Steps to Own
Ludwig Colorado Golden Retrievers exists to provide you with a healthy, solid, social, beautiful, easy going puppy. All puppies are purebred AKC, vet checked with first immunizations and de-worming. Our vet will also microchip your pup (upon your request only). We begin doggie-door and/or crate training and basic training for your pup to come when called, especially if you name your pup after selection!
Many breeders do not allow visits or in-person selection (having you select only by photo or video); we absolutely encourage visits and believe it is important for you and your new family member to get to know each other!
We are committed to making your selection process clear and simple. Some steps are subject to negotiation based on the needs of the buyer or the puppies. All questions or comments are welcome!
Please also review the Adopting During Quarantine tips below Step 4.
Please text us at 720.841.2292 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We would love to learn about you and what you are seeking. (We are super busy with current puppies but after text or email, can follow up with a phone call if you prefer.) All questions are welcome! Let us know your level of experience with Goldens or other pups and whether you would like a male or female pup. (If you are open to either, you can be placed in both lines.)
Place your deposit (with gender preference in the description) of $500 via Apple Pay (preferred), or Venmo @LudwigGoldens (click or scan the image) or Zelle or Cash App and complete the Puppy Reservation Receipt Form. Text a clear phone photo of your completed, signed form to 720-841-2292 or email to email@example.com
Once we confirm your deposit and signed receipt form, you will be able to reserve the next Male or Female pick. The reservation order is first come, first serve.
We will keep you informed every step of the way and notify you of sonogram and x-ray as well as when the puppies arrive. We will send multiple photos and then arrange for in-person visits and selection (after vet OK's and subject to any Covid19 restrictions)
Let us know if you would like your puppy microchipped (optional), while at our vet for ~6 week vaccinations and deworming. At selection $1,000 is due (cash or Venmo). We encourage a scheduled visit before Take-Home Day. We begin doggie-door training and/or if you'd like crate training prior to pick up. And if you name your puppy at selection, we begin calling him or her by name!
At 8 weeks+ of age, IT'S TAKE-HOME day! Come pick up your pup, his or her bag (see photo left) with folder with microchip info., vet health & immunization record, AKC-limited registration form, helpful new puppy information, blanket with mom's and siblings' scents, toys & gifts, and first large bag of food- Iams Smart Puppy Large Breed. Final payment of $2,000 is due at or before pick up (cash or Venmo).
The coronavirus pandemic won't last forever, and buying a puppy is a long-term commitment.
Kayla Fratt, a certified dog behavior consultant and owner of Journey Dog Training, recommends thinking through some basic questions:
How much time will you have to care for a dog, now and post-pandemic?
Do you have the funds to adopt right now? Do you have job security or extra savings to cover unforeseen pet-related expenses?
How much space do you have for a dog? Does your current housing situation allow for pets?
How much time and energy are you willing to commit to training a dog?
Consider your lifestyle. Do you want a dog that can run miles with you every day? Or are you looking for a less active dog that will be content skipping walks here and there?
Think about your life post-pandemic. Make sure you're considering a dog that matches that lifestyle, not your current one or your aspirational one.
Fratt warns, "I would really caution people who weren't thinking that they might get a dog against springing on that now."
But if you were planning to adopt a dog before the coronavirus pandemic, now could be a great time to take that step. More time at home means more time to bond with a new dog. You'll also have increased availability to work on training. This can be especially helpful if your dog needs to be crate trained.
Make a plan for the transition to post-pandemic life.
If you're working from home, currently furloughed or unemployed, you're able to spend 24/7 with your new dog. "Down the line, when you do restart work, that might be a really big shift for your dog," Fratt notes.
Sticking to a schedule will help your dog transition to post-pandemic life. Fratt recommends feeding and walking your dog at the same time every day.
If you plan to be out of the house 40 hours a week when this is over, plan some time apart from your dog now so it doesn't come as a total shock later.
"One of the beautiful things with this pandemic is you can build up to this," says Fratt. Try leaving your dog alone incrementally — you can start out with as little as three minutes, graduating to five minutes, then 10, then 20 and beyond!