$2600 (+ an additional 8.25% sales tax for Texas residents) When applications open, a $300 non-refundable application/consultation fee is required to reserve a spot and will be deducted from the total price of your puppy. In the event the timing isn't right for you or we do not have the gender of puppy you prefer available, your spot can be transferred to future litters.
You may be thinking, "Whaaa??? That's a LOT of money!" You're right! It IS a huge investment!
But consider these top 11 reasons:
1) Our puppies are raised using the Puppy Culture method. Starting from the time they are 3 days old, Puppy Culture protocols begin. This involves ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) from days 3 - 16, emotional resilience exercises, daily checklists of tasks, learning to "mand" (an automatic sit when they want your attention), working on potty and crate training... and SO much more! This method is shown to increase the size of a puppy's brain, increase their resilience to stress, and enhance their emotional stability.
2) We do temperament testing shortly before pups go home to help guide you in suggesting which puppies would be considered to have the best odds of meshing well with your family's activity level, training experience, desires, and needs. While the overall temperament of Goldendoodles is lovely, this helps you have more insight into selecting your future family member, whether your puppy is going to be a family companion or a potential therapy, service, or emotional support animal. We offer a "Meet & Greet" at 4 weeks so people can come to see the puppies either in-person or virtually.
Prior to picking, you will receive the entire litter's written score charts of assessments, along with our own overall observations from raising and interacting with the litter. (We acknowledge that temperament testing is NOT a guaranteed insight into a puppy - Let's face it, puppies are like toddlers. At any moment, they can be sleepy, cranky, hyper, or not acting like their normal selves! We can't honestly determine how a puppy will be as an adult based on a 20-minute test involving a neutral party in a new environment. However, paired with our personal observations since birth, we feel it can give great insight into helping you make an informed decision and increase your odds of making a wise choice as to a puppy best suited for you and the energy of your home.
3) Every puppy in the litter will have had genetic testing through Embark done and made available to you prior to Pick Day. This $159 value is included in your cost! This helps us reassure you of your puppy's health, confirms their breed makeup (so you know your Goldendoodle is REALLY a Goldendoodle!), as well as letting us know what can be expected for each puppy's individual coat traits and allergy friendliness for families concerned about shedding and allergies. An added perk is that it gives an estimated adult weight, so you have a good idea of what to expect.
4) We start crate training for you! We slowly introduce crates in a group environment, then work toward puppies sleeping in crates independently. Imagine taking a puppy home that will have a better chance of not be keeping you up ALL night long crying because it misses its mom and littermates! Priceless!
5) We begin the potty training process for you! We focus heavily on introducing potty training protocols starting at 3 weeks and get them accustomed to a doggie door and pottying outside. They are on a tight schedule prior to going home - we share this with you for the best success in this area!
6) We begin basic training for you! All puppies are introduced to "manding" (sit to say please) "wait", "sit" (on command), "down", "stay", "off", resource guarding prevention protocols and loose leash walking before they ever go home! (Rachel's favorite thing EVER is training puppies!! Go check out our Facebook page videos for examples!)
7) You have the comfort of knowing you have a 2-year genetic health guarantee. Our parents are DNA tested to ensure you're getting a dog that comes from parents who tested 100% clear of having over 230 genetic diseases or carrying their recessive traits. This includes testing for 16 types of conditions Goldendoodles are prone to have. We also do OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) testing
You can verify the genetic and OFA testing results of our current dogs here:
*A word to the wise - Reputable breeders should be more than happy (and proud!) to show you results. Be sure to ask to see the results if they're not offered. (Just because a breeder says their dogs have been tested doesn't always mean they received clear results! To some breeders, a "health tested dog may just mean that a vet looked them over and said they look "healthy". It's sad but true! Ask to see proof.)
8) Our puppies are 100% reared inside our home so they'll be acclimated to all normal noises of a household - children, vacuum cleaners, etc. as well as adding in noise desensitization protocols, intentional socialization, handling, and attention! We also have other dogs and cats and recruit children and adults of all ages to ensure that they'll be well adjusted. While we know the smell of potty training puppies (!) and the extra noise isn't ideal, we believe puppies raised in a home environment that are exposed to as much as they can, offers the best success rate for puppies and their future owners.) *We feel every potential family looking for a puppy should have the right to be able to request to see the environment puppies are raised in to ensure it's clean, sanitary and puppies are being well taken care of. We happily offer video calls and allow a home visit to our potential families so they can see for themselves how our puppies are being raised! If a breeder will not show proof of some sort of how puppies are raised, that's a red flag!
9) We offer lifetime support for our families. Have a question? Need training advice? We're here and long to have relationships with our families! In fact, we WANT to hear from you, get updates and pictures, and help any way we can! While we may not always have the answer, we're dedicated to finding it for you or directing you where to go. We are here to support you! We know life situations can change. If, for any reason, you're unable to keep your dog, we're here for that, too. We will ALWAYS take one of our puppies back and make sure we can find their next best forever home. The last thing we would want is one of our puppies going into a shelter situation or unsuitable home.
10) There are many expenses that go into breeding responsibly that most don't realize. Between health testing the parents (and each puppy), paying for breeding rights, investing in the purchase of potential parents only to find out they don't qualify to be part of our program, and whelping and medical supplies - these are large expenses.
Vet expenses (including prenatal care, supplements, well checks, emergencies, ultrasounds, and x-rays for moms, age-appropriate puppy vet checks, vaccinations and de-wormings, fecal exams, and microchips) are costly.
Add in the cost of items for puppy enrichment and our constantly continuing education (attending and traveling to seminars from leading experts, investing in curriculum, programs, training, and reading materials, consultation fees with professionals, etc.) and the many sleepless nights and time and energy we put into each and every litter, this is honestly not a money-making endeavor for us. And that's okay with us!
We do this for the heart healing and joy we KNOW our puppies provide and want to set our puppies and their future owners up for the absolute very best outcomes. We believe all of these things add up to that. Any money that is made is put right back into making our small program better, more education, supporting non-profits, investing in potential breeding stock and health testing, and being able to offer discounts for military, first responders, and educators.
Are there breeders that are in it solely for the money and cut all possible costs in order to do so? Sadly, yes. However, we are not one of them.
11) In addition to Rachel, we have 2 paid, trained staff members to help ensure sanitization, socialization and training protocols are done daily and to help raise these puppies to be the best they can be!
As breeders, we realize that we have willingly chosen to bring animals into this world and we take that responsibility to heart ...not only for our puppies but their future homes as well.