Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions or if you want more details on anything below please contact me

I offer ongoing information and support to each of my past, present, and prospective new puppy owners.

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At what age can the puppy go to it's new home? 
They are ready to be picked up or delivered after they turn eight (8) weeks of age.
Do the puppies have any type of training prior to being sent to their new home? 
Yes. I start training as soon as they start walking. Teaching them with a gently affirming presence. Since most dogs are typically toy motivated I have several small puppy toys I use to support positive behavior. I frequently use toys and treats that promote animal enrichment. I also start the formal house breaking and crate training process. The puppies are taken outside on a strict schedule. A copy of my daily schedule will be provided to you to help them settle in with your family. They are also introduced to basic commands like sit, kennel, off, wait, and come. I HIGHLY recommend enrolling your new puppy with a local dog club in a puppy socialization and training class. The classes are just as important for your new puppy as they are for you. 
Should we get a male or female puppy?  
In some ways, choosing between male and female dogs is a matter of personal preference. However, there are some differences. It is important to evaluate these characteristics and determine which sex would fit in best with your home situation when you choose a puppy. Many people have strong ideas about whether a male or female Golden Retriever is better. These ideas are usually wrong, but a few differences do exist.

There is no ‘hard’ data that supports one gender over the other with respect to intelligence and trainability.

Click here for more information about the difference between males and females.

Are you affiliated with any clubs or associations?

  

  

Yes, I belong to several clubs and organizations.

  

  • I am on the board for a local non profit that helps train service and therapy animals.

  

  • I am active with Pet Therapy of the Ozarks and visit nursing homes, hospitals, and schools with my dogs.

  

  • We are volunteers for Pet Therapy visits with Cox Hospitals. 

  • I'm a member of the Golden Retriever Club of the Ozarks.

  

  • I'm a member with the Springfield Missouri Dog Training Club.

  

  • AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. member

Do you have references?

  

Yes. Please contract me for a list of references.

Check out my Facebook page. If you would like to share stories or post pictures you can do so there. I love keeping posted on my puppies progress.

Are your dogs registered?  

  

Yes, all of my dogs are registered with the AKC and all of my puppies will come with AKC registration papers. They can also be dual registered with the UKC and IABCA.
What guarantees do you offer with your puppies? 
I have ensured that appropriate health certifications have been performed to check for serious hereditary health defects. All of my breeding dogs and stud dogs I use are OFA CHIC Certified. I also provide routine preventative health care and regular examinations by a licensed Veterinarian. I have developed an enrichment program for my dogs and puppies, which meet nutritional and dietary requirements. For these reasons I am able to offer a 25 month written health guarantee with confidence for the newest member of your family. Please see the guarantee section of the website for detailed information.  
Do you require spay/neuter contracts? 
Yes, I require that all non show/breeding homes alter their new puppy before 24 months of age and no less than 6 months of age.
At what age should I have my puppy spayed/neutered?
Most studies show that between 12 and 24 months of age is the most ideal time to have your Golden Retriever spayed or neutered. Click Here to learn more.
If I would like to have breeding rights what do I need to do?

  

  

All full registrations will be on a co-ownership basis until the dog attains passing results for all health screenings required to attain CHIC certification and achieves a 3 point title or higher (ie a Major Win, CD, RE NA/NAJ, TD, WC, JH) with the AKC / according to the GRCA. I will sign off on co-ownership once the above has been completed with no additional cost for full registration. If the dog attains an 8 point title or higher the buyer will be able to purchase a future puppy at half price. Breedings will only be allowed to other AKC registered Golden Retrievers (no mixed breeding) who have CHIC certification. I do not offer breeding rights to non show/performance homes. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Click here for information about the GRCA Title Points chart. 

Where are you located?  
We are located in Branson, Missouri. If you don't live close that's okay! I am experienced at getting your puppy to you quickly and safely. I feel 100% comfortable shipping my puppies anywhere in the United States or Canada. Arranging a flight is really a simple process and is a very safe way for the puppy to travel. The airlines do a great job taking care of the babies and have a lot of security measures in place to ensure their safety. They travel in a climate and pressured controlled part of the plane.

Please see the Shipping / Delivery section of the website for detailed information.  

Any other fees besides the purchase price?
After realizing too many people never register with the AKC or the microchip I now require that the registration fees for AKC and Microchip be paid directly to me at time of pick up via check or credit card payable directly to the AKC for $49.99 (plus $10 for each co-owner). The microchip will be registered with AKC’s Reunite. This helps ensure if the puppy ever did get lost you would have a greater chance of it being returned to you if found. An unregistered microchip does no good as they won't know who to contact. (*I'm looking into pre-paid registration so fees might be lower than quoted!)

If you live in the state of Missouri the state charges 6.1% sales tax.

Can we choose a different name for the puppy?  
Yes, the name on the website is for reference purposes only. In almost all cases the puppy will never hear the name that is on the website. The registered name of the puppy must start with the kennel prefix of OzarkMtn followed by the theme for the litter. The name can be a maximum of 50 characters long. You are allowed 36 characters for no additional cost, but if extended from 37 to 50 characters the additional cost is $10. You are welcome to choose any call name you would like for your puppy, this only affects the official registered name.
What all comes with the puppy?
I prepare a puppy care package that includes a daily schedule with current diet, feeding schedule and potty routine which will help them settle in with your family. I will send a small blanket with Mom's scent on it to help with the transition and one of the toys that they are used to playing with here. I will send information on the parents health clearances and create a free online pedigree for your puppy.
How does the process work?
The first step is making sure one of my puppies is right for you. I have a questionnaire that I can email for you to fill out and return. Every family is looking for different personality traits. For example; will they be good with kids, other pets, or even specialty traits for obedience, conformation, or service dog work. If we decide that one of my puppies is right for your family you would start by placing a deposit. This deposit would secure a puppy for your family. Once the puppies are closer to 7 weeks of age we will start evaluating the puppies and each puppy is aptitude tested. The information you provided on the questionnaire will assist me in making recommendations to you on which puppies I think would be the best fit. When that time comes will have have a more detailed discussion about the puppies and make the selection together that works best for your family.
If I am unable to keep the puppy what is your policy?
I realize sometimes that circumstances change. You may be forced to move into an area that isn't pet friendly. You or your family may decide that taking care of a puppy really isn't something they want to do after all. Health or allergy may prevent you from giving proper care or attention to your puppy. At any time during your puppies lifetime I will always welcome it back, regardless of the reason or age. I want to make sure all of my puppies stay happy and are well cared for. If you ever have to give up your puppy please contact me before giving it away to a stranger or releasing it to a shelter/adoption facility. If you return the puppy for any reason, it will be on a surrender basis only with no refund or credit.
What do I need before bringing home my new puppy?
Getting a new puppy is very exciting! To help you get started there are a few basic supplies you will need to have on hand to welcome your new arrival. Click here for more information.

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