Price, Payment, Deposit, and Policies
We've recently (May 2022) tweaked our process on our deposits, and our $300 deposit to reserve your puppy is now REFUNDABLE up until you select your puppy, but is still included in our asking price, so it goes toward your remaining balance. If we receive your deposit before the litter you're interested in is born, that means you're reserving your wait in line to choose your puppy after birth, and you're not committing to claiming and taking home a certain puppy. This means there's no reason to not send in a deposit to reserve a puppy from the litter you're interested in. If you're on our waitlist, what are you waiting for?! If you send your deposit and secure your pick of the litter, but haven't chosen your puppy yet, and then you decide the timing isn't right, or you find another puppy some other way, we can roll your deposit forward and keep you on the list for a future litter and keep you updated on available puppies and upcoming litters, or you can let us know if you change your mind and decide not to get one, but in a case like that your deposit would then be non-refundable, if you've already chosen a particular puppy and then changed your mind. We understand life happens and situations change. Even if you do commit to a certain puppy with your deposit, you can still change your mind and decide not to pay the remaining balance to receive that puppy, but after that point your deposit would not be returned. It's non-refundable from then on because it does take quite a bit of time and work on our end to care for your puppy and keep you updated. etc...
Our prices reflect that the parents of our puppies are now all health tested for diseases sometimes found in these Designer Doodle Breeds and Standard Poodles, and we do supply these results when you purchase one of our puppies. We also supply pedigree information. Sometimes a puppy or two may be discounted from the price list, for example, if a puppy is found to have an umbilical hernia, while another puppy may have a marked up price from the price list if there is an exceptional puppy that we're considering retaining for our breeding program. If you schedule with us in advance, we do offer free delivery to Anchorage when puppy is weaned, or we may be able to meet you in between to shorten your trip if we can't accommodate your schedule for delivery. Delivery will not likely be possible until puppies are 8 weeks of age as we want to make sure your puppy is doing well on dry food and is ready to go, and we usually have a puppy to ship out from Anchorage while we're there, which requires them to be at least 8 weeks old (FAA regulations). Sometimes puppies may be ready and available for pick up after 6 weeks of age. Let us know if you want us to consider you and your puppy for this option. We aim for puppies to be settling in at their new homes before they are 9 weeks old as we see this as ideal for strong bonding with new families and starting training before bad habits begin or set in. Contrary to advice you may have heard, we've found that the puppies that go home between 6-8 weeks rebound from their transition to their new home and family easier and faster than the puppies that stay with the breeder longer, as your puppy will begin bonding with us and our dogs and seeing us as their family and pack instead of you. We've received the most positive feedback coming from families reporting about amazing speed with potty training and socialization in those puppies that enter their new family and home environment at an age younger than 9 weeks. We use multiple factors to help us decide when puppy is ready to go home. Every puppy is different as far as how fast they are growing, getting their teeth in, and eating and digesting their dog food. We also consider things like when momma dog is ready for puppies to start going home, our schedule, and your schedule. Please stay in touch and keep us updated so we know if you're hoping to take puppy home at 6 weeks, or closer to 9 weeks. We cannot always keep your puppy past 9 weeks, but sometimes we can if we have enough heads up. We do charge a boarding fee if your puppy stays with us after 9 weeks of age.
To fly within Alaska, puppies must be 8 weeks of age. There may be extra charges for the vet visit to get a health certificate to fly. You will need an airline shipping kennel with food and water bowls for travel, and there would be a charge to purchase that for you. We usually purchase those at the local Wal-Mart to keep those expenses down for you. Depending on your location, and what airline can be used, we may be able to handle shipping arrangements. Open communication is a must if you need shipping, as we and the airlines need to be able to get a hold of you if/when we have questions or concerns about shipping your puppy. There may be a hotel, fuel, and labor charge to ship from Anchorage, depending on available flights and schedules, as a trip to Anchorage is an all day trip for us and requires my husband to stay home from work to care for dogs and puppies at home. We will always aim to ship at a time that won't require those extra expenses, but sometimes the only departing flight to a destination is in the middle of the night and requires an overnight hotel stay in Anchorage.
PRICES FOR DIXIE'S 2022 F1 MINI AUSSIEDOODLE LITTER W/FINLEY:
Black Tri-color (traditional) - $2,000
Tri-color merle (traditional) - $2,200
Kenai Peninsula Borough Sales Tax ($15) is added if your puppy is picked up within the Kenai Peninsula Borough. If we meet you in the city of Kenai or Soldotna another $15 is added for City Tax, for a total of $30 in sales tax.
We reserve the right to keep (or place in a guardian home) first and/or second pick of the litter for breeding stock, male or female.
For deposits and full payments upfront, we can accept a personal check, cashier's check, or money order, which can be made out to Lyndsey Sanchez and mailed to:
P.O. Box 3275
Soldotna, AK 99669
Please contact us to get approved and check availability before sending deposit.
The full balance for your puppy is due before puppy turns 4 weeks of age. If that's not possible in your current situation, we do ask that you at least send the full amount for your puppy by 4 weeks of age if picking up your puppy at 6 weeks of age. For puppies being delivered to Anchorage or shipped at 8 weeks of age, we request that your final payment be sent by mail no later than 6 weeks of age so that the payment has time to arrive in the mail and is cleared, so that we have funds to arrange for shipping and other puppy expenses, and can focus on getting puppies ready to go and arrangements to get puppy home instead of collecting payments. We do not and will not offer payment plans on our puppies, no exceptions. We do, however, accept PRE-payment if you prefer to pay early for your puppy before you spend it. Puppies will go home between 6-9 weeks of age, so plan, budget, and be ready. We can not guarantee that we will be able to hold your puppy past 9 weeks of age. It might be possible to board until 10 weeks of age with an added fee of $90/week or $15/day, if our schedule allows it. The earlier you can welcome your puppy into your family the better for closer bonding, better training, and a faster adjustment to his or her new surroundings. Please communicate schedule conflicts around the time your puppy should be going home before reserving your puppy and as they arise so we can try to accommodate in our schedule and make plans.
Your puppy will go home with new puppy tips, a health guarnantee, a collar, a dog tag with your address or phone number in case your puppy gets lost, a chew toy with mom's and siblings' scent on it, and some food in case you need to mix it to switch over to a new food. We also include pedigree information and any health and color testing results pertaining to puppy or parents. Our Standard Poodle puppies are AKC registered and go home with the litter certificate and papers to register your puppy. Most, if not all, of our Doodles can be registered after 6 months of age through CKC.
A loving family, a healthy, happy environment, and proper puppy training make a GREAT dog!
There will be a 2 year health guarantee with your puppy.
Some of our new puppy owners have health concerns with puppy vaccinations, some prefer to have them done by their own vet, on a different schedule, or prefer certain types of vaccines over others. For many different reasons, we've decided to leave decisions about vaccinations to our clients to handle once puppies go home. We hope our puppies' new families will first educate themselves about vaccinations so that they have no regrets down the road concerning immunizations and the future health of their dog. It is possible to over vaccinate, just like it's possible to over medicate, and yes, even some vets have been guilty of doing both. Vets do not always make the best health decisions for our pets. A good vet can be worth way more than you pay for, but please study the known side effects and risks of anything you give your dog, and weigh it against the risk of not giving it to your dog. Remember to consider more than one source for your information, hear arguments from both sides, pros and cons, before making these decisions that can make a life-long impact on your dog's quality of life. You can have your vet do a titers test to see if your dog has immunity before receiving unnecessary shots or boosters they will bill you for. It may cost a little more to do a titers in the short-term, but in the long-term it could save you and your dog a lot of pain, suffering, and vet visits. Many vaccines are good for 5-10 years and do not require boosters, and a titers test can check how immune your puppy or dog is to many different viruses. Many vets avoid vaccinating before 8-12 weeks of age. Rabies isn't given until after 12 weeks, and some vets like to wait until puppy is 5 months to give Rabies, when they are done receiving Parvo shots. Many believe waiting until 12-16 weeks of age for one shot, instead of boosters, increases likelihood greatly of stronger and more long-term immunity. Some blame vaccines and/or over vaccination for many ailments and diseases - from allergies and skin issues to lameness, cancers, and even death from the very disease the vaccine is supposed to be preventing. We had one Newfypoo puppy at the end of 2019, who over 3 weeks after going to her new home, was taken into the vet for a Parvo booster at 12 weeks of age (this was her 2nd shot), only to come down with Parvo just a few days later. The new owners are certain she either picked it up from the vet visit or the vaccine itself. Of course, the vet who vaccinated her both times denied that she could have gotten the virus from visiting his clinic, or the shot given her, and then handed the puppy's owner a huge bill for treating her for Parvo. Needless to say, she said she probably won't be seeing that vet again. You may want to speak to your vet about how to reduce the chances of your puppy contracting Parvo before taking your pupppy in for that first visit. We consider the vet's office to be the most likely place your puppy could contract Parvo. When we visit the vet, we carry our puppies while inside and outside their office to minimize exposure to our puppies. You can take your own towel or blanket to set down on the exam table to set puppy on, then place it in a plastic bag and discard it before you return home. A second or third vet opinion is always a good thing. There is safety in many counselors. Even before vaccinating your puppy, or before completing vaccination, we still always recommend maximizing opportunities for socialization with older dogs and puppies who haven't visited the vet recently (recently vaccinated dogs can shed the virus and infect young puppy, especially if given the live modified vaccine), to ensure puppy doesn't develop anxieties about or aggression towards new people or places due to lack of those new experiences as a puppy. Save puppy classes and play dates with younger dogs until you are confident about your puppy's immunity, but still do socialize with neighbors, friends, family, and their dogs as often and early as possible.
Because we've had healthy puppies before deworming get sick and refrain from nursing for 24 hours after deworming, we are no longer deworming young nursing puppies as a preventative. We only deworm your puppy if we suspect or observe a worm issue is present, in which case you would be informed. During summer months we may use an herbal worm prevention on our adult dogs from Molly's Herbals, purchased online. At times, our adult dogs are dewormed before breeding to reduce the chances that mom and puppies will have worms while mom is pregnant or while puppies are nursing. We're pleased to say that our dogs and puppies have been worm-free for the last 2 years - without deworming! Consider the side effects a harsh dewormer can have on a suckling puppy's system and delicate tummy. Have your vet check your puppy for worms before allowing him or her to deworm and bill you for it. You will need to take in a recent stool sample for this.
TAIL DOCKING AND DEW CLAW REMOVAL POLICY:
We do not dock tails or remove dew claws on our puppies. Your puppy comes to you missing no parts. Yes, sometimes dogs can be injured by a door being slammed on a tail or a dew claw getting snagged. Yes, people have accidentally slammed their finger in a door, but we don't recommend surgically removing your fingers just because they could be injured someday. The tail is believed to help with balance and swimming, the dew claws are believed to help with fighting, hunting, and climbing. Surgical removal can also lead to infection, inflammation, nerve damage and/or skin irritation down the road, which would defeat the purpose of removing them to avoid possible injury. While we don't perform these procedures on our puppies, if you like the look of a cropped tail, or you don't want to have to groom around dew claws, you could have your vet do those surgeries later. If you plan to spay or neuter your dog, that would be an ideal time to do it while he or she is under anesthesia already.
We do not spay or neuter our puppies. They come to you fully intact. We do not require a spay/neuter contract. That is another decision we leave for our customers to make about their own dog they've paid for, and another decision that can potentially alter a dog's health long-term. We believe you should make health care decisions for your own dog. There are various pros and cons to both sides of this issue. Please research them thoroughly from various sources with differing opinions. You are the one that has to deal with the consequences either way, so you should be aware of all the possible outcomes and be prepared and willing to cope.
Whatever you do, do not spay/neuter your dog too early. There are different opinions on when "too early" is, even vets argue on this, but most would place that cut-off at 12 months of age, but many vets say, and I would agree, that 2 years is even better, especially for larger breeds like the Newfiedoodle and Bernedoodle. I do know people who regretted early spay/neutering due to it resulting in serious, painful, and expensive health conditions such as cancers and ligament and joint issues like hip-dysplasia. We've spoken to several people who have complained the surgery caused their puppy/dog to have permanent urinary incontinence and are now on medication for life. Studies have been done showing sex hormones can GREATLY reduce maladies such as these from ever developing, simply by spaying and neutering dogs later in life! Here's what AKC had to say about it:
If you decide not to spay/neuter, or decide to do so later, please be sure that while your dog is intact, that you have your dog with you on a leash (not tied out unsupervised), or in a fenced yard that is secure, so that your dog can not take off and breed another dog in heat, or become bred by a stray. Your female dog should be supervised while outside during her heat cycle, even if there are no intact males in your neighborhood. Males can be attracted from long distances. If your male dog is marking in the house, whining, panting, howling, pacing, experiencing increased respiration and heart rate, wanting to go out often and staring out the window, there may be a female in heat in your neighborhood, and you need to make sure your dog doesn't decide to bolt when you're not aware. Even the most loyal and obedient male will chase after a girl in standing heat. If your dog is bred accidentally, please let us know immediately so that we can help you decide what your best options might be going forward as far as finding them homes or collecting information from us so that you can market them at a decent price worth the work you will no doubt put in, and you can find them good homes. We are pro-life even with our dogs, so we would never advocate abortion of "oops" puppies. Even the most responsible breeders and owners may have accidents. Our aim is to advise and support, not dictate or judge.
If you think you MIGHT intentionally breed your dog down the road, we need to know so we can help you choose a puppy that would be ideal for that purpose. A dog with testes that have not descended (we've only seen a couple male puppies with that issue so far) or with an umbilical hernia will not be suitable for breeding. Also, if we know you are considering breeding we may be able to provide you with valuable information about your puppy, our dogs, their backgrounds, and/or provide you with registration and health testing documents that can help you breed more responsibly. If you tell us your plans about who you plan to breed your dog to, we can tell you if your dog is a half or full brother or sister to the intended mate, which is likely if the mate you have found is a Designer Doodle or a Standard Poodle bred or living in Alaska. We've been breeding Poodles and Doodles in Alaska since 2017, and probably have a couple hundred puppies living in Alaska. This is why communication with us about your breeding plans is key for responsible breeding on your part. We can not be responsible for what you breed if you do not share your breeding intentions with us so that we can best advise and assist you. We have no intention to dictate to you about the breeding of your dog, we only want to ensure you know all that we know so that you can make a well-informed and responsible decision. We do not charge extra for breeding rights or full registration on purebred Poodles, so there's no reason not to tell us of your plans to breed. If you inform us of that intention, and we fail to get you the documents you need to breed responsibly, please contact us, even if it's years later. We do keep all the information you need years down the road and we can pass it on to you without extra charge.
Our dogs are very healthy and active dogs. None have been diagnosed to have health conditions, and we test all mates to ensure no inherited diseases are bred into their offspring. All of our dogs are now genetic health tested for their breed or Doodle design so that we and our customers can be assured they are getting puppies bred intentionally for health.
Some of our parent dogs have completed OFA testing, or have parents that have, but not all. Keep in mind that such testing on dogs, their parents, or grandparents, does not guarantee us anything. Hip testing, for example, only tells us what is LESS LIKELY to occur. There are environmental factors that can effect your puppy's growth structurally. A puppy that is crated all day every day and curled up in a ball may not grow up to have adequate strength, straightness, and support in his spine. A puppy that grows up raised on dog food lacking in the proper amount of proteins and fats for her age or size may not thrive as much as her siblings. It's not good for growing puppies to jump on and off of high furniture, climb up and down a lot of stairs, in and out of a high vehicle, or slide around on ice and slippery floors all day. Puppies and dogs do better with traction and even surfaces for sound structure and skeletal development. Please google x-rays of a 2 week old puppy compared to a 6 month old puppy, and you will very quickly begin to understand why it's not recommended for a 4 month old puppy to go on a 5k run with his owner. Just as you can't expect a toddler to run a mile with you, puppies also need time to grow to maturity to be ready for long periods of exercise, yet puppies very much need short periods of exercise appropriate for their age and ability. Listen to your puppy if she is whining on a walk. She may be telling you she is tired and aching. Long hikes and extensive walks or going for a run can do serious damage to your puppy's rapidly growing body.
While it's important to us to offer healthy, quality puppies that exceed the expectations of our customers, we simply cannot guarantee that your puppy will never get sick or develop some sort of condition. How you raise your puppy, how you feed him or her, and other environmental conditions also have a HUGE roll in keeping your puppy healthy. Just like with humans, just because a dog develops a heart condition, doesn't mean the parents had heart issues. An alcoholic, overweight smoker that never exercises and continually pumps toxins into his body instead of life-giving, nutritious foods, will likely have many more illnesses than his full sibling that lives a healthy lifestyle.
Ensuring a Good Fit:
While we don't get invasive and require our clients to fill out applications, provide references, and sign 5 pages of contracts as if they were buying a house, we feel we have better policies that ensure a good fit. The first is our 2 week trial period. If your puppy is returned with 2 weeks of puppy going home to you, we can offer full money back, minus your deposit, or we can do an exchange for a different puppy, whichever you prefer. We've only had 2 families take us up on this since 2017, and those were families that had more than one baby and/or toddlers (some with special needs) at home and they realized a puppy wasn't going to work for their family dynamics at that time (although many growing families with little ones and special needs have had great success with our puppies, and the puppies that didn't work for their first families were placed in new homes with young children and thrived).
Our good fit policies aren't just for the first 2 weeks, though. That's just the period of time that we offer full money back (minus the deposit) or equal exchange. If at any time our customers are not satisfied with their puppy, someone in the family develops allergies to their dog, or if circumstances ever change so that our customers have a hardship and struggle to keep and care for their dog, while we may not be able to buy the dog back at full price, being past the 2 week trial period, we can probably offer more for the dog's return than if the customer were to rehome him or take him to a shelter. We offer this buy-back to ensure that none of our puppies ever wind up at a shelter or in a home that can't provide quality care, love, time, and a healthy environment. That said, we are not hoarders, so we will probably place puppy with one of our clients for a better situation. There have only been a few instances since 2017 when our customers decided it was in everyone's best interest to return their dog to us to be placed with another family, and neither were the fault of the puppy or the owner, just unforeseen change of circumstances for the puppy's owners. We have a great record for finding the best homes for our babies. Whether you've had your puppy for a week or a year, please contact us and see what we can do to make sure you and our puppy are happy going forward. Again, we're not here to judge. We're here to help!