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Companions, Performance, and Conformation
Older Puppy Program
So many people call me asking if I have an older puppy or young adult dog available, especially retirees, that one day I thought maybe I should try offering a new service.  What if I keep a puppy for a couple of months and train it for families that will have a hard time raising a young puppy?  By then the dog is pretty reliable about pottying outside, or on designated surfaces such as pee pads, and it knows some basic obedience commands.  

With that in mind, I kept a puppy from my 2012 Empires litter until she was six months old before offering her for sale.  Kemet was an easy dog with a great personality.  She was a little shy like her mom and I thought she would benefit from extra socialization to overcome that.  Kemi went home at the age seven months and was already working on off lead training.  She went potty on command and was pretty much house trained.  I decided that it was feasible to offer older puppies as long as I have a definite home waiting, but determined that six months was too long. Up to four months seemed more reasonable since the puppy would still be past the point where it had to be taken out every 2-4 hours, which seemed to be the biggest factor for seniors.

Here is how the Older Puppy Program works: it is not for everyone, just homes that have a reason why raising a young puppy would be a strain. The family has to request the service in the beginning.  I cannot train more than one puppy at a time so the first to request to participate in the program will be the only one for that litter. I cannot keep a puppy for the program if I keep a puppy from the litter for my breeding program, so it is not always available.

The new family must pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 on the date that the puppy was due to go home that will be credited toward the purchase price. The purpose of the deposit is to ensure that the puppy has a home at the end of the program.

The new family must cover all expenses that they would have to pay if the puppy were in their home.  This includes vet care, preventative medications for heartworms and fleas, and grooming if the new family wants their puppy to get used to going to professional groomers.  

There is no additional cost for the training that I do or for housing the puppy for the extra months.

 That is it!  Pretty simple and hopefully great for people who need a partially trained dog rather than an 8-10 week old puppy.