DragonRam Doodles, Australian Labradoodle Breeder in Ottawa ON
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The Adoption Process
for a DragonRam puppy

First steps

The first step in adopting a DragonRam Doodles Labradoodle Puppy is completing our application form.

Once we have received your application form, we will send you an e-mail to let you know we got it. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours, please call us at 613-552-3066 to ensure it was not overlooked for some reason or lost in cyberspace!

After reviewing the application we will call you to discuss your preferences, what you’re looking for in a puppy / dog, what your family lifestyle is like, etc. All of this covered in the form, but having a chat is good way to get more details and feel for who you are. Once we agree that one of our puppies suit your family, the next steps vary slightly depending whether we have puppies “on the ground” or  we are between litters.

Deposit

If we have puppies available or soon to be born, we will ask you to send in a $500 deposit. You will be welcome to come visit the puppies once they are at least two weeks old.

If we are not expecting puppies for a while, we will place you on a reserve list. Once we have bred one of our dams and are pretty sure that puppies are on the way, we will send you an e-mail to verify your interest in this particular litter and let you know when we will know for sure that we will be having puppies. We do an ultrasound at about four weeks’ gestation to confirm pregnancy get a preliminary puppy count. This is an important step because things don’t always go as planned - in spring 2015 we had one failed mating, much to our disappointment! Once we have confirmation, we will send you another e-mail to let you know the good news and request your $500 deposit. We’ll send you a birth announcement once the puppies arrive, and you can watch for our (more or less) weekly updates on our blog and come visit the puppies after they are at least two weeks of age.

Puppy visits

At any point during this process, you are welcome to join us on our Doodle Romps, where we get together with our former pups and their families for some social time and a walk through the neigbouring (urban) forest and fields. This is a great opportunity to see the dogs in action, get a first-hand look at the variety of colours and sizes, and chat with other Labradoodle lovers! Information on upcoming Romps will be posted to the Calendar on our Who we are page and announced on our blog. 

After the puppies are born, you can follow their progress through the (more or less) weekly updates we post on our blog,

Your visits with the puppies will allow you to interact with them and get a sense of the different personalities, and just address that puppy craving. But don’t get too attached to any particular puppy, because allocation doesn’t happen until the pups are at least seven weeks old.

Puppy allocation

Most people come to us saying “I’d like a light-coloured dog” or “the puppy has to be female” or “we’d like a dog about 30 lbs” or the like. For our part, however, we focus on matching the temperament of the dog to the lifestyle of the family. Colour, sex, and size are “first impression” external features. But what if that “perfect” puppy with all the right physical characteristics is a lively, energetic, go-getter when you  really want a snuggly lap-warmer? It’s a recipe for disaster. So, while we will accept your indications of your preferred colour, sex and size, the questions on our application form focus on temperament, lifestyle, favourite activities and so on.

So, you ask, how can we possibly know at such a young age which puppy will have the best temperament for your family? If you’re a parent, you know that you kid’s character comes through pretty early! When the puppies are seven weeks old, we bring in a dog behaviourist who runs each puppy through a set of simple exercises and observes how they react. With her in-depth knowledge of dog behaviour and her ability to read their body language, she can quickly determine the puppy’s social characteristics and focus. She writes up a report on each pup.

Using this information,  we match the pup’s temperament to your family’s lifestyle.Strting with the first family on our reserve list, we send you a choice of two puppies that we believe are the best match for you. Once the first family has made their selection, we move down the list. Note, however, that every family’s needs and preferences are kept in mind from the beginning, so being the last on the list does not mean you won’t get the best puppy for you.

Also between six and eight weeks of age, the puppies will have their first vaccinations (6-7 weeks old) and be neutered (7-9 weeks old). At this young age, they bounce back from surgery very quickly - a day later, you’d hardly know they just had surgery! We will also send you a copy of the draft contract and health guarantee for your review.

Pick-up time!

Finally, after weeks (if not months) of anticipation, the days comes to pick up your puppy! At this point you will need to make the final payment. If we need to ship the puppy to you, payment must be received prior to shipment. The cost of shipping is extra and must also be paid in advance.

When you pick up your puppy, count on 30-60 minutes to review and sign the contract, fill out the microchip form, and review care and feeding instructions. As part of the puppy pack, you will also receive vaccination and neuter certificates, a couple toys, a 4’ leash, a sample of kibble and tinned food, some poop bags, and a blanket with the scent of their mama and littermates on it, to help provide some “home comfort” as they adjust to life with your family.