What To Expect.....
Thank you for your puppy inquiry. The information below will outline a little bit about our breeding. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are currently taking reservations for our summer & fall litters. Please understand that timing is variant on Mother Nature. We have no control over litter size, color, coat and or gender. We do our best to ensure our girls become pregnant when we breed them and that they have healthy, vibrant babies. We always reserve the right to retain the first two picks of the litter for our breeding program and or to share with other breeders.
A bit about our program:
Our breeding program is centered around producing intelligent, structurally correct conformation, well-tempered dogs. We work with several therapy agencies that have enjoyed working with and training our dogs for various lines of service work.
We do not operate a facility. All of our puppies are raised in our home. We actively socialize the puppies on a daily basis. We do participate in early sensory development stimulation exercises with the puppies starting at day 3. Here is a YouTube video of the exercises being completed on puppies: Bio-Sensory Link
The puppies go for their first well baby check up at week 6.5 where they are evaluated by our vet, micro-chipped and receive their first vaccination. In efforts of keeping our puppies safe and minimize exposure to outside germs and bacteria’s we limit the visitations to the families on our reservations list. Puppy go home day is always such a heart warming moment in time for all that are present. The puppies are super inquisitive, playful and ready to explore with everyone. It is a is a time to play with the puppies and get to know them. Love the play date when families are getting to know the puppies for the first time. Always LOTS of fun! We recently have started doing a group playdate/puppy pick up time. We are finding it is working fabulous! This way everyone is getting to meet all of the puppies and the puppies are getting to meet everyone. I feel like it leaves more options open for everyone. We are also finding that everyone feels like they are getting a say in which puppy they are getting. Puppy allocation is completed in the order in which deposits are received. We will always remove our puppies that we are retaining from the litter prior to puppy selection beginning. When we have larger litters we will have separate pick up times for the females and then for the males to lessen the commotion. All of the families play with the puppies and make their puppy selection with the guidance from us describing the puppies personality, their own interaction with the puppies and we pay a lot of attention to who the puppy is picking.
I have three grandkids that live just down the street that are usually here as the puppies are being born and here nearly everyday to help socialize the puppies. The puppies are very well socialized by small children. And receive lots of snuggle time! Also, our guardian families tend to LOVE puppies! One of the benefits of being a guardian family with us is they get endless opportunities for puppy snuggles. Usually during the week we have at least 4-5 of our different families that come in for puppy snuggles. Seems like there is a different family here nearly every day of the week. Everyone knows the routine and they dig in and help out with everything from bio-sensory stimulation to washing puppies and nail trims and best of all puppy snuggles! It takes a village to raise a well balanced, well socialized litter of puppies. The more we can expose our puppies to in a safe, clean environment the better the puppy/dog will be when you take them home.
If you like us on Facebook you will have the opportunity to get to know our dogs and will have access to the most up to date information and puppy photos…We have several really nice litters planned for this summer & fall. We post photos on FB usually several times per week. Check us on Facebook: Facebook Moonlit Acres Labradoodles for the most up to date photos.
2018 Summer, Fall & Winter:
At this time we are taking reservations for summer 2017 litters. Our fall/winter litters will be with Truffles, Sugar, & Lola.
Puppy selection process:
We encourage everyone to mail a puppy toy that each member of the family has slept with so that the toy will have a scent of everyone in the family. For at least one week. Sleep with the toy, watch TV with the toy… take the toy to work…school… incorporate the toy in your everyday life. Let it get the scent of your entire family and routine. Mail the toys to us by the time the puppies turn 7 weeks of age. For the last week that the puppies are with us they will have your family toys with them to play with. They will learn all of your smells. When they meet you they will already be familiar with your smells. When the puppies go home with you we will send the puppy with a blanket and a toy that smell like our home and their mama. The effort that all of us put into this process helps make the transition to home much easier on each of the puppies.
On occasion I will have someone who is adopting a puppy that has concerns over having last pick in the puppy selection process. We just had a litter of puppies go home yesterday and the way that it always just works out the way that it’s supposed to just amazes me. So, I’m adding this blurb to my intro letter to share a bit about the puppy selection process.
When families are able to attend the puppy meet and greet I always ask people to figure out their top 2 puppies in the litter of the gender that they are to be taking home. 100% of the time when my adoptive families are able to attend the meet and greet play session they come back the next week and one of those two puppies will pick them. Yesterday, Delilah’s litter went home. It was a litter of 5, 3 boys and 2 girls. One of the families that was coming to pick up their puppy that had last pick male was VERY concerned that they were not going to get Bronco. They had two children, their son really liked Aqua Man and their younger daughter REALLY liked Bronco. Throughout the week from the time of the play date to the day of pick up there was quiet a bit of communication between the family and myself. They were extremely concerned that they were not going to get the puppy that they wanted. I asked them to trust me and to trust the process. The first family came in to pick their male puppy and they took Aqua Man… he was the one that stood out to that family during the puppy meet and greet, the week before. Next family comes in, sits down and plays with the puppies and the kids want Grinch. The last family comes in… and I had taken the collar off of the puppy and replaced it with his Moonlit Acres puppy collar that we provide. I did not want the family to know which puppy they were playing with. The family came in, played with the puppy… the little girl was in love and finally said, “I don’t care which one he is… I LOVE him!” When I told her that it was Bronco she almost started crying.
The reason for this story is to explain that every puppy is VERY special in their own way. Puppies are attracted to certain people, which in turn causes people to fall in love and be attracted to that particular puppy… Puppies will pick their right family when given a chance. I am always amazed by this process and how well it works. At week 8 – day of puppy take home, every single family ended up with their 1st choice puppy that they had at week 7 with zero outside influences.
All of our adult dogs are tested and certified for:
* Eyes – annually
* Progressive retinal atrophy, Progressive rod-cone degeneration
* Exercise-induced collapse
* Von Willebrand disease
All of our puppies are adopted at 8-9 weeks of age and have the following:
• 1st round of immunizations
• De-wormings: 3, 5 & 7 weeks of age
• Fecal exam by vet at week 6.5
• ALAA registration
• Very well socialized and loved by small children and adults as well as other dogs
that live with me.
• We start the potty training process at week three with the use of pee pads. We
then graduate to outside if the weather is good or pine shavings or newspaper
pellets if it’s too cold outside. When our puppies go home they are usually 90%
potty trained for Pine shavings. Which makes the next step in potty training
supper easy. I do highly recommend getting potty bells for the door and using
potty bells it will make your life so much easier in the long run. For what ever
reason you can hear those things throughout the house!
* All of our puppies are adopted with a spay/neuter contract.
The families that have our puppies are our best source of referral. We welcome and encourage communication and a continued relationship long after you’ve received your puppy! I find it extremely difficult when one of our puppies leaves and we never hear from them again. These puppies are a huge part of our lives for the first 8 weeks of their lives. The imprinting done on these puppies is invaluable. It’s not uncommon for me to see one of our puppies 12-24 months after they’ve left our home and the puppies will recognize my voice and smell. It always gives a warm, fuzzy feeling when they are excited to see us again. We very much want communication after the puppy has left our home. Feedback on how smart the puppies are, how responsive, their overall health and longevity and their temperament is vital to our breeding program. Receiving feedback is the only way we can improve our breeding program and ensure that we are producing sound, healthy, SMART puppies.
The adoption fee for our puppies is $3,000 with limited ALAA registration. Once you are ready to be placed on our reservations list we will accept a $500 non-refundable deposit. The remaining portion of the puppy adoption fee is due by the time the puppy is 7 weeks of age.
We do not ship our puppies. We are located about 25 minutes north of the Portland, OR airport. You are encouraged to come meet our puppies, play with them, get to know them and let a puppy pick YOU. In situations where you are unable to travel to pick up your puppy we can arrange to have myself (if available) or one of our puppy socializers to bring you a puppy to the airport in your city. There is an additional fee for this. Usually the cost of travel plus a $100-$500 fee for the person traveling. We have several teenagers that get a kick out of visiting various airports and having a meal in a strange city. :-) May there always be a never ending supply of teenagers that like to travel to see strange airports and give puppy snuggles.
If you haven’t already done so and you are interested in making an application for one of our upcoming puppies please visit our application page and complete our online form. PLEASE be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list on your email server. Several people have stated that they are finding our emails in their spam folder. I do my best to respond to each email within 12 hours. If you do not receive an email from me please check your spam folder and if there is nothing there please
What’s the next step?
If after reading through this you would like to place a deposit on a puppy please give me a call so we can chat for a bit, answer any questions either of us may have and just talk for a few minutes and see if we are a good fit for one another. :-)
Please let me know if you have any questions. You are welcome to call or email anytime. We are located in Brush Prairie, WA and are on Pacific Standard Time.