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Everyone interested in purchasing a Windy Mesa puppy must complete our Placement Questionnaire . A $100 deposit is required to hold the pup of your choice; puppies are picked in the order deposits are received.
Our puppies are born and raised inside our home under nearly constant supervision. From their first week, they are carefully handled, petted and their feet stroked to decrease sensitivity. We also administer the Early Neurological Stimulation exercises designed by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia to help with each puppy's mental and physical development. During their time with us, puppies are exposed to any number of sounds, surfaces and people, plus our other dogs and a variety of toys. Potty training and crate training will be well underway, and leash training will begin at 6 1/2 to 7 weeks of age. Two temperament tests are given: one by the breeder at 5 to 6 weeks, and one by an outside party at 7 to 8 weeks. Structural evaluations will be performed at 7 1/2 or 8 weeks by a fellow Australian Shepherd breeder knowlegable in the Aussie breed standard and conformation.
All puppies will have their tails docked and dewclaws removed at 2-3 days old; anyone that wishes to have their puppy's tail and/or dewclaws left intact must choose their puppy and pay half the purchase price before they are 2 days old. Puppies will be vet-checked, dewormed, and shots will be up-to-date before going to their new homes. Eye clearances may or may not be administered, depending on if our CERF-certified ophthalmologist is in the area at that time, but we will try our best to make sure they've had an eye exam.
Puppies will be ready to go to their new homes at approximately 8 weeks of age. We recommend puppy buyers come pick up their pup in person, as we prefer not to ship our dogs (however, if you want to fly your puppy back with you as a carry-on, that is perfectly acceptable). This will also help you to choose firsthand the puppy that's right for you. If you are unable to travel this far, we may be able to make arrangements to meet with you somewhere in between. Shipping will be considered only as a last resort, and extra fees will apply to cover expenses to and from the airport, traveling crate, etc.
We strongly believe in responsible breeding. All of our breeding stock have a minimum of their hips and eyes checked before breeding, and each pedigree is carefully researched before breeding pairs are decided on. We try our best to make sure that every puppy we produce is physically and genetically sound, not only to benefit the buyer, but also for the benefit of the breed. We require that all potential buyers fill out a questionnaire to not only ensure that each Aussie puppy goes to a good home, but to the right home.
Please keep in mind that Aussies are not for everyone (please read the article below).
* * * We do not discriminate price based on sex, temperament, color, eye color, or trim, except when it conflicts with the breed standard * * *
* complete health record
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How much do your puppies cost?
Why don't you sell puppies as Pet or Show Quality?
What is "Early Neurological Stimulation" and how is it beneficial?
What are "Temperament Tests" and what do they involve?
What do you mean by "biddable"?
What is "trainability"?
What is a "Structural Evaluation" and why is it important?
Why are eye exams important to have done on a puppy?
Where are you located?
For more information, please feel free to contact us.
Chris & Esther Ivey * P.O. Box 1216, Bloomfield, NM 87413 * phone & fax (505)333-2662 * cell & text (505)215-3287 * firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Australian Shepherd breed, please visit the sites listed on our Links & Resources page.
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