Because appointments are conducted out of my family home, it is important that you make an appointment to view the puppies. We do not accept anyone who has decided to just show up to visit with their puppy – no matter what distance you have traveled. Also, please note, that we do not allow any handling of any kind on puppies who have not received their vaccinations. The puppies will receive their first series of vaccines at 8 weeks of age.
1. Our puppies are shown by appointment only, with a minimum of 2 days advance notice. We schedule appointments for viewing puppies approximately 1.5 hours apart. Please be prompt for your appointment, so that you have adequate time to spend with the puppies that interest you while also being considerate of the needs of the customer who may be scheduled after you. If you arrive an hour or more late, it is quite likely that the very puppies you came to see are all “played out” and are ready for a long nap by the time you arrive or have already been spoken for. Frequently, our customers drive long distances, and go to considerable expense to make the trip to visit our puppies. We also have customers who fly in for only a few hours, and have to get back to the airport in order to catch a flight home. We want all of our customers to have the same time and attention that they deserve when visiting us, and unfortunately cannot always accommodate “late comers” when we have a busy day. Please make every effort to be on time for your appointment, and to call in advance if you are going to be late or not be able to make the appointment!
Puppy showings are limited to 1 hour, which is ample time for making an informed choice. Extended showings may be available by request…please call to make arrangements in advance if you desire an extended showing.
2. You will be asked to identify what type of puppy that may interest you before the appointment. Please don’t ask to see “all the puppies”! While it is our goal to help you choose the right puppy for your family, and we want you to take an adequate amount of time in choosing a puppy, we are aware that it is counterproductive to overwhelm customers with too many choices when they come to visit. We strive to present our available puppies on our website in enough detail so that customers have adequate information in advance to spend their appointment time with a reasonable number of puppies that suit their criteria. We are happy to discuss the puppies with you in detail prior to your visit so that you may optimize your time spent with the puppies.
3. If you are a parent who is interested in purchasing a pet for your younger child, you may benefit from the following advice:
Most children, especially small children, will be thrilled with any pet you bring home to them, and it is generally best if the parents choose the pet. Unless you plan to actually allow your child to choose the puppy, it is unwise to bring them along thinking that you will convince them to “choose” the one that you would have chosen! It is usually better to select two or three puppies in advance that would be acceptable to you, and then to allow your child to choose from among them. Many is the time that we have seen what was supposed to be a happy family experience turn into a tearful disaster when parents don’t strategize in advance!
Be aware that children typically bond with the first puppy they pick up. If a child holds a single puppy for any length of time while you are evaluating numerous other puppies, that child probably won’t want to consider any other puppy besides the one he or she has been holding. If two or three children in a family are all bonding with a different puppy at the same time, chances are that at least some of them will be very disappointed when the final decision is made. All the “decision makers” interacting with the same puppy at once, one at a time, is usually a better way to approach making a group choice.
We will show you puppies that are within your stated price range, and are consistent with the other criteria that you have specified. It is not a good idea to encourage your children to interact with puppies that are priced above your desired budget, or that are in some other way not compatible with your criteria – too small, too large, male or female, etc.
4. Please be aware that puppies of differing ages are at different stages in their social development. Older puppies typically take a little longer to “warm up” to strangers than younger puppies do. This is true and expected of puppies who are well socialized and developing normally. This is analogous to children of different ages and stages responding differently to strangers. Consider the difference in response between a 3 month old infant who has been handed off to a stranger, compared to that of a four year old! The older the child, the more aware they are that they are in the hands of a stranger. Similarly, it is a mistake to compare an 8 week old puppy to a 10 weeks or a 12 week old puppy in terms of its initial friendliness. As puppies mature, they are more aware that you are a “stranger” to them, and it is normal for them to cautiously evaluate you before interacting with you. It is also a mistake to assume that the puppy who approaches you first has “chosen” you–he may just think you have some interesting smells on your shoes! Plan to spend an adequate amount of time evaluating each puppy before rushing to a decision based on a certain puppy’s initial response to you.
Ideally, when introducing yourself to a puppy, you should squat or sit down, speak in soft, encouraging tones, and wait for the puppy to get comfortable with having you in his environment. Initially, allow the puppy to take his time in approaching you, allowing him to sniff your clothing and/or your hand before reaching for him to pick him up. This usually takes 5-10 minutes. If after allowing him to get a feel for your presence, he acts interested, but doesn’t quite know how to make an approach, you may then gently reach for him or pick him up. Please keep in mind that the names/colors we assign to the pictures on our website are for identification purposes only, and that the puppies do not know their names.
NEVER PICK UP A PUPPY WHO IS UNFAMILIAR WITH YOU AND FLIP HIM OVER ONTO HIS BACK AS A TEST OF HIS TEMPERAMENT!!! A puppy rightfully and instinctively interprets this as an outright act of aggression! (imagine how terrifying it would be to a five year old child to have a stranger stride into her nursery school and body slam her onto the floor as a test of her friendliness! Most children would run screaming out of the room in this situation.) Only after you have spent 30 minutes or more holding a puppy and gaining his confidence should you gently and slowly see how he responds to being in a supine position!
Hold the puppies so that their hind legs are supported, not “dangling”. If a small child who is unable to correctly support the puppy wants to hold the puppy, have them sit down “Indian style” on the floor and place the puppy on the floor between their legs. It is very important that you prepare your children for the experience of choosing a puppy, so that it is a happy and memorable event for everyone, including the puppy!
5. Please keep in mind that our puppy’s home is also our home. For disease control and my family’s privacy, we do not provide tours of our home, and we do not allow children or adults free access to all areas of our property. Please instruct everyone in your party to remain within the areas that are designated for viewing our puppies.
6. For infection control, we must insist that you do not bring your dog along to participate in choosing a puppy.
7. We frequently get requests from customers who are interested in scheduling a trial visit for the purpose of exposing themselves or a family member to the Bichon Frise breed to determine whether they will be able to tolerate them from an allergy standpoint. We encourage our customers to make this determination before purchasing a puppy, and are happy to accommodate such a visit; however, our time is very valuable so we can make the appointment for 30 minutes. And please when you make your appointment, let me know that this is what you are interested in doing this – because I may have had my son’s Corgi just visit and a Corgi and certainly not appropriate for allergies.
8. Out of town customers are encouraged to arrange to stay at pet friendly hotels or to plan their visit for early in the day, so that they may take their puppy with them on the day of their initial visit. Please do not assume that we will be available to accommodate a return visit the following day without making prior arrangements.
9. All puppies are given a “go home date”, please don’t assume that I can keep your puppy later than the given date. If you cannot take the puppy home on the given date, then a boarding fee of $10 per day will be assessed and paid in advanced.
Our puppy prices will vary from puppy to puppy based upon a number of factors, many of which we cannot determine until a puppy is a few weeks old or older. If there is not a price on the puppy you are interested in, please contact me for more information. All prices listed and quoted are for AKC Limited Registration.
It is our intent to provide a FOREVER loving pet home for our babies. AKC Full Registration is rarely given but is considered on a case by case basis. It is imperative that our babies are placed in a loving environment and they remain as part of your family. The Bichon Frise breed bonds very strongly with their human families and we feel that intentionally placing them in homes where they will not be permanent members is not in their best interest. Full registration is never given on tiny type females as their health and safety is our priority.