your new pup time to adjust, get to know you, and learn your routine. A general guideline for new puppies: 3 days to decompress, 3 weeks to learn your schedule and routine, 3 months and it’s like they’ve always been there. Give them this time!
Christy Bierema - Seller (Buck Branch Border Collies)
New Owner - Buyer
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