Puppy Visitation Policy
Due to the COVID19 outbreak, we are requiring masks to be worn when visiting.
Families will meet their puppies outside to minimize risks. Everything will be sanitized with bleach between visits.
Both Dina & Misty live with someone who has a compromised immune system and is at an extremely high risk of severe illness if they catch COVID19. We are risking their health by allowing visits, as asymptomatic carriers could easily pass along this virus via puppy visitations. Please wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer. Thank you!!
Video calls are available if needed.
Please note that for the safety of the puppies, we do not allow visits to litters until about a week after the puppies have had their first vaccines. If we have other younger puppies we may place certain limitations on visits to ensure biosafety. This policy is altered at times when we know there are outbreaks of contagious diseases in our area, and we restrict or halt visits in those circumstances. We have health concerns for the puppies, who are still developing their little immune systems and not yet protected by vaccinations and maturity. (People can inadvertently—or even intentionally—carry diseases in on their shoes, hands, and clothing.)
We have health concerns for our mothers. Activity and new people in the house are a significant source of stress for nursing moms. Stress produces cortisol and other stress hormones, and those hormones go into mom’s milk and directly into the puppies, causing biochemically induced stress in the puppies. This is not healthy for moms or pups. Stressed moms also can get frantic and accidentally roll on or step on puppies if they panic. This is not an acceptable option for us.
Puppies are at their most vulnerable before 4-5 weeks old, and in their fear period at 5-6 weeks. We put up as many videos and photos as time allows, so please feel free to view those for our younger puppies. Once the puppies are 5 weeks old, their eyes and ears are functioning well and they have gotten steadier on their feet, so they are more interactive. We feel that families get the most out of visits with older puppies as they can interact with them more.
I remember growing up, it was always deemed important to visit your breeder and see where the puppies are being raised. I still believe this to be true. Luckily, modern technology has a good solution for this modern problem. Videos! So although we aren’t able to allow the general public to visit, we do provide a significant number of videos that show where and how our puppies are raised. (Please see our Facebook or Instagram for videos.)
We encourage you to view these videos and give us a call to discuss any questions you may have.
We appreciate your understanding of our commitment to the safety of our puppies, dogs, and family.
These puppies are also not ours to risk—they belong to the families that are taking them home and we are just their caretakers for a brief period of time.
We are happy to have our committed buyers over, providing we don’t have any concerns about current disease outbreaks or any other similar biosafety or puppy/dog health concern.
We consider these concerns as indicative of our reputability as a breeder—the safety of our puppies, dogs, and family will always be placed above a potential sale.
We apologize in advance for any anxiety or uncertainty our new policies may create. We just celebrated seven years of breeding and have a long standing reputation, including many visitors to our home. Since we began in 2012, we have always shared many photos on our website showing you our home and facilties for our dogs and puppies.
Our policies are as follows:
1. Absolutely no visiting just to just “check us out” to be sure our facilities are to your satisfaction in raising your puppy prior to a commitment to us as your breeder. Our nursery is now OFF-LIMITS to the public to protect our puppies and moms. We’ve had a couple of hair raising, suspicious visitors in our past. Please remember….this is our Home, too.
2. No choosing which puppy to take home in person until they are at least five weeks of age. At that point, you must have a deposit on a current litter to warrant a visit to pick your puppy. We also provide photos of the puppies and videos for you to observe the puppies, and we will also be happy to communicate with you to help you with your choice from our own observation and daily interaction with the puppies.
3. By appointment only, when your puppy is chosen via our website, photos, videos and any input asked from us is made, you may come and pick up your puppy at Sweetiedoodles. What this means is we have nothing to hide. We still allow our customers to come here, but we must put the health of our moms and puppies first.
We raise our puppies in our home because we strongly believe that home raising puppies is both ethically the right thing to do, as well as producing the best possible results.
Unfortunately, it’s a sad product of our times that stranger danger is a real thing in today’s world, even for adults. Here are just some of the reasons we no longer allow visits from people who are not yet on our reservation list.
Significant harm has come to people like breeders or real estate agents who work in home-type environments where unknown people are routinely invited in.
Puppy theft is also a growing problem, so unknown traffic in our home endangers the safety of our puppies due to theft. So this means that seeing us or our parent dogs means that you are also seeing our home and any puppies we have.
We are a real family, with a real life. We have home responsibilities, and also rely on our home as a place we can relax and feel safe. Inviting strangers over on a regular basis is not conducive to a strong family life.
Our home is not a petting zoo, and it’s impossible for us to ascertain who is coming over to genuinely look at puppies and who is coming over because it looks like fun to bring the kids and play with puppies.
Some children (and even adults) are not able to behave appropriately around puppies. We may not realize which people these may be until it is too late and a puppy is hurt—or worse.
Visitation Policy for Families with Reservations
We welcome visits from families with reservations! We love to see families that live close enough to come get to know the puppies and select their puppy in person.
We have a very careful biocontainment program to protect our puppies from diseases that can be accidentally brought in on shoes and clothes, therefore, we do not allow walk-in visits.
PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME. We work from home, but that doesn't mean we aren't on a strict schedule. During visitation days we still have to care for, feed, and train our dogs and puppies. Additionally, we may have other families coming the same day, so please respect their schedule as well.
We schedule appointments so that we have time to care for our dogs and puppies between appointments. We allow 30 minutes for a visit, so that we have time to disinfect before the next visit as well. If you are more than a few minutes late (or early), that can mean that we may not have time to care for the puppies or for the arrival of the next family. Because of this, we may have to reschedule your visit.
We know that many of our families travel from a distance and more than appreciate the time and effort that takes. We understand that there are times when travel delays happen. Please text or call if you are delayed in your trip more than 15 minutes and we will do our best to try to accommodate that time difference into our schedule.